Twentieth Century American Fiction in Circulation

5 Amy Tan, Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir (New York: Ecco, 2017), 39. 6 Tan, Where the Past Begins, 38. 7 Amy Tan, “Required Reading and Other Dangerous Subjects,” The Threepenny Review 67 (Autumn 1996): 5.

Author: Matthew James Vechinski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000734010

Category: Literary Criticism

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Twentieth-Century American Fiction in Circulation is a study of the twentieth-century linked story collection in the United States. It emphasizes how the fictional form grew out of an established publishing model—individual stories printed in magazines, revised and expanded into single-author volumes that resemble novels—which creates multiple contexts for the reception of this literature. By acknowledging the prior appearance of stories in periodicals, the book examines textual variants and the role of editorial emendation, drawing on archival records (drafts and correspondence) whenever possible. It also considers how the pages of magazines create a context for the reception of short stories that differs significantly from that of the single-author book. The chapters explore how short stories, appearing separately then linked together, excel at representing the discontinuity of modern American life; convey the multifaceted identity of a character across episodes; mimic the qualities of oral storytelling; and illustrate struggles of belonging within and across communities. The book explains the appearance and prevalence of these narrative strategies at particular cultural moments in the evolution of the American magazine, examining a range of periodicals such as The Masses, Saturday Evening Post, Partisan Review, Esquire, and Ladies’ Home Journal. The primary linked story collections studied are Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919), William Faulkner’s The Unvanquished (1938), Mary McCarthy’s The Company She Keeps (1942), John Barth’s Lost in the Funhouse (1968), and Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (1988).

What is American Literature

95 Amy Tan in her memoir Where the Past Begins ( 2017 ) : My first library gave me the freedom to exist in private , to choose and even be greedy . I took 10 books the first time — illustrated books , fables , fairy tales and happy ...

Author: Ilan Stavans

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192548184

Category: Literary Criticism


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An incisive, thought-provoking, and timely meditation, at once panoramic and synoptic, on American literature for an age of xenophobia, heightened nationalism, and economic disparity. The distinguished cultural critic Ilan Stavans explores the nation's identity through the prism of its books, from the indigenous past to the early settlers, the colonial period, the age of independence, its ascendance as a global power, and its shallow, fracturing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The central motives that make the United States a flawed experiment—its celebration of do-it-yourself individualism, its purported exceptionalism, and its constitutional government based on checks and balances—are explored through canonical works like Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Emily Dickinson's poetry, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the work of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Toni Morrison, and immigrant voices such as those of Américo Paredes, Henry Roth, Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Jhumpa Lahiri, and others. This is literary criticism at its best-informed: broad-ranged yet pungent and uncompromising.

The Moral Sense and its Foundational Significance Self Person Historicity Community

That is to say, how will the boundaries on both sides of the present be determined? (We are not concerned at this moment with the question, “Where the past begins?”, that is to say, “Where does time in general begin?

Author: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400905559

Category: Philosophy

Page: 464

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The Art of Harmony

The first step to detachment begins with the truth : the past is only in our memory and the future is only in our anticipation . Both exist solely in our mind . We have the present in front of us , but the problem with the present is ...

Author: Sang H. Kim

Publisher: Turtle Press

ISBN: 188033660X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 290

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This collection of inspirational passages and anecdotes blends the common-sense thinking of western philosophy and the mystical wisdom of eastern disciplines. It is based on the belief that our journey through life is most peaceful and fulfilling when we learn to recognise and take charge of our chosen destiny, knowing when to direct the flow and when to yield to it. Organised in an easy-to-read format and grouped by subjects such as truth, chaos, freedom and wisdom, this book encourages each reader to freely discover his or her own road to inner harmony.

To Build and Be Built

... in the poem begins to account for the audibly nostalgic sigh in the Wnal stanza and the reference to days past. There is a hint here of that antimodern discourse of immediacy within nature, of a sublime once known in the past but ...

Author: Eric Zakim

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812239034

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Eric Zakim follows the literary and intellectual career of the powerful Zionist slogan "to build and be built" from its conceptual origin in reaction to the Kishinev pogroms of 1903, when it first served as an expression of settlement aspiration, until the end of pre-state national expansion in Palestine in 1938. "Draining the swamps" and "making the desert bloom," the Jewish settlers imagined themselves as performing "miracles" on the land. By these acts, they were also meant to reinvent the very notion of what it was to be a Jew in the modern world. As Jewish settlers reshaped nature in the Holy Land by turning it from one thing into another, they too were newly constructed. Zakim argues that in the period leading up to the establishment of the state of Israel, the action of working the land and building its cities in order to transform both into something essentially Jewish increasingly came to mark a turn inward toward the reclamation of a Jewish subject tied to the very soil of Palestine. To Build and Be Built radically recontextualizes modernist Hebrew literature to demonstrate how literary aesthetics of nature formed the very political discourse they nominally reflected. Zakim's work sees no division between politics and representation. Instead, the depiction of nature in literature, art, and architecture became constitutive of a political and social understanding of the Jew's place in the Middle East. By refusing to acknowledge the disciplinary boundaries of standard works on literature, history, and political thought, To Build and Be Built challenges the methodological certainties that have guided popular and academic understandings of the development of Zionist involvement in the land of Israel. For this reason, To Build and Be Built will be of interest to people beyond literature, in particular those working in history and those outside of Israel studies who have an interest in modernism and the representation of nature in the history of culture.

What Is Film Theory

Instead, what they see, hear and feel serve as catalysts to memory: it forces them back into the past. ... is to think that the crystal-image demonstrates how difficult it is to know where the present ends and where the past begins, ...

Author: Rushton, Richard

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335234233

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 211

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'What is Film Theory? is an introduction to the key elements of film theory. So, what is film theory as a subject? Film studies is divided in to key subjects and themes: there's film art which looks at the aesthetics of film; cinema studies which looks at institutions, films themeselves and the industry; film theory which looks at the concepts, philosophies and disciplines which underline film studies. As such, the book will look at subjects including semiotics and strucutalism, psychoanalysis, formalist film theory, cognitive approaches and neoformalism. In the light of the readers' reports it will also address more 'cultural' issues such as queer theory, ethnicity, postcolonialism and world cinema..

Nietzsche s Zarathustra

“The past” and “the future” are only relative designations on Nietzsche's cyclical model, and ultimately they are not ... but as the point where the past begins and where the future begins to show itself (the past leads backward from ...

Author: Kathleen Marie Higgins

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739120866

Category: Philosophy

Page: 225

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"The publication of the revised edition of Kathleen Marie Higgins's Nicizscbe's Zarathustra is a great boon to Nietzsche scholars and Zarathustra specialists alike, for Higgins's consistently subtle analysis of Nietzsche's bold experiment in philosophical writing---especially her groundbreaking interpretation of Zamthustra, part IV---is replete with invaluable insights More than twenty years after its initial appearance, Nietzsche's Zarathustra remains an indispensable point of reference for philosophers and critics who take seriously Nietzsche's judgment that Zamthustra is his most significant work."---Robert Gooding-Williams, University of Chicago "This Spoke Zarathustra is Nietzsche's most popular and yet least comprehensible book Many have left the matter there, deriding both the author and his public. Kathleen Marie Higgins refuses to take this easy path. She reveals the complexities underlying the work's apparent lack of organization and argues that these complexities, far from being gratuicous, are telling and significant. She argues that Zarathustra breaks the boundaries that separate a number of genres from one another. Her own interpretation, reflecting the features of its subject, breaks the boundaries that separate a number of academic disciplines. Higgins has written an engaging book that will prove indispensable to Nietzsche's many readers."---Alexander Nehamas, University of Pennsylvania "Nietzsche thought that philosophy chairs would be offered for the best interpretations of This Spoke Zarathustra one hundred years after its publication. Professor Higgins's treatment of Nietzsche's thought, which most writers on Nietzsche ignore, neglect, deny, or don't even see." ---Joan Stambaugh. Hunter College With an interdisciplinary approach to Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Kathleen Marie Higgins's Nietzsche's Zarathustra focuses on the philosophical function of its literary techniques and its fictional mode of presentation. Now appearing after twenty years as a revised edition, this valuable roadmap to Zaratbustra argues that the fictional format is essential to Nietzsche's philosophical message in his work. There is always a discrepancy between the living philosophical insight and any attempt to articulate it, and Nietzsche portrays the philosopher's task as an on-going balancing act in which folly is a means to further insight.

Literature and the Child

Where the past begins is an intriguing question, but for the purposes of this chapter, historical fiction is writing set in a time that has already occurred, a time that the author has deliberately evoked as historical.

Author: Lee Galda

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781305854987

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 560

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LITERATURE AND THE CHILD, 9th Edition, offers thorough, concise coverage of the genres and formats of children’s literature and guidance on using literature in the classroom. With a focus on diverse award-winning titles, this market-leading text includes beautifully written and illustrated discussions of exemplary titles for readers in nursery school through middle school. A stunning design features interior illustrations by Lauren Stringer, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. Each genre chapter contains criteria for evaluating literary quality, equipping students with a resource to guide text selection in the classroom. Practical, research-based information about teaching appears throughout, including sample teaching ideas and an emphasis on the importance of selecting and teaching complex texts. Extensive booklists provide excellent, ongoing resources and highlight texts that emphasize diversity. This text helps teachers understand how to select books that best serve their curriculum goals as well as the interests and needs of their students. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

A Psychology of Orientation

There were two points in life where the change appeared most pertinent : age 51 and over , where the past begins to surpass the present , and age 66 and over , where the past surpasses the future . Shmotkin proposes that these represent ...

Author: Allen Jack Edwards

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275975568

Category: Psychology

Page: 278

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Provides an overview of the extensive research on the role of time in human behavior and assesses its role in the study and treatment of dementia.

International Studies in Honor of Tom s Rivera

Through memory the Chicano recuperates the past , discovers his history and affirms his own singular being and his ... to discover and give form to his past by means of words , but which dissipate at the point where the past begins to ...

Author: Juli‡n Olivares

Publisher: Arte Publico Press

ISBN: 1611921864


Page: 200

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Tom‡s Rivera, author of the award-winning novel Éy no se lo trag— la tierra, passed away in 1985 and is commemorated in recollections by Rolando Hinojosa and AmŽrico Paredes and studies of his prose and poetry by leading critics of Chicano literature.