Category: Criticism

  • Download E-books Blank Verse: A Guide to Its History and Use PDF

    Blank verse—unrhymed iambic pentameter—is established to many because the type of Shakespeare’s performs and Milton’s Paradise misplaced. considering that its first use in English within the 16th century, it has supplied poets with a strong and flexible metrical line, permitting the construction of a few of the main memorable poems of Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Frost, Stevens, Wilbur, Nemerov, Hecht, and a bunch of others. A protean meter, clean verse lends itself to lyric, dramatic, narrative, and meditative modes; to epigram in addition to to epic. Blank Verse is the 1st ebook in view that 1895 to supply a close examine of the meter’s technical positive aspects and its historical past, in addition to its many makes use of. Robert B. Shaw supplies abundant area and emphasis to the achievements of recent and postmodern poets operating within the shape, a space ignored in the past by way of scholarship.

    With its compact yet inclusive survey of greater than 4 centuries of poetry, Blank Verse is stuffed with useful suggestion for poets of our personal day who might need to aim the shape or increase their mastery of it. Enriched with a number of examples, Shaw’s discussions of verse procedure are vigorous and obtainable, inviting not just to apprentice poets yet to all readers of poetry.

    Shaw’s procedure should still reassure those that locate prosody intimidating, whereas encouraging experts to imagine extra greatly approximately how conventional poetic types should be taught, realized, practiced, and liked within the twenty-first century. along with filling a conspicuous hole in literary heritage, Blank Verse issues the best way forward for poets attracted to exploring clean verse and its multitude of uses.
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  • Download E-books Pride and Prejudice PDF

    By Jane Austen

    One of the main universally enjoyed and popular English novels, Pride and Prejudice used to be penned as a well-liked leisure. however the consummate artistry of Jane Austen (1775–1817) remodeled this bubbling story of rural romance right into a witty, shrewdly saw satire of English nation lifestyles that's now considered as one of many valuable treasures of English language.
    In a distant Hertfordshire village, far flung the great trainer roads of George III's England, a rustic squire of no nice skill needs to marry off his 5 vivacious daughters. on the center of this all-consuming firm are his headstrong moment daughter Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy — fanatics whose delight has to be humbled and prejudices dissolved prior to the unconventional can come to its superb conclusion.
    A choice of the typical center country criteria Initiative.
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  • Download E-books The Classic Fairy Tales (Norton Critical Editions) PDF

    By Maria Tatar

    Fairy stories form our cultures and improve our imaginations; their narrative balance and cultural toughness are incontestable.

    This Norton serious variation collects forty-four fairy stories, from the 5th century to the current. The vintage Fairy Tales specializes in six story forms: "Little crimson using Hood," "Beauty and the Beast," "Snow White," "Cinderella," "Bluebeard," and "Hansel and Gretel," and provides multicultural versions and complex literary rescriptings. additionally reprinted are stories through Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde.

    "Criticism" gathers twelve essays that interpret features of fairy stories, together with their social origins, historic evolution, mental drama, gender matters, and nationwide identities.

    a specific Bibliography is incorporated.
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  • Download E-books Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia PDF

    For the last decade that the tip of the chilly warfare, the realm was once lulled right into a feel consumerist, globalized, peaceable destiny beckoned. the start of the twenty-first century has rudely disposed of such ideas—most evidently via 9/11and its aftermath. yet simply as harmful has been the increase within the West of a trust unmarried version of political habit becomes a world norm and that, if precious, will probably be enforced at gunpoint.
    In Black Mass, celebrated thinker and critic John grey explains how utopian beliefs have taken on a deadly importance within the palms of right-wing conservatives and spiritual zealots. He charts the background of utopianism, from the Reformation during the French Revolution and into the current. And such a lot  urgently, he describes how utopian politics have moved from the extremes of the political spectrum into mainstream politics, dominating the administrations of either George W. Bush and Tony Blair, and certainly coming to outline the political middle. faraway from having shaken off discredited ideology, grey indicates, we're greater than ever in its clutches. Black Mass is a really scary and not easy paintings by way of considered one of Britain’s top political thinkers.
    John Gray is the writer of many severely acclaimed books, together with Straw canines and Al Qaeda and What It potential to Be Modern. a customary contributor to The big apple overview of Books, he's a professor of eu inspiration on the London tuition of Economics.
    In the decade that the tip of the chilly battle, the realm used to be lulled right into a experience peaceable, consumerist, globalized destiny used to be forward. the start of the twenty-first century has rudely disposed of such ideas—most evidently via September 11 and its aftermath. simply as harmful has been the increase within the West of a trust unmarried version of political habit becomes a global norm and that, if helpful, it is going to be enforced at gunpoint.
    In Black Mass, philosopher and critic John grey explains how utopian beliefs have taken on a perilous value within the arms of right-wing conservatives and non secular zealots. He charts the heritage of utopianism, from the Reformation in the course of the French Revolution and into the present. He describes how utopian politics have moved from the extremes of the political spectrum into mainstream politics, dominating the administrations of either George W. Bush and Tony Blair, and coming to outline the political middle. grey means that we have now not shaken off discredited ideology, but we are greater than ever in its clutches.
    "'Modern politics is a bankruptcy within the heritage of religion,' grey, a British thinker, insists during this outspoken assault on utopianism and the ‘faith-based violence’ it has encouraged. heritage, grey writes, bargains no new dawns or sharp breaks, and, from the French Revolution to the conflict on terror, he's as severe of the humanist trust in development as of the ‘belligerent optimism’ of neoconservatives. Sketching the roots of utopianism, he emphasizes the similarities among possible disparate hobbies: radical Islam, he indicates, could top be considered ‘Islamo-Jacobinism.’ Taking the Iraq warfare as an item lesson, he argues for an acknowledgment that the ‘local pieties of Atlantic democracy’ will not be the single technique to govern. Gray’s writing has a bracing clarity."—The New Yorker
    "'Modern politics is a bankruptcy within the background of religion,' grey, a British thinker, insists during this outspoken assault on utopianism and the ‘faith-based violence’ it has encouraged. historical past, grey writes, bargains no new dawns or sharp breaks, and, from the French Revolution to the warfare on terror, he's as serious of the humanist trust in growth as of the ‘belligerent optimism’ of neoconservatives. Sketching the roots of utopianism, he emphasizes the similarities among doubtless disparate hobbies: radical Islam, he indicates, may most sensible be considered ‘Islamo-Jacobinism.’ Taking the Iraq struggle as an item lesson, he argues for an acknowledgment that the ‘local pieties of Atlantic democracy’ are usually not the one approach to govern. Gray’s writing has a bracing clarity." —The New Yorker

    “Gray's Black Mass is a bit Molotov cocktail of a publication, blowing up the types within which we frequently talk about concerns just like the conflict in Iraq and the path of background. Any e-book that herds Robespierre, Lenin, radical Islamists and neoconservatives into one conceptual corral does not lack for audacity. whereas grey covers loads of floor, tracing millenarian considering from early Christianity to the current, he usually units his attractions at the American neoconservative venture to export free-market capitalism and liberal democracy—at the purpose of a gun if worthy . . . the tale line of Black Mass goes like this: Christianity bequeathed to the West the belief of apocalypse, a violent occasion in heritage that transforms every little thing and remakes the realm. that concept wormed its manner into our DNA, to be able to communicate, and has been there ever due to the fact . . . grey isn't the first to determine the Iraq warfare as rooted in a naive right-wing utopianism. what is remarkable is the best way he embeds current political traits in a bigger framework going again to the beginnings of Western tradition . . . [T]he e-book demanding situations and provokes. for many readers, i believe, it is going to inform them issues they did not know.” —Fritz Lanham, Houston Chronicle

    "A limpidly argued and finely written synthesis of Gray's pondering over the last decade or so considering the fact that False Dawn, his very hot and influential examine of globalisation. it isn't a cheering paintings, to assert the least, and Gray's conclusions, even though by no means exaggerated or overstated, are bleak . . . but definitely the right expression of even the bleakest truths is usually invigorating, and any half-sensible reader will come clear of the booklet soberer or even, might be, wiser." —John Banville, The Guardian

    "Gray is correct to scoff on the lost religion in development propounded via Enlightenment philosophers . . . grey reminds us approximately extra old and honest myths, which estimated that our reckless pursuit of data and tool might bring about disaster." —Peter Conrad, The Observer

    "When the trendy pundits of the age of globalization are as forgotten as those that, within the run-up to global conflict I, expected globalization had rendered conflict out of date, John Gray's paintings will nonetheless topic. it really is straight away a reproof and an antidote to the reigning wishful pondering that makes Voltaire's Dr. Pangloss seem like a realist. Gray's paintings has continually been approximately setting apart fact and myth. In Black Mass, grey dissects the best of all political delusions--utopianism--and maps the best way, opposed to all expectancies, it has migrated from left to correct, from communism to neo-conservatism. this is often that rarest of items, a necessary book." —David Rieff

    “Seeing historical past as a revolutionary narrative, specifically one with a utopian finishing, is a convention that has doomed prior civilizations and threatens our personal, argues grey. Having handled the idea that of human development in such prior books as Al Qaeda and What It capacity to Be Modern, the writer sees no cause to revise his middle trust: ‘Human
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  • Download E-books The Substance of Things Heard: Writings about Music (Eastman Studies in Music) PDF

    By Paul Griffiths

    Paul Griffiths bargains his personal own number of a few of his such a lot giant and creative articles and live performance studies from over 3 many years of indefatigable concertgoing worldwide. He reviews on premieres and different vital performances of works through such composers as Elliott Carter, Sofia Gubaidulina, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Steve Reich, in addition to Harrison Birtwistle and different very important British figures. Griffiths vividly conveys the imaginative and prescient, air of secrecy, and idiosyncrasies of in demand pianists, singers, and conductors (such as Herbert von Karajan), and debates altering kinds of acting Monteverdi and Purcell. a selected satisfaction is his reaction to the area of opera, together with Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (six contrasting productions), Pavarotti and Domingo in Verdi at New York's Metropolitan Opera, Schoenberg's Moses and Aaron, and wildly diverse Jonathan Miller models of Mozart's Don Giovanni. From the author's preface: "We can't say what track is. but we're verbal creatures, and try with phrases to forged a web round it, figuring out such a lot of this immaterial stuff will circumvent trap. The tales that persist with conceal a variety of occasions over a interval of significant swap. but the net's objective was once consistently an identical, to capture the substance of items heard. "Criticism has to paintings mostly through analogy and metaphor. this is often no trouble. it really is mostly via such verbal ties that track is associated with different types of adventure, now not least the flora and fauna and the orchestra of our feelings." Paul Griffiths's stories and articles have seemed largely in either Britain (Times, monetary occasions, instances Literary complement) and the us (New Yorker, ny Times). He has written various books on Bartók, Cage, Messiaen, Boulez, Maxwell Davies, twentieth-century tune, opera, and the string quartet, and is the writer of the hot Penguin better half to Classical song. he's additionally writer of the ocean on hearth: Jean Barraqué.
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  • Download E-books Nothing If Not Critical: Selected Essays on Art and Artists PDF

    By Robert Hughes

    From Holbein to Hockney, from Norman Rockwell to Pablo Picasso, from sixteenth-century Rome to Nineteen Eighties SoHo, Robert Hughes seems to be with love, loathing, heat, wit and authority at a variety of artwork and artists, solid, undesirable, earlier and present.
       As artwork critic for Time journal, across the world acclaimed for his learn of contemporary artwork, The surprise of the New, he's possibly America’s most generally learn and favourite author on art.  during this book:  approximately 100 of his best essays at the subject.
       For the realism of Thomas Eakins to the Soviet satirists Komar and Melamid, from Watteau to Willem de Kooning to Susan Rothenberg, here's Hughes—astute, vibrant and uninhibited—on dozens of well-known and not-so-famous artists.  He observes that Caravaggio used to be “one of the hinges of paintings heritage; there has been paintings earlier than him and artwork after him, they usually weren't the same”; he comments that Julian Schnabel’s “work is to portray what Stallone’s is to acting”; he calls John Constable’s Wivenhoe Park “almost the final word on Eden-as-Property”; he notes how “distorted strains of [Jackson] Pollock lie like genes in art-world careers that, one may need notion, had not anything to do with his.”  He is aware how Norman Rockwell made a chook stand nonetheless lengthy adequate to be painted, and what Degas acknowledged approximately good fortune (some types are indistinguishable from panic).
       Phrasemaker par excellence, Hughes is while an incisive and profound critic, not just of specific artists, but additionally of the social context during which artwork exists and is traded.  His clean perceptions of such figures as Andy Warhol and the French author Jean Baudrillard are matched in brilliance via his stinky discussions of the paintings market—its inflated costs and reputations, its harm to the general public area of culture.  there's a brilliant essay on Bernard Berenson, and one other at the unusual, tangled case of the Mark Rothko estate.  And as a finale, Hughes provides us “The SoHoiad,” the mock-epic satire that so amused and pissed off the paintings global within the mid-1980s.
       A meteor of a publication that enlightens, startles, stimulates and entertains.
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  • Download E-books The Portable Henry James (Penguin Classics) PDF

    By Henry James

    Henry James wrote with an imperial splendor of fashion, no matter if his matters have been American innocents or eu sophisticates, incandescent ladies or their lively suitors. His omniscient eye took within the surfaces of towns, the nuances of speech, costume, and demeanour, and, specifically, the microscopic interactions, hesitancies, betrayals, and self-betrayals which are the genuine substance of relationships. The solely new Portable Henry James offers an unheard of variety of this nice physique of labor: seven significant stories, together with Daisy Miller, The flip of the Screw, "The Beast within the Jungle," and "The Jolly Corner"; a sampling of revisions James made to a few of his most renowned paintings; go back and forth writing; literary feedback; correspondences; autobiography; descriptions of the most important novels; and parodies by way of well-known contemporaries, together with T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, and Graham Greene.

    For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more advantageous through introductions and notes via extraordinary students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations by means of award-winning translators.
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  • Download E-books The Complete Critical Guide to Thomas Hardy PDF

    By Geoffrey Harvey

    Thomas Hardy: final of the Victorians, or first of the moderns? nice novelist, yet superb poet? Pre-eminent commentator on a tradition in transition? such a lot of questions encompass the main figures within the English literary canon, yet such a lot books specialise in one point of an author's existence or paintings, or restrict themselves to a unmarried serious method. the full serious advisor to Thomas Hardy is a part of a sequence of complete, basic introductions which: provide uncomplicated details on an author's lifestyles, contexts, and works; define the foremost severe matters surrounding the author's works, from the time they have been written to the current; go away decisions as much as you, by means of explaining the complete variety of frequently very diverse severe perspectives and interpretations; and supply courses to extra studying in each one sector mentioned. This sequence has a extensive concentration yet one very transparent target: to equip readers with the entire wisdom they should make their very own new readings of an important literary texts.

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    'The sequence appears to be like relatively very good - attractively produced, consumer pleasant; and striking price for money' - Ronald Knowles, Reader, collage of analyzing --This textual content refers to an alternative Paperback edition.

    About the Author
    Geoffrey Harvey is the writer of The Romantic culture in sleek English Poetry (1986). he's Senior Lecturer in English on the college of analyzing.
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  • Download E-books TARDIS Eruditorum - An Unauthorized Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 2: Patrick Troughton PDF

    By Philip Sandifer

    This moment quantity of accumulated and elevated posts from the preferred weblog TARDIS Eruditorum bargains a severe heritage of the Patrick Troughton period of healthcare professional Who. gradually monitoring the constructing tale of medical professional Who from its starting to the current day, TARDIS Eruditorum pushes past obtained fan knowledge and dogma to appreciate the tale of general practitioner Who because the tale of a whole line of mystical, avant-garde, and radical tradition in nice Britain: a convey that's surely approximately every thing that has ever occurred, and every little thing that ever will. This quantity makes a speciality of health care provider Who’s intersection with psychedelic Britain and with the novel leftist counterculture of the past due Sixties, exploring its connections with James Bond, social realism, losing acid, and overthrowing the govt. alongside, in fact, with scads of monsters, the creation of UNIT, and the Land of Fiction itself. each essay at the Troughton period has been revised and multiplied, in addition to 8 fresh essays written completely for this accrued version, together with an intensive examine UNIT courting, an exploration of simply what used to be misplaced within the wiping of the lacking episodes, and a glance at Stephen Baxter’s The Wheel of Ice. On best of that, you’ll detect: even if The brain Robber implies another foundation for the health care professional within which he's not a Time Lord yet a lord of whatever else totally. How The Evil of the Daleks finds the secrets and techniques of alchemy. What will be visible on a strolling journey of London’s alien invasions.
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  • Download E-books The Fluxus Reader PDF

    By Ken Friedman

    The Fluxus Reader bargains the 1st entire assessment in this not easy and debatable workforce. Fluxus all started within the Fifties as a free, overseas group of artists, architects, composers and architects. by way of the Nineteen Sixties, Fluxus had develop into a laboratory of rules and an enviornment for creative experimentation in Europe, Asia and the U.S.. defined as 'the so much radical and experimental artwork circulation of the 1960s', Fluxus challenged traditional considering on artwork and tradition for over 4 a long time. It had a vital position within the delivery of such key modern artwork varieties as suggestion paintings, deploy, functionality artwork, intermedia and video. regardless of this impression, the scope and scale of this certain phenomenon have made it tricky to provide an explanation for Fluxus in normative historic and significant phrases.
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