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- DescriptionWinner of the 2006 Truman Capote Prize for Literary Achievement Geoffrey Hartman's interests range over almost the entire field of contemporary literature and culture. In this, the first Reader of his work, significant essays reflect his abiding interest in English and American poetry, focusing t only on Romanticism but also on the transition from early modern to modern and including reflections on the radical elements in artistic representation. Hartman, whose book on Wordsworth changed our understanding of that poet, brings theory and close reading together. A major consideration of Freud is accompanied by intensive analyses of Lacan and Derrida, and a psychoesthetic theory of literary genesis is proposed. Popular literature is examined through the American detective vel; Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, and Bernard Malamud are brought together in an examination of realism; the premodern mode of midrashic interpretation is reintroduced to literary study; and major trends in criticism, including trauma studies, receive attention. Hartman's assessment of the media revolution and cultural studies is represented by shorter pieces of film criticism as well as his classic essays on 'Public Memory and its Discontents' and 'Tele-Suffering and Testimony' - the latter also describes a pioneering effort to collect on video the experiences of Holocaust survivors. This anthology is both highly readable and, because of its range and intellectual vigour, essential for all those concerned with the fate of the humanities and the future of literary criticism. Features *Leading US critic of contemporary literature and culture, particularly in the areas of poetry, Romanticism, trauma studies, public culture, pedagogy, and literary theory and criticism *Selection ranges across Geoffrey Hartman's illustrious career with the readings organised into six thematic parts *Publication coincides with the 50th anniversary of Geoffrey Hartman's first published book
- Author BiographyGeoffrey Hartman is Emeritus Professor of English at Yale University. He has led a distinguished academic career and is widely known for his work on Romanticism, the interpretation of poetry, literary theory and the Holocaust. His many publications include The Unmediated Vision: An Interpretation of Wordsworth, Hopkins, Rilke and Valery (Yale University Press, 1966), Beyond Formalism (Yale University Press, 1970), The Fate of Reading (University of Chicago Press, 1975), Criticism in the Wilderness (Yale University Press, 1980), Saving the Text: Literature/Derrida/Philosophy (JHUP, 1981), Easy Pieces (Columbia University Press, 1985), The Unremarkable Wordsworth (University of Minnesota Press, 1987), Minor Prophecies: The Literary Essay in the Culture Wars (Harvard University Press, 1991), The Longest Shadow: In the Aftermath of the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 1998), The Fateful Question of Culture (Columbia University Press, 1997) A Critic's Journey: Literary Reflections 1958-1998 (Yale University Press, 1999) and Scars of the Spirit: The Struggle Against Inauthenticity (Palgrave, 2002) Daniel T. O'Hara is the first Mellon Term Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of English at Temple University. He is the author and editor of seven books in critical theory and modern literatue, including the latest, Empire Burlesque: The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America (Duke, 2003).
- PublisherEdinburgh University Press
- Date of Publication21/10/2004
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationEdinburgh
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEdinburgh University Press
- Weight700 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byDaniel T. O'Hara,Geoffrey H. Hartman
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