The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin

The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521797241

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

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This Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to the thought of the highly influential twentieth-century critic and theorist Walter Benjamin. The volume provides examinations of the different aspects of Benjamin's work that have had a significant effect on contemporary critical and historical thought. Topics discussed by experts in the field include Benjamin's relation to the avant-garde movements of his time, his theories on language and mimesis, modernity, his significance and relevance to modern cultural studies, and his autobiographical writings. Additional material includes a guide to further reading and a chronology.

The Cambridge Companion to Ibsen

The Cambridge Companion to Ibsen

Author: James McFarlane

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052142321X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

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In the history of modern theatre, Ibsen is one of the dominating figures. The sixteen chapters of this 1994 Companion explore his life and work, providing an invaluable reference work for students. In chronological terms they range from an account of Ibsen's earliest pieces, through the years of rich experimentation, to the mature 'Ibsenist' plays that made him famous towards the end of the nineteenth century. Among the thematic topics are discussions of Ibsen's comedy, realism, lyric poetry and feminism. Substantial chapters account for Ibsen's influence on the international stage and his challenge to theatre and film directors and playwrights today. Essential reference materials include a full chronology, list of works and essays on twentieth-century criticism and further reading.

The Cambridge Companion to Brecht

The Cambridge Companion to Brecht

Author: Peter Thomson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521424852

Category: Drama

Page: 338

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This updated edition properly retains much that was in the original Companion, but also introduces new voices and themes. It brings together the contrasting views of major critics and active practitioners and contains new essays on Brecht's early experience of cabaret, his significance in the development of film theory and his unique approach to dramaturgy. A detailed calendar of Brecht's life and work and a selective bibliography of English criticism complete this thorough overview of a writer who constantly aimed to provoke. Book jacket.

The Cambridge Companion to Isaiah Berlin

The Cambridge Companion to Isaiah Berlin

Author: Joshua Cherniss

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108577687

Category: Political Science

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Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997) was a central figure in twentieth-century political thought. This volume highlights Berlin's significance for contemporary readers, covering not only his writings on liberty and liberalism, the Enlightenment and Romanticism, Russian thinkers and pluralism, but also the implications of his thought for political theory, history, and the social sciences, as well as the ethical challenges confronting political actors, and the nature and importance of practical judgment for politics and scholarship. His name and work are inseparable from the revival of political philosophy and the analysis of political extremism and defense of democratic liberalism following World War II. Berlin was primarily an essayist who spoke through commentary on other authors and, while his own commitments and allegiances are clear enough, much in his thought remains controversial. Berlin's work constitutes an unsystematic and incomplete, but nevertheless sweeping and profound, defense of political, ethical, and intellectual humanism in an anti-humanistic age.

The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Culture

The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Culture

Author: Celia Marshik

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107049260

Category: Art

Page: 281

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This companion provides students and scholars alike with an interdisciplinary approach to literary modernism. Through essays written on a range of cultural contexts, this collection helps readers understand the significant changes in belief systems, visual culture, and pastimes that influenced, and were influenced by, the experimental literature published around 1890-1945.

The Cambridge Companion to the City in Literature

The Cambridge Companion to the City in Literature

Author: Kevin R. McNamara

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139992275

Category: Literary Criticism

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From the myths and legends that fashioned the identities of ancient city-states to the diversity of literary performance in contemporary cities around the world, literature and the city are inseparably entwined. The international team of scholars in this volume offers a comprehensive, accessible survey of the literary city, exploring the myriad cities that authors create and the genres in which cities appear. Early chapters consider the literary legacies of historical and symbolic cities from antiquity to the early modern period. Subsequent chapters consider the importance of literature to the rise of the urban public sphere; the affective experience of city life; the interplay of the urban landscape and memory; the form of the literary city and its responsiveness to social, cultural and technological change; dystopian, nocturnal, pastoral and sublime cities; cities shaped by colonialism and postcolonialism; and the cities of economic, sexual, cultural and linguistic outsiders.

Taking Stock – Twenty-Five Years of Comparative Literary Research

Taking Stock – Twenty-Five Years of Comparative Literary Research

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004410350

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 572

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This commemorative volume offers a retrospective of the discipline as mirrored in the series Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft since its founding in 1993. Leading scholars examine issues of world literature, the history of ideas, gender studies, aesthetics and literary translation.