The Vienna Paradox
Paperback ISBN: 0811215717
Salted with b&w family photos, the memoir of the literary critic (humanities, emerita, Stanford U.) revisits her cultural roots in pre-war Vienna. Perloff writes that she asked herself: What does it mean to place High Culture on a pedestal, as her upper-class Jewish community did? How did that culture relate to politics and ethnicity? And what happened to Viennese culture when it was forced to assimilate to the democracy of the United States a democracy deeply suspicious of distinctions between "high" and "low" unless they are the clear-cut distinctions of wealth? The result juxtaposes literary text, historical information, personal anecdote, family memoir, and critical speculation. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
What Makes This Book So Great
Paperback ISBN: 0765331942
"As any reader of Jo Walton's Among Others might guess, Walton is both an inveterate reader of SF and fantasy, and a chronic re-reader of books. In 2008, then-new science-fiction mega-site Tor.com asked Walton to blog regularly about her re-reading--about all kinds of older fantasy and SF, ranging from acknowledged classics, to guilty pleasures, to forgotten oddities and gems. These posts have consistently been among the most popular features of Tor.com. Now this volumes presents a selection of the best of them, ranging from short essays to long reassessments of some of the field's most ambitious series. Among Walton's many subjects here are the Zones of Thought novels of Vernor Vinge; the question of what genre readers mean by "mainstream"; the underappreciated SF adventures of C. J. Cherryh; the field's many approaches to time travel; the masterful science fiction of Samuel R. Delany; Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children; the early Hainish novels of Ursula K. Le Guin; and a Robert A. Heinlein novel youhave most certainly never read. Over 130 essays in all, What Makes This Book So Great is an immensely readable, engaging collection of provocative, opinionated thoughts about past and present-day fantasy and science fiction, from one of our best writers"--
William Blake and the Digital Humanities
Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media
Paperback ISBN: 1138858528
William Blake’s work demonstrates two tendencies that are central to social media: collaboration and participation. Not only does Blake cite and adapt the work of earlier authors and visual artists, but contemporary authors, musicians, and filmmakers feel compelled to use Blake in their own creative acts. This book identifies and examines Blake’s work as a social and participatory network, a phenomenon described as zoamorphosis, which encourages — even demands — that others take up Blake’s creative mission. The authors rexamine the history of the digital humanities in relation to the study and dissemination of Blake’s work: from alternatives to traditional forms of archiving embodied by Blake’s citation on Twitter and Blakean remixes on YouTube, smartmobs using Blake’s name as an inspiration to protest the 2004 Republican National Convention, and students crowdsourcing reading and instruction in digital classrooms to better understand and participate in Blake’s world. The book also includes a consideration of Blakean motifs that have created artistic networks in music, literature, and film in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries, showing how Blake is an ideal exemplar for understanding creativity in the digital age.
Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing
Paperback ISBN: 0767929918
A compendium of interviews with leading African-American writers commemorates the stories that inspired their careers while paying tribute to the life-shaping potential of literacy, in an anthology that includes contributions by such names as Edward P. Jones, Nikki Giovanni and Edwidge Danticat. Original.
Xenophon the Socratic Prince
The Argument of the Anabasis of Cyrus
Hardcover ISBN: 1137333308
"The Anabasis of Cyrus is Xenophon's counterpart to Machiavelli's Prince. The work explores the political life at its peak, examining whether morality and advantage can be reconciled in and through rule. Of the three model rulers presented in the work, the most important is Xenophon himself. He is depicted as leaving his teacher Socrates to become the leader of Ten Thousand Greek mercenaries. How did his Socratic education help him reconcile morality with advantage? The Anabasis is an exciting chronicle of the march to "The Sea! The Sea!" It is also a searching analysis of the political significance of the Socratic education as well as an introduction to the comparative merits of the political and the philosophic lives"--
Yet One More Spring
A Critical Study of Joy Davidman
Paperback ISBN: 080286936x
Joy Davidman (19151960) is probably best known today as the woman that C. S. Lewis married in the last decade of his life. But she was also an accomplished writer in her own right -- an awardwinning poet and a prolific book, theater, and film reviewer during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Yet One More Spring is the first comprehensive critical study of Joy Davidmans poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Don King studies her body of work -- including both published and unpublished works -- chronologically, tracing her development as a writer and revealing Davidmans literary influence on C. S. Lewis. King also shows how Davidmans work reflects her religious and intellectual journey from secular Judaism to atheism to Communism to Christianity. Drawing as it does on a cache of previously unknown manuscripts of Davidmans work,Yet One More Spring brings to light the work of a very gifted but largely overlooked American writer.