A New Handbook of Literary Terms by David Mikics

By David Mikics

A brand new guide of Literary phrases bargains a full of life, informative consultant to phrases and ideas that each scholar of literature must comprehend. Mikics’s definitions are essayistic, witty, realized, and regularly a excitement to learn. They sketch the derivation and heritage of every time period, together with particularly lucid factors of verse kinds and providing a company experience of literary sessions and events from classicism to postmodernism. The guide additionally offers a worthy map to the elaborate and now and then complicated terrain of literary conception initially of the twenty-first century: the writer has certain a chain of phrases, from New feedback to queer idea, that serves as a concise yet thorough introduction to fresh advancements in literary examine. Mikics’s guide is perfect for school room use in any respect degrees, from freshman to graduate. teachers can assign person entries, a lot of that are well-shaped essays of their personal correct. priceless bibliographical feedback are given on the finish of such a lot entries. The Handbook’s stress-free variety and considerate standpoint will inspire scholars to browse and research extra. each reader of literature probably want to personal this compact, delightfully written advisor. (20070818)

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W. B. Yeats expounds the idea of the antithetical in a contrary manner to that of Aristotle. In Yeats, the stark contrast of a rhetorical opposition substitutes for, rather than depending on, the logic of a refutation. Sheer antithesis itself becomes an argument. For Yeats, in his prose works The Trembling of the antithetical 20 ANXIETY OF INFLUENCE Veil () and Dramatis Personae (), all artistic creation is essentially antithetical: that is, it requires the construction of a persona, an “anti-self” profoundly contrary to one’s natural or socially available character.

In political terms, authority implies a human source, a giving of character or face to social power. Just as books have authors, so political authority depends on this personal aspect. For Hannah Arendt, authority in politics remains fundamentally personal: it works its effects through the character of the politician, rather than through mere force, custom, or rhetorical adeptness. ” This activity reaches into the future, since authority, whether in politics or religion, involves “the enormous, almost superhuman and hence always legendary effort .

E. ) More generally speaking, though, analytic philosophy is a wide term that includes ordinary language philosophy as well as logic and philosophy of mathematics. As such, analytic remains fundamentally distinct from continental philosophy. Analytic philosophers see philosophy as a meditation on a series of problems. They are less interested in understanding a tradition in which each thinker responds to or contends with previous thinkers than in developing arguments based on attentive and precise definitions.

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