By George Steiner
George Steiner's Tolstoy or Dostoevsky has develop into a vintage between students of Russian literature. An essay in poetic and philosophic feedback that bears regularly at the Russian masters, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky offers additionally with better subject matters: the epic culture extending from Homer to Tolstoy; the continuity of a "tragic global view" from Oedipus Rex to King Lear and The Brothers Karamazov; the contrasts among the epic and dramatic modes, among irreconcilably adverse perspectives of God and of heritage. "A needs to for the trainer, scholar, and intellectually severe reader."-Kirkus experiences "This is a publication that offers new and stimulating perception into the literary masterpieces and considered the good Russian novelists. additionally, during this paintings Steiner indicates a superb intensity and breadth of literary wisdom and feedback that's not constrained by myself to the Russian writers less than dialogue yet to writers of all genres and all literary periods."-Journal of faith "His is a piece of non-public feedback, usually inventive, continually deeply felt."-The long island occasions "Brilliant, provocative, filled with insights, this vintage learn nonetheless stands by myself and unchallenged in glossy feedback as a lucid and erudite examine of the contrasting genius of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Steiner's e-book is a needs to for the coed, student, or common reader who needs to technique the Russian giants of their complete literary and philosophical ambience."-Robert L. Jackson
This witty and available ebook lines the background of Arthurian romance from medieval to fashionable occasions, explaining its enduring appeal.
- Traces the heritage of Arthurian romance from medieval to trendy times.
- Covers paintings and movies in addition to the good literary works of Arthurian romance.
- Draws out the altering political, ethical and emotional makes use of of the story.
- Explains the long-lasting charm of the Arthurian legend.
- Written by means of an writer with great wisdom of medieval literature.
By Marta Peixoto
Passionate Fictions was first released in 1994. Minnesota Archive variants makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more obtainable, and are released unaltered from the unique college of Minnesota Press editions.
"Clarice Lispector is the foremost Latin American girl prose author of this century," Suzanne Ruta famous within the New York occasions e-book Review, "but simply because she is a lady and a Brazilian, she has remained almost unknown within the United States." Passionate Fictions offers American readers with a serious creation to this impressive author and gives those that already understand Lispector's fiction a deeper knowing of its complicated workings.
By Carolin Duttlinger
All through his lifestyles, Franz Kafka was once occupied with images, a medium which for him got here to encapsulate either the sights and the pitfalls of contemporary lifestyles. Kafka's own engagement with the medium - as a willing viewer and collector of images in addition to an novice photographer - is mirrored in his writings, which discover images from quite a few diverse views by means of some distance the main often and commonly mentioned visible medium in Kafka's texts, images is paradigmatic of his dating to visuality extra often. This research not just explores photography's recurrence as a topic inside of his texts however it is usually the 1st to take systematic account of Kafka's use of images as literary resource fabric.
Kafka and Photography provides the most vital glossy writers from a completely new viewpoint; it sheds new gentle on universal works and uncovers unexplored points of Kafka's engagement along with his time and context. delivering a chronological account of key prose works, in addition to the private writings, this examine is offered to scholars and lay readers. it is going to be of curiosity not just to literary students but additionally to these operating in images, media, and cultural stories. Its certain textual analyses are set opposed to a richly documented ancient context which illustrates Kafka's curiosity in modern tradition via various visible fabric taken from public in addition to deepest assets - a few of which has just recently turn into on hand. As this booklet demonstrates, images had a profound impression on Kafka's literary mind's eye and as such is helping to provide an explanation for the captivating depth of enigmatic visible element that is a trademark of his narratives.
By Carlo Ginzburg
Historian Carlo Ginzburg makes use of the get together of his Menachem Stern Lectureship to offer a provocative and commonly fabulous exam of the relation among rhetoric and historiography. In 4 lectures, in line with quite a lot of texts -- Aristotle's Poetics; humanist Lorenzo Valla's tract exposing the Donation of Constantine as a forgery; an early 18th-century Jesuit historic account purporting to checklist the diatribe of a Mariana Island local opposed to Spanish rule; and Proust's remark on Flaubert's variety -- he demonstrates that rhetoric, if appropriately understood, is expounded not just to decoration yet to old knowing and truth.
Ginzburg discovers a center flooring among the empiricist or positivist view of background, and the present postmodern tendency to treat any historic account as only one between an infinity of attainable narratives, amazing or measured now not by means of the normal of fact, yet by means of rhetorical ability. As a complete, those lectures stake out a place that either mediates and transcends warring factions within the present historiographical debate.
By K. David Jackson
Poet, short-story author, feverish inventor--Fernando Pessoa was once some of the most leading edge figures shaping ecu modernism. identified for a repertoire of works penned by means of a number of invented authors--which he termed heteronyms--the Portuguese author gleefully subverted the concept of what it capability to be an writer. Adverse Genres in Fernando Pessoa offers an advent to the fiction and the "profusion of selves" that populates the enigmatic author's uniquely imagined oeuvre.
To consultant readers during the eclectic paintings formed by way of Pessoa's heteronyms, okay. David Jackson advances the assumption of "adverse genres" revealing style clashes to be primary to the author's paradoxical and contradictory corpus. throughout the invented "coterie of authors," Pessoa inverted the standard relationships among shape and content material, authorship and textual content. In an encouraged, paradoxical, and from time to time absurd blending of cultural referents, Pessoa chosen genres from the eu culture (Ricardo Reis's Horatian odes, Álvaro de Campos's worship of Walt Whitman, Alberto Caeiro's pastoral and metaphysical verse, and Bernardo Soares's philosophical diary), into which he inserted incongruent modern rules. through developing a number of layers of authorial anomaly Pessoa breathes the energy of modernism into conventional ancient genres, extending their expressive diversity.
Through examinations of "A Very unique Dinner," the "Cancioneiro," love letters to Ophelia Queirós, "The experience of the Anarchist Banker," Pessoa's number of quatrains derived from Portuguese renowned verse, the ebook of Disquietude, and the most important poetic heteronyms, Jackson enters the orbit of the artist who exchanged a typical lifestyles for an international of the imagination.
Major pupil Stephen Kern deals a probing research of the modernist novel, encompassing American, British and eu works. equipped thematically, the ebook deals a finished research of the stunningly unique formal strategies in novels via Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Proust, Gide, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Kafka, Musil and others. Kern contextualizes and explains how formal ideas captured the dynamic heritage of the interval, reconstructed as ten grasp narratives. He additionally attracts in short on poetry and portray of the 1st half the 20 th century. The Modernist Novel is decided to develop into a primary resource for discussions of the style and an invaluable advent to the topic for college kids and students of modernism and twentieth-century literature.
By Yuri Leving
Due to the fact its first ebook in 1948, one in all Vladimir Nabokov’s shortest brief tales, “Signs and Symbols,” has generated possibly extra interpretations and demanding appraisal than the other that he wrote. it's been referred to as “one of the best brief tales ever written” and “a triumph of economic system and strength, minute realism and shimmering mystery” (Brian Boyd, Vladimir Nabokov: the yankee Years).
Part and parcel of a classical brief fiction style, Nabokov’s “Signs and Symbols”—one of his final experiments in brief prose—strikes with lexical density and encompasses a awesome structural point: what the author had defined in his letter to Katharine White, the editor of the recent Yorker, as having an “inside,” “inner scheme,” and “a process of mute responses”.
The target of the current number of essays is to procedure the narrative riddles of “Signs and Symbols”— reproduced the following in complete — an open-ended tale which invitations makes an attempt to damage its mysterious code. In doing so, the participants light up the ways that we interpret fiction, and the quick tale specifically.
By Stanley P. Baldwin
CliffsNotes at the Catcher within the Rye introduces you to a coming-of-age novel with a twist. J.D. Salinger's best-known paintings is extra sensible, extra real looking and genuine than another representatives of the style. Get to grasp the unforgettable major personality, Holden Caulfield, as he navigates the risks and hazards of transforming into up.
This learn advisor lets you stay alongside of all the significant topics and emblems of the unconventional, in addition to the characters and plot. you are going to additionally locate worthy information regarding Salinger's existence and heritage. different beneficial properties that assist you research include
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By Lucienne Frappier-Mazur
Writing the Orgy offers an cutting edge, hugely persuasive interpretation of eroticism within the Marqui de Sade's writing. Combining literary concept with methodologies borrowed from anthropology, heritage, and psychoanalysis, the publication is a superb feminist examining of a text—The tale of Julliete—often characterised as brutally competitive and pornographic.