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Building a Profession
Building a Profession (March 1994)
Autobiographical Perspectives on the History of Comparative Literature in the United States
Lionel Gossman - Editor
Mihai I. Spariosu - Editor

At a time when the study of literature and the literary canon itself are once again the focus of intense debate, Building a Profession offers a retrospective on the early days of Comparative Literature in the United States and on its role in defining literary scholarship in the heady decades following the end of the second World War. Composed of autobiographical sketches by a number of eminent comparatists, chiefly of the generation that has ...(Read More)
 
 
The Golden Mean
The Golden Mean (March 1994)
James S. Hans - Author

The book explores how the good found in aesthetics is linked to the good found in the ethical codes that govern people's lives. These "goods" interact with the sense of the community expressed in society's envy of those exemplary few who possess the powers of the aesthetic, even as they too must subscribe to the same strictures by which ordinary people live. The book also demonstrates how the concept of a middle path, a straight and narrow way, or...(Read More)
 
 
Nietzsche's Philosophy of Science
Nietzsche's Philosophy of Science (January 1994)
Reflecting Science on the Ground of Art and Life
Babette Babich - Author

“The author succeeds in penetrating the cloud of suspicion, incomprehension, and distrust that for contemporary readers surrounds Nietzsche’s writing and shows how the most audacious provocateur or nineteenth-century German wissenschaftliche circles, can speak with real insight to our times about our own very contemporary philosophical crises.” — New Nietzsche Studies

"One c...(Read More)

 
 
Signs of the Literary Times
Signs of the Literary Times (December 1993)
Essays, Reviews, Profiles 1970-1992
William O'Rourke - Author

"Though unabashedly literary, O'Rourke's primary concerns--freedom, war, work, and religion--are intensely American. O'Rourke earns the respect of his readers through his superb phrasing, his rigorous thinking and his consistently sound values. As a general reader I trust what he has to tell me because his writing is so gracefully persuasive. If O'Rourke were a lawyer, I'd want him to represent me in court; if he were a carpenter, I'd want him...(Read More)
 
 
The Poetics of the Common Knowledge
The Poetics of the Common Knowledge (November 1993)
Don Byrd - Author

"Don Byrd's book presents postmodernism as a continuation of the metaphysical skeptical tradition, reaching its dead end with deconstruction. Byrd's alternative in literary studies is a return to poetry as a revitalization of language. The book is very learned, and written with verve and vigor." -- Mihai I. Spariosu, The University of Georgia

"This is an important, provocative book. At a time when poetics--especially that of the dif...(Read More)
 
 
Home and its Dislocations in Nineteenth-Century France
Home and its Dislocations in Nineteenth-Century France (September 1993)
Suzanne Nash - Editor

"Home and Its Dislocations offers an impressive level of social and historical awareness while providing fresh insights on the realist novels, utopian fantasies, and urban discourses of the nineteenth century. The book is a highly innovative collective endeavour illuminating such topical issues as homelessness and dispossession in the genesis of cultural modernity."--Catherine Nesci, University of California, Santa Barbara

The nineteen...(Read More)
 
 
A Community of One
A Community of One (August 1993)
Masculine Autobiography and Autonomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Martin A. Danahay - Author

Complementing recent feminist studies of female self-representation, this book examines the dynamics of masculine self-representation in nineteenth-century British literature. Arguing that the category "autobiography" was a product of nineteenth-century individualism, the author analyzes the dependence of the nineteenth-century masculine subject on autonomy or self-naming as the prerequisite for the composition of a life history. The masculine aut...(Read More)
 
 
Knowledge, Evolution and Paradox
Knowledge, Evolution and Paradox (August 1993)
The Ontology of Language
Koen DePryck - Author

"It is already clear that postmodernism is an unsatisfactory view of the world: the skepticism, antifoundationalism, and distrust of any form of narrative or argument that has characterized this last phase of modernism cannot long resist its own corrosive critique. What view of the world will succeed postmodernism? To answer this question, it is necessary to take up several challenges abandoned along the way as metaphysical, insoluble in terms of...(Read More)
 
 
Manners of Interpretation
Manners of Interpretation (August 1993)
The Ends of Argument in Literary Studies
Miguel Tamen - Author

"The literary and language theoreticians whom Tamen analyzes, together with the categories he devises in which to contain his discussion of hermeneutics, philology and how each attempts to limit its own potentiality for disagreement with its premises and methods, are all very apt and important to the current debates over literary theory. Over all, Tamen's familiarity with his field, with the original languages of the texts he uses, and his sheer cr...(Read More)
 
 
The Restorationist: Text One
The Restorationist: Text One (August 1993)
A Collaborative Fiction by Jael B. Juba
Joyce Elbrecht - Author
Lydia Fakundiny - Author

This is an American novel of formed chaos playfully enacting the centrality of language in late twentieth-century art and life through the voices of two women steeped in Western traditions, one telling the story of her restoration of an ante-bellum house on the Florida Gulf Coast, the other faithfully recording it but running culturally wild in the process.

In both literal and extended senses, The Restorationist is a mystery, with atte...(Read More)
 
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