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Birkerts, Sven

Overview
Works: 57 works in 169 publications in 4 languages and 8,013 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Biography‡vAnecdotes  Anecdotes  Catalogs 
Roles: Author of introduction, _za, Editor
Classifications: Z1003, 028
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Most widely held works by Sven Birkerts
The Gutenberg elegies : the fate of reading in an electronic age by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
37 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 2,179 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
An artificial wilderness : essays on 20th-century literature by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
15 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The electric life : essays on modern poetry by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Readings by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 645 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 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American energies : essays on fiction by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
6 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 462 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 )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 413 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."--BOOK JACKET
Writing well by Donald Hall ( Book )
5 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Literature : the evolving canon by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
8 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 257 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 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gunnar Birkerts : metaphoric modernist by Gunnar Birkerts ( Book )
6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Gutenberg-Elegien : Lesen im elektronischen Zeitalter by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
4 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in German and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Gutenberg elegies : the fate of reading in an electronic culture by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Birkerts bemoans the rush to embrace new technologies at the expense of the printed word
The Longwood introduction to fiction by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elegía a Gutenberg : el futuro de la lectura en la era electrónica by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
5 editions published in 1999 in Spanish and held by 23 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
Beyond Brooklyn ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in German and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Growing up counter in a contrary timr by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Du shu de wan ge : cong zhi zhi shu dao dian zi shu by Sven Birkerts ( Book )
3 editions published in 2001 in Chinese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Birkert, Sven
Birkerts, Sven
Birkerts, Sven P.
バーカーツ, スヴェン
Languages
English (122)
Spanish (5)
German (5)
Chinese (3)
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