Disciplined Subjects and Better Selves: Essays on Literature

Disciplined Subjects and Better Selves: Essays on Literature


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Mixing belles-lettres and scholarship, these brilliant essays on literature and poetry evince a bold sensibility. Sabbagh writes in the main in a highly reflective and at times speculative manner, unlocking different genres and purviews ways of reading literature, contemporary and canonical, which are eminently creative. His main concern throughout these critical adventures is to discern different and eliding literary aesthetics: the logics of different writer-ly temperaments, of different structures of feeling. The term which best names his critical manner, whether occasional and belle-lettristic, or more thoroughbred and scholarly, is in-sight. This collection of critically bold and aggressive essays is nearly always concerned with how a work, or a body of work, reflects basic features of the human condition. Each essay and occasion to essay is for Sabbagh an opportunity to unlock generic features of a meaningful human reality that is, implicitly, assumed to be One. He shows, compellingly and insistently, how all truly literary artifacts are parts of a universal symbolic world – descried, then reconstructed by the imaginative literary critic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681142906
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
Publication date: 09/15/2016
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Omar Sabbagh is a widely-respected and widely-published poet and critic. His poetry and prose (critical and creative) have appeared (and oftentimes repeatedly) in such venues as: Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Reader, POEM, Kenyon Review Online, Agenda, Poetry Wales, Stand, Wasafiri, The Wolf, Banipal, The London Magazine, Life Writing, and elsewhere. His three extant poetry collections include: My Only Ever Oedipal Complaint and The Square Root of Beirut (Cinnamon Press, 2010). A fourth collection, To The Middle of Love, is forthcoming with Cinnamon Press at the start of 2017. His novel(la) set in and about Beirut, Via Negativa: A Parable of Exile, was published by Liquorice Fish Books in March 2016. A Dubai sequel to the latter, From Bourbon to Scotch, will be published by Eyewear in December 2016. He's a BA in PPE from Oxford; three MA's (all from the University of London) in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Philosophy; and a PhD in English Literature from KCL. For the years 2011-13 he was Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB). In 2014, he took up an Assistant Professorship in English at the American University in Dubai (AUD).

Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. Previously, she taught college English for three years at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels. She published two poetry collections Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011) and Battle for Athens (Anaphora, 2012). She also released two historical novels: The Romances of George Sand (2014), and The Battle for Democracy (2016). She published two fantasy novellas with Grim's Labyrinth Publishing: The Great Love of Queen Margaret, the Vampire (2014) and The Campaigns against the Olden: Kingdoms of Laruta (2014). She also wrote and illustrated a children's book, The Sloths and I (Anaphora, 2013). She has been editing and writing for the independent, tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal since 2009, and started the second Anaphora periodical, Cinematic Codes Review in 2016. She has presented her research at the MLA, SAMLA, EAPSU, SWWC, BWWC and many other conferences. She won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.

Table of Contents

1: Domestic Violence: A Metaphysics of Subjectivity: Reconstructing the Revisionist Kantianism of Ermanno Bencivenga

2: Foreplay After Foreplay: Poetic Occasions

Translations About Ghassan Zaqtan: On the Powers of Laughter
The Heaviness, The Headiness of Womanhood: on Zoe Brigley
Dancing About Rodin: On Patricia McCarthy
A Healing Art: on Norbert Hirschhorn
Crumb Roads: on Dh Maitreyabandhu and others
What's in a Name? On Ros Barber
The Virtue of Not Being Able to Totalize: On D. Nurkse
Foreplay After Foreplay: Reflections on Poetic Creativity By Way of Geoffrey Hill's "Genesis"
The Doggedness of Underdogs: on Afghani Poetry
Once More unto the Breach, Or, Notes Out of a Quietus: On Fiona Sampson's Coleshill
The Matter that Doesn't Matter: On Robin Robertson
Plod and Swagger: On Patricia McCarthy
Poetic Logics: on MS Roberts and Sinead Morissey
Only Plenitude at the Void: On Christian Wiman
Mud and Holy Water: On Paul Muldoon
Fathering Sons, Or, Re-Hearsing His Race: On Don Paterson
Antagonisms and Empathies: On Fiona Sampson

3: Catholic Selves

G.K. Chesterton's London: Traversing Therapeutic Space
The Authority of Soul, and the Sole Authority: Comparing Two Catholic Memoirs: The Romantic Approach / The Classical
Humanism After Humanism: Henry Miller: Colossus Upon Colossus
Ratiocination in The Old Pretender: Facets of Rationalism in Henry James's The Golden Bowl
The Ironies of Development: Reading Ronald A. Knox's Let Dons Delight

4: Fords Between Fords

Avant la Lettre: Browning's Sludge, Ford, and The Mess of a Great War
The Dialectic of Soul in Ford Madox Ford's The Soul of London
Love's Knowledge: Realisation Beyond Defence: Durrell's Alexandria Quartet After, And Beyond, Ford's The Good Soldier

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