Category: Literary Criticism

London's Overthrow

By China Miéville

London's Overthrow is a effective polemic describing the capital in a time of austerity first and foremost of the twenty-first century. Award-winning writer and essayist China Mieville cuts in the course of the hyperbole of our flesh pressers to give a view from traditional London - of the inequality, oppression and indignity and the hidden, subversive sentiment pervading all through our streets.

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Utopia in the Age of Globalization: Space, Representation, and the World-System (Palgrave Pivot)

The assumption of "Utopia" has made a comeback within the age of globalization, and the bewildering technological shifts and financial uncertainties of the current period demand novel varieties of utopia. Tally argues new type of utopian discourse is required for knowing, and relocating past, the present international method.

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À l'école d'Homère : La culture des orateurs et des sophistes

Homère « maître de rhétorique » ou Homère « preferable sophiste », tel est le paradoxe d'une réception old qui fait de l'aède de Chios le maître d'un idéal oratoire. Ce quantity décline les différentes modalités selon lesquelles l'autorité d'Homère s'exerce ou se voit discutée, dans l. a. formation rhétorique des élites d'abord, puis dans le discours des sophistes et des orateurs. Dans les multiples occasions de communique auxquelles l'homme éloquent sait répondre - discours public, ceremonial dinner, discussion familier, cour impériale -, le Poète est souvent invité. Parler d'Homère, c'est se révéler homme de tradition, mais c'est aussi cimenter cette tradition, en empruntant, par les exemples et les citations homériques, un langage partagé par les Grecs, depuis l'Athènes classique jusqu'à l'époque byzantine.

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A Brief Guide to Stephen King

Stephen King’s identify has turn into synonymous with horror because of classics like The Shining, Salem’s Lot, and Carrie. during this short consultant, Simpson lines the writer’s existence from his tricky formative years via his preliminary books lower than the pseudonym Richard Bachman, to the luck of his early works within the Nineteen Seventies and past into mainstream acclaim.

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The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

By George Prochnik

An unique research of exile, instructed during the biography of Austrian author Stefan Zweig, the fellow who encouraged The Grand Budapest Hotel
By the Thirties, Stefan Zweig had turn into the main commonly translated residing writer on the earth. His novels, brief tales, and biographies have been so compelling that they grew to become fast most sensible dealers. Zweig used to be additionally an highbrow and a lover of the entire arts, low and high. but after Hitler’s upward thrust to strength, this celebrated author who had committed lots power to selling foreign humanism plummeted, in an issue of some years, into an more and more remoted exile—from London to tub to long island urban, then Ossining, Rio, and at last Petrópolis—where, in 1942, in a cramped bungalow, he killed himself.
The most unlikely Exile tells the tragic tale of Zweig’s remarkable upward push and fall whereas it additionally depicts, with nice acumen, the gulf among the area of principles in Europe and in the United States, and the eating fight of these pressured to forsake one for the opposite. It additionally finds how Zweig embodied, via his paintings, concepts, and behaviour, the top of an era—the implosion of Europe as an incredible of Western civilization.

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Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky

By Paul Johnson

A interesting portrait of the minds that experience formed the fashionable global. In an fascinating sequence of case reviews, Rousseau, Shelley, Marx, Ibsen, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Brecht, Sartre, Edmund Wilson, Victor Gollancz, Lillian Hellman, Cyril Connolly, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Kenneth Tynan, and Noam Chomsky, between others, are printed as intellectuals either magnificent and contradictory, magnetic and dangerous.

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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 fact, which, via 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 basic 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 was once compiled and organized quickly after the final years of Bennett's lifestyles through 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 figuring out Gurdjieff's masterwork, Anthony Blake's foreword permits even these unexpected with Gurdjieff's stories to start a trip into the intensity of its which means.

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Shakespeare beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy

Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare? The authorship query has been a lot handled in works of fiction, movie and tv, frightening curiosity around the globe. Sceptics have proposed many applicants because the writer of Shakespeare's works, together with Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe and Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. yet why and the way did the authorship query come up and what does surviving proof supply in resolution to it? This authoritative, available and regularly pleasing publication units the controversy in its old context and offers an account of its major protagonists and their theories. featuring the authorship of Shakespeare's works in terms of historiography, psychology and literary idea, twenty-three unusual students reposition and strengthen the dialogue. The ebook explores the problems within the gentle of biographical, textual and bibliographical facts to deliver clean views to an interesting cultural phenomenon.

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Japanese Literature: An Introduction for Western Readers

By Donald Keene

This delightfully written booklet offers the Western reader with an creation to a couple of the main appealing and noteworthy parts of jap literature. a good pupil, Donald Keene writes in a lucid and obtainable type, devoting separate chapters to poetry, theater, and the unconventional, and shutting with a bankruptcy at the effect of the West on eastern literature. hence the publication is immediately a quick background of the literature and a serious realizing of it. additionally integrated is a bibliography of histories and different reference works, in addition to a listing of novels and different prose in translation, in order that readers who desire to may fit past the scope of this advent.

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Rhetoric and Nation: The Formation of Hebrew National Culture, 1880-1990 (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

By Shai Ginsburg

Fresh and typically authorised feedback holds that written and spoken Hebrew finds a shared good judgment, a collective rhetoric that's identifiable and may be traced as an evolving phenomenon during the centuries. In Rhetoric and state, Ginsburg charts the emergence and formation of the Hebrew discourse of the state from the overdue 19th century via the overdue 20th century. In doing so, he demanding situations those notions of a universal rhetoric through contemplating 3 components of writing: literature, literary and cultural feedback, and ideological and political writings. Ginsburg argues that every textual content offers its personal singular good judgment. a few writing is made up our minds via social and old context. different writings are decided via the biographies in their authors, nonetheless others by way of style. via shut readings of key canonical texts, Rhetoric and country demonstrates that the Hebrew discourse of the state shouldn't be conceived as coherent and cohesive yet, really, as an assemblage of singular, disparate moments.

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