E. M. Forster’s renowned guide to writing sparkles with wit and insight for contemporary writers and readers. With lively language and excerpts from well-known classics, Forster takes on the seven elements vital to a novel: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm. He not only defines and explains such terms as “round” versus “flat” characters (and why both are needed for an effective novel), but also provides examples of writing from such literary greats as Dickens and Austen. Forster’s original commentary illuminates and entertains without lapsing into complicated, scholarly rhetoric, coming together in a key volume on writing that avoids chronology and what he calls “pseudoscholarship.”
Northrop Frye - Anatomy of Criticism
Striking out at the conception of criticism as restricted to mere opinion or ritual gesture, Northrop Frye wrote this magisterial work proceeding on the assumption that criticism is a structure of thought and knowledge in its own right. Employing examples of world literature from ancient times to the present, he provides a conceptual framework for the examination of literature. In four brilliant essays on historical, ethical, archetypical, and rhetorical criticism, he applies "scientific" method in an effort to change the character of criticism from the casual to the causal, from the random and intuitive to the systematic. Harold Bloom contributes a fascinating and highly personal preface that examines Frye's mode of criticism and thought (as opposed to Frye's criticism itself) as being indispensable in the modern literary world.
David Lodge - The Art of Fiction
The articles with which David Lodge entertained and enlightened readers of the Independent on Sunday and the Washington Post are now revised, expanded and collected together in book form. The art of fiction is considered under a wide range of headings, such as the Intrusive Author, Suspense, the Epistolary Novel, Time-shift, Magic Realism and Symbolism, and each topic is illustrated by a passage or two taken from classic or modern fiction. Drawing on writers as diverse as Henry James and Martin Amis, Jane Austen and Fay Weldon and Henry Fielding and James Joyce, David Lodge makes accessible to the general reader the richness and variety of British and American fiction.
Séllei Nóra - Lánnyá válik, s írni kezd
Séllei Nóra újra kiadott könyve (első kiadás: 1999.) a 19. századi angol irodalom történetének azt a folyamatát elemzi, amelynek során megjelentek a regényírónők, és artikulálódni kezdett egy jellegzetesen női hang. A kötet hat, nálunk is ismert múlt századi regény értelmezéseit tartalmazza (Jane Austen: A Klastrom titka, Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre, Emily Brontë: Üvöltő szelek, George Eliot: A vízimalom, Elizabeth Gaskell: A kisváros). Az elemzések elsősorban azt a kérdést teszik fel a regényeknek, hogy miként viszonyulnak a regényirodalom már meglévő paradigmáihoz, miként fogalmazzák azokat újra, melyek azok a pontok, ahol eltérnek a meglévő műfajok sajátosságaitól, és mi ezeknek az eltéréseknek a jelentősége – elsősorban abból a szempontból, hogy ezen változások által milyen tekintetben váltak a rendelkezésre álló fiktív terek lakhatóvá, lakhatóbbá az írónők narratívái számára, milyen mértékben váltak az átírt paradigmák alkalmassá arra, hogy más – a női szempontoknak jobban helyet adó – történetek fogalmazódhassanak meg. Mivel ezek a regények igen szorosan kötődnek a 19. századi angol kultúrához és társadalomhoz, bizonyos rétegeik értelmezéséhez elengedhetetlenül támaszkodni kellett a kultúra tágabb fogalmaira és jelenségeire is. Séllei Nóra (1961– ) a Debreceni Egyetem Brit Kultúra Tanszékén tanít. Kutatási területe a 19. és 20. századi angol írónők. További könyvei: Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf: A Personal and Professional Bond (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1996.), Tükröm, tükröm …: Írónők önéletrajzai a 20. század elejéről és Mért félünk a farkastól? Feminista irodalomszemlélet itt és most (mindkettő: Debrecen: Kossuth Egyetemi Kiadó, 2001., 2007.), A másik Woolf: Kulturális (ön)reflexivitás Virginia Woolf harmincas évekbeli szövegeiben (Debrecen: Debreceni Egyetemi Kiadó, 2012.).
A. S. Byatt - Degrees of Freedom
Examines Iris Murdoch's early works of fiction and main philosophical ideas, relating the two and providing an insight into the larger dimensions of the novels. Byatt's survey groups and interrelates the novels, picks out recurrent themes and presents the key ideas.
J. R. R. Tolkien - The Story of Kullervo
The world first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the powerful story of a doomed young man who is sold into slavery and who swears revenge on the magician who killed his father. Kullervo son of Kalervo is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. ‘Hapless Kullervo’, as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny. Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruellest of fates. Tolkien wrote that The Story of Kullervo was ‘the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own’, and was ‘a major matter in the legends of the First Age’; his Kullervo was the ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. In addition to being a powerful story in its own right, The Story of Kullervo – published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work, The Kalevala, is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.
Frank Kermode - The Sense of an Ending
Frank Kermode is one of our most distinguished critics of English literature. Here, he contributes a new epilogue to his collection of classic lectures on the relationship of fiction to age-old concepts of apocalyptic chaos and crisis. Prompted by the approach of the millennium, he revisits the book which brings his highly concentrated insights to bear on some of the most unyielding philosophical and aesthetic enigmas. Examining the works of writers from Plato to William Burrows, Kermode shows how they have persistently imposed their "fictions" upon the face of eternity and how these have reflected the apocalyptic spirit. Kermode then discusses literature at a time when new fictive explanations, as used by Spenser and Shakespeare, were being devised to fit a world of uncertain beginning and end. He goes on to deal perceptively with modern literature with "traditionalists" such as Yeats, Eliot, and Joyce, as well as contemporary "schismatics," the French "new novelists," and such seminal figures as Jean-Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett. Whether weighing the difference between modern and earlier modes of apocalyptic thought, considering the degeneration of fiction into myth, or commenting on the vogue of the Absurd, Kermode is distinctly lucid, persuasive, witty, and prodigal of ideas.
Ismeretlen szerző - A Companion to Jane Austen Studies
Jane Austen significantly shaped the development of the English novel, and her works continue to be read widely today. Though she is best known for her novels, "Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, " and "Persuasion," she also wrote poems, letters, prayers and various pieces of juvenalia. These writings have been attracting the attention of scholars; her major works have already generated a large body of scholarly and critical studies. This reference is a guide to her works and the response to them. Austen's works are fraught with ambiguity. Because she was adept at displaying numerous aspects of an issue, her writings invite multiple interpretations. In light of the ambiguity of her texts, each of her major works is approached from a reader-response perspective, in which an expert contributor illuminates the reader's relationship to her writing. And because so many readers have had such varied responses to her novels, the volume also includes chapters summarizing the critical response to each of her major works. In addition, the book includes separate chapters on her poems, letters, and prayers.
Umberto Eco - Sulla letteratura
Questa raccolta di scritti può essere vista come una naturale continuazione delle "Sei passeggiate nei boschi narrativi". Si tratta infatti di discorsi rivolti in genere a un pubblico abbastanza vasto e vertono tutti sulle funzioni della letteratura, su autori che Eco ha frequentato a lungo, sull'influenza di alcuni testi più o meno letterari sullo sviluppo degli eventi storici, su alcuni problemi tipici del narrare e su alcuni concetti chiave della scrittura "creativa". In alcuni di questi, e specialmente nell'ultimo ("Come scrivo"), Eco sceglie come esempio e oggetto di riflessione la sua stessa attività di narratore, ma anche i saggi in cui non parla direttamente di sé gettano una luce sul suo fare letterario.
Sonja Longolius - Tony Kushner's "Angels in America"
Scholary Paper aus dem Jahr 2004 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, einseitig bedruckt, Note: 1, Freie Universität Berlin (John-F.-Kennedy Institut), 15 Eintragungen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Englisch, Abstract: Much has been written about the homosexual and political playwright Tony Kushner. Interestingly, not so much has been said about his Jewish background and its impact on his dramatic work. Especially, his most acknowledged play "Angels in America - A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" which is mainly set in New York City "this strange place, in the melting pot where nothing melted" as Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz observes in the first scene of "Millennium Approaches", is highly concerned with Judaism in general and American Jewry in particular. Naturally, different readings of Kushner's two-part play are possible. Nevertheless, it is crucial to reveal and analyze the importance of the Jewish tone and setting in "Angels in America" to fully understand Kushner's complex work. Kushner picks out the topic of religion and traditional heritage in our secular, modern world as one of his central themes. As Hilary de Vries wrote in her Chicago Tribune critique, "Kushner credits much of his interest in religion to his family background as part of the little known but thriving Jewish community in [Lake Charles] Louisiana." When Kushner moved to New York City in 1974, the Jewish population of the city was over one million making it the largest Jewish community in the world. Even though "Kushner struggles with an ambivalence toward Judaism due to homophobic traditions within his faith," as James Fisher stated, he nevertheless strongly connects to his own Eastern European roots. Kushner's ambivalence is that of American Jewry in general, being torn between the modern, secular society and historical ties to ethnic and religious identity. This dilemma is put forward through the play's fine-nuanced Jewish characters. Furthermore, the play circles around general religious allegories, which origins can be traced back to writings of Judaism, such as the Old Testament and the Kabbalah, as well as to Christian traditions.
Huszka Árpád - Kontra Ferenc írói munkássága
A monográfia Kontra Ferenc Márai Sándor- és József Attila-díjas író művészetének alakulását, harmincöt év termését a kezdetektől napjainkig veszi szemügyre. Elsőrendű feladatának a tizenkilenc kötet, regények és novellák értelmezés útján történő újraolvasását, megszólaltatását tekinti. Az áttekintés tudományos kontextusai közé a kortárs recepció, a kreatív írás gyakorlata, a társadalmi-művészi közeg, a szövegek intertextuális horizontja, a felülírás/újraírás és néhány életrajzi aspektus tartozik. A monográfia részletes bibliográfiát, szakirodalmat és gazdag képanyagot tartalmaz, nemcsak fotókat, hanem az életmű fontosabb dokumentumait, az idegen nyelvű publikációkat is.
Ismeretlen szerző - York Notes on Emma
York Notes offer a fresh and accessible approach to English Literature. This market-leading series meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.
Fritz Gesing - Kreatív írás
A könyv azoknak a kezdőknek segít, akik szeretnék bedolgozni magukat az írás művészetébe, de számos értékes tanácsot és ösztönzést kínál tapasztaltaknak és „profiknak” is. Kreatív írás bevezet a regény- és történetírás technikáiba, alapszabályokat oszt meg az olvasóval, és beszédes példákkal támasztja alá ezeket a világirodalomból. Az írás kétségkívül mesterség és titok szimbiózisa... A titkok területén csak találgathatunk, a mesterség ezzel szemben tanulható..." Fritz Gesing klasszikussá vált alapműve, a Kreatív írás, bevezet a regény- és történetírás technikáiba, alapszabályokat oszt meg az olvasóval, és beszédes példákkal támasztja alá ezeket a világirodalomból. Emellett sok praktikus tanácsot, illetve ötletet ad az írási problémák megoldásához. Alkalmas lehet egyéni tanulmányokra, de írói kurzusok, tanfolyamok számára is tan- és munkakönyvként szolgálhat.
Gabriele Schwab - The Mirror and the Killer-Queen
Gabriele Schwab revitalizes debates about literature's cultural function by exploring literary experience as an encounter with otherness. Drawing on literary theory, anthropology, and psychoanalysis, Schwab contends that literature facilitates contact with cultures that may seem foreign to us. At the same time, literature can render the familiar strange, and foreground what a culture tends to repress. At its best, literature challenges the very boundaries of the culture from which it emerges. Schwab's readings of writers such as Hawthorne, Faulkner, Joyce, Lewis Carroll, Djuna Barnes, Marguerite Duras, and John Cage demonstrate the centrality of aesthetics and the literary to studies of otherness and cultural contact.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Iconology of Gender II.
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.
David Colbert - The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman
After exploring the worlds of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Narnia, David Colbert turns his eye to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. From the philosophy of William Blake and John Milton's poem Paradise Lost to quantum physics and the Bible, this book reveals the complex origins and controversial themes that make Pullman's trilogy a modern marvel in literature.
Dean R. Koontz - Writing Popular Fiction
No matter what you write, this book offers the chance to perfect your craft while earning an income, building your reputation, and experiencing the encouragement of seeing your work in print. Dean Koontz demonstrates how the writing of popular fiction is a pleasurable, worthwhile experience.
Terry Eagleton - Literary Theory: An Introduction
A quarter of a century on from its original publication, Literary Theory: An Introduction still conjures the subversion, excitement and exoticism that characterized theory through the 1960s and 70s, when it posed an unprecedented challenge to the literary establishment. Eagleton has added a new preface to this anniversary edition to address more recent developments in literary studies, including what he describes as the growth of a kind of anti–theory , and the idea that literary theory has been institutionalized. Insightful and enlightening, Literary Theory: An Introduction remains the essential guide to the field. 25th Anniversary Edition of Terry Eagleton s classic introduction to literary theory First published in 1983, and revised in 1996 to include material on developments in feminist and cultural theory Has served as an inspiration to generations of students and teachers Continues to function as arguably the definitive undergraduate textbook on literary theory Reissue includes a new foreword by Eagleton himself, reflecting on the impact and enduring success of the book, and on developments in literary theory since it was first published
David Colbert - The Magical Worlds of the Lord of the Rings
Why are Tolkien's Elves tall? Which monster attacked Tolkien in real life? What legend inspired the creation of Gollum? In his masterpiece _The Lord of the Rings_ J. R. R. Tolkien drew upon a lifetime of knowledge to create the fantastical world of Middle-earth, a place that has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. _The Magical Worlds of The Lord of the Rings_ tells the stories behind Tolkien's stories. From dwarves and elves to King Arthur and Beowulf, the book explores the ancient myths and legends that inspired Tolkien, as well as the ideas and events that sparked his incredible imagination.