Reading George Steiner

Overview

George Steiner's accomplishments in criticism, in theory of literature, and in the history of ideas have made him a central figure on the contemporary intellectual scene. He is as widely known for his frequent contributions to the New Yorker and TLS as he is for his many books. In "Reading George Steiner" Nathan Scott and Ronald Sharp bring together a group of eminent American and European critics to offer the first major assessment of Steiner's work.
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Overview

George Steiner's accomplishments in criticism, in theory of literature, and in the history of ideas have made him a central figure on the contemporary intellectual scene. He is as widely known for his frequent contributions to the New Yorker and TLS as he is for his many books. In "Reading George Steiner" Nathan Scott and Ronald Sharp bring together a group of eminent American and European critics to offer the first major assessment of Steiner's work.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement - Dan Gunn

The collection is a model of editorial acuity, the essays persuasive and eloquent, ensuring that by the end almost every aspect of the Steiner oeuvre has been mentioned, if not discussed.

Times Literary Supplement
The collection is a model of editorial acuity, the essays persuasive and eloquent, ensuring that by the end almost every aspect of the Steiner oeuvre has been mentioned, if not discussed.

— Dan Gunn

Booknews
Thirteen essays explore various facets of the wide-ranging oeuvre of literary and culture critic, linguist, and historian of ideas, George Steiner, followed by Steiner's "Responsion" to the essays, in which he refers to "the instrumental collusion between the genres in my [own] work" and to the possible emergence of a new form "located at the confluence of philosophic discourse and the imaginary." Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801848889
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/1994
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Steiner on Interpretation 1
Steiner as Cultural Critic: Confronting America 14
Steiner's Literary Journalism: "The Heart of the Maze" 43
The Triumph of the Hedgehog 58
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky: Seductions of the Old Criticism 74
George Steiner and the Greekness of Tragedy 99
On Difficulty: Steiner, Heidegger, and Paul Celan 134
The Mind of a Critical Moralist: Steiner as Jew 151
Heidegger in Steiner 180
Steiner's Fiction and the Hermeneutics of Transcendence 205
John Cowper Powys and George Steiner: A Relationship 230
The "Masters of Emptiness" and the Myth of Creativity: George Steiner's Real Presences 247
Toward a Grammar of Creation: On Steiner the Theologian 262
A Responsion 275
Books by George Steiner 287
Notes on Contributors 289
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