Literary Criticism

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics: Fourth Edition

By Roland Greene, Jahan Ramazani

Through 3 versions over greater than 4 a long time, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has equipped an unequalled recognition because the such a lot complete and authoritative reference for college kids, students, and poets on all elements of its topic: historical past, events, genres, prosody, rhetorical units, serious phrases, and extra. Now this landmark paintings has been completely revised and up to date for the twenty-first century. Compiled by means of a wholly new workforce of editors, the fourth edition--the first re-creation in nearly twenty years--reflects contemporary alterations in literary and cultural stories, supplying up to date assurance and giving better consciousness to the overseas features of poetry, all whereas holding the easiest of the former volumes

At good over 1000000 phrases and greater than 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia has extraordinary breadth and intensity. Entries variety in size from short paragraphs to significant essays of 15,000 phrases, supplying a extra thorough treatment--including professional synthesis and essential bibliographies--than traditional handbooks or dictionaries.

This is a publication that no reader or author of poetry should want to be with out.

  • Thoroughly revised and up-to-date through a brand new editorial crew for twenty-first-century scholars, students, and poets
  • More than 250 new entries disguise fresh phrases, events, and comparable issues
  • Broader foreign assurance comprises articles at the poetries of greater than a hundred and ten countries, areas, and languages
  • Expanded assurance of poetries of the non-Western and constructing worlds
  • Updated bibliographies and cross-references
  • New, easier-to-use web page layout
  • Fully listed for the 1st time

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Shylock Is Shakespeare

By Kenneth Gross

Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in The service provider of Venice who famously calls for a pound of flesh as defense for a mortgage to his antisemitic tormentors, is one among Shakespeare’s most intricate and idiosyncratic characters. along with his unsettling eloquence and his various voices of protest, play, rage, and refusal, Shylock continues to be a resource of perennial fascination. What explains the unusual and enduring strength of this personality, so in contrast to that of the other in Shakespeare’s performs? Kenneth Gross posits that the determine of Shylock is so robust simply because he's the voice of Shakespeare himself.

Marvelously speculative and articulate, Gross’s booklet argues that Shylock is a leap forward for Shakespeare the playwright, an early consciousness of the Bard’s strength to create dramatic voices that talk for hidden, subconscious, even inhuman impulses—characters greater than the performs that include them and able to break out the author’s regulate. Shylock can also be a masks for Shakespeare’s personal desire, rage, vulnerability, and generosity, giving shape to Shakespeare’s ambition as an writer and his doubtful bond with the viewers. Gross’s imaginative and prescient of Shylock as Shakespeare’s covert double results in a probing research of the character’s unusual isolation, ambivalence, opacity, and darkish humor. Addressing the wider resonance of Shylock, either historic and creative, Gross examines the character’s carry on later readers and writers, together with Heinrich Heine and Philip Roth, suggesting that Shylock mirrors the ambiguous states of Jewishness in modernity. 

A bravura severe functionality, Shylock Is Shakespeare will fascinate readers with its diversity of reference, its union of rigor and play, and  its conjectural—even fictive—means of coming to phrases with the query of Shylock, finally taking readers to the very middle of Shakespeare’s humanizing genius.

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Dialogism: Bakhtin and His World (New Accents)

By Michael Holquist

Holquist's masterly research attracts on all of Bakhtin's identified writings offering a entire account of his success. extensively stated as an outstanding advisor to Bakhtin and dialogics, this publication now encompasses a new advent, concluding bankruptcy and an absolutely up-to-date bibliography.

He argues that Bakhtin's paintings earnings coherence via his dedication to the concept that of discussion, reading Bakhtin's dialogues with theorists equivalent to Saussure, Freud, Marx and Lukacs, in addition to different thinkers whose reference to Bakhtin has formerly been ignored.
Dialogism additionally comprises dialogic readings of significant literary texts, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Gogol's The Notes of a Madman and Fitzgerald's The nice Gatsby, which offer one other size of debate with discussion.

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True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound (The Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities Series)

True Friendship looks heavily at 3 striking poets of the prior half-century—Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell—through the lens in their relation to their predecessors in genius, T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. The severe consciousness then reveals itself reciprocated, with Eliot and Pound being of their flip pondered anew in the course of the lenses in their successors. Hill, Hecht, and Lowell are one of the so much generously alert and discriminating readers, as is borne out not just by means of their serious prose yet (best of all) by means of their acts of latest production, these poems of theirs which are due to Eliot and Pound.

“Opposition is correct Friendship.” So William Blake believed, or at any fee was hoping. Hill, Hecht, and Lowell exhibit many different types of friendship with Eliot and Pound: opposed, inventive, own. of their inventive assent and dissent, the creative literary allusions—like different, wider sorts of influence—are proven to represent the main magnanimous of welcomes and of tributes.

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Writing Degree Zero

By Roland Barthes

Is there this type of factor as progressive literature? Can literature, in reality, be political in any respect? those are the questions Roland Barthes addresses in Writing measure Zero, his first released booklet and a landmark in his oeuvre. the controversy had engaged the ecu literary group because the Nineteen Thirties; with this fierce manifesto, Barthes challenged the inspiration of literature's legal responsibility to be socially dedicated. definite, Barthes permits, the author has a political and moral accountability. however the background of French literature exhibits that the author has usually did not meet it―and from Barthes's standpoint, literature is devoted to little greater than the parable of itself. professional and uncompromising, Writing measure Zero brought the topics that may quickly identify Barthes as one of many major voices in literary criticism.

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A Theory of Adaptation

By Linda Hutcheon

A idea of Adaptation explores the continual improvement of inventive model, and argues that the perform of adapting is imperative to the story-telling mind's eye. Linda Hutcheon develops a concept of model via a variety of media, from movie and opera, to games, pop song and subject matter parks, analysing the breadth, scope and inventive probabilities inside each.

This new version is supplemented via a brand new preface from the writer, discussing either new adaptive forms/platforms and up to date serious advancements within the research of version. It additionally positive factors an illuminating new epilogue from Siobhan O’Flynn, concentrating on variation within the context of electronic media. She considers the impression of transmedia practices and homes at the shape and perform of variation, in addition to learning the extension of online game narrative throughout media structures, fan-based variation (from Twitter and fb to domestic movies), and the variation of books to electronic formats.

A concept of Adaptation is the right consultant to this ever evolving box of research and is key studying for someone drawn to model within the context of literary and media studies.

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Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill

By Peter McDonald

Will we are looking to learn poetry, or simply like having a number of poets to discuss? The background of poetry in twentieth-century Britain and eire is one that ends with the assimilation of winning poets right into a media tradition; it's also, although, one other background, certainly one of shape and authority, within which definite poets chanced on modes and pitches of resistance to the seeming inevitabilities in their instances. during this heritage, it's the authority of poetry (and no longer the media-processed poet) that's at stake within the integrity of poetic shape.

Serious Poetry: shape and Authority from Yeats to Hill offers a debatable analyzing of twentieth-century British and Irish poetry targeted on six figures, all of whom are critics in addition to poets: W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Seamus Heaney, and Geoffrey Hill. Yeats's centrality to twentieth-century poetry - and the matter many poets and critics had, or nonetheless have, with that centrality - is a big concentration of the e-book. Serious Poetry argues that it's within the strengths, chances, perplexities, and certainties of the poetic shape that poetry's authority in a distrustful cultural weather is still so much heavily alive.

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Sakuntala: Texts, Readings, Histories

By Romila Thapar

The determine of Sakuntala appears to be like in lots of kinds all through South Asian literature, such a lot famously within the Mahabharata and in Kalidisa's fourth-century Sanskrit play, Sakuntala and the hoop of Recollection. In those texts, Sakuntala undergoes a serious transformation, relinquishing her assertiveness and autonomy to turn into the quintessentially submissive girl, revealing a lot in regards to the functionality of Hindu femininity that will come to dominate South Asian tradition. via a cautious research of sections from Sakuntala and their a variety of iterations in several contexts, Romila Thapar explores the interactions among literature and heritage, tradition and gender, that body the improvement of this canonical determine, in addition to a unique belief of woman identity.

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Memory in Oral Traditions: The Cognitive Psychology of Epic, Ballads, and Counting-out Rhymes

By David C. Rubin

Lengthy studied through anthropologists, historians, and linguists, oral traditions have supplied a wealth of interesting insights into specific cultural customs that span the background of humankind. during this groundbreaking paintings, cognitive psychologist David C. Rubin bargains for the 1st time an obtainable, entire exam of what such traditions can let us know concerning the advanced internal workings of human reminiscence. Focusing specifically on their 3 significant kinds of organization--theme, imagery, and sound pattern--Rubin proposes a version of remember, and makes use of it to discover the mechanisms of reminiscence that underlie genres corresponding to counting-out rhymes, ballads, and epics. The ebook concludes with an interesting dialogue of ways conversions from oral to written conversation modes can expect how state-of-the-art laptop applied sciences will have an effect on the conventions of destiny transmissions. all through, Rubin offers the result of very important unique study in addition to new views on classical topics. wonderfully written and farsighted, Memory in Oral Traditions may be eagerly learn via scholars and researchers in parts as different as cognitive psychology, literary reviews, classics, and cultural anthropology.

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