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Rocket and lightship : essays on literature and ideas

Author: Adam Kirsch
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A collection of essays from a "great poet-critic-intellectual" (Daily Beast). In these brilliant, wide-ranging essays, published over the last seven years in the New Republic, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, renowned American critic Adam Kirsch explores the intersection of literature with larger questions about ideas, history, and society. Kirsch has been described as "elegant and astute ... [a] critic of the very  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Kirsch
ISBN: 9780393243468 039324346X 0393243478 9780393243475
OCLC Number: 869437746
Description: xi, 305 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
Art over biology --
Darwinism at 150 --
Francis Fukuyama and the beginning of history --
The last men: Houellebecq, Sebald, McEwan --
Under the volcano: Giacomo Leopardi --
Up from cynicism: Peter Sloterdijk --
The deadly jester: Slavoj Žižek --
Still the good war --
Beware of pity: Hannah Arendt --
The interpreter: Walter Benjamin --
Alfred Kazin's clamor --
Susan Sontag's seriousness --
The importance of being earnest: David Foster Wallace --
The lesson of the master: Cynthia Ozick --
Liberation and liberalism: E.M. Forster --
Zadie Smith and the future of the novel --
The turbulence of Saul Bellow --
Proust between halachah and aggadah --
Rocket and lightship.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Adam Kirsch.

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