The Counterfeiters: An Historical Comedy

The Counterfeiters: An Historical Comedy

by Hugh Kenner, Guy Davenport
     
 

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Wide-ranging enough to encompass Buster Keaton, Charles Babbage, horses, and a man riding a bicycle while wearing a gas mask, The Counterfeiters is one of Hugh Kenner's greatest achievements. In this fascinating work of literary and cultural criticism, Kenner seeks the causes and outcomes of man's ability to simulate himself (a computer that can calculate

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Wide-ranging enough to encompass Buster Keaton, Charles Babbage, horses, and a man riding a bicycle while wearing a gas mask, The Counterfeiters is one of Hugh Kenner's greatest achievements. In this fascinating work of literary and cultural criticism, Kenner seeks the causes and outcomes of man's ability to simulate himself (a computer that can calculate quicker than we can) and his world (a mechanical duck that acts the same as a living one).

This intertangling of art and science, of man and machine, of machine and art is at the heart of this book. He argues that the belief in art as a uniquely human expression is complicated and questioned by the prevalence of simulations--or "counterfeits"--in our culture. Kenner, with his characteristically accessible style and wit, brings together history, literature, science, and art to locate the personal in what is an increasingly counterfeit world.

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Editorial Reviews

Hudson Review
“Kenner is able as few are to show us a style, a signature, a way of being literary that can transform the world of soup cans and dead authors 'into a sort of word, totally inexplicit, totally assertive, inexplicably permanent.'”
National Review
“Hugh Kenner's new book is so full of a number of things . . . and so unconfined by the conventional limits of these specialties that the temptation would be to call it a tour de force . . . But it is

hard to call a tour de force a work whose impact is as evident and just as the sun on a clear morning.”

From the Publisher

"This is one of the best short books of literary criticism that I know."--Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564784162
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Dalkey Archive Scholarly Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Hugh Kenner (1923-2003) was one of America's great literary critics. He wrote on a range of subjects that includes Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, T. S. Eliot, and geodesic domes.

As Bruce Bawer wrote in Bookforum, "the late Guy Davenport (1927-2005) left behind an oeuvre that is one long lesson in the history of civilization, and to read any part of it story, essay, or translation is to be enthralled by his unflagging intellectual energy and engagement." His books include The Geography of the Imagination, The Death of Picasso, Herakleitos and Diogenes, A Table of Green Fields, The Cardiff Team, DaVinci's Bicycle, and many more.

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