Literary Criticism
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Heart of Darkness: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism
Heart of Darkness
An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0393955524
Earthway: A Native American Visionary's Path to Total Mind, Body and Spirit Health
A Native American Visionary's Path to Total Mind, Body and Spirit Health
Paperback      ISBN: 0671706675
A mindbodyspirit guide to achieving wholeness covers diet, lifestyle, natural medicine, dream interpretation, and much more. Reissue.
Aspects of the Novel
Aspects of the Novel
Paperback      ISBN: 0156091801
A series of 9 lectures covering the story, plot, characterization, and pattern and rhythm in the novel
The Oxford Companion to American Literature
The Oxford Companion to American Literature
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195065484
A completely revised edition of a standard reference work covers the movements, authors, genres, critics, awards, and many other aspects of American literature, and includes nearly two hundred new entries, many covering female and ethnic writers. UP.
A Poetry Handbook
A Poetry Handbook
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0156724006
Offers advice on reading and writing poetry, and discusses imitation, sound, the line, poem forms, free verse, diction, imagery, revision, and workshops
U and I: A True Story
U and I
A True Story
Paperback      ISBN: 0679735755
The author discusses the influence of John Updike on his novels, explains what features of Updike's writings he finds most attractive, and examines the life of a writer
Writing for Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds
Writing for Your Life
A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds
Paperback      ISBN: 0062506129
In the tradition of Annie Dillard and Natalie Goldberg, this resource for writers and non-writers alike shows the act of writing to be a dynamic means of knowing, healing, and creating the body, mind, and spirit.
Selected Short Stories
Selected Short Stories
Paperback      ISBN: 014044243x
A collection of the author's most characteristic stories portrays life in nineteenth century France
The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays
The Dialogic Imagination
Four Essays
Paperback      ISBN: 029271534x
These essays reveal Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)—known in the West largely through his studies of Rabelais and Dostoevsky—as a philosopher of language, a cultural historian, and a major theoretician of the novel. The Dialogic Imagination presents, in superb English translation, four selections from Voprosy literatury i estetiki (Problems of literature and esthetics), published in Moscow in 1975. The volume also contains a lengthy introduction to Bakhtin and his thought and a glossary of terminology. Bakhtin uses the category "novel" in a highly idiosyncratic way, claiming for it vastly larger territory than has been traditionally accepted. For him, the novel is not so much a genre as it is a force, "novelness," which he discusses in "From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse." Two essays, "Epic and Novel" and "Forms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novel," deal with literary history in Bakhtin's own unorthodox way. In the final essay, he discusses literature and language in general, which he sees as stratified, constantly changing systems of subgenres, dialects, and fragmented "languages" in battle with one another.
Discourse and the Construction of Society: Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification
Discourse and the Construction of Society
Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification
Paperback      ISBN: 0195079094
In this bold theoretical work, Bruce Lincoln explores the ways in which myth, ritual, and classification hold human societies together--and how, in times of crisis, they can be used to take a society apart and reconstruct it. Without overlooking the role of coercive force in the maintenance (or overthrow) of social structures, Lincoln argues his thesis with compelling illustrations drawn from such diverse areas as Platonic philosophy, the Upanishads of India, ancient Celtic banquets, professional wrestling, and the Spanish Civil War. This wide-ranging interdisciplinary study--which draws on works in history, semiotics, anthropology, sociology, classics, and indology--offers challenging new insights into the complex dynamics of social cohesion and change.