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The Geoffrey Hartman Reader

Edited by Geoffrey Hartman, Daniel T. O'Hara


Winner of the 2006 Truman Capote Prize for Literary Achievement

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Authors' Acknowledgments
Publisher's Acknowledgements
Note on the Text
The Culture of Vision
Daniel T. O'Hara
Autobiographical Introduction
'Life and Learning'
I The Interpretation of Poetry
1. Christopher Smart's 'Magnificat'
2. Evening Star and Evening Land
3. Wordsworth's Magic Mountains
4. The Use and Abuse of Structural Analysis
5. Romance and Modernity: Keats's 'Ode to Psyche'
6. Purification and Danger in American Poetry
II Theory and History
7. Pure Representation
8. The New Perseus
9. The Heroics of Realism
10. Literature High and Low
11. Romanticism and Anti-Self-consciousness
12. Text and Spirit
13. Midrash as Law and Literature
14. The Voice of the Shuttle
III Positions
15. Practical Criticism
16. The Sacred Jungle
17. Radical Art and Radical Analysis
18. The Critical Essay between Theory and Tradition
19. Literary Commentary as Literature
20. Words and Wounds
21. Reading, Trauma, Pedagogy
IV Culture
Literature and Social Text
22. Defining Culture
23. The Question of Our Speech
24. Pastoral Vestiges
25. Realism and 'America'
26. The Reinvention of Hate
27. Jeanne Moreau's Lumiére
28. Spielberg's Schindler's List
The Psychoanalytic Scandal
29. The Interpreter's Freud
30. Lacan, Derrida, and the Specular Name
V Memory
31. Public Memory and its Discontents
32. Tele-Suffering and Testimony
33. Poetics after the Holocaust
VI Coda
34. Passion and Literary Engagement

About the Author

Geoffrey Hartman is Emeritus Professor of English at Yale University. He has led a distinguished academic career and is widely known for his work on Romanticism, the interpretation of poetry, literary theory and the Holocaust. His many publications include The Unmediated Vision: An Interpretation of Wordsworth, Hopkins, Rilke and Valery (Yale University Press, 1966), Beyond Formalism (Yale University Press, 1970), The Fate of Reading (University of Chicago Press, 1975), Criticism in the Wilderness (Yale University Press, 1980), Saving the Text: Literature/Derrida/Philosophy (JHUP, 1981), Easy Pieces (Columbia University Press, 1985), The Unremarkable Wordsworth (University of Minnesota Press, 1987), Minor Prophecies: The Literary Essay in the Culture Wars (Harvard University Press, 1991), The Longest Shadow: In the Aftermath of the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 1998), The Fateful Question of Culture (Columbia University Press, 1997) A Critic's Journey: Literary Reflections 1958-1998 (Yale University Press, 1999) and Scars of the Spirit: The Struggle Against Inauthenticity (Palgrave, 2002)

Daniel T. O'Hara is the first Mellon Term Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of English at Temple University. He is the author and editor of seven books in critical theory and modern literatue, including the latest, Empire Burlesque: The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America (Duke, 2003).