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Benedetto Croce
Benedetto Croce (July 1990)
Essays on Literature and Literary Criticism
M. E. Moss - Author

The literary criticism of Benedetto Croce is considered by many to be the vital part of his thought. These essays, some of which appear for the first time in English, show the breadth and depth of Croce's work as literary critic and presuppose his mature theory of art. The writings are here arranged chronologically according to their subjects, helping to lend coherence to the great variety of subjects Croce treated. Unlike other renderings, the...(Read More)
The Textual Sublime
The Textual Sublime (January 1990)
Deconstruction and Its Differences
Hugh J. Silverman - Editor
Gary E. Aylesworth - Editor

This book addresses the question of deconstruction by asking what it is and discussing its alternatives. To what extent does deconstruction derive from a philosophical stance, and to what extent does it depend upon a set of strategies, moves, and rhetorical practices that result in criticism? Special attention is given to the formulations offered by Jacques Derrida (in relation to Heidegger's philosophy) and by Paul de Man (in relation to Kant's the...(Read More)
Comic Effects
Comic Effects (August 1989)
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humor in Literature
Paul Lewis - Author

"Comic Effects will be lauded in the academic journals as a salient contribution to the study of humor." -- Joseph Boskin, Boston University

Lewis draws on both humor theories and research, arguing for the development of interdisciplinary methodologies in the study of literary humor. He demonstrates that the sociologist of humor and the comic playwright approach the same subject--humor in and between groups--with different tools, that...(Read More)
Death and Rebirth in Virgil's Arcadia
Death and Rebirth in Virgil's Arcadia (August 1989)
M. Owen Lee - Author

Death and Rebirth in Virgil's Arcadia is an introduction to the Eclogues, based on sound scholarship but also personally felt and addressed to a popular audience. It outlines clearly the literary and historical background of Virgil's early poems, discusses each eclogue in some detail, and offers a new and challenging interpretation of the collection as a whole. The ten eclogues are shown to be a young poet's attempt at self-understan...(Read More)
The Russian Hero in Modern Chinese Fiction
The Russian Hero in Modern Chinese Fiction (August 1988)
Mau-sang Ng - Author

The Russian influence took root in the Chinese intellectual tradition that evolved after the Literary Revolution of 1917. When the Chinese communists turned to Russia for their inspiration they also accepted the Russian version of the novel's form and function in society. However, they did not accept it uncritically. Chinese understanding of the arts goes back for thousands of years and thus Chinese intellectuals brought their own kinds of tradit...(Read More)
Feminist Dialogics
Feminist Dialogics (July 1988)
A Theory of Failed Community
Dale M. Bauer - Author

Feminist Dialogics examines the structure of four novels (Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance, James's The Golden Bowl, Wharton's The House of Mirth and Chopin's The Awakening) through the lens of Mikhail Bakhtin's critical framework. The author draws on Bakhtin's notion of heteroglossia to show how the interaction of many voices forms the social community of the novel and how the functioning of these voices makes ...(Read More)
Rethinking Scripture
Rethinking Scripture (July 1988)
Essays from a Comparative Perspective
Miriam Levering - Editor

Exploring the nature of texts, this book explains how scriptures function within religions. Topics covered include the oral dimensions of scripture, canon formation, a study of the word in Hindu life, and the role of text in Buddhism.

"The essays succeed in challenging our set ideas about what sacred texts are and how they function. It provokes us to think in terms outside our Judeo-Christian view. Many books deal with the nature of sacred te...(Read More)
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)
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