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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... so much free as simply psychologically uninteresting , in precisely the way circus performers are uninteresting considered as dramatic characters as they ride to and fro on their shining swings to the delight of the crowd below .
2 , 1892 ) written by Yeats to Katharine Tynan ( to whom , a little earlier , he had considered proposing marriage ) as an example of “ my recent attempts at love poetry . ” “ I am ... correcting The Countess Kathleen for the press ...
Or rather , it seems to satisfy too much , not just one's image of how Keats probably proceeded on that occasion , but of how all poets proceed , or ought to proceed , romantically considered . The implied connection between the singing ...
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