Category Archives: Criticism

Individualism, Decadence and Globalization: On the Relationship of Part to Whole, 1859-1920 (Language, Discourse, Society)

Starting with a frequent definition of Decadence as whilst person elements flourish on the price of the entire, Regenia Gagnier - a number one cultural historian of overdue nineteenth-century Britain - exhibits the entire variety of meanings of individualism on the peak of its promise.

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La difficulté d'être

By Jean Cocteau

The Contextual lifestyles evaluation quote:

Jean Cocteau, who died on the age of seventy four in 1963, was once a guy of many talents—a poet, a novelist, a filmmaker, and an artist. He wrote the libretto for Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and used to be most sensible recognized for his 1929 novel Les Enfants Terribles and the 1946 movie model good looks and the Beast. After his dying, in 1965, he used to be named the Honorary President of the Cannes movie Festival.

I as soon as learn that if you’re in a rut, artistic or another way, you might want to learn a biography of somebody who did good things. Benjamin Franklin involves brain, as does any social flow chief, but if I observed the trouble of Being, Cocteau’s number of biographical essays—written in 1947— i used to be curious to understand what this polymath had thought of lifestyles. As I thumbed in the course of the reproduction within the book shop, i spotted that the bankruptcy headings learn like Montaigne: “On conversation,” “On my style,” “On friendship,” “On death,” and “On beauty” are only a few.

In his advent to Melville House’s Neversink Library version, Geoffrey O’Brien, a critic and the Editor-in-Chief of the Library of the USA, notes that the ebook is written in “a temper of indifferent self-examination” and that Cocteau “makes himself his personal portraitist … decided to determine a few easy definitions.” He is going directly to say, “It is such a lot essentially a piece of feedback, during which through paying shut awareness to his personal writing strategy he creates a unique form of writing, opaque and deliberate.”

From my very own studying, i discovered a poignancy in lots of of the questions Cocteau seeks to reply to and the observations he places at the web page. here's a very small choice of what's an excellent read—whether you decide to move from disguise to hide or open at will.

my experiment at three hundred dpi, OCR'd, no ISBN

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Shakespeare: An Introduction: Ideas in Profile

By Paul Edmondson

Ideas in Profile: Small Introductions to important Topics

Shakespeare is the world's maximum author. during this full of life and authoritative advent, Paul Edmondson provides Shakespeare afresh as a dramatist and poet, and encourages us to take possession of the works for ourselves as phrases to be spoken in addition to mentioned. We get a large feel of what his lifestyles was once like, his wealthy language, and fabulous cultural legacy. We seize glimpses of Shakespeare himself, how he wrote and spot what his works suggest to readers and theatre practitioners. especially, we see how Shakespeare tackled the largest subject matters of humanity: energy, heritage, struggle and love.

Shakespeare pupil Paul Edmondson publications us in the course of the most vital questions round Shakespeare and within the procedure reminds us simply why he's so celebrated within the first place.

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Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media

By Giuliana Bruno

What is where of materiality—the expression or of actual substance—in our visible age of swiftly altering fabrics and media? How is it shaped within the arts or manifested in digital varieties? In Surface, cultural critic and theorist Giuliana Bruno deftly explores those questions, trying to comprehend materiality within the modern world.
 
Arguing that materiality isn't a query of the fabrics themselves yet really the substance of fabric family members, Bruno investigates the gap of these relatives, interpreting how they seem at the floor of other media—on movie and video displays, in gallery installations, or at the skins of structures and folks. the article of visible reviews, she contends, is going way past the picture and engages the skin as a spot of touch among humans and artwork items. As Bruno threads via those floor encounters, she unveils the materials of the visual—the textural features of artistic endeavors, no matter if manifested on canvas, wall, or monitor. Illuminating the fashionable floor , she notes how façades have gotten digital displays and the artwork of projection is reinvented on gallery partitions. She traverses the sunshine areas of artists Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Tacita Dean, and Anthony McCall; touches at the textured surfaces of Isaac Julien’s and Wong Kar-wai’s filmic monitors; and travels around the floor materiality within the architectural practices of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Herzog & de Meuron to the paintings of Doris Salcedo and Rachel Whiteread, the place the skin rigidity of media turns into concrete. In acting those severe operations at the floor, she articulates it as a website within which assorted kinds of mediation, reminiscence, and transformation can take place.
 
Surveying item relatives throughout paintings, structure, style, layout, movie, and new media, Surface is a magisterial account of latest visible culture.

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The Complete Critical Guide to Thomas Hardy

By Geoffrey Harvey

Thomas Hardy: final of the Victorians, or first of the moderns? nice novelist, yet perfect poet? Pre-eminent commentator on a tradition in transition? such a lot of questions encompass the most important figures within the English literary canon, yet such a lot books specialize in one point of an author's existence or paintings, or restrict themselves to a unmarried serious strategy. the entire severe advisor to Thomas Hardy is a part of a sequence of entire, undemanding introductions which: provide uncomplicated details on an author's lifestyles, contexts, and works; define the key severe concerns surrounding the author's works, from the time they have been written to the current; go away decisions as much as you, through explaining the total variety of usually very various severe perspectives and interpretations; and provide courses to extra examining in every one zone mentioned. This sequence has a large concentration yet one very transparent objective: to equip readers with the entire wisdom they should make their very own new readings of the most important literary texts.

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'I proceed to discover the Readers' courses fundamental for instructing - they honestly provide scholars a feeling of feedback having a history' - Professor Rachel Bowlby, collage of York

'The sequence appears quite first-class - attractively produced, consumer pleasant; and remarkable price for money' - Ronald Knowles, Reader, college of analyzing --This textual content refers to another 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 collage of studying.

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The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King

By Stanley Wiater, Christopher Golden, Hank Wagner

The myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in truth, one international, one universe. here's the guide to that universe.
The entire Stephen King Universe is the one definitive reference paintings that examines all of Stephen King's novels, brief tales, films, miniseries, and teleplays, and deciphers the threads that exist in all of his paintings. This final source contains in-depth tale analyses, personality breakdowns, little-known proof, and startling revelations on how the plots, subject matters, characters, and conflicts intertwine.
After gaining knowledge of The entire Stephen King Universe, you are going to by no means learn Stephen King a similar approach again.

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Short History of the Shadow (Reaktion Books - Essays in Art and Culture)

Stoichita's compelling account untangles the background of 1 of the main enduring demanding situations to beset Western paintings - the depiction and meanings of shadows.

"discriminating, encouraged interrogation ... surprising analysis"—Marina Warner, Tate Magazine

"Ambitious and a excitement to learn ... a completely precious book."—Times larger Education Supplement

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The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy

By Michael Foley

In a wry tackle how modern tradition is antithetical to happiness, Michael Foley paints a philosophical yet highly unique portrait of the cultural landscape—and comes up smiling

The excellent news is that the good thinkers from heritage have proposed an identical techniques for happiness and fulfillment—the undesirable information is that those become the very issues so much discouraged via modern tradition. This knotty limitation is the topic of Michael Foley's wry and obtainable research into how the fascinating states of health and wellbeing and delight are continually undermined through glossy life. He examines the elusive situation of happiness universal to philosophy, religious teachings, and modern psychology, then indicates how those have gotten more and more tricky to use in a global of excessive expectancies. the typical demanding situations of incomes a residing, retaining a courting, and getting older have gotten battlegrounds of existential angst and self-loathing in a tradition that calls for conspicuous intake, high-octane partnerships, and perpetual formative years. eventually, instead of denouncing and rejecting the age, Foley provides an exciting technique of not only accepting yet embracing today's world—finding happiness in its absurdity.

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Stephen King: America's Storyteller

By Tony Magistrale

This research of the paintings of Stephen King explores the quite American fears and foibles that King has celebrated, condemned, and usually tested during his wildly profitable career.

• offers separate chapters on significant works of Stephen King, together with The Shining, The Stand, It, Dolores Claiborne, and The darkish Tower

• encompasses a chronology of Stephen King's existence and 40-year career

• bargains a concluding interview with Stephen King

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Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field

By Helen Armstrong

The titles in our best-selling layout short sequence are hugely praised by way of picture layout scholars, educators, and execs around the globe as important assets. each one fantastically designed, reasonable quantity bargains a concise evaluate of a layout fundamentalthe hows of layout. yet as such a lot pro designers will inform you, a entire schooling additionally calls for an figuring out of the whys of layout perform. Graphic layout Theory offers groundbreaking, basic texts from crucial ancient and modern designthinkers. From Aleksandr Rodchenko's "Who we're: Manifesto of the Constructivist crew" to Kenya Hara's "Computer expertise and Design," this crucial quantity offers the required starting place for modern serious vocabulary and notion.

Graphic layout Theory is equipped in 3 sections: "Creating the sphere" strains the evolution of photograph layout over the process the early 1900s, together with influential avant-garde rules of futurism, constructivism, and the Bauhaus; "Building on good fortune" covers the mid- to past due 20th century and considers the overseas sort, modernism, and postmodernism; and "Mapping the long run" opens on the finish of the final century and comprises present discussions on legibility, social accountability, and new media. awesome colour photographs illustrate all the events mentioned and exhibit the continuing dating among concept and perform. a quick statement prefaces each one textual content, offering a cultural and old framework during which the paintings will be evaluated. Authors comprise such influential designers as Herbert Bayer, Lszl Moholy-Nagy, Karl Gerstner, Katherine McCoy, Michael Rock, Lev Manovich, Ellen Lupton, and Lorraine Wild. extra gains contain a timeline, word list, and bibliography for additional interpreting. a must have survey for graduate and undergraduate classes in layout historical past, conception, and modern concerns, Graphic layout Theory invitations designers and readers of all degrees to plunge into the area of layout discourse.

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