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Accident SocietyFiction, Collectivity, and the Production of Chance

Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity, and the Production of Chance

Jason Puskar

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775359
eISBN:
9780804778459
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775359.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book argues that language and literature actively produced chance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by categorizing injuries and losses as innocent of design. Automobile ... More

Alchemical MercuryA Theory of Ambivalence

Alchemical Mercury: A Theory of Ambivalence

Karen Pinkus

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804760324
eISBN:
9780804772877
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804760324.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

How can we account, in a rigorous way, for alchemy's ubiquity? We think of alchemy as the transformation of a base material (usually lead) into gold, but “alchemy” is a word in wide circulation in ... More

Binding ViolenceLiterary Visions of Political Origins

Binding Violence: Literary Visions of Political Origins

Moira Fradinger

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763301
eISBN:
9780804774659
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book exposes the relation between literary imagination, autonomous politics, and violence through the close analysis of literary texts—in particular Sophocles' Antigone, D. A. F. de Sade's 120 ... More

Counterfeit CapitalPoetic Labor and Revolutionary Irony

Counterfeit Capital: Poetic Labor and Revolutionary Irony

Jennifer Bajorek

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758246
eISBN:
9780804786805
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758246.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This is a comparative and interdisciplinary study exploring the unexpected yet essential relationship between irony and capital in the texts of Baudelaire and Marx. It argues for the renewed ... More

From Continuity to ContiguityToward a New Jewish Literary Thinking

From Continuity to Contiguity: Toward a New Jewish Literary Thinking

Dan Miron

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762007
eISBN:
9780804775021
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762007.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This study begins by surveying and critiquing previous attempts to define a common denominator unifying the various modern Jewish literatures. The book argues that these prior efforts have all been ... More

Impossible ModernismT. S. Eliot, Walter Benjamin, and the Critique of Historical Reason

Impossible Modernism: T. S. Eliot, Walter Benjamin, and the Critique of Historical Reason

Robert S. Lehman

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780804799041
eISBN:
9781503600140
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799041.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Impossible Modernism reveals in the modernism of T.S. Eliot and Walter Benjamin a shared project: both authors sought to resist the forms of narrating events that had been codified by academic ... More

Literary Primitivism

Literary Primitivism

Ben Etherington

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781503602366
eISBN:
9781503604094
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503602366.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book comprehensively redefines literary primitivism, arguing that it was an aesthetic project formed in reaction to the high point of imperialist expansion at the start of the twentieth century. ... More

Out of CharacterModernism, Vitalism, Psychic Life

Out of Character: Modernism, Vitalism, Psychic Life

Omri Moses

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789141
eISBN:
9780804791236
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789141.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Characters” are those fictive beings in novels whose coherent patterns of behavior make them credible as people. “Character” is also used to refer to the capacity—or incapacity—to sustain one's core ... More

Poetic AffairsCelan, Grunbein, Brodsky

Poetic Affairs: Celan, Grunbein, Brodsky

Michael Eskin

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758314
eISBN:
9780804786812
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758314.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book deals with the complex interface between literature and life through the prism of the lives and works of three poets: the German-Jewish poet and Holocaust survivor, Paul Celan (1920–1970); ... More

Poetic ForcePoetry after Kant

Poetic Force: Poetry after Kant

Kevin McLaughlin

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780804791007
eISBN:
9780804792288
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791007.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book provides a study of linguistic force and its influence on poetry in the nineteenth century. The idea of poetic force can be traced ultimately to a thesis implicit in Kantian philosophy: ... More

Poetry and ApocalypseTheological Disclosures of Poetic Language

Poetry and Apocalypse: Theological Disclosures of Poetic Language

William Franke

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759106
eISBN:
9780804779739
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759106.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book seeks to find the premises for dialogue between cultures, especially religious fundamentalisms—including Islamic fundamentalism—and modern Western secularism. It argues that in order to be ... More

Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Robert Zaller

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book is devoted to the major American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887–1962). Jeffers, the best known poet of California and the American West, particularly valorized the Big Sur region, making it ... More

The Scenic ImaginationOriginary Thinking from Hobbes to the Present Day

The Scenic Imagination: Originary Thinking from Hobbes to the Present Day

Eric Gans

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804757003
eISBN:
9780804779586
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804757003.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book argues that the uniquely human phenomenon of representation, as manifested in language, art, and ritual, is a scenic event focused on a central object designated by a sign. The originary ... More

The Secret WoundLove-Melancholy and Early Modern Romance

The Secret Wound: Love-Melancholy and Early Modern Romance

Marion A. Wells

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804750462
eISBN:
9780804767446
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804750462.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book offers a new reading of early modern romance in the light of historically contemporary accounts of mind, and specifically the medical tradition of love-melancholy. It argues that the ... More

The Semblance of IdentityAesthetic Mediation in Asian American Literature

The Semblance of Identity: Aesthetic Mediation in Asian American Literature

Christopher Lee

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804778701
eISBN:
9780804783705
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804778701.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The history of Asian American literature reveals the ongoing attempt to work through the fraught relationship between identity politics and literary representation. This relationship is especially ... More

Thinking Allegory Otherwise

Thinking Allegory Otherwise

Brenda Machosky

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763806
eISBN:
9780804773508
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763806.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book is a unique collection of essays by allegory specialists and other scholars who engage allegory in exciting new ways. The essays are not limited to an examination of literary texts and ... More

What Is a Classic?Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon

What Is a Classic?: Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon

Ankhi Mukherjee

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804785211
eISBN:
9780804788380
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804785211.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

What Is a Classic? revisits the famous question posed by critics from Sainte-Beuve and T. S. Eliot to J. M. Coetzee to ask how classics emanate from postcolonial histories and societies. Exploring ... More

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