Ghostly Apparitions: German Idealism, the Gothic Novel, and Optical Media

By Stefan Andriopoulos

Drawing jointly literature, media, and philosophy, Ghostly Apparitions offers a brand new version for media archaeology. Stefan Andriopoulos examines the relationships among new media applied sciences and specified cultural nation-states, tracing connections among Kant's philosophy and the magic lantern's phantasmagoria, the Gothic novel and print tradition, and spiritualist learn and the discovery of tv.

As Kant used to be writing concerning the risk of non secular apparitions, the rising medium of the phantasmagoria used hidden magic lanterns to terrify audiences with ghostly projections. Andriopoulos juxtaposes the philosophical arguments of German idealism with contemporaneous occultism and ghost exhibits. In shut readings of Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer, he strains the diverging ways that those authors applicable optical media results and spiritualist notions.

The spectral apparitions from this era additionally intersect with an exploding print marketplace and the increase of immersive analyzing practices. Andriopoulos explores the movement of ostensibly real ghost narratives and Gothic fiction, which was once stated to provide "reading habit" and a lack of truth. Romantic representations of animal magnetism and clairvoyance equally blurred the boundary among fiction and truth. within the 1840s, Edgar Allan Poe tailored a German case heritage that defined a magnetic clairvoyant as arrested within the second of loss of life. but although Poe's story belonged to the area of literary fiction, it was once reprinted as an actual information merchandise. Andriopoulos extends this archaeology of latest media into the early 20th century. Tracing a reciprocal interplay among occultism and engineering, he finds how spiritualist learn into the psychic "television" of somnambulist clairvoyants enabled the concurrent emergence of the technical medium.

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The Satyrica of Petronius: An Intermediate Reader with Commentary and Guided Review (Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture Series)

Winner of the Ladislaus J. Bolchazy Pedagogy ebook Award, Classical organization of the center West and South’s (CAMWS).

a comic book masterpiece of classical antiquity, the Satyrica (or Satyricon) of Petronius is a tantalizing paintings of fiction—part poetry, half prose, hilariously vulgar, exquisitely dependent, its unique shape and size as a lot an issue of hypothesis because the identification of its writer. Its brilliance and enduring impact are, in spite of the fact that, past dispute. The romantic misadventures, awesome feasts, and ribald foibles of Encolpius (“crotch” in Greek) and his cohorts were ceaselessly translated, copied, censored, and celebrated in the course of the a while. In The Satyrica of Petronius, Beth Severy-Hoven makes the masterpiece, with its flights of language and imaginative and prescient of Roman tradition round the time of Nero, obtainable to a brand new iteration of scholars of Latin.

Following a desirable creation of the textual content, its heritage, its language, and its constitution, Severy-Hoven deals professional assistance for examining sections of the unconventional within the unique Latin. Readers are given the instruments to contemplate and learn the narrative constitution of the paintings, an enormous and uninterrupted first-person account by means of an unreliable narrator. Severy-Hoven additionally explores the contexts within which the textual content used to be written—addressing the social and cultural international the radical inhabits and contains. ultimately, she is helping readers to envision Petronius’ use of Latin, focusing such a lot significantly at the mixture of chic prose and verse and raunchy colloquial speech, a mixture that provides colour to Petronius’ characters whilst he parodies diversified literary kinds and genres.

Intermediate readers of Latin will come upon Roman lifestyles, language, and literature during this paintings in methods without delay new and well-known, and in types as interesting as they're instructive.

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Walter Benjamin's Archive: Images, Texts, Signs

The paintings of the nice literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin is an audacious plotting of heritage, paintings and concept; a reservoir of texts, commentaries, scraps and fragments of lifestyle, artwork and desires. It contains myriad smaller files, during which Benjamin accrued jointly all types of artefacts, assortments of pictures, texts and indicators, themselves representing studies, rules and hopes, every one of which used to be enthusiastically logged, systematized and analyzed through their writer. In them, Benjamin laid the foundation for the salvaging of his personal legacy.

This certain publication, produced in organization with the Benjamin Archive, delves into those files. They contain rigorously laid-out manuscripts; photograps of a house with sumptuous furnishings, arcades, Russian toys; photo postcards from Tuscany and the Balearics; meticulous and unconventional registers, card indexes and catalogs; notebooks, during which each sq. centimeter is roofed; a collation of his son’s first phrases and sentences; riddles and enigmatic Sibyls. every thing here's subtly interlinked with every thing else.

Intricate and intimate, Walter Benjamin’s Archive leads correct into the center of his paintings, yielding a wealthy and precise portrait of its writer.

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T. S. Eliot: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

By Steve Ellis

T. S. Eliot is likely one of the such a lot celebrated twentieth-century poets and one whose paintings is essentially synonymous with perplexity. Eliot is perceived as super hard as a result of multi-lingual references and fragmentation we discover in his poetry and his routine literary allusions to writers together with Dante, Shakespeare, Marvell, Baudelaire, and Conrad.

There is an extra trouble for modern day readers that Eliot most likely did not envisage: the common unfamiliarity with the Christianity that his paintings is steeped in. Steve Ellis introduces Eliot's paintings through the use of his broad prose writings to light up the poetry. As a big critic, in addition to poet, Eliot used to be hugely aware of the demanding situations his poetry set, of its relation to and distinction from the paintings of past poets, and of the ways that the task of analyzing used to be problematized through his work.

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The Visible Text: Textual Production and Reproduction from Beowulf to Maus (Oxford Textual Perspectives)

By Thomas A. Bredehoft

Oxford Textual views is a brand new sequence of informative and provocative stories concentrated upon literary texts (conceived of within the broadest feel of that time period) and the applied sciences, cultures and groups that produce, tell, and obtain them. It presents clean interpretations of basic works and of the very important and difficult concerns rising in English literary reviews. by means of attractive with the materiality of the literary textual content, its creation, and reception heritage, and regularly checking out and exploring the limits of the inspiration of textual content itself, the volumes within the sequence query wide-spread frameworks and supply cutting edge interpretations of either canonical and no more famous works.

Covering fabrics starting from Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and inscribed gadgets to modern comics, The obvious Text rewrites the background of textual media and applied sciences. Arguing that media aren't outlined through applied sciences by myself, yet by means of a mixture of applied sciences and the guidelines that folks carry approximately these applied sciences, Bredehoft identifies 4 distinctive sessions or domain names within the heritage of English literature that correspond to 4 ways that media ideologies interacted with the 2 simple defining applied sciences of manuscripts and revealed books.

Examining complementary methods of defining texts (as topic to a reproductive medium, at the one hand, and as surrounded and outlined through paratexts, at the other), The noticeable textual content points out how Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and modern comics proportion a amazing similarity in being dependent as productions instead of reproductions.
Contrastingly, the late-medieval and print-era classes proportion a cultural funding in textual copy, yet they range either of their attribute applied sciences and in how they conceptualize the article of copy itself. a last epilogue, in short contemplating the character of electronically-mediated textuality, highlights the significance of figuring out the background addressed the following, as electonic textual content either parallels and departs from typographic print in ways in which past reproductive domain names make clear and complicate.

Filled with concrete examples of either books and texts, The obvious Text can be of curiosity to readers within the fields of literature, booklet heritage, literary thought, media reports, and visible culture.

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Out of Character: Modernism, Vitalism, Psychic Life

By Omri Moses

"Characters" are these fictive beings in novels whose coherent styles of habit lead them to credible as humans. "Character" can also be used to consult the capacity—or incapacity—of participants to maintain center ideas. whilst characters are inconsistent, they possibility discovering as risky or immoral, let alone unconvincing. yet what's at the back of our culture's esteem for unwavering consistency? Out of Character examines literary characters who defy our culture's types of non-public integrity. It argues that modernist writers Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and T. S. Eliot drew concept from vitalism as a fashion of reinventing the technique of depicting humans in fiction and poetry. instead of concerning a inflexible personality as anything that inoculates us opposed to the moving tides of situation, those writers insist at the moral necessity of forming improvisational, dynamic social relationships. Charting the literary effect of William James, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, and, particularly, Henri Bergson, this booklet contends that vitalist understandings of psychology, impact, and belief resulted in new situational and relational definitions of selfhood. As Moses demonstrates, the modernists stirred through those important existence classes supply us a feeling of what psychic lifestyles appears like at its most complex, advanced, and unpredictable.

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The Skeptic Disposition: Deconstruction, Ideology, and Other Matters (Princeton Legacy Library)

Eugene Goodheart examines the skeptic disposition that has proficient complex literary discourse during the last new release, arguing that the goals of deconstructive suspicion are basic humanistic values. "[This e-book] is a fair-minded, beneficiant critique of the deconstructionist theories of Jacques Derrida, Paul de guy, and their fans. those writers have argued that language is so inherently slippery it may possibly by no means exhibit a speaker's meant which means. The critic's position, of their view, is to discover the contradictions, subtexts, and metaphorical byways of works which may be so much greatly misleading after they look uncomplicated. Critics have castigated this language-centered skepticism as a kind of nihilism geared to multiply numbingly comparable readings of already regular texts. Mr. Goodheart's objection is extra refined. He means that the philosophical orientation of deconstructive critics leads them to overemphasize the difficult propositional feel of phrases on the price of the wider effect of literature--its strength to wound, thrill, or rework us."--Morris Dickstein, the hot York instances ebook assessment

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Poems Containing History: Twentieth-Century American Poetry's Engagement with the Past

By Gary Grieve-Carlson

Ezra Pound’s definition of an epic as “a poem containing heritage” increases questions: how can a poem “contain” background? And if it might, does it aid us to contemplate heritage in ways in which traditional historiography can't? Poems Containing background: Twentieth-Century American Poetry’s Engagement with the Past, by means of Gary Grieve-Carlson, argues that twentieth-century American poetry has “contained” and helped its readers to contemplate historical past in quite a few provocative and robust methods. Tracing the dialogue of the connection among poetry and background from Aristotle’s Poetics to Norman Mailer’s The Armiesof the Night and Hayden White’s Metahistory, the publication exhibits that at the same time historical past evolves right into a specialist, educational self-discipline within the overdue 19th century, and as its practitioners emphasize the medical features in their paintings and reduce its literary points, twentieth-century American poets proceed to take heritage because the topic in their significant poems. occasionally they suggest the perspectives of mainstream historians, as Stephen Vincent Benét does in John Brown’s Body, yet extra frequently they problem them, as do Robert Penn Warren in Brother to Dragons, Ezra Pound in TheCantos, or Charles Olson in TheMaximus Poems. In Conquistador, Archibald MacLeish illustrates Aristotle’s declare that poetry tells extra philosophical truths in regards to the previous than heritage does, whereas in Paterson, William Carlos Williams develops a Nietzschean suspicion of history’s worth. 3 significant American poets—T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets, Hart Crane in TheBridge, and Carolyn Forché in The Angel of History—present diverse demanding situations to specialist historiography’s assumption that the previous is healthier understood in strictly fabric phrases. Poems Containing History devotes chapters to every of those poets and provides a transparent experience of the seriousness with which American poetry has engaged the prior, in addition to the nice number of these engagements.

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The Use of Bodies (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer used to be one of many seminal works of political philosophy in contemporary a long time. It used to be additionally the start of a sequence of interconnected investigations of unbelievable ambition and scope, investigating the private foundations of Western politics and thought.

The Use of Bodies represents the 9th and ultimate quantity during this twenty-year project, breaking significant new floor whereas clarifying the stakes and implications of the undertaking as a complete. It contains 3 significant sections. the 1st makes use of Aristotle's dialogue of slavery as a place to begin for significantly rethinking notions of selfhood; the second one demands a whole transforming of Western ontology; and the 3rd explores the enigmatic inspiration of "form-of-life," that is in lots of methods the motivating strength at the back of the complete Homo Sacer venture. Interwoven among those significant sections are shorter reflections on person thinkers (Debord, Foucault, and Heidegger), whereas the epilogue pushes towards a brand new method of political lifestyles that breaks with the damaging deadlocks of Western notion. The Use of Bodies represents a real masterwork via one among our best dwelling philosophers.

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Against Autobiography: Albert Memmi and the Production of Theory

By Lia Nicole Brozgal

The paintings of Tunisian Jewish highbrow Albert Memmi, like that of many francophone Maghrebian writers, is frequently learn as thinly veiled autobiography. wondering the present physique of feedback, which keeps this interpretation of such a lot fiction produced by means of francophone North African writers, Lia Nicole Brozgal indicates how such interpretations of Memmi’s texts imprecise their now not inconsiderable theoretical possibilities.

Calling cognizance to the ambiguous prestige of autobiographical discursive and textual components in Memmi’s paintings, Brozgal shifts the point of interest from the writer to theoretical questions. Against Autobiography areas Memmi’s writing and inspiration in discussion with numerous significant serious shifts within the overdue twentieth-century literary and cultural panorama. those shifts contain the difficulty of the authorial topic; the interrogation of the shape of the unconventional; the resistance to the hegemony of imaginative and prescient; and the critique of colonialism. displaying how Memmi’s novels and essays produce theories that resonate either inside and past their unique contexts, Brozgal argues for permitting works of francophone Maghrebi literature to be learn as advanced literary items, that's, no longer easily as ethnographic curios yet as producing components of literary concept all alone terms.
 

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