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“A Scream Goes Through the House is the crown of Arnold Weinstein’s distinguished career as a teacher and writer, a deep response to great works of prose and poetry, art, theater, and film from Sophocles and Shakespeare to a wealth of modern authors. This book is literally a matter of life and death, for it celebrates the bonds between our mortality and our survival, our pain and our sensitivity, our frailty and our strength, our individual and communal selves, the vital bridges only works of imagination can construct. A scream goes through the house, and whether it is the house of art or the house of human-kind, that scream—thanks to Weinstein’s insight, eloquence, and courage—pierces the heart, wounding us even as it makes us whole and well. A passionate tribute to the power of art to restore us all.”
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Hardcover edition.
|List of Illustrations|
|Introduction: What the Heart Is|
|1||A Scream Goes Through the House||3|
|2||Living in the Body||74|
|3||Diagnosis: Narratives of Exposure||133|
|4||Plague and Human Connection||211|
|Concluding Thoughts on Depression: Hamlet and His Progeny||372|
Posted January 20, 2008
This is a wonderful piece of literary criticism with a friendly, accessible tone. Weinstein juggles literature, media, and art and forwards the idea that art, rather than being a personal, isolated experience links us all together through time, space and culture. Unlike many literary critics who try to separate themselves from the common reader by arcane terms and pretentiousness, Weinstein is as good as his view of art, and invites all levels to participate in his critique. He has both interesting timely insights, how our obsession with perfecting our bodies in America doesn't acknowledge our animal beings and the inevitability of decay, and great close readings, as in his simple explication of Blake's 'London'. I love this book, it's almost like taking a class.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2003
Simply (well, hardly that), Brown Professor of Comparative Literature, Arnold Weinstein, has topped his four decades of distinguished critical studies and deep yet worldly lectures for the Teaching Company on so-wide a scope of literature that he deserves his place atop the icons of the academy, our current Barzun, Bloom, Edmund Wilson. Probing the relation between illness and literature in 'A Scream Goes Through the House,' Professor Weinstein has knocked open an entire wall with his new vision of our arts, our institutions, and our own houses. 'Scream' reapproaches a vast corpus from the point of not only intellect but also feeling. The hurts felt by a patient or by a reader, often created by the artist (though, we hope, not by the physician), pervade consciousness so that we cannot read, view, listen, or breathe without feeling. Weinstein has finally stepped forth to label and explain how we really experience ourselves and our arts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2010
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