The Birth and Death of the Author is a work about the changing nature of authorship as a concept. In eight specialist interventions by a diverse group of the finest international scholars it tells a history of print authorship in a set of author case studies from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. The introduction surveys the prehistory of print authorship and sets the historical and theoretical framework that opens the discussion for the seven succeeding chapters. Engaging particularly with the history of the materials and technology of authorship it places this in conversation with the critical history of the author up to and beyond the crisis of Barthes' 'Death of the Author'. As a multi-authored history of authorship itself, each subsequent chapter takes a single author or work from every century since the advent of print and focuses in on the relationship between the author and the reader. Thus they explore the complexities of the concept of authorship in the works of Thomas Hoccleve and John Lydgate (Andrew Galloway, Cornell University), William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe (Rory Loughnane, University of Kent), John Taylor, "the Water Poet" (Edel Semple, University College Cork), Samuel Richardson (Natasha Simonova, University of Oxford), Herman Melville (and his reluctant scrivener ‘Bartleby’) (William E. Engel, Sewanee, The University of the South), James Joyce (Brad Tuggle, University of Alabama), and Grant Morrison (Darragh Greene, University College Dublin).
This carefully crafted ebook: "The Complete Poetry (Including a Biography of the Author)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry's works are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization, and surprise endings.
ABOUT THE BOOK Leo Tolstoy is widely considered to be one of the greatest novelists of the western canon. His major worksWar and Peace and Anna Karenina are frequently cited as among the most important novels ever written due to their unique insight into human nature and to their stylistic brilliance. Tolstoy was a complex man, and a bundle of fascinating contradictions. He was a wealthy aristocrat with a large country estate who sought to renounce personal possessions in favor of a simple life. In his youth, he was a libertine who gambled and killed men in war; in his old age, he became a strict ascetic who denounced personal possessions and taught that violence should be avoided at all costs. A man who, while young, consorted with prostitutes, and fathered a child out of wedlock; a man who later believed that sex outside marriage was wrong, and finally, in his last years, taught that marriage itself was harmful. Tolstoy's life is almost as interesting as his novels, and the historical context of his life are bound in his work. War and Peace, a dauntingly long novel by todays standards, contains within itself a comprehensive perspective on the human condition, from the minutiae of everyday life and love to the great sweep of world history. Anna Karenina is as large in scope, but concentrates on internal landscapes and the vistas of the human heart rather than warring nations. Tolstoy's philosophy has had a major impact on the history of the 20th century, from the non-violent resistance of Gandhi, which helped to end British rule in India, to Martin Luther King's non-violent resistance to racial segregation and his fight for civil rights. Tolstoy crafted exemplary 19th century realist fiction and set the stage for proto-modernists like Henry James. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Following the completion of Anna Karenina Tolstoy became depressed, believing that he was pursuing an egotistical life of fame and wealth-seeking. After reading Arthur Schopenhauers's The World as Will and Representation (first published in 1818), he began to reconsider his world-view, coming to conclusions about the nature of life and how it should be lived that were radically at odds with the Orthodox Church and the Tsarist system. He published a series of works, beginning with "Confessions" in 1879, that articulated his thoughts on way of life. He also created what today would be described as a commune, first at his summer home, and later at Yasnaya Polyana, to which he invited many friends and hangers-on to stay, much to the chagrin of his wife. Buy a copy to keep reading! CHAPTER OUTLINE Biography of Leo Tolstoy + Introduction + Background and Upbringing + Major Accomplishments and Works + Religious and Philosophical Writing + ...and much more
Icakkiyamman̲, a Tamil Goddess, in Ritual and Story
Author: Barbara Schuler
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
Scholars of popular Hindu religion in India have always been fascinated by oral texts and rituals, but surprisingly only few attempts have as yet been made to analyse the relationship between rituals and texts systematically. This book contributes to the filling of this gap. Focusing on the dynamics of a local (non-Brahmanical) ritual, its modular organisation and inner logic, the interaction between narrative text and ritual, and the significance of the local versus translocal nature of the text in the ritual context, the study provides a broad range of issues for comparison. It demonstrates that examining texts in their context helps to understand better the complexity of religious traditions and the way in which ritual and text are programmatically employed. The author offers a vivid description of a hitherto unnoticed ritual system, along with the first translation of a text called the Icakkiyamman-Katai (IK). Composed in the Tamil language, the IK represents a substantially longer and embellished form of a core versio which probably goes as far back as the seventh century C.E. Unlike the classical source, this text has been incorporated into a living tradition, and is being constantly refashioned. A range of text versions have been encapsulated in the form of a conspectus, which will shed light on the text's variability or fixity and will add to our knowledge of bardic creativity. Includes a film by the author on DVD.
An authoritative review of literary biography covering the seventeenth century to the twentieth century A Companion to Literary Biography offers a comprehensive account of literary biography spanning the history of the genre across three centuries. The editor – an esteemed literary biographer and noted expert in the field – has encouraged contributors to explore the theoretical and methodological questions raised by the writing of biographies of writers. The text examines how biographers have dealt with the lives of classic authors from Chaucer to contemporary figures such as Kingsley Amis. The Companion brings a new perspective on how literary biography enables the reader to deal with the relationship between the writer and their work. Literary biography is the most popular form of writing about writing, yet it has been largely neglected in the academic community. This volume bridges the gap between literary biography as a popular genre and its relevance for the academic study of literature. This important work: Allows the author of a biography to be treated as part of the process of interpretation and investigates biographical reading as an important aspect of criticism Examines the birth of literary biography at the close of the seventeenth century and considers its expansion through the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries Addresses the status and writing of literary biography from numerous perspectives and with regard to various sources, methodologies and theories Reviews the ways in which literary biography has played a role in our perception of writers in the mainstream of the English canon from Chaucer to the present day Written for students at the undergraduate level, through postgraduate and doctoral levels, as well as academics, A Companion to Literary Biography illustrates and accounts for the importance of the literary biography as a vital element of criticism and as an index to our perception of literary history.
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Authorship and Meaning
In Biblical Exegesis without Authorial Intention? Interdisciplinary Approaches to Authorship and Meaning, Clarissa Breu offers contributions with a wide range of approaches to the question of the author in biblical interpretation. The volume is an invitation to revisit this question.
Contexts in Confessional and Postconfessional Poetry
Author: Hannah Baker Saltmarsh
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Category: Literary Criticism
In the late 1950s the notion of a "mother poem" emerged during a confessional literary movement that freed poets to use personal, psychosexual material about intimate topics such as parents, childhood, failed marriages, children, infidelity, and mental illness. In Male Poets and the Agon of the Mother, Hannah Baker Saltmarsh argues that male poets have contributed to what we think of as the literature of motherhood—that confessional and postconfessional modes have been formative in the way male poets have grappled with the stories of their mothers and how those stories reflect on the writers and their artistic identities. Through careful readings of formative elegies and homages written by male poets of this time, Saltmarsh explores how they engaged with femininity and feminine voices in the 1950s and 60s and sheds light on the inheritance of confessional motifs of gender and language as demonstrated by postconfessional writers responding to the rich subject matter of motherhood within the contexts of history, myth, and literature. A foreword is provided by Jo Gill, professor of twentieth-century and American literature in the Department of English and associate dean for education at the University of Exeter.
"Macbeth" is a play by William Shakespeare probably written between 1603 and 1607 and first published in 1623. The work tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death. "Life of William Shakespeare" is a biography of William Shakespeare by the eminent critic Sidney Lee. This book was one of the first major biographies of the Bard of Avon. It was published in 1898, based on the article contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. Sir Sidney Lee (1859 – 1926) was an English biographer and critic. He was a lifelong scholar and enthusiast of Shakespeare. His article on Shakespeare in the fifty-first volume of the Dictionary of National Biography formed the basis of his Life of William Shakespeare. This full-length life is often credited as the first modern biography of the poet.
Containing Nearly Ten Thousand Notices of Persons of Both Sexes, of Native and Foreign Birth, who Have Been Remarkable, Or Prominently Connected with the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Politics, Or History of the American Continent. Giving Also the Pronunciation of Many of the Foreign and Peculiar American Names, a Key to the Assumed Names of Writers, and a Supplement
Abridged with a Biography of the Author, Themes of the Novel, a Character List and Sample Essay / Study Questions
Author: Jane Austen
Plot Summary Set in the village of Highbury and surround, Emma Woodhouse, is beautiful wealth but naïve young woman who thinks of herself as a romantic matchmaker. This charming tale is of Emma's attempts to match her friends together resulting in romantic misadventures, and of her own courtships and attempts not only to find love, but the "right" partnership for her social status. This Edition: Contains all three volumes Is an unedited reprint Includes the following additional material: ★ a biography of the author ★ a literary review of the main themes ★ sample essay questions ★ list of characters The Reader's Format ★ An easy read font ★ All chapters are on a new page ★ Dialogue is on a new line and indented ★ Embedded typeset font in professional word processing and formatting software ★ All Pages Numbered ★ 6x9 inch Format
Author: WISCONSIN UNIV MADISON MATHEMATICS RESEARCH CENTER.
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The Biography of the Author and His Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Author: Ian Hernon
Publisher: Red Axe Books
Over the last century the novel 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' has been credited with having more influence on the growth of the labour and trade union movement than Marx and Engels. Yet for a long time little was known about the author, a house-painter called 'Robert Tressell.' Ian Hernon has traced his life from Victorian Ireland and South Africa to Edwardian Hastings and, ultimately, Liverpool. It is the story of how arguably the greatest novel about the English working class sprang to life from Tressell's bitter experience and first-hand observations. It is also the personal story of a workmate and single parent who was much-loved in life and venerated after his premature death before his masterpiece was published. That masterpiece has particular resonance in today's political climate of austerity and division. With a preface by Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union. Ian Hernon has been a journalist since 1969 and a lobby correspondent in the House of Commons since 1978. He is deputy editor of Tribune. His nine previously-published history books include 'Riot! - Civil Insurrection from Peterloo to the Present Day', 'The Blair Decade', and 'Fortress Britain - All the Invasions and Incursions Since 1066'. "Hernon is an admirable narrative historian." - Mail on Sunday "Hernon writes sparingly and well. He is a political journalist of distinction." - Daily Express "One of the great qualities of Hernon's accounts is the pervasive humanity with which he describes the sufferings of those involved." - The late Robert Rhodes James ..".intelligence and clarity." - Times Literary Supplement.