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Remaining in Light
Remaining in Light (August 1993)
Ant Meditations on a Painting By Edward Hopper
John Taggart - Author

This is the first sustained, critical examination of the work of Edward Hopper, a major twentieth-century American painter. It is a sequence of meditations on his painting "A Woman in the Sun." Each meditation, informed by Derrida's conception of the supplement, is about both the painting and about the nature of the reading process.

"It is a compelling investigation of a 'problem' largely neglected by contemporary poets, critics, and theori...(Read More)
 
 
Gaps in Nature
Gaps in Nature (July 1993)
Literary Interpretation and the Modular Mind
Ellen Spolsky - Author

"Cognitive Science is arguably the most important intellectual development of the post World War II period. Literary theory, however, has failed almost completely to cope with this fundamental change in the intellectual climate. Spolsky's book is a pioneering effort in this regard. The argument is adventuresome and fresh. Unlike so much of the work which is now being published, it is not a rehash of a re-hash, etc. This is news.

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Speaking the Unspeakable
Speaking the Unspeakable (December 1992)
A Poetics of Obscenity
Peter Michelson - Author

"This book goes far beyond the limited implications of the free-speech arguments typically used in support of pornography and erotica. It convincingly argues for the profound, even if sometimes demonic, values of pornography and erotica in the context of literary studies, cultural practices, and philosophical discourse. It is well argued and well researched, avoiding both the polemical excesses and the technical jargon that mar so much current di...(Read More)
 
 
Mots D'Ordre
Mots D'Ordre (October 1992)
Disorder in Literary Worlds
Joseph Natoli - Author

"Here is a text that energetically breaks out of the predictable positions and quarrels of present-day academe. It is exciting, diverse, has enormous intellectual vitality, and moves easily between science, literature, and philosophy. With Turner, with Serres, and a few others, Natoli outlines a comparatism of the future.

"In my opinion Natoli deals with the most important topic I can think of: the relationship between order and disorder ...(Read More)
 
 
The Arimaspian Eye
The Arimaspian Eye (October 1992)
David L. Hall - Author

"I want to offer my most favorable impression of Hall's The Arimaspian Eye. I am ordinarily not a reader of fiction, that is ordinary fiction, and my tastes go distinctly in the direction of the more unusual forms. Hall's novel is one I took to immediately--to the point that instead of reading it over many short periods, I set aside everything else and read it to the finish.

"What attracts me, outside the sheer quality of the writing...(Read More)
 
 
Intimate Conflict
Intimate Conflict (August 1992)
Contradiction in Literary and Philosophical Discourse
Brian G. Caraher - Editor


In a comprehensive introduction and six tightly argued essays, the authors demonstrate how rich and suggestive the notion of contradiction in discourse can be.

Henry Johnstone on Hesiod, Charles Altieri on Plato and Socrates, Mili Clark on Milton and his God, Marc Shell on Kant and Hegel, Brian Caraher on Wordsworth and I. A. Richards, and Richard Kuhns on Melville, Freud, and Bertrand Russell contribute provocative analys...(Read More)
 
 
Contextual Authority and Aesthetic Truth
Contextual Authority and Aesthetic Truth (July 1992)
James S. Hans - Author

This book explores the relationship between authority and context and attempts to establish the ways in which authority is a function of a particular agent or set of agents, and the degree to which it is a product of a context rather than an agent. The work is not a sociological or psychological study but rather a literary/philosophical speculation into the roots of our conceptions of authority. It declares all authority to be aesthetic in nature ...(Read More)
 
 
Countercurrents
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)
 
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