Literary Criticism

Download E-books Books That Changed The World: The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History PDF

Books from each box of human creativity and highbrow exercise - from poetry to politics, from fiction to philosophy, from theology to anthropology, and from economics to physics – were chosen to create a rounded and enjoyable photograph of ways 50 towering achievements of the human mind have outfitted our societies, formed our values, more desirable our figuring out of the character of the realm, enabled technological developments, and mirrored our issues and dilemmas, strengths and failings. In a chain of attractive and vigorous essays, Andrew Taylor units each one paintings and its writer firmly in old context, summarizes the content material of the paintings in query, and explores its wider effect and legacy. a desirable and richly informative read.

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Download E-books Oscar Wilde : In Memoriam, le « De Profundis » PDF

By André Gide

En décembre 1900, alors qu'il séjournait dans le sud algérien, à Biskra, André Gide apprit par les journaux l. a. mort d'Oscar Wilde. L'éloignement ne lui permettant pas de se joindre au cortège qui suivit l. a. dépouille du poète, il décida d'écrire aussitôt " ces pages d'affection, d'admiration et de respectueuse pitié ". Réunis pour l. a. première fois en 1946, ces deux courts textes d'André Gide sur Oscar Wilde (In memoriam et le " De profundis ") furent publiés respectivement en 1903 (In Prétextes) et en 1905.

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Download E-books Free Verse: An Essay on Prosody (Princeton Legacy Library) PDF

By Charles O. Hartmann

To make feel of loose verse" in idea or in perform, the complete examine of prosody--the functionality of rhythm in poetry--must be revised and rethought. declaring this because the factor that poets and critics have confronted some time past century, Charles Hartman takes up the problem and develops a thought of prosody that comes with the main attribute kinds of twentieth-century poetry

Originally released in 1986.

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Download E-books Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination PDF

By Toni Morrison

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Beloved and Jazz now offers us a discovered, trendy, and immensely persuasive paintings of literary feedback that grants to alter the way in which we learn American literature whilst it opens a brand new bankruptcy within the American discussion on race.

Toni Morrison's magnificent discussions of the "Africanist" presence within the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway ends up in a dramatic reappraisal of the fundamental features of our literary culture. She exhibits how a lot the topics of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, relied on the life of a black inhabitants that was once obviously unfree--and that got here to serve white authors as embodiments in their personal fears and desires.

Written with the creative imaginative and prescient that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent position in sleek letters, Playing within the Dark might be avidly learn through Morrison admirers in addition to via scholars, critics, and students of yank literature.

"By going for the yankee literary jugular...she areas her the very middle of up to date public dialog approximately what it really is to be authentically and initially American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the potential of America."
--Chicago Tribune

"Toni Morrison is the nearest factor the rustic has to a countrywide writer."
The ny occasions e-book Review

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Download E-books Birth of the Symbol: Ancient Readers at the Limits of Their Texts PDF

By Peter T. Struck

Nearly we all have studied poetry and been taught to seem for the symbolic in addition to literal that means of the textual content. is that this the best way the ancients observed poetry? In Birth of the Symbol, Peter Struck explores the traditional Greek literary critics and theorists who invented the belief of the poetic "symbol."

The publication notes that Aristotle and his fans didn't speak about using poetic symbolism. relatively, a unique crew of Greek thinkers--the allegorists--were the 1st to strengthen the suggestion. Struck generally revisits the paintings of the nice allegorists, which has been underappreciated. He hyperlinks their curiosity in symbolism to the significance of divination and magic in precedent days, and he demonstrates how very important symbolism grew to become once they thought of faith and philosophy. "They see the entire of serious poetic language as deeply figurative," he writes, "with the aptitude regularly, even within the so much mundane info, to be freighted with hidden messages."

Birth of the Symbol bargains a brand new knowing of the position of poetry within the lifetime of principles in old Greece. in addition, it demonstrates a connection among the best way we comprehend poetry and how it was once understood by means of very important thinkers in old times.

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Download E-books The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000 PDF

The Novel: An Anthology of feedback and concept 1900–2000 is a suite of the main influential writings at the idea of the unconventional from the 20th century.

  • Traces the increase of novel idea and the extension of its impact into different disciplines, particularly social, cultural and political theory.
  • Broad in scope, together with sections on formalism; the Chicago tuition; structuralism and narratology; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; Marxism; social discourse; gender; post-colonialism; and more.
  • Includes complete essays or chapters at any place possible.
  • Headnotes introduce and hyperlink every piece, permitting readers to attract connections among varied faculties of thought.
  • Encourages scholars to technique theoretical texts with self belief, using an identical abilities they bring about to literary texts.
  • Includes a quantity advent, a specific bibliography, an index of themes and brief writer biographies to help study.

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Download E-books Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction PDF

S. T. Joshi is among the major gurus on bizarre fiction, and during this international delusion Award-winning learn he offers a accomplished heritage and research of the full diversity of peculiar fiction from antiquity to the current day. For the 1st time, the complete contents of either print volumes can be found jointly in one digital publication dossier.

As Joshi’s landmark survey of supernatural literature starts, the point of interest is on bizarre fiction from the Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 1700 B.C.E.) to the tip of the 19th century. Joshi specializes in key works of Greek and Latin literature that brought many long-enduring motifs in bizarre literature. relocating on down via Dante, Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Milton, Joshi presents a compact review of different assorted strands of Gothic fiction, starting with Horace Walpole’s The citadel of Otranto (1764) and culminating with Charles Robert Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer (1820), with particular discussions of Ann Radcliffe, M. G. Lewis, Mary Shelley, and others.

Edgar Allan Poe was once a watershed within the background of strange fiction, and his fusion of mental and supernatural horror used to be pioneering. He was once by means of the prolific Irish author J. Sheridan Le Fanu, a number of practitioners of the English ghost tale (including Henry James and Edith Wharton), and the cynical Ambrose Bierce. towards the top of the 19th century, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, and others made bizarre fiction a style that fused renowned charm with aesthetic richness.

As S. T. Joshi’s landmark background of supernatural fiction maintains, the point of interest is put on a huge efflorescence of peculiar writing on the flip of the 20th century—a interval that many students have known as the Golden Age of strange fiction. Such figures as Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, and H. P. Lovecraft increased bizarre fiction to a degree of excessive artistry by no means visible prior to, and their paintings maintains to encourage writers as much as the current day. different authors comparable to Walter de los angeles Mare, L. P. Hartley, and William desire Hodgson additionally contributed very important novels and stories. Lovecraft’s effect prolonged to such of his contemporaries and successors as Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, Robert Bloch, and Fritz Leiber.

In the years following Lovecraft’s loss of life, a brand new crop of writers—led via Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Shirley Jackson, and Charles Beaumont—brought horror all the way down to earth and into the area of standard lifestyles. Their paintings laid the foundation for the extreme emergence of peculiar fiction as a best-selling phenomenon within the paintings of Ira Levin, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, and so on. while, extra literate figures comparable to Ramsey Campbell, T. E. D. Klein, and Thomas Ligotti persisted to extend the bounds of the bizarre in paintings of the top literary polish. this day, such writers as Caitlín R. Kiernan, Dennis Etchison, and so on proceed to probe new instructions in bizarre fiction.

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Download E-books Shakespeare's Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays, A Selection (New York Review Books Classics) PDF

An NYRB Classics Original

Shakespeare, Nietzsche wrote, used to be Montaigne’s most sensible reader—a generally superb Nietzschean perception, shooting the intimate dating among Montaigne’s ever-changing checklist of the self and Shakespeare’s kaleidoscopic check in of human personality. and there's no doubt that Shakespeare learn Montaigne—though how commonly continues to be an issue of debate—and that the interpretation he learn him in used to be that of John Florio, a desirable polymath, man-about-town, and dazzlingly artistic author himself.

Florio’s Montaigne is in truth one of many masterpieces of English prose, with a stylistic variety and felicity and passages of deep lingering tune that make it akin to Sir Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy and the works of Sir Thomas Browne. This re-creation of this seminal paintings, edited through Stephen Greenblatt and Peter G. Platt, positive aspects an adroitly modernized textual content, an essay within which Greenblatt discusses either the resemblances and actual tensions among Montaigne’s and Shakespeare’s visions of the realm, and Platt’s advent to the lifestyles and occasions of the intense Florio. Altogether, this booklet presents a impressive new event of not only yet 3 nice writers who ushered within the glossy international.

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Download E-books Modern European Criticism and Theory: A Critical Guide PDF

By Julian Wolfreys

Glossy ecu feedback and idea bargains the reader a accomplished serious review of the common and profound contest of principles inside eu 'theory'. The e-book focuses totally on the concept of significant voices in poetics, philosophy, linguistics, and psychoanalysis, in addition to in literary and cultural stories from the Enlightenment to the current day.

Examining how conceptions of subjectivity, identification and gender were puzzled, the greater than 50 essays written by way of said specialists of their fields seriously examine the ways that we predict, see, and act on this planet, in addition to the ways that we signify such concept psychologically, politically, and culturally.

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Download E-books True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound (The Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities Series) PDF

True Friendship looks heavily at 3 striking poets of the prior half-century—Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell—through the lens in their relation to their predecessors in genius, T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. The severe realization then reveals itself reciprocated, with Eliot and Pound being of their flip reflected anew throughout the lenses in their successors. Hill, Hecht, and Lowell are one of the such a lot generously alert and discriminating readers, as is borne out not just by way of their serious prose yet (best of all) through their acts of latest construction, these poems of theirs which are due to Eliot and Pound.

“Opposition is right Friendship.” So William Blake believed, or at any cost was hoping. Hill, Hecht, and Lowell reveal many different types of friendship with Eliot and Pound: adverse, inventive, own. of their artistic assent and dissent, the innovative literary allusions—like different, wider varieties of influence—are proven to represent the main magnanimous of welcomes and of tributes.

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