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The Poetics of Decadence
The Poetics of Decadence (April 1998)
Chinese Poetry of the Southern Dynasties and Late Tang Periods
Fusheng Wu - Author

A reconsideration of Chinese decadent (tuifei) poetry which argues that this poetry is not a marginal trend but rather a vital part of the Chinese literary tradition.

"Wu has made a major contribution to the field. The poetics of decadence is a neglected subject in the study of classical Chinese poetry. The author's erudition and thoroughness are admirable." -- Shuen-fu Lin, The University of Michigan

This intertextual st...(Read More)
Defying Gravity
Defying Gravity (April 1998)
Jean Paulhan's Interventions in Twentieth-Century French Intellectual History
Michael Syrotinski - Author

A major reassessment of the work of Jean Paulhan within the context of his own times as well as in the light of contemporary debates in literary theory.

Defying Gravity is a major reassessment of the work of Jean Paulhan within the context of his own times, as well as in the light of contemporary debates in literary theory. Best known for his long-serving editorship of the influential Parisian literary review, ...(Read More)
Women Writing Women
Women Writing Women (February 1997)
An Anthology of Spanish-American Theater of the 1980s
Teresa Cajiao Salas - Editor
Margarita Vargas - Editor

This first anthology in English dedicated exclusively to Spanish-American women playwrights includes eight plays by award-winning authors who have received national and international acclaim.

While these playwrights articulate concerns similar to those of their male counterparts--social injustice, the question of identity, the role of art, the power of writing--their feminist perspectives offer a fresh view of Spanish America by challenging t...(Read More)
The Biography of
The Biography of "the Idea of Literature" (December 1996)
From Antiquity to the Baroque
Adrian Marino - Author
Virgil Stanciu - Translator
Charles M. Carlton - Translator

A comprehensive examination of the meaning, history, and evolution of the basic notion of "literature" from antiquity to the seventeenth century.

The "idea of literature" is the very kernel of every literary study; however, this is the first survey of the historical development of this idea. Its purpose is to refute the belief, particularly prevalent in French criticism, that the "idea of literature" only appeared in the...(Read More)
James Joyce and Heraldry
James Joyce and Heraldry (June 1986)
Michael J. O'Shea - Author

James Joyce and Heraldry demonstrates that heraldry is an essential key to the symbols of Joyce's major works. It is a clear, witty introduction to heraldry and the use of heraldic imagery by Western writers, including Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Sterne.

Michael O'Shea shifts the focus from the aural imagery of Joyce to reveal the visual impact deriving from Joyce's use of the symbols and language of heraldry. He cites b...(Read More)
Studies in Earlier Old English Prose
Studies in Earlier Old English Prose (October 1985)
Paul E. Szarmach - Editor

Old English prose before the late tenth century is examined in this collection of hitherto unpublished essays. Using a variety of techniques, the authors explore well-known and lesser-known texts in search of a better understanding of why, how, and by whom the manuscripts were produced.

Part I of the collection contains six studies of Alfredian prose--the Soliloquies, the Pastoral Care, and Consolation of Philosophy--all...(Read More)
Man's Measure
Man's Measure (June 1974)
A Study of the Greek Image of Man from Homer to Sophocles
Laszlo Versenyi - Author

The Thoreau Centennial
The Thoreau Centennial (June 1964)
Papers Marking the Observance of the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Henry David Thoreau
Walter Roy Harding - Editor

The papers gathered in this volume were among those delivered at the Thoreau Centennial meetings at the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Community Church, and New York University's Hall of Fame in New York City on May 5 and 6, 1962, under the sponsorship of the Thoreau Society, and under the leadership of Professor Lewis Leary of Columbia University, then President of the Thoreau Society. The wide variety in subject and approach of these papers is in i...(Read More)
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