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Hesitant heroes : private inhibition, cultural crisis

Author: Theodore Ziolkowski
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why, Theodore Ziolkowski wonders, does Western literature abound with figures who experience a crucial moment of uncertainty in their actions? In this highly original and engaging work, he explores the significance of these unlikely heroes for literature and history." "From Aeneas - who wavered momentarily before plunging his sword into Turnus's chest - to Hamlet, Orestes, Parzival, Wallenstein, and others,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Ziolkowski
ISBN: 0801442036 9780801442032
OCLC Number: 53084079
Awards: Winner of A 2005 New Jersey Council for the Humanities' Hono.
Description: xi, 163 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Paradox of the Hesitant Hero --
Aeneas, or Hesitation in Hesperia --
The Context --
The Problematic Ending --
To Kill or Not to Kill --
Inhibition: The Pause That Represses --
The Historical Analogy --
Orestes, or Anguish in Argos --
The Curse of the Atrides --
Orestes' Hesitation --
The Consequences --
The Dramatic Context --
The Historical Dimension --
The Trojan Dilemma --
Parzival, or Silence at Munsalvaesche --
Parzival's Hesitation --
The Mysteries of Munsalvaesche --
The Sequel --
The Hesitation Re-Viewed --
Fin-de-sic̈le Concerns --
Hamlet, or Anomy in Elsinore --
Hamlet, Aeneas, Orestes --
Preliminaries --
Hamlet's "Antic Disposition" --
The Rotten State --
Time out of Joint --
Wallenstein, or Evasions in Bohemia --
The Background --
Wallenstein's Delay --
Wallenstein's Hesitation --
War as Paradigm --
Wavering Heroes, from Scotland to Spain --
The Wavering Hero --
The Hegelian View --
Romantic Varieties --
Modern Modifications.
Responsibility: Theodore Ziolkowski.
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Why, Theodore Ziolkowski wonders, does Western literature abound with figures who experience a crucial moment of uncertainty in their actions? In this highly original and engaging work, he explores  Read more...

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"Ziolkowski suspects that the moment of indecision represents a crisis when an entire society is poised for change-not a crisis for the fictional hero's society but for his author's." -- Mark Jarman Read more...

 
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