The World and Its Rival: Essays on Literary Imagination in Honor of Per Nykrog

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Rodopi, Jan 1, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 301 pages
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This volume assembles a wide range of scholars and critical methodologies to suggest multiple interpretations of the vital connection linking literary imagination and the human experience of reality. In varying ways and with varying intent, it speaks to the essential experience of participating in imaginative worlds, offering different accounts of how language signifies in real and imaginary contexts, and why people read and write rival realities. Taking as point of departure Aristotle's definition ofpoesis, it questions how literature stands in both mimetic and transformative relation to the givens of history, reworking them within the order of imagination and desire. Through historical, linguistic, and literary analysis of texts spanning nine centuries, it demonstrates how though it is irreducible to reality, literary imagination conveys something very real about the human response to the world, including the knowledge and power proper to such experience; neither history nor lie, it discloses a reality purged of extraneous detail, making what is essential to human experience more concentrated and dramatic. Thus made apparent is that literature and history do not exclude each other, but inform, correct, and supplement each other, underscoring the complexities of thought and imagination.
 

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Ziolkowski
1
R Howard Bloch
39
Douglas Kelly
59
Aileen Ann Macdonald
79
Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner
93
Carol R Dover
119
Keith Busby
137
Lynn Tarte Ramey
161
Nancy Erickson Bouzrara
171
Per Nykrog
193
Lionel Gossman
201
Christie McDonald
249
Paulette Anne Smith
265
Tom Conley
285
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