The Economist: Henry Thoreau and Enterprise by Leonard N. Neufeldt

By Leonard N. Neufeldt

This significant research brings to gentle Thoreau's relation to the complicated financial discourse of his time and position. in particular, it examines the impression of differences in financial considering and behaviour that happened in antebellum New England and the US; those adjustments on the point of language; and Thoreau's information of those adjustments. Neufeldt situates Thoreau in major fiscal stipulations of his time, investigating how those stipulations contained him at the same time he sought to comprise them. utilizing Walden and "Life with no Principle," as major examples, the booklet considers the questions of why and the way Thoreau, who used to be greatly formed by means of his tradition and its conventions, additionally contested the restrictions of these conventions and used his to rework a few of them. Thoreau's id as a literary artist who looked his writing as his cultural vocation is on the heart of the dialogue.

Show description

Read more

Collective Identity and Cultural Resistance in Contemporary by Juan Velasco

By Juan Velasco

The first ebook size learn of this style, Collective id and Cultural Resistance in modern Chicana/o Autobiography allows new understandings of the way humans and cultures are displaced and reinvent themselves. throughout the exam of visible arts and literature, Juan Velasco analyzes the gap for self-expression that gave approach to a brand new paradigm in modern Chicana/o autobiography. through bringing jointly self-representation with advanced theoretical paintings round tradition, ethnicity, race, gender, intercourse, and nationality, this paintings is on the crossroads of intersectional research and engages with scholarship at the construction of cross-border groups, the liberatory dimensions of cultural survival, and the reclaiming of latest paintings shaped opposed to the mechanisms of violence that Mexican-Americans have endured.

Show description

Read more

Beautiful enemies : friendship and postwar American poetry by Andrew Epstein

By Andrew Epstein

Even though it has lengthy been average to visualize the archetypal American poet making a song a solitary "Song of Myself," a lot of the main enduring American poetry has really been preoccupied with the drama of friendship. during this lucid and soaking up examine, Andrew Epstein argues that an obsession with either the pleasures and difficulties of friendship erupts within the "New American Poetry" that emerges after the second one global conflict. by means of targeting essentially the most major postmodernist American poets--the "New York university" poets John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and their shut modern Amiri Baraka--Beautiful Enemies finds a primary paradox on the middle of postwar American poetry and tradition: the avant-garde's dedication to individualism and nonconformity runs at once counter to its personal valorization of group and collaboration. in truth, Epstein demonstrates that the conflict among friendship and nonconformity complicates the mythical alliances solid by means of postwar poets, turns into a principal subject within the poetry they created, and leaves modern writers with a classy legacy to barter. instead of easily celebrating friendship and poetic neighborhood as nurturing and encouraging, those poets characterize friendship as one of those exhilarating, maddening contradiction, a website of charm and repulsion, affinity and rivalry.

tough either the reductive evaluations of yankee individualism and the idealized, seriously biographical celebrations of literary camaraderie one reveals in a lot severe dialogue, this publication presents a brand new interpretation of the atypical dynamics of yank avant-garde poetic groups and the function of the person inside of them. through situating his large and revealing readings of those hugely influential poets opposed to the backdrop of chilly battle cultural politics and in the context of yankee pragmatist inspiration, Epstein uncovers the collision among radical self-reliance and the siren name of the interpersonal on the center of postwar American poetry

Show description

Read more

The Ides of March: A Novel by Thornton Wilder

By Thornton Wilder

Drawing on such certain assets as Thornton Wilder's unpublished letters, journals, and decisions from the large annotations Wilder made years later within the margins of the booklet, Tappan Wilder's Afterword provides a different size to the reissue of this the world over acclaimed novel.

The Ides of March, first released in 1948, is a superb epistolary novel set in Julius Caesar's Rome. Thornton Wilder referred to as it "a fantasia on sure occasions and individuals of the final days of the Roman republic." via vividly imagined letters and files, Wilder brings to existence a dramatic interval of global heritage and one among history's such a lot magnetic, elusive personalities.

In this artistic narrative, the Caesar of background turns into Caesar the individual. Wilder additionally resurrects the debatable figures surrounding Caesar -- Cleopatra, Catullus, Cicero, and others. All Rome comes crowding via those pages -- the Rome of villas and slums, attractive girls and brawling youths, spies and assassins.

Show description

Read more

The Fixer by Bernard Malamud

By Bernard Malamud

The Fixer is the winner of the 1967 nationwide publication Award for Fiction and the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

It is Bernard Malamud's best-known and so much acclaimed novel -- person who makes happen his roots in Russian fiction, specifically that of Isaac Babel.

Set in Kiev in 1911 in the course of a interval of heightened anti-Semitism, the radical tells the tale of Yakov Bok, a Jewish handyman blamed for the brutal homicide of a tender Russian boy. Bok leaves his village to aim his success in Kiev, and after denying his Jewish id, unearths himself operating for a member of the anti-Semitic Black enormous quantities Society. while the boy is located approximately tired of blood in a cave, the Black hundreds of thousands accuse the Jews of formality homicide. Arrested and imprisoned, Bok refuses to admit to a criminal offense that he didn't devote.

Show description

Read more

At Fault by Kate Chopin

By Kate Chopin

An intrepid explorer of taboos, Chopin wrote a few of America's boldest and most sensible 19th-century fiction.

Divorce and alcoholism are one of the bold matters of her first novel, set within the rural post-Reconstruction South opposed to a backdrop of monetary devastation and simmering racial stress.

Show description

Read more

Motorman by David Ohle

By David Ohle

"It is curious reprint can be heroic. it's extra curious e-book this reliable may possibly exit of print so speedy. And it really is so much curious that an advent could also be required for a unique that, should you learn it rigorously within the correct of sunshine, may perhaps truly be obvious to be steaming. MOTORMAN is a relevant paintings, pulsing with mythology, created through a craftsman of language who was once probably channeling the heritage of narrative while he wrote it. it's a booklet concerning the destiny that comes from the prior, and we're stuck in its extraordinary center. To learn MOTORMAN now could be to come across facts booklet will be either emotional and kooky, smeared with humanity and artistically formidable, messy with grief and magnificent with spectacle"--Ben Marcus, from his advent.

Show description

Read more

A House of My Own: Stories from My Life by Sandra Cisneros

By Sandra Cisneros

From the writer of The condominium on Mango Street, a richly illustrated compilation of precise tales and nonfiction items that, taken jointly, shape a jigsaw autobiography—an intimate album of a loved literary legend.

From the Chicago neighborhoods the place she grew up and set her groundbreaking The residence on Mango Street to her domicile in Mexico in a zone the place “my ancestors lived for centuries,” the locations Sandra Cisneros has lived have supplied concept for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. yet a home of her personal, the place she may well really take root, has eluded her. With this collection—spanning 3 a long time, and together with never-before-published work—Cisneros has come domestic finally.

Ranging from the personal (her parents’ loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman’s liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written together with her trademark lyricism, those signature items keep in mind transformative thoughts in addition to demonstrate her defining inventive and highbrow affects. Poignant, sincere, deeply relocating, this can be an exuberant get together of a lifestyles in writing lived to the fullest.

Show description

Read more

Influential Ghosts: A Study of Auden's Sources (Studies in by Rachel Wetzsteon

By Rachel Wetzsteon

Influential Ghosts: A research of Auden's assets explores probably the most vital literary and philosophical affects on W.H. Auden's poetry. The research makes an attempt to teach that Auden's poetry derives a lot of its curiosity from the sizeable diversity of authors on whom he drew for idea. however it additionally recommend that his dating to those writers used to be marked by means of a desirable ambivalence.In chapters on Auden's courting to Hardy and Kierkegaard, the learn exhibits how, after lovingly apprenticing himself to their paintings and sometimes borrowing stylistic or thematic gains from it - Hardy's sweeping "hawk's vision," Kierkegaard's pressing "leap of religion" - he started to criticize the very issues he had formerly striven to emulate. In a bankruptcy on Auden's elegies, the writer argues that, by myself between examples of this poetic style, they either reverently mourn and harshly scrutinize their topics (Yeats, Freud, Henry James and others). In a bankruptcy on "structural allusion" in Auden's early poetry, the research posits that Auden singlehandedly invented a brand new type of allusion during which he alludes to the shape and subject material of complete poems. yet whereas doing so, he additionally unearths fault with the attitudes (passivity, melancholy) depicted in them. In those structurally allusive poems - as along with his courting to Hardy, Kierkegaard and his elegies' matters - Auden's occasionally accepting, occasionally skeptical perspective towards his poetic versions is on strong reveal, and reveals an ideal counterpart within the rigidity among imitative shape and demanding content material.

Show description

Read more