Essayism

On Form, Feeling, and Nonfiction

Author: Brian Dillon

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1681372835

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 176

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A compelling ode to the essay form and the great essaysists themselves, from Montaigne to Woolf to Sontag. Essayism is a book about essays and essayists, a study of melancholy and depression, a love letter to belle-lettrists, and an account of the indispensable lifelines of reading and writing. Brian Dillon’s style incorporates diverse features of the essay. By turns agglomerative, associative, digressive, curious, passionate, and dispassionate, his is a branching book of possibilities, seeking consolation and direction from Michel de Montaigne, Virginia Woolf, Roland Barthes, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Georges Perec, Elizabeth Hardwick, and Susan Sontag, to name just a few of his influences. Whether he is writing on origins, aphorisms, coherence, vulnerability, anxiety, or a number of other subjects, his command of language, his erudition, and his own personal history serve not so much to illuminate or magnify the subject as to discover it anew through a kaleidoscopic alignment of attention, thought, and feeling, a dazzling and momentary suspension of disparate elements, again and again.

Virginia Woolf's Essayism

Author: Randi Saloman

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748656227

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Explores the way Woolf used essay-writing techniques to develop her own conception of the modern novel. This book forcuses on Woolf's vast output of essays and their relation to her fiction. Saloman shows that it was by employing tools and methods drawn f

Essayism

Conrad, Musil, and Pirandello

Author: Thomas J. Harrison

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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Transcultural Experiments

Russian and American Models of Creative Communication

Author: E. Berry,M. Epstein

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0312299710

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

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Contemporary processes of globalization have had a profound impact on cultural production and dissemination both intra- and cross-culturally. The dissemination of cultures on a global scale has led to multiple and complex effects, among them the formation of radical new modes of cultural interaction, transcultural flows, and hybridized knowledges, forms not easily understandable in terms of traditional models of discrete national or ethnic cultures/subcultures. Transcultural Experiments develops new scholarly and creative strategies out of this intersection of cultural traditions, specifically in Russia and the United States. Ellen E. Berry and Mikhail N. Epstein define and enact a transcultural method as an alternative to the legacies of cultural divisions and hegemony that have dominated both Western and Second Worlds. The book introduces a system of original concepts and genres of writing that will help in mapping twenty-first century global culture: 'transculture' (vs. multiculturalism), 'interference' (vs. difference), 'potentiation' (vs. deconstruction), ethics of imagination, and collective improvisation. The authors make a revolutionary argument in cultural studies that will be of profound interest to anyone concerned with finding new modes of intercultural communication between the former First and Second Worlds.

Russian Postmodernism

New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Culture

Author: Mikhail Epstein,Aleksandr Genis,Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781571810984

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 528

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Presents essays and manifestos on recent Russian literature, culture, and religion

Alles umsonst

Roman

Author: Walter Kempowski

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 364101350X

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Ostpreußen im Januar 1945: Hunderttausende Menschen fliehen vor den Russen in Richtung Westen. Doch die schöne Katharina von Globig, Herrin auf Gut Georgenhof, verschließt vor der Realität die Augen. Sie zieht sich in ihr Refugium aus Büchern, Musik und Träumen zurück. Als der Dorfpastor sie bittet, für eine Nacht einen Verfolgten zu verstecken, willigt sie ein. Kurze Zeit später wird der Mann aufgegriffen, Katharina wird verhaftet. Die trügerische Idylle ist dahin. Mit Sack und Pack macht sich der Rest der Familie auf den Weg. Die große Flucht wird zu einem Albtraum.

Satin Island

Roman

Author: Tom McCarthy

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641176980

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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"Ein glanzvolles Stück Literatur, das steht fest!" (The Sunday Times) U., der sich selbst »Firmenanthropologe« nennt, erhält den Auftrag, den Großen Bericht zu schreiben, ein universales ethnografisches Dokument, das unser gesamtes Zeitalter zusammenfasst. Doch schnell fühlt er sich überwältigt von der schieren Datenmenge und der augenscheinlichen Unmöglichkeit, das Vorgefundene in eine irgendwie geartete, sinnstiftende Erzählung zu übersetzen. Als er sich zu fragen beginnt, ob sein Vorhaben überhaupt gelingen kann, verändert ein Traum von einer apokalyptischen Stadtlandschaft, in deren Mitte eine gigantische Müllverbrennungsanlage thront, seine Wahrnehmung. Auf eine Art, wie nur er es kann, fängt Tom McCarthy ein, wie wir unsere Welt erleben, wie wir versuchen, ihr einen Sinn zuzusprechen und die Erzählung, die wir für unser Leben halten, zu erkennen. Ein beunruhigender Roman, der verspricht, das erste und letzte Wort über die Zeit zu formulieren, in der wir uns bewegen – sei sie modern, postmodern oder welches Label auch immer wir ihr geben wollen.

Photo-texts

Contemporary French Writing of the Photographic Image

Author: Andy Stafford

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 1846310520

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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In today’s image-saturated society, photograph and text live side-by-side, engaged in a complex collaboration. Andy Stafford critically examines this interplay in Photo-texts, taking nine case studies from the 1990s French-speaking world and looking at the interaction between non-fictional written texts (caption, essay, fragment, poem) and photographic images. The “photo-text,” as he defines it, is concerned as much with the oral as it is with visual and written culture. That text-image collaborations give space to the spoken, spectral traces of spoken human discourse suggests that the key element of the photo-text is its radical provisionality—that it is inherently unstable and ever-changing. This pathbreaking study offers a vital resource for scholars in contemporary French and francophone cultures.

Die Argonauten

Author: Maggie Nelson

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446257896

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Es ist die Geschichte einer Liebe: Maggie Nelson verliebt sich in Harry Dodge, einen Künstler – oder eine Künstlerin? – mit fluider Genderidentität. Harry hat bereits ein Kind, Maggie wird schwanger, zu viert bauen sie ein gemeinsames Leben. "Die Argonauten" ist eine ergreifende Geschichte queeren Familienlebens, zugleich erfindet Maggie Nelson eine ganz eigene Form der philosophischen Erkundung. Memoir, Theorie, Poesie: Es ist ein Buch, das sich nicht einordnen lässt und das unsere Einordnungen herausfordert mit seinem radikal offenen Denken. Im Geiste von Susan Sontag und Roland Barthes verbindet Maggie Nelson theoretische und persönliche Erkenntnissuche, um zu einer neuen Erzählung des Wesens von Liebe und Familie zu gelangen.

Bluets

Author: Maggie Nelson

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446261575

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

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Maggie Nelson kennt alle Schattierungen und Geheimnisse der Farbe Blau – stolz hütet sie ihre Sammlung blauer Objekte –, und sie kennt alle Künstler, die dem Blau verfallen waren: ob Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday oder Yves Klein. Aber zugleich nutzt sie die Farbe, um sich selbst zu erkunden. Denn hinter all dem Nachsinnen über Blau verbirgt sich die Geschichte einer tragischen Liebe. Er, der Prinz des Blauen, hat sie verlassen. Also gibt sie sich mit ganzer Kraft dem hin, was von ihm übrig ist: dem Blau. Kaum jemand hat seinen Schmerz auf so poetische, inspirierende Weise seziert, wie Maggie Nelson es hier tut – eine lyrische, philosophische und sehr persönliche Erkundung der eigenen Leidensfähigkeit.

The Afterlife of Austria-Hungary

The Image of the Habsburg Monarchy in Interwar Europe

Author: Adam Kozuchowski

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822979179

Category: History

Page: 232

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The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 was just one link in a chain of events leading to World War I and the downfall of the Austro-Hungarian empire. By 1918, after nearly four hundred years of rule, the Habsburg monarchy was expunged in an instant of history. Remarkably, despite tales of decadence, ethnic indifference, and a failure to modernize, the empire enjoyed a renewed popularity in interwar narratives. Today, it remains a crucial point of reference for Central European identity, evoking nostalgia among the nations that once dismembered it. The Afterlife of Austria-Hungary examines histories, journalism, and literature in the period between world wars to expose both the positive and the negative treatment of the Habsburg monarchy following its dissolution and the powerful influence of fiction and memory over history. Originally published in Polish, Adam Kozuchowski’s study analyzes the myriad factors that contributed to this phenomenon. Chief among these were economic depression, widespread authoritarianism on the continent, and the painful rise of aggressive nationalism. Many authors of these narratives were well-known intellectuals who yearned for the high culture and peaceable kingdom of their personal memory. Kozuchowski contrasts these imaginaries with the causal realities of the empire’s failure. He considers the aspirations of Czechs, Poles, Romanians, Hungarians, and Austrians, and their quest for autonomy or domination over their neighbors, coupled with the wave of nationalism spreading across Europe. Kozuchowski then dissects the reign of the legendary Habsburg monarch, Franz Joseph, and the lasting perceptions that he inspired. To Kozuchowski, the interwar discourse was a reaction to the monumental change wrought by the dissolution of Austria-Hungary and the fear of a history lost. Those displaced at the empire’s end attempted, through collective (and selective) memory, to reconstruct the vision of a once great multinational power. It was an imaginary that would influence future histories of the empire and even became a model for the European Union.

Essayists on the Essay

Montaigne to Our Time

Author: Carl H. Klaus,Ned Stuckey-French

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609380762

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 226

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The first historically and internationally comprehensive collection of its kind, Essayists on the Essay is a path-breaking work that is nothing less than a richly varied sourcebook for anyone interested in the theory, practice, and art of the essay. This unique work includes a selection of fifty distinctive pieces by American, Canadian, English, European, and South American essayists from Montaigne to the present—many of which have not previously been anthologized or translated—as well as a detailed bibliographical and thematic guide to hundreds of additional works about the essay. From a buoyant introduction that provides a sweeping historical and analytic overview of essayists’ thinking about their genre—a collective poetics of the essay—to the detailed headnotes offering pointed information about both the essayists themselves and the anthologized selections, to the richly detailed bibliographic sections, Essayists on the Essay is essential to anyone who cares about the form. This collection provides teachers, scholars, essayists, and readers with the materials they need to take a fresh look at this important but often overlooked form that has for too long been relegated to the role of service genre—used primarily to write about other more “literary” genres or to teach young people how to write. Here, in a single celebratory volume, are four centuries of commentary and theory reminding us of the essay’s storied history, its international appeal, and its relationship not just with poetry and fiction but also with radio, film, video, and new media.