Tour de Babel., Genesis (bijbelboek), and Toren van Babel.
Das exegetische Verständnis von Gen 11,1-9 steht im Banne eines Symbols, des 'Turmbaus zu Babel'. Der erste Teil der vorliegenden Arbeit bietet deshalb einen Abriss der Interpretationsgeschichte: Wie ist das eingängige Konglomerat aus Archäologie und Theologie entstanden, dem zufolge Gen 11,1-9 eine vom Bau einer babylonischen Ziqqurat handelnde Erzählung über die widergöttliche Hybris der Menschen darstellen soll? Der zweite Teil setzt bei Semantik und Motivkritik an und bietet eine neue Interpretation der Erzählung vor dem Hintergrund altorientalischer Weltherrschaftsrhetorik. Entscheidend dafür ist die Beobachtung, dass das Motiv der "eine Rede" sich in Kombination mit anderen Motiven von Gen 11,1-9 (Baumotiv, "Namenmachen", "ein Volk") in assyrischen Königsinschriften findet, besonders profiliert in Inschriften Sargons II., die vom Bau seiner neuen Hauptstadt Dur-Sarrukin handeln. Die kompositions- und literarkritisch rekonstruierbare Grundschicht von Gen 11,1-9* kann vor diesem Hintergrund als Reflexionserzählung angesichts des mit Sargons Schlachtentod gescheiterten Baus von Dur-Sarrukin verstanden werden. Ihr Thema ist die Verhinderung eines weltherrschaftlichen Bauprojekts durch JHWH, womit (concretum pro abstracto) ein israelitisch-judäischer Verfasser gleichzeitig eine für Zeitgenossen unmissverständliche Kritik an Weltherrschaftsansprüchen überhaupt anmeldet. Angesichts der gigantischen Baumassnahmen Nebukadnezzars II. in Babylon ist die Erzählung in exilischer Zeit im Rahmen einer satirischen relecture auf die Hauptstadt des neuen Grossreichs übertragen worden. Durch den Einbau in die vor-'priesterschriftliche' Urgeschichte wurde daraus dann eine Episode der Frühgeschichte der Menschheit. Aber noch in persischer Zeit hat eine letzte Bearbeitung die Erzählung 'politisch-theologisch' verstanden, als Ätiologie einer positiv durch Sprachen- und Völkervielfalt gekennzeichneten Weltordnung.
Pessoa, Fernando, Reader-response criticism, Pizarro, Jerónimo, Heteronyms, Criticism, interpretation, etc, Heterónimos, Self, Books and reading, Pessoan studies, Estudos pessoanos, French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portuguese literature, and PQ1-3999
Baldwin, James -- 1924-1987 -- Another country, Baldwin, James -- 1924-1987 -- Criticism and interpretation, Baldwin, James -- 1924-1987 -- Influence, McLarin, Kim, African American authors, American literature -- 20th century -- Criticism and interpretation, Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.), Man-woman relationships in literature, Race in literature, Gender identity in literature, Baldwin, James -- 1924-1987, Another country (Baldwin, James), American literature, 1900-1999, Literary criticism, and Criticism, interpretation, etc
'Set mainly in Greenwich Village and Harlem, James Baldwin's 1962 novel, Another Country, is a groundbreaking work of sexual, racial and artistic passions that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality. In her volume in Ig's acclaimed Bookmarked series, award winning author and essayist Kim McLarin shares her appreciation of this seminal novel, demonstrating how its myriad themes-- including relations between men and women (gay and straight, Black and white), the meaning of creativity, and the ecstasy and pain of love--mirror many of her own life experiences. In this critical and personal examination, we come to better understand a pioneering novel and writer, as well as the role race, class and gender have played in Kim's life, and by extension, contemporary American society'--Back cover
Literature and photography -- France -- History -- 19th century, French literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism, Photography of the nude -- History -- 19th century, Photography -- Social aspects -- History -- 19th century, Nude in art -- History -- 19th century, French literature, Literature and photography, Nude in art, Photography of the nude, Photography -- Social aspects, France, 1800-1899, Criticism, interpretation, etc, and History
'This book offers the first comprehensive overview of the historical development of photographic nude images and their central role in nineteenth-century French culture. The nude photograph generated its own discourse, its own anxieties about society, obscenity, and art. No account of attitudes toward sexuality, the rights of women, the history of censorship, or the history of art in the nineteenth century can be complete without accounting for these photographs. This book necessarily involves the visual analysis of the photographs themselves and their unique patterns of representation. Its focus, however, will not be on the images as much as the narrative about nude photography that emerges out of its inscription-whether through allusion or ekphrasis-into a wide range of nineteenth-century texts, including newspapers, magazines, government records, and fiction and nonfiction books. As it turns out, nude photographs exerted a particularly marked influence on contemporary literary production. In the works of the authors in this study, the photographic nude stands at the nexus of concerns about changing modes of artistic representation, about the limits of art and obscenity and the government's role in setting those limits, and about modern industrial capitalism's effect on both art production on the one hand and sexual mores on the other. Although they worked in text rather than image, these authors felt the shock of this novel way of representing the body. The nude photograph provides a new set of terms by which to reconsider some of the century's most well-known literary figures, including Charles Baudelaire, Émile Zola, and the Goncourt brothers'
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism, Nature in literature, Natural history in literature, Nature -- Religious aspects, Literature and science -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century, English fiction, Literature and science, Great Britain, 1800-1899, Criticism, interpretation, etc, and History
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism, Nature in literature, Environmentalism in literature, English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700, and Criticism, interpretation, etc
Heaney, Seamus -- 1939-2013 -- Criticism and interpretation, Wordsworth, William -- 1770-1850 -- Influence, Heaney, Seamus -- 1939-2013, Wordsworth, William -- 1770-1850, Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.), and Criticism, interpretation, etc
'This Strange Loneliness is the first comprehensive account of the poetic relationship between Seamus Heaney and William Wordsworth. Peter Mackay explores how Heaney repeatedly turns to the Romantic poet's work for inspiration, corroboration, and amplification, and as a model for the fortifying power of poetry itself, which offers the fundamental lesson that 'it is on this earth 'we find our happiness, or not at all.'' Through an in-depth look at archival materials, and at uncollected poems and prose by Heaney, Mackay traces the evolution of Heaney's readings of Wordsworth throughout his career, revealing their shared interest in the connections between poetry and education, the possibility of a beneficial understanding of poetic influence, the complexities of place and displacement, ideas of transcendence, and ultimately the importance of 'late style': later poems by Wordsworth might prove a cautionary tale, as well as example, for any poet. Placing Heaney's readings within their political, historical, and poetic contexts the book also explores how he negotiated the complex relationship between Irish and British culture and identity to claim a persistent form of kinship, and forge a strange community, with the Romantic poet.'
Japanese fiction -- Taishō period, 1912-1926 -- History and criticism, Buddhist literature -- History and criticism, Buddhism in literature, Buddhism and literature -- Japan, Buddhism and literature, Buddhist literature, Japanese fiction -- Taishō period, Japan, 1912-1926, and Criticism, interpretation, etc
'Argues that the role of Buddhism in modern Japanese prose literature has been significantly overlooked' 'The Awakening of Modern Japanese Fiction is the first book to treat the literary practices of certain major modern Japanese writers as Buddhist practices, and to read their work as Buddhist literature. Its distinctive contribution is its focus on modern literature and, importantly, modern Buddhism, which Michihiro Ama presents both as existing in continuity with the historical Buddhist tradition and as having unique features of its own. Ama corrects the dominant perception in which the Christian practice of confession has been accepted as the primary informing source of modern Japanese prose literature, arguing instead that the practice has always been a part of Shin Buddhist culture. Focusing on personal fiction, this volume explores the works of literary figures and Buddhist priests who, challenged by the modern development of Japan, turned to Buddhism in a variety of ways and used literature as a vehicle for transforming their sense of selfhood. Writers discussed include Natsume Sōseki, Tayama Katai, Shiga Naoya, Kiyozawa Manshi, and Akegarasu Haya. By bringing Buddhism out of the shadows of early twentieth-century Japanese literature and elucidating its presence in both individual authors' lives and the genre of autobiographical fiction, The Awakening of Modern Japanese Fiction demonstrates a more nuanced understanding of the role of Buddhism in the development of Japanese modernity.'
Baraka, Amiri -- 1934-2014 -- Criticism and interpretation, Baraka, Amiri -- 1934-2014 -- Political and social views, African Americans -- Intellectual life -- 20th century, African American authors -- 20th century, Jazz in literature, Black power -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Baraka, Amiri -- 1934-2014, African American authors, African Americans -- Intellectual life, Black power, Political and social views, United States, 1900-1999, Criticism, interpretation, etc, and History
'Scholars and critics draw upon Amiri Baraka's oeuvre to reassess his political and literary legacy'
American literature -- Race identity -- Southern States, American literature -- Southern States -- 20th century, American literature -- Southern States -- History and criticism, American literature, Southern States, 1900-1999, and Criticism, interpretation, etc
Includes bibliographical references and index Introduction -- Tom and friends: Thomas Dixon, white supremacy, and poor whites of the Lost Cause -- 'It ain't hardly worth the trouble to go on living': the reaction to abject poverty in Erskine Caldwell -- 'Crashing to bits': autobiographical recreations of the South -- 'It aint nothing but jest another Snopes': boundaries of whiteness in Yoknapatawpha -- Maimed souls: O'Connor, disability, and the future of white trash 'Peculiar Whiteness: Racial Anxiety and Poor Whites in Southern Literature, 1900-1965 argues for deeper consideration of the complexities surrounding the disparate treatment of poor whites throughout southern literature and attests to how broad such experiences have been. While the history of prejudice against this group is not the same as the legacy of violence perpetrated against people of color in America, individuals regarded as 'white trash' have suffered a dehumanizing process in the writings of various white authors. Poor white characters are frequently maligned as grotesque and anxiety inducing, especially when they are aligned in close proximity to blacks or to people with disabilities. Thus, as a symbol, much has been asked of poor whites, and various iterations of the label (e.g., 'white trash,' tenant farmers, or even people with a little less money than average) have been subject to a broad spectrum of judgment, pity, compassion, fear, and anxiety. Peculiar Whiteness engages key issues in contemporary critical race studies, whiteness studies, and southern studies, both literary and historical. Through discussions of authors including Charles Chesnutt, Thomas Dixon, Sutton Griggs, Erskine Caldwell, Lillian Smith, William Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor, we see how whites in a position of power work to maintain their status, often by finding ways to recategorize and marginalize people who might not otherwise have seemed to fall under the auspices or boundaries of 'white trash.''
Whitman, Walt, Verfasser, Folsom, and Merrill, Christopher
Whitman, Walt -- 1819-1892 -- Diaries, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Poetry, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Literature and the war, Civil war in literature, Whitman, Walt -- 1819-1892 -- Criticism and interpretation, Whitman, Walt -- 1819-1892, War and literature, United States, 1861-1865, Criticism, interpretation, etc, Diaries, History, Personal narratives, and Poetry
'This book is the first to offer a comprehensive selection of Walt Whitman's Civil War poetry and prose with a full commentary on each work. One of the most distinguished critics in Whitman Studies, Ed Folsom, and one of the nation's most prominent writers and literary figures, Christopher Merrill, carry on a dialog with Whitman (and with each other), selection by selection, as they invite readers to enter into the conversation about how Whitman's writing about the Civil War develops, shifts, and manifests itself in different genres throughout the four years of the war. Folsom and Merrill go beyond Whitman's well-known war poems in his Drum-Taps and examine with equal care his Civil War prose writing in Memoranda During the War and in his personal letters. The book offers forty selections of Whitman's war writings, each followed by Folsom's detailed critical examination of the work and then by Merrill's writer's afterword, suggesting broader contexts for thinking about the selection. The Civil War initially shattered Whitman's confidence in the future of the nation he invested so much faith in, but he gradually reconciled himself to the idea that the war ultimately would strengthen the reconstructed United States and would serve as the compost out of which a great democratic future would be built. Folsom and Merrill offer a commentary that takes to heart Whitman's faith in an emerging democratic readership. The real democratic reader, Whitman said, 'must himself or herself construct indeed the poem, argument, history, metaphysical essay-the text furnishing the hints, the clue, the start or frame-work,' because what is needed for democracy to flourish is 'a nation of supple and athletic minds.' This book-like our previous one on Whitman's 'Song of Myself'-sets out to model this active kind of reading and to encourage both seasoned and new readers of Whitman's war writings to enter into the challenging and exhilarating mode of talking back to Whitman, of engaging him, arguing with him, learning from him, and articulating ways that his responses to America's defining traumatic event continue to speak in surprising new ways to present-day America and to the world beyond America'
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism, Multiple person narrative, Narration (Rhetoric), English fiction, 1800-1899, and Criticism, interpretation, etc
'Integrating narrative theory, gothic theory, and disability studies with analyses of works by Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Wilkie Collins, Emily Brontë, and Bram Stoker, this study illustrates the significance and impact of the multi-narrator structure in Victorian novels'
Violence in literature, Latin American literature -- History and criticism, Latin American literature, and Criticism, interpretation, etc
Violentologies: Violence, Identity, and Ideology in Latina/o Literature, explores how various forms of violence undergird a wide range of Latina/o subjectivities, or Latinidades, from 1835 to the present. Drawing upon the Colombian interdisciplinary field of violence studies known as violentologia, which examines the transformation of Colombian society during a century of political and interpersonal violence, this book adapts the neologism 'violentology' as a heuristic device and epistemic category to map the salience of violence in Latina/o history, life, and culture in the U.S. and globally.0Based on one hundred primary texts and archival documents from an expansive range of Latina/o communities - Chicana/o, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, Dominican American, Salvadoran American, Guatemalan American, and various mixed-heritages and transversal hybridities throughout the world - Violentologies features multiple generations of Latinx combatants, wartime non-combatants, and 'peacetime' civilians whose identities and ideologies extend through, and also far beyond, familiar Latinidades.0Based on this discrepant archive, Violentologies articulates a contrapuntal assessment of the inchoate, contradictory, and complex range of violence-based Latina/o ontologies and epistemologies, and corresponding negotiations of power, or ideologies, pursuant to an expansive and meta-critical Pan-Latina/o methodology and, ultimately, an anti-identitarian Post-Latina/o paradigm
Tagore, Rabindranath -- 1861-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation, Yeats, W. B. -- (William Butler) -- 1865-1939 -- Criticism and interpretation, Literature and transnationalism -- India -- History -- 20th century, Literature and transnationalism -- England -- History -- 20th century, Tagore, Rabindranath -- 1861-1941, Yeats, W. B. -- (William Butler) -- 1865-1939, Literature and transnationalism, England, India, 1900-1999, Criticism, interpretation, etc, and History
'This book examines W.B. Yeats's and Rabindranath Tagore's literary engagements with identity, nationalism, and the literary and cultural traditions of Ireland and India. It offers a critical perspective on their work in the twentieth century, when their international collaborations most significantly influence the cross-border lives of their literature'
Bible -- Former Prophets -- Criticism, interpretation, etc, Bible -- Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc, Bible -- Former Prophets, Bible -- Old Testament, and Criticism, interpretation, etc
Waiting for the Rest That Still Remains. A Biblical Theology of the Former Prophets focuses on Israel's squandering of God's gift of rest from the enemy all around by worshiping at the altars of other gods, and its ultimate consequences: a second exile, this time from the landed presence of the Lord. Where land is the Pentateuch's promised future, the Former Prophets proffer a future tied to the Lord's dynastic covenant with David and Solomon's dedicatory prayer. Pleas that God hear in heaven the prayers his people direct toward the temple in Jerusalem express hope for the good life in the land, but the culmination of Solomon's prayer pleads that upon repentance their captors be compassionate to them in the land of their captivity; there is no plea for return to the land from exile. Outside of God's promise to David Joshua-Kings do not identify an earthly place, like Noah's ark or the land filled with God's presence, to which they might return. Israel awaits the fulfillment of God's promise to David.
Tolstoy, Leo -- graf -- 1828-1910 -- Anna Karenina, Tolstoy, Leo -- graf -- 1828-1910 -- Criticism and interpretation, Karenina, Anna (Fictitious character), Marriage in literature, Adultery in literature, Tolstoy, Leo -- graf -- 1828-1910, Anna Karenina (Tolstoy, Leo, graf), and Criticism, interpretation, etc