Category: Literary Criticism

  • Antisthenes of Athens: Texts, Translations, and Commentary

    Antisthenes of Athens (c. 445-365 BCE) was once a well-known old disciple of Socrates, senior to Plato by way of fifteen years and inspirational to Xenophon. he's proper to 2 of the best turning issues in old highbrow heritage, from pre-Socraticism to Socraticism, and from classical Athens to the Hellenistic interval. a greater realizing of Antisthenes results in a greater figuring out of the highbrow tradition of Athens that formed Plato and laid the rules for Hellenistic philosophy and literature in addition. Antisthenes wrote prolifically, yet little of this article is still this day. Susan Prince has gathered all of the surviving passages that pertain so much heavily to Antisthenes’ old recognition and literary construction, interprets them into English for the 1st time, and units out the parameters for his or her interpretation, with shut consciousness to the position Antisthenes most probably performed within the literary time table of every historic writer who brought up him.

    This is the 1st translation of Antisthenes’ is still into English. Chapters current the traditional resource, the unique Greek passage, and priceless severe equipment. the writer then provides the trendy English translation and notes at the context of the upkeep, the importance of the testimonium, and at the Greek. a number of new readings are proposed.

    Antisthenes of Athens may be of curiosity to a person looking to comprehend Antisthenes and his highbrow context, in addition to his contributions to historic literary feedback, perspectives on discourse, and ethics.

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  • Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network

    By Caroline Levine

    Forms bargains a robust new solution to at least one of the main urgent difficulties dealing with literary, severe, and cultural experiences today--how to attach shape to political, social, and historic context. Caroline Levine argues that kinds manage not just artworks but in addition political life--and our makes an attempt to grasp either paintings and politics. Inescapable and often troubling, types form each element of our adventure. but, kinds do not impose their order in any basic means. a number of shapes, styles, and preparations, overlapping and colliding, generate advanced and unpredictable social landscapes that problem and unsettle traditional analytic versions in literary and cultural studies.

    Borrowing the idea that of "affordances" from layout concept, this publication investigates the categorical ways in which 4 significant forms--wholes, rhythms, hierarchies, and networks--have dependent tradition, politics, and scholarly wisdom throughout classes, and it proposes fascinating new methods of linking formalism to historicism and literature to politics. Levine rereads either formalist and antiformalist theorists, together with Cleanth Brooks, Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancière, Mary Poovey, and Judith Butler, and she or he bargains enticing money owed of quite a lot of gadgets, from medieval convents and sleek subject parks to Sophocles's Antigone and the tv sequence The Wire.

    The result's a appreciably new frame of mind approximately shape for the following new release and crucial analyzing for students and scholars around the humanities who needs to combat with the matter of shape and context.

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  • The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

    By Harold Bloom

    Literary critic Harold Bloom's The Western Canon is greater than a required interpreting list-it is a imaginative and prescient. Infused with a love of studying, compelling in its arguments for a unifying written tradition, it argues brilliantly opposed to the politicization of literature and offers a advisor to the nice works of the western literary tradition and crucial writers of the a while. The Western Canon used to be nominated for the nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award.
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  • The English Novel: An Introduction

    By Terry Eagleton

    Written through one of many world’s best literary theorists, this booklet presents a wide-ranging, obtainable and funny advent to the English novel from Daniel Defoe to the current day.

    • Covers the works of significant authors, together with Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, Walter Scott, Jane Austen, the Brontës, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce.
    • Distils the necessities of the idea of the novel.
    • Follows the version of Eagleton’s highly renowned Literary conception: An Introduction (Second version, 1996).
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  • What We See When We Read

    By Peter Mendelsund

    A San Francisco Chronicle and Kirkus Best publication of the Year

    A gorgeously certain, totally illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize photographs from analyzing works of literature, from one among our best possible booklet jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.

    What will we see after we learn? Did Tolstoy rather describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever particularly let us know what, precisely, Ishmael appeared like? the gathering of fragmented photographs on a page—a sleek ear there, a stray curl, a hat situated simply so—and different clues and signifiers is helping us to create a picture of a personality. yet in reality our experience that we all know a personality in detail has little to do with our skill to concretely photograph our beloved—or reviled—literary figures. during this extraordinary paintings of nonfiction, Knopf's affiliate paintings Director Peter Mendelsund combines his occupation, as an award-winning fashion designer; his first profession, as a classically informed pianist; and his old flame, literature—he considers himself firstly as a reader—into what's bound to be essentially the most provocative and strange investigations into how we comprehend the act of interpreting.
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  • Introduction à la littérature fantastique

    By Tzvetan Todorov

    Potocki, Nerval, Gautier, Villiers de l'Isle-Adam : Tzvetan Todorov nous introduit d'abord au plaisir de les relire en nous enseignant à construire les limites d'un style : dans l'hésitation non résolue du lecteur entre le naturalisme de l'étrange et le surnaturel du merveilleux. Puis il nous conduit au repérage de deux grands groupes de récits fantastiques que commandent respectivement le rapport du personnage au monde et son rapport à autrui : ce n'est pas dans un attirail thématique, mais dans un réseau sous-jacent que s'organise le fantastique. Ainsi comprend-on que le fantastique soit du XIXe siècle très précisément.
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  • Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy

    By Peter Josyph

    Seemed by means of many as one among America's finest-living writers, Cormac McCarthy has produced the most compelling novels of the final forty years. during the expanding variety of cinematic variations of his paintings, together with the Oscar-winning No nation for outdated Men, and the Pulitzer Prize for The Road, McCarthy is coming into the mainstream of cultural cognizance, either within the usa and overseas. In Adventures in analyzing Cormac McCarthy, Peter Josyph considers, at size, the author's masterworks Blood Meridian and Suttree, in addition to the radical and picture of All the beautiful Horses, McCarthy's play The Stonemason, and his movie The Gardener's Son.

    The ebook additionally comprises prolonged conversations with critic Harold Bloom approximately Blood Meridian; novelist and poet Robert Morgan approximately The Gardener's Son; critic Rick Wallach approximately Blood Meridian; and Oscar-winning screenwriter Ted Tally approximately his movie model of All the beautiful Horses. Drawing on a number of assets of an unconventional nature, this e-book examines McCarthy's paintings from unique and infrequently provocative views. providing a brand new idea of feedback, Adventures in studying Cormac McCarthy becomes a useful gizmo for critics, scholars, and basic readers approximately one of many nice literary skills of the day.
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  • The Poetics of Myth (Theorists of Myth)

    'Serious scholars will enjoy Meletinsky's wealthy and complicated e-book. the outlet part by myself is efficacious for its erudite exam of recent thought approximately delusion, with unique realization to Levi-Strauss and the structuralists. Meletinsky grasps the necessities of theories he discusses and makes transparent differences among them hugely instructed for higher department undergraduates, graduate scholars and teachers/scholars of myth.' - selection
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  • Religion, Literature and the Imagination: Sacred Worlds (Continuum Literary Studies)

    By Mark Knight, Louise Lee

    The examine of faith and literature maintains to move from energy to power - this number of essays bargains a dynamic, vigorous and provocative contribution to the sector and goals to map out new instructions it could take.

    By returning to foundational questions in regards to the relation among phrases and worlds and the parameters of the sacred, the essays discover alternative ways of utilizing interdisciplinary assets to open up our realizing of faith and literature. Contributions from the various major voices within the box unite to provide an incredible exploration of the prospective worlds that the research of faith and literature imagines.
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  • Talks on Beelzebub's Tales

    Bennett first learn Beelzebub's stories in 1948. He looked it as a piece of superhuman genius, containing expressions of truth, which, by means of their very nature, have been certain to make critical calls for on any reader. With Gurdjieff's approval, he undertook a sequence of lectures in London concentrating on the fundamental which means of Beelzebub's stories. greater than commentaries, those "talks" are a call for participation into the deeper meanings of Gurdjieff's enigmatic "tales.” This e-book used to be compiled and organized quickly after the final years of Bennett's lifestyles via Anthony Blake. Now, thirty-years after that preliminary compilation, Blake offers us a brand new foreword with modern insights into the visionary message of Gurdjieff's “tales to his grandson.” even if Bennett's talks have been meant to be a better half to examining and realizing Gurdjieff's masterwork, Anthony Blake's foreword permits even these surprising with Gurdjieff's stories to start a trip into the intensity of its which means.
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