Joseph Brodsky and the Soviet Muse

Published: July 20, 2015

MacFadyen focuses on Brodsky’s poetic beginnings. Revising the typical, simplistic representation of the young Brodsky and his peers in Western criticism, he demonstrates that Brodsky and his acquaintances absorbed an amazingly wide range of texts, both old and new, and that they read contemporary American, French, German, and Polish literature. Through numerous interviews with Brodsky’s…

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Joseph Brodsky and the Baroque

Published: July 20, 2015

MacFadyen shows that the works of John Donne, the existential philosophy of Kierkegaard and Sestov, and the cities of St Petersburg and Venice inspired in Brodsky a fundamentally Baroque evolution. He provides a compelling and comprehensive examination of Brodsky’s poetry and prose in a fascinating overview of some problems of post-soviet aesthetics. The book concludes…

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Forget English!

Published: July 20, 2015

The idea of world literature has garnered much attention recently as a discipline that promises to move humanistic study beyond postcolonial theory and antiquated paradigms of “national” literary traditions. In Forget English! Aamir Mufti scrutinizes the claims made on behalf of world literature by its advocates. The notion of a borderless, egalitarian global literature has obvious appeal, he…

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Enlightenment in the Colony

Published: July 20, 2015

Enlightenment in the Colony opens up the history of the “Jewish question” for the first time to a broader discussion–one of the social exclusion of religious and cultural minorities in modern times, and in particular the crisis of Muslim identity in modern India. Aamir Mufti identifies the Hindu-Muslim conflict in India as a colonial variation of…

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A Forgetful Nation

Published: July 20, 2015

In A Forgetful Nation, the renowned postcolonialism scholar Ali Behdad turns his attention to the United States. Offering a timely critique of immigration and nationalism, Behdad takes on an idea central to American national mythology: that the United States is “a nation of immigrants,” welcoming and generous to foreigners. He argues that Americans’ treatment of…

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Invisible Work

Published: July 15, 2015

It is well known that Jorge Luis Borges was a translator, but this has been considered a curious minor aspect of his literary achievement. Few have been aware of the number of texts he translated, the importance he attached to this activity, or the extent to which the translated works inform his own stories and…

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Temptation of the Word

Published: July 15, 2015

Choice Outstanding Academic Book 1998 Temptation of the Word offers an ambitious and careful reading of the creative process–the origin of themes and the development of literary techniques–that Mario Vargas Llosa has brought to each of his novels, published through 1996. To understand the novelist’s intellectual environment, Efrain Kristal analyzes the entire corpus of Vargas…

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The Andes Viewed from the City

Published: July 15, 2015

Drawing on literary, historical and political documents, Kristal examines the fictional representation of the Indian in Peruvian narrative. He reconsiders a major but neglected period of literary production and provides a methodology for the study of literary themes that happen to be significant topics of debate or controversy in political arena. Novels and short stories…

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