Category: Literary Criticism

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

By Will Durant

A smart and witty compendium of the best concepts, maximum minds, and maximum books of all time -- indexed in obtainable and succinct shape -- through one of many world's maximum students.
From the "Hundred top Books" to the "Ten maximum Thinkers" to the "Ten maximum Poets," here's a concise number of the world's most important wisdom. For the higher a part of a century, Will Durant dwelled upon -- and wrote approximately -- the main major eras, members, and achievements of human background. His decisions have eventually been introduced jointly in one, compact quantity. Durant eloquently defends his offerings of the best minds and ideas, yet he additionally stimulates readers into forming their very own critiques, encouraging them to shed their atmosphere and biases and input "The kingdom of the Mind," a undying realm the place the heroes of our species stay.
From a philosopher who continually selected to exalt the confident within the human species, The maximum Minds and ideas of All Time remains real to Durant's optimism. it is a publication containing the best possible of our historical past, handed on for the advantage of destiny generations. choked with Durant's well known wit, wisdom, and designated skill to give an explanation for occasions and ideas in uncomplicated and intriguing phrases, it is a pocket-size liberal arts and humanist curriculum in a single quantity.

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Master of Middle-Earth: The Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien

Because the first quantity seemed in 1954, Tolkien's trilogy, The Lord of the jewelry, has turn into some of the most greatly enjoyed works of fiction ever released, and the topic of a blockbuster movie version. In its mixture of epic and fairy-tale, uncanny surroundings and ethical strength, it really is precise in glossy English literature. In grasp of Middle-Earth, Paul Kocher makes a speciality of The Lord of the jewelry, but in addition considers Tolkien's fiction as a complete, exhibiting the connection of the quick prose and verse narratives to the key paintings. In chapters similar to 'Sauron and the character of Evil', 'The loose Peoples' and 'Aragorn' he strains Tolkien's imperative topics and preoccupations and casts a super mild at the geography and population of Middle-Earth.

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Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism (Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas)

By William Rowlandson

Jorge Luis Borges used to be profoundly drawn to the ill-defined and shape-shifting traditions of mysticism. even though, prior experiences of Borges haven't fascinated by the writer’s shut curiosity in mysticism and mystical texts, particularly within the Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). This booklet examines the connection among Borges’ personal recorded mystical stories and his appraisal of Swedenborg and different mystics. It asks the basic query of even if Borges was once a mystic through analysing his writings, together with brief tales, essays, poems and interviews, along scholarly writings on mysticism by way of figures corresponding to William James. The ebook locates Borges in the scholarship of mysticism by means of comparing his many assertions and proposals as to what's or isn't a mystic and, in so doing, analyses the impression of James and Ralph Waldo Emerson on Borges’ analyzing of Swedenborg and mysticism. the writer argues additional that Swedenborg constitutes a much richer presence in Borges’ paintings than scholarship has hitherto stated, and assesses the presence of Swedenborg in Borges’ aesthetics, ethics and poetics.

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Literature, Science, and a New Humanities (Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance)

By Jonathan Gottschall

Literary experiences are at a tipping element. ." there's extensive contract that the self-discipline is in "crisis"--that it is aimless, that its highbrow strength is spent, that each one of the tendencies are undesirable, and that basic swap should be required to set issues right. But there's little contract on what these adjustments can be, and not anyone can expect which method issues will eventually tip.  

Literature, technological know-how, and a brand new Humanities represents a daring new reaction to the obstacle in educational literary stories. This e-book provides a complete problem to dominant paradigms of literary research and gives a sweeping critique of these paradigms, and sketches outlines of a brand new paradigm encouraged by means of clinical theories, tools, and attitudes. 

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Écrire en exil : Les écrivains étrangers en France 1919-1939

By Ralph Schor

Fitzgerald, Gary, Hemingway, Ionesco, Mann, Miller, Nabokov, Arendt, Tsvetaeva. Des centaines d'écrivains étrangers choisirent de s'installer en France dans l'entre-deux-guerres. Choix volontaire pour certains, orphelins d'une terre natale abandonnée par dépit. Choix contraint et forcé pour d'autres, proscrits pour des raisons politiques ou raciales. Tous ont l'exil en commun et los angeles France comme terre d'adoption, une France vue comme un will pay cosmopolite, un can pay de tradition, un can pay de liberté. Tous sont captivés par le status de Paris, capitale mondiale de l'art vivant, le Paris des musées, des théâtres, du jazz, des ballets russes, des cafés qui sont les salons des temps modernes, un Paris ouvert et foisonnant où semblent possibles toutes les audaces et les transgressions. Ou encore l. a. Côte d'Azur où résidaient déjà des écrivains venus chercher dans ce Sud ensoleillé un lieu propice à leur travail. Ces photographs idéales résistent-elles à l. a. réalité ? Peut-on trouver des constantes dans l. a. diversité des parcours ? Exilés volontaires et exilés forcés parviennent-ils à se rejoindre et à partager des valeurs ? Dans quelle langue choisissent-ils d'écrire ? Et remark se passe los angeles rencontre avec les artistes français ? Etudiant au plus près le témoignage des écrivains étrangers ayant longuement séjourné en France, Ralph Schor montre les conséquences de cet exil, les blocages pour certains artistes, mais aussi, pour beaucoup, l. a. richesse des expériences vécues, les évolutions intellectuelles et identitaires, les renouvellements dans le domaine de l. a. création littéraire. Ralph Schor signe une fresque intensément vivante de l. a. vie culturelle dans l'entre-deux-guerres.

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Artaud's Theatre Of Cruelty (Plays and Playwrights)

By Albert Bermel

The definitive advisor to the lifestyles and paintings of Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud's theatre of cruelty is among the most crucial forces in global theatre, but the idea that is among the most often misunderstood. during this incisive learn, Albert Bermel appears heavily at Artaud's paintings as a playwright, director, actor, dressmaker, manufacturer and critic, and gives a clean perception into his rules, strategies and, particularly, his writings.

Tracing the theatre of cruelty's origins in past dramatic conventions, tribal rituals of detoxing, transfiguration and exaltation, and in comparable arts equivalent to movie and dance, Bermel examines each one of Artaud's six performs for shape and that means, in addition to surveying the appliance of Artaud's theories and methods to the foreign theatre of modern years.

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A Guide to Old English

A entire creation to previous English, combining basic, transparent philology with the simplest literary works to supply a compelling and obtainable novices’ guide.

  • Provides a finished advent to outdated English
  • Uses a pragmatic process fitted to the desires of the start student
  • Features choices from the best works of previous English literature, equipped from easy to more difficult texts to maintain velocity with the reader
  • Includes a dialogue of Anglo-Saxon literature, historical past, and tradition, and a bibliography directing readers to important courses at the subject
  • Updated all through with new fabric together with the 1st 25 traces from Beowulf with specified annotation and an evidence of Grimm’s and Verner’s laws

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The Ambivalent Art of Katherine Anne Porter

By Mary Titus

During a lifestyles that spanned 90 years, Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) witnessed dramatic and very debated alterations within the gender roles of yankee ladies. Mary Titus attracts upon unpublished Porter papers, in addition to newly on hand versions of her early fiction, poetry, and reports, to track Porter’s transferring and intricate reaction to these cultural adjustments. Titus indicates how Porter explored her personal ambivalence approximately gender and creativity, for she skilled firsthand a awesome variety of principles relating woman sexuality. those integrated the Victorian attitudes of the grandmother who raised her; the sexual license of progressive Mexico, Nineteen Twenties big apple, and Nineteen Thirties Paris; and the conservative, ordered attitudes of the Agrarians.

Throughout Porter’s lengthy profession, writes Titus, she “repeatedly probed cultural arguments approximately girl creativity, a woman’s maternal legacy, romantic love, and sexual id, constantly with startling acuity, and infrequently with painful ambivalence.” a lot of her writing, then, serves as a medium for what Titus phrases Porter’s “gender-thinking”―her sustained exam of the interrelated problems with paintings, gender, and identity.

Porter, says Titus, rebelled opposed to her upbringing but by no means relinquished the idea that her paintings as an artist used to be someway unnatural, a draw back from the fundamental identification of lady as “the repository of life,” as childbearer. In her lifestyles Porter more and more performed a hugely feminized public function as southern girl, yet in her writing she persevered to interact altering representations of woman id and sexuality. this is often a massive new research of the tensions and ambivalence inscribed in Porter’s fiction, in addition to the vocational anxiousness and gender functionality of her genuine life.

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Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist

By Lukas Erne

Now in a brand new version, Lukas Erne's groundbreaking examine argues that Shakespeare, except being a playwright who wrote theatrical texts for the degree, was once additionally a literary dramatist who produced interpreting texts for the web page. interpreting the proof from early released playbooks, Erne argues that Shakespeare wrote a lot of his performs with a readership in brain and that those "literary" texts may were abridged for the degree simply because they have been too lengthy for functionality. The version early texts of Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, and Hamlet are proven to bare vital insights into the various media for which Shakespeare designed his performs. This revised and up to date variation contains a new and enormous preface that experiences and intervenes within the controversy the research has caused and lists stories, articles, and books which reply to or construct at the first variation.

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The Apologetics of Evil: The Case of Iago (Princeton Monographs in Philosophy)

By Richard Raatzsch

This booklet is a concise philosophical meditation on Iago and the character of evil, during the exploration of the long-lasting puzzle present in Shakespeare's Othello. What drives Iago to orchestrate Othello's downfall? rather than treating Iago's loss of rationale because the play's maximum weak point, The Apologetics of Evil indicates how this absence of intent is the play's maximum power. Richard Raatzsch determines that Iago doesn't search a specific finish or revenge for a discrete fallacious; as a substitute, Iago is ruled by means of a fondness for exciting in itself. Raatzsch explains that this ardour is a pathological model of normal human habit and that Iago lacks the facility to recognize others; what concerns so much to him is the adaptation among himself and the remainder of the world.

The ebook opens with a portrait of Iago, and considers the character and ethical importance of the evil that he represents. Raatzsch addresses the bounds dividing normality and pathology, conceptualizing evil as a pathological type of the nice or traditional. obvious this fashion, evil is conceptually depending on the normal, and Iago, as a sort of ethical monster, is one of those nonbeing. hence, his activities will be understood and defended, no matter if they can't be justified. In a short epilogue, Raatzsch argues that literature's presentation of what's mammoth or virtuous can represent an realizing of those ideas, no longer in simple terms illustrate them.

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