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Category: Literary Theory

Dualisms: The Agons of the Modern World by Ricardo J. Quinones

By Ricardo J. Quinones

Dualism is a motif that runs via literature of all genres and old contexts, inspiring argumentation on the maximum point and exhibiting the formation of principles in organization as an artistic alternate. It arises with specified pertinence in western literature because the Renaissance and Reformation. In Dualisms, famous student Ricardo J. Quinones considers 4 significant highbrow encounters: Erasmus and Luther, Voltaire and Rousseau, Turgenev and Dostoevsky, and Sartre and Camus. those 4 circumstances, Quinones argues, are vital for what they're and what they signify: significant highbrow contests that created the fashionable period and stay the 'agons' of our time.

Through in-depth research, this research appears on the clarifications that emerged from 4 recognized polemics. Discerning an 'itinerary in their encounters,' Quinones indicates a shared paradigm of improvement that's real for every of the examples of dualism. In all 4 situations, the 2 members represented the leading edge in their time, and the entire debates began from shared highbrow positions till next occasions published considerably assorted temperaments. it's the inescapable stress and connection among previous affinities and the discord of dialogue that proceed to intrigue us.

Dualisms is a tour-de-force, encompassing highbrow background, philosophy, theology, and literary feedback. It presents clean views on probably the most recognized highbrow debates in all of literature, and considers the results that they proceed to have for the examine of the arts within the sleek world.

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Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood (Warwick by Adriana Cavarero

By Adriana Cavarero

Pertaining to Narratives is an incredible new paintings via the thinker and feminist philosopher Adriana Cavarero. First released in Italian to frequent acclaim, bearing on Narratives is an interesting and tough new account of the connection among selfhood and narration. Drawing a various array of thinkers from either the philosophical and the literary culture, from Sophocles and Homer to Hannah Arendt, Karen Blixen, Walter Benjamin and Borges, Adriana Cadarero's thought of the `narratable self' indicates how narrative versions in philosophy and literature can open new methods of pondering formation of human identities. via exhibiting how every one individual has a special tale that may be informed approximately them, Adriana Cavarero inaugurates a huge shift in considering subjectivity and identification which is based no longer upon specific or discursive norms, yet relatively seeks to account for `who' each folks uniquely is.

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Intangible Materialism: The Body, Scientific Knowledge, and by Ronald Schleifer

By Ronald Schleifer

Taking as his aspect of departure Norbert Weiner’s assertion that info is easy to realizing materialism in our period, Ronald Schleifer indicates how discoveries of recent physics have altered conceptions of topic and effort and the ways that either info idea and the examine of literature can increase those conceptions. increasing the reductive thought of “the fabric” as easily subject and effort, he formulates a brand new, extra inclusive concept of materialism. Schleifer’s venture makes an attempt to bridge the divisions among the arts and the sciences and to create a nonreductive materialism for the knowledge age. He provides a materialistic account of human physically adventure through delving into language and literature that powerfully represents our faces, voices, arms, and soreness. for instance, he examines the fabric assets of poetic “literariness” because it is printed within the situation of Tourette’s syndrome. Schleifer additionally investigates gestures of the hand within the formation of sociality, and he experiences soreness as either a physiological and phenomenological event. This bold paintings explores physiological analyses, evolutionary factors, and semiotic descriptions of materialism to bare how features of actual life detect that means in adventure.

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Interpretation as Pragmatics by Jean-Jacques Lecercle (auth.)

By Jean-Jacques Lecercle (auth.)

Why is it that each one interpretations are attainable, and none is right? That a few interpretations are only, yet a few are fake? Lecercle attracts at the assets of pragmatics, literary conception and the philosophy of language to suggest a brand new thought of literary, but in addition of face-to-face, discussion that charts the interplay among the 5 individuals within the fields of discussion and/or interpretation: writer, reader, textual content, language and encyclopaedia. Interpretation is taken via its 4 levels, from glossing and enigma fixing to translation and intervention.

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Medieval Texts in Context (Context and Genre in English by Graham Caie, Denis Renevey

By Graham Caie, Denis Renevey

This choice of essays via top specialists in manuscript reviews sheds new gentle on how one can strategy medieval texts of their manuscript context. each one contribution presents groundbreaking perception into the sector of medieval textual tradition, demonstrating a number of the interconnections among medieval fabric and literary traditions. The members’ paintings aids reconstruction of the period’s writing practices, as contextual components surrounding the texts supply clues to the ‘manuscript experience’. subject matters equivalent to scribal perform and textual windfall, glosses, rubrics, web page lay-out, or even web page ruling, are addressed in a way illustrative and suggestive of textual perform of the time, whereas the amount extra considers the interface among the manuscript and early textual groups.

Looking at medieval inventories of books now not extant, and addressing questions similar to possession, examining practices and textual creation, Medieval Texts in Context addresses the elemental interpretative factor of ways scribe-editors labored with an eye fixed to their meant viewers. An figuring out of the area inhabited by way of the scribal neighborhood is made use of to light up the reason in the back of the manufacture of devotional texts. the combo of techniques to the medieval vernacular manuscript provided during this quantity is exclusive, marking an incredible, leading edge contribution to manuscript studies.

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Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience by Yi-Fu Tuan

By Yi-Fu Tuan

On the twenty fifth anniversary of its book, a brand new variation of this foundational paintings on human geography.
In the 20 years on account that its unique e-book, house and position has not just tested the self-discipline of human geography, however it has confirmed influential in such different fields as theatre, literature, anthropology, psychology, and theology. Eminent geographer Yi-Fu Tuan considers the ways that humans suppose and examine house, how they shape attachments to domestic, local, and state, and the way emotions approximately area and position are plagued by the experience of time. He means that position is defense and area is freedom: we're hooked up to the only and lengthy for the opposite. no matter if he's contemplating sacred as opposed to "biased" area, legendary area and position, time in experiential house, or cultural attachments to house, Tuan's research is considerate and insightful all through.
Until retiring in 1998, Yi-Fu Tuan used to be a professor of geography on the collage of Wisconsin-Madison. he's ranked one of the country's so much exceptional cultural geographers and has earned various honors, between them a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bracken Award for panorama structure, and an award for meritorious contribution to geography from the organization of yank Geographers. He was once lately named the Lauréat d'Honneur 2000 of the overseas Geographers Union. he's the writer of many essays and books, together with Escapism (1998) and Cosmos and fireside (Minnesota, 1999).

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Literature as Conduct: Speech Acts in Henry James by J. Hillis Miller

By J. Hillis Miller

The paintings of a grasp critic writing on the top of his powers, this magisterial e-book attracts on speech act conception, because it originated with J. L. Austin and used to be extra constructed through Paul de guy and Jacques Derrida, to enquire the numerous dimensions of doing issues with phrases in James's fiction.Three modes of speech act happen in James's novels. First, James's writing of his fictions is performative. He places on paper phrases that experience the facility to elevate within the reader the phantoms of imaginary individuals. moment, James's writing does issues with phrases that do different issues of their flip, together with conferring at the reader accountability for extra judgment and motion: for instance, educating James's novels or writing approximately them. eventually, the narrators and characters in James's fictions utter speech acts which are varieties of doing issues with phrases- provides, declarations, excuses, denials, acts of bearing witness, lies, judgements publicly attested, and so on. The motion of every paintings by way of James, he exhibits, is caused by means of its personal idiosyncratic repertoire of speech acts.In cautious readings of six significant examples, The Aspern Papers,The Portrait of a girl, The Awkward Age, The Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl, and The experience of the prior, Miller demonstrates the price of speech act thought for examining literature. J. Hillis Miller is UCI exclusive examine Professor on the college of California at Irvine. probably the most fresh many books is Speech Acts in Literature.

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Literary Theory: The Basics by Hans Bertens

By Hans Bertens

With a brand new creation and completely up to date tips to extra examining, this second version of Hans Bertens’ bestselling booklet is a must have consultant to the area of literary theory.

Exploring a wide diversity of issues from Marxist and feminist feedback to post-modernism and new historicism it comprises new insurance of:
<UL> * the most recent advancements in post-colonial and cultural theory
* literature and sexuality
* the newest faculties of proposal, together with eco-criticism and post-humanism
* the way forward for literary thought and criticism.
Literary conception: The Basics is a necessary buy for somebody who desires to be aware of what literary idea is and the place it is going.

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Visions of Extremity in Modern Literature by Murray Krieger

By Murray Krieger

Murray Krieger: a reader. no longer a guy who trifles round with literature.

I can't do the guy justice. here's an excerpt from his preface:

Here back, my method—of keeping apart reductive metaphors
and of evaluating the volume of their dominance over the
work and the world—becomes specific in The vintage imaginative and prescient,
while its use in The Tragic imaginative and prescient is implicit simply. I attempt to
justify it as a procedure in my creation to the later quantity
and write my Epilogue to emphasize this team spirit of process
and to make transparent its software to each one of the works or
authors I deal with. in reality, might be to stress the conformity of
this moment quantity to the technique of the first, I summarize
retrospectively (pp. 19-21 of The vintage imaginative and prescient) the grasp-
metaphors of the works taken care of in The Tragic imaginative and prescient. although
I am confident that my summaries emerged out of these
earlier analyses, they have been no longer as transparent to me initially as they
came to be as soon as my procedure crystallized with the writing of
The vintage Vision.

from the again cover:
Originally released individually, The Tragic imaginative and prescient and The
Classic imaginative and prescient are now to be had in paperback as spouse
volumes below the new identify, Visions o f Extremity in Modern
Literature. Murray Krieger has written a new advent
to the set.
From experiences of The Tragic Vision:
"A very complete ebook certainly, with not just a purpose of tragedy
and the description of a new literary technique ('thematics') yet
perceptive analyses of fourteen novels ranging from Dostoevski
The fool to Camus' The Stranger.... I be aware of of po feedback
that confronts us so powerfully with that first section of each
tragic course— the event of stark, staring evil, the demoniac
the tremendous, the absurd. From now on, we can speak approximately
'the tragic vision' with major precision/'— R. B. Sewall in Y
“ Professor Krieger's . . . thesis is an unique one, and the means
by which he helps it exhibit a thorough familiarity
not purely with literary procedure and technique yet additionally with
philosophic and aesthetic reason. . . . A lasting, legitimate, and livel
approach to a few of the smooth world's so much influential and
disturbing novels/"— Christian Century
M urray okay rieger is Professor of English and Comparative
Literature and Director of the software in serious concept at the
University of California at Irvine. He is additionally Professor of English
at the collage of California at Los Angeles. A former
Guggenheim felloyv, he is a best authority on literary thought
and feedback. His different books comprise The Play and position of
Criticism (The Johns Hopkins Press, 1967), A Window of
Criticism, and The New Apologists for Poetry.

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