On Literature

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Author: Hillis Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134507607

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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Debates rage over what kind of literature we should read, what is good and bad literature, and whether in the global, digital age, literature even has a future. But what exactly is literature? Why should we read literature? How do we read literature? These are some of the important questions J. Hillis Miller answers in this beautifully written and passionate book. He begins by asking what literature is, arguing that the answer lies in literature's ability to create an imaginary world simply with words. On Literature also asks the crucial question of why literature has such authority over us. Returning to Plato, Aristotle and the Bible, Miller argues we should continue to read literature because it is part of our basic human need to create imaginary worlds and to have stories. Above all, On Literature is a plea that we continue to read and care about literature.

Women and Literature in Britain, 1700-1800

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Author: Vivien Jones

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521586801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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This book, first published in 2000, is an authoritative volume of new essays on women's writing and reading in the eighteenth century.

A History of Roman Literature

From Livius Andronicus to Boethius : with Special Regard to Its Influence on World Literature

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Author: Michael von Albrecht

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004107090

Category: Latin literature

Page: 1

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African Oral Literature

Functions in Contemporary Contexts

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Author: Russell Kaschula

Publisher: New Africa Books

ISBN: 9781919876078

Category: Folk literature, African

Page: 285

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Throughout Africa, oral literature is flourishing, though it is perceived by some as anachronistic to the modern world. This work refutes this idea in its entirety by presenting 22 chapters, which firmly place the study of oral literature within contemporary African existence. The study analyzes how oral literature relates to media, music, technology, text, gender, religion, power, politics and globalization.

Concise Encyclopedia of the Original Literature of Esperanto, 1887-2007

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Author: Geoffrey Sutton

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 1595690905

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 728

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A unique work of international reference with more than 300 individual articles on the most important authors, this resource tells the fascinating story of the development of the literature from its humble beginnings in 1887 to its worldwide use in every literary genre today.

The Chronology of American Literature

America's Literary Achievements from the Colonial Era to Modern Times

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Author: Daniel S. Burt

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618168217

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 805

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Ranging from the colonial era to the present day, this authoritative reference encompasses the full range of American literary developments as it spotlights major and popular works of fiction, nonfiction, plays, and poetry; biographical profiles of authors; literary journals; and other trends, themes, award winners, and more.

A History of Finland's Literature

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Author: George C. Schoolfield

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803241893

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 877

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The literature of Finland is bilingual, with lively and extensive traditions in both Finnish and Swedish. This history covers both literary traditions in detail. The volume?s first section, on Finnish-language literature, consists of a series of connected chapters by leading authorities within the field. It opens with a consideration of the folk literature in Finnish that flourished during the Middle Ages and then examines the more recent history of Finnish-language literature, with special emphasis placed on writings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The second part of the book provides an examination of Finland?s Swedish-language literature from the late fifteenth century through the early nineteenth century. Subsequent chapters trace developments in Finland?s Swedish-language literature during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A survey of children?s literature?from both the Finnish- and Swedish-language traditions?concludes this exceptionally thorough volume.

African Oral Literature

Backgrounds, Character, and Continuity

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Author: Isidore Okpewho

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253207104

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 392

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"... its pages come alive with wonderful illustrative material coupled with sensitve and insightful commentary." —Reviews in Anthropology "... the scope, breadth, and lucidity of this excellent study confirm that Okpewho is undoubtedly the most important authority writing on African oral literature right now... "Â —Research in African Literatures "Truly a tour de force of individual scholarship... "Â —World Literature Today "... excellent... " —African Affairs "... a thorough synthesis of the main issues of oral literature criticism, as well as a grounding in experienced fieldwork, a wide-ranging theoretical base, and a clarity of argument rare among academics."Â —Multicultural Review "This is a breathtakingly ambitious project... "Â —Harold Scheub "... a definitive accounting of the evidence of living oral traditions in Africa today. Professor Okpewho's authority as an expert in this important new field is unrivaled." —Gregory Nagy "Isidore Okpewho's ÂAfrican Oral Literature is a marvelous piece of scholarship and wide-ranging research. It presents the most comprehensive survey of the field of oral literature in Africa." —Emmanuel Obiechina "... a tour de force of scholarship in which Okpewho casts his net across the African continent, searching for its verbal forms through voluminous recent writings and presents African oral literature in a new voice, proclaiming the literariness of African folklore." —Dan Ben-Amos "This is an outstanding book by a scholar whose work has already influenced how African literature should be conceived.... Professor Okpewho is a scholar with a special talent to nurture scholarship in others. After this work, African literature will never be the same."Â —Mazisi Kunene Isidore Okpewho, for many years Professor of English at the University of Ibadan, is one of the handful of African scholars who has facilitated the growth of African oral literature to its status today as a literary enterprise concerned with the artistic foundations of human culture. This comprehensive critical work firmly establishes oral literature as a landmark of high artistic achievement and situates it within the broader framework of contemporary African culture.

What is World Literature?

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Author: David Damrosch

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691049861

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

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World literature was long defined in North America as an established canon of European masterpieces, but an emerging global perspective has challenged both this European focus and the very category of "the masterpiece." The first book to look broadly at the contemporary scope and purposes of world literature, What Is World Literature? probes the uses and abuses of world literature in a rapidly changing world. In case studies ranging from the Sumerians to the Aztecs and from medieval mysticism to postmodern metafiction, David Damrosch looks at the ways works change as they move from national to global contexts. Presenting world literature not as a canon of texts but as a mode of circulation and of reading, Damrosch argues that world literature is work that gains in translation. When it is effectively presented, a work of world literature moves into an elliptical space created between the source and receiving cultures, shaped by both but circumscribed by neither alone. Established classics and new discoveries alike participate in this mode of circulation, but they can be seriously mishandled in the process. From the rediscovered Epic of Gilgamesh in the nineteenth century to Rigoberta Mench�'s writing today, foreign works have often been distorted by the immediate needs of their own editors and translators. Eloquently written, argued largely by example, and replete with insightful close readings, this book is both an essay in definition and a series of cautionary tales.