By Mieke Bal
By Andrew Edgar
That includes over 80 essays, Cultural conception: the foremost Thinkers is a seminal advisor to the literary critics, sociologists, historians, artists, philosophers and writers who've formed tradition and society, and how during which we view them. starting from Arnold to Le Corbusier, from Eco to Marx, the entries provide a lucid research of the paintings of influential figures within the learn of cultural thought, making this the appropriate advent for the coed and common reader alike.
By Matthew Gibson
Contemporary politically established works at the vampire novel were oriented in the direction of Irish or postcolonial contexts. during this paintings Matthew Gibson couches the paintings of Mérimée, Polidori, Le Fanu, Stoker and Verne within the quick and particular context within which their works have been written - specifically the precise reaction to the Balkan, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian politics. whereas tracing the perspectives and critiques of the writers themselves, he additionally analyzes their works to bare that the vampire acts as an allegory of the close to East wherein they recommend (rather than avow) often unorthodox perspectives, that are a problem to critics who profess the 'orientalism' argument renowned this day.
By Sara H. Lindheim
In the Heroides, the Roman poet Ovid wittily plucks fifteen deserted heroines from old fable and literature and creates the fiction that every girl writes a letter to the hero who left her in the back of. yet in giving voice to those heroines, is Ovid writing like a girl, or writing "Woman" like a man?
Using feminist and psychoanalytic methods to ascertain the "female voice" within the Heroides, Sara H. Lindheim heavily reads those fictive letters within which the ladies probably inform their very own tales. She issues out that during Ovid’s verse epistles all of the girls signify themselves in a strikingly related and disjointed model. Lindheim turns to Lacanian idea of wish to clarify those curious and hauntingly repetitive representations of the heroines within the "female voice." Lindheim’s procedure illuminates what those poems demonstrate approximately either masculine and female buildings of the female
Samuel Taylor Coleridge is among the so much influential, and essentially the most enigmatic, of all Romantic figures. This Cambridge better half does complete justice to the various points of Coleridge's lifestyles and paintings. particularly commissioned essays specialise in his significant poems, his notebooks and the Biographia Literaria. awareness is given to his function as talker, journalist, critic, and thinker, his politics, faith, and his modern and next recognition. A chronology and courses to extra studying whole the amount, making this an vital consultant to Coleridge and his paintings.
Serious conception when you consider that PLATO is a chronologically-arranged anthology that offers a large survey of the background and improvement of literary feedback and thought in Western tradition. Written via recognized students within the box of literary learn, this well-respected textual content places an emphasis at the person members to the improvement of literary feedback, from Plato and Aristotle to the current.
By Grace M. Ledbetter
Combining literary and philosophical research, this examine defends an completely cutting edge analyzing of the early heritage of poetics. it's the first to argue that there's a distinctively Socratic view of poetry and the 1st to attach the Socratic view of poetry with previous literary tradition.
Literary thought is mostly acknowledged firstly Plato's recognized critique of poetry within the Republic. Grace Ledbetter demanding situations this entrenched assumption by means of arguing that Plato's past dialogues Ion, Protagoras, and Apology introduce a distinctively Socratic concept of poetry that responds polemically to conventional poets as rival theorists. Ledbetter tracks the resources of this Socratic reaction by means of introducing separate readings of the poetics implicit within the poetry of Homer, Hesiod, and Pindar. reading those poets' theories from a brand new attitude that uncovers their literary, rhetorical, and political goals, she demonstrates their decisive effect on Socratic considering poetry.
The Socratic poetics Ledbetter elucidates focuses now not on censorship, yet at the interpretation of poetry as a resource of ethical knowledge. This philosophical method of analyzing poetry stands at odds with the poets' personal theories--and with the Sophists' therapy of poetry. not like the Republic's concentrate on exposing and banishing poetry's irrational and necessarily corrupting effect, Socrates' concept comprises poetry as subject material for philosophical inquiry inside of an tested life.
Reaching again into what has too lengthy been thought of literary theory's prehistory, Ledbetter advances arguments that would redefine how classicists, philosophers, and literary theorists take into consideration Plato's poetics.
By David Lodge
The place do novelists get their 'ideas' from? How do they boost an idea right into a narrative with a particular and person shape? How a ways is the reception of a piece of fiction conditioned through components outdoors the writer's keep an eye on? within the first a part of this e-book, in revealing and sometimes a laugh memory, David inn lines the heritage of his fresh novel approximately Henry James, writer, from the first actual point out of the elemental suggestion in his computing device, during the procedures of study and writing, to the book and reception of the completed publication, which was once adversely laid low with the looks of one other novel at the related topic a few six months prior. those weren't the single novels encouraged by means of Henry James in move within the yr 2004, a phenomenon which resort sees with hindsight as 'a twist of fate ready to happen', with ironic results that the grasp himself may need invented. The essays within the moment half pursue the topics of genesis, composition and reception within the paintings of alternative novelists. There are reviews of key works by way of James himself, H.G.Wells, Vladimir Nabokov, J.M.Coetzee and Umberto Eco, and essays at the literary resources of Graham Greene's mind's eye and on an important anthology of the 'Best of younger American Novelists'. jointly the contents of this ebook throw a super mild at the dominant literary kind of the final centuries, in its dual features as murals and commodity.
By Sander L. Gilman
Gilman makes a speciality of the connection among Kafka's existence and paintings, reconstructing either Kafka's cultural surroundings and the writer's conceptual realizing of his personal physique. Kafka's letters, diaries, and writings emerge in Gilman's research as home windows into his ongoing try and create an id in an international the place being a imperative eu Jew dictated an uneasy destiny. the quantity emphasizes in specific the picture and function of the Jew in Kafka's sleek international and the way Kafka replied to winning attitudes, repressive activities, and stereotypes in society at huge. Gilman additionally examines the impression of psychoanalytic rules on Kafka and his works, exploring how Kafka wove such psychoanalytic studies into his literature. Gilman concludes with attention of the "Kafka-myth" and the wealth of fabric rising from it during the last 80 years, together with paintings by means of such illustrious minds as Walter Benjamin and Ted Hughes.
Franz Kafka good points illuminating archival photos and illustrations in addition to a accomplished bibliography and filmography of labor through and approximately Kafka. This succinct but penetrating quantity deals beneficial and unique perception into how Kafka's existence and paintings formed how we understand our glossy society and how, indeed, some point of the area is often "Kafkaesque."
By Kaira M. Cabañas
The most very important avant-garde pursuits of postwar Paris was once Lettrism, which crucially equipped an curiosity within the dating among writing and picture into tasks in poetry, portray, and particularly cinema. hugely influential, the Lettrists served as a bridge of varieties among the sooner works of the Dadaists and Surrealists and the later Conceptual artists.
Off-Screen Cinema is the 1st monograph in English of the Lettrists. providing a whole portrait of the avant-garde scene of Fifties Paris, it specializes in the movie works of key Lettrist figures like Gil J Wolman, Maurice Lemaître, François Dufrêne, and particularly the movement's founder, Isidore Isou, a Romanian immigrant whose “discrepant editing” intentionally uncoupled snapshot and sound. via Cabañas's historical past, we see not just the total scope of the Lettrist undertaking, but in addition its transparent impact on Situationism, the French New Wave, the hot Realists, in addition to American filmmakers comparable to Stan Brakhage.