By Herman Rapaport
The Literary idea Toolkit deals readers a wealthy compendium of keywords, options, and arguments valuable for the examine of literature in a critical-theoretical context.
- Includes diversified examples drawn from on hand literary texts spanning all classes and genres
- Features a bankruptcy on functionality, whatever no longer frequently lined in related texts
- Covers differing theories of the general public sphere, ideology, strength, and the social family members useful for the certainty of methods to literature
Focusing on Friedrich Hölderlin’s writings on Greek tragedy—especially the works of Sophocles, which he translated to German—this learn additionally examines Hölderlin’s personal poetry, which regularly engaged with tragedy. His musings allow a attention of a number of the meanings of tragedy, offering a brand new studying of Shakespeare, really Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The booklet additionally discusses Nietzsche’s The delivery of Tragedy, in addition to the perspectives of theorists and philosophers similar to Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Blanchot, and Jacques Derrida, all of whom have been encouraged to various levels by means of Hölderlin. Drawing upon the insights of Hegelian philosophy and psychoanalysis, this attention supplies readers prepared entry to an impressive physique of poetry and to the poet as a theorist of tragedy and insanity. this is often crucial analyzing for an knowing of ways tragedy pervades literature and politics, and the way it's been seemed and written approximately, from Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel to Walter Benjamin.
By Helen Vendler
One of our most appropriate commentators on poetry examines the paintings of a extensive diversity of 19th- and twentieth-century English, Irish, and American poets. The Ocean, the fowl, and the Scholar gathers twenty years’ worthy of Helen Vendler’s essays, e-book stories, and low prose―including the 2004 Jefferson Lecture―in a unmarried quantity. Taken jointly, they function a reminder that if the humanities and the patina of tradition they forged over the area have been deleted, we'd, in Wallace Stevens’s memorable formula, inhabit “a geography of the dead.” those essays additionally remind us that with no the passion, evaluations, and books of every century’s students, there will be imperfect perpetuation and transmission of culture.
All of the fashionable poets who've lengthy preoccupied Vendler―Wallace Stevens, Seamus Heaney, John Ashbery, and Jorie Graham―are absolutely represented, in addition to others, together with Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Amy Clampitt, James Merrill, A. R. Ammons, and Mark Ford. And Vendler reaches again into the poetic culture, tracing the effect of Keats, Yeats, Whitman, T. S. Eliot, and others within the paintings of today’s poets. As ever, her readings support to elucidate the resourceful novelty of poems, giving us a wealthy feel not just in their formal points but additionally of the passions underlying their linguistic and structural invention. The Ocean, the poultry, and the coed is an eloquent plea for the centrality, either in humanistic examine and sleek tradition, of poetry’s appealing, subversive, maintaining, and significant legacy.
By Caroline Levine
Forms bargains a robust new solution to at least one of the main urgent difficulties dealing with literary, serious, and cultural reports today--how to attach shape to political, social, and historic context. Caroline Levine argues that types set up not just artistic endeavors but additionally political life--and our makes an attempt to understand either artwork and politics. Inescapable and regularly troubling, kinds form each element of our adventure. but, varieties do not impose their order in any easy means. a number of shapes, styles, and preparations, overlapping and colliding, generate advanced and unpredictable social landscapes that problem and unsettle traditional analytic versions in literary and cultural studies.
Borrowing the concept that of "affordances" from layout conception, this ebook investigates the categorical ways in which 4 significant forms--wholes, rhythms, hierarchies, and networks--have based tradition, politics, and scholarly wisdom throughout classes, and it proposes fascinating new methods of linking formalism to historicism and literature to politics. Levine rereads either formalist and antiformalist theorists, together with Cleanth Brooks, Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancière, Mary Poovey, and Judith Butler, and she or he deals attractive money owed of quite a lot of items, from medieval convents and glossy topic parks to Sophocles's Antigone and the tv sequence The Wire.
The result's a appreciably new mind set approximately shape for the subsequent iteration and crucial examining for students and scholars around the humanities who needs to strive against with the matter of shape and context.
The Bhagavad Gita, possibly the main recognized of all Indian scriptures, is universally considered as one of many world's non secular and literary masterpieces. Richard Davis tells the tale of this venerable and enduring ebook, from its origins in old India to its reception this present day as a non secular vintage that has been translated into greater than seventy-five languages. The Gita opens at the eve of a strong conflict, while the warrior Arjuna is beaten by means of depression and refuses to struggle. He turns to his charioteer, Krishna, who counsels him on why he needs to. within the discussion that follows, Arjuna involves become aware of that the real conflict is for his personal soul.
Davis highlights where of this mythical discussion in classical Indian tradition, after which examines the way it has lived on in various settings and contexts. He appears to be like on the medieval devotional traditions surrounding the divine personality of Krishna and strains how the Gita traveled from India to the West, the place it stumbled on admirers in such figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Aldous Huxley. Davis explores how Indian nationalists like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda used the Gita of their struggle opposed to colonial rule, and the way modern interpreters reanimate and practice this classical paintings for audiences today.
An crucial biography of a undying masterpiece, this ebook is a perfect creation to the Gita and its insights into the fight for self-mastery that all of us needs to wage.
By Will Durant
A smart and witty compendium of the best recommendations, maximum minds, and maximum books of all time -- indexed in obtainable and succinct shape -- through one of many world's maximum students.
From the "Hundred most sensible Books" to the "Ten maximum Thinkers" to the "Ten maximum Poets," here's a concise number of the world's most important wisdom. For the higher a part of a century, Will Durant dwelled upon -- and wrote approximately -- the main major eras, members, and achievements of human background. His choices have eventually been introduced jointly in one, compact quantity. Durant eloquently defends his offerings of the best minds and ideas, yet he additionally stimulates readers into forming their very own reviews, encouraging them to shed their atmosphere and biases and input "The state of the Mind," a undying realm the place the heroes of our species reside.
From a philosopher who consistently selected to exalt the optimistic within the human species, The maximum Minds and concepts of All Time remains real to Durant's optimism. this can be a ebook containing the very best of our history, handed on for the advantage of destiny generations. choked with Durant's well known wit, wisdom, and special skill to provide an explanation for occasions and ideas in uncomplicated and intriguing phrases, this can be a pocket-size liberal arts and humanist curriculum in a single quantity.
By Christoph König
Title note: The Philology of Poetry: From Goethe to Peter Szondi
Literary students and poets are like intimate strangers. They owe their closeness to literature and their alienation to their diverse courting to productiveness.
This e-book examines Goethe, Friedrich Schlegel, Lonnrot, Hofmannstahl, and Szondi, between others. It analyzes the explanations for this alienated closeness and describes a convention that has formed the connection among poetic productiveness and philological understanding."
By Geoffrey Brock
From the across the world acclaimed writer of The Marriage of Cadmus and concord comes probably the most major books in recent times on a author of perennial interest–a virtuoso interpretation of the paintings of Franz Kafka.
What are Kafka’s fictions approximately? Are they goals? Allegories? Symbols? numerous solutions were provided, however the crucial secret continues to be intact. taking off on his personal exploration, Roberto Calasso enters the move, the tortuous flow, the body structure of Kafka’s paintings to find why ok. and Josef K.–the protagonists of The fort and The Trial–are so greatly varied from the other personality within the historical past of the unconventional, and to figure out who, finally, is okay. The fruits of Calasso’s lifelong fascination with Kafka’s paintings, K. is additionally an extraordinary attention of the secret of Kafka himself.
By Terry Eagleton
What makes a piece of literature strong or undesirable? How freely can the reader interpret it? may a nursery rhyme like Baa Baa Black Sheep be jam-packed with hid loathing, resentment, and aggression? during this available, delightfully unique booklet, Terry Eagleton addresses those fascinating questions and a number of others. How to learn Literature is the ebook of selection for college kids new to the learn of literature and for all different readers attracted to deepening their figuring out and enriching their studying experience.
In a chain of very good analyses, Eagleton exhibits the right way to learn with due consciousness to tone, rhythm, texture, syntax, allusion, ambiguity, and different formal facets of literary works. He additionally examines broader questions of personality, plot, narrative, the artistic mind's eye, the that means of fictionality, and the stress among what works of literature say and what they exhibit. Unfailingly authoritative and cheerfully opinionated, the writer presents helpful commentaries on classicism, Romanticism, modernism, and postmodernism besides spellbinding insights right into a large variety of authors, from Shakespeare and J. ok. Rowling to Jane Austen and Samuel Beckett.