Category: Literary Criticism

  • The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink

    By Pamela Katz

    Among the main inventive and oversized personalities of the Weimar Republic, that scorching but decadent epoch among the good conflict and the Nazis' upward push to energy, have been the renegade poet Bertolt Brecht and the rebellious avant-garde composer Kurt Weill. those younger geniuses and the 3 ladies important to their paintings - actresses Lotte Lenya and Helene Weigel, and author Elizabeth Hauptmann - joined abilities to create the theatrical and musical masterworks The Threepenny Opera and The upward thrust and Fall of the town of Mahagonny, in basic terms to separate in rancor as their tradition cracked open and their aesthetic and temperamental changes turned irreconcilable.

    The Partnership is the 1st booklet to inform the total tale of Brecht and Weill's impulsive, flamable partnership, the compelling mental drama of 1 of crucial inventive collaborations of the previous century. it's also the 1st booklet to offer complete credits the place it truly is richly end result of the 3 girls whose artistic presents contributed tremendously to their masterworks. And it tells the exciting and iconic tale of creative bold entwined with sexual freedom through the Weimar Republic's such a lot fevered years, a time while artwork and politics and society have been inextricably combined.

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  • México20: New Voices, Old Traditions

    Hay pageant, the British Council and Conaculta have joined forces to carry twenty younger writers lower than the age of 40 to a global readership. those intriguing new voices come jointly in an anthology of brief items, giving a glimpse of Mexico's impressive literary culture. 
    Following within the footsteps of the likes of Octavio Paz and Carlos Fuentes, the writers catch an period of transferring limitations and growing to be violence, the place the country's swift modernization is usually felt to be on the rate of its creative history. damaged households, a guy in a birdcage, a lone swimmer - all tales betray a quest for the self while the sensation of loss pervades. Pushkin Press is proud to offer those shiny and relocating narratives:

    Contributors: DBC Pierre, Cristina Riverza Garza, Juan Pablo Anaya, Gerardo Arana, Nicolás Cabral, Verónica Gerber, Pergentino José, Laia Jufresa, Luis Felipe Lomelí, Brenda Lozano, Valeria Luiselli, Fernanda Melchor, Emiliano Monge, Eduardo Montagner Anguiano, Antonio Ortuño, Eduardo Rabasa, Antonio Ramos Revillas, Eduardo Ruiz Sosa, Daniel Saldaña, Ximena Sánchez, Echenique, Carlos Velázquez, Nadia Villafuerte.
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  • Reading Style: A Life in Sentences

    A professor, critic, and insatiable reader, Jenny Davidson investigates the passions that force us to fall in love with definite sentences over others and the bigger implications of our courting with writing sort. straight away playful and critical, immersive and analytic, her publication indicates how sort elicits specific types of ethical judgments and subjective personal tastes that flip studying right into a hugely own and political act.

    Melding her stories as reader and critic, Davidson opens new vistas onto works through Jane Austen, Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Pynchon; provides richer size to evaluations of W. G. Sebald, Alan Hollinghurst, Thomas Bernhard, and Karl Ove Knausgaard; and allows a worldly appreciation of well known fictions by way of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lionel Shriver, George Pelecanos, and Helen DeWitt. She privileges diction, syntax, perspective, and constitution over plot and personality, choosing the intimate mechanics that draw us in to literature's sensual frameworks and flow us to believe, establish, and relate. Davidson concludes with a analyzing checklist of her favourite titles so others can percentage in her literary adventures and get to understand larger the imprint of her personal analyzing style.

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  • The Plays (The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume 2)

    By W. B. Yeats

    Author note: David R. Clark (Editor), Rosalind E. Clark (Editor)
    Publish 12 months note: First released 1934
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    The gathered Works of W. B. Yeats, quantity II: The Plays is a part of a fourteen-volume sequence lower than the overall editorship of eminent Yeats students Richard J. Finneran and George generators Harper. this entire variation comprises almost the entire Nobel laureate's released paintings, in authoritative texts and with vast explanatory notes.

    The Plays, edited by way of David R. Clark and Rosalind E. Clark, is the first-ever entire selection of Yeats's performs that honors the order within which the performs first seemed. It presents the most recent and so much exact texts in Yeats's lifetime, in addition to huge editorial notes and emendations.

    Though most sensible referred to as probably the most very important poets of the 20th century, from the start of his occupation William Butler Yeats understood the worth of his performs and his poetry to be an identical. In 1923, while he authorised the Nobel Prize for Literature, Yeats advised that "perhaps the English committees may by no means have despatched you my identify if I had written no plays...if my lyric poetry had now not a high quality of speech practiced at the stage." certainly, Yeats's nice success in poetry shouldn't be allowed to vague his remarkable and cutting edge accomplishments as a dramatist.

    In The Plays, David and Rosalind Clark have restored the performs to the ultimate order within which Yeats deliberate for them to be released. This quantity opens with Yeats's advent for an unpublished Scribner assortment and encompasses all of his dramatic paintings, from The Countess Cathleen to The loss of life of Cuchulain.

    The Plays permits readers to determine sincerely, for the 1st time, the ways that Yeats's very diverse dramatic varieties advanced over the process his lifestyles, and to understand absolutely the significance of drama within the oeuvre of this maximum of recent poets.
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  • Lost Classics: Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Extinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission

    By Michael Ondaatje, Linda Spalding, Michael Redhill, Esta Spalding

    An Anchor Books Original

    Seventy-four uncommon writers inform own stories of books enjoyed and lost–great books missed, under-read, out of print, stolen, scorned, extinct, or in a different way out of commission.

    Compiled through the editors of Brick: A Literary Magazine, Lost Classics is a reader’s pride: an interesting and enjoyable number of eulogies for misplaced books. because the editors have written in a joint advent to the e-book, “being fans of books, we’ve pulled a smell of those absences in the back of us our complete studying lives, telling humans approximately books that exist purely on our personal cabinets, or maybe simply in our personal memory.” an individual who has ever been replaced by means of a booklet will locate kindred spirits within the pages of Lost Classics.

    Each of the editors has contributed a misplaced publication essay to this assortment, together with Michael Ondaatje on Sri Lankan filmmaker Tissa Abeysekara’s Bringing Tony Home, a novella a couple of mutual period of formative years. additionally integrated are Margaret Atwood on intercourse and loss of life within the scandalous Doctor Glas, first released in Sweden in 1905; Russell Banks at the off-beat travelogue Too past due to show Back via Barbara Greene–the “slightly ditzy” cousin of Graham; invoice Richardson on a children’s e-book for adults via Russell Hoban; Ronald Wright on William Golding’s Pincher Martin; Caryl Phillips on Michael Mac Liammoir’s account of his stories at the set of Orson Welles’s Othello, and lots more and plenty, even more.
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  • Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World

    By Sarah Vowell

    A wickedly humorous number of own essays from well known NPR character Sarah Vowell.

    Hailed by means of Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with expertise to burn," Vowell has an impossible to resist voice -- caustic and sympathetic, insightful and double-edged -- that has attracted a faithful following for her journal writing and radio monologues on This American Life.

    While tackling matters comparable to identification, politics, faith, paintings, and heritage, those autobiographical stories are written with a biting humor, putting Vowell solidly within the culture of Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker. Vowell searches the streets of Hoboken for lines of the town's favourite son, Frank Sinatra. She is going lower than hide of heavy make-up in an research of goth tradition, blasts cannonballs right into a hillside on a father-daughter trip, and maps her family's haunted historical past on a highway journey down the path of Tears.

    Take the Cannoli is an eclectic journey of the hot international, a suite of alternately hilarious and heartbreaking essays and autobiographical yarns.
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  • Saints and Symposiasts: The Literature of Food and the Symposium in Greco-Roman and Early Christian Culture

    By Jason König

    Greek traditions of writing approximately meals and the symposium had an extended and wealthy afterlife within the first to 5th centuries CE, in either Greco-Roman and early Christian tradition. This e-book presents an account of the heritage of the table-talk style, derived from Plato's Symposium and different classical texts, focusing between different writers on Plutarch, Athenaeus, Methodius and Macrobius. It bargains with the illustration of transgressive, degraded, eccentric forms of consuming and ingesting in Greco-Roman and early Christian prose narrative texts, focusing specially at the Letters of Alciphron, the Greek and Roman novels, specifically Apuleius, the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles and the early saints' lives. It argues that writing approximately intake and dialog persevered to subject: those works communicated designated principles approximately tips to speak and the way to imagine, exact versions of the connection among earlier and current, certain and infrequently destabilising visions of human identification and holiness.
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  • CliffsNotes on Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides)

    By Marie Kalil

    The unique CliffsNotes learn courses supply specialist observation on significant issues, plots, characters, literary units, and ancient history. the newest iteration of titles during this sequence additionally characteristic glossaries and visible parts that supplement the vintage, primary format.

    In CliffsNotes on A story of 2 Cities, you event considered one of Charles Dickens's most vital works as he recounts the horrors of the French Revolution in what quantities to a cautionary story caution of the potential of revolution in 18th-century England. From its first line ("It used to be the simplest of occasions, it was once the worst of times") to its final ("It is a miles, much better factor that I do, than i've got ever performed; it's a a ways, much better leisure that i am going to than i've got ever known"), Dickens's novel of revolution, sacrifice, and redemption keeps to captivate glossy imaginations.

    Chapter summaries and commentaries lead you thru Dickens's "Tale," and significant essays provide you with perception into the ladies of A story of 2 Cities and the French Revolution. different positive aspects that assist you research include

    • Character analyses of the most characters
    • A personality map that graphically illustrates the relationships one of the characters
    • A part at the lifestyles and heritage of Charles Dickens
    • A overview part that exams your knowledge
    • A source heart choked with books, articles, movies, and web sites

    Classic literature or sleek modern day treasure — you are going to are aware of it all with specialist details and perception from CliffsNotes learn guides.

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  • Blanchot and Literary Criticism

    By Mark Hewson

    Blanchot's writings on literature have imposed themselves within the canon of recent literary idea and but have remained a mysterious presence. this can be partly as a result of their nearly hypnotic literary variety, partially because of their unique amalgam of a couple of philosophical assets (Hegel, Heidegger, Levinas, Bataille), which, even though not often unknown within the Anglophone philosophical global, haven't but made themselves totally at domestic in literary concept.

    This e-book goals to make noticeable the coherence of Blanchot's severe venture. to acknowledge the problem that Blanchot represents for literary feedback, one has to work out that he regularly has in view the self-interrogation that characterizes sleek literature, either in its idea and its perform. Blanchot's essays research the varieties and the trails of this study, its recommendations and its impasses; and more and more, they cartoon out the philosophical and old horizon in which its value looks. The influence is to revise the phrases within which we see the genesis of the trendy literary idea, now not least of the manifestations of that is literary feedback itself.

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  • Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery

    By Jeanette Winterson

    In those ten intertwined essays, considered one of our so much provocative younger novelists proves that she is simply as trendy and outrageous an artwork critic. For whilst Jeanette Winterson seems at works as various because the Mona Lisa and Virginia Woolf's The Waves, she frees them from layers of preconception and restores their strength to exalt and unnerve, surprise and remodel us.

    "Art Objects is a booklet to be trendy for its attempt to talk exorbitantly, urgently and infrequently fantastically approximately artwork and approximately our person and collective want for critical art."--Los Angeles Times
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