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Jacobean dramatic perspectives
Jacobean dramatic perspectives
by Arthur C. Kirsch
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seminal study, March 22, 2011
This study is the center of dramatic criticism of this period, sine qua non for a bibliography of Shakespeare's late contemporaries.

A family failure,: A novel
A family failure,: A novel
by Renate Rasp
Edition: Unknown Binding
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gruppe 47, January 15, 2011
This review is from: A family failure,: A novel
Renate Rasp is a member of Gruppe 47, post-WWII German writers after 1946 (others were Heinrich Boll, Ilse Aichinger, etc.) trying to express their feelings about the Nazi guilt; in this light, the story of a boy who tries to be a tree makes good symbolic sense. The story is deeply disturbing, but if you stop thinking of a personal father-son relationship instead of a vision of the fatherland vs. the artist, it has a deeper value. After all, German literature (Goethe, Heine, Hesse. etc.) is of high value, and Nazism is separate from it. I read this story in German in 1974.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Patterns in Ibsen's canon, December 31, 2010
This book-length study ties all Ibsen's dramatic works together with an underlying motif pattern first articulated in Cataline, an early verse work. By identifying the same elements -- happy home in the valley, dangerous climb to the heights, two child-deaths, etc. -- in each of Ibsen's works, Hurt reveals autobiographical elements imbedded in symbolic structures. For example, Hedda Gabler contains two "child-deaths," Lovborg's manuscript and Hedda's unwanted pregnancy. While occasionally struggling with his examples, Hurt succeeds in removing Ibsen from a mere front-runner in chamber theatre to a significant psychological observer of the human condition.

The Infinity of Lists: An Illustrated Essay
The Infinity of Lists: An Illustrated Essay
by Umberto Eco
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grad school revisited, December 8, 2010
This book, a birthday present, revived the literature I once knew well and have over the years let slip away. As an essay on the function of listing, it is extraordinary; as an anthology of Western literature it is invaluable, as an art book, it is beautiful, but as a review of what was once known and is now almost forgotten, it is priceless. Anyone who thinks great literature is out of date or corny, or thinks the day of real books is over, should hold this book in his or her hands for an hour. Its "weight," both physical and intellectual, makes a "kindle" seem flimsy and as ephemeral as an eight-track.

Una Tarra Ci He
Una Tarra Ci He
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Commercial Junk, May 16, 2005
This review is from: Una Tarra Ci He (Audio CD)
I saw A Filetta in person in Wales. They are six Corsican men who stand in a semi-circle, heads together, and sing a capella (sometimes also with a plucked instrument), creating some of the most haunting sounds humans can make. Songs of anguish about their country, songs of devotion about their religion. This album is drenched with duende, and will never be found by accident. It's not on the popular circuit; it needs me to tell you, and then you'll tell everyone else.

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