By Walter J. Ong
Walter J. Ong’s vintage paintings presents a desirable perception into the social results of oral, written, published and digital applied sciences, and their effect on philosophical, theological, clinical and literary thought.
This 30th anniversary variation – coinciding with Ong’s centenary 12 months – reproduces his best-known and such a lot influential e-book in complete and brings it modern with new exploratory essays by way of cultural author and critic John Hartley.
- A scene-setting bankruptcy that situates Ong’s paintings in the old and disciplinary context of post-war Americanism and the increase of communique and media studies;
- A last bankruptcy that follows up Ong’s paintings on orality and literacy in terms of evolving media varieties, with a dialogue of modern criticisms of Ong’s procedure, and an overview of his inspiration of the ‘evolution of consciousness’;
- Extensive references to contemporary scholarship on orality, literacy and the examine of data applied sciences, tracing adjustments in how we all know what we know.
These illuminating essays contextualize Ong inside contemporary highbrow historical past, and show his work’s carrying on with strength within the ongoing research of the connection among literature and the media, in addition to that of psychology, schooling and sociological thought.
By Romila Thapar
The determine of Sakuntala seems in lots of varieties all through South Asian literature, such a lot famously within the Mahabharata and in Kalidisa's fourth-century Sanskrit play, Sakuntala and the hoop of Recollection. In those texts, Sakuntala undergoes a severe transformation, relinquishing her assertiveness and autonomy to develop into the quintessentially submissive lady, revealing a lot in regards to the functionality of Hindu femininity that will come to dominate South Asian tradition. via a cautious research of sections from Sakuntala and their a variety of iterations in numerous contexts, Romila Thapar explores the interactions among literature and background, tradition and gender, that body the improvement of this canonical determine, in addition to a special notion of woman identity.
Many of the heralded writers of the twentieth century—including Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner—first made their mark within the Nineteen Twenties, whereas proven authors like Willa Cather and Sinclair Lewis produced a few of their most vital works in this interval. vintage novels similar to The solar additionally Rises, The nice Gatsby, Elmer Gantry, and The Sound and the Fury not just mark prodigious advances in American fiction, they exhibit us the sweetness, the fight, and the promise of the yankee dream.
In Beyond Gatsby: How Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Writers of the Twenties formed American Culture, Robert McParland appears on the key contributions of this fertile interval in literature. instead of offer a compendium of information about significant American writers, this ebook explores the tradition that created F. Scott Fitzgerald and his literary contemporaries. The resource fabric levels from the mins of studying circles and demanding remark in periodicals to the data of writers’ works—as good because the diaries, journals, and letters of universal readers. This paintings finds how the nation’s fiction inspired conversations of shared pictures and tales between a turning out to be analyzing public.
Signifying a cultural shift within the aftermath of global conflict I, the collective works by means of those authors signify what many deliberate to be a golden age of yank literature. through reading how those authors inspired the analyzing behavior of a iteration, Beyond Gatsby allows readers to achieve a deeper comprehension of ways literature shapes culture.
By George Monteiro
Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) is likely to be the main enticing of the nice Western modernists of this century. Born in Portugal yet raised and informed in southern Africa, Pessoa wrote poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
George Monteiro presents refreshingly new interpretations of Pessoa's Mensagem (Message) and the modernist novella 0 Banqueiro Anarquista (The Anarchist Banker). yet he's essentially drawn to tracing Pessoa's effect on quite a lot of modern writers.
Among these Monteiro unearths placing Pessoa's paintings to their very own surprising―and occasionally comic―uses are Joyce Carol Oates, Allen Ginsberg, John Wain, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and previous poets together with Thomas Merton, Edouard Roditi, and Roy Campbell. additionally, the total textual content of Campbell's pioneering biocritical learn of Pessoa is released the following for the 1st time.
Jonathan Franzen is without doubt one of the such a lot influential, critically-significant and renowned modern American novelists. This publication is the 1st full-length learn of his paintings and makes an attempt to articulate the place American fiction is headed after postmodernism. Stephen Burn offers a accomplished research of every of Franzen's novels - from his early paintings to the main luck of The Corrections - making a choice on key assets, delineating very important narrative ideas, and revealing how Franzen's issues are bolstered by means of each one novel's constitution. Supplementing this research with comparisons to key contemporaries, David Foster Wallace and Richard Powers, Burn indicates how Franzen's paintings is indicative of the course of experimental American fiction within the wake of the so-called finish of postmodernism.
By Gregory D. Sumner
In Unstuck in Time, Gregory Sumner publications us, with perception and keenness, via a biography of fifteen of Kurt Vonnegut’s top recognized works, his fourteen novels beginning with participant Piano (1952) all of the approach to an epilogue on his final e-book, a guy with no state (2005), to demonstrate the crucial American writer’s profound engagement with the "American Dream" in its a variety of kinds. Sumner offers us a poignant portrait of Vonnegut and his resistance to celebrating the conventional values linked to the yankee Dream: grandiose ambition, unbridled fabric good fortune, rugged individualism, and "winners" over "losers." rather than a party of those values, we learn and proportion Vonnegut’s outrage, his brokenhearted empathy if you happen to fight less than the ethos of survival-of-the-fittest within the frontier mentality—something he as soon as memorably defined as "an impossibly tough-minded scan in loneliness." Heroic and tragic, Vonnegut’s novels mirror the discomfort of his personal life’s reports, relieved by means of small acts of kindness, friendship, and love that exemplify in a different way of dwelling, one other kind of human utopia, another American Dream, and the explanation we continuously go back to his books.
By Helene Cixous
For Cixous, Lispector's paintings represents one of many most interesting examples of ecriture female in that she practices, in writing , what Cixous is looking for in her theoretical perform - the giving, spending and inscribing of delight.