Download E-books Classical Literature: An Epic Journey from Homer to Virgil and Beyond PDF

G.W. Bowersock, The big apple evaluation of Books
“There is scarcely whatever on which he doesn't supply an unique aperçu, occasionally illuminating, occasionally easily provocative, yet consistently worthy reading... Jenkyns's view of old literature is Olympian.”

The writings of the Greeks and Romans shape the bedrock of Western tradition. Inventing the molds for histories, tragedies, and philosophies, whereas pioneering radical new sorts of epic and poetry, the Greeks and Romans created the literary international we nonetheless inhabit at the present time. Writing with verve and perception, extraordinary classicist Richard Jenkyns explores 1000 years of classical civilization, sporting readers from the depths of the Greek darkish a while during the glittering heights of Rome’s empire.

Jenkyns starts with Homer and the delivery of epic poetry ahead of exploring the hypnotic poetry of Pindar, Sappho, and others from the Greek darkish a long time. Later, in Athens’s classical age, Jenkyns exhibits the novel nature of Sophocles’s option to painting Ajax as a psychologically wounded warrior, how Aeschylus built tragedy, and the way Herodotus, in “inventing history,” dropped at narrative an epic and tragic caliber. We meet the strikingly glossy determine of Virgil, suffering to reflect epic artwork in an age of empire, and adventure the affection poems of Catullus, who imbued verse with obsessive ardour as by no means prior to. Even St. Paul and different early Christian writers are artfully grounded the following of their classical literary context.

A dynamic and complete advent to Greek and Roman literature, Jenkyns’s Classical Literature is key studying for an individual looking a deeper figuring out of the classics—and the intense origins of Western culture.

Library Journal, STARRED review
“[R]ich, witty, perceptive, and brief... the best introductions to be had to the final reader.”

Christopher B. Krebs (author of A most deadly Book), The Wall road Journal
"[A]ccessible and enjoyable... few students are higher located to embark on the sort of trip than Mr. Jenkyns.

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Download E-books A Literary Education and Other Essays PDF

By Joseph Epstein

Who invented the private essay? that's difficult to assert. the traditional Roman thinker and cynical energy dealer, Seneca? The sixteenth century French thinker Montaigne definitely introduced it to a height of perfection. there have been many nineteenth century masters, no longer such a lot of after that.

Who is the best dwelling essayist writing in English? That calls for no debate in any respect. it's definitely Joseph Epstein. he isn't in simple terms the simplest dwelling essayist; he's correct up there within the corporation of Seneca and Montaigne, yet one in every of our personal, residing in our period and working with our pleasures and travails.

Epstein is penetrating. he's witty. He has a magic contact with phrases, that arduous to outline yet instantly recognizable caliber known as sort. specially, he's very unlikely to place down.

Epstein reads omnivorously and brings us the easiest of what he reads, passages that we might by no means have stumbled on on our personal. How effortless it's this day, within the electronic age, drowning in emails and different ephemera, to omit the straightforward satisfaction of analyzing for no meant goal. like several grasp essayist, notwithstanding, this one brings us greater than the shared event of a life of analyzing. He brings us himself, alternately scolding and captivating, glowing and deep, buoyant and unhappy, zany and clever, rebellious and conservative, bookworm and activities fan, shrewdpermanent and everyman, debunker and preservationist, deep into excessive tradition, deep into low tradition, curious, clean, and settled in his methods. this can be the buddy all of us want lets have, the perfect, humane spouse who's thoroughly cozy in his personal human dermis. Like Plutarch, he offers us lifestyles instructing through instance, yet with a wry smile and the sort of convinced hand that we hardly ever realize the guideline. it really is natural pleasure.

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Download E-books Animal Rights and the Politics of Literary Representation PDF

By John Simons

This e-book addresses the query of animal rights within the context of literary feedback. operating from a devoted place it asks what literary stories may seem like if animal rights have been taken heavily. It bargains severe surveys of the most topics within the historical past of animal rights and a few of the extra vital modern positions including readings of quite a lot of literary texts from classical antiquity via to the current day.

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Download E-books Revisiting "The Waste Land" PDF

This groundbreaking booklet of literary detective paintings alters our knowing of T. S. Eliot’s poetic masterpiece, The Waste Land. Lawrence Rainey not just resolves longstanding mysteries surrounding the composition of the poem but in addition overturns conventional interpretations of the poem that experience prevailed for greater than 80 years. He shines new mild on Eliot’s maximum success and at the poem’s position within the sleek canon.
Far from the austere and sober monument to neoclassicism that admirers have praised, The Waste Land turns out to be whatever particularly assorted: anything grim and wild, unruly and intractable, violent and surprising and noticeably indeterminate, but additionally deeply compassionate. Rainey seems at how Eliot went approximately writing the poem and on the series during which he composed the elements. Arriving at new insights into the poet’s intentions, Rainey unsettles tradition-bound perspectives of the poem and exhibits us that The Waste Land is even stranger and extra startling than we knew.

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Download E-books The Long and the Short of It: From Aphorism to Novel PDF

By Gary Saul Morson

Brevity could be the soul of wit, however it is additionally even more. during this exploration of the shortest literary works—wise sayings, proverbs, witticisms, sardonic observations approximately human nature, pithy evocations of puzzle, terse statements concerning final questions—Gary Saul Morson argues passionately for the significance of those brief genres not just to students but additionally to normal readers.

We are eager about how short works evoke a strong experience of existence in a couple of phrases, that is why we browse citation anthologies and like to repeat our favorites. Arguing that each one brief genres are brief of their personal method, Morson explores the original type of brevity that every of them develops. Apothegms (Heraclitus, Lao Tzu, Wittgenstein) describe the universe as eventually unknowable, supplying now not solutions yet ever deeper questions. Dicta (Spinoza, Marx, Freud) create the experience that unsolvable enigmas have eventually been resolved. Sayings from sages and sacred texts guarantee us that goodness is rewarded, whereas sardonic maxims (Ecclesiastes, Nietzsche, George Eliot) discover the self-deceptions at the back of such comforting illusions. simply as witticisms show the ability of brain, "witlessisms" (William Spooner, Dan Quayle, the character assumed through Mark Twain) astonish with their remarkable stupidity.

Nothing turns out farther from those brief works than novels and epics, however the shortest genres frequently set the tone for longer ones, which, in flip, comprise excellent examples of brief varieties. Morson exhibits that brief genres give a contribution very important insights into the background of literature and philosophical inspiration. when we seize the function of aphorisms in Herodotus, Samuel Johnson, Dostoevsky, or even Tolstoy, we see their masterpieces in a wholly new gentle.

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Download E-books The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses PDF

By Kevin Birmingham

"A nice story—how modernism introduced down the regime of censorship—told as a very good tale. Kevin Birmingham's imaginitive scholarship brings Joyce and his international to existence. there's a clean aspect on approximately each page."—Louis Menand, Pulitzer prize-winning writer of The Metaphysical Club

For greater than a decade, the e-book that literary critics now examine crucial novel within the English language was once unlawful to possess, promote, promote it or buy in many of the English-speaking international. James Joyce’s monstrous blue booklet, Ulysses, ushered within the modernist period and altered the unconventional forever. however the genius of Ulysses was additionally its threat: it passed over completely not anything. the entire trivialities of Leopold Bloom’s day, together with its unspeakable information, spread with cautious precision in its pages. the hot York Society for the Suppression of Vice instantly banned the unconventional as “obscene, lewd, and lascivious.” Joyce, besides one of the most vital publishers and writers of his period, needed to struggle for years to win the liberty to post it. The most threatening Book tells the awesome tale surrounding Ulysses, from the 1st stirrings of Joyce’s suggestion in 1904 to its landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933.
Literary historian Kevin Birmingham follows Joyce’s years as a tender author, his feverish paintings on his literary masterpiece, and his ardent love affair with Nora Barnacle, the version for Molly Bloom. Joyce and Nora socialized with literary greats like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot and Sylvia seashore. Their aid helped Joyce struggle an array of anti-vice crusaders whereas his publication was once disguised and smuggled, pirated and burned within the usa and Britain. The lengthy fight for e-book extra to the growing to be pressures of Joyce’s deteriorating eyesight, funds and residential life.
Salvation ultimately got here from the partnership of Bennett Cerf, the cofounder of Random condo, and Morris Ernst, a dogged civil liberties legal professional. With their stewardship, the case finally rested at the literary benefit of Joyce’s grasp paintings. The sixty-year-old judicial practices governing obscenity within the usa have been overturned simply because a federal pass judgement on may possibly get inside of Molly Bloom’s head.
Birmingham’s archival paintings brings to mild new information regarding either Joyce and the tale surrounding Ulysses. Written for ardent Joyceans in addition to rookies who are looking to get to the guts of the best novel of the 20 th century, The most deadly Book is a gripping exam of ways the area got here to claim convinced to Ulysses.

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Download E-books Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Routledge Critical Thinkers) PDF

By Jason Edwards

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was once probably the most major literary theorists of the final 40 years and a key determine in modern queer thought. during this enticing and encouraging consultant, Jason Edwards:

  • introduces and explains key phrases equivalent to impacts, the 1st individual, homosocialities, and queer taxonomies, performativities and cusps
  • considers Sedgwick’s poetry and cloth artwork along her theoretical texts
  • encourages a private in addition to an instructional reaction to Sedgwick’s paintings, suggesting how life-changing it may be
  • offers designated feedback for extra interpreting

Written in an obtainable and direct type, Edwards exhibits the effect that Sedgwick’s paintings keeps to have on writers, readers, and literary and cultural thought today.

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Download E-books Memoir: A History PDF

By Ben Yagoda

From Augustine's Confessions to Augusten Burroughs's Running with Scissors, from Julius Caesar to Ulysses S. supply, from Mark Twain to David Sedaris, the paintings of memoir has had a desirable existence, and merits its personal biography. "As Yagoda says: 'Memoir has develop into the crucial type of the tradition: not just the way in which tales are advised, however the manner arguments are positioned forth, items and houses advertised, principles floated, acts justified, reputations built or salvaged. How did we come to this go? the single method to solution that question is to return a few thousand years and inform the tale from the beginning,'" that is simply what Yagoda does during this "excellent" background (The Washington Post).

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Download E-books Beckett l'abstracteur. Anatomie d'une révolution littéraire PDF

By Pascale Casanova

Et si Beckett n'avait dû sa consécration qu'à un malentendu si insistant que seule une révolution de sa lecture pouvait restituer l. a. révolution qu'il a accomplie. Il arrive en effet que l'interprétation obligée et autorisée d'un travail littéraire, relayée par les dévots de l. a. mystique poétique, occulte l'immensité d'une oeuvre et en inverse le sens. Beckett a introduit en littérature une subversion aussi radicale que celle de Duchamp en paintings : il a inventé l'art littéraire abstrait. Entreprise si attentatoire aux credos de l. a. «profondeur» qu'on n'a su appliquer à son oeuvre que l'idée l. a. plus rebattue de l. a. poésie qu'il avait passé sa vie à refuser : « Ah, les vieilles questions, les vieilles réponses, il n'y a que ça! » ironisait-il. Au terme d'une enquête qui réintroduit l'histoire (Goyce, Yeats, los angeles littérature et l'Irlande...) au sein de cette oeuvre réputée l. a. plus natural », voici le portrait inédit de l'artiste en « abstracteur», inventeur des règles spécifiques de l'abstraction littéraire; et un démontage de sa combinatoire logique qui donne los angeles clé des énigmes les plus obscures du Dépeupleur ou de Cap au pire. Comme dit Beckett : «Encore. Dire encore. Soit dit encore. Tant mal que pis encore. Jusqu'à plus mèche encore. Soit dit plus mèche encore.»

À propos de Pascale Casanova
Pascale Casanova enseigne los angeles littérature à Duke collage. Elle est l’auteur au Seuil de Beckett l’abstracteur. Anatomie d’une révolution littéraire (1997) et de l. a. République mondiale des lettres (1999, et « issues » n° P607, édition revue et corrigée), qui a été traduit dans une douzaine de langues.

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