Author: Richard E. Goodkin
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
The Tragic Middle links the philosophical texts of Aristotle with the tragic dramas of Racine and Euripides to show that tragic heroism results from a conflict between two ways of approaching a problem: a practical, ethical approach based on compromise and middle ground (Aristotle's "golden mean"), and a theoretical approach that rejects ambivalence and admits only mutually exclusive solutions (the law of the "excluded middle," found in Aristotle's Metaphysics). Richard Goodkin asserts that the tension between Aristotle's two precepts is eminently tragic and is crucial to the theater of Racine and Euripides. The relation between the seventeenth-century French dramatist and the tragedian of ancient Greece has received scant critical attention, though four of Racine's plays are largely based on works by Euripides. Goodkin closely reads these eight plays, demonstrating and developing his theory of tragic discourse. He shows that traditional definitions of French Classicism stressing moderation and proportion fail to account for the tragic conflict central to Racine's work. Goodkin, with thorough knowledge of both French literature and the Classics, approaches the ancient and modern texts even-handedly, without treating the Euripides plays as mere forerunners of Racine's masterpieces or deeming Racine a pale imitator of Euripides. He makes astute contributions to the study of Aristotelian philosophy, comparative drama, and European neoclassicism and brings novel perspectives to three perennially favorite figures in the humanities.
Author: Sven Hakon Rossel, Bo Elbr?nd-Bek, David W. Colbert
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Christmas in Scandinavia includes writers from Denmark, the Faroese Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Among the many masterpieces of the Christmas story are Hans Christian Andersen's "The Fir Tree" and stories by Nobel laureates Selma Lagerlof and Johannes V. Jensen. Most of the seventeen pieces collected here have never before been available in English. Each is preceded by a brief headnote. In this introduction, Sven H.
Author: Peter Nagy, Philippe Rouyer
The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre:Europe covers theatre since World War II in forty-seven European nations, including the nations which re-emerged following the break-up of the former USSR, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. Each national article is divided into twelve sections - History, Structure of the National Theatre Community, Artistic Profile, Music Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Puppet Theatre, Design, Theatre, Space and Architecture, Training, Criticism, Scholarship and Publishing and Further Reading - allowing the reader to use the book as a source for both area and subject studies.
Author: B.J. Epstein
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
True North: Literary Translation in the Nordic Countries is the first book to focus solely on literary translation from, to, and between the Nordic tongues. The book is divided into three main sections. These are novels, children’s literature, and other genres – encompassing drama, crime fiction, sagas, cookbooks, and music – although, naturally, there are connections and overlapping themes between the sections. Halldór Laxness, Virginia Woolf, Selma Lagerlöf, Astrid Lindgren, Mark Twain, Henrik Ibsen, Henning Mankell, Janis Joplin, and Jamie Oliver are just some of the authors analysed. Topics examined include particular translatorial challenges; translating for specific audiences or influencing audiences through translation; re-translation; the functions of translated texts; the ways in which translation can change a genre; the creation of identity through translation; and more. As is clear from this list, many of the theories proposed and findings discussed here are also relevant to the wider field of translation studies, as well as to literary studies more generally. It is time for the world’s growing Nordicmania to influence the field of translation studies, and for translation to take its place as a relevant and essential issue in our understanding of the Northern countries. The varied chapters in this book will contribute to these stimulating and critical conversations.