Category: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge History of Russian Literature by Charles Moser

By Charles Moser

Beginning with the earliest texts, relationship from the time of the Christianization of Russian literature a thousand years in the past, this up-to-date version encompasses the heritage of Russian literature in the course of the Eighties. An up-to-date variation of this complete narrative background, containing a brand new bankruptcy on Russian literature of the Nineteen Eighties and extra bibliographical information.

"...the Cambridge historical past deals a few vital insights." Vasily Rudich, New Criterion

"...offers an exceptional advent to its topic matter." Choice

"...an immensely invaluable book." the days greater schooling Supplement

"Professor Moser has had no effortless activity, and the final result's a sworn statement to his very significant talents as an editor. He enables the transition from one interval to the following via furnishing first and foremost of every bankruptcy a short thumbnail caricature of the hot interval. In themselves those sketches are types of judiciousness. learn in series, they supply an excellent condensed historical past of the total literature....this quantity will basically turn into a massive instrument for either academics and scholars of the Russian literary tradition." J. Douglas Clayton, Canadian Slavonic Papers (Amazon)

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I Love You More Than You Know by Jonathan Ames

By Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames has drawn comparisons around the literary spectrum, from David Sedaris to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Woody Allen to P.G. Wodehouse, and his books, in addition to his skills as a performer, have made him a favourite at the overdue express with David Letterman. even if he's chasing deranged cockroaches round his condominium, kissing a stunning actress at the set of an avant-garde movie, discovering himself caught perilously on best of a fence in Memphis in the course of the evening, or scary fights with large German males, Jonathan Ames has an uncanny knack for buying himself into outlandish events. In his most modern assortment, i admire You greater than you recognize, Ames proves once more his vast expertise for turning his personal adventures, neuroses, joys, heartaches, and insights into profound and hilarious stories. Alive with love and tenderness for his son, his mom and dad, his great-aunt — or even strangers in bars overdue at evening — in i like You greater than you recognize Ames appears to be like underneath the outside of our global to discover the wonder within the perverse, the beauty in loneliness, and the humor in pain.

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More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, by Nancy Pearl

By Nancy Pearl

The reaction to Nancy Pearl’s shock bestseller e-book Lust used to be marvelous: the Seattle librarian even grew to become the version for the now-famous Librarian motion determine. Readers far and wide welcomed Pearl’s encyclopedic yet discerning clear out on books worthy studying, and her Rule of fifty (give a publication 50 pages sooner than finding out no matter if to proceed; yet readers over 50 needs to learn a similar variety of pages as their age) grew to become a typical MO.

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Check These Out: One Librarian's Catalog of the 200 Coolest, by Gina Sheridan

By Gina Sheridan

Find a librarian's mystery stash of significant reads!

We've all been there: within the library, head tilted sideways, doing our greatest to navigate a blur of spines and titles to discover one worthy examining. fortunately, the search is over. Librarian, writer, and publication devourer Gina Sheridan has taken care of during the stacks to assemble a listing of read-worthy titles you've got disregarded on your seek. Check those Out is her mystery stash of books that experience captivated her brain and soul through the years. inside of, she unearths quite a lot of awesome but unusual tales that may thoroughly swap how you view the area, from Michael Dorris's A Yellow Raft in Blue Water to Herman Melville's The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade. After every one advice, Sheridan deals a hilariously shrewdpermanent precis in addition to striking information about the e-book or author.

Complete with a record to maintain song of the titles you've learn, Check those Out may help you find a complete new international of literature you won't think you overlooked.

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After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation by George Steiner

By George Steiner

In his vintage paintings, literary critic and pupil George Steiner tackles what he considers the Babel “problem”: Why, over the process historical past, have people constructed millions of other languages while the social, fabric, and fiscal merits of a unmarried tongue are noticeable? Steiner argues that various cultures’ wants for privateness and exclusivity resulted in every one constructing its personal language. Translation, he believes, is on the very center of human communique, and hence on the center of human nature. From our daily conception of the realm round us, to creativity and the uninhibited mind's eye, to the customarily inexplicable poignancy of poetry, we're regularly translating—even from our local language.

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Don Quichotte et le problème de la réalité by Alfred Schütz

By Alfred Schütz

Ivre de romans de chevalerie, Don Quichotte se rêve lui-même en chevalier errant. Il agit dans un monde entièrement imaginaire, littéralement enchanté. Si personne ne s'oppose à ses croyances, le "sous-univers" dans lequel il vit par rapport à l. a. réalité de sens commun peut cohabiter sans heurts avec d'autres "sous-univers". Tout est affaire, nous dit Schütz, de croyance subjective, entre raison, technology et rêve. l. a. vérité dépend de los angeles réalité dans laquelle chacun croit, nos choix et nos convictions sont avant tout des phénomènes sociaux, fondés sur l'interaction entre les individus. Et les sous-univers que l'on choisit en influencent parfois d'autres. Ce qui arrive à Sancho Pança, son écuyer, pourtant éminent représentant du "sens commun". Une fois entré dans l'univers pseudo-scientifique de son maître, il donne une interprétation absolument extravagante de l'une de leurs aventures. Mais pour Don Quichotte, los angeles description de son fidèle compagnon est totalement "en dehors de l’ordre de l. a. nature". Aussi, dès qu'une réalité peut être contredite, elle ne peut plus être acceptée comme vraie. Ce retour à l. a. réalité "de sens commun" devient pour notre chevalier errant un emprisonnement, une désillusion.
Alfred Schütz livre là une interprétation lumineuse des réalités multiples qui composent l'ordre social et défend un aspect de vue radical : los angeles réalité n'est que subjective ; los angeles frontière entre le réel et l'imaginaire relative.

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The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Terry Eagleton

By Terry Eagleton

The word "the which means of life" for lots of turns out a old fashioned idea healthy for satirical mauling via Monty Python or Douglas Adams. yet during this lively Very brief creation, famed critic Terry Eagleton takes a significant if frequently fun examine the query and provides his personal amazing answer.

Eagleton first examines how centuries of thinkers and writers--from Marx and Schopenhauer to Shakespeare, Sartre, and Beckett--have replied to the final word query of that means. He indicates, even if, that it's only nowa days that the query has develop into complex. yet rather than tackling it head-on, many people take care of the sentiments of meaninglessness in our lives by way of filling them with every little thing from soccer to intercourse, Kabbala, Scientology, "New Age softheadedness," or fundamentalism. nonetheless, Eagleton notes, many knowledgeable humans think that existence is an evolutionary twist of fate that has no intrinsic that means. If our lives have that means, it truly is whatever with which we have the capacity to make investments them, now not whatever with which they arrive prepared made. Eagleton probes this view of that means as a type of deepest firm, and concludes that it fails to holds up. He argues as an alternative that the that means of existence isn't really an answer to an issue, yet an issue of dwelling in a definite manner. it isn't metaphysical yet moral. it's not anything become independent from lifestyles, yet what makes it worthy living--that is, a definite caliber, intensity, abundance and depth of existence.

Here then is a superb dialogue of the matter of which means by way of a number one philosopher, who writes with a mild and infrequently irreverent contact, yet with a truly critical lead to mind.

Reviews:

"This is a quick, bold, and pleasurable booklet. As a survivor of the speculation wars, Terry Eagleton has emerged as a critic and philosopher who can assist us theologues consider not just life's that means however the subsequent steps we should always take as even postmodernism fades into cultural historical past. If there's a cultural existence for us all within the aftermath of the clash among essentialism and relativism, Eagleton's provocative essay will aspect the best way either to creating and learning its meaning."--Gary R. corridor, Anglican Theological Review

"Eagleton's witty eclecticism is ideal for this kind of lofty topic, yet would it not be irrelevant to invite for more?--Leoppold Froelich, Playboy

"The which means of existence will be 'lie' relative to how even more a pupil like Mr. Eagleton may need stated, however it continues to be a piece that calls for shut realization from readers who're already good grounded in literature and philosophy."--Mark Grannis, The Washington Times

"The information that Terry Eagleton has tackled the which means of existence in a e-book of a trifling 185 pages shouldn't increase any eyebrows. If somebody can pull it off, it's most likely him. Eagleton, unsurprisingly, has written a chic, literate, cogent attention of a maddeningly slippery subject, one whose conclusions run opposite to standard knowledge, specifically during this country."--Laura Miller, Salon.com

"Eagleton's is not like such a lot works on life's which means, during which writers frequently invoke theology. Eagleton's inspiration of affection could appear to guide again to theism, yet he indicates us we will be able to have significant lives no matter what our theology, and he invitations us all to settle on. He merits a spot in such a lot collections."--Leslie Armour, Library Journal

"Regardless of even if you settle with him, you'll end up challenged by means of this little book."--Houston Chronicle"

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Holy Terror by Terry Eagleton

By Terry Eagleton

UPLOADER'S NOTE:

Found on Scribd, probably this used to be sourced from Google Books, marked as non-retail. quality PDF. brief ebook by means of the grasp Terry Eagleton, appears to be like nice yet I haven't learn it but myself.

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Publication Date: September eight, 2005
Holy Terror is a profound and well timed research of the assumption of terror, drawing upon political, philosophical, literary, and theological resources to track a family tree from the traditional global to the fashionable day.

Rather than upload to the mounting pile of political reports of terrorism, Terry Eagleton deals right here a metaphysics of terror with a significant historic viewpoint. Writing with extraordinary readability and persuasive perception he examines an idea whose cultural impression predates Sep 11 by way of millennia. From its earliest manifestations in ceremony and formality, throughout the French Revolution to the 'War on Terror' of this day, terror has been appeared with either horror and fascination. Eagleton examines the duality of
the sacred (both life-giving and death-dealing) and relates it, through present and earlier rules of freedom, to the assumption of terror itself.

Stretching from the cult of Dionysus to the idea of Jacques Lacan, the ebook takes in en path rules of God, freedom, the chic, and the subconscious. It additionally examines the matter of evil, and devotes a concluding bankruptcy to the belief of tragic sacrifice and the scapegoat.

Written through one of many world's most well known cultural critics, Holy Terror is a provocative and impressive exam of 1 of the main pressing problems with our time.

From Publishers Weekly
With the data of a library's worthy of theology and literature in his again pocket, best literary critic Eagleton (After idea) units out to track the "genealogy" of terrorism through describing its position in societies all through heritage. Composed of six short, magnificent, dense chapters, the publication attracts on an unlimited collection of myths, fictions and non secular texts, contending that the critic can start to understand the brain of the terrorist via an exam of Dionysus or Lear or Faust. just like the paintings of Umberto Eco, the e-book is realized, ironic and complicated sufficient for varied rereadings, rather if the reader desires to shape the type of counterarguments the publication implicitly calls for. certainly, its provocative circumspection may perhaps depart either liberals and conservatives sputtering. even though too dense and allusive for a basic viewers, Eagleton's "metaphysical" and aesthetic method of the trouble of terror offers the type of philosophical context to present occasions that might fulfill lovers of Derrida, Lacan and Eagleton himself. (Nov.)
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`This is a stunning, shrewdpermanent, breathless and infuriating book.' Jonathan Baker, New Directions
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Embodying Pessoa: Corporeality, Gender, Sexuality

The multifaceted and labyrinthine oeuvre of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) is amazing by way of having been written and released less than greater than seventy assorted names. those weren't mere pseudonyms, yet what Pessoa termed `heteronyms,' absolutely discovered identities possessed not just of wildly divergent writing types and critiques, but additionally of certain biographies. in lots of instances, their autonomous existences prolonged to their booklet of letters and significant readings of every other's works (and these of Pessoa `himself').

Long acclaimed in continental Europe and Latin the USA as a towering presence in literary modernism, Pessoa has extra lately started to obtain the eye of an English-speaking public. Embodying Pessoa responds to this new development of curiosity. The collection's twelve essays, preceded by way of a normal advent and grouped into 4 themed sections, follow various present interpretative types either to the extra regular canon of Pessoa's output, and to much less widely used texts - in lots of instances just recently released. As a complete, this paintings diverges from conventional Pessoa feedback by means of attesting to the significance of corporeal physicality in his heteronymous test and to the prominence of representations of (gendered) sexuality in his paintings.

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The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Then and Now by Richard Paul Roe

By Richard Paul Roe

Richard Paul Roe spent greater than two decades touring the size and breadth of Italy on a literary quest of extraordinary significance.

Using the textual content from Shakespeare's ten "Italian Plays" as his in simple terms compass, Roe decided the precise destinations of approximately each scene in Romeo and Juliet, the 2 gents of Verona, The service provider of Venice, a lot Ado approximately not anything, The Tempest, and the rest dramas set in Italy. His chronicle of commute, research, and discovery paints with unparalleled readability an image of what the Bard should have skilled earlier than penning his performs.

Equal components literary detective tale and vibrant travelogue--containing copious annotations and greater than one hundred fifty maps, pictures, and paintings--The Shakespeare consultant to Italy is a different, compelling, and deeply provocative trip that may endlessly switch our realizing of ways to learn the Bard . . . and irrevocably modify our imaginative and prescient of who William Shakespeare quite was once.

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