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 cover topics such as: English and American poetry; Freud, Lacan and Derrida; Popular literature; Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, and Bernard Malamud; Major trends in criticism, since I.A. Richards; Film criticism; 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 survival of reading as an interpretive art.
Geoffrey 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).