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Rene Girard and the Psychology of Mimesis

Models of Desire: Rene Girard and the Psychology of Mimesis Arias, Judith H MODELS OF DESIRE: RENE GIRARD AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MIMESIS. By Paisley Livingston. Baltimore:Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992. xx, 209 p. Taking his cue from the Aristotelian dictum that what distinguishes the human being among animals is our greater capacity for imitation, […]

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Tolstoy, Homer, and Genotypical Influence

Tolstoy, Homer, and Genotypical Influence Friedrich, Paul ALTHOUGH IT IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE among lovers of Russian literature that Leo Tolstoy was profoundly and throughout his life influenced by Homer, key questions remain regarding the nature, scope, and depth of his indebtedness. In the pages that follow I will attempt to answer some of these questions […]

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1 Coleridge, Southey and the German/English hexameter

“When Klopstock England defied”:1 Coleridge, Southey and the German/English hexameter Bernhardt-Kabisch, Ernest LATE IN SEPTEMBER OF 1799, Samuel Taylor Coleridge sent his clergyman brother George a somewhat condensed metrical paraphrase in dactylic hexameters, complete with prosodie markings, of “one of [his] favorite psalms” Psalm 46, telling his brother that, “allowing trochees for spondees as the […]

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An Introduction by Terry Eagleton

Book reviews — Ideology: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton Norris, Christopher IDEOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION. By Terry Eagleton. London: Verso, 1991. 242 p. This book finds Eagleton returning once again to a topic that has often preoccupied his thinking, from the high Althusserian rigor of Criticism and Ideology (1976) to his recent major work on the […]

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The myth of Marsyas in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Zbigniew Herbert’s “Apollo and Marsyas”

Marsyas’s howl: The myth of Marsyas in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Zbigniew Herbert’s “Apollo and Marsyas” Nizynska, Joanna “THE POET WRITES TO PLEASE his predecessors,” claims Joseph Brodsky, asserting a belief that the power of poetic tradition frees poets from subjection to their immediate history and thus liberates them from the dictates of politics and the […]

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PROUST, JOYCE, MANN IN MODERNIST CONTEXT

PROUST, JOYCE, MANN IN MODERNIST CONTEXT Nemoianu, Virgil PROUST, JOYCE, MANN IN MODERNIST CONTEXT. By Gerald Gillespie. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 2003. 324 p. Gerald Gillespie belongs to an endangered scholarly species: that of the real comparatists. The high point of this distinguished category was in the 1950s and 1960s, when Wellek, Spitzer, […]

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Neverending Stories: Toward a Critical Narratology

Neverending Stories: Toward a Critical Narratology Martin, Wallace NEVERENDING STORIES: TOWARD A CRITICAL NARRATOLOGY. Edited by Ann Fehn, Ingeborg Hoesterey, and Maria Tatar. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992. xiv, 274 p. In the introduction to this collection, Ingeborg Hoesterey suggests that the “codified discourse of classical narratology” has given rise to a “critical narratology that […]

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Drama, Politics, and the Translation of Empire

Shakespeare’s Troy: Drama, Politics, and the Translation of Empire Prescott, Anne Lake SHAKESPEARE’S TROY: DRAMA, POLITICS, AND THE TRANSLATION OF EMPIRE. By Heather James. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1997 (Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture 22). xii, 262 p. Once upon a time, says Geoffrey of Monmouth, there was a Trojan youth named Brute, […]

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Nietzsche, Artaud, and tragic politics

Nietzsche, Artaud, and tragic politics Baker, Geoffrey Nietzsche, Artaud, and Tragic Politics1 In countries under the rule of fear, the theatre is the form the dictators watch closely and dread the most. -Peter Brook, The Open Door The Right, unfortunately, is practically ignored here, although the theater can surely be geared to reactionary purposes as […]

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Shakespeare and the Jews

Shakespeare and the Jews Halpern, Richard SHAKESPEARE AND TH JEWs. By James Shapiro. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996. ix, 317 p. The title of James Shapiro’s book, Shakespeare and the Jews, has a magisterial simplicity suggesting that the topic has received both its first and definitive treatment. (Can one imagine a new book entitled, […]