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Brooks, Peter 1938-

Works: 80 works in 537 publications in 5 languages and 20,571 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romance fiction  Bildungsromans  Melodrama  Domestic fiction  Conference papers and proceedings  Short stories, French  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PQ2168, 843.7
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Most widely held works about Peter Brooks
Most widely held works by Peter Brooks
Realist vision by Peter Brooks( )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 2,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Realist Vision explores the claim to represent the world "as it is." Peter Brooks takes a new look at the realist tradition and its intense interest in the visual. Discussing major English and French novels and paintings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Brooks provides a lively and perceptive view of the realist project." "Centering each chapter on a single novel or group of paintings, Brooks examines the "invention" of realism beginning with Balzac and Dickens, its apogee in the work of such as Flaubert, Eliot, and Zola, and its continuing force in James and modernists such as Woolf. He also considers the painting of Courbet, Manet, Caillebotte, Tissot, and Lucian Freud, and such recent phenomena as "photorealism" and "reality TV.""--Jacket
Body work : objects of desire in modern narrative by Peter Brooks( )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The desire to know the body is a powerful dynamic of storytelling in all its forms. Peter Brooks argues that modern narrative is intent on uncovering the body in order to expose a truth that must be written in the flesh. In a book that ranges widely through literature and painting, Brooks shows how the imagination strives to bring the body into language and to write stories on the body. From Rousseau, Balzac, Mary Shelley, and Flaubert, to George Eliot, Zola, Henry James, and Marguerite Duras, from Manet and Gauguin to Mapplethorpe, writers and artists have returned in fascination to the body the inescapable other of the spirit. Brooks's deep understanding of psychoanalysis informs his demonstration of how the "epistemophilic urge"--The desire to know - guides fictional plots and our reading of them. The novel is so singularly powerful an art form because it plays on our deepest yearnings, including the desire to penetrate the most private of realms. The body that interests Brooks most is defined radically by its sexuality. It is the sexual body that furnishes the building blocks of symbolization, eventually of language itself - which then takes us away from the body. Yet mind and language need to recover the body, as an other realm that is primary to their very definition. In modern art and literature, the body as object of curiosity has been predominantly that of a woman. Brooks shows how and why the female body has become the field upon which the aspirations, anxieties, and contradictions of a whole society are played out. And he suggests how writers and artists have found in the woman's body the dynamic principle of their storytelling, its motor force
Whose Freud? : the place of psychoanalysis in contemporary culture( )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baseret på indlæg fra konferencen "Whose Freud?", Yale University, 1998
Law's stories : narrative and rhetoric in the law by Peter Brooks( )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This important volume brings together an exceptional group of well-known figures in law and literary studies to take a probing look at how and why stories are told in the law and how they are constructed and made effective. How do legal stories gain or lose their impact? What are the uses and risks of storytelling as opposed to arguments and theories? Why is it that some stories - confessions, victim impact statements - can be excluded from decisionmakers' hearing? What rhetorical strategies do judges use to gain persuasiveness or to claim authority to impose certain stories on reality? Law's Stories opens new perspectives on the law - looking at it not as rules and policies but as stories, narrative exchange, performances, interpretation. It provides a compelling encounter of law and literature, seen as two wary but mutually animating fields
Reading for the plot : design and intention in narrative by Peter Brooks( Book )

67 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 1,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book which should appeal to both literary theorists and to readers of the novel, this study invites the reader to consider how the plot reflects the patterns of human destiny and seeks to impose a new meaning on life
Enigmas of identity by Peter Brooks( )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and held by 1,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. "We know that it matters crucially to be able to say who we are, why we are here, and where we are going," Peter Brooks writes in Enigmas of Identity. Many of us are also uncomfortably aware that we cannot provide a convincing account of our identity to others or even ourselves. Despite or because of that failure, we keep searching for identity, making it up, trying to authenticate it, and inventing excuses for our unpersuasive stories about it. This wide-ranging book draws on literature, law, and psychoanalysis to examine important aspects of the emergence of identity as a peculiarly modern preoccupation. In particular, the book addresses the social, legal, and personal anxieties provoked by the rise of individualism and selfhood in modern culture. Paying special attention to Rousseau, Freud, and Proust, Brooks also looks at the intersection of individual life stories with the law, and considers the creation of an introspective project that culminates in psychoanalysis. Elegant and provocative, Enigmas of Identity offers new insights into the questions and clues about who we think we are
The melodramatic imagination : Balzac, Henry James, melodrama, and the mode of excess by Peter Brooks( Book )

43 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this lucid and fascinating book, Peter Brooks argues that melodrama is a crucial mode of expression in modern literature. After studying stage melodrama as a dominant popular form in the nineteenth century, he moves on to Balzac and Henry James to show how these "realist" novelists created fiction using the rhetoric and excess of melodrama - in particular its secularized conflicts of good and evil, salvation and damnation. The Melodramatic Imagination has become a classic work for understanding theater, fiction, and film."--BOOK JACKET
The novel of worldliness; Crébillon, Marivaux, Laclos, Stendhal by Peter Brooks( Book )

24 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contending that a search for “realism” distorts the writing of Crébillon, Marivaux, Laclos, and Stendahl, Peter Brooks considers their novels with reference to the manner in which the characters explore their worth and pursue their own systems of relationships. The novels discussed are used as examples of the fictional exploitation of the drama inherent in man’s social existence and the encounters of personal styles within the framework and code provided by a coterie which is an object of conscious cultivation for its own sake. The author gives detailed readings of the four authors’ works and moves backward to consider the seventeenth-century moralistes and the drawing rooms in which literary forms applied to social man were eloquently elaborated.Originally published in 1969.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The humanities and public life by Hilary Jewett( )

19 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book tests the proposition that the humanities can, and at their best do, represent a commitment to ethical reading. And that this commitment, and the training and discipline of close reading that underlie it, represent something that the humanities need to bring to other fields: to professional training and to public life. What leverage does reading, of the attentive sort practiced in the interpretive humanities, give you on life? Does such reading represent or produce an ethics? The question was posed for many in the humanities by the 'Torture Memos' released by the Justice Department a few years ago, presenting arguments that justified the use of torture by the U.S. government with the most twisted, ingenious, perverse, and unethical interpretation of legal texts. No one trained in the rigorous analysis of poetry could possibly engage in such bad-faith interpretation without professional conscience intervening to say: This is not possible. Teaching the humanities appears to many to be an increasingly disempowered profession -- and status -- within American culture. Yet training in the ability to read critically the messages with which society, politics, and culture bombard us may be more necessary than ever in a world in which the manipulation of minds and hearts is more and more what running the world is all about. This volume brings together a group of distinguished scholars and intellectuals to debate the public role and importance of the humanities. Their exchange suggests that Shelley was not wrong to insist that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of mankind: Cultural change carries everything in its wake. The attentive interpretive reading practiced in the humanities ought to be an export commodity to other fields and to take its place in the public the public sphere."--Publisher's description
Troubling confessions : speaking guilt in law & literature by Peter Brooks( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Troubling Confessions, Peter Brooks juxtaposes law and literature to explore the kinds of truth we associate with confessions, and why we both rely on them and regard them with suspicion. For centuries the law has considered confession to be "the queen of proofs," but it has also seen a need to regulate confessions and the circumstances under which they are made, as evidenced in the continuing debate over the Miranda decision. Western culture has made confessional speech a prime measure of authenticity, seeing it as an expression of selfhood that bears witness to personal truth. Yet the urge to confess may be motivated by inextricable layers of shame, guilt, self-loathing, and the desire to propitiate figures of authority. Literature has often understood the problematic nature of confession better than the law, as Brooks demonstrates in perceptive readings of legal cases set against works by Roussean, Dostoevsky, Joyce, and Camus, among others."--Jacket
Henry James goes to Paris by Peter Brooks( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Henry James Goes to Paris' tells the story of the year the young novelist - aged 32 - spent in Paris, in 1875-76. He traveled to Paris with the intention of a much longer, perhaps a life-long stay, but eventually settled in London
Genet, a collection of critical essays by Peter Brooks( Book )

8 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays to help you understand and appreciate the works of Jean Genet
The human comedy : selected stories by Honoré de Balzac( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We think of Honore Balzac as the author of long and fully upholstered novels, stitched together into the magnificent visionary document called The Human Comedy. Yet along with the full-length fiction within The Human Comedy stand many shorter works, and it's here that we get some of his most daring explorations of crime, sexuality, and artistic creation. As Marcel Proust noted, it is in these tales that we detect, under the surface, the mysterious circulation of blood and desire. All are newly translated by three outstanding translators who restore the freshness of Balzac's vivid and highly colored prose"--
Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac( Book )

8 editions published between 1951 and 1998 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel of nineteenth-century French society is accompanied by nineteenth- and twentieth-century criticism
Psychoanalysis and storytelling by Peter Brooks( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flaubert in the ruins of Paris : the story of a friendship, a novel, and a terrible year by Peter Brooks( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1869, Gustave Flaubert published what he considered to be his masterwork novel, A Sentimental Education, which told a deeply human and deeply pessimistic story of the 1848 revolutions. The book was a critical and commercial flop. Flaubert was devastated. Yet his year was only going to get worse. The summer of 1870 through the spring of 1871 would come to be known as the "Terrible Year" in France. France suffered a humiliating defeat in their war against Prussia, followed by the fall of Napoleon III and his Second Empire, the declaration of a republic, then the siege of Paris by the Prussian army, capitulation, and a dishonorable peace. This in turn provoked a revolt of the people of Paris, who formed a local government called the Commune, which was crushed in the bloodiest class warfare France has ever known. Paris by the end of May 1871--at the end of "the Bloody Week," with the defeat and summary execution of the insurrectionists--was a scorched wasteland, set afire by the retreating Communards. As the dust settled, a struggle began among politicians and artists to define France's future. Yet no one could agree on what France should become; Parisians built the Sacré-Cœur as a monument to French reactionaries just as the newly formed secular republic was distancing itself from religion. For a time, France was inches away from returning to a monarchy led by the Comte de Chambord. As artists, Gustave Flaubert along with his friend George Sand were part of this larger movement to capture the new essence of France and predict the country's future course. Flaubert was convinced that the commune could never have happened if more people had read A Sentimental Education"--
The wings of the dove by Henry James( Book )

22 editions published between 1963 and 2010 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young American heiress, Milly Theale, is fatally ill. Eager for life and love, she undertakes a European tour. Unfortunately, she falls prey to the attentions of Kate Croy and Merton Densher who are secretly engaged and view Milly's "thumping bank account" as a solution to their own problems
Western literature by Heinrich Von Staden( Book )

5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the General Introduction: The three volumes of Western Literature are intended to provide the student with a broad view of the literature of the Western world. The volume on the Ancient World contains some of the best representative examples of the Hebraic and Greco-Roman traditions and of the origins of Christian writing. The second volume, covering the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Enlightenment, opens with a troubadour's lyric to a faraway love and ends with Voltaire's satire on complacent optimism. The third volume, devoted to the Modern World, traces the contemporary spirit from Rousseau to two current masters of the Americas
The Child's part( Book )

8 editions published between 1969 and 1972 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World elsewhere by Peter Brooks( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An 18th century voyage of exploration to Tahiti through the eyes of a French prince who has gone to sea to make his fortune. Tahiti is paradise and he falls in love, but one day the ship's captain announces they are going home. What should the prince do?
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Law's stories : narrative and rhetoric in the law
Body work : objects of desire in modern narrativeWhose Freud? : the place of psychoanalysis in contemporary cultureLaw's stories : narrative and rhetoric in the lawEnigmas of identityThe melodramatic imagination : Balzac, Henry James, melodrama, and the mode of excessTroubling confessions : speaking guilt in law & literatureHenry James goes to ParisPère Goriot
Alternative Names
Brooks, Peter

Brooks, Peter Preston 1938-

Peter Brooks accademico e critico letterario statunitense

Peter Brooks Amerikaans literatuurcriticus

Peter Brooks écrivain américain

Peter Brooks escritor estadounidense

Peter Brooks usona verkisto

Питер Брукс

Питър Брукс

بيتر بروكس كاتب أمريكي

پیتر بروکس

부룩스, 피터 1938-

브룩, 피터 1938-

브룩스, 피터 1938-

ブルックス, ピ-タ- 1938-

ブルックス, ピーター