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Rocket and lightship : essays on literature and ideas, Adam Kirsch

Label
Rocket and lightship : essays on literature and ideas
Title
Rocket and lightship
Title remainder
essays on literature and ideas
Statement of responsibility
Adam Kirsch
Title variation
Essays on literature and ideas
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 first order" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). In Rocket and Lightship he examines the work and lives of writers past and present, from intellectuals Susan Sontag, Hannah Arendt, and Walter Benjamin to novelists including E. M. Forster, David Foster Wallace, and Zadie Smith. Kirsch quotes G. M. Hopkins: "Nor rescue, only rocket and lightship, shone." So, according to Kirsch, shines literature: as an unattainable speed, as a moving beacon. Taken together, the provocative and bold essays in Rocket and Lightship show how literature can illuminate questions of meaning, ethics, and politics, and how those questions shape the way we take pleasure in art" --
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
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Kirsch, Adam
Dewey number
814/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3611.I77
LC item number
A6 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature and society
  • Authors
  • Life in literature
  • Art and literature
  • Meaning (Psychology)
  • Pleasure
Label
Rocket and lightship : essays on literature and ideas, Adam Kirsch
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Publication
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  • 31223112626313
  • 31223112626271
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
305 pages
Isbn
9780393243468
Lccn
2014020823
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
869437746
Label
Rocket and lightship : essays on literature and ideas, Adam Kirsch
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223112626313
  • 31223112626271
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
305 pages
Isbn
9780393243468
Lccn
2014020823
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
869437746

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