A Scholar's Tale: Intellectual Journey of a Displaced Child of Europe [NOOK Book]

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For more than fifty years, Geoffrey Hartman has been a pivotal figure in the humanities. In his first book, in 1954, he helped establish the study of Romanticism as key to the problems of modernity. Later, his writings were crucial to the explosive developments in literary theory in the late seventies, and he was a pioneer in Jewish studies, trauma studies, and studies of the Holocaust. At Yale, he was a founder of its Judaic Studies program, as well as of the first major video archive for Holocaust ...
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A Scholar's Tale: Intellectual Journey of a Displaced Child of Europe

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For more than fifty years, Geoffrey Hartman has been a pivotal figure in the humanities. In his first book, in 1954, he helped establish the study of Romanticism as key to the problems of modernity. Later, his writings were crucial to the explosive developments in literary theory in the late seventies, and he was a pioneer in Jewish studies, trauma studies, and studies of the Holocaust. At Yale, he was a founder of its Judaic Studies program, as well as of the first major video archive for Holocaust testimonies.Generations of students have benefited from Hartman's generosity, his penetrating and incisive questioning, the wizardry of his close reading, and his sense that the work of a literary scholar, no less than that of an artist, is a creative act. All these qualities shine forth in this intellectual memoir, which will stand as his autobiography. Hartman describes his early education, uncanny sense of vocation, and development as a literary scholar and cultural critic. He looks back at how his career was influenced by his experience, at the age of nine, of being a refugee from Nazi Germany in the Kindertransport. He spent the next six years at school in England, where he developed his love of English literature and the English countryside, before leaving to join his mother in America.Hartman treats us to a biobibliographyof his engagements with the major trends in literary criticism. He covers the exciting period at Yale handled so controversially by the media and gives us vivid portraits, in particular, of Harold Bloom, Paul de Man, and Jacques Derrida.SEND GEOFFREY COVER COPY All this is set in the context of his gradual self-awareness of what scholarship implies and how his personal displacements strengthened his calling to mediate between European and American literary cultures. Anyone looking for a rich, intelligible account of the last half-century of combative literary studies will want to read Geoffrey Hartman's unapologetic scholar's tale.
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Most serious students of modern literary criticism should recognize the work of Hartman (English & comparative literature, emeritus, Yale Univ.), whose The Geoffrey Hartman Readerrecently won the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism in Honor of Newton Arvin. During his 50-plus years as a literary critic and professor, Hartman has written thoughtful, provocative, and lasting opinions on the literary world. His many years of reading and close friendships with contemporaries Erich Auerbach, Harold Bloom, Paul de Mann, and Jacques Derrida offer a lively overview of trends in American literature and have helped shape literary criticism as a study. But perhaps Hartman's greatest contribution to the academic world is his work recording the stories of Holocaust survivors (he is project director of the Fortunoff Video for Holocaust Testimonies). Having himself left Nazi Germany at age nine, his point of view is passionate, compassionate, and elegant. Recommended for all academic libraries and where interest warrants in public libraries.
—Pam Kingsbury

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[Hartman] has written a rather different book: the record of a stellar career as a scholar, critic, and teacher that spans decades of changes in the academy to be sure, but one which insists on the primacy of the intellectual life.-Mimi Godfrey

Casting a critical backward glance, Hartman delineates the evolution of a life of and in learning over five remarkably productive decades.-Elizabeth Freund

Long before TV reality shows, Hartman questioned the show of reality.-Kevis Goodman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823228348
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 323 KB

Meet the Author

GEOFFREY HARTMAN is Sterling Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Yale and Project Director of its FortunoffVideo Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. His most recent books are The Geoffrey Hartman Reader (Fordham), winner of the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism in Honor of Newton Arvin; Scars of the Spirit; The Longest Shadow; and a new edition of Criticism in the Wilderness.

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