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Of Mermaids and Others: An Introduction to the Poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (Modern Poetry)

By Cary A. Shay

This quantity is a severe advent to the poetry of Irish author Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Writing poetry solely in Irish yet permitting and overseeing translations of her paintings into numerous languages, basically English, Ní Dhomhnaill is the 1st Irish-language poet to realize a world following. She is additionally a pioneer in fostering a renewed courting among the 2 languages of Ireland’s literary traditions. Ní Dhomhnaill is unflinching in her interventions into complicated social, linguistic or even theoretical arenas, and is celebrated for her brutal parodies, ribald sexual situations and protracted debunking and revising of non secular, political and mythological imagery. Her basic thematic issues exhibit her commitment to critiquing and eventually altering dominant discourses in order that they account for the presence and contributions of girls writers. This quantity explores the fraught problems with translating and contextualizing Ní Dhomhnaill’s œuvre, her use and revisions of Irish fantasy, folklore and political and non secular iconography, her re-imagining of the mummy in tradition and spiritual ideology, and the units of loss of life, silence and psychoanalytic discourse in her mermaid cycle and different poems. The publication hails Ní Dhomhnaill, who has now not hitherto got loads of severe recognition in English, as a massive determine in international literature.

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Paul Valery's Album des Vers Anciens: A Past Transfigured (Princeton Legacy Library)

By Suzanne Nash

Wondering the view that the paintings isn't really consultant of the poet's mature accomplishment, Suzanne Nash argues that the revisionary procedure focused on its production led Valery to mirror on difficulties primary to poetic construction and hence supplied proposal for all his later poetry.

Originally released in 1983.

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Three Sons: Franz Kafka and the Fiction of J. M. Coetzee, Philip Roth, and W. G. Sebald (Avant-Garde & Modernism Studies)

By Daniel L. Medin

Franz Kafka was once a self-conscious author whose texts have been hugely if mysteriously autobiographical. 3 giants of up to date fiction—J. M. Coetzee, Philip Roth, and W. G. Sebald—have all stated their debt to the paintings of Kafka, either in interviews and of their personal educational essays and articles for a basic readership approximately him. during this impressive feat of literary scholarship, Daniel Medin unearths that using Kafka by way of Coetzee, Roth, and Sebald is in a similar way self-reflexive and autobiographical. That writers from such divergent nationwide and ethnic traditions could have such particular severe readings of Kafka, and that Kafka may exert the sort of strong effect over their oeuvres, Medin contends, attests to the crucial position of Kafka within the modern literary imagination.

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Medea's Chorus: Myth and Women's Poetry Since 1950 (Studies in Modern Poetry)

By Veronica House

Women’s mythic revision is a convention on the middle of twentieth-century literature. Medea’s Chorus explores post-WWII women’s poetry that takes Greek mythology as its vital topos. The publication investigates 5 of the main influential poets writing within the 20th century (H.D., Sylvia Plath, Adrienne wealthy, Margaret Atwood, Eavan Boland) who problem either the traditional literary representations of girls and the excessive modernist appropriations of the classics. of their poetry and prose, the ladies have interaction with cultural discourses approximately literary authority, gender, oppression, violence, and age. but even whereas the poets transform definite points of the Greek myths that they locate troubling, they see the inherent strength within the tales and use that energy for private and social revelation. simply because myths exist in a number of models, historic writers didn't create from scratch; their inventive contribution lay in how they replaced the tales. glossy lady poets are accomplishing a a number of millennia-old culture of mythic revision, a practice that has ruthlessly posited that there's no position for ladies within the construction and transmission of mythological poetry. Medea’s Chorus tracks mythic revision from the Nineteen Fifties during the second-wave feminist circulate and into turn-of-the-century feminism to focus on person achievements and to teach the collective impact of the poets’ hugely diverse works on post-WWII literature and feminist suggestion and perform. This attractive and wonderfully written publication is a must-read for any scholar, instructor, or student of the Classical culture, revisionist mythmaking, and twentieth-century poetry.

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[(Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire: The Literature of Social Classes and the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales )] [Author: Jill Mann] [May-2008]

The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

Starting as a move according to the restoration of old texts, and archaeological learn, humanism become a dynamic cultural software, influencing nearly each aspect of the highbrow lifetime of the Renaissance. The fourteen unique essays during this quantity take care of all elements of the circulation, from its origins in Italy to its manifestation within the literature of extra, Sidney and Shakespeare. total, The Cambridge better half to Renaissance Humanism presents a entire advent to a tremendous flow within the tradition of early smooth Europe.

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Reading of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura

By Lee Fratantuono

Lucretius’ philosophical epic De Rerum Natura (On the character of items) is a long didactic and narrative party of the universe and, particularly, the realm of nature and production within which humanity unearths its dwelling house.

This earliest surviving complete scale epic poem from old Rome was once of colossal effect and importance to the advance of the Latin epic culture, and maintains to problem and hang-out its readers to the current day. A interpreting of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura bargains a accomplished observation in this nice paintings of Roman poetry and philosophy. Lee Fratantuono finds Lucretius to be a poet with deep and abiding curiosity within the nature of the Roman identification because the young children of either Venus (through Aeneas) and Mars (through Romulus); the results (both optimistic and unfavorable) of descent from the immortal powers of affection and struggle are explored in brilliant epic narrative, because the poet progresses from his invocation to the mummy of the kids of Aeneas via to the burning funeral pyres of the plague at Athens.

Lucretius’ epic deals the potential of serenity and peaceable mirrored image at the mysteries of the character of the realm, while it shatters any wish of immortality via its bleak imaginative and prescient of publish mortem oblivion. And within the technique of defining what it skill either to be human and Roman, Lucretius bargains a scary imaginative and prescient of the perils of over the top devotion either to the gods and our fellow males, a statement at the nature of pietas that may function a caution for Virgil in his later depiction of the Trojan Aeneas.

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Luminous Traversing: Wallace Stevens and the American Sublime (Katowice Interdisciplinary and Comparative Studies)

By Jacek Gutorow

As Wallace Stevens as soon as wrote, «a poem will be a part of one’s experience of life». This booklet offers a list of readerly and significant explorations of the poems and lifetime of the yank poet. the writer reads Stevens’s poems within the context of either the present severe works and the commentaries supplied via the poet himself (essays, letters, occasional notes and posthumous texts), and goals to end up that his creative improvement used to be educated via contradictory existential tasks: teleological, in accordance with Stevens’s assumption of a better self which in its flip is helping to light up the which means and dynamics of the particular lifestyles, and demanding, showing on the very second whilst one questions his or her identification and assumes existence to be an open and unfinished procedure.

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Vise and Shadow: Essays on the Lyric Imagination, Poetry, Art, and Culture

Peter Balakian is a well known poet, student, and memoirist; yet his paintings as an essayist usually prefigures and illuminates all 3. "I consider vise and shadow as dimensions of the lyric (literary and visible) imagination," he writes within the preface to this assortment, which brings jointly essayistic writings produced over the process twenty-five years. Vise, "as in grabbing and protecting with pressure," but in addition within the experience of the vise-grip of the mind's eye, that may yield either readability and data. think of the vise-grip of a few of the poems of our greatest lyric poets, how language may be placed stressed "as carbon can be positioned stressed to create a diamond." And shadow, the second one half the name: either as noun, "the shaded or darker component to the image or view or perspective," "partial illumination and partial darkness"; and as verb, to shadow, "to path secretly as an inseparable significant other" or a "force that follows whatever with constancy; to forged a dismal mild on something—a individual, an occasion, an item, a kind in nature."

Vise and Shadow attracts into dialog such disparate figures as W. B. Yeats, Hart Crane, Joan Didion, Primo Levi, Robert Rauschenberg, Bob Dylan, Elia Kazan, and Arshile Gorky, revealing how the lyric mind's eye of those artists grips event, "shadows history," and "casts its personal kind of illumination," growing one of many inner most varieties of human wisdom and sober fact. In those elegantly written essays, Balakian bargains a clean strategy to take into consideration the facility of poetry, artwork, and the lyrical mind's eye in addition to heritage, trauma, and memory.

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Karl Philipp Moritz: Signaturen Des Denkens. (Amsterdamer Beitrage Zur Neueren Germanistik)

By Anthony Krupp

Die Beiträge dieses Bandes zum vielfältigen Werk von Karl Philipp Moritz bringen neue Lesarten der für die 'Sattelzeit' um 1800 wichtigen Texte, vor allem seinen ästhetischen Schriften und dem psychologischen Roman Anton Reiser. Zudem bringt der Band Studien zu Moritz' Sprachschriften, zum ersten Mal zu seinen insgesamt vier Büchern für Kinder, auch zu seinen Reiseberichten, den Andreas Hartknopf-Romanen und der Götterlehre. Der Einzelgänger Moritz bietet einen sehr eigenen Blick auf die geistesgeschichtlichen Probleme der Übergangszeit von Spätaufklärung zur Frühromantik. This number of 18 articles, in English and in German, at the different oeuvre of Karl Philipp Moritz offers new interpretations of texts widely known as major to German letters round 1800 (Moritz's aesthetic writings and Anton Reiser). His writings on language obtain welcome scrutiny, and participants holiday floor on Moritz's specific classicism, his travelogues, and his use of the sermon. in addition, this is often the 1st assortment to check all 4 of Moritz's books for kids. Readers attracted to the transitional interval of overdue Enlightenment and early Romanticism should still make the most of the examine of this solitary walker and the signatures of his notion.

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