The Literary Theory Toolkit: A Compendium of Concepts and Methods

By Herman Rapaport

The Literary concept Toolkit bargains readers a wealthy compendium of keyword phrases, innovations, and arguments worthwhile for the examine of literature in a critical-theoretical context.

  • Includes diverse examples drawn from available literary texts spanning all sessions and genres
  • Features a bankruptcy on functionality, anything now not often lined in comparable texts
  • Covers differing theories of the general public sphere, ideology, strength, and the social kinfolk worthwhile for the knowledge of ways to literature

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The Space of Literature

By Maurice Blanchot

Maurice Blanchot, the eminent literary and cultural critic, has had an enormous effect on modern French writers—among them Jean Paul Sartre and Jacques Derrida. From the Thirties during the brand new, his writings were shaping the overseas literary consciousness.

The house of Literature, first released in France in 1955, is principal to the advance of Blanchot's proposal. In it he displays on literature and the original call for it makes upon our realization. hence he explores the method of studying in addition to the character of inventive creativity, the entire whereas contemplating the relation of the literary paintings to time, to historical past, and to demise. This ebook is composed now not quite a bit within the program of a serious strategy or the demonstration of a thought of literature as in a patiently planned meditation upon the literary adventure, expert such a lot significantly by means of reviews of Mallarmé, Kafka, Rilke, and Hölderlin. Blanchot's discussions of these writers are among the best in any language.

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Love, Sex, Death & Words: Surprising Tales From a Year in Literature

By John Sutherland

Why was once booklet of Huckleberry Fin not on time till February 18, 1885? Which nice literary love affair got here to a sad finish on February eleven, 1963? What impression did March 19, 2007 have on Philip Roth’s modify ego? prepared by means of days of the yr, Love, intercourse, loss of life & Words presents an soaking up spouse to literature’s inspiring past.

John Sutherland is a lately retired professor of English literature at college collage London, and a earlier chairman of the Booker Prize panel.

Stephen Fender was born in San Francisco and proficient at Stanford and within the uk. He has taught within the usa at Santa Clara, Williams, and Dartmouth colleges.

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Ideology, Rhetoric, Aesthetics: For de Man (The Frontiers of Theory EUP)

By Andrzej Warminski

Readings of de Man's critique of aesthetic ideology and the unusual 'materiality' that emerges from it. This quantity explicates Paul de Man's overdue undertaking of a critique of aesthetic ideology and makes an attempt to increase it in methods effective for serious inspiration. After a interpreting of de Man's paintings in all its rigour - and as a result additionally the cultured thought of Kant, Schiller, and Hegel- the e-book is going directly to discover a 'material second' in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit that lives on in Marx and within the Marxist culture. The booklet additionally elucidates de Man's serious analyzing of Heidegger at the instance of Hölderlin-a second crucial for de Man's shifts to the query of rhetoric after which to the query of ideology-and ends with a analyzing of Derrida's 'last' textual content on de guy and its uncanny self-inscription in Rousseau's episode of the stolen ribbon.

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The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan

By George Steiner

A profound imaginative and prescient of the inseparability of Western philosophy and its residing language

along with his hallmark discernment, George Steiner offers in The Poetry of Thought his magnum opus, staking out his declare for the basic oneness of serious notion and nice variety. Steiner spans the whole background of Western philosophy because it entwines with literature, discovering that, as Sartre said, in all philosophy there's "a hidden literary prose."

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Imaginary Animals: The Monstrous, the Wondrous and the Human

By Boria Sax

 Fire-breathing dragons, attractive mermaids, majestic unicorns, terrifying three-headed dogs—these awesome creatures have lengthy excited our mind's eye. Medieval authors put them within the borders of manuscripts as markers of the bounds of our figuring out. stories from worldwide position those beasts in deserts, deep woods, distant islands, ocean depths, and exchange universes—just out of our succeed in. And within the sections at the apocalypse within the Bible, they proliferate because the finish of time ways, with horses with heads like lions, dragons, and serpents signaling the destruction of the world.

Legends let us know that imaginary animals belong to a primordial time, first and foremost on this planet had names, different types, and conceptual frameworks. during this ebook, Boria Sax digs into the tales of those impressive beasts. He indicates how, regardless of their liminal function, imaginary animals like griffins, dog-men, yetis, and extra are socially developed creatures, created during the related advanced play of sensuality and mind's eye as actual ones. Tracing the historical past of imaginary animals from Paleolithic artwork to their roles in tales resembling Harry Potter or even the arrival of robot pets, he finds that those awesome figures aid us psychologically—as monsters, they offer shape to our amorphous fears, whereas as creatures of ask yourself, they embrace our hopes. Their maximum carrier, Sax concludes, is to continually problem our imaginations, directing us past the constraints of traditional ideals and expectations.

Featuring over 230 illustrations of a veritable menagerie of fantastical and unreal beasts, Imaginary Animals is a banquet for the eyes and the mind's eye.

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CliffsNotes on Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides)

By Stanley P. Baldwin

The unique CliffsNotes research publications supply specialist statement on significant issues, plots, characters, literary units, and old historical past. the newest iteration of titles during this sequence additionally gains glossaries and visible components that supplement the vintage, popular format.

CliffsNotes at the Catcher within the Rye introduces you to a coming-of-age novel with a twist. J.D. Salinger's best-known paintings is extra lifelike, extra sensible and actual than another representatives of the style. Get to understand the unforgettable major personality, Holden Caulfield, as he navigates the hazards and dangers of transforming into up.

This examine consultant allows you to stay alongside of all the significant topics and logos of the radical, in addition to the characters and plot. you will additionally locate invaluable information regarding Salinger's lifestyles and historical past. different gains that assist you examine include

  • Character analyses of significant players
  • A personality map that graphically illustrates the relationships one of the characters
  • Critical essays
  • A evaluate part that assessments your knowledge
  • A source middle filled with books, articles, movies, and web sites

Classic literature or glossy modern day treasure — you are going to comprehend it all with professional details and perception from CliffsNotes research guides.

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Joyce: 'Ulysses' (Landmarks of World Literature (New))

Vincent Sherry combines a close research of Ulysses with new severe arguments. He presents an invaluable advisor to the episodic series of Joyce's novel and offers an inquisitive interpretation of this grasp paintings, re-addressing significant matters in Ulysses feedback. Demonstrating how Joyce's modernist epic redefines Homer's Odyssey, he examines Joyce's awesome verbal experiments. First variation Hb (1994): 0-521-42075-X First variation Pb (1994): 0-521-42136-5

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