The French Face of Joseph Conrad by Yves Hervouet

By Yves Hervouet

Joseph Conrad has usually been considered as a novelist with "dual" Polish and English nationwide affinities. This research argues for a triple id by way of introducing the French face of Conrad's paintings, demonstrating that his wisdom of the French language and its literature has profound implications for the learn of the novels. Yves Hervouet files chronologically the impression of French authors together with Flaubert, Maupassant and Anatole France, build up an image of Conrad at paintings. this primary large-scale account of Conrad's involvement with a French literary, aesthetic and philosophical culture provokes an incredible reassessment of his artistic originality. it's going to have an important effect on Conrad scholarship, and as a research of cross-cultural effect, it is going to be of curiosity to all scholars of comparative literature within the interval.

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The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVII: Prose, 1668-1691: An by Monk, Samuel Holt; Dearing, Vinton Adams; Maurer, A. E.

By Monk, Samuel Holt; Dearing, Vinton Adams; Maurer, A. E. Wallace; Dryden, John

This number of prose writing from the pen of Dryden dates from 1668 to 1691, and includes paintings that the editors describe as "a sampler of Dryden as biographer-historian, political commentator, spiritual controversialist, literary polemicist, literary theorist, and functional critic. one of the works contained here's his "Essay of Dramatick Poesie."

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The death-motif in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and by Ottlinger, Claudia; Dickinson, Emily; Rossetti, Christina

By Ottlinger, Claudia; Dickinson, Emily; Rossetti, Christina Georgina

Whereas Emily Dickinson as a forerunner of contemporary American poetry has met with a superb serious reaction, Christina Rossetti remains to be considered as a minor Victorian poet. regardless of all their biographical, spiritual and poetic changes the comparative technique is suitable for laying off new mild on those women's poetic output, that is preoccupied with loss of life, and for showing their cultural divergences in addition to their transcultural affinities. in accordance with a brand new typology and almost about 220 basic texts, this booklet highlights Dickinson's and Rossetti's supremely advanced view of demise, characterised by way of a big volume of transferring emphases and views and focussing at the lyrical I that oscillates among worry and fascination, numb melancholy and welcome unencumber

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Abolishing Death: A Salvation Myth of Russian by Irene Masing-Delic

By Irene Masing-Delic

The assumption of abolishing loss of life used to be the most influential myth-making techniques expressed in Russian literature from 1900 to 1930, particularly within the works of writers who attributed a "life-modeling" functionality to artwork. To them, artwork was once to create a existence so aesthetically geared up and excellent that immortality will be an inevitable outcome. this concept was once reflected within the considered a few who believed that the political revolution of 1917 may lead to a revolution in simple existential proof: particularly, the idea that communism and the accompanying develop of technological know-how may finally have the capacity to bestow actual immortality and to resurrect the lifeless. based on one version, for instance, the lifeless have been to be resurrected by way of extrapolation from the strains in their exertions left within the fabric international. the writer reveals the seeds of this notable proposal within the erosion of conventional faith in late-nineteenth-century Russia. stimulated via the recent strength of clinical inquiry, humankind appropriated quite a few divine attributes one by one, together with omnipotence and omniscience, yet finally even aiming towards the belief of person, actual immortality, and hence meaning to equality with God. Writers as diversified because the "decadent" Fyodor Sologub, the "political" Maxim Gorky, and the "gothic" Nikolai Ognyov created works for making mortals into gods, reworking the uncooked fabrics of present fact into legend. The publication first outlines the ideological context of the immortalization venture, significantly the effect of the philosophers Fyodorov and Solovyov. the rest of the booklet comprises shut readings of texts by way of Sologub, Gorky, Blok, Ognyov, and Zabolotsky. Taken jointly, the works yield the "salvation application" that tells humans easy methods to abolish loss of life and reside without end in an everlasting, self-created cosmos―gods of a legend that was once made attainable through artistic artists, innovative scientists, and encouraged workers.

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Heartless Immensity: Literature, Culture, and Geography in by Anne Baker

By Anne Baker

As the scale of the U.S. greater than doubled through the first half the 19th century, a robust present of hysteria ran along the well-documented optimism approximately nationwide enlargement. Heartless Immensity tells the tale of ways american citizens made experience in their country’s continually fluctuating borders and its annexation of titanic new territories. Anne Baker appears at a number of resources, together with letters, speeches, newspaper editorials, schoolbooks, in addition to visible and literary artworks. those cultural artifacts recommend that the country’s nervousness was once fueled basically via matters: fears concerning the measurement of the state as a chance to democracy, and concerning the incorporation of nonwhite, non-Protestant areas. those fears had a constant and influential presence till after the Civil warfare, functioning as important catalysts for the explosion of literary creativity often called the “American Renaissance,” together with the paintings of Melville, Thoreau, and Fuller, between others.
 
Building on vast archival study in addition to insights from cultural geographers and theorists of nationhood, Heartless Immensity demonstrates that nationwide enlargement had a much more complex, multifaceted impression on antebellum American tradition than has formerly been famous. Baker exhibits that american citizens built a number of linguistic innovations for imagining the shape of the U.S. and its place on the subject of different geopolitical entities. Comparisons
to ecu empires, biblical allusions, physique politic metaphors, and metaphors derived from technological know-how all reflected—and usually tried to assuage—fears that the kingdom used to be turning into either monstrously huge otherwise misshapen in ways in which threatened adored ideals and nationwide self-images. 
 
Heartless Immensity argues that, on the way to comprehend the nation’s shift from republic to empire and to appreciate American tradition in a world context, it truly is first essential to pay shut recognition to the approaches during which the actual entity referred to as the us got here into being. This impressively thorough learn will make a worthy contribution to the fields of yankee reviews and literary studies.

Anne Baker is Assistant Professor of English at North Carolina nation University.

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George Herbert: A Literary Life (Literary Lives) by Cristina Malcolmson

By Cristina Malcolmson

This quantity replaces the normal picture of George Herbert as meditative recluse with a portrait of the poet as engaged all through his existence with the faith, politics and society of his time. rather than an remoted genius dwelling in retreat from the realm, Herbert looks as a guy writing public verse, energetic inside of a tremendous social circle, and devoted to nationalistic Protestantism. The publication attends to the poetic brilliance of his verse in addition to the associations and contexts that motivated him: the higher category coterie, Cambridge college, and the Church of britain.

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The fable of the southern writer by Lewis P. Simpson

By Lewis P. Simpson

"With a breadth and intensity unsurpassed via the other cultural historian of the South, Lewis Simpson examines the writing of southerners Thomas Jefferson, John Randolph, Mark Twain, Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate, William Faulkner, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Arthur workforce Inman, William Styron, and Walker Percy. Simpson deals not easy essays of straightforward erudition blessedly freed from educational jargon.... [They] don't suggest to help an total thesis, yet easily discover the southern writer's distinct courting along with his or her quarter, bereft of delusion and culture, within the clutch of technological know-how and history." -- Library Journal

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