Literature

The Poetics of Plot: The Case of English Renaissance Drama The Poetics of Plot The Case of English Renaissance Drama Thomas G. Pavel 1985 Spring
A unique methodology for plot analysis focusing on an important body of English Renaissance dramas.
Theory and History of Folklore Theory and History of Folklore Vladimir Propp Anatoly Liberman, Editor 1984 Spring
A selection of seven essays and three book chapters from Russian folklorist Propp’s later work.
The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge The Postmodern Condition A Report on Knowledge Jean-François Lyotard 1984 Spring
This founding essay of the postmodern movement argues that knowledge-science, technology, and the arts-has undergone a change of status since the 19th century and especially since the late 1950s.
Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics Mikhail Bakhtin Caryl Emerson, Editor 1984 Spring
This important 20th-century theory of the novel focuses on “Dostoevskian discourse.”
Story and Situation: Narrative Seduction and the Power of Fiction Story and Situation Narrative Seduction and the Power of Fiction Ross Chambers 1984 Spring
Studies the relation between teller and listener in a set of French, English, and American short stories from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism Blindness and Insight Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism Paul de Man 1983 Fall
A new edition of a classic work in contemporary criticism.
Of Huck and Alice: Humorous Writing in American Literature Of Huck and Alice Humorous Writing in American Literature Neil Schmitz 1983 Spring
The Rape of Clarissa: Writing, Sexuality, and Class Struggle in Samuel Richardson The Rape of Clarissa Writing, Sexuality, and Class Struggle in Samuel Richardson Terry Eagleton 1982 Fall
Combines Marxist, feminist, and post-structuralist ideas to show how Richardson’s writing anticipated many of the sexual and political concerns of our time.
Toward an Aesthetic of Reception Toward an Aesthetic of Reception Hans Robert Jauss 1982 Fall
This volume presents for the first time in English the foundational writings of the leading proponent of the aesthetic of reception. Jauss here attempts to develop categories to channel conventional literary history into a history of aesthetic experience. These essays explore the relation of art history to social history, the nature of genres in the middle ages, and provide exemplary readings in the comparative analysis of literature.
Germanic Accentology Germanic Accentology Anatoly Liberman None None
“Liberman is a scholar of wide multilingual erudition, and has a magnificent gift for languages and their comparative analyses ... He is equally strong in the historical comparison of languages and in their typology. The problems of sound systems and especially their accentual patterning ... have led him to important new discoveries ... This book is a welcome substantial contribution to the cultural history of Germanic languages and to general linguistics.” - Roman Jackson
The Well-Tun’d Word: Musical Interpretations of English Poetry, 1597-1651 The Well-Tun’d Word Musical Interpretations of English Poetry, 1597-1651 Elise Bickford Jorgens None None
In The Well-Tun’d Word Elisa Bickford Jorgens studies changing msucial conventions in English song in relation to new patterns in poetic taste from the late Elizabethan era through the Jacobean and Caroline years, basing her work on the premise that any musical setting of a poem is an interpretation of the poem itself. Jorgen’s opening chapters describe and illustrate elements of the craft of poetry and the musical conventions that can represent them. Her presentation is both clear and thorough, and will be especially helpful for students and scholars of English literature who are not necessarily musicians. She then discusses four major categories of song: Measured Music, Dance Songs and Tuneful Airs, English Monody, and Pathetic Airs, and shows how each group changed during the first half of the seventeenth century.
An Introduction to Poetics An Introduction to Poetics Tzvetan Todorov 1981 Fall
A concise exposition of the structuralist approach to literature.
Hieroglyph of Time: The Petrarchan Sestina Hieroglyph of Time The Petrarchan Sestina michael Shapiro None None
Peer Gynt Peer Gynt Henrik Ibsen 1980 Fall
In this revised and amplified edition of Rolf Fjelde’s widely acclaimed translation, Peer Gynt is available in a contemporary version that captures the poetic form of the original yet does justice to its subtlety of meaning and enduring theatrical vitality. Fjelde provides an interpretive foreword, extensive notes, a new background essay titled “Text/Translation/Script,” a selected bibliography, and an American stage history covering significant revivals since its English-language premiere in 1906.
Old Brick: Charles Chauncy of Boston, 1705-1787 Old Brick Charles Chauncy of Boston, 1705-1787 Edward M. Griffin None None
Charles Chauncy is remembered today as the chief antagonist of Jonathan Edwards during the Great Awakening of the 1740s, yet his contemporaries knew him as a powerful, influential figure in his own right. During his 60-year tenure as pastor of Boston’s First Church (the “Old Brick”) Chauncy involved himself in most of the important issues of the century. Not only did he aggressively oppose the emotional revivalism of the Great Awakening, but he was also a bold pamphleteer and preacher in support of the American Revolution. Old Brick, the first full-scale biography of Charles Chauncy, makes it possible to consider Chauncy a figure worthy of study and to take a fresh look at eighteenth-century New England in light of the tradition Chauncy represents.