Category: Literary Criticism

  • Classical Literature: An Epic Journey from Homer to Virgil and Beyond

    G.W. Bowersock, The ny overview of Books
    “There is scarcely whatever on which he doesn't provide an unique aperçu, occasionally illuminating, occasionally easily provocative, yet constantly worthy reading... Jenkyns's view of historic literature is Olympian.”

    The writings of the Greeks and Romans shape the bedrock of Western tradition. Inventing the molds for histories, tragedies, and philosophies, whereas pioneering radical new varieties of epic and poetry, the Greeks and Romans created the literary international we nonetheless inhabit this present day. Writing with verve and perception, wonderful classicist Richard Jenkyns explores 1000 years of classical civilization, wearing readers from the depths of the Greek darkish a while during the glittering heights of Rome’s empire.

    Jenkyns starts off with Homer and the delivery of epic poetry prior to exploring the hypnotic poetry of Pindar, Sappho, and others from the Greek darkish a while. Later, in Athens’s classical age, Jenkyns exhibits the unconventional nature of Sophocles’s option to painting Ajax as a psychologically wounded warrior, how Aeschylus constructed tragedy, and the way Herodotus, in “inventing history,” dropped at narrative an epic and tragic caliber. We meet the strikingly glossy determine of Virgil, suffering to reflect epic artwork in an age of empire, and adventure the affection poems of Catullus, who imbued verse with obsessive ardour as by no means earlier than. Even St. Paul and different early Christian writers are artfully grounded the following of their classical literary context.

    A dynamic and accomplished advent to Greek and Roman literature, Jenkyns’s Classical Literature is key analyzing for somebody looking a deeper realizing of the classics—and the intense origins of Western culture.

    Library Journal, STARRED review
    “[R]ich, witty, perceptive, and brief... the most effective introductions to be had to the final reader.”

    Christopher B. Krebs (author of A most deadly Book), The Wall road Journal
    "[A]ccessible and enjoyable... few students are greater located to embark on this type of trip than Mr. Jenkyns.

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  • Creativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art and Poetry

    By Chung-Yuan Chang

    'In Creativity and Taoism, Chang Chung-yuan makes the elusive precept of Tao on hand to the western brain with objectivity, heat, and intensity of perception. it's a major contribution to the duty of creating the Taoist knowledge available to the western mind' - Ira Progoff 'No you can learn Chang's booklet with no experiencing a broadening of his psychological horizons' - John C. H. Wu, Philosophy East and West 'His interpretation of the Taoist roots of Ch'an has been awarded with flavor and studying that support to resolve many questions that should have happened to someone accustomed to his topic. "The Spirit of the Valley" dwells during this quiet and delicate guy who, as so hardly ever occurs, truly embodies many of the philosophic characteristics of which he writes' - Gerald Sykes 'If the top of interpreting is the enhancement of lifestyles, the expansion of expertise and realizing, then this e-book turns into a huge step in that path. Dr. Chang writes in a method either lucid and felicitous. He monitors with changing into modesty a mastery of the sector, its improvement and its ideas... there's not often a web page which doesn't provide excitement' - Robert R. Kirsh, la instances 'Professor Chang's learn, an excellent exposition and research, is anxious with the relevance and applicability of the Taoist view in chinese language creative and highbrow creativity. Few different works facilitate so delicate an realizing of inventive impulse and expression in chinese language tradition' - Hyman Kublin, Library magazine concurrently available and scholarly, this vintage ebook considers the underlying philosophy and the aesthetics of chinese language artwork and poetry, the expression of the Taoist method of lifestyles. Chapters disguise every little thing from the opportunity of creativity to the way in which tranquillity is mirrored in chinese language poems and portray. Chung-yuan Chang's deceptively basic and regularly lucid narrative explores the connection among the Tao and the inventive arts, introducing vintage work and poems to carry Taoism to lifestyles.
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  • Kafka. Pour une littérature mineure

    By Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari

    Strength de Kafka. Politique de Kafka. Déjà les lettres d'amour sont une politique où Kafka se vit lui-même comme un vampire. Les nouvelles ou les récits tracent des devenirs-animaux qui sont autant de lignes de fuite actives. Les romans, illimités plutôt qu'inachevés, opèrent un démontage des grandes machines sociales présentes et à venir. Au second même où il les brandit, et s'en sert comme d'un paravent, Kafka ne croit guère à l. a. loi, à l. a. culpabilité, à l'angoisse, à l'intériorité. Ni aux symboles, aux métaphores ou aux allégories. Il ne croit qu'à des architectures et à des agencements dessinés par toutes les formes de désir. Ses lignes de fuite ne sont jamais un shelter, une sortie hors du monde. C'est au contraire un moyen de détecter ce qui se prépare, et de devancer les « puissances diaboliques » du proche avenir. Kafka aime à se définir linguistiquement, politiquement, collectivement, dans les termes d'une littérature dite « mineure ». Mais l. a. littérature mineure est l'élément de toute révolution dans les grandes littératures. Kafka est paru en 1975.
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  • Writers on Writing: The Art of the Short Story (Contributions to the Study of World Literature)

    Short tales have loved an extended and well known heritage, with many well-known writers making an attempt the craft sooner or later or one other. the following, Lee assembles numerous writers who touch upon the shape itself and its many meanings and manifestations. targeting the positive factors and demanding situations of the quick tale, members from Amiri Baraka to Richard Ford and Jayne Anne Phillips to Janette Turner clinic talk about their very own writing, the writing of others, the quick tale shape, gender, politics, and different concerns about the writing of brief fiction. Readers will come away with a fuller realizing and appreciation of the craft of the fast tale writer.

    Taking a populist method of the topic, Writers on Writing specializes in relaying to readers the reality approximately brief tale writing. Writers from around the world demonstrate the secrets and techniques of the shape and their very own methods to it, in addition to feedback of alternative writers and their output. demanding many of the conventional perspectives of prior and present critics approximately brief fiction, they current a brand new outlook at the brief tale that speaks to either the fast tale author and the quick tale reader.

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  • Beckett's Books: A Cultural History of the Interwar Notes (Continuum Literary Studies)

    By Matthew Feldman

    Samuel Beckett is a tough huge of twentieth century literature, and Beckett experiences more and more concentrate on the interwar interval for facts of Beckett's next embody of an 'art of failure'. This monograph is predicated on shut research of the newly-released notebooks and transcriptions compiled by means of Beckett from 1929-1940, which shed very important and distinctive perception into Beckett's operating tools, unique assets and literary improvement. specifically they display the primary paradox that Beckett's professions of 'ignorance and impotence' have been based upon wide erudition and educational practices reflecting his pursuits in philosophy and psychology. this is often the 1st ebook to provide a longer examine of ways fresh archival discoveries can give a contribution to the elemental transformation of Beckett's actually progressive literature.

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  • A Dictionary of Literary Symbols

    By Michael Ferber

    This is often the 1st dictionary of symbols to be in line with literature, instead of 'universal' mental archetypes or myths. It explains and illustrates the literary symbols that all of us usually stumble upon (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), and provides thousands of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, yet its entries diversity largely from the Bible and classical authors to the 20 th century, taking in American and eu literatures. For this re-creation, Michael Ferber has incorporated over twenty thoroughly new entries (including endure, holly, sunflower and tower), and has additional to some of the present entries. Enlarged and enriched from the 1st version, its trained type and wealthy references make this publication an important device not just for literary and classical students, yet for all scholars of literature.
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  • CliffsNotes on Dante's Divine Comedy: Inferno

    By Nikki Moustaki, James L. Roberts

    The unique CliffsNotes learn publications provide a glance into serious parts and concepts inside vintage works of literature. the newest iteration of titles during this sequence additionally characteristic glossaries and visible components that supplement the vintage, typical format.

    CliffsNotes on Divine Comedy: Inferno takes you deep inside of Dante's imaginative and prescient of Hell, the 1st installment in his three-poem epic.

    Following the non secular trip of Dante and his advisor Virgil, this professional research spouse offers summaries, commentaries, and glossaries concerning every one canto in the poem. different good points that assist you work out this crucial paintings include

    Life and historical past of the poet and the poem
    Introduction to the poem's constitution, allegory, symbols, and more
    Critical essays that discover deeper meanings inside this demanding work
    A evaluation part that checks your wisdom and indicates essay issues and perform projects
    A source middle jam-packed with books, translations, and web resources
    Classic literature or modern day treasure — you'll are aware of it all with specialist info and perception from CliffsNotes examine guides.
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  • One Art: Letters of Elizabeth Bishop

    By Elizabeth Bishop

    Robert Lowell as soon as remarked, "When Elizabeth Bishop's letters are released (as they are going to be), she's going to be famous as not just the most effective, yet the most prolific writers of our century." One Art is the magificent affirmation of Lowell's prediction.

    From numerous thousand letters, written via Bishop over fifty years—from 1928, while she was once seventeen, to the day of her demise, in Boston in 1979—Robert Giroux, the poet's longtime pal and editor, has chosen over missives for this quantity. In a manner, the letters include Bishop's autobiography, and Giroux has significantly greater them along with his personal particular, candid, and hugely informative advent. One Art takes us in the back of Bishop's formal sophistication and reserve, absolutely exhibiting the present for friendship, the striving for perfection, and the passionate, questing, rigorous spirit that made her a very good artist.
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