Pigeons on the Grass (Portico Paperbacks Series)

By Wolfgang Koeppen

This is an English translation of a post-war German vintage. The occasions of the radical occur through the process a unmarried day in an unnamed urban in occupied Germany the place the unending drone of allied planes overhead raises the already heightened pressure. all through this robust narrative, the characters' reports eventually demonstrate how and at what rate Germans within the Fifties, through failing to confront their contemporary earlier, blinded themselves to its after results.

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The Birth of Modernism: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, WB Yeats, and the Occult

By Leon Surette

A glance essentially at Ezra Pound and occultism, regardless of the identify. He examines Pound's revisions of Eliot's The wilderness, the Cantos, and diverse Yeats poems ("The Castle", etc.)

From Publishers Weekly
Although W. B. Yeats's participation in seances and spirit manipulation is widely known, critics are inclined to brush aside this as peripheral to his writing. no longer so, in response to Surette, an English professor on the collage of Western Ontario, who perspectives Yeats's poetry as steeped within the occult. an intensive revision of the traditional interpretation of literary modernism, this scholarly, complicated examine argues that Ezra Pound used to be as completely imbued with the occult as Yeats was once. Pound's mentors integrated Yeats and A. R. Orage, a London occultist and Nietzschean from whom Pound imbibed Madam Helena Blavatsky's theosophical knowledge. In Surette's interpreting, Pound's Cantos articulate a theosophical imaginative and prescient of heritage. Surette is much less winning in becoming T. S. Eliot into his overarching thesis that modernism has roots within the occult. He detects pagan, gnostic and Hindu resources in Eliot's The Waste Land , which he reads as an anguished exploration of non secular doubt.
Copyright 1993 Reed company info, Inc. --This textual content refers back to the Hardcover edition.

From ebook News
In an intensive revision of the normal view that literary modernism belongs to 20th-century clinical materialism and that the mythological components in such modernist works because the Waste Land and The Cantos are in basic terms factitious units, Surette records the origins of modernist aesthetics within the occult, displaying that Pound's early intimacy with Yeats used to be dependent mostly on a shared curiosity within the occult sciences, and that The Cantos is a deeply occult paintings. Annotation copyright e-book information, Inc. Portland, Or. --This textual content refers back to the Hardcover edition.

"Surette's research should be a debatable paintings of literary heritage, however it is one who merits recognize for its wide-ranging scholarship, its wit, and the considerate subtlety and discretion with which he offers his difficult thesis." E.F. Harden, selection. "A solid ebook on a good topic. it may, and may, modify the way in which we learn the 20 th century." Chris Scott, The Ottawa Citizen.

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Making of Americans (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

In "The Making of Americans," Gertrude Stein units out to inform "a background of a family's progress," substantially remodeling the conventional family members saga novel to surround her imaginative and prescient of character and mental relationships. because the background progresses over 3 generations, Stein additionally meditates on her personal writing, at the making of "The Making of Americans," and on America.

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Modernism and the Ordinary

By Liesl Olson

Generally literary modernism has been obvious as a flow marked via transcendent epiphanies, episodes of estrangement, and a privileging of the extreme. but modernist writings usually take nice pains to explain the fabric, probably insignificant info of lifestyle. Modernism and the standard upends our perceived notions of the period's literature because it acknowledges simply how pivotal normal actions are to modernist aesthetics.

Through pointed readings of prose and poetry from either the U. S. and in a foreign country, Liesl Olson highlights the diversity of how modernist writers represented the quotidian information of contemporary existence, even in periods of political obstacle and battle. Run of the mill studies like jogging to paintings, consuming a sandwich, or mending a gown have been usually immune to surprise, and those day-by-day activities provided a counter-force to the cultured of heightened impact with which modernism is usually linked. In a sequence of persuasively argued chapters, we see how the normal operates in its many modernist manifestations: the trivialities of list-making and the decidedly unheroic characteristics of Bloom in Joyce's Ulysses; Virginia Woolf's rendering of the standard as an affective adventure in Mrs. Dalloway; the retreat into day-by-day regimen as a safe haven from the tumult of worldwide battle II in Gertrude Stein's Mrs. Reynolds; Wallace Steven's perception of the standard as rooted in pragmatist philosophy; and the way Beckett and Proust are concurrently pressured and repelled through the banalities of recent existence. those works are learn along the guidelines of philosophers similar to William James, Henri Bergson, and Henri Lefebvre to demonstrate how those artists replied to the trouble of representing the mundane with no making it transcendent.

A trenchant, richly textured monograph, Modernism and the standard reveals how the non-transformative energy of daily experiences-what Virginia Woolf referred to as the "cotton wool of day-by-day life"-exerts a profound impression at the epoch-defining artwork of a few of the 20 th century's so much celebrated writers.

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Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic

By Bertolt Brecht

This quantity bargains a big number of Bertolt Brecht's groundbreaking severe writing. right here, prepared in chronological order, are essays from 1918 to 1956, within which Brecht explores his definition of the Epic Theatre and his conception of alienation-effects in directing, appearing, and writing, and discusses, between different works, The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, mom braveness, Puntila, and Galileo. additionally incorporated is "A brief Organum for the Theatre," Brecht's so much whole exposition of his progressive philosophy of drama.

Translated and edited through John Willett, Brecht on Theater is key to an knowing of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot influential dramatists.

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The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry: A Critical Edition

By Ezra Pound, Haun Saussy

First released in 1919 by way of Ezra Pound, Ernest Fenollosa's essay at the chinese language written language has develop into essentially the most frequently quoted statements within the historical past of yank poetics. As edited through Pound, it provides a robust perception of language that maintains to form our poetic and stylistic personal tastes: the concept that poems consist essentially of pictures; the concept the sentence shape with energetic verb mirrors relatives of normal strength. yet earlier versions of the essay characterize Pound's understanding-it is reasonable to claim, his appropriation-of the textual content. Fenollosa's manuscripts, within the Beinecke Library of Yale collage, let us see this essay in a special gentle, as a record of early, sustained cultural interchange among North Americaand East Asia.Pound's modifying of the essay obscured very important beneficial properties, right here restored to view: Fenollosa's come across with Tendai Buddhism and Buddhist ontology, and his hindrance with the measurement of sound in chinese language poetry.This e-book is the definitive serious variation of Fenollosa's vital paintings. After a considerable advent, the textual content as edited by way of Pound is gifted, along with his notes and plates. on the center of the variation is the 1st complete booklet of the essay as Fenollosa wrote it, followed via the various diagrams, characters, and notes Fenollosa (and Pound) scrawled at the verso pages. Pound's deletions, insertions, and changes to Fenollosa's occasionally ornate prose are meticulously captured, allowing readers to stick to the quasi-dialogue among Fenollosa and his posthumous editor. past drafts and comparable talks show the developmentof Fenollosa's rules approximately tradition, poetry, and translation. Copious multilingual annotation is a crucial characteristic of the edition.This masterfully edited booklet could be an important source for students and poets and a place to begin for a renewed dialogue of the a number of resources of yankee modernist poetry.

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Night Office

By Simon Jarvis

"Night workplace is the preliminary ebook from between a small set of lengthy poems for which the collective name is The Calendar. every one poem pertains to the others because the issues, now not in a line, yet of a celebrity: none want be regarded as first or final. every one explores these manners within which the invisible lifetime of the soul throws off from itself tunes, shades, occasions, histories and countries; each one, from verse constraints upon syllable and intonation, works in the direction of the concrete freedoms of poetic considering. evening workplace listens out, via its lengthy white evening, for the silencing of human sounds - as those final doze off into their signs." Simon Jarvis

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The Naked Year

Boris Pilnyak, an immense stylistic strength in twentieth-century Russian literature, by no means shied from controversy.

It was once his novel The bare Year, a flinchingly sincere portrayal of existence in post-Revolutionary Russia, that catapulted Pilnyak into notoriety. The bare Year follows the provincial city of Ordinin via 1919, a yr of struggle, sickness, and tumultuous swap. The village and its inhabitants--merchants, nobles, peasants, and communists alike--experience firsthand the influence of the violent progressive fight of the Reds, Whites, Blacks, and vegetables, until eventually their international finally dissolves into chaos. So lyrical and surreal that it's been known as the "anti-novel," The bare 12 months captures the emotional center of a land trapped within the bad hole 12 months among frenzied Revolution and inflexible Soviet keep watch over

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Homemade Esthetics: Observations on Art and Taste

By Clement Greenberg

Because of his unsurpassed eye and his fearless willingness to take a stand, Clement Greenberg (1909 1994) turned one of many giants of twentieth century artwork feedback a author who set the phrases of severe discourse from the instant he burst onto the scene together with his seminal essays Avant Garde and Kitsch (1939) and in the direction of a more recent Laocoon (1940). during this paintings, which gathers formerly uncollected essays and a chain of seminars brought at Bennington in 1971, Greenberg offers his so much expansive assertion of his perspectives on flavor and caliber in artwork, arguing for an esthetic that flies within the face of present paintings international models. Greenberg insists regardless of the makes an attempt from Marcel Duchamp onwards to flee the jurisdiction of flavor via generating an paintings so disjunctive that it can't be judged that flavor is inexorable.
He argues that criteria of caliber in paintings, the artist's accountability to search out the toughest calls for of a medium, and the critic's accountability to discriminate, are crucial stipulations for nice artwork. The obsession with innovation the epidemic of newness leads, in Greenbergs view, to the boringness of loads avant garde paintings. He discusses the interaction of expectation and shock in aesthetic adventure, and the exalted realization produced by means of nice artwork. Homemade Esthetics permits us relatively within the transcribed seminar classes, by no means sooner than released to observe the critics brain at paintings, protecting (and now and then reconsidering) his theories. His perspectives, frequently arguable, are the checklist of a life of and brooding about artwork as intensely as somebody ever has.

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