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Comparative Criticism

Comparative Criticism

Volume 18. Spaces: Cities, Gardens and Wildernesses


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Geoffrey H. Hartman, Anne Barton, John Dixon Hunt, Robert Crawford, Edwin Morgan, Gerald Gillespie, Patrick Michael Thomas, George Steiner, Betsy Rosenberg, Michael Sapir, Thor Ewing, Mona Anis, Nigel Ryan, Douwe Fokkema, J. J. White, Simon James, Nicholas Crowe
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  • Date Published: November 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521571487

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  • This volume, first published in 1996, addresses literary theory and criticism, comparative studies in terms of theme, genre movement and influence, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Geoffrey Hartman, one of the major comparatists of this period, whose subtle phenomenological readings have transformed Romantic studies in English, gives a lapidary account of those poets of the Holocaust Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs, whose refusal of traditional imagery is a last fragile link with it. The twentieth anniversary of the founding of the British Comparative Literature Association in 1975 at Norwich is also marked, with the publication of the plenary papers from the Seventh Triennial Congress held in Edinburgh in 1995. Anne Barton opens on the strange 'Wild Man' figure who haunts the literary and iconographical spaces of Europe, with notable examples in Shakespeare's Caliban and Timon; John Dixon Hunt counters with the civilized garden that is staked out and continuously retheorized in the midst of the forest wilderness.

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    • Date Published: November 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521571487
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Frontispeice: L'Abbé Lorrain de Valmont Curiositez de la Nature et de l'Art, 1705
    Editor's introduction: Spaces: an overview
    Part I. Cities, Gardens and Wildernesses: 'Breaking with every star': on literary knowledge Geoffrey H. Hartman
    The wild man in the forest Anne Barton
    Paragone in paradise: translating the garden John Dixon Hunt
    Native language Robert Crawford
    The city in poetry Edwin Morgan
    The city of wo/man: labyrinth, wilderness, garden Gerald Gillespie
    The troubadour, the shaman and the palace lady: the cross-currents of desire Patrick Michael Thomas
    Part II. Literature, Translation and Performance: What is comparative literature? An inaugural. Weidenfeld Visiting Professorship of European Comparative Literature, 1994–5, University of Oxford George Steiner
    Winners of the 1994 BCLA translation competition: First prize: Corinna 'Revelation' a novella, translated from the Hebrew by Betsy Rosenberg with an introduction by Michael Sapir
    Second prize: 'The Atli Lay' ad 'The Hamthir Poem', translated from the Old Norse with an introduction by Thor Ewing
    Eleven stars over Andalusia: eleven poems translated from the Arabic by Mona Anis and Nigel Ryan
    Part III. Essay Reviews: Orientalism, cccidentalism, and the notion of discourse: arguments for a new cosmopolitanism. On Edward Said's Orientalism and Chen Xiaomei's Occidentalism: a Theory of Counter-Discourse in Post-Mao China Douwe Fokkema
    Heroic modernism: on Christopher Butler's Early Modernism: Literature, Music and Painting in Europe 1900-16 J. J. White
    Books and periodicals received, compiled by Simon James: Bibliography of Comparative Literature in Britain and Ireland compiled by Nicholas Crowe.

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    E. S. Shaffer


    Geoffrey H. Hartman, Anne Barton, John Dixon Hunt, Robert Crawford, Edwin Morgan, Gerald Gillespie, Patrick Michael Thomas, George Steiner, Betsy Rosenberg, Michael Sapir, Thor Ewing, Mona Anis, Nigel Ryan, Douwe Fokkema, J. J. White, Simon James, Nicholas Crowe

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