Category: Literary Criticism

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Revised Edition

By Thomas C. Foster

A completely revised and up to date version of Thomas C. Foster’s vintage guide—a full of life and wonderful creation to literature and literary fundamentals, together with symbols, issues and contexts, that exhibits you the way to make your daily studying adventure extra lucrative and enjoyable.

While many books will be loved for his or her uncomplicated tales, there are frequently deeper literary meanings interwoven in those texts. How to learn Literature Like a Professor is helping us to find these hidden truths by means of taking a look at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes-of the last word expert reader, the school professor.

What does it suggest whilst a literary hero is touring alongside a dusty highway? whilst he fingers a drink to his significant other? while he’s soaking wet in a unexpected rain shower?

Ranging from significant issues to literary types, narrative units and shape, Thomas C. Foster offers us with a wide evaluate of literature—a global the place a street results in a quest, a shared meal could symbolize a communion, and rain, no matter if detoxification or damaging, isn't only a shower-and indicates us how one can make our interpreting adventure extra enriching, fulfilling, and fun.

This revised version contains new chapters, a brand new preface and epilogue, and contains up-to-date educating issues that Foster has built during the last decade.

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Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature

Children’s books search to aid young children to appreciate themselves and their global. Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children’s Literature demonstrates how settler-society texts place baby readers as electorate of postcolonial international locations, how they symbolize the colonial previous to trendy readers, what they suggest approximately race family, and the way they conceptualize structures of strength and executive.

Clare Bradford makes a speciality of texts produced due to the fact 1980 in Canada, the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand and comprises photograph books, novels, and movies by means of Indigenous and non-Indigenous publishers and manufacturers. From large readings, the writer specializes in key works to supply a radical research instead of a survey. Unsettling Narratives opens up a space of scholarship and discussion―the use of postcolonial theories―relatively new to the sphere of children’s literature and demonstrates that many texts recycle the colonial discourses naturalized inside of mainstream cultures.

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Montaigne, une vérité singulière

By Jean-Yves Pouilloux

Pour des générations de lecteurs, Montaigne a laissé l’image d’un homme qui prend ses distances avec les soucis, les conflits, les maladies, dont l. a. "douce sagesse" se plaît dans "la retraite au sein des Muses", dans sa fameuse tour-bibliothèque. Cette photograph académique d’un sage à l. a. mode vintage, et d’une oeuvre, les Essais, compilant les maximes morales et qui pourrait servir de manuel de "savoir-vivre en une société bien élevée", est ici vigoureusement battue en brèche. C’est un Montaigne fébrile, traversé d’interrogations, que l’on découvre ici, un homme en perpétuel état d’insurrection : los angeles torture est révoltante, los angeles trahison inacceptable, l. a. lâcheté de décider intolérable, l’injustice odieuse, le mensonge rompt l. a. communauté humaine… Montaigne refuse de prendre son parti des horreurs du temps, sans pour autant s’illusionner sur les résultats de l. a. quête d’idées claires et distinctes, que l’on pourrait tenir pour acquises : "c’est l’incertitude qu’on trouvera au bout du chemin de pensée". Ce Montaigne démomifié se révèle aussi d’une brûlante actualité : l’époque de Montaigne se montrait tout aussi extravagante que l. a. nôtre, et ses réflexions sont aussi des réflexions pour notre temps.

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A Voice from Elsewhere (Suny Series, Insinuations Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Literature)

By Charlotte Mandell

A Voice from somewhere else represents considered one of Maurice Blanchot s most vital reflections at the enigma and mystery of literature. The essays right here endure down at the necessity and impossibility of witnessing what literature transmits, and prefer Beckett and Kafka on what one could name the default of language, the tenuous border that binds writing and silence to one another. as well as issues of Rene Char, Paul Celan, and Michel Foucault, Blanchot deals a sustained come upon with the poems of Louis-Rene des Forets and, all through, a distinct and critical focus on song at the lyre and the lyric, meter and degree which poetry specifically brings ahead of us."

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Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard

By Charles J. Rzepka

Widely often called the crime fiction author whose paintings resulted in the flicks Get Shorty and Out of Sight, Elmore Leonard had a distinct knack for developing "cool" characters. In Being Cool, Charles J. Rzepka appears at what makes the dope-dealers, bookies, grifters, monetary advisors, expertise brokers, shady lawyers, hookers, types, and crooked law enforcement officials of Leonard's global cool. they are nefarious, yet also they are convinced, expert, and composed and cope with no attempt or proposal. and they're stable at what they do. Taking being cool because the street via Leonard's lifestyles and works, Rzepka reveals lots of byways to discover alongside the way.

Rzepka delineates the phases and styles that symbolize Leonard’s inventive evolution. Like jazz greats, he solid anyone writing type instantly recognizable for its voice and rhythm, together with his characters' rat-a-tat recitations, curt backhands, and ragged trains of suggestion. Rzepka attracts on greater than twelve hours of private interviews with Leonard and applies what he realized to his shut research of the writer’s lengthy lifestyles and prodigious output: forty five released novels, 39 released and unpublished brief tales, and various essays written over the process six decades.

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Lure of the Arcane: The Literature of Cult and Conspiracy

By Theodore Ziolkowski

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Fascination with the arcane is a driver during this accomplished survey of conspiracy fiction. Theodore Ziolkowski strains the evolution of cults, orders, inns, mystery societies, and conspiracies via a variety of literary manifestations―drama, romance, epic, novel, opera―down to the thrillers of the twenty-first century.

Lure of the Arcane considers Euripides’s Bacchae, Andreae’s Chymical Wedding, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum, between different seminal works. Mimicking the genre’s quest-driven narrative arc, the reader searches for the importance of conspiracy fiction and is rewarded with the author’s cogent reflections within the ultimate bankruptcy. After a lot research, Ziolkowski reinforces Umberto Eco’s thought that the main strong mystery, the magnetic middle of conspiracy fiction, is in truth "a mystery with out content."

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Joyce’s Nietzschean Ethics

By Sam Slote

This is often the 1st book-length therapy of James Joyce's multiplicity of kinds throughout the paintings of Friedrich Nietzsche, the pre-eminent thinker of favor and perspectivism.

Sam Slote argues that the variety of kinds Joyce deploys all through his works has a moral size. instead of a power examine, this booklet issues Joyce's engagement with matters and difficulties which are crucial all through Nietzsche's works.

Ultimately, the intersection among Joyce and Nietzsche increases questions of epistemology, aesthetics, ethics and the development of the 'Modern' and hence can be of curiosity to quite a lot of readers and students.

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By Maurice Blanchot

This crucial reader from Station Hill (Blanchot's longtime writer within the usa) is six books in a single, and the 1st and simply choice of Maurice Blanchot's celebrated fiction and critical/philosophical writing. seemed either at the eu continent and in the United States as one of many actually nice authors of French Post-Modernism, Blanchot's popularity and readership in English has already verified him as a contemporary vintage. The Blanchot Reader brings jointly a considerable choice of severe and philosophical writings (The Gaze of Orpheus) and the one variation in print in English of his significant works of fiction (Thomas the imprecise, demise Sentence, Vicious Circles, The insanity of the Day, while the Time Comes and the person who used to be status except Me). basic readers and scholars alike will search out those crucial works by way of the author Susan Sontag often called an unimpeachably significant voice in sleek French literature. Maurice Blanchot is now well-known as a huge 20th century thinker whose effect extends to the works of Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Lacan and others.

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The Great War and Modern Memory

By Paul Fussell, Jay Winter

Winner of either the nationwide booklet Award and the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award and named by way of the trendy Library one of many 20th century's a hundred top Non-Fiction Books, Paul Fussell's the nice conflict and sleek reminiscence was once universally acclaimed on book in 1970.

Today, Fussell's landmark learn continues to be as unique and gripping as ever: a literate, literary, and unapologetic account of the nice struggle, the battle that modified a iteration, ushered within the smooth period, and revolutionized how we see the realm.

This marvelous paintings illuminates the trauma and tragedy of contemporary conflict in clean, revelatory methods. Exploring the paintings of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Edmund Blunden, David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen, Fussell provides contexts, either genuine and literary, for these writers who--with conspicuous resourceful and creative meaning--most successfully memorialized international conflict I as an historic event. meting out with literary idea and increased rhetoric, Fussell grounds literary texts within the dust and ditchs of global struggle I and indicates how those poems, diaries, novels, and letters mirrored the big changes--in each sector, together with language itself--brought approximately by way of the cataclysm of the nice conflict. For generations of readers, this paintings has represented and embodied a version of obtainable scholarship, large ambition, hard-minded learn, and haunting element.

Restored and up to date, this re-creation contains an advent by way of historian Jay wintry weather that takes into consideration the legacy and literary occupation of Paul Fussell, who died in may perhaps 2012.

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