Aesthetic Persuasion

Henry James, the Jews, and Race

Aesthetic Persuasion

Traces James' negative opinions about Jews throughout his life. The sources of his anti-Jewish attitudes and the antisemitic stereotypes in his works were the opinions of his father, who described the Jews as "spiritually bankrupt" and the "epitome of greed"; a broad spectrum of American and French literature, ranging from school texts to well-known authors (e.g. Hawthorne); and ethnographic ideas popular during his lifetime. Discusses discrimination against Jews in the U.S. in the late 19th century, stating that James' works reflect the prevalent negative reaction to Jews. His pro-Dreyfusard position shows some ambivalence in his attitude, but his antisemitism is clearly depicted in his works. He uses the Jews as scapegoats, and sees the Jews in New York, in particular, as immigrants conspiring to conquer the city. States that although antisemitism is a marginal element in James' writing, many other writers and many readers were influenced by his racist attitudes.

A Companion to Ancient Aesthetics

A Companion to Ancient Aesthetics

The first of its kind, A Companion to Ancient Aestheticspresents a synoptic view of the arts, which crosses traditionalboundaries and explores the aesthetic experience of the ancientsacross a range of media—oral, aural, visual, andliterary. Investigates the many ways in which the arts were experiencedand conceptualized in the ancient world Explores the aesthetic experience of the ancients across arange of media, treating literary, oral, aural, and visual artstogether in a single volume Presents an integrated perspective on the major themes ofancient aesthetics which challenges traditional demarcations Raises questions about the similarities and differences betweenancient and modern ways of thinking about the place of art insociety

The Disciplines of Interpretation

Lessing, Herder, Schlegel and Hermeneutics in Germany, 1750-1800

The Disciplines of Interpretation

Diese Studie verfolgt die Entstehung der Theorie der Interpretation und der modernen Hermeneutik in Deutschland zwischen 1750 und 1800; sie bedient sich dabei der Erkenntnisse der historischen Semantik, der Diskurstheorie und der Geschichte der Institutionen und der wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen. Anstatt die Hermeneutik ideengeschichtlich zu begreifen, wird hier versucht, Hermeneutik als Diskurs und als Technik der Lekture zu betrachten. DIese Untersuchung konzentriert sich daher nicht bloSS auf individuelle Personen oder Theorien, sondern beleuchtet vor allem deren instituionellen und disziplinaren Rahmen.

The Aesthetics of Survival

A Composer's View of Twentieth-Century Music

The Aesthetics of Survival

A revised paperback edition of composer George Rochberg's landmark essays "Rochberg presents the rare spectacle of a composer who has made his peace with tradition while maintaining a strikingly individual profile. . . . [H]e succeeds in transforming the sublime concepts of traditional music into contemporary language." ---Washington Post "An indispensable book for anyone who wishes to understand the sad and curious fate of music in the twentieth century." ---Atlantic Monthly "The writings of George Rochberg stand as a pinnacle from which our past and future can be viewed." ---Kansas City Star As a composer, George Rochberg has played a leading role in bringing about a transformation of contemporary music through a reassessment of its relation to tonality, melody, and harmony. In The Aesthetics of Survival, the author addresses the legacy of modernism in music and its related effect on the cultural milieu, particularly its overemphasis on the abstract, rationalist thinking embraced by contemporary science, technology, and philosophy. Rochberg argues for the renewal of holistic values in order to ensure the survival of music as a humanly expressive art. A renowned composer, thinker, and teacher, George Rochberg has been honored with innumerable awards, including, most recently, an Alfred I. du Pont Award for Outstanding Conductors and Composers, and an André and Clara Mertens Contemporary Composer Award. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Ad Reinhardt

Ad Reinhardt

Michael Corris examines Ad Reinhardt’s life and work, charting the development of his entire oeuvre - from abstract paintings, to graphic artwork, to illustrations and cartoons.

Cyclopædia of American Literature

Cyclopædia of American Literature


Plymouth Pulpit

Sermons Preached in Plymouth Church, Brooklyn

Plymouth Pulpit


Plymouth Pulpit

A Weekly Publication of Sermons Preached by Henry Ward Beecher

Plymouth Pulpit


Plymouth Pulpit

Semi-monthly Publication of Sermons Preached by Henry Ward Beecher in Plymouth Church, Brooklyn

Plymouth Pulpit


Cyclopaedia of American Literature

Embracing Personal and Critical Notices of Authors, and Selections from Their Writings. From the Earliest Period to the Present Day; with Portraits, Autographs, and Other Illustrations

Cyclopaedia of American Literature