The Name of Action: Critical Essays

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CUP Archive, 1984 M12 20 - 260 páginas
This selection from John Fraser's essays forms a triptych with his Violence in the Arts and America and the Patterns of Chivalry (published by the Press in 1974 and 1982) and, like them, explores conflicting attitudes towards self-affirmation and social order. Important concerns in all three works are ideas of energy, power, and personal plenitude, and the way in which idealism and heroic intensity can sometimes lead to overstrain and collapse. Yet the dominant emphasis is positive. In this volume the author offers some of his finest analyses both of the workings of heroic and pastoral ideals and of the dangers of irony and nihilism in a violent world. The essays range in subject from Shakespeare to Atget's photographs of Paris, by way of American fiction, sadomasochism, literary theory and patterns of rural culture. Their implicit argument is subtle and absorbing.

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Preface page ix
1
The Tempest Revisited II
11
Dust and Dreams and The Great Gatsby
31
Huckleberry Finn
41
Othello and Honour
59
Nelly Dean and Wuthering Heights
71
The Red Badge of Courage
81
Rereading Travens The Death Ship
92
the Perils of Mind
132
Mr Frye and Evaluation
152
Swift and the Decay of Letters
170
the Hammonds The Village
181
George Sturts Apprenticeship
193
Atget and the City
206
Reflections on the Organic Community
224
Notes
243

The Story of o
115

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