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World Elsewhere: Place of Style in American Literature (Paperback)
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World Elsewhere: Place of Style in American Literature (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 31/01/1986
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This striking book introduces English-speaking audiences to a full range of poetry by Asher Reich, one of Israel's most celebrated contemporary poets, paired with evocative drawings by renowned Israeli artist Michael Kovner. Yair Mazor provides readers with an introduction to Reich's work and its prominent position within the panorama of modern literature in Hebrew. Asher Reich's poetry has been characterized as vivid, vibrant, passionate, and expressionistic. Dominated by themes of stormy sensuality and frank sexuality, his dramatic imagery and metaphors interweave Mishnaic, Talmudic, and Biblical references in a colorful, complex poetic texture.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299099343
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 17 mm


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"Mr. Poirier has written a brilliant book. . . . It is continuously exciting, filled with . . . imaginative analyses of the stylistic problems faced by the seminal American writers . . . [and] acute analyses of the incessant war between the artist and American society."--"American Quarterly"


"Poirier makes a radical distinction between 'works that create through language an essentially imaginative environment for the hero and works that mirror an environment already accredited by history and society.' Although he discusses works of the latter kind for sake of contrast . . . his book principally studies authors who attempt the former. These authors seek to build 'a world elsewhere.' They try 'temporarily to free the here . . . from systems, ' to create for him 'an environment of freedom, ' the freedom being 'that reality which the consciousness creates for itself, ' which the author creates 'throught style.' [Poirier's book] is rich in penetrating analyses and illuminating insights."--"Southwest Review"

." . . Richard Poirier brings to this study of exemplary American novelists some finely-honed equipment for textual analysis. . . . For him, 'the most interesting American books are an image of the creation of American itself, of the effort, in the words of Emerson's Orphic poet, to "Build therefore your own world."' To the metaphor of building Poirier adds that of an expansion of consciousness, the creation of a visionary world unfettered by environment, by the 'real' demands of economics, society, history or biology."--"The New Republic"

Mr. Poirier has written a brilliant book. . . . It is continuously exciting, filled with . . . imaginative analyses of the stylistic problems faced by the seminal American writers . . . [and] acute analyses of the incessant war between the artist and American society. American Quarterly
"
Poirier makes a radical distinction between works that create through language an essentially imaginative environment for the hero and works that mirror an environment already accredited by history and society. Although he discusses works of the latter kind for sake of contrast . . . his book principally studies authors who attempt the former. These authors seek to build a world elsewhere. They try temporarily to free the here . . . from systems, to create for him an environment of freedom, the freedom being that reality which the consciousness creates for itself, which the author creates throught style. [Poirier s book] is rich in penetrating analyses and illuminating insights. Southwest Review
"
. . . Richard Poirier brings to this study of exemplary American novelists some finely-honed equipment for textual analysis. . . . For him, the most interesting American books are an image of the creation of American itself, of the effort, in the words of Emerson s Orphic poet, to Build therefore your own world . To the metaphor of building Poirier adds that of an expansion of consciousness, the creation of a visionary world unfettered by environment, by the real demands of economics, society, history or biology. The New Republic
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