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Countercurrents (July 1992)
On the Primacy of Texts in Literary Criticism
Raymond Adolph Prier - Editor

In their readings of texts, the authors address the topics of theory, narrative, aesthetics, the idea of the text, and of specific moments in cultural history. The chapters cover a range of authors: Plato, Ovid, Dante, Petrarch, Chariteo, Ariosto, Tasso, Cervantes, Kleist, Gode, Edith Wharton, Pirandello, Kafka, Sartre, Saint-John Perse, Paz, Roubaud, Sanguineti, and Tomlinson. They also deal with philosophers: Peirce, Nietzsche, Saussure, Husser...(Read More)
Play, Literature, Religion
Play, Literature, Religion (July 1992)
Essays in Cultural Intertextuality
Virgil Nemoianu - Editor
Robert Royal - Editor

"I am 'bowled over' by the brilliant synthesizing essays by Nemoianu and Dupre, which tie together large, important realms of contemporary theory and cultural history; and by the verve with which the other contributors relate major subjects and authors to the core or nexus: the 'play concept.' The book breaks open into exciting new territory and pulls together a host of inherited forces, contemporary impulses, and deeper trends. While cutting acr...(Read More)
Recreating the World/Word
Recreating the World/Word (July 1992)
The Mythic Mode as Symbolic Discourse
Lynda D. McNeil - Author

This book combines interdisciplinary and comparatist approaches (anthropology, philosophy, psychology, and language) in the investigation of the mythic mode of thought and language in the post-Symbolist poets Arthur Rimbaud, Georg Trakl, Hart Crane, and Charles Olson. Part One covers the philosophical tradition from Gottfried Herder to Ernst Cassirer. Part Two includes close analytical readings of individual poems by these authors as they enact th...(Read More)
The Banalization of Nihilism
The Banalization of Nihilism (February 1992)
Twentieth-Century Responses to Meaninglessness
Karen L. Carr - Author

"This book is an important contribution to the growing literature on nihilism and its role in contemporary culture. The commonalities the author demonstrates among such seemingly disparate thinkers as Nietzsche, Barth, and Rorty are illuminating, and I found especially intriguing her claim that Nietzsche and Barth are closer to one another than either is to Rorty." -- Donald A. Crosby, Colorado State University

After a historical and concept...(Read More)
Rose and Lotus
Rose and Lotus (January 1991)
Narrative of Desire in France and China
Tonglin Lu - Author

"The subject material--eroticism, in an extended sense--is constantly interesting, and is handled with delicacy, gentle irony, and imagination by Lu. I like the balance between the attention to detail and the broader intellectual purpose of the book. It is quite well informed with regard to contemporary Western criticism, but is never ostentatious or trendy." -- Eugene Vance

"The book is an important contribution to our under...(Read More)
Inner Experience
Inner Experience (April 1988)
Georges Bataille - Author
Leslie Anne Boldt-Irons - Translation and introduction by

"English readers will now be able to appreciate what many consider Bataille's finest work, undoubtedly one of the outstanding texts of modern French writing, just as they will be able to fill a major gap in the history of post-structuralist thought. Whereas Bataille may be the acknowledged forefather of such figures as Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida, this centrality is often not appreciated by American admirers of the latter."
-- Michele Richman...(Read More)
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