A Temple of Texts by William H. Gass PDF

By William H. Gass

ISBN-10: 0307262863

ISBN-13: 9780307262868

Winner of the 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary feedback, A Temple of Texts is the most recent severe assortment from considered one of America's maximum essayists and novelists. right here, William H. Gass will pay homage to the readerly part of the literary adventure by means of turning his severe sensibility upon the entire books that formed his personal improvement as a reader, author, and man or woman.

With essays on figures starting from William Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein to Flann O'Brien and Robert Burton, Gass creates a "temple" of readerly devotion, a suite of serious explorations as awesome and incisive as readers have come to anticipate from this literary grasp, but in addition a shockingly own window into the author's personal literary improvement.

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Nöth gives short shrift to views of this latter type, views held by “‘apocalyptic’ critics” as he calls them (forthcoming). Yet some hesitation concerning such cavalier dismissal and some more general reflections on the actual value of metaization as an afterthought to possibilities of its explanation is perhaps nevertheless not amiss here. After all, the arts and media also have tasks other than reflecting on themselves, and one should not underrate the growing awareness – even among the practitioners of metareference – that indulging too much in an intellectual process of self-reflection may also have its drawbacks.

Metareference, notably in the form of critical or positive allusions to the workings of the media and to well-known works and authors, may indeed both exploit and appeal to this increased expertise and provide a particularly gratifying form of pleasure to aficionados. As a last effect- and symptom-based explanation, which also redeems metareference somewhat from bleakness of some culture30 This explanation draws on the function of metareference as a ‘built-in’ contribution to the development of the arts and media as well as on its potential of playfulness (cf.

And considers metaization as 34 Hints concerning such an occurrence and explicability of metaization were given during the 2009 conference, in particular with reference to the early stages of media such as the film or comics; cf. also the relevant contributions to this volume. Is There a Metareferential Turn? 39 a form of culturally ultimately highly useful ‘applied epistemology’ as does Jürgen Peper (cf. ). Nöth gives short shrift to views of this latter type, views held by “‘apocalyptic’ critics” as he calls them (forthcoming).

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