Alchemical Mercury: A Theory of Ambivalence by Karen Pinkus

By Karen Pinkus

How do we account, in a rigorous approach, for alchemy's ubiquity? we expect of alchemy because the transformation of a base fabric (usually lead) into gold, yet "alchemy" is a be aware in extensive circulate in daily life, referred to as upon to satisfy a metaphoric responsibility because the magical transformation of fabrics. virtually each tradition and time has had a few kind of alchemy. This publication appears at alchemy, now not at anybody specific example alongside the historic timeline, now not as a tradition or idea, no longer as a method of redemption, yet as a theoretical challenge, associated with genuine gold and actual creation on the planet. What emerges because the least universal denominator or "intensive estate" of alchemy is ambivalence, the very unlikely and paradoxical coexistence of 2 incompatible components. Alchemical Mercury strikes from antiquity, throughout the golden age of alchemy within the Dutch 17th century, to conceptual artwork, to replacement fuels, preventing to imagine with writers akin to Dante, Goethe, Hoffmann, the Grimm Brothers, George Eliot, and Marx. Eclectic and wide-ranging, this is often the 1st research to think about alchemy when it comes to literary and visible conception in a complete means.

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Émile Verhaeren: Essays on the Northern Renaissance: by Albert Alhadeff

By Albert Alhadeff

Émile Verhaeren (1855-1916), artwork critic, poet and homme de lettres, was once a guy whose imaginative and prescient transcended his local Belgium. With shut ties to Mallarmé in France and Rilke in Germany, Verhaeren, a peripatetic pupil of the humanities, with ease traveled to Paris, Berlin, Cassel, Vienna and Amsterdam. From the mid-1880s until eventually his demise in 1916, his many journeys overseas ended in a raft of essays and brief monographs at the arts of the Northern Renaissance. but, regardless of the insights, scholarship and markedly targeted and revealing descriptions of those reviews, they've got lengthy been ignored in paintings historic circles, overshadowed, might be, by way of Verhaeren’s personal poetic outpourings and his quite a few essays on modern paintings.
during this booklet, Albert Alhadeff interprets, edits, annotates and contextualizes those usually outstanding and continually revealing reviews on artists akin to Rembrandt, Rubens, Memling, Bruegel and Grünewald, masters from the North who labored usually in Flanders, Holland and Germany within the 16th and 17th centuries. As Alhadeff finds, Verhaeren’s reviews of the masters of outdated in Germany, Flanders and the newly born Dutch Republic are as a lot approximately Verhaeren the guy as they're in regards to the topics of his inquiries.

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Atlantic Republic: The American Tradition in English by Paul Giles

By Paul Giles

Atlantic Republic strains the legacy of the U.S. either as a spot and as an concept within the paintings of English writers from 1776 to the current day. Seeing the disputes of the Reformation as a precursor to this transatlantic divide, it argues that the USA has operated because the Revolution as a focus for numerous traditions of dissent inside of English tradition. through ranging over writers from Richard expense and Susanna Rowson within the 1790s to Angela Carter and Salman Rushdie on the flip of the twenty-first century, the publication argues that the US haunts the English literary culture as a parallel area the place ideology and aesthetics are configured in a different way. hence, it indicates, a number of the key episodes in British history-parliamentary reform within the 1830s, the imperial designs of the Victorian period, the twentieth-century clash with fascism, the improvement of globalization due to the fact that 1980-have been formed by way of implicit dialogues with American cultural types. instead of easily reinforcing the benign delusion of a 'special relationship', Paul Giles considers how a number of English writers over the last two hundred years have engaged with the United States for numerous complex purposes: its promise of political republicanism (Byron, Mary Shelley); its emphasis on non secular disestablishment (Clough, Gissing); its prospect of pastoral regeneration (Ruxton, Lawrence); its imaginative and prescient of clinical futurism (Huxley, Ballard). The publication additionally analyses the complicated cultural family members among Britain and the us round the time of the second one international warfare, suggesting that writers corresponding to Wodehouse, Isherwood, and Auden understood the U.S. and Germany to provide substitute types of the type of technological modernity that seemed both opposed to standard sorts of English tradition. The ebook ends with a attention of the way during which the canon of English literature may look in a special mild if visible from a transnational instead of a well-recognized nationwide viewpoint.

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Modern Literary Theory and Ancient Texts: An Introduction by Thomas Schmitz

By Thomas Schmitz

This e-book offers scholars and students of classical literature with a pragmatic consultant to fashionable literary thought and feedback. utilizing a transparent and concise process, it navigates readers via a number of theoretical methods, together with Russian Formalism, structuralism, deconstruction, gender stories, and New Historicism.* Applies theoretical methods to examples from historical literature* broad bibliographies and index make it a worthwhile source for students within the box

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New Keywords by Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg, Meaghan Morris

By Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg, Meaghan Morris

The editors, Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg and Meaghan Morris are popular lecturers and students in cultural stories. the hot key terms is a entire source for everybody furthering their reviews in cultural and literary thought. furthermore, scholars enthusiastic about anthropology, sociology and philosophy may well locate it very precious.

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Reading as Belief: Language Writing, Poetics, Faith by J. Bettridge

By J. Bettridge

Analyzing as trust advances the provocative concept that the disruptive innovations of modern cutting edge poetry require readers to turn into believers, occupying an identical philosophical floor because the spiritual devoted. Pairing the poets Charles Bernstein and Bruce Andrews with John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards, and drawing at the paintings of various thinkers akin to Wendy Brown, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Walter Benjamin, Stanley Cavell, William James, and Gilles Deleuze, this ebook demonstrates how trust, religion and language-attuned severe inquiry proportion an epistemology, one curious about making that means within the absence of sure bet. Bettridge argues that spotting such universal floor is helping conquer the cultural and philosophical deadlock following the cave in of modernity’s principal narratives approximately language and liberal subjectivity.

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Pastoral and the Poetics of Self-Contradiction: Theocritus by Judith Haber

By Judith Haber

Humanist and historicist perspectives of pastoral as a style are topic to problem during this 1995 booklet. Judith Haber deals another point of view by means of exploring ways that pastoral poets themselves interrogate the contradictory kinfolk inherent of their style, an exploration which increases wider questions in regards to the position of literature in society.

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Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature by Jean-Michel Rabate

By Jean-Michel Rabate

Jean-Michel Rabat? deals a scientific family tree of Lacan's concept of literature, reconstructing an unique doctrine established upon Freudian insights and revitalized via shut readings of authors as assorted as Poe, Gide, Shakespeare, Plato, Claudel, Sophocles, Sade, Genet, Duras, and Joyce. no longer easily an essay approximately Lacan's affects or kind, this publication exhibits how the emergence of phrases just like the "letter" and the "symptom" do not have been attainable with no cutting edge readings of literary texts. Lacan's critique of "applied psychoanalysis" involves a brand new perform of psychoanalysis understood as one of those textual interpreting of the subconscious.

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