Literary EssaysPaperback Meridian
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- Publisher: Stanford University Press
- Format: Paperback | 556 pages
- Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 29mm | 744g
- Publication date: 31 January 1999
- Publication City/Country: Palo Alto
- ISBN 10: 0804727074
- ISBN 13: 9780804727075
The writings of Ernst Bloch represent one of the lasting linguistic and intellectual achievements of German expressionism. In them one finds a pathos and urgency, a spirit of breaking away and a projection toward a new way of seeing, thinking, and living together that has its origins in the artistic and intellectual unrest of this century's second decade. Bloch's literary essays are not, strictly speaking, theoretical pieces, certainly not applications to literature of some pre-existing conceptual apparatus. Collectively they represent a field of experiment in which a thinker of astonishing originality exposes his thought to the provocation of literary, musical, and artistic works, but also to such phenomena as advertisements, landscapes, clichZs and obsessive images, films, and forms of interaction in country and city. What is the function of musical accompaniment in a silent film? How does a writer's birthplace imprint itself on his intellect? What is the philosophical import of the detective novel? Why is anxiety more acute when its stimulus is aural rather than visual? What is the relation between modern art and the machinery of factory production? Such are the questions encountered here. Seldom is writing less automatic, willing to take more risks, and, quite simply, so fresh and refreshingly new.
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Table of contents
1. Good advice; 2. The usual book review; 3. Prohibition of art criticism; 4. The art of speaking Schiller; 5. Tricot and state uniform; 6. Estrangements I (Janus portraits); 7. Estrangements II (geographica); 8. Keller's metaphor; Notes; Index.