By Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari
Strength de Kafka. Politique de Kafka. Déjà les lettres d'amour sont une politique où Kafka se vit lui-même comme un vampire. Les nouvelles ou les récits tracent des devenirs-animaux qui sont autant de lignes de fuite actives. Les romans, illimités plutôt qu'inachevés, opèrent un démontage des grandes machines sociales présentes et à venir. Au second même où il les brandit, et s'en sert comme d'un paravent, Kafka ne croit guère à l. a. loi, à los angeles culpabilité, à l'angoisse, à l'intériorité. Ni aux symboles, aux métaphores ou aux allégories. Il ne croit qu'à des architectures et à des agencements dessinés par toutes les formes de désir. Ses lignes de fuite ne sont jamais un safe haven, une sortie hors du monde. C'est au contraire un moyen de détecter ce qui se prépare, et de devancer les « puissances diaboliques » du proche avenir. Kafka aime à se définir linguistiquement, politiquement, collectivement, dans les termes d'une littérature dite « mineure ». Mais l. a. littérature mineure est l'élément de toute révolution dans les grandes littératures. Kafka est paru en 1975.
Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare? The authorship query has been a lot taken care of in works of fiction, movie and tv, frightening curiosity around the globe. Sceptics have proposed many applicants because the writer of Shakespeare's works, together with Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe and Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. yet why and the way did the authorship query come up and what does surviving proof provide in resolution to it? This authoritative, obtainable and regularly wonderful publication units the talk in its old context and gives an account of its major protagonists and their theories. featuring the authorship of Shakespeare's works on the subject of historiography, psychology and literary concept, twenty-three extraordinary students reposition and increase the dialogue. The publication explores the problems within the mild of biographical, textual and bibliographical proof to carry clean views to an fascinating cultural phenomenon.
By James Wood
Published whilst he was once thirty-three, The damaged Estate is the 1st ebook of essays by way of the fellow who could turn into one among America's such a lot esteemed literary critics. Ranging in topic from Jane Austen to John Updike, this assortment brought American readers to a brand new form of humanist feedback. wooden is dedicated to judging literature via its reference to the soul, its entice our appetites and identities, and he examines his matters conscientiously, with no ever wasting sight of the mysterious human impulse that has made those works important to generations of readers.
By Toni Morrison
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Beloved and Jazz now supplies us a realized, fashionable, and immensely persuasive paintings of literary feedback that can provide to alter the way in which we learn American literature while it opens a brand new bankruptcy within the American discussion on race.
Toni Morrison's impressive discussions of the "Africanist" presence within the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway ends up in a dramatic reappraisal of the fundamental features of our literary culture. She exhibits how a lot the topics of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, trusted the life of a black inhabitants that was once obviously unfree--and that got here to serve white authors as embodiments in their personal fears and desires.
Written with the inventive imaginative and prescient that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent position in glossy letters, Playing within the Dark might be avidly learn by means of Morrison admirers in addition to through scholars, critics, and students of yank literature.
"By going for the yankee literary jugular...she areas her arguments...at the very center of up to date public dialog approximately what it truly is to be authentically and initially American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the opportunity of America."
"Toni Morrison is the nearest factor the rustic has to a countrywide writer."
The ny occasions publication Review
An NYRB Classics Original
Shakespeare, Nietzsche wrote, was once Montaigne’s most sensible reader—a usually wonderful Nietzschean perception, shooting the intimate courting among Montaigne’s ever-changing checklist of the self and Shakespeare’s kaleidoscopic sign in of human personality. and there's no doubt that Shakespeare learn Montaigne—though how commonly is still an issue of debate—and that the interpretation he learn him in used to be that of John Florio, a desirable polymath, man-about-town, and dazzlingly creative author himself.
Florio’s Montaigne is in truth one of many masterpieces of English prose, with a stylistic variety and felicity and passages of deep lingering track that make it similar to Sir Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy and the works of Sir Thomas Browne. This new version of this seminal paintings, edited via Stephen Greenblatt and Peter G. Platt, beneficial properties an adroitly modernized textual content, an essay within which Greenblatt discusses either the resemblances and actual tensions among Montaigne’s and Shakespeare’s visions of the area, and Platt’s advent to the lifestyles and instances of the extreme Florio. Altogether, this e-book presents a outstanding new adventure of not only yet 3 nice writers who ushered within the smooth global.
By Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin was once essentially the most unique cultural critics of the 20th century. Illuminations includes his perspectives on Kafka, with whom he felt an in depth own affinity; his reviews on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. additionally integrated are his penetrating learn "The murals within the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," an enlightening dialogue of translation as a literary mode, and Benjamin's theses at the philosophy of history.
Hannah Arendt chosen the essays for this quantity and introduces them with a vintage essay approximately Benjamin's existence in darkish occasions. additionally integrated is a brand new preface through Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's persevered relevance for our occasions.
By John Updike
WINNER OF THE nationwide booklet CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
“Writing feedback is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to crusing within the open sea,” writes John Updike in his Foreword to this choice of literary concerns. however the sailor doth protest an excessive amount of: This assortment starts someplace close to deep water, with a flotilla of brief fiction, humor items, and private essays, or even the least of the experiences here—those that “come approximately and draw even towards the land with one other nine-point quotation”—are special by means of a novelist’s type, perception, and accuracy, not only floor sparkle. certainly, as James Atlas commented, the main significant severe articles, on Melville, Hawthorne, and Whitman, exit so far as Updike’s fiction: they're “the kind of bold scholarly reappraisal no longer noticeable during this nation because the loss of life of Edmund Wilson.” With Hugging the Shore, Michiko Kakutani wrote, Updike confirmed himself “as an important and enduring severe voice; certainly, because the pre-eminent critic of his generation.”
Known for depicting alienation, frustration, and the victimization of the person by way of impenetrable bureaucracies, Kafka's works have given upward push to the time period Kafkaesque. This encyclopedia information Kafka's lifestyles and writings. incorporated are greater than 800 alphabetically prepared entries on his works, characters, family and friends, topics, and different themes. many of the entries cite works for additional analyzing, and the Encyclopedia closes with a particular, common bibliography.