The Fate of Ideas: Seductions, Betrayals, Appraisals

As editor of the quarterly Salmagundi for the previous fifty years, Robert Boyers has been at the innovative of advancements in politics, tradition, and the humanities. Reflecting on his collaborations and quarrels with the various 20th century's so much transformative writers, artists, and thinkers, Boyers writes a unconditionally unique highbrow memoir that conscientiously confronts chosen facets of latest society.

Organizing his chapters round particular principles, Boyers anatomizes the method wherein they fall out and in of favor and infrequently confuse those that such a lot ardently include them. In provocative encounters with authority, constancy, "the other," excitement, and quite a lot of different themes, Boyers tells colourful tales approximately his personal existence and, within the approach, reviews the destiny of principles in a society dedicated to alter and sick built to evaluate the losses entailed in modernity. one of the writers who look in those pages are Susan Sontag and V. S. Naipaul, Jamaica Kincaid and J. M. Coetzee, in addition to figures drawn from all walks of lifestyles, together with untrue husbands, psychoanalysts, terrorists, and besotted good looks lovers.

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Carnival and Literature in Early Modern England

By Jennifer C. Vaught

'Carnival and Literature in Early glossy England' explores the elite and renowned festive fabrics appropriated through authors through the English Renaissance in quite a lot of dramatic and non-dramatic texts. even if ancient documents of rural, city, and courtly seasonal customs in early smooth England exist simply in fragmentary shape, Jennifer Vaught lines the sustained impression of fairs and rituals at the performs and poetry of 16th- and seventeenth-century English writers. She specializes in the various ways that Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe, Dekker, Jonson, Milton and Herrick included the carnivalesque of their works. extra, she demonstrates how those early smooth texts have been used - and misused - by way of later writers, performers, and inventors of spectacles, significantly Mardi Gras krewes organizing parades within the American Deep South. The works featured the following frequently spotlight violent conflicts among members of alternative ranks, ethnicities, and religions, which the writer argues mirror the social realities of the time. those Renaissance writers replied to republican, egalitarian notions of liberty for the population with radical help, ambivalence, or conservative competition. finally, the very important, folkloric measurement of those performs and poems demanding situations the idea that canonical works via Shakespeare and his contemporaries belong merely to 'high' and never to 'low' tradition.

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Horrors of War: The Undead on the Battlefield

By Cynthia J. Miller

Acknowledgments creation half I: immense Enemies 1. “Blood-Thirsty Graybacks”: The gigantic Othering of the Confederacy in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter Robert A. Saunders 2. Cry “Havoc!” and allow Slip the Vampires of warfare Cynthia J. Miller three. Vampire Pilots and Industrialized battle within the Bloody crimson Baron A. Bowdoin Van Riper four. Nazis at the Moon! Nazis less than the Polar Ice Cap! And different contemporary Episodes within the unusual Cinematic Afterlife of the 3rd Reich James J. Ward half Ii: The useless do not relaxation five. The Wages of conflict: Spectral teenagers within the Devil's spine Michael C. Reiff 6. Traversing the Afterlife fable: The Haunted Soldier in Jacob's Ladder Thomas Robert Argiro 7. The Haunted Tank Paul O'Connor eight. (Re)Remembering the good struggle in Deathwatch Marzena Sokolowska-Paryz nine. The U.N.dead: chilly struggle Ghosts in Carol for an additional Christmas Christina M. Knopf half Iii: Making Monsters 10. Pall within the relations: Deathdream, apartment, and the Vietnam battle Christopher D. Stone eleven. Strategic

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Coleridge and the Philosophy of Poetic Form (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism)

By Ewan James Jones

Ewan James Jones argues that Coleridge engaged most importantly with philosophy now not via systematic argument, yet in verse. Jones includes this argument via a chain of sustained shut readings, either one of canonical texts corresponding to Christabel and The Rime of the traditional Mariner, and in addition of much less regularly occurring verse, similar to Limbo. Such paintings exhibits that the fundamental components of poetic expression - a poem's metre, rhythm, rhyme and different such formal gains - enabled Coleridge to imagine in an unique and unique demeanour, which his systematic philosophy impeded. Attentiveness to such formal gains, which has for it slow been neglected in Coleridge scholarship, allows a rethinking of the connection among eighteenth-century verse and philosophy extra extensively, because it engages with matters together with impact, materiality and self-identity. Coleridge's poetic pondering, Jones argues, either consolidates and radicalises the present literary serious rediscovery of shape.

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The muted I: Locating a narrator in the works of W.G. Sebald

By Avi Kempinski

This dissertation probes the id and targets of the first-person narrator within the fictional works of W.G. Sebald (1944-2001). I posit that the typical narrator of Sebald's fiction is pushed through ontological and historic wishes that align with elements of his exilic interlocutors whereas trying to distance himself from the Nazi legacy that's obliquely yet unmistakably ascribed to a father determine. whereas reports of Sebald's works have principally addressed overarching topics akin to exile and normal and ancient disaster, I deal with particularly how the texts' exact descriptions and plentiful use of names and visible imagery exhibit the first-person narrator's ongoing quest as a foundation for these higher subject matters and issues. by means of querying how his encounters with exilic and sometimes German-Jewish protagonists serve the narrator's reasons, my learn goals to show a extra covert narrative approach in Sebald's fiction, person who makes use of nominal and visible references to barter a post-Shoah German identification. bankruptcy One addresses how the mother's identify and its symbolic configurations functionality as a resource for the narrator's identification. I study this maternal constellation, and its connection to the narrator's alpine origins, in bankruptcy , the place I express the way it is inscribed onto the peripatetic narrator's quite a few locations, in addition to into the pictures and work that he encounters. bankruptcy 3 examines the narrator's means of developing an identification via his interlocutors. Focusing totally on Austerlitz , I handle how Sebald's such a lot expansive and ultimate paintings bargains a extra complicated size to the narrator's quest. In looking affinities together with his exilic interlocutors whereas distancing himself from the father's and his generation's Nazi legacy, Sebald's narrator, I finish, evinces commemorative recommendations that inflect that legacy principally via its familial dimensions.

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Sacred Eroticism: George Bataille and Pierre Klossowski in the Latin American Erotic Novel (Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory)

By Juan Carlos Ubilluz

Sacred Eroticism addresses a ignored bankruptcy in Latin American literature, particularly, the impact of Georges Bataille and Pierre Klossowski's atheist mysticism within the Latin American erotic novel of the 20th century.

Combining a Lacanian analytical framework with an (Inter)textualist technique. Juan Carlos Ubilluz unearths how Julio Cortazar, Salvador Elizondo, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Juan Garcia Ponce followed Sataille and Klossowski's aesthetic and philosophical versions as some degree of departure to rearticulate the fashionable subject's buried measurement of the sacred via a number of concepts at the erotic novel's shape. Ubilluz examines the dialectical irruption of those literary experiments into their specific aesthetic, theoretical, and political contexts; exhibiting, for example, that Cortazar's

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On SF

By Thomas M. Disch

Praise for Thomas Disch:

"One of the main remarkably gifted writers around."
---Washington submit publication World

"[Disch] is likely one of the quite brilliant lighting at the American SF scene."
---Fantasy and technological know-how Fiction

This assortment by way of the much-loved and lauded science-fiction author Thomas Disch spans twenty-five years of his occupation, within which he has supplemented his artistic output with experiences and significant essays in guides as assorted because the Nation, the New York occasions publication Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and Twilight Zone.

Disch's views on his style are skeptical, novel, and infrequently incendiary. The volume's establishing essay, for instance, characterizes writers of technology fiction as "the provincials of literature." different essays discover technological know-how fiction's roots-Poe, Bradbury, Clarke, Asimov, Vonnegut-as good as smooth practitioners comparable to Stephen King, Philip Dick, Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and William Gibson.

Disch entertains and provokes with essays on UFOs, technological know-how Fiction as a Church, and Newt Gingrich's Futurist mind belief. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind and Madame Blavatsky additionally get the Disch remedy. all through, the writing is vigorous, agile, and irreverent, showing an incisive honesty that's undiluted via Disch's personal attachments as a sci-fi practitioner. On SF will charm both to fanatics of technology fiction and connoisseurs of the best severe prose.

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Geometry of Modernism: The Vorticist Idiom in Lewis, Pound, H.D., and Yeats

By Miranda B. Hickmann

Addressing either the literature and the visible arts of Anglo-American modernism, The Geometry of Modernism recovers a very important improvement of modernism's early years that earlier has got little sustained severe recognition: the precise idiom composed of geometric kinds and metaphors generated in the early modernist circulate of Vorticism, shaped in London in 1914. concentrating on the paintings of Wyndham Lewis, chief of the Vorticist move, in addition to Ezra Pound, H.D., and William Butler Yeats, Hickman examines the advanced of explanations out of which Lewis at the start cast the geometric lexicon of Vorticism—and then how Pound, H.D., and Yeats later spoke back to it and the values that it encoded, enlisting either the geometric vocabulary and its attendant assumptions and beliefs, in transmuted shape, of their later modernist work.

Placing the genesis and appropriation of the geometric idiom in ancient context, Hickman explores how regardless of its brevity as a circulation, Vorticism in reality exerted huge effect on modernist paintings of the years among the wars, in that its geometric idiom enabled modernist writers to articulate their responses to either own and political crises of the Thirties and Nineteen Forties. knowledgeable via wide archival study in addition to remedy of numerous of the least-known texts of the modernist milieu, The Geometry of Modernism clarifies and enriches the legacy of this important interval.

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Edgar Allan Poe: Literary Theory and Criticism (Dover Books on Literature and Drama)

By Edgar Allan Poe

This crucial anthology of Poe's severe works gains goods from the Southern Literary Messenger, Graham's Magazine, and different periodicals, reviewing works by way of Dickens, Hawthorne, Cooper, and so forth. The Theory of Poetry — consisting of "The Philosophy of Composition," "The purpose of Verse," and "The Poetic Principle" — appears to be like to boot. creation.

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