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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Her face is a Titanesque version of Apollonius ' face with its “ severe ” and “ perceant ” eyes , and “ smooth bald crown " — the face of the only person at the wedding banquet ( besides Keats ) not to have been overcome by Lamia and ...
To what themes and issues does he point , “ through and far beyond the outward objects on which his eyes are fixed ? ” After half a century of Ibsen criticism , the best answer to these questions is still to be found in an undergraduate ...
Horace would see all this perfectly clearly with those level eyes of his . And we may suppose that as a subscriber to Rome's high destiny , he even danced and sang a bit , like other patriots , when the news of the fall of Alexandria at ...
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