Literary Criticism, Philosophy and Theory

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    Reading Rilke
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    William H. Gass examines the ideas that informed Rainer Maria Rilke’s Elegies and discusses previous translations of the work while writing about Rilke the man: his character, his relationships, and his life.

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    One afternoon in December 1992, Yuri Lotman sat down to dictate to his assistant. These sessions were spread out over that winter and into the spring of 1993—the final spring of Lotman’s life. The result is this book of memories and recollections.

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    Re: Quin

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    Re: Quin is an unabashedly personal and partisan critical biography of one of the greatest and yet most neglected fiction writers of the so-called “experimental” wave of British novelists of the 1960s.

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    Another View
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    Another View examines the impact of the foreign in the context of non-native prose writing and its implications for literature in translation. Containing significant debut translations into English from such authors as Herta Müller and Yoko Tawada, Another View also serves as an anthology demonstrating the potential for new directions in literary translation, heightening and tracing the originals’ textuality, flow, and accent.

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    Mirror Gazing
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    Mirror Gazing is a book about reading and looking, about what people seek when they read, and about what stares back at them from the printed page. It is an archival project, based on a wealth of material collected daily by celebrated critic Warren F. Motte over thirty-five years and squirreled away for some eventual winter. It is also a love letter, a confession, a tale of deep obsession, and a cry for help addressed to anyone who takes literature seriously.

  • Sale! Making Figures

    Making Figures
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    As a species and as a culture, we recognize ourselves by our capacity for possession, so that personhood is made equivalent to ownership. If, however, the way in which we imagine objects predisposes our behavior toward them, art can encourage us to reorient how we comport ourselves in a world that is not meant to be owned, that is not even meant for us. To frustrate the desolation of avarice, we must enrich our view of things, and Making FIgures takes us through the writing of Virginia Woolf, both her fiction and nonfiction, in the service of this imperative.

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    Four Cold Chapters on the Possibility of Literature
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    What can be said about the silence that precedes a poem or story? What myths have been invented to explain the transition from “nothing” to work of art? And when did the “account of composition” turn into a literary genre of its own? These questions are at the heart of Pablo M. Ruiz’s excursion into the center(s) of literary creativity.

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    Tests of Time
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    In Tests of Time, William H. Gass shares his thoughts about writing, reading, culture, history, politics, and public opinion, providing essays on classic writers and contemporaries, literary “lists” and their use, the extent and cost of political influences on writers, and the First Amendment. The University of Chicago Press originally published this title; this is the first edition from Dalkey Archive Press.

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    The World Within the Word
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    The World Within the Word is a landmark collection discussing Valéry, Henry Miller, Sartre, Freud, Faulkner, suicide, “art and order,” and the transformation of language into poetry and fiction. Revelatory and gorgeous, at turns humorous and devastating, the collection was first published by Knopf in 1978 and stands among Gass’s best and most provocative books.

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    Barbara Wright: Translation as Art
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    This wonderful collection of texts by and about Barbara Wright—“the most brilliant, conscientious and original translator of 20th century French literature”—begins the work of properly commemorating a figure toward whom all of English letters owes an unpayable debt.