Literature Lost

Literature Lost

literature to a single issue , your reasons for doing so must have nothing to do with literature , and consequently neither will your results . Race - gender - class critics try to avoid the issue of diminishing the content of ...

Author: John Martin Ellis

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300075790

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

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In the span of less than a generation, university humanities departments have experienced an almost unbelievable reversal of attitudes, now attacking and undermining what had previously been considered best and most worthy in the Western tradition. John M. Ellis here scrutinizes the new regime in humanistic studies. He offers a careful, intelligent analysis that exposes the weaknesses of notions that are fashionable in humanities today. In a clear voice, with forceful logic, he speaks out against the orthodoxy that has installed race, gender, and class perspectives at the center of college humanities curricula. Ellis begins by showing that political correctness is a recurring impulse of Western society and one that has a discouraging history. He reveals the contradictions and misconceptions that surround the new orthodoxy and demonstrates how it is most deficient just where it imagines itself to be superior. Ellis contends that humanistic education today, far from being historically aware, relies on anachronistic thinking; far from being skeptical of Western values, represents a ruthless and unskeptical Western extremism; far from being valuable in bringing political perspectives to bear, presents politics that are crude and unreal; far from being sophisticated in matters of "theory," is largely ignorant of the range and history of critical theory; far from valuing diversity, is unable to respond to the great sweep of literature. In a concluding chapter, Ellis surveys the damage that has been done to higher education and examines the prospects for change.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Lost Literature of Socialism

The Lost Literature of Socialism

1 A Literature Lost The socialist idea spans a century and a half , in round terms , starting in the 1840s . Its literary sources , however , reach back into the last years of the eighteenth - century Enlightenment , when revolution ...

Author: George Watson

Publisher: James Clarke & Co.

ISBN: 0718829867

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 116

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In this hard-hitting and controversial new book, the author examines the foundation texts of socialism to find out what they really say... and the result is blasphemy against its canon of saints. This study, the first review of socialist literature since 1945, reveals how closely socialism was linked to conservative, racist, and genocidal ideas. As a literary critic the author's concern is to pay a due respect to the works of the founding fathers of socialism, to attend to what they say rather than to what their modern disciples wish they had said. The book forces the reader to abandon long-standing assumptions in political thought, enabling a genuine debate to be revived.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Lost Literature of Socialism 2nd edition

The Lost Literature of Socialism  2nd edition

Any open-minded account of socialist literature is likely to look like an act of irreverence. But there is one species of reverence to which, as a literary critic, I stand ever ready to plead guilty. I revere texts.

Author: George Watson

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9780718845162

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 126

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In his hard-hitting and controversial book, George Watson examines the foundation texts of socialism to find out what they really say; the result is blasphemy against socialism's canon of saints. Marx and Engels publicly advocated genocide in 1849; Ruskin called himself a violent Tory and a King's man; and Shaw held the working classes in utter contempt. Drawing on an impressive range of sources from Robert Owen to Ken Livingstone, the author demonstrates that socialism was a conservative, nostalgic reaction to the radicalism of capitalism, and not always supposed to be advantageous to the poor. There have even been socialist monarchs - Napoleon III was one. Two chapters of the book study Hitler's claim that 'the whole of National Socialism' was based on Marx, and bring to light the common theoretical basis of the beliefs of Stalin and Hitler which led to death camps. As a literary critic, George Watson's concern is to pay proper respect to the works of the founding fathers of socialism, to attend to what they say and not what their modern disciples wish they had said. The dust grows thick on many of these tomes, while present-day socialists follow a few ossified slogans plucked selectively from the best-known books. Socialist ideas are now rescued from priggish and woolly-thinking moralists so that genuine debate can be revived. This invigorating book forces the reader to abandon long-standing assumptions in political thought. It is certain to ruffle feathers, blue as well as red.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Literary Lost

Literary Lost

Bradner, Liesl. “The books of'Lost' and TV-inspired book clubs .” Jacket Copy (LA Times), March 19, 2009. Available from: latimesblogs.latimes.com/ jacketcopy/2009/03/literature-lost.html (accessed August 18, 2010). Calvin, John.

Author: Sarah Clarke Stuart

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441176837

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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From the moment that Watership Down made its appearance on screen in season one, speculation about Lost's literary allusions has played an important role in the larger discussion of the show. Fans and critics alike have noted the many references, from biblical passages and children's stories to science fiction and classic novels. Literary Lost teases out the critical significance of these featured books, demonstrating how literature has served to enhance the meaning of the show. It provides a fuller understanding of Lost and reveals how television can be used as a tool for stimulating a deeper interest in literary texts. The first chapter features an exhaustive list of "Lost books," including the show's predecessor texts. Subsequent chapters are arranged thematically, covering topics from free will and the nature of time to parenthood and group dynamics. From Lewis Carroll's creations, which appear as recurring images and themes throughout, to Slaughterhouse-Five's lessons on the nature of time, Literary Lost will help readers unravel the show's novelistic plot while celebrating its astonishing layers and nuances of text.
Categories: Performing Arts

Literature of the Lost Home

Literature of the Lost Home

It is a fact that ours is a literature of the lost home , that we are young people who have lost our youthful innocence . Yet we have something to redeem our loss . We have finally become able , without prejudice or distortion ...

Author: Hideo Kobayashi

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804741158

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

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A collection of the most significant and enduring works of the most important Japanese literary critic of the 20th century. The selections reflect the wide range of Kobayashi’s early work, from meditations on the nature of literature and of criticism to studies of individual Japanese and Western writers.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Lost Child in Literature and Culture

The Lost Child in Literature and Culture

The figure of the lost child is likewise within the 'atoms' and collective 'brain' of our culture and society ... Catherine affectionately thinks of her brother in terms of James Joyce's literary figures such as 'Brendan's Wake' (165).

Author: Mark Froud

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137584953

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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This book is an extensive study of the figure of the lost child in English-speaking and European literature and culture. It argues that the lost child figure is of profound importance for our society, a symptom as well as a cause of deep trauma. This trauma, or void, is a fundamental disruption of the structures that define us: self, history, and even language. This puts the figure of the child in context with previous research that the modern conception of ‘a child’ was formed alongside modern conceptions of memory. The book analyses the representation of the lost child, through fairy tales, historical oppression and in recent novels and films. The book then studies the connection of the lost child figure with the uncanny and its centrality to language. The book considers the lost child figure as an archetype on a metaphysical and philosophical level as well as cultural.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Paradise Lost MAXNotes Literature Guides

Paradise Lost  MAXNotes Literature Guides

Perhaps his broken solitude and the loss of his mother influenced Milton to leave the family home and travel to the ... His travels through France and Italy , where he met many distinguished intellectuals and literary men , proved to be ...

Author: Corinna Siebert Ruth

Publisher: Research & Education Assoc.

ISBN: 0738673412

Category: Study Aids

Page: 146

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REA's MAXnotes for John Milton's Paradise Lost MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.
Categories: Study Aids

The Lost Literature of Medieval England

The Lost Literature of Medieval England

Unfortunately the two poems cannot be used to fill in the missing parts of each other, since the relationship between them seems to ... 2 Proceedings of the Leeds Philosophical Society: Literary and Historical Section v, part iii, pp.

Author: R. M. Wilson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429515705

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

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Originally published in 1952 The Lost Literature of Medieval England provides an account of lost masterpieces of medieval English literature. The book examines the evidence for their existence and pieces together a fuller understanding of the literary traditions of the period. In more specific detail, the book looks at the concept of Christian epics and religious and didactic literature, as well as the drama and the lyrical poetry of the period.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A History of Lost Knowledge in Sanskrit Literature

A History of Lost Knowledge in Sanskrit Literature

Throughout the last 200 years, we have had revelation after revelation of the advanced Vedic civilization that once existed, and we are missing an essential episode in the history of humanity. Nevertheless, Charles Wilkins took the ...

Author: Henry Romano

Publisher: DTTV PUBLICATIONS

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 158

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The discovery of Sanskrit literature at the end of the eighteenth century was the most significant cultural event since the Renaissance. The Greeks became acquainted with the Indians after Alexander's invasion; the Arabs brought Indian science to the West during the Middle Ages; some European missionaries from the sixteenth century on gained some familiarity with the ancient language of India; and Abraham Roger translated the Sanskrit poet Bhartihari into Dutch in 1651. However, it is only now that this highly advanced knowledge is being revealed. The existence of Sanskrit literature was only vaguely known in Europe about two hundred years ago, expressed in stories about Indian wisdom. In ancient times, our modern age has discovered tales of Vimanas flying aircraft; their poems preserve glacial rivers from the Ice Age. Our Indian possessions gave us the first impetus to study Sanskrit. Warren Hastings, Governor-General, seeing the advantages of ruling the Hindus according to their laws and customs, commissioned several Brahmans to prepare a digest based on the best ancient Indian legal authorities. Early in 1776, a Persian translation of this Sanskrit compilation was published in English. The introduction provided reliable information about the ancient Indian language, literature, and specimens of the Sanskrit script. With this era's technology, a limited understanding of Vedic civilization's advanced knowledge was possible. Throughout the last 200 years, we have had revelation after revelation of the advanced Vedic civilization that once existed, and we are missing an essential episode in the history of humanity. Nevertheless, Charles Wilkins took the first steps toward introducing others to actual Sanskrit writings. Having acquired knowledge of Sanskrit at Benares at the behest of Warren Hastings, he translated in 1785 the Bhagavad-gita, or The Song of the Adorable One, and published two years later Hitopadeça, or Friendly Advice, a collection of fables.
Categories: History

Tolkien s Lost Chaucer

Tolkien s Lost Chaucer

Sisam's personality may have factored in this loss, because he could strike people as a hard man, combative and stubborn, with a practicality bordering * John Sutherland, A Little History of Literature (New Haven and London: Yale ...

Author: John M. Bowers

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192580306

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

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Tolkien's Lost Chaucer uncovers the story of an unpublished and previously unknown book by the author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked between 1922 and 1928 on his Clarendon edition Selections from Chaucer's Poetry and Prose, and though never completed, its 160 pages of commentary reveals much of his thinking about language and storytelling when he was still at the threshold of his career as an epoch-making writer of fantasy literature. Drawing upon other new materials such as his edition of the Reeve's Tale and his Oxford lectures on the Pardoner's Tale, this book reveals Chaucer as a major influence upon Tolkien's literary imagination.
Categories: Literary Criticism