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Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing
Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing (April 2005)
A Route to Hermeneutics and Open Poetics
Ming Dong Gu - Author

A groundbreaking work that uncovers an implicit system of hermeneutics in traditional Chinese thought and aesthetics.

This ambitious work provides a systematic study of Chinese theories of reading and writing in intellectual thought and critical practice. The author maintains that there are two major hermeneutic traditions in Chinese literature: the politico-moralistic mainstream and the metaphysico-aesthetical unde...(Read More)
 
 
Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture
Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture (November 2004)
Contemporary Women Writers of the Indian and Afro-Italian Diaspora
Sandra Ponzanesi - Author

Explores postcolonial discourse from the standpoint of feminism and writers in minority languages.

This innovative contribution to understanding the promise and contradictions of contemporary postcolonial culture applies a wide array of theoretical tools to a large body of literature. The author compares the work of established Indian writers including Bharati Mukherjee, Meena Alexander, Sara Suleri, and Sunetra Gupta...(Read More)
 
 
Worldwide Pre-Raphaelitism
Worldwide Pre-Raphaelitism (November 2004)
Thomas J. Tobin - Editor

Examines the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement on art and literature around the world.

Pre-Raphaelitism's influence during the long nineteenth century was far-reaching, affecting artistic and literary thought in places, media, and times far removed from its origins in 1848 London. Worldwide Pre-Raphaelitism examines the movement's development beyond England, from the continental "immortals" glori...(Read More)
 
 
The Face of Immortality
The Face of Immortality (November 2004)
Physiognomy and Criticism
Davide Stimilli - Author

Argues for a new kind of criticism, one that mediates between literal and allegorical modes of interpretation.

The literature on physiognomy—the art of studying a person's outward appearance, especially the face, in order to determine character and intelligence—has flourished in recent years in the wake of renewed scholarly interest in the history and politics of the body. Virtually no attention, however, ha...(Read More)
 
 
Idealism without Absolutes
Idealism without Absolutes (February 2004)
Philosophy and Romantic Culture
Tilottama Rajan - Editor
Arkady Plotnitsky - Editor

Extends the boundaries of Romantic culture from its pre-Kantian past to contemporary theory and beyond.

Idealism without Absolutes offers an ambitious and broad reconsideration of Idealism in relation to Romanticism and subsequent thought. Linking Idealist and Romantic philosophy to contemporary theory, the volume explores the multiplicity of different philosophical incarnations of Idealism and materialism, and sh...(Read More)
 
 
The Conspiracy of Life
The Conspiracy of Life (October 2003)
Meditations on Schelling and His Time
Jason M. Wirth - Author

Puts Schelling in conversation with twentieth-century continental philosophy.

The Conspiracy of Life
offers a series of meditations on the philosophy of F. W. J. Schelling (1775–1854), a great—and greatly neglected—philosopher of life. Rather than construing him as a loopy mystic, or as an antiquated theologian, Jason M. Wirth attempts to locate Schelling as the belated contemporary of thinkers like He...(Read More)
 
 
Ninochka
Ninochka (August 2003)
A Novel
Svetlana Boym - Author

A Russian émigré living in New York travels to Paris to try to reconstruct the secret life of another Russian woman who was murdered there on the eve of World War II.

A playful literary mystery set in the 1930s and 1990s, Ninochka tells the double tale of two women exiles who are both homesick and sick of home. Tanya, a Russian immigrant living in New York, travels to Paris in an attempt to reconstr...(Read More)
 
 
Brahma in the West
Brahma in the West (August 2003)
William Blake and the Oriental Renaissance
David Weir - Author

Argues that the myths and ideals of William Blake's poetry were heavily influenced by the Oriental Renaissance—the British discovery of Hindu literature.

Examining William Blake's poetry in relation to the mythographic tradition of the eighteenth century and emphasizing the British discovery of Hindu literature, David Weir argues that Blake's mythic system springs from the same rich historical context that produc...(Read More)
 
 
Design and Rhetoric in a Sanskrit Court Epic
Design and Rhetoric in a Sanskrit Court Epic (March 2003)
The Kiratarjuniya of Bharavi
Indira Viswanathan Peterson - Author

Explores the earliest literary treatment of Arjuna's combat with the great god Siva, providing an introduction to the Sanskrit court epic.

Indira Viswanathan Peterson provides an introduction to the Sanskrit court epic (mahakavya), an important genre in classical Indian poetry, and the first study of a celebrated sixth-century poem, the Kiratarjuniya (Arjuna and the Hunter) of Bharavi. Sanskrit court...(Read More)
 
 
Idioms of Distress
Idioms of Distress (October 2002)
Psychosomatic Disorders in Medical and Imaginative Literature
Lilian R. Furst - Author

Traces portrayals of psychosomatic disorders in medical and imaginative literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This interdisciplinary study examines the enigmatic category of psychosomatic disorders as articulated in medical writings and represented in literary works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Six key works are analyzed: Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Émile Zola’s Thér...(Read More)
 
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