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161. May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson
by Alan Nadel
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162. Wooden Eyes
by Carlo Ginzburg, Martin H. Ryle
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"I am a Jew who was born and who grew up in a Catholic country; I never had a religious education; my Jewish identity is in large measure the result of persecution." This brief autobiographical statement is a key to understanding Carlo Ginzburg´s interest in the topic of his latest book: distance. In nine linked essays, he addresses the question: "What is the exact distance that permits us to see things as they are?" To understand our world, suggests Ginzburg, it is necessary to find a balance between being so close to the object that our vision is warped by familiarity or so far from it that the distance becomes distorting. Opening with a reflection on the sense of feeling astray, of familiarization and defamiliarization, the author goes on to consider the concepts of perspective, representation, imagery, and myth. Arising from the theme of proximity is the recurring issue of the opposition between Jews and Christians -a topic Ginzburg explores with an impressive array of examples, from Latin translations of Greek and Hebrew scriptures to Pope John Paul II´s recent apology to the Jews for antisemitism. Moving with equal acuity from Aristotle to Marcus Aurelius to Montaigne to Voltaire, touching on philosophy, history, philology, and ethics, and including examples from present-day popular culture, the book offers a new perspective on the universally relevant theme of distance. ... Read more

163. The Columbia Literary History of the United States
by Emory Elliott
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For the first time in four decades, there exists an authoritative and up-to-date survey of the literature of the United States, from prehistoric cave narratives to the radical movements of the sixties and the experimentation of the eighties.This comprehensive volume -one of the century's most important books in American studies -extensively treats Hawthorne, Melville, Dickinson, Hemingway, and other long-cherished writers, while also giving considerable attention to recently discovered writers such as Kate Chopin and to literary movements and forms of writing not studied amply in the past. Informed by the most current critical and theoretical ideas, it sets forth a generation's interpretation of the rise of American civilization and culture. Thecontains essays by today's foremost scholars and critics, overseen by a board of distinguished editors headed by Emory Elliott of Princeton University. These contributors reexamine in contemporary terms traditional subjects such as the importance of Puritanism, Romanticism, and frontier humor in American life and writing, but they also fully explore themes and materials that have only begun to receive deserved attention in the last two decades. Among these are the role of women as writers, readers, and literary subjects and the impact of writers from minority groups, both inside and outside the literary establishment. ... Read more

164. Managing Literacy, Mothering America: Women's Narratives on Reading and Writing in the Nineteenth Century (Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy and Culture)
by Sarah Robbins
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165. Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture
by Dana Gioia
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Catlog: Book (1992-09-01)
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In 1991, Dana Gioia's provocative essay "Can Poetry Matter?" was published in the Atlantic Monthly,and received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. In his book, Gioia more fully addressed the question: Is there a place for poetry to be part of modern American mainstream culture? Ten years later, the debate is as lively and heated as ever. Graywolf is pleased to re-issue this highly acclaimed collection in a handsome new edition, which includes a new Introduction by distinguished critic and poet, Dana Gioia.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Poetry Makes Nothing Happen
The title essay repeats arguments made by Joseph Epstein, John Aldridge, and many others over the years that literary culture has retreated to the university and lost its public appeal. Poetry has degenerated into a subculture and, at its worst, a counterculture. Gioia (Joy-a) closes his arguments with six sober proposals for revitalizing poetry, all of which merit consideration.

Given that Gioia was vice president of General Mills for fifteen years, it isunsurprising that he would be drawn to poets who, like himself, and unlike the bulk of poets today, made their own way in the world. By earning a living in the commercial world rather than through subsidized poetry programs or the kindness of strangers, he has much in common with William Carlos Williams (pediatrician), T. S. Eliot (banker), Wallace Stevens (corporate lawyer), and Ted Kooser (insurance). "Business and Poetry" is the most interesting essay here, except that it contains one of Gioia's few false notes. In describing suicide and alcoholism as fairly typical to American poets, he implies that poetry itself leads to self-destruction, which is not so much analysis as it is melodrama.

Yet the subject is fascinating, and I have often wondered how Eliot and Stevens balanced the aggression of the business world with an art that by definition makes nothing happen. Gioia shores up appreciation for other poets who for various reasons have been out of fashion: the forgotten Robinson Jeffers, the neglected Weldon Kees, sci-fi novelist Tom Disch, and the unknown Hoosier poet Jared Carter.

In the quest to revitalize poetry, Gioia is sympathetic to the New Formalist school, whose methods have included a return to high critical standards and the intellectual rigors of rhyme, meter, and narrative. This comes after decades of dominance by free verse, much of which has been undisciplined and sentimental. The worst of Robert Bly, for example, Gioia takes to task for asking the reader "to experience more emotion than the poet generates."

This leads to my last point that Gioia's criticism, aside from being charitable and measured, teaches something about criticism and about how to read and judge poetry. It does so, moreover, in a plain, accessible style that fulfills one of his goals for poetry: that it reach a broader audience and win back the intelligent, reading public.

4-0 out of 5 stars An insightful book
The title essay in this book is by far the most important.It's well worth at least checking this book out from a library just to read that first essay.As a poet in an MFA program, I am currently experiencing the severance from the rest of society and alienation from literary criticism that Gioia describes so well.He's right on target.I'm not sure about some of his prescriptions for moving poetry back into public interest (i.e. reading from the work of other poets at one of your own readings), but the fact that he is able to articulate poetry's problems so well should at least get writers thinking about our own solutions.Incidentally, the rest of the essays do decline in quality through the course of the book, but I nevertheless found the final essay on New Formalism worthwhile.I actually didn't know much about the movement other than some mildly disparaging remarks made by various professors during workshop, so Gioia's perspective was refreshing.

4-0 out of 5 stars opening essays of book are essential reading for our age
The Kirkus review of "Can Poetry Matter?" is pretty much right on target.The opening essays of the book are a necessary (and necessarily condemnatory) critique on the current state of poetry in America.The articles on Kees, Jeffers, etc., are less impressive, and the review reprints which end the book are even less so.Still, the strength of the first few essays outweighs these drawbacks. ... Read more

166. What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Daniel Mark Epstein
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Poet, playwright, and translator Daniel Mark Epstein certainly has the right background to understand and evaluate poet, playwright, and translator Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)--though Millay didn't write biographies. Readers of Epstein's Sister Aimee and Nat King Cole will recognize the intense personal engagement the author brings to his task. He's not afraid to express an almost physical fascination for his subjects, which is especially appropriate for the flamboyant Millay, who insisted on the right to take as many lovers as she pleased and to write about them in some of the greatest erotic poetry in American verse. Epstein focuses on that poetry, deciphering the affairs that fueled it and elucidating the boldly iconoclastic, almost cynical acceptance of love's fleeting nature that informs it. (Of the last sonnet in A Few Figs from Thistles, with its notorious putdown, "I shall forget you presently, my dear / So make the most of this, your little day," he remarks: "For a woman, not yet thirty, to compose and market such a poem... was a scandal, an alarm, and a red flag to censors.") While the Edna St. Vincent Millay who emerges in Nancy Milford's Savage Beauty is indelibly shaped by her upbringing, particularly her relationship with her mother and sisters, Epstein's Millay is a self-created goddess of love and literature. It's fascinating to compare these two biographies, published nearly simultaneously and each with considerable merits. Milford's lengthy book, the product of three decades of research, is lavish with details and comprehensive in scope. Epstein's more selective work excels in cogent summaries and forcefully stated opinions. Either book will satisfy readers with an interest in Millay or American literature; really passionate aficionados of the art of biography will want to read both. --Wendy Smith ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars What Lips My Lips Have Kissed.....
Mr. Epstein's passion for his subject was the first attractor for me upon reading this well written, intriguing biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay, specifically focusing on her very tumultuous love life and the poetry which was birthed due to her romantic and [physical relations].

The prose reads like Mr. Epstein has fallen in love with Edna just as the many men in her path fell in love with her.

I also found the diversions which came later (like the horse Chaladon) and her well known descent into alcoholism and drug addiction were very compelling to dive into: I would have appreciated more of these times, although the limited documentation available would explain why there isn't more information here.

This book does its job well: makes me more curious about Edna St. Vincent Millay: from her poetry, her plays and her life outside the written word.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific reading
Daniel Mark Epstein brings a special understanding to Edna St Vincent Millay's biography by virtue of being a poet himself. I think that's why this book is in many ways superior to the Nancy Mitford book.

Edna St Vincent Millay was not only a great person of words, but a great seductress and everyone, male and female alike, fell under her spell. Apparently, accordingly to this book, she managed to live up to their expectations quite well. Mr Epstein matches the love poems to the folks they were written for and gives the details of the various affairs. It may not sound interesting, but it is quite interesting - especially since M's Millay seemed to have a weakness for men who were not quite as talented as she was. The background behind "Fatal Interview" and the story of her (apparently) one love she lost before_she_ was ready to is quite an interesting read by itself.

Mr Epstein focuses on M's Millay as sort of a self made goddess and how her various affairs shaped her writing. M's Mitford focuses on how M's Millay's relationship with her mother shaped her life. Both of these are very interesting and I'd advise reading them consecutively and draw your own conclusions. In some respects, I think Mr Epstein is correct in what he presumes, but the same can be said of M's Mitford.

Throw yourself into the words and life of Edna St Vincent Millay - you'll find yourself awash with her beautiful poetry and prose and this book will help you make sense out of it.

4-0 out of 5 stars enamored of Millay
Daniel Mark Epstein, like so many men of her own time, is obviously enamored of Edna St. Vincent Millay. He urges that she be restored to the "canon",although her work has not been lauded in recent years.

The intense, highly emotional poet comes alive in the pages of his well-researched book. She comes to us as a rebel, determined to live on her own terms, to make love with the freedom of a man,to explore the ecstatic heights of feeling. (Shelley, the author tells us, was her idol.)

A central point that I feel Epstein misses is that, although she may have escaped the feminine role dictated by conventions of her time, she did not escape her own compulsion to make the search for love the driving force of her actions. Her poetry also has as its overriding theme, romantic and sexual love. For this reason she missed achieving stature as a great poet. Even though she possessed a great facility for language, her works are too limited in scope.

Her eventual descent into alcoholism and drug addiction can serve as a cautionary tale against the wild self-indulgence and perpetual adolescence that plagued Millay. It must be said, however, that her verbal gifts were so great that even in the midst of her addled despair in later life, she was able still to produce, although the work then was of lesser quality.

Kudoes for Epstein's carefully researched, comprehensive biography.

4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Survey of This Poet's Life
This biography was a fast and furious read, due to the great anecdotes as well as the tightly-written analysis. Ms. Millay's life was a whirlwind and many heretofore unknown facts and episodes are revealed, adding richness to the typical chronological description of this writer's life. Ms. Millay was more than a writer, she was a full-blown creative personality, in a time when to do so as a woman from a modest background was virtually unheard of. Even for those who do not know her poems or do not usually read literary biography, this book documents a fascinating woman's life and is well worth picking up.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a GREAT READ!!!
This compellingly readable, lushly evocative biography focuses on the lovers and the love affairs that inspired Millay's best-known poetry. While Millay capitalized on her public image as a jazz-age "free spirit"--reckless, heedless and enjoying every minute-- her life story reads like a great, tragic Romantic novel.
Millay's hardscrabble childhood in turn-of-the(20th)-century Maine is so vividly conjured in Epstein's story, you can just about smell the smoke from the cast iron stove as she careens between the crushing responsibility of caring for her younger sisters and the imaginative escape she forged through music, theater and poetry. Through a combination of sly manipulation, talent and sheer luck, Millay went from being an arty local eccentric to a national celebrity--the cynosure of the Manhattan literary scene--at the age of 20, virtually overnight. The seemingly incongruous combination of her porcelain-doll looks and unabashedly passionate (yet formally rigorous) poetry acted like catnip for her contemporaries, men and women alike: she looked like an angel, behaved like a libertine, and packed an intellectual wallop equal to that of any man. Epstein describes the compulsive pace at which, during the height of her poetic production, Millay conducted many, often simultaneous, love affairs, lavishing indifference on the legions who worshipped her image and reputation, and suffering agonizing unrequited passion for the (relatively few) others.
By focusing on the most significant affairs and linking them (with impressive use of both painstaking scholarship and critical insight)to specific poems, Epstein incisively portrays the emotional pitch of the time without getting bogged down in endless lists of names, dates and locations. By crafting the narrative in this way, Epstein selects and contextualizes Millay's own words and documented actions to show--not tell-- how both physical illness and a likely manic-depressive disorder spiralled under the pressure to live up to her own legend. This is masterful storytelling, through and through.
Much as she was rescued, "deus ex machina" from an small-time life in Maine by a dowager patroness, Millay was rescued again in 1923, this time from life-threatening illness and despondency by a real-life Romantic hero (a Belgian Mr. Darcy?), whom she had the good sense to marry. While he set aside his own business to support her work and to shelter her from the strain of public and critical scrutiny, their idyllic rural marriage scenario stultified her creativity. Millay's dogged pursuit (with her husband's active consent) of an affair with a reluctant younger man is affectingly portrayed as a desperate, unconsciously delusional act of self-abasement in the service of her own (fading) sexual persona and the poetry which that persona had always sponsored so reliably. And it worked: great sonnets happened, albeit at no small cost. The waning of this affair, plus a series of illnesses and accidents, provided a host of pretexts for Millay's descent into astoundingly heavy-duty drug addiction and alcoholism. Epstein conveys the wrenching pathos of her repeated struggles to overcome these addictions, with--and, later, without-- her husband's devoted help. Set into this context, excerpts from her journals and letters illuminate a more richly layered, genuine and fragile Millay than other biographies even begin to approach.
Epstein--a highly accomplished poet himself--thankfully resists the temptation to psychoanalyze, sensationalize or turn Millay's life story into a morality tale. Instead, this beautifully-written, insightful and engaging feat of storytelling captures the essence of a real-life Romantic spirit who made poetry the only way she knew how--by living it. ... Read more

167. El Cuento Hispanoamericano
by Seymour Menton
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente compilacion de cuentos
Este es un libro tan completo que hace unos años era requerido como lectura obligada en los cursos de literatura en muchas escuelas de México. Es sumamente interesante dado que incluye a las corrientes mas representativas de la literatura latinoamericana como el boom y el realismo mágico. Es un libro excelente que con cuentos cortos nos presenta a los escritores clave de estas corrientes. Una lectura indispensable para quien desea introducirse en la literatura latinoamericana sin gastar una fortuna. ... Read more

168. Barriers Between Us: Interracial Sex In Nineteenth-century American Literature (Blacks in the Diaspora)
by Cassandra Jackson
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169. Home Fronts: Nineteenth-Century Domesticity and Its Critics (New Americanists)
by Lora Romero
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170. Unspeakable Shaxxxspeares : Queer Theory and American Kiddie Culture
by Richard Burt
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Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares is a savvy look at the wide range of adaptations, spin-offs, and citations of Shakespeare’s plays in 1990s popular culture. The Bard has permeated contemporary film, television, video, and electronic media such as Internet Websites and CD-ROMs in direct translation, interpretation, and as a cultural icon. While we may be familiar with Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptations of the plays, what does it say about our culture when Shakespearean references turn up in television episodes of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, films like In and Out and My Own Private Idaho, and hardcore porn adaptations of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet? Instead of lamenting this unusual dissemination of Shakespeare from a position of literary authority, Burt reads the reception of these often quite bad replays in relation to contemporary youth culture and the "queering" of Shakespeare. Documenting a fascinating array of Shakespearean citations that are so far from their originals that they no longer count as interpretations of the plays, Burt considers what Shakespeare enables American popular culture to do that it couldn’t otherwise do without him and scrutinizes academic fantasies about fandom and stardom. This book puts Shakespeare studies on the front burner of popular culture.
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5-0 out of 5 stars To Burt or not to Burt
Shakespeare is constantly present in all our lives, in films, books and songs. However, Shakespeare is more omnipresent than you first thought, as Richard Burt's book proves. By first examining direct representations of the great Bard, such as the most recent Romeo and Juliet, he then takes us on a literary journey through Hollywood and American popular culture via Shakespeare. In the last decade Shakespeare has not only become accepted, he has almost become cool, as we have seen in the wide variety of spin-offs and adaptations. Burt examines what this not only means to our culture but what it represents about our culture. From the more obvious queering of Shakespeare (indeed his sexuality has been studied , as long as literature has been studied),to his representation in pornography, and finally to the way in which he has been bastardized (bardized) in the current spate of "teen" movies. Not only do we see what this means to the youth of today, we also see how much impact Shakespeare has on our generation. All literary scholars should agree that literature relies on re-interpretation and re-examing the work which we study. Burt brings a new and refreshing light to a subject that could well have become irrelevant to American culture. This book is both fascinating and insightful, how else would I have learnt of films such as Tromeo and Juliet, which make Shakespeare what he should be, new and exciting. So to all those who doubt the validity of such a quest, i.e. redefining Shakespeare in terms of kiddie culture or queer theory, go back to you're stuffy old librarys and let the dust settle upon you. Shakespeare is back, this is the sequel, and its better than ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Burt provides a treasure trove of pop culture references
Richard Burt has managed to write an academic text which is at once thorough and a pleasure to read. Dr. Burt's style is easily accessible while still offering an intellectual's view of all things Shakespearean. This book's vision of modern Shakesperiotics demonstrates just how far reaching "the Bard" can be. The depth of Burt's considerations of Queer Theory and adult films is impressive and well documented, but his real strength is the breadth of his scholarship, as he lists and discusses allusions, citations, and spinoffs found throughout American culture. This volume should not be missed by casual viewers of popular culture or interested academic followers of Shakespeare.

5-0 out of 5 stars Witty and moving analysis of Shakespeare's fate in media
One doesn't usually expect to find oneself laughing when reading a book of criticism written by an academic, much less a book on Shakespeare. But Burt's book is frequently just that, funny to the point of making me laugh out loud. Burt has a refreshingly off-beat sense of humor, and the materials he has discovered--such as an adult movie version of Hamlet--aer themselves often hilarious as well, though not always intentionally so. But far from being just a laugh riot, the book is also a serious, critically sophisticated analysis of Shakespeare's fate incontemporary mass media, where much of hte lnagugae is cut or confined to well-known quotations. Burt's final chapter on films about teaching Shakespeare is quite moving, and Burt has the courage to raise difficult questions without pretending he is able to answer them. He is right to think that the questions are more important than the answers. Burt is to be congratulated for writing his book in a clear and engaging prose style without sacrificing the complexity of his thought.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pioneering book
In his wonderful and fascinating book Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares, Richard Burt, the leading scholar of Shakespeare and film studies, pioneers research into the manifold ways Shakespeare enters into American popular culture. Concentrating mostly on film but attending as well to television sit-coms, Burt offers penetrating insight into everything from mainstream adaptations of Shakespeare to "low" spin-offs in which Shakespeare's language almost entirely disappears. Burt explores both what film and mass media have done to Shakespeare and also what Shakespeare enables our culture to do trhough film and other electronic media. Readers intersted in this book will be happy to know that Burt has since edited a related collection entitled Shakespeare After Mass Media and has co-edited Shakespeare, the Movie II.

1-0 out of 5 stars Merely Telling, Not Showing
In the least scathing word I can think of, Richard Burt is inimitable. On to the bash. Come on, someone has to stand up to the plate and do it! He represents and produces the academic filth and corruption that have come to characterize this modern world. He is a bottomless black hole who uses his pretentious charm and intelligence (and devilish good looks) as forces to draw in impressionable young people to his vile inner recesses. His outer core is his classroom teaching world, where he pretends to know more than he does, and when he knows he's wrong, he doesn't dare admit it for fear of losing his pathetic reputation. And his innermost core is represented by a website entitled He's like one of those little sucker fish attached to the underbellies of larger fish, trying in vain to extract some salient substance - but he fails every time. Give it up, Burt.

That aside, let's talk about the book. Although there is some legitimate research behind this book of his, where is the scholarship? Not once in this disaster of a book does he make fully accessible any of the concepts he presumes to know about. References to film and literature are well organized, but his writing doesn't show anything, any grander synthesis of ideas - it is merely an exercise is being pretentious and self-serving. Queer thoery is a fascinating subject, but Burt's frequent dry humor is very demeaning to it and waters it down a great deal. Stick to teaching, Professor Burt (as scary as that sounds to me), forget writing. ... Read more

171. Literary Trail of Greater Boston: A Tour of Sites in Boston, Cambridge and Concord
by Susan Wilson
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Modeled after the famous Freedom Trail, Boston's new Literary Trail spans three hundred years and writers ranging from Cotton Mather to John Updike. In the nineteenth century, Boston was the cultural center, intellectual hub, and literary mecca of the United States. Among the heroes of this era were such household names as Louisa May Alcott, Thoreau, Longfellow, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Julia Ward Howe. The great arc linking Boston, Cambridge, and Concord was also the spawning ground for such giants of the modern era as Kahlil Gibran, Willa Cather, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost, Eugene O'Neill, e. e. cummings, and a remarkable number of others.

This unusual guidebook features lively snippets of the writers' own works along with short essays by well-known contemporary writers, including Julia Child on Fannie Farmer, David McCullough on Francis Parkman, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on W.E.B. Du Bois, and Jane Langton on the "importance of whiskers."

The Literary Trail encompasses both walking and driving tours, the latter by car, public transportation, and Literary Tour buses. Among the landmarks "off the beaten path" are Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge (Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many others), Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain (e. e. cummings and Anne Sexton), and Sleepy Hollow in Concord (Hawthorne, Emerson, and the Alcotts).
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5-0 out of 5 stars You'll hop in your car before you finish!
Susan Wilson has done a wonderful job writing essentially a "travel" book in an approachable and compelling style.Her instructions and "trails" are clear and logical and take you intosome of the prettiest areas in Boston and the surrounding towns.Yet whileshe is directing you in and among the alleyways, Wilson manages to weave acompelling history of characters and places that has you heading for yourlocal library to check out long-forgotten authors.I've drawn up a whole"Boston" reading list to reacquaint myself with some old friendsand maybe make some new ones. ... Read more

172. Images of the Woman Reader in Victorian British and American Fiction
by Catherine J. Golden
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173. T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens and the Discourses of Difference
by Michael Beehler
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174. Tenement Saga : Lower East Side and Early Jewish American Writers
by Sanford Sternlicht
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Nearly two million Jewish men, women, and children emigrated from Eastern Europe between 1882 and 1924 and settled in, or passed through, the Lower East Side of New York City. Sanford Sternlicht tells the story of his own childhood in this vibrant community and puts it within the context of fourteen early twentieth-century East Side writers. Anzia Yezierska, Abraham Cahan, Michael Gold, Henry Roth, and others defined this new Jewish homeland and paved the way for the later great Jewish American novelists.

Sternlicht discusses the role of women, the Yiddish Theater, secular values, the struggle between generations, street crime, Tammany politics, labor unions, and the importance of newspapers and periodicals. He documents the decline of Yiddish culture as these immigrants blended into what they called The Golden Land. ... Read more

175. American Romanticism (Greenhaven Press Companion to Literary Movements and Genres)
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Greenhaven Press
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176. Private Woman, Public Stage: Literary Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century America
by Mary Kelley
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-30)
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
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In the decades spanning the nineteenth century, thousands of women entered the literary marketplace. Twelve of the century's most successful women writers provide the focus for Mary Kelley's landmark study: Maria Cummins, Caroline Howard Gilman, Caroline Lee Hentz, Mary Jane Holmes, Maria McIntosh, Sara Parton, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, E.D.E.N. Southworth, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary Virginia Terhune, Susan Warner, and Augusta Evans Wilson. These women shared more than commercial success. Collectively they created fictions that Kelley terms "literary domesticity," books that both embraced and called into question the complicated expectations shaping the lives of so many nineteenth-century women. Matured in a culture of domesticity and dismissed by a male writing establishment, they struggled to reconcile public recognition with the traditional roles of wife and mother.

Drawing on the 200 volumes of published prose and on the letters, diaries, and journals of these writers, Kelley explores the tensions that accompanied their unprecedented literary success. In a new preface, she discusses the explosion in the scholarship on writing women since the original 1984 publication of Private Woman, Public Stage and reflects on the book's ongoing relevance. ... Read more

177. Nightmare on Main Street: Angels, Sadomasochism, and the Culture of Gothic
by Mark Edmundson
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Sales Rank: 251100
Average Customer Review: 2.56 out of 5 stars
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Once we've terrified ourselves reading Anne Rice or Stephen King, watching Halloween or following the O. J. Simpson trial, we can rely on the comfort of our inner child or Robert Bly's bongos, an angel, or even a crystal. In a brilliant assessment of American culture on the eve of the millennium, Mark Edmundson asks why we're determined to be haunted, courting the Gothic at every turn-and, at the same time, committed to escape through any new scheme for ready-made transcendence. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars See the movies, don't read the book
I only made it up to p. 45 for a paper I was writing on "Carrie." Along with a pompous tone, I didn't find this added anything concrete to what I know about horror flicks. The author might have found the Main Street and nightmare metaphors personally powerful for some reason, but they were idiosyncratic and I didn't find them in any of my other horror movie secondary sources. Not interested in having a conversation with myself, I moved on. Also, I'm put off by the author's need to see violence, sex, and greed in almost every detail of these films. Even Carrie and other horror movies have their moments of reflection and thoughtfulness that the author was too quick to suppress.

4-0 out of 5 stars Scarfication Is Powerful!
Edmundson has got hold of a powerful idea here: that strategies and characters of Gothic literature have burst out of the realm of fiction and infiltrated our public life. While he sometimes pushes his broadly defined notion of the Gothic too far (it sometimes it seems as if everything belongs to the realm of the Gothic depending on his say so), for the most part he does stick to his original definition of a hero/villain, haunted structures, seduced and screaming heroines and the occasional heroic rescuer.

He suggests, quite believably, that the powerful Gothic themes, have been used by Marx (the capitalist as vampire), and by Freud (humanity haunted by the past, in the grip of infantile memory which dooms us to behavior we can never fully escape except with the help of modernist magicians like Freud). Moving from the talk show (where families reenact Gothic scripts wherein hero/villains describe their inexplicably destructive behavior without understanding or regret as their families hurl abuse at them), to movies (pick just about anything including Disney films), Edmundson strikes at the root of the malevolent vine of the Gothic, a vine which snakes through our political life - Gothic monsters such as Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, through our social life - our collective perception that we are in danger even in the most benign circumstances.

He does see hope for using the Gothic the way it was intended: to throw off the dead hand of the past, originally the aristocratic, then the plutocratic, or therapeutic, now bureaucratic hand of power and discipline. His writings on Freud are particularly incisive on the therapeutic hand. Here's a quote: "Freud, in his most resolutely Gothic moods, believed that we never forget anything, so that every past moment is stored somewhere in the psyche... He also thought, at least at times, that *any* negative event that befalls us -- no matter how apparently contingent -- is in some measure the result of our guilty need for punishment, our wish to self-destruct. Edmundson also notes that Foucualt and Derrida and other "new" critics favor the Gothic as well. And if you think of Foucault's evocative prose style, and Derrida's "terrorism," Edmundson has a point, a minor point, but a point nonetheless.

The Cold War Gothic has now been replaced by the Terrorist Gothic, the apocalyptic version of Gothicism. George W. Bush whips up the external apocalyptic Gothic, while at the same time we're being terrorized internally by the second variety of the Gothic - the "terror" gothic - in this case, the recession terror gothic. The Gothic can be a powerful tool for critiquing the status quo. The problem is, it has become the status quo, and, unlike "healthy" Gothic horror, it never opens out into new territory now. Instead, we're all doomed, doomed, doomed!. Edmundson notes a few exceptions: the first Nightmare on Elm Street by Wes Craven for one. I heartily agree on that score!

1-0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Wrong.
I admit that I didn't do more than skim this book. As a horror fan I couldn't get past the authors' factual error in stating that the early 1990's was a pinnacle of horror. WRONG! In terms of the number of horror films released the height would be the mid-1980's. In terms of box office returns it would be the mid-1970's (The Exorcist, Jaws, The Omen, Carrie, Halloween). We are now (2002) at a much higher peak for horror than the period that the Professor calls the pinnacle; the early 1990's was actually a nadir.

1-0 out of 5 stars Divine prophesy falls flat
The first exasperating aspect of this book is its overambitiousness. Through some divine insight, it purports to explain ALL of American culture (almost) through the trope of the gothic. Forrest Gump, Tonya Harding, Walt Whitman, Wordsworth. They're all in there. Moreover, it uses broad brush strokes that hide more than they reveal. Its second offensive characteristic is a tone that's self-righteous. It stands far above the foibles of all these pathetically mortal characters.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wide Ranging Essay on all Things Gothic
Mark Edmundson has created a book (really a series of intertangled essays) on angels, sadomasochism and the culture of gothic (as goes its sub-title). Nightmare on Main Street is a fascinating look at a dark, disturbing, interesting subject. The joy in this book, and sometimes its frustration, is the wide range from two centuries old gothic novels to Forrest Gump, Oprah and Iron John/Women Who Run With Wolves. The connections are not always clear but the writing will carry the reader along this weird academic roller coaster ride as they nod along in agreement (for me particulary the Forrest Gump section) or they shake their head in exasperation or frustration. Either way it will get the reader thinking of everything around them in terms of gothic or angel (and these words are very loosely defined in order to create a net big enough to catch all of Edmundson's concepts). This book was an intelligent read. ... Read more

178. 500 Great Comicbook Action Heroes
by Mike Conroy
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-15)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
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Superman, Batman, the Flash, Sheena of the Jungle, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Blade, Vampirella, the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man! In addition to these well-known masked and costumed crime fighters, readers are introduced to hundreds more relatively obscure but equally fascinating characters in this collection of comic book heroes that spans the decades from the 1930s to the present day. As Will Eisner, the famous creator of many comic book heroes says in the foreword to this book, “Perhaps the most significant contribution of heroes into the popular literature of the 20th century was made by the form of graphic narrative known as comics.” Serious comic book collectors, general fans, and every reader who is interested in pop culture’s history will want to add this book to their personal collection. Hundreds of reproduced covers and pages are presented with succinct written histories of all the major comic book heroes from America and Britain. The fabled crime fighters are presented under categories that include male heroes, female heroes, teams, newspaper heroes, war heroes, western heroes, and sci-fi heroes. Combining detailed text with a wealth of full-color archive reproductions, 500 Comic Book Action Heroes celebrates the great caped crusaders and fabulous females from the fascinating world of comics. ... Read more

179. Translating the Unspeakable: Poetry and the Innovative Necessity (Modern and Contemporary Poetics)
by Kathleen Fraser
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
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5-0 out of 5 stars An engaging and innovative book
In this wonderful book of vibrant and challenging essays, Fraser questions the dominant forms of both poetry and culture without becoming overly polemical. So often, in claiming her own and women's territory, a writer will mow down everyone who even remotely strays from her standards; but Fraser's essays (the title one is a prime example) present and explain a number of varying forms, a number of ways of working through what is to be worked through, without privileging any of them. When she writes about finding her own voice in the sixties, or about starting the experimental journal HOW(ever), she manages to convey her struggle at that time without damning The Oppressor. It's a difficult stance to take -- one which could easily be tarnished by watching the celebrated poets of the world preen in the adulation of the academy -- and it filled me with a kind of buoyant hope for where literature might yet be going. ... Read more

180. Asian Diasporas: Cultures, Identities, Representations
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-31)
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
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Asian diasporas are all too often seen in terms of settlement problems in a host nation, where the focus is on issues of crime, housing, employment, and racism. The essays in this volume view Asian diasporic movements in the context of globalization and global citizenship, in which multiple cultural allegiances, influences, and claims together create complex negotiations of identity.

Examining a range of cultural documents through which such negotiations are conducted--literature and other forms of writing, media, popular culture, urban spaces, military inscriptions--the essays in this volume explore the meanings and experiences involved in the two major Asian diasporic movements, those of South and East Asia. ... Read more

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