The Leisure Ethic: Work and Play in American Literature, 1840-1940

At the flip of the final century, as routinized business hard work made a mockery of the gospel of labor, americans more and more sought success no longer at the activity yet of their rest actions. This ebook explores the a number of and, every now and then, contradictory tensions surrounding this flip to play and examines their effect on 19th- and early-twentieth-century American literature. Arguing that American writers participated within the ongoing debates over hard work and relaxation extra strenuously than is usually understood, the writer indicates how literary narratives either replied to and contributed to shaping the rising gospel of play.

Richly grounded in social, political, and monetary background, this publication demonstrates the ways in which discussions of rest engaged the main urgent problems with the age: immigration, women's rights, public well-being, race relatives, mass tradition, and maybe most crucial, the character and that means of labor itself. the place turn-of-the-century activity reformers predicted play because the revivifying replacement to fashionable labor's attack at the self, American writers from Henry David Thoreau to Zora Neale Hurston came upon that imaginative and prescient too deeply indebted to the very approach it sought to fix. The deadly flaw of play conception, those writers insisted, was once its dedication to an ideology of reasonable play and teamwork drawn no longer from the spirit of the playground yet from the creation- and profit-minded ethos of company capitalism.

Broad in scope and process, and dependent via a sequence of unique and illuminating pairings of texts and authors—including Thoreau and Mark Twain, Abraham Cahan and Ole Rölvaag, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edna Ferber, James Weldon Johnson and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Theodore Dreiser and Richard Wright, and William Faulkner and Hurston—this booklet deals a tremendous new path for the examine of work, rest, and representation.

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Dutch Literature in the Age of Rembrandt: Themes and ideas (Utrecht Publications in General and Comparative Literature)

Dutch literature of the seventeenth century, whereas now not as recognized as different components of the tradition of the Dutch Golden Age, merits self sufficient concentration, not just as a result of its personal intrinsic worthy, but additionally end result of the facts of robust social predicament that it offers and the sunshine it sheds on different points of the Golden Age. regardless of this, open air the Netherlands the literature has no longer been tested heavily, certainly end result of the language barrier, but in addition simply because there isn't any moderate advent to the fabric in English. This publication fills that lacuna. Richly illustrated, it teams its matters thematically: politics, faith, nature, lifestyle. simply because Golden Age portray, specifically, is so well-known, the booklet devotes a different bankruptcy to the relationship among poetry and portray. A concluding bankruptcy indicates the republic's functionality as a eu literary buying and selling middle with brisk import and export. incorporated are also texts and translations of poems and huge bibliographies for extra study.

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Medea's Chorus: Myth and Women's Poetry Since 1950 (Studies in Modern Poetry)

By Veronica House

Women’s mythic revision is a practice on the middle of twentieth-century literature. Medea’s Chorus explores post-WWII women’s poetry that takes Greek mythology as its principal topos. The booklet investigates 5 of the main influential poets writing within the 20th century (H.D., Sylvia Plath, Adrienne wealthy, Margaret Atwood, Eavan Boland) who problem either the traditional literary representations of ladies and the excessive modernist appropriations of the classics. of their poetry and prose, the ladies interact with cultural discourses approximately literary authority, gender, oppression, violence, and age. but even whereas the poets remodel definite elements of the Greek myths that they locate troubling, they see the inherent energy within the tales and use that energy for private and social revelation. simply because myths exist in a number of models, old writers didn't create from scratch; their creative contribution lay in how they replaced the tales. smooth girl poets are conducting a numerous millennia-old culture of mythic revision, a practice that has ruthlessly posited that there's no position for girls within the production and transmission of mythological poetry. Medea’s Chorus tracks mythic revision from the Fifties in the course of the second-wave feminist circulation and into turn-of-the-century feminism to spotlight person achievements and to teach the collective impression of the poets’ hugely diversified works on post-WWII literature and feminist proposal and perform. This enticing and fantastically written booklet is a must-read for any scholar, instructor, or pupil of the Classical culture, revisionist mythmaking, and twentieth-century poetry.

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Key Concepts in Literary Theory

By Julian Wolfreys, Kenneth Womack

Key strategies in Literary conception offers the scholar of literary and demanding reports with a huge diversity of obtainable, designated and authoritative definitions of the main major phrases and ideas at present utilized in psychoanalytic, poststructuralist, Marxist, feminist, and postcolonial literary studies.The quantity additionally presents transparent and precious discussions of the most components of literary, serious and cultural thought, supported via bibliographies and an increased chronology of significant thinkers. Accompanying the chronology are brief biographies of significant works through each one critic or theorist.The new version of this trustworthy reference paintings is either revised and elevated, including:* greater than 70 extra phrases and ideas outlined, from Absurdism and Aga Saga to Writerly texts and Zeugma.* Newly outlined phrases contain key words from the social sciences, cultural stories and psychoanalysis and the addition of a broader collection of classical rhetorical terms.* An multiplied chronology, with extra entries and a

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Poems Containing History: Twentieth-Century American Poetry's Engagement with the Past

By Gary Grieve-Carlson

Ezra Pound's definition of an epic as "a poem containing history" increases questions: how can a poem "contain" historical past? And if it may possibly, does it aid us to consider background in ways in which traditional historiography can't? Poems Containing historical past: Twentieth-Century American Poetry's Engagement with the prior, via Gary Grieve-Carlson, argues that twentieth-century American poetry has "contained" and helped its readers to consider heritage in numerous provocative and robust methods. Tracing the dialogue of the connection among poetry and heritage from Aristotle's Poetics to Norman Mailer's The Armies of the evening and Hayden White's Metahistory, the publication exhibits that at the same time heritage evolves right into a specialist, educational self-discipline within the past due 19th century, and as its practitioners emphasize the medical elements in their paintings and reduce its literary points, twentieth-century American poets proceed to take background because the topic in their significant poems. occasionally they advise the perspectives of mainstream historians, as Stephen Vincent Benét does in John Brown's physique, yet extra frequently they problem them, as do Robert Penn Warren in Brother to Dragons, Ezra Pound within the Cantos, or Charles Olson within the Maximus Poems. In Conquistador, Archibald MacLeish illustrates Aristotle's declare that poetry tells extra philosophical truths in regards to the earlier than background does, whereas in Paterson, William Carlos Williams develops a Nietzschean suspicion of history's price. 3 significant American poets—T. S. Eliot in 4 Quartets, Hart Crane within the Bridge, and Carolyn Forché within the Angel of History—present diverse demanding situations to expert historiography's assumption that the previous is better understood in strictly fabric phrases. Poems Containing background devotes chapters to every of those poets and provides a transparent feel of the seriousness with which American poetry has engaged the prior, in addition to the good number of these engagements.

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Dante and Derrida: Face to Face (S U N Y Series in Theology and Continental Thought)

By Francis J. Ambrosio

Discusses Derrida as a non secular philosopher, interpreting Dante’s Commedia and Derrida’s spiritual writings together.

Reading Dante’s Commedia along Jacques Derrida’s later non secular writings, Francis J. Ambrosio explores what those works demonstrate approximately faith as a primary dynamic of human lifestyles, approximately freedom and accountability, and concerning the value of writing itself. Ambrosio argues that either the various telling transformations among them and the strong bonds that unite them throughout centuries exhibit that Dante and Derrida proportion an id as spiritual writers that arises from the human reports of religion, wish, and love in keeping with the divine secret of being human. For either Dante and Derrida, Ambrosio contends, “scriptural faith” finds that the paradoxical stress of freedom and absolute accountability needs to bring about the secret of forgiveness, a mystery that those percentage and faithfully continue by means of surrendering to its necessity to die in order regularly to start back anew.

“…a priceless publication … Ambrosio achieves a part of his target of reconciling modern ‘styles of piety’ with Dante’s.” — Modern Philology

“Ambrosio’s enterprise of taking Derrida as his Virgil in analyzing Dante succeeds particularly good … due to Derrida, Ambrosio confirms back what a profound highbrow, even philosophical, problem Christianity nonetheless bargains readers of this nice poet and thinker.” — Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

“Francis Ambrosio has conducted a singular and incisive research that sheds vital mild on Derrida’s research of the aporia of forgiveness by way of taking over the query of Derrida and Dante. the result's an strange mixture of historic erudition and philosophical perception into one of the main provocative thinkers of our time and a superb contribution to continental philosophy of religion.” — John D. Caputo, writer of The weak point of God: A Theology of the Event

“I like greatly the author’s imaginitive, audacious, writerly engagement with the texts he translates. there's a lot that's provocative in those readings, and the aptitude and elegance of the writer’s language—in many ways an extension of Derrida’s personal kind of writing and interpretation—announce an considerable new talent.” — William Franke, writer of Dante’s Interpretive Journey

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The Works of John Dryden, Volume XIV: Plays; The Kind Keeper, The Spanish Fryar, The Duke of Guise, and The Vindication

By John Dryden

Kept girls, comedian clerics, and political schemers liven up the 4 performs during this quantity of the California Dryden. Dryden asserted that The variety Keeper was once an ethical play, devoted to exposing the "crying sin" of conserving a mistress. The creation was once closed after 3 nights, yet even if a result of play's luck in moralizing, or in exposing, is difficult to know.

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Universes without Selves: Cosmologies of the Non-Human in American Literature

By Matthew A. Taylor

Bankruptcy one attributes Poe's apocalyptic collapses of panpsychic topic (from the early stories to the past due Eureka) to a cosmology that borrowed from euphoric modern theories of the universe whereas defying their idealism. bankruptcy argues for a equally fraught dynamic among an writer and the cosmological norms of his age: in key methods, all of Adams's texts revoke the optimism of teleological historiography through filing humanity to the degrading legislation of physics instead of the promised perfectibility of renowned Darwinism; Adams's checklist of his personal entropic degradation within the schooling is therefore top understood via connection with what he termed his "scientific histories." whereas my first chapters specialize in authors who reveal the common risk to selfhood that many Western cosmologies vague, my ultimate bankruptcy turns to an African-diasporic perception of the cosmos that's both corrosive of the Human topic. The bankruptcy contests contemporary makes an attempt to learn an Africanist critique of Enlightenment metaphysics into the autobiographies of ex-slaves; this sort of critique, I argue, is extra competently attributed to the anti-subjective global perspectives of Chesnutt's conjure stories and Hurston's Voodoo ethnographies.

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Ending and Unending Agony: On Maurice Blanchot (Lit Z FUP)

Released posthumously, finishing and endless Agony is Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe's purely e-book completely dedicated to the French author and essayist Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003). where of Blanchot in Lacoue-Labarthe's proposal was once either discreet and profound, regarding tough, agonizing questions on the prestige of literature, with significant political and moral stakes.

Together with Plato, Holderlin, Nietzsche, Benjamin, and Heidegger, Blanchot represents a decisive crossroads for Lacoue-Labarthe's important matters. during this e-book, they converge at the query of literature, and specifically of literature as the query of myth--in this example, the parable of the author born of the autobiographical event of death.

However, the problems at stake during this come across should not basically autobiographical; they entail a continuing fight with approaches of figuration and mythicization inherited from the age-old notion of mimesis that permeates Western literature and tradition. As this quantity demonstrates, the originality of Blanchot's idea lies in its complex yet obstinate deconstruction of accurately such processes.

In addition to supplying particular, not easy readings of Blanchot's writings, atmosphere them between these of Montaigne, Rousseau, Freud, Winnicott, Artaud, Bataille, Lacan, Malraux, Leclaire, Derrida, and others, this booklet bargains clean insights into an important twentieth-century thinkers and a brand new standpoint on modern debates in eu notion, feedback, and aesthetics.

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Reconfiguring the Modern American Lyric: The Poetry of James Tate (Modern Poetry)

By Anthony Caleshu

James Tate is considered one of America’s most dear and senior poets, whose impact is more and more common. besides the fact that, his whimsical play has lengthy challenged critics to learn him with any intensity. After profitable the Yale Prize in 1967 for his first e-book, The misplaced Pilot, released whilst he used to be simply twenty-three, Tate has given that long gone directly to win significant literary awards together with the Pulitzer Prize, the nationwide booklet Award, and the Tanning Prize for Lifetime fulfillment from the Academy of yank Poets.
this is often the 1st monograph devoted to Tate’s œuvre. the writer presents a realistic studying thought for Tate, whole with contextual frameworks. shut readings of Tate’s paintings are trained via the functional purposelessness of Kant, the surrealist debt to Breton, and the issues and pleasures of language as explored through Derrida. Tate’s nice fulfillment isn't any below a reconfiguring of the trendy American lyric as a poetry of dramatic and dialogic narrative. Composed out of ‘odds and ends ... of no nice moment’, because the poet himself writes, Tate’s paintings extends the various American traditions of writers equivalent to William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, John Berryman, and John Ashbery.

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