The Ordering Mirror: Readers and Contexts
In 1977, Bennington College alumna Edith Barbour Andrews established the Ben Belitt Lectureships in gratitude to her teacher Ben Belitt and dedicated the publication of the lectures (in the form of chapbooks) to the memory of William Troy, another of her beloved teachers. The collection, published here in one volume, comprises lectures by some of the most inspiring writers and keenest critics of our time. In his introduciton to The Ordering Mirror, Phillip Lopate contrasts the anticipations and the audience/lecturer dynamic inherent in attending yearly lecture, with the experience of reading them, and the opportunity for reflection and comparison. Lopate summarizes that, It is enough to appreciate that we are watching masters of the game of essay-writing, who, even as they comment on the masterpieces of other writers, practice their own wizardry.The volume includes: George Steiner, The Uncommon Reader(1978)Frank Kermode, Divination(1979)Harold Bloom, To the Tally of My Soul: Whitman's Image of Voice(1980)Denis Donoghue, The Politics of Modern Criticism(1981)Irving Howe, The Making of a Critic(1982)Richard Ellman, The Uses of Decadence: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce(1983)Bernard Malamud, Long Work, Short Life(1984)Ben Belitt, Literature and Belief: Three 'Spiritual Exercises'(1985)Saul Bellow, Summations(1987)Hugh Kenner, Magics and Spells (about curses, charms, and riddles)(1987)Richard Rorty, The Barber of Kasbeam: Nabokov on Cruelty(1988)Rene Girard, Collective Violence and Sacrifice in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar(1989)Nadine Gordimer, Three in a Bed: Fiction, Morals and Politics(1990)Seamus Heaney, Dylan the Durable?: On Dylan Thomas(1992)Cynthia Ozick, What Henry James Knew(1992)
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Magic and Spells
Nabokov on Cruelty
Collective Violence and Sacrifice in Shakespeares Julius Caesar
Fiction Morals and Politics
Dylan the Durable? On Dylan Thomas
What Henry James Knew
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Página 232 - To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue— A curse shall light upon the limbs of men; Domestic fury and fierce civil strife Shall cumber all the parts of Italy...
Página 43 - Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball ; I am nothing ; I see all ; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me ; I am part or parcel of God.
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Página 56 - Come lovely and soothing death, Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving, In the day, in the night, to all, to each, Sooner or later delicate death.
Página 189 - Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is; What if my leaves are falling like its own! The tumult of thy mighty harmonies Will take from both a deep, autumnal tone, Sweet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce, My spirit! Be thou me, impetuous one! Drive my dead thoughts over the universe Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!
Página 64 - States themselves as of crapeveil'd women standing, With processions long and winding and the flambeaus of the night, With the countless torches lit, with the silent sea of faces and the unbared...
Página 54 - With the tolling tolling bells' perpetual clang, Here, coffin that slowly passes, I give you my sprig of lilac. 7 (Nor for you, for one alone, Blossoms and branches green to coffins all I bring, For fresh as the morning, thus would I chant a song for you O sane and sacred death. All over bouquets of roses...