The Visible Text: Textual Production and Reproduction from Beowulf to Maus (Oxford Textual Perspectives)

By Thomas A. Bredehoft

Oxford Textual views is a brand new sequence of informative and provocative reviews concentrated upon literary texts (conceived of within the broadest experience of that time period) and the applied sciences, cultures and groups that produce, tell, and obtain them. It presents clean interpretations of primary works and of the important and demanding matters rising in English literary experiences. by way of attractive with the materiality of the literary textual content, its construction, and reception historical past, and regularly trying out and exploring the limits of the suggestion of textual content itself, the volumes within the sequence query accepted frameworks and supply cutting edge interpretations of either canonical and no more recognized works.

Covering fabrics starting from Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and inscribed items to modern comics, The obvious Text rewrites the background of textual media and applied sciences. Arguing that media are usually not outlined through applied sciences on my own, yet by means of a mix of applied sciences and the guidelines that folks carry approximately these applied sciences, Bredehoft identifies 4 certain classes or domain names within the heritage of English literature that correspond to 4 ways that media ideologies interacted with the 2 uncomplicated defining applied sciences of manuscripts and revealed books.

Examining complementary methods of defining texts (as topic to a reproductive medium, at the one hand, and as surrounded and outlined through paratexts, at the other), The seen textual content points out how Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and modern comics percentage a striking similarity in being based as productions instead of reproductions.
Contrastingly, the late-medieval and print-era sessions percentage a cultural funding in textual replica, yet they vary either of their attribute applied sciences and in how they conceptualize the thing of copy itself. a last epilogue, in brief contemplating the character of electronically-mediated textuality, highlights the significance of figuring out the heritage addressed the following, as electonic textual content either parallels and departs from typographic print in ways in which previous reproductive domain names make clear and complicate.

Filled with concrete examples of either books and texts, The seen Text should be of curiosity to readers within the fields of literature, e-book historical past, literary thought, media reviews, and visible culture.

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Writing the Holocaust Today: Critical Perspectives on Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones (Faux Titre, Volume 381)

Initially written in French, The Kindly Ones (2006) is the 1st significant paintings of the Jewish-American writer Jonathan Littell. Its amazing severe and advertisement luck, spawning a chain of heated debates, has made this book some of the most major literary phenomena of contemporary years.Taking the Holocaust as its imperative subject, The Kindly Ones is a irritating novel: stressful in its use of specific sexual descriptions, in its building of a perverted psychic global, in its mixture of actual ancient descriptions and myths, and in its repeated recommendation that Nazism doesn't, in truth, lie outdoors the spectrum of humanness. as a result of its remarkable huge proportions and the author’s provocative option to recount ancient occasions from the perpetrator’s viewpoint, this opus marks an important shift inside of Holocaust literature. during this quantity, fourteen major literary students and historians from 8 various nations heavily research this unsettling paintings. They research the disconcerting elements of the radical together with using the Nazi perspective, research the aesthetics of the unconventional and its contradictions, and discover its kin with a number of literary traditions. They define Littell’s use of ancient information and fabrics and research the novel’s reception. This compilation of essays is vital to an individual intrigued by means of The Kindly Ones or via the Holocaust and who needs to realize a greater figuring out of them.

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Headaches Among the Overtones: Music in Beckett / Beckett in Music (Faux Titre, Volume 391)

By Catherine Laws

Samuel Beckett produced essentially the most strong writing – many of the funniest yet so much devastating – of the 20th century. He defined his performs, prose and poetry as ‘an pointless stain at the silence’, however the striking mixture of concision and richness in his writing stems from his atypical sensitivity to the sounds and rhythms of phrases. additionally, track kinds part of Beckett’s comedian aesthetics of failure: it performs a task in his exploration of the chances and screw ups of the mind's eye, and the ever-failing try to forge a feeling of self.
No ask yourself, then, that such a lot of composers have taken suggestion from Beckett, surroundings his phrases to tune or translating into song the dramatic subject matters or contexts of his work.

Headaches one of the Overtones considers either tune in Beckett and Beckett’s value in modern song. In doing so, it explores the connection among phrases, song and that means, studying how similar philosophical matters and creative results look in literature and tune of the 20 th and twenty-first centuries.

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Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht: The Story of a Friendship

By Erdmut Wizisla

Erdmut Wizisla’s groundbreaking paintings explores for the 1st time the real friendship among Walter Benjamin, the acclaimed critic and literary theorist, and Bertolt Brecht, one of many 20th century’s such a lot influential theater artists and poets, throughout the an important interwar years in Berlin.


From the 1st assembly among Benjamin and Brecht to their studies in exile, the occasions during this friendship are illuminated through own correspondence, magazine entries, and notes—including formerly unpublished materials—from the buddies’ electrical discussions of shared tasks. as well as exploring correspondence among the 2, Wizisla provides records by way of colleagues who formed and shaded their courting, together with Margarete Steffin, Theodor Adorno, and Hannah Arendt.


Wizisla indicates us the interesting ideological exchanges among Benjamin and Brecht, together with the 1st account of Berlin Marxist magazine deliberate for 1931. The mins of its conferences list the involvement of Benjamin and Brecht, and provide a window onto the discussions on literature and politics that came about less than the expanding chance of the German left’s political defeat. Wizisla’s exam of the friendship among Benjamin and Brecht, artists on the peak in their artistic powers in the course of a time of significant political situation, throws gentle on approximately 20 years of eu highbrow life.

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Reading the Bronte Body: Disease, Desire, and the Constraints of Culture

By Beth Torgerson

Anne, Emily, and Charlotte Brontë's literary representations of ailment and illness mirror the foremost position disease performed within the lives of the Victorians and its common reoccurrence in the Brontës' own lives. An in-depth research of the heritage of nineteenth-century drugs presents the cultural context for those representations, giving smooth readers a feeling of ways healthiness, disease, and the physique have been understood in Victorian England. jointly, scientific anthropology and the historical past of drugs supply an invaluable lens with which to appreciate Victorian texts. Reading the Brontë Body is the 1st scholarly try and offer either the theoretical framework and ancient history to make the sort of literary research of the Brontë novels attainable, whereas exploring how those representations of disorder and sickness paintings inside a bigger cultural framework.

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Poets' First and Last Books in Dialogue (Studies in Modern Poetry)

By Thomas Simmons

A poet’s œuvre is sometimes studied as an arc from the 1st paintings to the final paintings, together with every thing in among as a manifestation of a few increase or reversal. What if the first dating in a poet’s œuvre is basically among the 1st and final textual content, with these texts sharing a compelling inner most language? What if, learn individually from the opposite paintings, the 1st and final books exhibit a few new phenomenon approximately either the struggles and the success of the poet?
Drawing on phenomenological and intertextual theories from Ladislaus Boros, Julia Kristeva, Theodor Adorno, and Peter Galison, Poets’ First and final Books in Dialogue examines the appropriate texts of Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Sexton, Thom Gunn, Sylvia Plath, and Ted Hughes. In each one of those poets’ first books, Thomas Simmons examines either the proof of a few new phenomenon and a restrict or unsolved challenge that reveals its solution in simple terms in a particular dialog with the ultimate textual content. by way of putting the texts in discussion, Simmons unveils a brand new inner language within the paintings of those groundbreaking poets. the nature of this illumination expands in a coda on Robert Pinsky, whose profession is especially marked by way of what neurologist Antonio Damasio calls the instant of «stepping into the light.»

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

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 recognition to modern tradition, Weldon's fiction bargains a beneficial lens in which to envision the social, ancient, political, and literary weather of england and the us from 1967-present. Combining Weldon's own historical past, fiction, and nonfiction with historic, sociological, and literary records, I construct a cultural framework during which to appreciate Weldon's fiction and to teach how the bigger literary public---readers, reviewers, and publishers---received a feminist author. within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies because the women's flow was once rising, feminists sought after equivalent rights and equivalent possibilities. Weldon's early novels have been heavily aligned with a feminist ideology that interested in women's voice and women's equality. Her awareness to family existence challenged the typically grand subject material of the unconventional and her research of women's discontent triggered critics and publishers to put Weldon as a feminist author and her texts as feminist fiction. while the definition of feminism shifted within the past due 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 puzzled. Weldon's complicated portrayal of Ruth in lifestyles 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 beautiful and petite romance author Mary Fisher. via featuring ethical matters yet by no means supplying a transparent ethical framework, Weldon denies her readers effortless solutions. whereas reviewers chanced on this slipperiness to be complex, within the Nineteen Nineties, students embraced Weldon's contradictory, inconsistent, constantly transferring philosophical positions, labeling Weldon a feminist postmodernist author and revaluing her fiction for a scholarly viewers. those shifts in severe reception demonstrate 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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Paul Valery's Album des Vers Anciens: A Past Transfigured (Princeton Legacy Library)

By Suzanne Nash

Wondering the view that the paintings isn't really consultant of the poet's mature accomplishment, Suzanne Nash argues that the revisionary approach excited by its production led Valery to mirror on difficulties primary to poetic construction and hence supplied proposal for all his later poetry.

Originally released in 1983.

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Lucretius in the Modern World (Classical Inter/Faces)

Lucretius' "On the character of Things", one of many glories of Latin literature, offers a shiny poetic exposition of the doctrines of the Greek atomist, Epicurus. The poem performed a very important function within the reinvention of technology within the 17th century, its effect at the French Enlightenment was once strong and pervasive, and it turned a tremendous battlefield within the wars of faith with technological know-how in nineteenth-century England. yet within the 20th century, regardless of its very important contributions to fashionable concept and civilisation, it's been principally missed by way of universal readers and scientists alike. This booklet bargains an in depth description of the poem, with exact emphasis on its pleased model of materialism and on its try and devise a moral method that fits any such universe. It surveys significant proper texts shape the eighteenth and ninetheenth centuries (Dryden, Diderot, Voltaire, Tennyson, Santayana) and speculates on why Lucretius and the traditional medical culture he championed has turn into marginalised within the 20th century.It closes with a dialogue of what price the poem has for college students of technological know-how and expertise within the new century: what recommendation it has to provide us approximately the right way to pass approximately reinventing our machines and our morality.

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Courtesy Lost: Dante, Boccaccio, and the Literature of History (Toronto Italian Studies)

In Courtesy Lost, Kristina M. Olson analyses the literary impression of the social, political, and monetary modifications of the fourteenth century via an exploration of Dante’s literary and political impact on Boccaccio. The e-book unearths how Boccaccio rewrote the earlier during the lens of the Commedia, torn among nostalgia for elite households in decline and the necessity to advertise morality and magnanimity in the Florentine Republic.

By interpreting the passages in Boccaccio’s Decameron, De casibus, and Esposizioni during which the writer rewrites moments in Florentine and Italian heritage that had additionally seemed in Dante’s Commedia, Olson illuminates the ways that Boccaccio expressed his deep ambivalence in the direction of the political and social adjustments of his period. She illustrates this via an research of Dante’s and Boccaccio’s remedies of the belief of courtesy, or cortesia, in an period while the chivalry of the declining aristocracy used to be being supplanted by means of the civility of the emerging service provider classes.

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