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Parables of Disfiguration

Parables of Disfiguration

79, Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature
Reason and Excess from Romanticism to the Avant-Garde
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Parables of Disfiguration examines literary and cinematic texts from the Romantic period forward, offering fresh perspectives on the vicissitudes of reason and excess - seen as moments leading to a seizure by sophia (wisdom). Reading canonical works by Percy Bysshe Shelley, but also less familiar poems such as The Revolt of Islam, Robert Eisenhauer draws attention to a series of transits involving the operation of chance and the playful distortions of the scholarly anagram. Hart Crane and Walt Whitman are seen pursuing Dionysiac vocations in the attempt to advance a poetics of melancholy anatomy. Fellini's landmark film La Dolce Vita recuperates or «re-Vamps» Roman and more exotic (American) character-types, while parabolically excavating ancient names. Further essays are devoted to William Burroughs's representation of the Arab underclass (with reference to the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz), Edward Dorn's Heideggerian epic Gunslinger, the city in twentieth-century utopian vision, and the concept of the ephemeral in modernist aesthetics. Parables of Disfiguration concludes by reading Wallace Stevens's wintry and complex «Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird» tropically - in the context of haiku verse, the Yucatán, Hunter Thompson's «Gonzo» journalism, Plutarch, and an exquisite vehicle combining excess with vindictive righteousness, the Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle.

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Autor: Robert Eisenhauer
ISBN-13: 9780820478876
ISBN: 0820478873
Einband: Buch
Seiten: 404
Gewicht: 733 g
Format: 236x154x30 mm
Sprache: Englisch
Autor: Robert Eisenhauer
The Author: Robert Eisenhauer received his Ph.D. in comparative literature and German from The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Mythology of Souls (Peter Lang, 1987), Mythic Paradigms in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts (Lang, 2004), and Paradox and Perspicacity (Lang, 2005), as well as articles, reviews, and notes in Paideuma, The Lessing Yearbook, Glyph, and MLN. He is the author of The Maya Railroad (1995), Sidereal Daylight (1997), and Hellas Borders (1999), poetic texts based on travels in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. He is currently working on Winterrules (due out summer 2005).

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Autor: Robert Eisenhauer
ISBN-13:: 9780820478876
ISBN: 0820478873
Erscheinungsjahr: 17.06.2005
Verlag: Lang, Peter
Gewicht: 733g
Seiten: 404
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch, 236x154x30 mm