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Adorno and "A Writing of the Ruins"

Extends critical discussion of Adorno to works by Samuel Beckett, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Ellison, and Amiri Baraka, arguing that Adorno's work can best be assessed in terms of its relevance in specific localized contexts.

Neglected Aspects of American Poetry

Challenging the neglected aspects of American poetry.

Servius and Commentary on Virgil

Traces the importance and influence, in the wake of Tiberius Claudius Donatus, of Servius' Commentaries in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, especially on the magisri, the grammatici, and the mythographers.

The Biography of "the Idea of Literature"

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

A Watch Over Mortality

An in-depth study of the thought of contemporary Spanish philosopher Julian Marias, in the context of Ortega y Gasset and his times and twentieth-century Spanish culture.

The Poetics of Death

Discusses literary representations of death to explore the relation between writing and death--death understood as both the death of the individual and the death of meaning.

Lacan and Literature

This book of literary criticsm uses Lacanian psychoanalytic theory to explicate Roland Barthes, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence, and Alain Robbe-Grillet.

Cross-Addressing

Using a "cultural studies" approach to the question of what constitutes literary study at the end of the twentieth century, the contributors address identity politics in specific cultural instances.

Interruptions

This untraditional text is a series of parables, allegories, and prose poems that reflect on the problem of the fragment. Studying the fragment lays the theoretical ground for the basic question of where a text begins and ends.

Reading Aristotle's Ethics

Presents the Nicomachean Ethics as a work of political philosophy, emphasizing the interplay between its practical political concerns and its underlying philosophic perspective and arguing that it is ...

The Retreat of Representation

Examines the notion of Darstellung [representation] in the critical discourse of German Idealism and Romanticism, paying particular attention to Kant, Fichte, Novalis, and Kleist.

Leaves of Mourning

Examines allegory in Hölderlin's later work, exploring subjects such as Freud and Derrida's views of mourning, and offering original readings of works including Impossible Ode, Mnemosyne, and The Churchyard ...

Reading Seminars I and II

In this collection of essays, Lacan's early work is first discussed systematically by focusing on his two earliest seminars: Freud's Papers on Technique and The Ego in Freud's Theory and in the Technique ...

Structures of Power

Explores the many faces of power as revealed in twentieth-century Spanish-American fiction.

Excavations and Their Objects

Edited by Stephen Barker
Subjects: Literature

This is a collection of essays concerned with the thematic implications of Freud's deep interest in the art objects in his collection of antiquity.

Virgil as Orpheus

Presents a popular introduction to Virgil's Georgics for the general reader.

Yeats and Alchemy

This book traces the development of alchemical discourse in the work of W. B. Yeats. His early essays and Golden Dawn transcripts demonstrate that for the poet, the alchemist was both artist and initiate. ...

The Wiles of Women/The Wiles of Men

By Shalom Goldman
Subjects: Literature

Focusing on gender issues, this book compares and contrasts the treatment of the Potiphar's Wife motif--in which a woman makes vain overtures to a man and then accuses him of attempting to force himself upon her--in ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, and Islamic folklore.

The Bedouins and the Desert

An extensively illustrated account of traditional bedouin life in the Arab east that extends from desert wildlife and lore on the camel to marriage customs and the history of the enigmatic tribe of Slayb. ...

Scheming Women

This book uses post structuralist, psychoanalytic, and feminist theories to read the poetry of Dickinson, Moore, H.D., and Rich.

Literary Voice

This response to Derrida's critique of the spoken uses dozens of examples in four languages to explore the voice that is in writing.

Allegories of Writing

This is a theoretical study of human metamorphosis in Western literature.

Death in a Delphi Seminar

In this detective novel set in a small, intense seminar, eight students study what their professor regards as the central mystery of human nature: the uniqueness of the individual. One morning a woman ...

The Site of Our Lives

This book addresses the question of human uniqueness at a time when academic discourse has all but abandoned its long-held commitment to the value of individuality. Through an appraisal of the works of ...