Category: Literary Criticism

Liberal Epic: The Victorian Practice of History from Gibbon to Churchill (Victorian Literature and Culture Series)

By Edward Adams

In Liberal Epic, Edward Adams examines the liberal imagination’s centuries-long dependence on contradictory, and collectively constitutive, attitudes towards violent domination. Adams facilities his formidable research on a chain of significant epic poems, histories, and historic novels, together with Dryden’s Aeneid, Pope’s Iliad, Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Byron’s Don Juan, Scott’s Life of Napoleon, Napier’s History of the warfare within the Peninsula, Macaulay’s History of England, Hardy’s Dynasts, and Churchill’s army histories―works that rank one of the most vital publishing occasions of the prior 3 centuries but that experience seldom acquired severe consciousness relative to their significance. In improving those overlooked works and collecting them jointly as a part of a self-conscious literary culture the following outlined as liberal epic, Adams offers an archaeology that sheds mild on modern concerns resembling the relation of liberalism to battle, the strategies for sanitizing heroism, and the attraction of violence to supposedly humane readers.

Victorian Literature and tradition Series

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The Bourgeois: Between History and Literature

By Franco Moretti

“The bourgeois ... no longer goodbye in the past, this suggestion appeared vital to social research; nowadays, one may pass years with no listening to it pointed out. Capitalism is extra robust than ever, yet its human embodiment turns out to have vanished. ‘I am a member of the bourgeois type, believe myself to be such, and feature been cited on its reviews and ideals,’ wrote Max Weber, in 1895. Who might repeat those phrases this present day? Bourgeois ‘opinions and ideals’—what are they?”

Thus starts off Franco Moretti’s research of the bourgeois in smooth ecu literature—a significant new research of the once-dominant tradition and its literary decline and fall. Moretti’s gallery of person pictures is entwined with the research of particular keywords—“useful” and “earnest,” “efficiency,” “influence,” “comfort,” “roba”—and of the formal mutations of the medium of prose. From the “working grasp” of the hole bankruptcy, during the seriousness of nineteenth-century novels, the conservative hegemony of Victorian Britain, the “national malformations” of the Southern and jap outer edge, and the unconventional self-critique of Ibsen’s twelve-play cycle, the booklet charts the vicissitudes of bourgeois tradition, exploring the explanations for its historic weak spot, and for its present irrelevance.

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Introduction to Old English

By Peter S. Baker

That includes quite a few updates and extra anthology decisions, the 3rd version of Introduction to previous English confirms its attractiveness as a number one textual content designed to assist scholars interact with outdated English literature for the 1st time.

  • A new version of 1 of the most well-liked introductions to previous English
  • Assumes no services in different languages or in conventional grammar
  • Includes uncomplicated grammar reports at first of every significant bankruptcy and a “minitext” function to help scholars in practising interpreting outdated English
  • Features updates and several other new anthology readings, together with King Alfred’s Preface to Gregory’s Pastoral Care

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The Wounds of Possibility: Essays on George Steiner

By Ricardo Gil Soeiro

Bringing jointly writers, translators, poets, and top students of cultural thought, literary concept, comparative literature, philosophy, background, political technological know-how, tune reviews, or schooling, the amount the injuries of probability goals at delivering an in-depth and wide-ranging examine of George Steiner's enforcing physique of labor. The ebook is a well timed quantity of vital essays on probably the most provocative thinkers, critics, and philosophers now writing. in the course of an period within which the query of the moral and of the paintings, and its relation to the theological measurement, has back with renewed urgency, Steiner's paintings presents wealthy assets for mirrored image and it truly is was hoping that the amount will stand by itself as a wealthy, nuanced accompaniment to a interpreting of Steiner's paintings. With their wide diversity of thematic foci, theoretical methods, and lovely constellations of quoted fabric from various backgrounds, the entire essays within the e-book attempt to replicate upon the relation among human id and language, ethics and literature, philosophy and paintings, and so they all provide what we regard as being the main complete engagement with Steiner's paintings to this point.

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An Ecology of World Literature: From Antiquity to the Present Day

By Alexander Beecroft

What constitutes a nation’s literature? How do literatures of alternative nations engage with each other? during this groundbreaking learn, Alexander Beecroft develops a brand new frame of mind approximately international literature. Drawing on a sequence of examples and case reports, the publication levels from old epic to the modern fiction of Roberto Bolaño and Amitav Ghosh.

relocating throughout literary ecologies of various sizes, from small societies to the planet as an entire, the environments within which literary texts are produced and circulated, An Ecology of worldwide Literature locations in discussion scholarly views on historic and smooth, western and non-western texts, navigating literary learn into new and uncharted territory.

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Selected Letters of Langston Hughes

This is the 1st complete choice from the correspondence of the enduring and liked Langston Hughes. It bargains a lifestyles in letters that showcases his many struggles in addition to his memorable achievements. prepared through decade and associated via specialist statement, the quantity publications us via Hughes’s trip in all its points: own, political, useful, and—above all—literary. His letters diversity from these written to relations, particularly his father (who adverse Langston’s literary ambitions), and to associates, fellow artists, critics, and readers who sought him out by way of mail. those figures comprise personalities resembling Carl Van Vechten, Blanche Knopf, Zora Neale Hurston, Arna Bontemps, Vachel Lindsay, Ezra Pound, Richard Wright, Kurt Weill, Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Alice Walker, Amiri Baraka, and Muhammad Ali. The letters inform the tale of a decided poet precociously discovering his mature voice; suffering to gain his literary targets in an atmosphere mostly adversarial to blacks; attaining out bravely to the younger and demanding them to aspire past the bonds of segregation; utilizing his inventive status to serve the disenfranchised and the reason for social justice; irrepressibly giggling on the international regardless of its quirks and humiliations. Venturing bravely on what he referred to as the “big sea” of existence, Hughes made his approach ahead constantly conscious that his in basic terms wish of self-fulfillment and a feeling of non-public integrity lay in diligently pursuing his literary vocation. Hughes’s voice in those pages, improved by way of photos and quotations from his poetry, permits us to grasp him in detail and offers us an strangely wealthy photograph of this beneficiant, visionary, gratifyingly strong guy who was once additionally a genius of contemporary American letters.

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Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

By James Booth

Philip Larkin (1922-1985) is likely one of the so much loved poets in English. but after his demise a principally damaging photo of the fellow himself took carry; he has been portrayed as a racist, a misogynist and a narcissist. Now Larkin pupil James sales space, for seventeen years a colleague of the poet's on the collage of Hull, bargains a really diverse portrait. Drawn from years of study and a large choice of Larkin's buddies and correspondents, this can be the main complete portrait of the poet but published.

Booth strains the occasions that formed Larkin in his adolescence, from his youth while his his political instincts have been neutralised via publicity to his father's arguable Nazi values. He reviews how the tutorial setting and the contest he felt with colleagues equivalent to Kingsley Amis educated not just Larkin's poetry, but additionally his little-known objectives as a novelist.

Through the locations and other people Larkin encountered over the process his existence, together with Monica Jones, with whom he had a tumultuous yet enduring dating, sales space items jointly a picture of a slightly reserved and delicate guy, whose personality―and poetry―have been misinterpreted through many years of educational learn. Philip Larkin: lifestyles, artwork and Love unearths the guy at the back of the phrases as he hasn't ever been noticeable before.

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Ancient Literary Criticism: The Principal Texts in New Translations

Old literary feedback has regularly been a very inaccessible topic for the non-specialist pupil. This version offers for the 1st time the primary texts in translation, giving the reader a whole view of historic literary feedback and its improvement. as well as famous texts comparable to Aristotle's Poetics, Horace's Art of Poetry, and Longinus's On Sublimity, the e-book comprises whole types of Aristotle's Rhetoric booklet III, Demetrius's On Style, and Tacitus's Dialogue on Orators. it really is shorter passages diversity from Homer to Hermogenes of Tarsus, as well as decisions from Plato, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Cicero, the 2 Senecas, and Quintilian.

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