Category: Literary Studies

Lucretius in the Modern World (Classical Inter/Faces)

Lucretius' "On the character of Things", one of many glories of Latin literature, offers a shiny poetic exposition of the doctrines of the Greek atomist, Epicurus. The poem performed an important function within the reinvention of technological know-how within the 17th century, its impact at the French Enlightenment used to be strong and pervasive, and it turned an immense battlefield within the wars of faith with technology in nineteenth-century England. yet within the 20th century, regardless of its very important contributions to trendy idea and civilisation, it's been mostly missed through universal readers and scientists alike. This ebook deals an in depth description of the poem, with targeted emphasis on its joyful model of materialism and on its try and devise a moral method that fits any such universe. It surveys significant suitable texts shape the eighteenth and ninetheenth centuries (Dryden, Diderot, Voltaire, Tennyson, Santayana) and speculates on why Lucretius and the traditional medical culture he championed has develop into marginalised within the 20th century.It closes with a dialogue of what price the poem has for college students of technological know-how and know-how within the new century: what recommendation it has to supply us approximately the right way to cross approximately reinventing our machines and our morality.

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Writing the Holocaust Today: Critical Perspectives on Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones (Faux Titre, Volume 381)

Initially written in French, The Kindly Ones (2006) is the 1st significant paintings of the Jewish-American writer Jonathan Littell. Its striking serious and advertisement good fortune, spawning a sequence of heated debates, has made this e-book probably the most major literary phenomena of contemporary years.Taking the Holocaust as its significant subject, The Kindly Ones is a worrying novel: tense in its use of particular sexual descriptions, in its development of a perverted psychic international, in its mix of exact ancient descriptions and myths, and in its repeated recommendation that Nazism doesn't, in reality, lie outdoors the spectrum of humanness. as a result of its remarkable huge proportions and the author’s provocative option to recount historic occasions from the perpetrator’s standpoint, this opus marks an important shift inside of Holocaust literature. during this quantity, fourteen best literary students and historians from 8 varied international locations heavily learn this unsettling paintings. They research the disconcerting facets of the unconventional together with using the Nazi point of view, learn the aesthetics of the unconventional and its contradictions, and discover its relatives with a number of literary traditions. They define Littell’s use of old information and fabrics and research the novel’s reception. This compilation of essays is key to someone intrigued through The Kindly Ones or via the Holocaust and who needs to achieve a greater realizing of them.

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The Trickster (Bloom's Literary Themes)

By Harold Bloom, Blake Hobby

The attractive new Bloom's Literary topics sequence examines those topics as they functionality in vintage literary works, from the Bible to the novels of Toni Morrison and Philip Roth. each one publication comprises nearly 20 essays, with every one essay discussing the position of the title's topic subject in a good paintings of literature.

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Cinepoetry: Imaginary Cinemas in French Poetry (Verbal Arts)

By Christophe Wall-Romana

Cinepoetry analyzes how French poets have remapped poetry in the course of the lens of cinema for greater than a century. In displaying how poets have drawn on mass tradition, expertise, and fabric photos to include the assumption, approach, and event of cinema into writing, Wall-Romana records the lengthy background of cross-media ideas and practices usually suggestion to emerge with the digital.

In exhibiting the cinematic realization of Mallarmé and Breton and calling for a reappraisal of the influential poetry idea of the early filmmaker Jean Epstein, Cinepoetry reevaluates the bases of literary modernism. The publication additionally explores the an important hyperlink among trauma and trans-medium experiments within the wake of 2 global wars and highlights the marginal id of cinepoets who have been usually Jewish, homosexual, foreign-born, or at the margins.

What effects is a large rethinking of the connection among movie and literature. The episteme of cinema, the e-book demonstates, reached the very center of its supposedly intellectual rival, whereas whilst smooth poetry cultivated the technocultural savvy that's stumbled on this present day in slams, e-poetry, and poetic-digital hybrids.

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This Timecoloured Place: The Time-Space Binarism in the Novels of James Joyce. Preface by Michal Glowiński (Katowice Interdisciplinary and Comparative Studies)

By Agnieszka Graff

Within the cultural debates of modernism the innovations of time and house have been juxtaposed, representing disparate sensibilities, kinds of artwork, even political camps. Artists and thinkers of the period took aspects: with time, i.e. all that's fluid and transitory, or with house, i.e. constitution and permanence. The «space-time wars» concerned such key figures as Henri Bergson, Wyndham Lewis and Gertrude Stein. Joyce used to be either a player - person who frequently replaced camps - and an avid chronicler and interpreter of the clash. This examine employs glossy narrative conception to learn Joyce throughout the time-space binarism. Philosophical and cultural heritage is tested, attaining again to Aristotle, Giordano Bruno, St. Augustine, Lessing, and Bergson. the tale of the debate itself is advised in a few element. subsequent, its lines are tested in A Portrait of the Artist, Ulysses and eventually Finnegans Wake, learn right here as an attempt to go beyond the competition. a lot cognizance is paid to Joyce feedback; it's argued that the common sense of the binarism underlies a lot of what has been acknowledged approximately his texts.

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Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing (Cultural Memory in the Present)

By Vilashini Cooppan

Worlds Within tracks the altering sorts of novels and countries opposed to an extended, postcolonial 20th century. whereas globalization has occasionally been understood to supersede nationwide borders, this e-book distances itself from before-and-after sequences as a way to hint the intersection among nationwide and international politics.

Drawing from psychoanalytic and deconstructive bills of identification, distinction, and hope, Worlds Within explores the making and unmaking of rules of state, globe, race, and gender within the overdue imperialism of Joseph Conrad, the anticolonial nationalism and nascent Third-Worldism of W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon, and the decolonizing nationalisms and postcolonial cosmopolitanisms of novelistic descendants, comparable to the Indian and Indo-Caribbean writers Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, V.S. Naipaul, and David Dabydeen, the anglophone and francophone African writers Chinua Achebe, Nggi wa Thiong'o, Assia Djebar, and Tsitsi Dangarembga, and the Cuban postmodern novelist and theorist Severo Sarduy. throughout this international box, nationwide identification is subtended through transnational affiliations and expressed via diversified and intersecting literary forms.

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Material Figures: Political Economy, Commercial Culture, and the Aesthetic Sensibility of Charles Baudelaire (Faux Titre)

By Margueritte S. Murphy

Ideological debates approximately economics and aesthetics raged hotly in nineteenth-century France. French political financial system used to be taking form as a self-discipline that might aid free-market liberalism, whereas l'art pour l'art theories circulated, and utopian structures with aesthetic and financial agendas proliferated. but, as this e-book argues, the discourses of artwork and literature labored in tandem with marketplace discourses to generate theories of financial and social order, of the version of the self-individuating and wanting topic of modernity, and of this individual's dating to a brand new international of gadgets. Baudelaire as a poet and artwork critic is exemplary: instead of a disaffected artist, Baudelaire is proven to be a spectator desirous of either artwork and items whose sensibilities replicate modifications in behavior of conception. The booklet contains chapters on equilibrium and software in financial and aesthetic idea, at the position of the classy in press insurance of the commercial exhibitions, at the harmonic theories of Baudelaire's early artwork feedback, aimed toward a bourgeois viewers, on Baudelaire's radical cosmopolitanism discovered via viewing "objects" on reveal on the common Exhibition of 1855, and on Les Fleurs du Mal and Le Spleen de Paris, the place language makes noticeable the characteristics of a brand new fabric global.

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Avant-Garde Hamlet: Text, Stage, Screen (The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series on Shakespeare and the Stage)

Hamlet stands as a excessive water mark of canonical artwork, but it has both attracted rebels and experimenters, these avant-garde writers, dramatists, performers, and filmmakers who, of their variations and appropriations, search new methods of expressing cutting edge and tough recommendations within the wish that they could swap perceptions in their personal global. One reason behind this, because the publication argues, is that the resource textual content that's their proposal used to be written within the comparable spirit. Hamlet as a piece of artwork indicates many elements of the “vanguard” pursuits in each society and inventive milieux, an avant-garde imaginative and prescient of fight opposed to conformity, which keeps an fringe of provocative novelty. for that reason, it has continuously encouraged unorthodox variations and will be recognized through a ignored part of the corporate it retains, the avant-garde in all ages. After putting Hamlet alongside “cutting side” works in Shakespeare’s time, akin to Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, chapters take care of the ways that experimental writers, theatre practitioners, and film-makers have used the play right down to the current day to advance their very own avant-garde visions. it is a a part of the uncanny skill of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to be “ever-now, ever-new.”

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The Gray Book (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

By Aris Fioretos

Generally thought of the least energetic and so much bleak of casts, grey is the taint of vagueness and uncertainty. Marking the brink sector the place luminous existence turns out suspended yet dying has now not but darkened the horizon, it belongs to an evasive and evanescent international, sporting the tint of smoke, fog, ashes, and dirt. because the ambiguous house of notion and remembrance the place issues mix and blur, grey measures the adaptation among distance and proximity, shading into tinges of hesitation, colours of taciturnity, tones of time earlier and misplaced. hence it could even be the spectral medium of literature itself—that grainy fuel of language.

Written with a lead pencil such as these present in Nabokov, Rilke, Svevo, Poe, and Dickinson, The grey Book chronicles the vicissitudes of such equivocal articulation—registering the graphite lines it leaves in the back of but in addition recording the dwindling span of its lifestyles. The e-book situates itself in a sector past feedback yet this facet of literature, characterised via forgetting and finitude, and investigating vital but possible inaccessible "gray components" in texts as outdated as these of Homer, and as fresh as these of Beckett.

Loosely arranging those literary reveals in accordance with a revision of the 4 parts, The grey Book distances itself from culture and treats no longer water yet tears, now not fireplace yet vapor, no longer earth yet grain, no longer air yet clouds. The narrative hence construed, continuing within the meandering routine of unstable idea instead of within the prudent steps of a treatise, seems progressively suffering from its topic. subject matters and proof formerly constrained to the world of quoted texts leak into the narrative itself. The border among fiction and truth slowly dissolves because the ebook techniques the curious void that the writer locates on the center of "gray literature." formed by means of an omnipresent although more and more unreliable narrator, The grey Book could therefore finally yield a poetics solid within the type of a ghost story.

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