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Birkerts, Sven

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Works: 53 works in 201 publications in 7 languages and 8,714 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Essays  Detective and mystery fiction  Handbooks and manuals  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, z̲a
Classifications: Z1003, 028
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The Gutenberg elegies : the fate of reading in an electronic age by Sven Birkerts( Book )

68 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 2,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Gutenberg Elegies, nationally renowned critic Sven Birkerts powerfully argues that we are living in a state of intellectual emergency - an emergency caused by our willingness to embrace new technologies at the expense of the printed word. As we rush to get "on line," as we make the transition from book to screen, says Birkerts, we are turning against some of the core premises of humanism - indeed, we are putting the idea of individualism itself under threat. The printed page and the circuit driven information technologies are not kindred - for Birkerts they represent fundamentally opposed forces. In their inevitable confrontation our deepest values will be tested
Readings by Sven Birkerts( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of literary criticism on topics such as biography, the enigma of poetic inspiration, contemporary nostalgia, our modern sense of time, the future of the creative spirit, and more
Tolstoy's dictaphone : technology and the muse( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Changing the subject : art and attention in the Internet age by Sven Birkerts( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1994, Sven Birkerts published The Gutenberg elegies, his celebrated rallying cry to resist the oncoming digital advances, especially those that might affect the way we read literature and experience art. Over the next two decades of rampant change, Birkerts has reluctantly allowed a degree of everyday digital technology into his life... In Changing the subject, he examines the changes that he has observed in himself and others--the distraction induced by reading on the screen; the loss of personal agency through reliance on GPS and one-stop information resources; an increasing acceptance of "hive" behaviors. 'An unprecedented shift is underway," he argues, and "this transformation is dramatically accelerated and more psychologically formative than any previous technological innovation.' He finds solace in engagement with art, particularly literature, and contemplates the countering energies available to us through acts of sustained attention, even as he worries that our increasingly mediated existences are a threat to creativity."--Page 4 of cover
American energies : essays on fiction by Sven Birkerts( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Award-winning writer Sven Birkerts takes on contemporary American fiction in this provocative new collection of essays. In these insightful pieces, Birkerts evaluates the postmodern literary scene and the effect the media, especially television, have had on the way we think and write. The most crucial essay, "The Talent in the Room," sets the theme for the book, as Birkerts discusses the diminished possibilities for the "great American novel" to be written. The essential connection between past and present has been severed, he argues, and a sense of history and depth, and the distinctions between high and low culture, have faded, only to be replaced with a glut of information from the computer age and the homogenized forces of television and mass communication. In other essays, Birkerts examines the diversity of the novelistic styles of such established writers as Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo, and such writers just beginning to gain reputation as Paul Auster, Leslie Marmon Silko, and David Foster Wallace. American Energies confirms Birkerts's stature as one of the major essayists of our time
The art of time in memoir : then, again by Sven Birkerts( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Art of Time in Memoir, critic, editor, and memoirist Sven Birkerts examines the human impulse to write about the self. "Memoir is, for better and often for worse, the genre of our times," Birkerts writes. But what makes one memoir memorable and another self-serving? What determines the difference between graceful disclosure and sensational self-exposure? Birkerts argues that the memoirist's strategies for presenting the subjective experience of time reveal the power and resonance of the writer's life. By examining memoirs such as Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory, Virginia Woolf's unfinished A Sketch of the Past, and Mary Karr's The Liars' Club, Birkerts describes the memoirist's essential art of assembling patterns of meaning, how the work stirs to life our own sense of past and present."--Jacket
The best American essays 2015( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compiles the best literary essays of the year 2014 which were originally published in American periodicals
Writing well by Donald Hall( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teaches the art of communicating with a variety of audiences
Literature : the evolving canon by Sven Birkerts( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Inspector Barlach mysteries : the judge and his hangman and Suspicion by Friedrich Dürrenmatt( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gunnar Birkerts : metaphoric modernist by Gunnar Birkerts( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Longwood introduction to fiction by Sven Birkerts( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond Brooklyn( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in German and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Instructor's manual for Birkerts literature : the evolving canon by Sven Birkerts( Book )

2 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My sky blue trades : growing up counter in a contrary time by Sven Birkerts( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the nation's great literary critics shares memories of growing up as an outcast in suburban Detroit, reaching deep back into his own family's history to paint a portrait of a life lived as an outsider in America
Agapē agape by William Gaddis( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Turkish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Gaddis published four novels during his lifetime, immense and complex books that helped inaugurate a new movement in American letters. Now comes his final work of fiction, a subtle, concentrated culmination of his art and ideas. For more than fifty years Gaddis collected notes for a book about the mechanization of the arts, told by way of a social history of the player piano in America. In the years before his death in 1998, he distilled the whole mass into a fiction, a dramatic monologue by an elderly man with a terminal illness. Continuing Gaddis's career-long reflection on those aspects of corporate technological culture that are uniquely destructive of the arts, Agape Agape is a stunning achievement from one of the indisputable masters of postwar American fiction
Instructor's manual for Birkerts The Longwood introduction to fiction by John G Maguire( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading and depht of field by Sven Birkerts( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Birkert, Sven

Birkerts, Sven

Birkerts Sven P.

Birkerts, Sven P., 1951-

Birkerts, Svens, 1951-

Birkerts, Svens Pēteris, 1951-

Sven Birkerts American academic and writer

Sven Birkerts Amerikaans essayist

Sven Birkerts US-amerikanischer Medienwissenschaftler und -kritiker

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ReadingsTolstoy's dictaphone : technology and the museThe art of time in memoir : then, againWriting wellLiterature : the evolving canonThe Inspector Barlach mysteries : the judge and his hangman and SuspicionGunnar Birkerts : metaphoric modernistMy sky blue trades : growing up counter in a contrary timeAgapē agape