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Narrative Discourse
An Essay in Method
Gerard Genette






Nobody's Business
Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics
Brian M. Reed
The first book to treat the emergence of Flarf, Conceptual Poetry, and other genres of contemporary avant-garde poetry in a serious way.



The Occult Mind
Magic in Theory and Practice
Christopher I. Lehrich
Through analyses of ley lines, the Tarot, the Corpus Hermeticum, and early attempts to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics, Lehrich treats magic and its parts as an intellectual object that requires interpretive zeal.



On Deconstruction
Theory and Criticism after Structuralism
Jonathan Culler



Orientalism and the Hebrew Imagination
Yaron Peleg
Calling into question prevailing notions about Orientalism, Yaron Peleg shows how the paradoxical mixture of exoticism and familiarity with which Jews related to Palestine at the beginning of the twentieth century shaped the legacy of Zionism. In...



Paradigms for a Metaphorology
Hans Blumenberg
What role do metaphors play in philosophical language? Are they impediments to clear thinking that should be eradicated in the interests of terminological exactness? Or can they be used by philosophers to indicate the attitudes that regulate an epoch?



Paranoia and Modernity
Cervantes to Rousseau
John Farrell
"Don Quixote is the first great modern paranoid adventurer. . . . Grandiosity and persecution define the characters of Swift's Gulliver, Stendhal's Julien Sorel, Melville's Ahab, Dostoyevsky's Underground Man, Ibsen's Masterbuilder Solness...



The Particulars of Rapture
An Aesthetics of the Affects
Charles Altieri
This brilliant, penetrating, and ambitious book by a well-known literary theorist studies the complex relationship between the emotions on the one side and literary works and paintings on the other. A central aim of Charles Altieri's is to rescue our...



Passage through Hell
Modernist Descents, Medieval Underworlds
David L. Pike
Taking the culturally resonant motif of the descent to the underworld as his guiding thread, David L. Pike traces the interplay between myth and history in medieval and modernist literature. Passage through Hell suggests new approaches to the practice...



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