Category: Literary Criticism

Sur James Joyce by Italo Svevo

By Italo Svevo

Dans cette conférence donnée en 1927, Italo Svevo se fait tant analyste affuté que portraitiste passionné. De son amitié avec James Joyce, rencontré à Trieste en 1906, l'Italien confie los angeles genèse : ignoré par l. a. critique et en manque de lecteurs, il abandonne l'écriture et entre dans l. a. fabrique de vernis de son beau-père. Pour arpenter l'Europe en tant que advertisement, il se voit obligé de suivre des cours d'anglais à l'École Berlitz de los angeles ville, où James Joyce, de vingt ans son cadet, enseigne. De là naît une amitié, une "affinité élective" qui se traduit par l'échange d'ouvrages, de conseils et des encouragements mutuels. Joyce s'avérera d'ailleurs être los angeles clé de voûte du rayonnement européen de l'œuvre de Svevo.

Cette conférence constitue une voie d’accès originale à l'univers fascinant de l'auteur de Finnegans Wake. L'approche biographique est complétée par une interprétation brillante de Ulysse. Au fil d'une examine méticuleuse et critique de l'ouvrage, Svevo entend mettre au jour des clefs de lecture. L'une d'elle serait à trouver du côté de Stephen Dedalus, personnage aux multiples facettes, qui incarne à ses yeux l'alter ego de l'écrivain irlandais. Celui qui aurait inspiré Léopold Bloom, le héros vital du chef d'œuvre, nous livre ici une poétique inspirée et inspirante de los angeles vie et de l'œuvre de Joyce.

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The Disappearance of Literature: Blanchot, Agamben, and the by Aaron Hillyer

By Aaron Hillyer

Aaron Hillyer considers the destiny and implications of Maurice Blanchot's enigmatic formula of literature's destiny: "Literature is heading to its essence, that's its disappearance." The Disappearance of Literature's basic theoretical aim is to focus on a formerly ignored distinction among Blanchot's and Agamben's philosophies. those philosophical and literary arguments continue by way of studying a sequence of similar options: examine, sexuality, language, mysticism, and friendship. even though Blanchot and Agamben usually serve this day as fundamental issues of reference for literary idea, no major severe paintings has but tested their works in a sustained discussion. Hillyer initiates this new trajectory of analysis via readings of Blanchot's The Unavowable neighborhood and Agamben's The Open, that are via encounters with books through modern writers Vila-Matas, Aira, and Carson. The juxtaposition of those assorted sorts of writing (philosophy as literature and literature as philosophy) exhibits that the hot form of writing analyzed right here holds either "literature" and "philosophy" at a definite distance from one another in addition to from themselves. the first technique of this distantiation is the gesture of deactivation played by means of the act of "study." The narrators and authors tested right here usually "study" either literature and philosophy in an effort to eliminate them from their perilous metaphysical foundations. during this method, Hillyer argues, the "study-novel" emerges as a uncomplicated paradigm of the disappearance of literature, a brand new classification of literary production marked via Agamben's dispute with Blanchot.

“The disappearance of literature is considered one of Maurice Blanchot's so much provocative, paradoxical, but affirmative propositions, one who binds the way forward for writing neither to modernist autonomy nor to oppositional negativity, yet to an important vanishing of all essentiality. during this probing new booklet, Aaron Hillyer expertly strains the faultlines of interpretation and false impression among Blanchot and Agamben concerning literature's vocation, calling on a bunch of philosophical and fictional writings, from Bataille to Benjamin, Derrida to Duras, César Aira to Anne Carson and Enrique Vila-Matas, which will examine, solicit, and survey the chances and impossibilities introduced via literature's disappearance.” – Leslie Hill, Professor, division of French reviews, collage of Warwick, united kingdom,

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Savage Reprisals: Bleak House, Madame Bovary, Buddenbrooks by Peter Gay

By Peter Gay

Targeting 3 literary classics - Charles Dickens's Bleak residence (1853); Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1857); and Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks (1901) - Peter homosexual, a cultural historian, demonstrates that there's a couple of solution to learn a unique. ordinarily readers think that fiction, specifically those who ruled the Western tradition of the nineteenth century, relies on old fact. homosexual makes use of his examples to teach that novels take their very own route to truth. He discovers, by way of exploring their international, craftsmanship and their minds, that each one 3 novelist percentage one overriding caliber - a resentment and rage opposed to the society that sustains the radical itself.

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Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic by Christopher Prendergast

By Christopher Prendergast

Marcel Proust was once lengthy the item of a cult during which the most element of analyzing his nice novel looking for misplaced Time was once to discover, with its narrator, a redemptive epiphany in a pastry and a cup of lime-blossom tea. We now reside in much less convinced instances, in ways in which position nice pressure at the assumptions and ideology that made these prior readings attainable. This has resulted in a brand new demeanour of analyzing Proust, opposed to the grain. In Mirages and Mad ideals, Christopher Prendergast argues the case otherwise, with the grain, at the foundation that Proust himself used to be prey to self-doubt and located a variety of, if oblique, methods of letting us understand. Prendergast lines intimately the destinations and sorts of a quietly nondogmatic but insistently skeptical voice that questions the redemptive aesthetic the unconventional is so usually taken to have a good time, bringing the reader to wonder if that aesthetic is yet one other example of the mirage or the mad trust that, in different guises, figures prominently in looking for misplaced Time. In tracing the modalities of this self-pressuring voice, Prendergast levels all over the place, throughout a multiplicity of rules, subject matters, assets, and stylistic registers in Proust's literary inspiration and writing perform, attentive at each aspect to inflections of aspect, in a sustained account of Proust the skeptic for the modern reader.

"From Bergson to Sebald, Prendergast's new ebook demonstrates his exceptional achieve. Delving into the smallest info and biggest principles, in addition to Proust's personal 'truth written by means of figures,' this research of his skeptic viewpoint is as deep because it is wide."--Mary Ann Caws, writer of Marcel Proust

"Christopher Prendergast extracts new and unique meanings out of the best-known pages in Proust. this can be the lucrative upshot of shut and perspicuous readings that display ambiguities and paradoxes in passages whose interpretations are frequently taken without any consideration. Prendergast's admiration, faraway from blinding him, results in his gaining knowledge of the energy in Proust's unfastened ends."--Antoine Compagnon, Collge de France and Columbia University

"Through exemplary shut studying and memorable awareness to textual aspect, this publication bargains a high-powered serious argument that primarily pits Proust opposed to himself--the romantic aesthete opposed to the ironic doubter, the author who conquers time opposed to the person who is familiar with how completely misplaced it may be. This paintings will problem and change many present readings of Proust and, by way of implication, different writers."--Michael wooden, Princeton University

"In Mirages and Mad ideals, Prendergast identifies a skeptical pressure in Proust's writing marking the novelist's resistance to his personal obvious ideals. this can be the paintings of a huge critic on the most sensible of his video game: witty, profound, and hugely readable, whereas assembly best criteria of scholarship in its demonstrate of erudition and admire for resources. It merits to be greatly read."--Michael Sheringham, collage of Oxford

"[A] deliciously wealthy interrogation of the French novelist's oeuvre. . . . Prendergast has baked a millefeuille of a publication right here, crisp, wealthy and multilayered. learn it for its exposition of jokes, of magic, appeal and spectrality, of the Proustian physique (a position 'where we are living yet now not the place we're at home'), in addition to for its awkward questions. Refusing to regard Proust as a celebrant, this booklet interrogates his gloriously mad undertaking, whereas additionally amply satisfying its goal to 'stay alert, with probably the most alert minds of contemporary literature.'"--Mary Bryden, instances better schooling

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Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism by Ben Jeffery

By Ben Jeffery

Michel Houellebecq, writer of 5 novels together with Atomised and Platform, has develop into in all probability the world's most renowned literary pessimist. His paintings announces that lifestyles is painful and disappointing, demise is terrifying, and the human is a bad kind of comic story. He has been wildly profitable – translated into over 25 assorted languages and hailed because the voice of a iteration.

Beginning with Houellebecq's novels, this ebook explores the idea that of 'Depressive Realism' in literature and philosophy – the proposition that the proof of lifestyles are bleak and unkind. Ranging over paintings via David Foster Wallace, Susan Sontag, Fredric Jameson and Margaret Atwood, Anti-Matter surveys the case for pessimism, asks how a mass tradition rooted in sentimentality and trivialisation manages to provide loads cynicism and apathy, and hunts for the gap that continues to be for severe, life-affirming paintings.

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T. S. Eliot: The Contemporary Reviews (American Critical

Extensively considered as the most very important and influential poets of the 20 th century, T. S. Eliot was once additionally super prolific. T. S. Eliot: The modern stories is a testomony to either those facets of Eliot's paintings. In it, Jewel Spears Brooker provides the main accomplished amassing of newspaper and journal stories of Eliot's paintings ever assembled. It comprises studies from either American and British journals. Brooker expands at the significant issues of the reports and exhibits how the studies themselves motivated not just Eliot, but in addition literary historical past within the 20th century.

Note: The record of members during this quantity is great. indexed, in my view, are the 20 such a lot proper contributors.

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Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature by Jorge Luis Borges

By Jorge Luis Borges

In English eventually, Borges’s erudite and unique lectures on English literature from Beowulf to Oscar Wilde

Writing for Harper’s Magazine, Edgardo Krebs describes Professor Borges: “A compilation of the twenty-five lectures Borges gave in 1966 on the collage of Buenos Aires, the place he taught English literature. beginning with the Vikings’ kennings and Beowulf and finishing with Stevenson and Oscar Wilde, the e-book traverses a panorama of ‘precursors,’ cross-cultural borrowings, and genres of expression, all hooked up through Borges right into a sizeable interpretive internet. this is often the main outstanding and worthwhile of Borges’s works to have seemed posthumously.”

Borges takes us on a startling, idiosyncratic, clean, and hugely opinionated journey of English literature, weaving jointly numerous cultural traditions of the final 3 thousand years. Borges’s lectures — added extempore through a guy of amazing erudition — convey the canon to remarkably vibrant lifestyles. Now translated into English for the 1st time, those lectures are observed by means of wide and informative notes through the Borges students Martín Arias and Martín Hadis.

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Reading Greek Tragedy by Simon Goldhill

By Simon Goldhill

This e-book is a sophisticated serious advent to Greek tragedy. it truly is written particularly for the reader who doesn't recognize Greek and who could be surprising with the context of the Athenian drama competition yet who however desires to have fun with the performs in all their complexity. Simon Goldhill goals to mix the simplest modern scholarly feedback in classics with a large wisdom of contemporary literary experiences in different fields. He discusses the masterpieces of Athenian drama within the mild of up to date severe controversies in this sort of approach as to let the coed or pupil not just to appreciate and enjoy the texts of the main as a rule learn performs, but in addition to judge and make the most of the diversity of ways to the issues of historical drama.

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A Franz Kafka Encyclopedia by Richard T. Gray, Ruth V. Gross, Rolf J. Goebel, Clayton

By Richard T. Gray, Ruth V. Gross, Rolf J. Goebel, Clayton Koelb

Filenote: PDF retail from EBL. it's not that i am certain if its vector or now not - as I dont know the way to scientifically inform. Its seems great and fresh. TOC bookmarked.

Known for depicting alienation, frustration, and the victimization of the person by way of impenetrable bureaucracies, Kafka's works have given upward thrust to the time period Kafkaesque. This encyclopedia info Kafka's lifestyles and writings.

Included are greater than 800 alphabetically prepared entries on his works, characters, kinfolk and pals, topics, and different themes. lots of the entries cite works for additional interpreting, and the Encyclopedia closes with a particular, common bibliography.

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