On Literature

Author: Hillis Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134507607

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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Debates rage over what kind of literature we should read, what is good and bad literature, and whether in the global, digital age, literature even has a future. But what exactly is literature? Why should we read literature? How do we read literature? These are some of the important questions J. Hillis Miller answers in this beautifully written and passionate book. He begins by asking what literature is, arguing that the answer lies in literature's ability to create an imaginary world simply with words. On Literature also asks the crucial question of why literature has such authority over us. Returning to Plato, Aristotle and the Bible, Miller argues we should continue to read literature because it is part of our basic human need to create imaginary worlds and to have stories. Above all, On Literature is a plea that we continue to read and care about literature.

A History of Finland's Literature

Author: George C. Schoolfield

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803241893

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 877

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The literature of Finland is bilingual, with lively and extensive traditions in both Finnish and Swedish. This history covers both literary traditions in detail. The volume?s first section, on Finnish-language literature, consists of a series of connected chapters by leading authorities within the field. It opens with a consideration of the folk literature in Finnish that flourished during the Middle Ages and then examines the more recent history of Finnish-language literature, with special emphasis placed on writings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The second part of the book provides an examination of Finland?s Swedish-language literature from the late fifteenth century through the early nineteenth century. Subsequent chapters trace developments in Finland?s Swedish-language literature during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A survey of children?s literature?from both the Finnish- and Swedish-language traditions?concludes this exceptionally thorough volume.

"What is Literature?" and Other Essays

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674950849

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 361

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"What is Literature?" challenges anyone who writes as if literature could be extricated from history or society. But Sartre does more than indict. He offers a definitive statement about the phenomenology of reading, and he goes on to provide a dashing example of how to write a history of literature that takes ideology and institutions into account.

Krieg Und Literatur / War and Literature Vol. XI 2005

Author: Claudia Glunz

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3899713192

Category: History

Page: 240

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English summary: The contributions to this volume range from eye witness reports on 11th September, 2001 back to the wars of the 17th century. The volume includes a study of the mass media presentation of the contemporary myth about the "achievements" of the naval cruiser "Emden" in the First World War, analyses of Max Frisch's "The Chinese Wall" ("Die Chinesische Mauer") and works by Pat Barker. The volume offers a diversity of approaches and nevertheless only represents a small spectrum in the range of possible topics. It is completed by critical reviews of recent publications and a bibliography of academic publications from the year 2005. German & English text. German description: Augenzeugenberichte zum 11. September 2001 und zu den Kriegen des 17. Jahrhunderts spannen den Bogen der Beitrage des vorliegenden Bandes. Eine Untersuchung der massenmedialen Darstellung der Taten des Kreuzers Emden im Ersten Weltkrieg - eine der zeitgenossischen Mythen - steht neben Analysen von Max Frischs Die Chinesische Mauer und den Schriften Pat Barkers. Der Band zeichnet sich durch eine Vielfalt von Ansatzen aus und reprasentiert dennoch nur ein kleines Spektrum der Bandbreite moglicher Themen. Erganzt werden die Beitrage durch Rezensionen zu einschlagigen Neuerscheinungen sowie durch eine Bibliographie wissenschaftlicher Publikationen aus dem Jahr 2005.

A History of Literature in the Caribbean: English- and Dutch-speaking countries

Author: Albert James Arnold,Julio Rodríguez-Luis,J. Michael Dash

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027234483

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 672

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For the first time the Dutch-speaking regions of the Caribbean and Suriname are brought into fruitful dialogue with another major American literature, that of the anglophone Caribbean. The results are as stimulating as they are unexpected. The editors have coordinated the work of a distinguished international team of specialists. Read separately or as a set of three volumes, the History of Literature in the Caribbean is designed to serve as the primary reference book in this area. The reader can follow the comparative evolution of a literary genre or plot the development of a set of historical problems under the appropriate heading for the English- or Dutch-speaking region. An extensive index to names and dates of authors and significant historical figures completes the volume. The subeditors bring to their respective specialty areas a wealth of Caribbeanist experience. Vera M. Kutzinski is Professor of English, American, and Afro-American Literature at Yale University. Her book Sugar's Secrets: Race and The Erotics of Cuban Nationalism, 1993, treated a crucial subject in the romance of the Caribbean nation. Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger has been very active in Latin American and Caribbean literary criticism for two decades, first at the Free University in Berlin and later at the University of Maryland. The editor of A History of Literature in the Caribbean, A. James Arnold, is Professor of French at the University of Virginia, where he founded the New World Studies graduate program. Over the past twenty years he has been a pioneer in the historical study of the Négritude movement and its successors in the francophone Caribbean.

Jews in German Literature Since 1945

German-Jewish Literature?

Author: Pól O'Dochartaigh

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042014534

Category: Social Science

Page: 673

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This volume contains some 46 essays on various aspects of contemporary German-Jewish literature. The approaches are diverse, reflecting the international origins of the contributors, who are based in seventeen different countries. Holocaust literature is just one theme in this context; others are memory, identity, Christian-Jewish relations, anti-Zionism, la belle juive, and more. Prose, poetry and drama are all represented, and there is a major debate on the controversial attempt to stage Fassbinder's Der Müll, die Stadt und der Todin 1985. The overall approach of the volume is an inclusive one. In his introduction, the editor calls for a reappraisal of the terms of German-Jewish discourse away from the notion of 'Germans' and 'Jews' and towards the idea that both Jews and non-Jews, all of them Germans, have contributed to the corpus of 'German-Jewish literature'.

Literature and Gender

Author: Lizbeth Goodman

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415135733

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 403

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Literature and Gender combines an introduction to and an anthology of literary texts which powerfully demonstrate the relevance of gender issues to the study of literature. The volume covers all three major literary genres - poetry, fiction and drama - and closely examines a wide range of themes, including: feminity versus creativity in women's lives and writing the construction of female characters autobiography and fiction the gendering of language the interaction of race, class and gender within writing, reading and interpretation. Literature and Gender is also a superb resource of primary texts, and includes writing by: Sappho Emily Dickinson Sylvia Plath Tennyson Elizabeth Bishop Louisa May Alcott Virginia Woolf Jamaica Kincaid Charlotte Perkins Gilman Susan Glaspell Also reproduced are essential essays by, amoung others, Maya Angelou, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Toni Morrison, Elaine Showalter, and Alice Walker. No other book on this subject provides an anthology, introduction and critical reader in one volume. Literature and Gender is the ideal guide for any student new to this field.

Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada

Author: William H. New

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802007612

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1347

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?This is a very impressive work of scholarship that will be invaluable to scholars, students and readers. I can?t imagine anyone seriously interested in this country?s literatures who will not want to own a copy.? - Sam Solecki, University of Toronto

Augustine and Literature

Author: Robert Peter Kennedy,Kim Paffenroth,John Doody

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739113844

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 414

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The influence of Christianity on literature has been great throughout history, as has been the influence of the great Christian Augustine. Augustine and Literature explores Augustine's influence on literature from the Middle Ages to the present day and discusses the implications of expressing Augustine's religious themes both in literature and in more directly theological works.

English Literature in Context

Author: Paul Poplawski

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108210872

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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This is the second edition of English Literature in Context, a popular textbook which provides an essential resource and reference tool for all English literature students. Designed to accompany students throughout their degree course, it offers a detailed narrative survey of the diverse historical and cultural contexts that have shaped the development of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. Carefully structured for undergraduate use, the eight chronological chapters are written by a team of expert contributors who are also highly experienced teachers. Each chapter includes a detailed chronology, contextual readings of selected literary texts, annotated suggestions for further reading, a rich range of illustrations and textboxes, and thorough historical and literary overviews. This second edition has been comprehensively revised, with a new chapter on postcolonial literature, a substantially expanded chapter on contemporary literature, and the addition of over two hundred new critical references. Online resources include textboxes, chapter samples, study questions, and chronologies.

The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation

Author: Peter France

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199247844

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 656

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This guide highlights the place of translation in our culture, encouraging awareness of the process of translating and the choices involved, making the translator more 'visible'. Concentrating on major writers and works, it covers translations out of many languages, from Greek to Hungarian, Korean to Turkish. For some works (e.g. Virgil's Aeneid) which have been much translated, the discussion is historical and critical, showing how translation has evolved over the centuries and bringing out the differences between versions. Elsewhere, with less familiar literatures, the Guide examines the extent to which translation has done justice to the range of work available.

Literature and Technology

Author: Mark L. Greenberg

Publisher: Lehigh University Press

ISBN: 9780934223201

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 322

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This collection of essays uses recent work on literature and science to establish new ways of relating literature and language theory to writings about technology (as distinguished from science). The interdisciplinary character of these essays is further enriched by drawing upon contemporary studies of the philosophy and history of technology, which provide the context for the first essay (Mitcham and Casey). Subsequent essays examine technology from many points of view - how technology shapes texts and contexts, as well as how writers shape perspectives on technology. The essays examine texts as diverse as seventeenth-century science and twentieth-century children's literature and spy fiction. Major authors investigated include Chaucer, Blake, Romains, Pynchon, and Prigogine. Individual essays consider: Chaucer's use of mapmaking as a coercive technology (Tomasch), the Renaissance fascination with mechanical contrivances and their depiction (Knoespel), the contexts within which Boyle and his successors described the air pump (Markley), Blake's manifold interests in the technology of printing (Greenberg), Romains's development of a philosophy of poetry appropriate to early twentieth-century technology in Paris (Williams), gender issues in children's literature about machines (Lee), technology in the modern spy novel (Slade), Thomas Pynchon's mixed feelings about technology and its value (Schachterle), and the relations between postmodern fiction and the technology of thermodynamics, as developed by Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine (Porush). The editors of Literature and Technology have been active in the formation and direction of the Society for Literature and Science. In their introduction to this collection, they consider what characterizes literature and technology as a new and fertile field for interdisciplinary study. This volume concludes with selected bibliographies of basic references in the philosophy of technology and of works devoted to the examination of the relationships between literature and technology.

Was ist Literatur? / What is Literature?

Author: Rainer J. Kaus,Hartmut Günther

Publisher: Frank & Timme GmbH

ISBN: 373290055X

Category:

Page: 296

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Was ist Literatur? Zwischen Literaturtheorie, Literaturpsychologie und allgemeiner Kunsttheorie finden die Autorinnen und Autoren dieses Bandes überraschende Antworten im interdisziplinären Dialog – unter Berücksichtigung der Linguistik, Klassischen Philologie, Kunst- und Musikwissenschaft sowie der Psychoanalyse. // What is literature? Between literature theory, literature psychology and art theory, the authors find surprising answers in an interdisciplinary dialogue – taking into account linguistics, classical philology, aesthetics and musicology as well as psychoanalysis.

Acts of Literature

Author: Jacques Derrida

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415900577

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

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Self-Hypnosis: The Complete Manual for Health and Self-Change, 2nd ed offers a step-by step guide to using hypnosis to better well-being and stronger self-control. For over two decades renowned therapist and author Brian Alman showed thousands of individuals how to use self-inductive techniques for relief from pain, stress, and discomfort. Self-hypnosis assists in meditation and fosters positive self-regard. The exercises in Self-Hypnosis are clear, concise and easily attainable. As an effective therapy in alleviating the pain of childbirth, medical and dental surgery, burns, and accidental injuries, hypnosis is practiced widely. Hypnosis in pain relief is a noninvasive and natural healing process. Self-Hypnosis makes this healing technique available to the lay reader.

Uses of Literature

Author: Rita Felski

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444359630

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Uses of Literature bridges the gap between literary theory and common-sense beliefs about why we read literature. Explores the diverse motives and mysteries of why we read Offers four different ways of thinking about why we read literature - for recognition, enchantment, knowledge, and shock Argues for a new “phenomenology” in literary studies that incorporates the historical and social dimensions of reading Includes examples of literature from a wide range of national literary traditions

A History of Gay Literature

The Male Tradition

Author: Gregory Woods

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300080889

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

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Account of male gay literature across cultures and languages and from ancient times to the present. It traces writing by and about homosexual men from ancient Greece and Rome through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the twentieth-century gay literary explosion. It includes writers of wide-ranging literary status (from high cultural icons like Virgil, Dante, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Proust to popular novelists like Clive Barker and Dashiell Hammett) and of various locations (from Mishima s Tokyo and Abu Nuwas s Baghdad to David Leavitt s New York). It also deals with representations of male-male love by writers who were not themselves homosexual or bisexual men.

Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century

An Anthology

Author: Laura Otis

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191606162

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 624

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'It has been said by its opponents that science divorces itself from literature; but the statement, like so many others, arises from lack of knowledge.' John Tyndall, 1874 Although we are used to thinking of science and the humanities as separate disciplines, in the nineteenth century that division was not recognized. As the scientist John Tyndall pointed out, not only were science and literature both striving to better 'man's estate', they shared a common language and cultural heritage. The same subjects occupied the writing of scientists and novelists: the quest for 'origins', the nature of the relation between society and the individual, and what it meant to be human. This anthology brings together a generous selection of scientific and literary material to explore the exchanges and interactions between them. Fed by a common imagination, scientists and creative writers alike used stories, imagery, style, and structure to convey their meaning, and to produce work of enduring power. The anthology includes writing by Charles Babbage, Charles Darwin, Sir Humphry Davy, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Michael Faraday, Thomas Malthus, Louis Pasteur, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Mark Twain and many others, and introductions and notes guide the reader through the topic's many strands. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

History of English Literature

Author: N. Jayapalan

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 9788126900411

Category: English literature

Page: 360

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The Study Deals With All Aspects Of History Of English Literature In A Comprehensive Manner. It Covers The Entire Period Of English Literature From Chaucer Down To The Modern Age. Every Age Has Been Portrayed In A Simple Manner So As To Fulfil The Requirements Of The Students Of Various Indian Universities Covering The Entire Field Of English Literature. The Study Also Provides A Clear Picture About The Life And Works Of All Great Literary Figures Such As Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Johnson, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Thomas Hardy And Others. More Attention Has Been Focused On The Important Aspects Of The History Of English Literature And All Superfluity Has Been Avoided. The Book Is A Boon For All Those Who Are Interested In The Study Of The Subject, As It Makes A Rapid Survey Of The Whole Field Without Going Into Unnecessary Details.

The Manufacturers of Literature

Writing and the Literary Marketplace in Eighteenth-century England

Author: George Justice

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874137507

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 281

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"The Manufacturers of Literature: Writing and the Literary Marketplace in Eighteenth-Century England explores transformations in literature over the course of the eighteenth century, focusing on detailed case studies of important writers and publishers, including Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, the bookseller Robert Dodsley, and Frances Burney." "The book combines an examination of the network of material conditions of authorship and publishing during the century with literary readings in order to explore the mutually constitutive nature of literature, the material forces that influence its production, and the social world of readers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved