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Persian Literature
Persian Literature (April 1988)
Ehsan Yarshater - Author

In this unique survey, twenty-one scholars examine Persian imaginative literature, bringing out its historical development through discussions of genres and styles. Ehsan Yarshater's introductory essay places the various phases of Iran's literatures in perspective. It also expands on some areas of interest touched upon in the ensuing chapters, notably Old and Middle Persian literature. In a second essay, Yarshater explains the progression of the cla...(Read More)
Passionate Women, Passive Men
Passionate Women, Passive Men (February 1988)
Suicide in Yiddish Literature
Janet Hadda - Author

"This is a book that could not have been conceived, never mind written, even a decade ago. It uses central texts from the canon of Yiddish letters, applies a sophisticated psychoanalytic methodology to them, and arrives at a set of questions which will set the course of the criticism of Yiddish letters in a new direction." --Sander L. Gilman, Cornell University

Suicide is always a controversial issue. Among Jews, it is often taboo. Stereotypi...(Read More)
Israeli Mythogynies
Israeli Mythogynies (July 1987)
Women in Contemporary Hebrew Fiction
Esther Fuchs - Author

This book is the first to systematically examine the representation of women by mainstream Hebrew authors from the Palmah Generation to the New Wave. Fuchs' unique analytical method exposes the male-centered bias which often inspires the works of such prominent and widely translated authors as S. Yizhar, Moshe Shamir, A. B. Yehoshua and Amos Oz. She exposes both the continuities and the transformations in the literary represen...(Read More)
Paul Elmer More
Paul Elmer More (July 1987)
Literary Criticism as the History of Ideas
Stephen L. Tanner - Author

Paul Elmer More was one of the leaders of the New Humanism, the most important critical movement in the United States during the first decades of this century. It was a wide-ranging moral approach to literary and cultural criticism that laid the intellectual foundation for American conservatism. Though eclipsed in the realm of critical fashions by more exclusively aesthetic approaches, the moral approach retains its appeal among general readers, and...(Read More)
Sean O'Faolain's Irish Vision
Sean O'Faolain's Irish Vision (July 1987)
Richard Bonaccorso - Author

“Urbanity and clarity distinguish this text. I found a sensitive reading of a man's body of work, in its historical context, that persuasively argues O'Faolain's qualities as a world-class writer. With commendable succinctness, the author has put even the novice reader in touch with O'Faolain and his work. It is the best treatment of this subject I've seen. Bonaccorso deftly summarizes plots and situations so that ever...(Read More)
Mallarme and the Sublime
Mallarme and the Sublime (August 1986)
Louis W. Marvick - Author

In this groundbreaking study, Louis W. Marvick develops a literary criterion for the quality known as "the sublime," considered as the expression of an attitude towards the ideal--an attitude composed of irony and enthusiasm in varying proportions. The author examines the various theories of the sublime and traces the development of the concept from a rhetorical device to an experience of spiritual insight derived from the genius of the artist. Th...(Read More)
Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Style
Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Style (August 1986)
Pamela J. Transue - Author

This readable, informed, and insightful book illustrates the effects Virginia Woolf's feminism had on her art. Woolf's committed feminism combined with her integrity as an artist and her ability to metamorphose ideology into art make her work particularly suitable for a study of the complex relationship of polemic to aesthetics. There is hardly a more crucial issue for the feminist artist today, who must seek a successful fusion of her principles wi...(Read More)
The American Sublime
The American Sublime (June 1986)
Mary Arensberg - Editor

American poetics has been radicalized in recent years by revisionist theories which replay and ground poets against their Romantic precursors. Beginning with the sublime politics of Emerson and ending with women poets who renounce the authority of gender, The American Sublime represents the various modes of recent critical thinking.

This collection of essays takes up the mapping of the American sublime begun by Harold Bloom. Prefaced...(Read More)
Harp on the Shore
Harp on the Shore (June 1985)
Thoreau and the Sea
William Bonner - Editor
George R. Levine - Editor

Allusions to the sea permeate Thoreau's writings, enriching many of his basic ideas. Harp on the Shore examines Thoreau's use of maritime metaphor. It shows how he, a writer ordinarily perceived as quintessentially landlocked, came to view the terrestrial world in terms of the oceanic.

The book explores both the poetic and the philosophical implications of Thoreau's passion for the sea. Beginning with Thoreau...(Read More)
William Blake and the Moderns
William Blake and the Moderns (June 1983)
Robert J. Bertholf - Editor
Annette S. Levitt - Editor

Robert Bertholf and Annette Levitt have assembled thirteen essays that establish Blake as a "central voice molding modern literature and thought." The essays in this volume examine Blake's influence on modern poetry, the modern novel, and modern thought from various critical approaches. This collection maps out the lines of direct literary influences and indirect intellectual affinities that make up the tradition of enactedform. Through the use o...(Read More)
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