Literary Studies

Download E-books "Mind you, they'll say anything": Fay Weldon and the cultural history of feminism, 1967--2002 PDF

By Mara Elise Reisman

This dissertation is the heritage of the serious reception of the novels of British writer Fay Weldon. as a result of her realization to modern tradition, Weldon's fiction bargains a precious lens by which to check the social, old, political, and literary weather of england and the U.S. from 1967-present. Combining Weldon's own historical past, fiction, and nonfiction with ancient, sociological, and literary records, I construct a cultural framework within which to appreciate Weldon's fiction and to teach how the bigger literary public---readers, reviewers, and publishers---received a feminist author. within the Sixties and Seventies because the women's flow used to be rising, feminists sought after equivalent rights and equivalent possibilities. Weldon's early novels have been heavily aligned with a feminist ideology that excited by women's voice and women's equality. Her consciousness to household existence challenged the characteristically grand subject material of the unconventional and her research of women's discontent triggered critics and publishers to place Weldon as a feminist author and her texts as feminist fiction. while the definition of feminism shifted within the past due Nineteen Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties and Weldon's books didn't depict a separatist feminist time table, Weldon's allegiance to feminism used to be wondered. Weldon's complicated portrayal of Ruth in existence and Loves of a She-Devil emphasizes Weldon's refusal to take any ideology, together with feminism, too heavily. Ruth is a intentionally provocative portrayal of a girl who, at the one hand, rejects the suburban dream and turns into self-reliant, and at the different, undergoes vast cosmetic surgery that allows you to glance precisely like her husband's mistress, the gorgeous and petite romance author Mary Fisher. via proposing ethical matters yet by no means delivering a transparent ethical framework, Weldon denies her readers effortless solutions. whereas reviewers stumbled on this slipperiness to be troublesome, within the Nineteen Nineties, students embraced Weldon's contradictory, inconsistent, continuously transferring philosophical positions, labeling Weldon a feminist postmodernist author and revaluing her fiction for a scholarly viewers. those shifts in serious reception display the main adjustments feminism has gone through during the last 35 years in addition to the ways that Weldon's fiction either enacts and complicates a background of feminism.

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Download E-books Writing beyond Prophecy: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville after the American Renaissance PDF

By Martin Kevorkian

Writing past Prophecy deals a brand new interpretation of the yankee Renaissance by way of drawing realization to a cluster of later, infrequently studied works by means of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville. picking a line of writing from Emerson's behavior of lifestyles to Hawthorne's posthumously released Elixir of existence manuscript to Melville's Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage within the Holy Land, Martin Kevorkian demonstrates how those authors wrestled with their vocational calling.

Early of their careers, those 3 authors located their literary ambitions in its place to the ministry. through featuring a "new revelation" and a brand new set of "gospels" for the 19th century, they sought to usurp the authority of the pulpit. Later in existence, every one author got here to acknowledge the audacity of his previous paintings, growing what Kevorkian characterizes as a literary aftermath. Strikingly, every one writer later wrote in regards to the personality of a tender divinity pupil torn by way of a difficulty of religion and vocation. Writing past Prophecy supplies a particular form to the past due careers of Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville and gives a cohesive account of the lingering non secular devotion left within the wake of yankee Romanticism.

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Download E-books Avant-Garde Hamlet: Text, Stage, Screen (The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series on Shakespeare and the Stage) PDF

Hamlet stands as a excessive water mark of canonical paintings, but it has both attracted rebels and experimenters, these avant-garde writers, dramatists, performers, and filmmakers who, of their variations and appropriations, search new methods of expressing cutting edge and hard concepts within the wish that they could switch perceptions in their personal global. One reason behind this, because the booklet argues, is that the resource textual content that's their thought was once written within the comparable spirit. Hamlet as a piece of artwork shows many features of the “vanguard” hobbies in each society and inventive milieux, an avant-garde imaginative and prescient of fight opposed to conformity, which keeps an fringe of provocative novelty. therefore, it has continually encouraged unorthodox variations and will be recognized by means of a ignored part of the corporate it retains, the avant-garde in all ages. After putting Hamlet alongside “cutting aspect” works in Shakespeare’s time, akin to Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, chapters take care of the ways that experimental writers, theatre practitioners, and film-makers have used the play right down to the current day to boost their very own avant-garde visions. this can be a a part of the uncanny skill of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to be “ever-now, ever-new.”

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Download E-books Milton and the Post-Secular Present: Ethics, Politics, Terrorism (Cultural Memory in the Present) PDF

By Feisal G. Mohamed

Our post-secular current, argues Feisal Mohamed, has a lot to benefit from our pre-secular prior. via a attention of poet and polemicist John Milton, this e-book explores present post-secularity, an rising classification that it seeks to elucidate and critique. It examines moral and political engagement grounded in trust, with specific connection with the idea of Alain Badiou, Jacques Derrida, Jürgen Habermas, and Gayatri C. Spivak. Taken to an severe, such engagement produces the cult of the suicide bomber. however the suicide bomber has additionally served as a handy bogey for these wishing to distract us from the violence in Western and Christian traditions and in case you might brush off too simply the lively iconoclasm that trust can produce. greater than the other poet, Milton signals us to either anti-humane and liberationist facets of trust and exhibits us correct dynamics of language in which such dedication reveals expression.

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Download E-books Medea's Chorus: Myth and Women's Poetry Since 1950 (Studies in Modern Poetry) PDF

By Veronica House

Women’s mythic revision is a convention on the middle of twentieth-century literature. Medea’s Chorus explores post-WWII women’s poetry that takes Greek mythology as its vital topos. The ebook 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 girls 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 yes points of the Greek myths that they locate troubling, they see the inherent energy within the tales and use that strength for private and social revelation. simply because myths exist in a number of models, historical writers didn't create from scratch; their creative contribution lay in how they replaced the tales. glossy girl poets are carrying out a numerous millennia-old culture of mythic revision, a convention that has ruthlessly posited that there's no position for ladies within the production and transmission of mythological poetry. Medea’s Chorus tracks mythic revision from the Nineteen Fifties throughout the second-wave feminist move and into turn-of-the-century feminism to spotlight person achievements and to teach the collective impression of the poets’ hugely assorted works on post-WWII literature and feminist idea and perform. This attractive and wonderfully written ebook is a must-read for any scholar, instructor, or pupil of the Classical culture, revisionist mythmaking, and twentieth-century poetry.

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Download E-books The Poetry of Raymond Carver: Against the Current PDF

By Sandra Lee Kleppe

Most sensible often called one of many nice brief tale writers of the 20 th century, Raymond Carver additionally released numerous volumes of poetry and thought of himself as a lot a poet as a fiction author. Sandra Lee Kleppe combines comparative research with an in-depth exam of Carver’s poems, creating a case for the standard of Carver’s poetic output and exhibiting the crucial position Carver’s pursuit of poetry performed in his occupation as a author. Carver built his personal natural literary process of 'autopoetics,' an idea hooked up to a paradigm shift in our knowing of the inter-relatedness of organic and cultural platforms. this concept is obvious as informing Carver’s whole construction, and a distinguishing function of Kleppe’s publication is its contextualization of Carver’s poetry in the complicated literary and clinical structures that prompted his improvement as a author. Kleppe addresses the typical issues and intertextual hyperlinks among Carver’s poetry and brief tale careers, situates Carver’s poetry in the love poem culture, explores the connections among neurology and poetic thoughts, and examines Carver’s use of the elegy style in the context of his terminal disorder. Tellingly, Carver’s poetry, which has aroused moderate curiosity between literary students, is usually taught to scientific scholars. This testimony to the interdisciplinary implications of Carver’s paintings indicates the appropriateness of Kleppe’s culminating dialogue of Carver’s paintings as a bridge among the fields of literature and medication.

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Download E-books Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (Cultural Memory in the Present) PDF

By Michael Rothberg

Multidirectional Memory brings jointly Holocaust stories and postcolonial reviews for the 1st time. applying a comparative and interdisciplinary technique, the ebook makes a twofold argument approximately Holocaust reminiscence in an international age by means of situating it within the unforeseen context of decolonization. at the one hand, it demonstrates how the Holocaust has enabled the articulation of alternative histories of victimization whilst that it's been declared "unique" between human-perpetrated horrors. at the different, it uncovers the extra miraculous and infrequently said undeniable fact that public reminiscence of the Holocaust emerged partly because of postwar occasions that appear initially to have little to do with it. particularly, Multidirectional Memory highlights how ongoing tactics of decolonization and pursuits for civil rights within the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, the U.S., and in different places all of sudden galvanized reminiscence of the Holocaust.

Rothberg engages with either famous and non-canonical intellectuals, writers, and filmmakers, together with Hannah Arendt, goalé Césaire, Charlotte Delbo, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marguerite Duras, Michael Haneke, Jean Rouch, and William Gardner Smith.

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Download E-books Flower of the Desert: Giacomo Leopardi's Poetic Ontology (SUNY series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy) PDF

A profound meditation on Leopardi’s artwork and suggestion in addition to a reframing and reassertion of Negri’s personal philosophical and political undertaking of liberation.

Antonio Negri, considered one of Italy’s such a lot influential and debatable modern philosophers, bargains during this booklet a thorough new interpretation of the nineteenth-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. For Negri, Leopardi isn't the sour, idealistic individualist of traditional literary background, yet really a profoundly materialist philosopher who sees human harmony because the purely attainable technique to the catastrophes of background and politics. Negri strains Leopardi’s resistance to the transcendental idealism of Kant and Hegel, with its emphasis on reason’s strength to unravel genuine antagonisms into summary syntheses, and his sluggish improvement of a worldly poetic materialism interested in the confident strength of the mind's eye and its “true illusions.” Like Nietzsche (who favorite him), Leopardi presents another to modernity inside modernity, expressing a strength of rupture and recomposition—a uniquely Italian one—that is as suitable now because it used to be within the 19th century, and which connects to the speculation of Empire because the political structure of the current that Negri has elaborated in collaboration with Michael Hardt.

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Download E-books The Problem with Gemutlichkeit: (De)Constructing Artificial Places in the Novels of Josef Haslinger, Robert Menasse, and Elfriede Jelinek PDF

By Anna Catherine Souchuk

This dissertation explores the varied manifestations of position within the novels of
Josef Haslinger, Robert Menasse,and Elfriede Jelinek, 3 modern Austrian
authors. The study specializes in the production of inauthentic Austrian areas and the
segmentation of society into the disparate fields of privilege and drawback useful
for the development of facilities of tourism. This fragmentation of position posits an
inevitable fight among back and front areas, the end result of that's frequently
violence or loss of life. additionally, the production of tourist-places necessitates the gathering of
artifacts, moments, and personalities, that are culled from the prior and resurrected in
the current as inauthentic, albeit ecocnomic, place-identity.

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Download E-books The Works of John Dryden, Volume XIV: Plays; The Kind Keeper, The Spanish Fryar, The Duke of Guise, and The Vindication PDF

By John Dryden

Kept ladies, comedian clerics, and political schemers brighten up the 4 performs during this quantity of the California Dryden. Dryden asserted that The style Keeper was once an ethical play, devoted to exposing the "crying sin" of conserving a mistress. The construction used to be closed after 3 nights, yet even if as a result of the play's good fortune in moralizing, or in exposing, is tough to know.

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