Para/worlds: Entanglements of Art and History
The essays in this book engage in a broad range of topics, stretching from Anacreon and Horace to Kafka and Samuel Beckett, and they concern themselves with the notion of Art and Life as "para-worlds," or fields of being that elucidate and complete each other, answer and imply each other, confront and contradict each other: in short, with the "entanglements of Art and History." Pearce finds centrally that there is at present a crisis in literary criticism. On the one hand, there is a bustling and exciting crop of competing critical schools, each with its special mind-set, each tending to regard itself as the final hierophantic mode. On the other, it seems clear that criticism has recently become a part of higher pathology diagnosing and (if possible) eradicating, as Giles Gunn says, "the disease called literature." The result is that scholars and critics have become more and more self-conscious and obsessive about the purpose and methods of their work. The critical approaches that Pearce himself has employed in these essays are those of no one school or dogma but are almost as varied as the texts themselves, ranging from essays in classical scholarship, through new critical close readings, to postmodernist semiotic analysis. But whether traditional or innovative in method, each of these essays aims in the first instance to be what Anatole France once said all true criticism should be: "the adventure of the soul among masterpieces."
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Hamm and Clov , Vladimir and Estragon , Claire and Solange , the Smiths and the Martins , different as they may be in other respects , all have this theatricality , unmistakable insouciance , in common . They ride back and forth on ...
Mr. Fraenkel continues : “ The jubilant note on which it begins , nunc est bibendum , would be readily echoed in the hearts of the common people . ” + I wonder about that . There is no reason for supposing that this ode was read by the ...
And not just apparently in common , but actively so : Alexander Pope , for instance , was probably as conscious of the work of Horace and his circle as Horace himself was of the work of his Greek predecessors ; and both ...
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