George Meredith's Essay On Comedy and Other New Quarterly Magazine Publications

A Critical Edition

Author: George Meredith,Maura C. Ives

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838753491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 361

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In this book, Meredith's prose is presented for the first time in a critical edition. Its goal is to present Meredith's words as he intended them to be read, without the errors of his publishers, and with a complete scholarly apparatus that allows readers to re-create the history of each work's transmission. Each text, originally published in the New Quarterly Magazine between 1877 and 1879, is accompanied by a textual history, a list of editorial emendations, a historical collation (showing how Meredith's texts changed over time), and additional lists and tables as determined by the special circumstances of each text.

The Experimental Impulse in George Meredith's Fiction

Author: Richard C. Stevenson

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838755754

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 1980

This book argues that George Meredith as a writer of Victorian fiction is most critical for us today because of the ways in which he wrote against convention. The focus is on seven novels (An Essay on Comedy. The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, The Adventures of Harry Richmond, The Egoist, One of Our Conquerors, Lord Ormont and His Aminta, and The Amazing Marriage) which clearly illuminate the experimental and transgressive impulse in Meredith, as seen in his treatment of controversial contemporary themes, in his departures from conventions of genre, and in his innovations with narrative technique, and the representation of consciousness. canonical writers we now associate with the first wave of modernism in the English novel. James, and then Woolf, Forster, Lawrence, Conrad, Ford, and Joyce, to varying degrees, all saw Meredith as an influence to be reckoned with in their own novelistic experimentation - an influence, this book proposes, essential to understanding the modernist translation of nineteenth-century realism into new formal, thematic, and psychological realms. twentieth-century British novel at the University of Oregon.

The Egoist

A Comedy in Narrative

Author: George Meredith

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 1460403339

Category: Fiction

Page: 630

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In The Egoist, his comic masterpiece, George Meredith takes the traditional marriage plot of English domestic fiction and turns it on its head. The novel describes the repeated and disastrous courtships of Sir Willoughby Patterne, the egoist of the title. Three women become engaged to Sir Willoughby, but, despite his aristocratic arrogance and the manipulative power of his wealth, each is finally able to see him more clearly than he sees himself. The introduction to this edition provides context for the novel from Meredith’s own life, his theory of comedy, and his understanding of Darwinian thought. The appendices include reviews, other writing on comedy, and historical documents on women, sexual politics, and the theory of evolution.

The Intertwining of Aesthetics and Ethics

Exceeding of Expectations, Ecstasy, Sublimity

Author: Jadranka Skorin-Kapov

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498524575

Category: Philosophy

Page: 236

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The book analyzes the intertwining of aesthetics and ethics in experiences characterized by a break of representational capabilities, such as encounters with nature and art. It also notes that the prerequisite for such an experience concerns expectations and authenticity, and the aftermath engenders wonderment and sublimity, as a common root to aesthetic and ethics. Various philosophical positions and interpretion and contextualization of material is achieved via sections with art examples.

The Comic Mode in English Literature

From the Middle Ages to Today

Author: Murray Roston

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441109900

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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From Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales to Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary, this is a comprehensive guide to comedy in the English literary canon. Beginning with a critical exploration of historical and philosophical theories of humour, the book then supplies close-readings of a wide range of major texts, authors and genres from the Medieval period to the present. The Comic Mode in English Literature examines such texts as: "Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream" Pope's The Rape of the Lock Austen's Emma "Dickens" The Pickwick Papers Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest Amis's Lucky Jim Covering poetry, prose and drama, this comprehensive guide will be essential reading for students of comic writing, literary history and genre.

Comedy Matters

From Shakespeare to Stoppard

Author: William W. Demastes

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230604711

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Comedy Matters traces the long tradition of the expansive comic embrace of cultural difference and diversity that manages to survive even in some of mankind’s darkest moments. Demastes argues that comedy has a hard-nosed, pragmatic dimension that can be mobilized against belligerent cultural forces. Drawing from the works of Shakespeare, Stoppard, and a number of other comic masters, Comedy Matters demonstrates how comedy continues to work against cultural regimentation by striving to re-calibrate our decision-making processes and challenging the stultifying rigidity of human economy in the broadest sense of the term.

Cinema and Counter-History

Author: Marcia Landy

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253016193

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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Despite claims about the end of history and the death of cinema, visual media continue to contribute to our understanding of history and history-making. In this book, Marcia Landy argues that rethinking history and memory must take into account shifting conceptions of visual and aural technologies. With the assistance of thinkers such as Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Cinema and Counter-History examines writings and films that challenge prevailing notions of history in order to explore the philosophic, aesthetic, and political stakes of activating the past. Marshaling evidence across European, African, and Asian cinema, Landy engages in a counter-historical project that calls into question the certainty of visual representations and unmoors notions of a history firmly anchored in truth.

Nineteenth-century Literature

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

View: 1400

Contains articles which focus on a broad spectrum of significant figures in fiction, philosophy, and criticism such as Austen, Carlyle, Dickens,Thackeray, the Brontes, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman, Twain, and Henry James.

The Dramatic Imagination of Robert Browning

A Literary Life

Author: Richard S. Kennedy,Donald S. Hair

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780826216915

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 492

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The Dramatic Imagination of Robert Browning offers an accessible and authoritative guide to the essentials of Robert Browning's life and poetry. Drawing from his personal letters and from the diaries and memoirs of his contemporaries, this literary biography provides a wealth of information about the main events of his life, including the social, political, religious, and aesthetic issues that concerned him; it offers critical commentary defining the central characteristics of his poetry; and it tracks the changes in his reputation through contemporary reviews and the growth of the Browning societies. An English poet who was deeply responsive to European culture and affairs, Robert Browning has sometimes been dismissed by modern readers for his obscurity or roughness of language. Now two distinguished scholars of Browning's work trace the arc of his development as an artist and thinker from his earliest poems to the last in his long and remarkably productive career. The authors illustrate how Browning moved from describing "incidents in the development of a soul," to developing his reader's soul as collaborator in the artistic process, to the development of his own soul in the making of poetry. Through a fresh reading of not only his poetry but also the letters of both Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, they have garnered details that situate the two in historical context, provide a vivid sense of Robert's personality, and also correct biases against Elizabeth's influence. Their critical commentary focuses on the poet's dramatic imagination and argues that his extensive body of work after The Ring and the Book--often dismissed as evidencing a decline in his poetic powers--represented new directions in his poetry marked by inventive dialogue, verbal puzzles, and virtuoso rhyming. Written to appeal to both general readers and scholars, the book will enable anyone to read Browning's poems with a firm sense of the subjects and practices that are central to his texts, along with a knowledge of their context in the poet's life and thought. The Dramatic Imagination of Robert Browning invites readers of a singular body of poetry to achieve a new understanding of Browning's work and a greater appreciation of his life.

Poetry of the Victorian Period

Author: George Benjamin Woods,Jerome Hamilton Buckley

Publisher: Chicago : Scott, Foresman


Category: English poetry

Page: 1079

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A comprehensive collection of Victorian poetry reflecting the period's literary climate and diversity through selections from both major and minor poets

The Citizen

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Continuing education

Page: N.A

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Performing Arts Books, 1876-1981

Including an International Index of Current Serial Publications

Author: N.A

Publisher: New York : R.R. Bowker Company


Category: Performing arts

Page: 1656

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