Ideology in Cold Blood

Ideology in Cold Blood

... in the face of the barrage of narratorial apostrophizing in this poem : Lucan's apostrophes can extend over five lines and , intermittently , over entire scenes of particular import ; and , as we have 94 Ideology in Cold Blood.

Author: Shadi BARTSCH

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674020553

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Is Lucan's brilliant and grotesque epic Civil War an example of ideological poetry at its most flagrant, or is it a work that despairingly proclaims the meaninglessness of ideology? Shadi Bartsch offers a startlingly new answer to this split debate on the Roman poet's magnum opus. Reflecting on the disintegration of the Roman republic in the wake of the civil war that began in 49 B.C., Lucan (writing during the grim tyranny of Nero's Rome) recounts that fateful conflict with a strangely ambiguous portrayal of his republican hero, Pompey. Although the story is one of a tragic defeat, the language of his epic is more often violent and nihilistic than heroic and tragic. And Lucan is oddly fascinated by the graphic destruction of lives, the violation of human bodies--an interest paralleled in his deviant syntax and fragmented poetry. In an analysis that draws on contemporary political thought ranging from Hannah Arendt and Richard Rorty to the poetry of Vietnam veterans, as well as on literary theory and ancient sources, Bartsch finds in the paradoxes of Lucan's poetry both a political irony that responds to the universally perceived need for, yet suspicion of, ideology, and a recourse to the redemptive power of storytelling. This shrewd and lively book contributes substantially to our understanding of Roman civilization and of poetry as a means of political expression. Table of Contents: Preface Introduction The Subject under Siege Paradox, Doubling, and Despair Pompey as Pivot The Will to Believe History without Banisters Notes Bibliography Index Reviews of this book: The problem of Lucan's stance is notorious, and it is the focus of Bartsch's book...She makes her own gripping contribution to the dossier of Lucanian despair in her first two chapters; but she believes that ultimately such interpretations sell the poet short, as an artist and a person. Her Lucan, both inside and outside his poem, is a Sartrean existentialist or a Rortyan moral ironist, who accepts the evanescence of traditional moral and political verities but who behaves as if his ideology matters anyhow and makes his choice regardless. Hence the "ideology in cold blood" of her title: Lucan knows, and spellbindingly demonstrates, that Liberty is a cipher, but he commits himself to it none the less. Bartsch has put her finger on a key issue, and her passionate book is a useful check to the establishment of a new orthodoxy on Lucan. --Denis Feeney, Times Literary Supplement Reviews of this book: This could be that elusive creature, an Important Book. --Gideon Nisbet, Bryn Mawr Classical Review Reviews of this book: This is a stimulating work, which I find has provoked many questions about Lucan's poem, about liberal irony, and about history...The strengths of this book lie in its brevity, in its integration of detailed analyses with broader theoretical issues, and in its accessibility. It addresses a question which is of relevance to not only Lucanians, or Latinists, or classicists, but anyone who thinks about the politics of literature. --Ellen O'Gorman, Classical World Reviews of this book: Bartsch goes far beyond the boundaries of Lucan's Civil War itself. Readers interested in Latin literature in general, in the civil wars that ended the Republic, in the political context of the first centuries B.C.E. and C.E., in questions of human response to political repression long after Lucan, and those interested in Lucan himself as poet and conspirator, will want to read Ideology in Cold Blood. Bartsch has taken two prevailing camps of criticism--Lucan as "nihilist" and Lucan as "partisan"--and proposed an elegantly argued third alternative: Lucan as "political ironist." --Choice Reviews of this book: Ideology in Cold Blood provides a strikingly dissident approach to Lucan in that it aims to weld together a text-oriented focus, a political reading of the Civil War and a discussion of Lucan's political activities, i.e. his involvement in the Pisonian conspiracy. Bartsch's decision to include a biographical approach in her analysis should not be taken for bland naivety coming at a time when influential scholars on Lucan have come to reject this approach for the blatant fallacies that it entails. Bartsch offers something completely novel in this area, for it is entirely obvious that her sympathies do not lie with forms of historical reconstructionism in which the biographical data are simply made to correlate with the presumed political message of the poem...[Bartsch's book] will surely be ranked among the best works on the poet and I strongly recommend it to scholars interested in the literature of the Principate and in the role of Roman political epic. --Marc Kleijwegt, Scholia
Categories: Literary Criticism

Quicklet On Truman Capote s In Cold Blood

Quicklet On Truman Capote s In Cold Blood

Truman Capote took six years to complete In Cold Blood, in part because he wasn't sure if any of the appeals would be successful. Although Capote insisted In Cold Blood was “immaculately factual”, it has been disputed since it first ...

Author: Larry Holzwarth

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 9781484007112

Category: Study Aids

Page: 54

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ABOUT THE BOOK Serialized in the New Yorker prior to publication in book form, "In Cold Blood" presents investigative journalism in the form of a novel, effectively combining literature and reporting. The New York Review of Books called it “The best documentary of an American crime ever written...” Other critics have not been so kind, citing fictionalized conversations, invented scenes, and fabricated events. Capote’s narrative contains no footnotes, nor does he cite specific sources for any of the conversations in the book. By the time "In Cold Blood" appeared the end of the story was known. Both murderers had been tried, convicted and executed by hanging. The book’s tremendous success stemmed from Capote’s graphic depiction of the crime as well as his incisive and often empathetic descriptions of the killers. MEET THE AUTHOR Larry Holzwarth is a freelance writer and submarine veteran. A former US Navy systems analyst, he has been a corporate writer on diverse subjects, a professional trainer, recruiter and lecturer. A lifelong student of history, he enjoys reading, camping, hiking and Reds baseball. After traveling extensively he returned to his native midwest where he resides near Cincinnati. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Capote paints an image of a bucolic community, basking in the crisp sunshine of a November day as well as in small town American innocence. A prosperous and well respected farmer, admired in his community for his character as well as his family, Herb Clutter is the quintessential American father. Though his wife has been ill, with what would now be called depression, the community rallies around the family with support. Compared to this picture of small town happiness is the sordid world of small time criminals Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. They arrive in Holcomb, Kansas, armed with a bowie knife, a shotgun, and the erroneous information that the Clutter home housed a safe filled with a large amount of cash. They creep in and out of town in one night. In the morning the Clutter’s are found dead, murdered by shotguns blasts delivered with the muzzle inches from each victim’s head. They are discovered by a friend of 16-year-old Nancy Clutter, coming to join her friend for church that Sunday morning. Despite few clues, no hint of a motive, and conflicting theories amongst investigators, Alvin Dewey, lead investigator for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and personal friend of Herb Clutter, vows to solve the crime. When he does, it is through a combination of luck and the killers’ willingness to blame each other for the crimes. He obtains, through conflicting confessions, enough information to build a case against the pair leading to their trial, conviction, and eventual execution. Buy a copy to continue reading!
Categories: Study Aids

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Author: Truman Capote

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412848183


Page: 436

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Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood

Truman Capote and the Legacy of  In Cold Blood

"Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood" is the anatomy of the origins of an American literary landmark and its legacy.

Author: Ralph F. Voss

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817317560

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

View: 366

"Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood" is the anatomy of the origins of an American literary landmark and its legacy.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Queer Sixties

The Queer Sixties

In Cold Blood observes Dick and Perry acting those parts , not so successfully , although just as selfconsciously . Dick plays the " cowboy " while Perry flexes his muscles , gazing into the mirror to see if he looks like a " man .

Author: Patricia Juliana Smith

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415921694

Category: Art

Page: 302

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An evocative collection of gay and lesbian writings about the 1960s, an era that ended with the Stonewall Riots in New York, features contributions from Douglas Eisner, Yvonne C. Keller, Blake Allmendinger, David Bergman, Laura Winkiel, Ricardo Ortiz, and other notable authors and cultural critics. Simultaneous.
Categories: Art

Nutritional Needs in Cold and High Altitude Environments

Nutritional Needs in Cold and High Altitude Environments

Vasomotor Responses Peripheral vasoconstriction is one important physiological response exhibited by humans exposed to cold. Blood flow decreases as water temperature becomes colder, as shown in Figure 7-1, which depicts blood flow in ...

Author: Institute of Medicine

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309054843

Category: Medical

Page: 585

View: 302

This book reviews the research pertaining to nutrient requirements for working in cold or in high-altitude environments and states recommendations regarding the application of this information to military operational rations. It addresses whether, aside from increased energy demands, cold or high-altitude environments elicit an increased demand or requirement for specific nutrients, and whether performance in cold or high-altitude environments can be enhanced by the provision of increased amounts of specific nutrients.
Categories: Medical

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers

Author: Truman Capote

Publisher: Turtleback

ISBN: 0606207201

Category: Social Science


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An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers
Categories: Social Science

Watson and Other Unauthorized Sherlock Holmes Pastiches Parodies and Sequels

Watson  and Other Unauthorized Sherlock Holmes Pastiches  Parodies  and Sequels

T can shoot you down in cold blood in a second.' "'Very likely,' said Holmes. 'But you won't. It would add to the difficulties in which the Reverend James Tat- tersby is already deeply immersed. Your troubles are sufficient, ...


Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781434458940

Category: Fiction

Page: 68

View: 539

Included in this volume: "WATSON " by Captain A. E. Dingle THE ADVENTURE OF THE DIAMOND NECKLACE, by G. F. Forrest THE STOLEN CIGAR-CASE, by Bret Harte THE ADVENTURES OF SHAMROCK JOLNES, by O. Henry MR. RAFFLES HOLMES, by John Kendrick Bangs
Categories: Fiction

Cold Blood

Cold Blood

The bloodsucker's minions had caught him with his backside hanging out of the thirdstory window, loot in hand and about to begin his descent. Wolves didn't care much for vertical surfaces. That was more of a feline attribute.

Author: V. M. Black

Publisher: Swift River Media Group


Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 993

Dorian Thorne's thousand-year wait is over. The ageless billionaire vampire has finally found his consort in the form of a dying young woman named Cora Shaw. His blood kiss heals Cora's broken body and unites them in an eternal bond.With her, Dorian is finally complete. But far from enjoying a blissful union, he discovers that the demons inside himself are not as easily laid to rest as he had believed, and his enemies have deadly plans for his consort.This release by New York Times Bestselling author V. M. Black contains a bonus copy of Taken (The Alpha's Captive #1).
Categories: Fiction