Category: Literary Criticism

  • Poetics before Plato: Interpretation and Authority in Early Greek Theories of Poetry

    By Grace M. Ledbetter

    Combining literary and philosophical research, this learn defends an completely cutting edge studying of the early historical past of poetics. it's the first to argue that there's a distinctively Socratic view of poetry and the 1st to attach the Socratic view of poetry with previous literary tradition.


    Literary concept is mostly stated firstly Plato's recognized critique of poetry within the Republic. Grace Ledbetter demanding situations this entrenched assumption via arguing that Plato's past dialogues Ion, Protagoras, and Apology introduce a distinctively Socratic conception of poetry that responds polemically to standard poets as rival theorists. Ledbetter tracks the assets of this Socratic reaction by means of introducing separate readings of the poetics implicit within the poetry of Homer, Hesiod, and Pindar. interpreting those poets' theories from a brand new attitude that uncovers their literary, rhetorical, and political goals, she demonstrates their decisive impact on Socratic wondering poetry.


    The Socratic poetics Ledbetter elucidates focuses now not on censorship, yet at the interpretation of poetry as a resource of ethical knowledge. This philosophical method of studying poetry stands at odds with the poets' personal theories--and with the Sophists' therapy of poetry. in contrast to the Republic's specialize in exposing and banishing poetry's irrational and necessarily corrupting impact, Socrates' idea comprises poetry as subject material for philosophical inquiry inside of an tested life.


    Reaching again into what has too lengthy been thought of literary theory's prehistory, Ledbetter advances arguments that might redefine how classicists, philosophers, and literary theorists take into consideration Plato's poetics.

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  • Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

    For greater than 2 hundred years after William Shakespeare's dying, not anyone doubted that he had written his plays. Since then, even though, dozens of applicants were proposed for the authorship of what's usually agreed to be the best physique of labor via a author within the English language. during this amazing booklet, Shakespeare student James Shapiro explains whilst and why such a lot of humans started to query even if Shakespeare wrote his performs. one of the doubters were such writers and thinkers as Sigmund Freud, Henry James, Mark Twain, and Helen Keller. it's a attention-grabbing tale, replete with forgeries, deception, fake claimants, ciphers and codes, conspiracy theories—and a gorgeous failure to know the ability of the mind's eye.

    As Contested Will makes transparent, even more than right attribution of Shakespeare’s performs is at stake during this authorship controversy. Underlying the arguments over even if Christopher Marlowe, Francis Bacon, or the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare’s performs are primary questions on literary genius, particularly concerning the courting of existence and paintings. Are the performs (and poems) of Shakespeare a kind of hidden autobiography? Do Hamlet, Macbeth, and the opposite nice performs by some means show who wrote them?

    Shapiro is the 1st Shakespeare pupil to envision the authorship controversy and its historical past during this manner, explaining what it capacity, why it issues, and the way it has endured regardless of considerable proof that William Shakespeare of Stratford wrote the performs attributed to him. it is a great ancient research that might pride an individual drawn to Shakespeare and the literary mind's eye.
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  • Off-Screen Cinema: Isidore Isou and the Lettist Avant-Garde

    By Kaira M. Cabañas

    Some of the most vital avant-garde hobbies of postwar Paris used to be Lettrism, which crucially equipped an curiosity within the dating among writing and photo into tasks in poetry, portray, and particularly cinema. hugely influential, the Lettrists served as a bridge of types among the sooner works of the Dadaists and Surrealists and the later Conceptual artists.

    Off-Screen Cinema is the 1st monograph in English of the Lettrists. delivering a whole portrait of the avant-garde scene of Nineteen Fifties Paris, it specializes in the movie works of key Lettrist figures like Gil J Wolman, Maurice Lemaître, François Dufrêne, and particularly the movement's founder, Isidore Isou, a Romanian immigrant whose “discrepant editing” intentionally uncoupled snapshot and sound. via Cabañas's historical past, we see not just the entire scope of the Lettrist venture, but additionally its transparent impression on Situationism, the French New Wave, the recent Realists, in addition to American filmmakers reminiscent of Stan Brakhage.
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  • Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen

    Even though Shakespeare is rightly celebrated for the ongoing relevancy of his performs and poetry this present day, we too usually lose sight of the broader historic context which formed his paintings. In Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen, Victor Kiernan indicates that Shakespeare was once profoundly delicate to the good social and political upheavals of his age. Shakespeare's existence coincided with the 1st demanding situations to the establishment of monarchy, in addition to far-reaching modifications within the social hierarchy. through putting the performs inside of this context of an rising modernity, Kiernan upends our notion of Shakespeare's writings. He exhibits that those social adjustments, and particularly the altering roles of ladies, are an important to our figuring out of the Comedies, during which the confusion of identification, conceal, and cross-dressing play a important position, whereas the Histories equally replicate the death of feudal allegiances and the advance of the fashionable country. that includes a brand new creation by way of Michael wooden, Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen provides a wealthy source for either scholars of literature and for the final reader trying to find new perception into the lifetime of our best dramatist.
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  • Deleuze on Literature (Deleuze and the Arts)

    By Ronald Bogue

    This is often the 1st finished creation to Deleuze's paintings on literature. It offers thorough remedies of Deleuze's early ebook on Proust and his seminal quantity on Kafka and minor literature. Deleuze on Literature situates these reports and plenty of different scattered writings inside of a normal venture that extends all through Deleuze's career-that of conceiving of literature as a kind of health and wellbeing and the author as a cultural health care provider.
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  • Dichter und Meister (German Edition)

    In diesem Band versucht Zweig den schöpferischen Geistwillen in seinen entscheidenden Typen und diese Typen wiederum durch Gestalten zu veranschaulichen. Bei den Typen handelt es sich hier um Abhandlungen berühmter Dichter und Denker, nämlich

    Casanova
    Stendhal
    Tolstoi
    Balzac
    Dickens
    Dostojewski
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  • CliffsNotes Beowulf (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides)

    By Stanley P Baldwin

    The unique CliffsNotes examine publications supply specialist observation on significant topics, plots, characters, literary units, and old heritage. the most recent iteration of titles during this sequence additionally positive factors glossaries and visible components that supplement the vintage, widespread format.

    CliffsNotes on Beowulf takes you into the epic tale of warriors and weird beasts. Beowulf is taken into account to be the longest and maximum surviving Anglo-Saxon poem. a few see it as an early occasion of Christianity. Others imagine it extols – or even condemns – heroic values.

    Step into this epic poem and prepare for sword fights, feasts, and treasures. With this research consultant, you’ll be capable to stick to all the motion as you think about the creative impression of the paintings. you will additionally achieve perception into the features of the unknown poet and the manuscript itself. different beneficial properties that assist you learn include

    • Character analyses of significant players
    • A personality map that graphically illustrates the relationships one of the characters
    • Critical essays
    • A assessment part that assessments your knowledge
    • A source heart packed with books, articles, motion pictures, and web sites

    Classic literature or smooth modern day treasure — you will are aware of it all with professional details and perception from CliffsNotes learn guides.

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  • The Space of Literature

    By Maurice Blanchot

    Maurice Blanchot, the eminent literary and cultural critic, has had an enormous impression on modern French writers—among them Jean Paul Sartre and Jacques Derrida. From the Nineteen Thirties throughout the today's, his writings were shaping the overseas literary consciousness.

    The house of Literature, first released in France in 1955, is critical to the improvement of Blanchot's idea. In it he displays on literature and the original call for it makes upon our consciousness. hence he explores the method of analyzing in addition to the character of creative creativity, all of the whereas contemplating the relation of the literary paintings to time, to heritage, and to loss of life. This booklet is composed now not a lot within the program of a serious procedure or the demonstration of a concept of literature as in a patiently planned meditation upon the literary adventure, trained such a lot significantly by way of reviews of Mallarmé, Kafka, Rilke, and Hölderlin. Blanchot's discussions of these writers are one of the best in any language.

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  • Female Gothic Histories: Gender, History and the Gothic (University of Wales Press - Gothic Literary Studies)

    By Diana Wallace

    Female Gothic Histories is a vital new learn of the ways that girls writers have used the gothic novel to represent and counter their exclusion from conventional ancient narratives. starting with an in depth analyzing of Sophia Lee’s significantly ignored The Recess, one of many earliest ancient gothic fictions, Diana Wallace strains the advance of this way from works by means of Elizabeth Gaskell, Vernon Lee, Daphne du Maurier, and the fashionable gothics of Victoria Holt, to the phenomenally renowned novels of Sarah Waters.
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  • William Empson, Volume 2: Against the Christians

    By John Haffenden

    Following the acclaimed first quantity, Among the Mandarins, this can be the second one and concluding quantity of the licensed biography of William Empson, one of many most suitable poets and literary critics of the 20 th century.

    Against the Christians starts off in the course of the moment international warfare and follows Empson's turbulent years of writing wartime propaganda for the BBC. As chinese language Editor, he equipped proclaims to China and propaganda courses for the house provider, within which time his acquaintances and co-workers incorporated the prickly George Orwell. The effectiveness of Empson's paintings for the BBC provoked the Nazi propagandist Hans Fritzsche to name him a "curly-headed Jew"--a cost which gave him huge, immense satisfaction.

    In 1947 he back to China, the place he used to be stuck up within the Communist siege of Peking and witnessed Mao Tse-tung's effective access. "I was once there for the honeymoon among the schools and the communists; we have been being saved up to speed quite firmly." He observed "the dragooning of autonomous notion and the hysteria of the confession meetings." within the overdue Nineteen Forties he additionally taught within the united states, the place he relished the irony of his scenario. "My place the following rather turns out to me very dramatic; there might be few folks on this planet who're receiving pay concurrently and with no secrecy from the chinese language Communists, the British Socialists, and the capitalist Rockefeller machine."'

    From 1953 to 1971 he held the Chair of English Literature at Sheffield, the place he engaged extra vigorously than ever earlier than in public controversy, being pushed through a wish to right the wrong-headed orthodoxies of recent literary criticism--most particularly "neo-Christianity." He received large exposure for his perspectives at the wickedness of Christianity whilst he released Milton's God in 1961: "The poem is extraordinary since it is an lousy caution. the hassle of reconsidering Milton's God, who makes the poem so strong simply because he's so sickeningly undesirable, is a uncomplicated one for the ecu mind." Haffenden offers a whole account of the paintings on Milton, besides analyses of Empson's many different writings on matters together with Marlowe, Donne, Marvell, and Coleridge, and The constitution of advanced Words (1951).

    In a whole and candid learn of the private and non-private Empson, John Haffenden allows the reader to appreciate probably the most talented, eccentric, witty, and debatable figures of our age--a colossal of contemporary literature and feedback.
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