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  • Der exzellente Kulturbetriebby Armin Klein

    Springer Fachmedien 2008; US$ 29.95

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  • The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophyby Thomas Gould

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 43.00

    Affecting audiences with depictions of suffering and injustice is a key function of tragedy, and yet it has long been viewed by philosophers as a dubious enterprise. In this book Thomas Gould uses both historical and theoretical approaches to explore tragedy and its power to gratify readers and audiences. He takes as his starting point Plato's moral... more...

  • Hedayat's "Blind Owl" as a Western Novelby Michael Beard

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.95

    The Iranian writer Sadeq Hedayat is the most influential figure in twentieth-century Persian fiction--and the object of a kind of cult after his suicide in 1951. His masterpiece The Blind Owl is the most important novel of modern Iran. Its abrupt, tortured opening sentence, "There are sores which slowly erode the mind in solitude like a kind of... more...

  • Joyce's Uncertainty Principleby Phillip F. Herring

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 30.50

    Phillip Herring distinguishes the solvable problems from the truly insolvable mysteries in Joyce studies. His unusual and often witty book contains enough background material to appeal to a beginning reader of Joyce, yet it will be of the utmost importance to the specialist. He argues that Joyce formulated an uncertainty principle as early as the... more...

  • Stevens and the Interpersonalby Mark Halliday

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    With Wallace Stevens emerging as a father figure for American poetry of the late twentieth century, Mark Halliday argues that it is time for this "poet of ideas" to undergo an ethical critique. In this bold, accessible reconsideration of Stevens' work, he insists on the importance of interpersonal relations in any account of human life in the modern... more...

  • Leo Tolstoyby Richard F. Gustafson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 63.00

    Much of what was central to Tolstoy seems embarrassing to Western and Soviet critics, points out Richard Gustafson in his absorbing argument for the predominance of Tolstoy's religious viewpoint in all his writings. Received opinion says that there are two Tolstoys, the pre-conversion artist and the post-conversion religious thinker and prophet, but... more...

  • Authority, Autonomy, and Representation in American Literature, 1776-1865by Mark R. Patterson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, a familiar scene appears and reappears in American literature: a speaker stands before a crowd of men and women, attempting to mitigate their natural suspicions in order to form a body of federated wills. In this important study of the relationship of literature and politics, Mark Patterson argues that... more...

  • Literature as National Institutionby Vassilis Lambropoulos

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 33.95

    This book examines how the practices of criticism establish a particular domain of knowledge, the truth of literature. As a discussion of the ideology and politics of literary knowledge, it concentrates on constitutive elements of its production: the intertextuality of writing, the mediatedness of understanding, the formative role of reading expectations,... more...

  • The Semantics of Desireby Philip M. Weinstein

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 40.95

    This work examines the dialectic of desire and value, as it affects the protagonist's identity, in fiction from Dickens and George Eliot through Hardy and Conrad to Lawrence and Joyce. Philip Weinstein describes the growing sexualization of the imagined body--the transformation of the protagonistic self from a figure defined by semantics, signification,... more...

  • The Skeptic Dispositionby Eugene Goodheart

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Eugene Goodheart examines the skeptic disposition that has informed advanced literary discourse over the past generation, arguing that the targets of deconstructive suspicion are fundamental humanistic values. "[This book] is a fair-minded, generous critique of the deconstructionist theories of Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, and their followers. These... more...