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Title:Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Charles Bernheimer
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN:0801850053
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Number of Pages:224
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Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism by Charles Bernheimer

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism In recent years the idea of multiculturalism has become a powerful and controversial influence in a variety of social and cultural territories In the academic world it has profoundly influenced curriculum and scholarship in the humanities particularly in traditionally Eurocentric disciplines such as comparative literature .

It was hardly surprising then that the report Comparative Literature at the Turn of the Century which endorses a multicultural orientation for the discipline generated an unprecedented level of interest The third such report on professional standards issued by the American Comparative Literature Association since it continues to be the subject of lively discussion and debate At issue is not only the definition of a discipline but also the cultural function of literary study in general This book brings together the three ACLA reports issued in and three responses to the latest report presented at the MLA convention by K Anthony Appiah Mary Louise Pratt and Michael Riffaterre and thirteen additional position papers by prominent scholars in the humanities .

Contributors Ed Ahearn K Anthony Appiah Emily Apter Charles Bernheimer Peter Brooks Rey Chow Jonathan Culler David Damrosch Elizabeth Fox Genovese Roland Greene Margaret R Higonnet Fran oise Lionnet Marjorie Perloff Mary Russo Tobin Siebers Mary Louise Pratt Michael Riffaterre Arnold Weinstein

Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism

In recent years the idea of multiculturalism has become a powerful and controversial influence in a variety of social and cultural territories In the academic world it has profoundly influenced curriculum and scholarship in the humanities particularly in traditionally Eurocentric disciplines such as comparative literature br br It was hardly surprising then that the report Comparative Literature at the Turn of the Century which endorses a multicultural orientation for the discipline generated an unprecedented level of interest The third such report on professional standards issued by the American Comparative Literature Association since it continues to be the subject of lively discussion and debate At issue is not only the definition of a discipline but also the cultural function of literary study in general This book brings together the three ACLA reports issued in and three responses to the latest report presented at the MLA convention by K Anthony Appiah Mary Louise Pratt and Michael Riffaterre and thirteen additional position papers by prominent scholars in the humanities br br Contributors Ed Ahearn K Anthony Appiah Emily Apter Charles Bernheimer Peter Brooks Rey Chow Jonathan Culler David Damrosch Elizabeth Fox Genovese Roland Greene Margaret R Higonnet Fran oise Lionnet Marjorie Perloff Mary Russo Tobin Siebers Mary Louise Pratt Michael Riffaterre Arnold Weinstein


In Dora's Case: Freud, Hysteria, Feminism

The Women s Review of Books


Decadent Subjects: The Idea of Decadence in Art, Literature, Philosophy, and Culture of the Fin de Siècle in Europe

Charles Bernheimer described decadence as a stimulant that bends thought out of shape deforming traditional conceptual molds In this posthumously published work Bernheimer succeeds in making a critical concept out of this perennially fashionable rarely understood term br br i Decadent Subjects i is a coherent and moving picture of fin de si cle decadence Mature ironic iconoclastic and thoughtful this remarkable collection of essays shows the contradictions of the phenomenon which is both a condition and a state of mind In seeking to show why people have failed to give a satisfactory account of the term decadence Bernheimer argues that we often mistakenly take decadence to represent something concrete that we see as some sort of agent His salutary response is to return to those authors and artists whose work constitutes the topos of decadence rereading key late nineteenth century authors such as Nietzsche Zola Hardy Wilde Moreau and Freud to rediscover the very dynamics of the decadent Through careful analysis of the literature art and music of the fin de si cle including a riveting discussion of the many faces of Salome Bernheimer leaves us with a fascinating and multidimensional look at decadence all the more important as we emerge from our own fin de si cle


Figures of Ill Repute: Representing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France

Ubiquitous in the streets and brothels of nineteenth century Paris the prostitute was even more so in the novels and paintings of the time Charles Bernheimer discusses how these representations of the sexually available woman express male ambivalence about desire money class and the body Interweaving close textual analysis with historical anecdote and theoretical speculation Bernheimer demonstrates how the formal properties of art can serve strategically to control anxious fantasies about female sexual power Drawing on methods derived from cultural studies psychoanalysis social history feminist theory and narrative analysis this interdisciplinary classic available now for the first time in paperback was awarded Honorable Mention in for the James Russell Lowell prize awarded by the Modern Language Association for the best book of criticism


Flaubert and Kafka: Studies in Psychopoetic Structure

Although their styles appear remarkably different Flaubert and Kafka share a common identification with the writing process itself I am a human pen wrote Flaubert I am nothing but literature declared Kafka This stimulating book is the first to explore the link between these writers br Introducing his conception of psychopoetics Charles Bernheimer brings new clarity to many controversial issues in psychoanalysis rhetoric and critical theory In chapters on Flaubert and Kafka he probes the desires and fears motivating each writer s search for a fully satisfying literary style His interpretation of the strategies the authors adopt to harness the negativity of writing reveals the creative function of such psychological phenomena as narcissism fetishism and sadomasochism The major works Bernheimer argues dramatize the conflict between the structures of Eros and Thanatos metonymy and metaphor through which they are constituted From this illuminating perspective he traces the genesis of each writer s mature style analyzes two early works i La Tentation de saint Antoine i and The Judgment and examines two late masterpieces i Bouvard et P cuchet i and i The Castle i applying to the latter Walter Benjamin s description of the allegorical mode br This highly original work of theoretical criticism will interest not only readers of Flaubert and Kafka but all students of literary theory and the creative process


The Problem of the Judgement: Eleven Approaches to Kafka's Story

One of the most puzzling short stories in all literature The Judgment Das Urteil is crucial to an understanding of Kafka s entire subsequent work all of his themes are here in tantalizing miniature The apparently simple text of the story opens this book as if in a challenge to interpretation the eleven analyses which follow make for an exciting and illuminating controversy


Decadent Subjects: The Idea of Decadence in Art, Literature, Philosophy, and Culture of the Fin de Siècle in Europe, The Problem of the Judgement: Eleven Approaches to Kafka's Story, Figures of Ill Repute: Representing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France, Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism, In Dora's Case: Freud, Hysteria, Feminism, Flaubert and Kafka: Studies in Psychopoetic Structure