By Tim Whitmarsh, Stuart Thomson
The touch zones among the Greco-Roman international and the close to East characterize the most intriguing and fast-moving parts of ancient-world reports. This new selection of essays, via world-renowned specialists (and a few new voices) in classical, Jewish, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Persian literature, focuses particularly on prose fiction, or 'the historical novel'. Twenty chapters both supply clean readings - from an intercultural point of view - of regular texts (such because the biblical Esther and Ecclesiastes, Xenophon of Ephesus' Ephesian tale and Dictys of Crete's Journal), or introduce fabric that could be new to many readers: from demotic Egyptian papyri via outdated Avestan hymns to a Turkic translation of the lifetime of Aesop. the quantity additionally considers problems with method and the heritage of scholarship at the subject. A concluding part bargains with the query of ways narratives, styles and motifs can have become transmitted among cultures
By David Morse
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By Mario Praz, Angus Davidson, Frank Kermode
During this now-classic research, Praz describes the full of Romantic literature less than one in every of its such a lot attribute facets, that of erotic sensibility. This extensive unfold temper in literature had a massive influence on 19th-century poets and painters, and the affinities among them and their 20th-century opposite numbers makes this account of the Romantic-Decadents an indispensible advisor to the examine of contemporary literature.
By Ross Labrie
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was once a Roman Catholic priest, a Trappist monk, a social activist, and a poet. writer of the distinguished autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton has been defined because the most vital American spiritual author of the prior hundred years. one of many extraordinary features of Merton's writing, either in poetry and in prose, used to be his seamless intermingling of spiritual and Romantic parts, an intermingling that, as a result of his presents as a author and thanks to his huge, immense effect, has had the impression of constructing common a particular kind of spiritual suggestion and expression. In Thomas Merton and the Inclusive Imagination, Ross Labrie finds the breadth of Merton's highbrow succeed in by way of taking an unique and systematic examine Merton's inspiration, that's as a rule considered as eclectic and unsystematic.
What captured Merton's awareness approximately Romanticism and mysticism and what held his cognizance nearly all his lifestyles was once his realization of the ontological importance of solidarity and wholeness. even supposing he was once faraway from being a scientific philosopher, Merton's writings shape a coherent entire while thought of from the viewpoint of his emphasis on team spirit and wholeness. Labrie skillfully examines Merton's letters, journals, and person works to teach the whole expanse of his contribution. through the use of insights from the Romantic literary culture and from the paranormal culture, the writer is ready to make feel of Merton's writings from all classes of his lifestyles. even supposing Labrie covers such sweeping themes as attention, self, being, nature, time, fable, tradition, and individuation, last curious about Merton's particular, specified contributions in every one area.
This thought-provoking paintings, which takes under consideration fabric from the new complete ebook of Merton's journals and from his Columbia collage notebooks on Romanticism, not just indicates Merton's highbrow development yet presents a glance at his expansive pursuits in addition. Thomas Merton and the Inclusive Imagination will make an important contribution to Merton studies.
By Ewan James Jones
Ewan James Jones argues that Coleridge engaged most importantly with philosophy no longer via systematic argument, yet in verse. Jones incorporates this argument via a chain of sustained shut readings, either one of canonical texts equivalent to Christabel and The Rime of the traditional Mariner, and likewise of much less universal verse, similar to Limbo. Such paintings indicates that the basic components of poetic expression - a poem's metre, rhythm, rhyme and different such formal gains - enabled Coleridge to imagine in an unique and exact demeanour, which his systematic philosophy impeded. Attentiveness to such formal positive factors, which has for a while been ignored in Coleridge scholarship, allows a rethinking of the connection among eighteenth-century verse and philosophy extra generally, because it engages with concerns together with impact, materiality and self-identity. Coleridge's poetic considering, Jones argues, either consolidates and radicalises the present literary severe rediscovery of shape
By George Monteiro
Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) could be the main enticing of the good Western modernists of this century. Born in Portugal yet raised and proficient in southern Africa, Pessoa wrote poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
George Monteiro offers refreshingly new interpretations of Pessoa's Mensagem (Message) and the modernist novella 0 Banqueiro Anarquista (The Anarchist Banker). yet he's basically drawn to tracing Pessoa's impact on quite a lot of modern writers.
Among these Monteiro unearths placing Pessoa's paintings to their very own surprising―and occasionally comic―uses are Joyce Carol Oates, Allen Ginsberg, John Wain, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and previous poets together with Thomas Merton, Edouard Roditi, and Roy Campbell. moreover, the total textual content of Campbell's pioneering biocritical examine of Pessoa is released right here for the 1st time
By Richard Adelman
Starting with Adam Smith's dictum that labour used to be the main major human career, and William Cowper's idealisation of 'The Task', Richard Adelman strains the ways that Romantic writers answered to a debate over the risks and rewards of idle contemplation occurring within the moment half the eighteenth and starting of the 19th centuries. Evolving over a chain of discourses which the e-book considers at size - Scottish Enlightenment political economic climate, penal and academic reform debates, literature, British and German aesthetic thought, social philosophy - this debate precipitates the expansion of a 'British idealism' in those a long time. Exploring the idea of Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham, Friedrich Schiller, William Cowper, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Wollstonecraft, and lots of in their contemporaries, this learn analyses the chain of occasions that ends up in this 'British idealism', and considers its social and political effects within the cultural idea of the 1st many years of the 19th century.