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Danteworlds

By Guy P. Raffa
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Isbn : 0226702782
  • Pages : 144
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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One of the greatest works of world literature, Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy has, despite its enormous popularity and importance, often stymied readers with its multitudinous characters, references, and themes. But until now, students of the Inferno have lacked a suitable resource to guide their reading. Welcome to Danteworlds, the first substantial guide to the Inferno in English. Guy P. Raffa takes readers on a geographic journey through Dante’s underworld circle by circle—from the Dark Wood down to the ninth circle of Hell—in much the same way Dante and Virgil proceed in their infernal descent. Each chapter—or “region”—of the book begins with a summary of the action, followed by detailed entries, significant verses, and useful study questions. The entries, based on a close examination of the poet’s biblical, classical, and medieval sources, help locate the characters and creatures Dante encounters and assist in decoding the poem’s vast array of references to religion, philosophy, history, politics, and other works of literature. Written by an established Dante scholar and tested in the fire of extensive classroom experience, Danteworlds will be heralded by readers at all levels of expertise, from students and general readers to teachers and scholars.

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Book Summary:

With this volume, the University of Chicago Press completes its translation of a work that is indispensable not only to serious readers of Flaubert but to anyone interested in the last major contribution by one of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers. That Sartre's study of Flaubert, The Family Idiot, is a towering achievement in intellectual history has never been disputed. Yet critics have argued about the precise nature of this novel or biography or "criticism-fiction" which is the summation of Sartre's philosophical, social, and literary thought. In the preface, Sartre writes: "The Family Idiot is the sequel to Search for a Method. The subject: what, at this point in time, can we know about a man? It seemed to me that this question could only be answered by studying a specific case." Sartre discusses Flaubert's personal development, his relationship to his family, his decision to become a writer, and the psychosomatic crisis or "conversion" from his father's domination to the freedom of his art. Sartre blends psychoanalysis with a sociological study of the ideology of the period, the crisis in literature, and Flaubert's influence on the future of literature. While Sartre never wrote the final volume he envisioned for this vast project, the existing volumes constitute in themselves a unified work—one that John Sturrock, writing in the Observer, called "a shatteringly fertile, digressive and ruthless interpretation of these few cardinal years in Flaubert's life." "A virtuoso perfomance. . . . For all that this book does to make one reconsider his life, The Family Idiot is less a case study of Flaubert than it is a final installment of Sartre's mythology. . . . The translator, Carol Cosman, has acquitted herself brilliantly."—Frederick Brown, New York Review of Books "A splendid translation by Carol Cosman. . . . Sartre called The Family Idiot a 'true novel,' and it does tell a story and eventually reach a shattering climax. The work can be described most simply as a dialectic, which shifts between two seemingly alternative interpretations of Flaubert's destiny: a psychoanalytic one, centered on his family and on his childhood, and a Marxist one, whose guiding themes are the status of the artist in Flaubert's period and the historical and ideological contradictions faced by his social class, the bourgeoisie."—Fredric Jameson, New York Times Book Review Jean-Paul Sartre (1906-1980) was offered, but declined, the Nobel Prize for literature in 1964. His many works of fiction, drama, and philosophy include the monumental study of Flaubert, The Family Idiot, and The Freud Scenario, both published in translation by the University of Chicago Press.

L’«attualità» dell’esperienza di Dante

By Gianni Vacchelli
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  • Publisher : Mimesis
  • Isbn : 8857577856
  • Pages :
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 423
  • File Pdf: l-attualità-dell-esperienza-di-dante.pdf

Book Summary:

Il taglio sapienziale e critico-politico del presente saggio, attento alla dimensione dell’esperienza (senza misconoscere le ragioni della filologia) e della liberazione, è un invito al viaggio nella Commedia, nella sua arte eccelsa, come nel suo simbolismo interiore, e soprattutto nella vita, nella realtà (storica e non solo). Per iniziarci a esse, il Poeta scrisse. L’«attualità» di Dante sta qui: non è solo cronologica, ma dell’uomo, delle sue aspirazioni più profonde, e quindi sempre presente. Il viaggio dell’uomo dantesco è attraversamento degli abissi oscuri (Inferno), trasformazione (Purgatorio) e integrazione (Paradiso). La pienezza dell’umano, come anche del divino e del cosmico, per dirla con Raimon Panikkar, così centrale in questo saggio, vi risplende, qui e ora, non solo nell’aldilà, senza per altro superfi ciali ottimismi. Il cristianesimo di Dante è ancora “un inedito” (nella storia), per audacia di aperture e compimenti. Per altro “l’esperienza dantesca” parla ancora oggi, laicamente, all’uomo secolare e alla ricerca di sé stesso. Il saggio, dantescamente strutturato in 9 capitoli, si sofferma su argomenti-chiave del poema: il viaggio mistico-iniziatico; il mistero di Beatrice; la presenza del Cristo; la fi gura di Virgilio; la visione trinitaria o cosmoteandrica del Poeta, la liberazione mistico-critico-politico-poetica, etc. L’approccio simbolico e insieme attualizzante vuole interessare non solo lo specialista, ma ogni persona attenta e in ricerca.

Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy

By George Corbett,Heather Webb
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  • Publisher : Open Book Publishers
  • Isbn : 1783741724
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 163
  • File Pdf: vertical-readings-in-dante-s-comedy.pdf

Book Summary:

Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy is a reappraisal of the poem by an international team of thirty-four scholars. Each vertical reading analyses three same-numbered cantos from the three canticles: Inferno i, Purgatorio i and Paradiso i; Inferno ii, Purgatorio ii and Paradiso ii; etc. Although scholars have suggested before that there are correspondences between same-numbered cantos that beg to be explored, this is the first time that the approach has been pursued in a systematic fashion across the poem. This collection – to be issued in three volumes – offers an unprecedented repertoire of vertical readings for the whole poem. As the first volume exemplifies, vertical reading not only articulates unexamined connections between the three canticles but also unlocks engaging new ways to enter into core concerns of the poem. The three volumes thereby provide an indispensable resource for scholars, students and enthusiasts of Dante. The volume has its origin in a series of thirty-three public lectures held in Trinity College, the University of Cambridge (2012-2016) which can be accessed at the ‘Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy’ website.

Game On, Hollywood!

By Gretchen Papazian,Joseph Michael Sommers
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 1476601852
  • Pages : 232
  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Reads : 979
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Book Summary:

The 14 essays in Game on, Hollywood! take on several points of game and film intersection. They look at storylines, aesthetics, mechanics, and production. The book is about adaptation (video game to film, film to video game), but it is even more about narrative. The essays draw attention to the ways and possibilities of telling a story. They consider differences and similarities across modes of storytelling (showing, telling, interacting), explore the consequences of time, place and ideology, and propose critical approaches to the vastness of narrative in the age of multimedia storytelling. The video games and film texts discussed include The Warriors (1979 film; 2005 video game), GoldenEye (1995 film), GoldenEye 007 (1997 and 2011 video games), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000–2004, television show), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds (2003 video game), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003 video game; 2010 film), the Star Wars franchise empire (1977 on), Afro Samurai (2009 video game), and Disney’s Epic Mickey (2010 video game).

The Emergence of Subjectivity in the Ancient and Medieval World

By Jon Stewart
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 0192596349
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 456
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Book Summary:

The Emergence of Subjectivity in the Ancient and Medieval World: An Interpretation of Western Civilization represents a combination of different genres: cultural history, philosophical anthropology, and textbook. It follows a handful of different but interrelated themes through more than a dozen texts that were written over a period of several millennia and, by means of an analysis of these texts, presents a theory of the development of Western civilization from antiquity to the Middle Ages. The main line of argument traces the various self-conceptions of different cultures as they developed historically, reflecting different views of what it is to be human. The thesis of the volume is that through examination of these changes we can discern the gradual emergence of what we today call inwardness, subjectivity, and individual freedom. As human civilization took its first tenuous steps, it had a very limited conception of the individual. Instead, the dominant principle was that of the wider group: the family, clan, or people. Only in the course of history did the idea of what we now know as individuality begin to emerge, and it took millennia for this idea to be fully recognized and developed. The conception of human beings as having a sphere of inwardness and subjectivity subsequently had a sweeping impact on all aspects of culture, including philosophy, religion, law, and art: indeed, this notion largely constitutes what is today referred to as modernity. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that this modern conception of human subjectivity was not simply something given, but rather the result of a long process of historical and cultural development.

Rethinking the Humanities

By Ricardo Gil Soeiro,Sofia Tavares
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Isbn : 1443835552
  • Pages : 165
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 114
  • File Pdf: rethinking-the-humanities.pdf

Book Summary:

“In what we consider to be a timely collection of essays, the volume Rethinking the Humanities: Paths and Challenges tries to reflect upon the present condition of the humanities and their manifold challenges, acutely dramatized in an era of increasing contingency and globalization. By drawing upon a wide variety of perspectives and areas of research (from literary studies to philosophy, from cultural criticism to the history of ideas), we hope to surpass the now dominant rhetoric of crisis (as it features, for example, in George Steiner’s essay ‘Humanities – At Twilight?’), not only by devising new horizons for a humanistic-literary culture (Cândido de Oliveira Martins) and envisioning literary studies in a Post-literary age (David Damrosch), but also by advocating an ethical turn for the humanities (Peter Levine and José Pedro Serra) – seen as an education toward autonomy (Richard Wolin), as well as by reconsidering the very notion of crisis within the humanities (Marjorie Perloff and António Sousa Ribeiro). By doing so, and whilst it does not claim to offer definitive answers, the volume nevertheless strives to open up new fields of debate and innovative perspectives.” – The editors

The Sistine Chapel: a Study in Celestial Cartography

By William John Meegan
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1479749508
  • Pages : 479
  • Category : Mathematics
  • Reads : 301
  • File Pdf: the-sistine-chapel.pdf

Book Summary:

GODS MISSIVE TO THE SOUL THE SISTINE CHAPEL: A Study in Celestial Cartography is a highly mystical and contemplative inquiry into The Mysteries and Esoteric Teachings of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Churchs only onus in the world is to re-articulate the sacred scriptures esoterically into as many artistic venues as possible. Through a comprehensive comparative analysis of the symbolic and esoteric patterns codified to the Judeao Christian Scriptures, the landscape of Jerusalem, Chartres Cathedral (stone and glass), Dante Alighieris La Divina Commedia (pen and ink), the Sistine Chapel (mosaics, paint and wet plaster) and Saint Peters Basilica (marble) the reader can determine for him or herself the efficacy of the esoteric science, which hails from the dawn of the time/space continuum as a direct missive from God. The author discovered a relatively simple and yet extremely sophisticated mathematical and grammatical system of thought in ancient literature: the integration of the Seven Liberal Arts. Antiquity developed this esoteric science inherent in the soul/psyche to codify the Word of God esoterically into the worlds sacred literature. Each letter of the worlds sacred literature is symbolized and alphanumerically structured, which makes the interpretation of each word far more important than the sum of its letters. The Holy Writ: i.e. the worlds religious literature is an encyclopedic library of knowledge relating wholly to the soul/psyche. There is no purpose for esotericisms existence other than for God to have a one-on-one relationship with the soul/psyche. Why is the soul/psyche seemingly in the world? How did the soul/psyche come to its present state of existence? What can the soul/psyche do to extricate itself from its plight when the dynamic forces of the world become too oppressive for it to bear?

The Phenomenology of Religious Belief

By Michael J. Shapiro
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1350164321
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reads : 114
  • File Pdf: the-phenomenology-of-religious-belief.pdf

Book Summary:

In The Phenomenology of Religious Belief, the renowned philosopher Michael J. Shapiro investigates how art – and in particular literature and film – can impact upon both traditional interpretations and critical studies of religious beliefs and experiences. In doing so, he examines the work of prolific and award-winning writers such as Toni Morrison, Philip K. Dick and Robert Coover. By placing their work in conjunction with critical analyses of media by the likes of Ingmar Bergman and Pier Paolo Pasolini and combining it with the work of groundbreaking thinkers such as George Canguilhem, Giorgio Agamben and Slavoj Žižek, Shapiro takes a truly interdisciplinary approach to the question of how life should be lived. His assessment of phenomenological subjectivity also leads him to question the nature of political theology and extend the criticism of Pauline theology.

Dante Alive

By Francesco Ciabattoni,Simone Marchesi
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  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Isbn : 1000683532
  • Pages : 296
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 945
  • File Pdf: dante-alive.pdf

Book Summary:

The essays collected here join in, and contribute to, the current reflection on Dante’s vitality today in a critical, multidisciplinary vein. Their intervention comes at a particularly sensitive juncture in the history of Dante’s global reception and cultural reuse. Dante today is as alive as ever. A cultural icon no less than a cultural product, Dante’s imaginative universe enjoys a pervasive presence in popular culture. The multiformity of approaches represented in the collection matches the variety of the material that is analyzed. The volume documents Dante’s presence in genres as different as graphic novels and theater productions, children’s literature, advertisements and sci-fi narratives, rock and rap music, video- and boardgames, satirical vignettes and political speeches, school curricula and prison-teaching initiatives. Each essay combines a focused attention to the specificity of the body of evidence it treats with best analytical practices. The volume invites collective reflection on the many different rules of engagement with Dante’s text

Romantic Appropriations of History

By Judith Bailey-Slagle
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  • Publisher : Fairleigh Dickinson
  • Isbn : 1611475104
  • Pages : 146
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 754
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Book Summary:

Romantic Appropriations of History: The Legends of Joanna Baillie and Margaret Holford Hodson, addresses the transformation of historical tales in the creative hands of Baillie and Hodson.