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The essay : forms and transformations

Author: Dorothea Flothow; Markus Oppolzer; Sabine Coelsch-Foisner
Publisher: Heidelberg : Universitätsverlag Winter, [2017] ©2017
Series: Wissenschaft und Kunst.
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The essay has constituted an important prose form since the sixteenth century and opens up an intriguing field for interdisciplinary study. Applied to such heterogeneous writings as maxims, aphorisms, proverbs, letters, and treatises, it has always eluded a clear definition. Not surprisingly, literary and cultural studies have been reluctant to tackle what appears to be a random array of prose texts straddling the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Essay.
Heidelberg : Universitätsverlag Winter, [2017]
(OCoLC)1017463321
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothea Flothow; Markus Oppolzer; Sabine Coelsch-Foisner
ISBN: 9783825377366 3825377369
OCLC Number: 1006412177
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 337 pages)
Contents: An elusive genre?: An attempt to define the essay / Wolfgang G. Müller --
Refashioning fable through the Baconian essay: De sapientia veterum and mythologies of the early modern natural philosopher / Christopher Crosbie --
Diverse strains in the early English familiar essay: Peacham, Cowley, Temple / Holger Klein --
William Thackeray's bedside book: James Howell's Epistolae Ho-Elianae and the essay / Glyn Pursglove --
Dryden's prefatory essays / Sarah Herbe --
Early modern essays: the harmonics of the discourse of authority / Maria-Ana Tupan --
Mr. Spectator's ambiguous authority: the position of the speaker in the early eighteenth-century periodical essay / Bálint Gárdos --
The essay as a medium in the debate on travel / Ingrid Kuczynski --
Mill versus Carlyle: the rise of materialism and the defeat of the romantic ideal / David Foster --
"Ancient, hardy, pugnacious, and poor": Margaret Oliphant's form and conformation in "Scottish National Character" and Kirsteen --
George Orwell's essayistic prose / Wolfgang G. Müller --
The essay as a form of radical critique: negation and immanent utopia in Adorno's aesthetic theory --
Sontag: essayist / Gulshan R. Taneja --
The essay as an instrument in the long fight for women's emancipation / Ingrid von Rosenberg --
Power and female subjectivity in Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas / Nóra Séllei --
Eco-morality narratives in Atwood's essays / Danica Malekova --
Margaret Atwood's ecological essays: moral and environmental anxieties / Katarina Labudova --
The call for political transparency and ecocritical activism in Arundhati Roy's political essays / Suhasini Vincent --
Women novelists' essays for the twenty-first century / Milada Franková --
Essay writing in the Islamic world / Parvin Loloi --
The contemporary Finnish essay and the question of genre: notes towards the essay as social action / Veli-Matti Pynttäri --
The Lithuanian essay: a form of misreading and a case of identity / Rima Bertasaviciute
Series Title: Wissenschaft und Kunst.
Responsibility: edited by Dorothea Flothow, Markus Oppolzer, Sabine Coelsch-Foisner

Abstract:

The essay has constituted an important prose form since the sixteenth century and opens up an intriguing field for interdisciplinary study. Applied to such heterogeneous writings as maxims, aphorisms, proverbs, letters, and treatises, it has always eluded a clear definition. Not surprisingly, literary and cultural studies have been reluctant to tackle what appears to be a random array of prose texts straddling the boundaries between literature, philosophy and scientific writing, criticism and journalism. This volume explores the shifts and transformations of this rich genre, re-interpreting classic texts as well as drawing attention to previously neglected examples from a variety of cultural fields. A particular focus lies on the political and transformative potential of the essay, which has been embraced by women writers, activists, revolutionary thinkers or marginalized groups to give voice to their ideas and concerns. Thus, the essay has often been central in bringing to the fore new structures of feeling and emerging intellectual trends, conjoining literary and epistemic properties. Reihe Wissenschaft und Kunst - Band 32

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