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Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams: Towards a Critical Theory of the Arts and the State in Africa

Ngugi wa Thiongʼo

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183907
eISBN:
9780191674136
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183907.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This book explores the relationship between art and political power in society, taking as its starting point the experience of writers in contemporary Africa, where they are often seen as the enemy ... More


Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure?

A. D. Nuttall

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187660
eISBN:
9780191674747
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187660.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Why does tragedy give pleasure? Why do people who are neither wicked nor depraved enjoy watching plays about suffering or death? Is it because we see horrific matter controlled by majestic art? Or ... More


Obscure Objects of Desire Surrealism, Fetishism, and Politics

Johanna Malt

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199253425
eISBN:
9780191698132
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253425.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In a speech given in Prague in 1935, André Breton asked, ‘Is there, properly speaking, a left-wing art capable of defending itself?’. But despite his conviction that surrealism did indeed offer such ... More


The Thought and Art of Joseph Joubert (1754–1824)

David P. Kinloch

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151838
eISBN:
9780191672859
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151838.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book rescues Joseph Joubert from the ranks of minor French moralistes, and, by tracing the development of his thought from his time as secretary to Diderot through to the period of his ... More


Baudelaire's Prose Poems: The Practice and Politics of Irony

Sonya Stephens

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158776
eISBN:
9780191673351
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158776.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

The aim of this book is to offer a new reading of Baudelaire's Petits Poèmes en Prose that demonstrates the significance of ironic otherness for the theory and functioning of the work and for the ... More


Heinrich von Kleist: The Ambiguity of Art and the Necessity of Form

Hilda Meldrum Brown

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158950
eISBN:
9780191673436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158950.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book presents an integrated approach to the literary and non-literary writings of the major German author, Heinrich von Kleist. Analysis of Kleist's early letters, in particular, illuminates the ... More


Concluding Note

Ngũgĩ Wa Thiongʼo

in Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams: Towards a Critical Theory of the Arts and the State in Africa

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183907
eISBN:
9780191674136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183907.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This concluding chapter describes the artist's response to the power of the state and to the challenges of interpretation. Writers have no real choices other than to align themselves with the people ... More


Epilogue

Galin Tihanov

in The Master and the Slave: Lukács, Bakhtin, and the Ideas of their Time

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187257
eISBN:
9780191674679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187257.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book demonstrates how two authors can be distinct yet similar at the same time. They responded to the need of the times, one that stemmed from a desire for a society. They used art, literature ... More


Yiddish as a Literary Language

Dov-Ber Kerler

in The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151661
eISBN:
9780191672798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151661.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Although the word language is always loosely connected with speech, literature is an entirely different form. It relies more heavily on style and technique, and is more artful and fluid in structure. ... More


Conclusion

Edward Nye

in Literary and Linguistic Theories in Eighteenth-Century France: From Nuances to Impertinence

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160120
eISBN:
9780191673788
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160120.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses how 18th-century language debates are a rich source of theories about imitation in the arts and a remarkable attempt to answer the ‘what’ and ‘how’ questions to which it gives ... More


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