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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


The Mind—Body Problem in German Literature 1770–1830: Wezel, Moritz, and Jean Paul

Catherine J. Minter

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199255993
eISBN:
9780191698293
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255993.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This study explores the role of philosophical anthropology — the question of the relationship between mind and body — in the novels and non-fictional writings of Johann Karl Wezel, Karl Philipp ... More


The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science, and the Form of Victorian Fiction

Nicholas Dames

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199208968
eISBN:
9780191695759
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208968.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

How did the Victorians read novels? The author answers that deceptively simple question by revealing a now-forgotten range of nineteenth-century theories of the novel, a range based in a study of ... More


Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Nicholas Hammond

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Blaise Pascal's Pensées is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest masterpieces of seventeenth-century France, an unfinished work which has both inspired and perplexed readers in succeeding ... More


Circles of Censorship: Censorship and its Metaphors in French History, Literature, and Theory

Nicholas Harrison

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159094
eISBN:
9780191673481
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159094.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The French Revolution of 1789 bequeathed an enduring rhetoric of human rights which made it conventional to declare oneself against censorship and in favour of freedom of expression. But, as this ... 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


Security: Politics, Humanity, and the Philology of Care

John T. Hamilton

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157528
eISBN:
9781400846474
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157528.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

From national security and social security to homeland and cyber-security, “security” has become one of the most overused words in culture and politics today. Yet it also remains one of the most ... More


Homo Curans

John T. Hamilton

in Security: Politics, Humanity, and the Philology of Care

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157528
eISBN:
9781400846474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157528.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on one of the fables collected and revised by the Roman grammarian Hyginus (d. AD 17) that proved to be particularly relevant among later poets and philosophers. The brief tale ... More


The Eighteenth Century: Mimesis and Effect

Ann Jefferson

in Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160658
eISBN:
9781400852598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160658.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the characteristics of genius as set forth during the eighteenth century, when the modern idea of genius first took root and when the secular values of the Enlightenment took ... More


Cultural Critique and the End of Genius: Barthes, Sartre

Ann Jefferson

in Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160658
eISBN:
9781400852598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160658.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter describes the gradual discrediting of the notion of genius. In France in the 1950s, contemporaneously with the Minou Drouet affair, it became the object of a powerful cultural critique ... More


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