Literary Studies

Download E-books An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory PDF

By Andrew Bennett

Fresh, unique and compelling, An creation to Literature, feedback and concept is the basic consultant to literary stories. beginning at ‘the starting’ and concluding with ‘the end’, the e-book covers themes that variety from the prevalent (character, narrative, the writer) to the more odd (secrets, excitement, ghosts). Eschewing summary isms, Bennett and Royle effectively light up complicated rules by way of enticing at once with literary works – in order that a examining of Jane Eyre opens up methods of pondering racial distinction, while Chaucer, Raymond Chandler and Monty Python are all invoked in a dialogue of literary laughter. each one bankruptcy ends with a story consultant to extra studying and the publication additionally incorporates a word list and bibliography. The fourth variation has been revised to include well timed new chapters on animals and the surroundings.

A breath of unpolluted air in a box which could usually appear dry and dauntingly theoretical, this publication will open the reader’s eyes to the exhilarating chances of either analyzing and learning literature.

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Download E-books Poems Containing History: Twentieth-Century American Poetry's Engagement with the Past PDF

By Gary Grieve-Carlson

Ezra Pound’s definition of an epic as “a poem containing historical past” increases questions: how can a poem “contain” heritage? And if it could actually, does it support us to consider heritage in ways in which traditional historiography can't? Poems Containing heritage: Twentieth-Century American Poetry’s Engagement with the Past, via Gary Grieve-Carlson, argues that twentieth-century American poetry has “contained” and helped its readers to consider heritage in a number of provocative and robust methods. Tracing the dialogue of the connection among poetry and background from Aristotle’s Poetics to Norman Mailer’s The Armiesof the Night and Hayden White’s Metahistory, the ebook exhibits that whilst heritage evolves right into a specialist, educational self-discipline within the past due 19th century, and as its practitioners emphasize the clinical elements in their paintings and reduce its literary elements, twentieth-century American poets proceed to take heritage because the topic in their significant poems. occasionally they advocate the perspectives of mainstream historians, as Stephen Vincent Benét does in John Brown’s Body, yet extra usually they problem them, as do Robert Penn Warren in Brother to Dragons, Ezra Pound in TheCantos, or Charles Olson in TheMaximus Poems. In Conquistador, Archibald MacLeish illustrates Aristotle’s declare that poetry tells extra philosophical truths in regards to the earlier than heritage does, whereas in Paterson, William Carlos Williams develops a Nietzschean suspicion of history’s price. 3 significant American poets—T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets, Hart Crane in TheBridge, and Carolyn Forché in The Angel of History—present assorted demanding situations to expert historiography’s assumption that the prior is healthier understood in strictly fabric phrases. Poems Containing History devotes chapters to every of those poets and provides a transparent experience of the seriousness with which American poetry has engaged the prior, in addition to the good number of these engagements.

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Download E-books The Visible Text: Textual Production and Reproduction from Beowulf to Maus (Oxford Textual Perspectives) PDF

By Thomas A. Bredehoft

Oxford Textual views is a brand new sequence of informative and provocative experiences concentrated upon literary texts (conceived of within the broadest experience of that time period) and the applied sciences, cultures and groups that produce, tell, and obtain them. It presents clean interpretations of basic works and of the very important and hard concerns rising in English literary reviews. by means of enticing with the materiality of the literary textual content, its construction, and reception historical past, and regularly trying out and exploring the bounds of the concept of textual content itself, the volumes within the sequence query widely used frameworks and supply leading edge interpretations of either canonical and no more famous works.

Covering fabrics starting from Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and inscribed gadgets to modern comics, The obvious Text rewrites the heritage of textual media and applied sciences. Arguing that media will not be outlined via applied sciences on my own, yet through a mixture of applied sciences and the information that folks carry approximately these applied sciences, Bredehoft identifies 4 targeted classes or domain names within the background of English literature that correspond to 4 ways that media ideologies interacted with the 2 easy defining applied sciences of manuscripts and revealed books.

Examining complementary methods of defining texts (as topic to a reproductive medium, at the one hand, and as surrounded and outlined through paratexts, at the other), The seen textual content points out how Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and modern comics percentage a outstanding similarity in being dependent as productions instead of reproductions.
Contrastingly, the late-medieval and print-era classes percentage a cultural funding in textual replica, yet they fluctuate either of their attribute applied sciences and in how they conceptualize the article of copy itself. a last epilogue, in brief contemplating the character of electronically-mediated textuality, highlights the significance of knowing the background addressed right here, as electonic textual content either parallels and departs from typographic print in ways in which past reproductive domain names make clear and complicate.

Filled with concrete examples of either books and texts, The seen Text should be of curiosity to readers within the fields of literature, e-book historical past, literary thought, media reviews, and visible culture.

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Download E-books Paul Celan: Studies in His Early Poetry (Amsterdamer Publikationen Zur Sprache Und Literatur) PDF

Paul Celan: reports in His Early Poetry scrutinizes the impacts detectable within the poems written in the course of 1938-48. between German writers, Büchner, Goethe, Gottfried von Strassburg, Gryphius, Mörike, the poet of the Nibelungenlied, Novalis, Rilke, and Trakl all supplied motifs that, usually repeated, make for a dense community inviting realization to the self-referential and self-revealing styles in Celan's early paintings. furthermore, there are numerous poems that comprise motifs gleaned from Greek mythology and/or biblical facts. those references, occasionally rather transparent, extra frequently so imprecise as to be hazy allusions, yield the view that in his first decade of poetic actions Celan turns into more and more recondite. while those references or allusions stand side-by-side in a given poem, they gather a surrealistic tint and threaten to withhold transparent that means. Ambiguities, intentionally cultivated within the earliest poems, start to boomerang and browse like such a lot of preludes to the struggles with language glaring within the poetry of Celan's adulthood. it's a sure bet that Celan reacted quick, if no longer instantly, to the occasions befalling the scenes of his early years (Czernowitz and the forced-labor camp). This phenomenon mandates the view of his poems as such a lot of items of autobiography. It therefore is inevitable that as early as 1940 he wrote opposed to the backdrop of warfare, and shortly thereafter within the shadow of the Holocaust that was once destined to model his brain ceaselessly. This quantity is intended for somebody attracted to Celan, shut interpreting of recent poetry more often than not, comparative literature, motif reports, poetic reactions to Holocaust occasions, or maybe in a Jew's idea in regards to the position of the deity within the destruction of these for whom the poet speaks.

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Download E-books The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period PDF

By Laura Marcus

The 10th Muse explores writings at the cinema within the first many years of the 20 th century. Laura Marcus examines the effect of cinema on early twentieth-century literary and, extra generally, aesthetic and cultural realization, by way of bringing jointly the learn of the phrases and methods of early writings approximately movie with literary engagement with cinema within the comparable interval. She supplies a brand new realizing of the ways that early writers approximately movie - reviewers, critics, theorists - built aesthetic different types to outline and accommodate what used to be known as 'the 7th paintings' or 'the 10th muse' and located discursive innovations sufficient to the illustration of the recent artwork and know-how of cinema, with its extraordinary powers of flow.

In studying the writings of early movie critics and commentators in tandem with these of extra particularly literary figures, together with H.G.Wells and Virginia Woolf, and in bringing literary texts into this box, Laura Marcus offers a brand new account of relationships among cinema and literature. Intertwining significant strands of study - the exploration of early movie feedback and thought and cinema's presence in literary texts - The 10th Muse indicates how matters vital to an knowing of cinema (including questions of time, repetition, circulate, imaginative and prescient, sound and silence) are threaded via either types of writing, and the ways that discursive and fictional writings overlapped.

The move that outlined cinema used to be additionally perceived as a extra fragile and risky ephemerality that inhered at each point, from the fleeting nature of the projected photographs to the vagaries of cinematic exhibition. It used to be the nervousness over the mutability of the medium and its exhibition which, from the Nineteen Twenties onwards, resulted in the institution of such institutional areas for cinema because the London-based movie Society, the hot movie journals, and, within the Thirties, the 1st movie records. The 10th Muse explores the continuities among those websites of cinematic tradition and the conceptual, literary and philosophical understandings of the filmic medium.

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Download E-books Northrop Frye and Others: Twelve Writers Who Helped Shape His Thinking (Canadian Literature Collection) PDF

By Robert D. Denham

Eminent Northrop Frye pupil Robert D. Denham explores the relationship among Frye and twelve writers who stimulated his pondering yet approximately whom he didn’t write something expansive. Denham attracts particularly on Frye’s notebooks and different formerly unpublished texts, now to be had within the "Collected Works of Frye." Such diverse thinkers as Aristotle, Lewis Carroll, Soren Kierkegaard, and Paul Tillich grow to be very important figures in defining Frye’s cross-disciplinary pursuits. finally, the twelve “Others” of the name come to symbolize an area occupied by means of writers whose pursuits paralleled Frye’s and helped to set up his personal severe universe.

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Download E-books Writing Against Time PDF

By Michael W. Clune

For hundreds of years, a valuable target of paintings has been to make us see the area with new eyes. Thinkers from Edmund Burke to Elaine Scarry have understood this attempt because the try and create new varieties. yet as someone who has ever tired a track via repeated listening is aware, creative shape is hardly ever resistant to sensation-killing behavior. a few of our such a lot formidable writers—Keats, Proust, Nabokov, Ashbery—have been obsessed via this challenge. trying to create a picture that by no means will get previous, they test with digital, excellent varieties. Poems and novels turn into workshops, as fragments of the genuine international are scrutinized for insights and the form of an awesome art is pieced jointly. those writers, voracious of their urge for food for any wisdom that would extra their objective, locate assist in not likely locations. The common sense of totalitarian regimes, the phenomenology of tune, the pathology of habit, and worldwide commodity alternate provide them with instruments and types for arresting neurobiological time. examining principal works of the earlier centuries in mild in their shared ambition, Clune produces a revisionary knowing of a few of our most vital literature.

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Download E-books Three Sons: Franz Kafka and the Fiction of J. M. Coetzee, Philip Roth, and W. G. Sebald (Avant-Garde & Modernism Studies) PDF

By Daniel L. Medin

Franz Kafka was once a self-conscious author whose texts have been hugely if mysteriously autobiographical. 3 giants of latest fiction—J. M. Coetzee, Philip Roth, and W. G. Sebald—have all stated their debt to the paintings of Kafka, either in interviews and of their personal educational essays and articles for a common readership approximately him. during this impressive feat of literary scholarship, Daniel Medin reveals that using Kafka through Coetzee, Roth, and Sebald is in a similar way self-reflexive and autobiographical. That writers from such divergent nationwide and ethnic traditions may have such particular severe readings of Kafka, and that Kafka may perhaps exert any such strong effect over their oeuvres, Medin contends, attests to the valuable position of Kafka within the modern literary imagination.

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Download E-books Eccentricity and the Cultural Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Paris PDF

By Miranda Gill

What did it suggest to name an individual 'eccentric' in nineteenth-century Paris? And why did breaking with conference arouse such ambivalent responses in middle-class readers, writers, and spectators? From excessive society to Bohemia and the demi-monde to the madhouse, the scandal of nonconformism provoked nervousness, disgust, and sometimes secre craving. In a tradition preoccupied via the necessity for order ye concurrently attracted to the values of freedom and innovation, eccentricity always proven the bounds of bourgeois id, finally turning into inseparable from it. This interdisciplinary examine charts moving French perceptions of the anomalous and weird from the 1830s to the fin de siècle, targeting 3 key concerns. First, in the course of the July Monarchy eccentricity was once associated with style dandyism, and commodity tradition; to many Parisians it epitomized the damaging seductions of modernity and the becoming status of the courtesan. moment, within the aftermath of the 1848 Revolution eccentricity was once linked to the Bohemian artists and performers who inhabited 'the unknown Paris', a quarter of social exclusion which middle-class spectators stumbled on either attention-grabbing and repugnant. ultimately, the popularization of scientific theories of nationwide decline within the latter a part of the century resulted in lowering tolerance for person distinction, and eccentricity used to be interpreted as a symptom of hidden madness and deformity. Drawing on a variety of assets, together with etiquette manuals, model magazines, newspapers, novels, and psychiatric treatises, the examine highlights the crucial position of gender in shaping perceptions of eccentricity. It presents new readings of works by means of significant French writers and illuminates either famous and ignored figures of Parisian modernity, from the courtesan and Bohemian to the feminine dandy and circus freak.

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