In Praise of Antiheroes

In Praise of Antiheroes
  • Author : Victor Brombert
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Pages : 178
  • Relase : 2001-11
  • ISBN : 0226075435

In Praise of Antiheroes Book Review:

In an age of upheaval and challenged faith, traditional heroes are hard to come by, and harder still to love, with their bloodstained hands and backs unbowed by the consequences of their actions. Through penetrating readings of key works of modern European literature, Victor Brombert shows how a new kind of hero—the antihero—has arisen to replace the toppled heroic model. Though they fail, by design, to live up to conventional expectations of mythic heroes, antiheroes are not necessarily "failures." They display different kinds of courage more in tune with our time and our needs: deficiency translated into strength, failure experienced as honesty, dignity achieved through humiliation. Brombert explores these paradoxes in the works of Büchner, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Svevo, Hašek, Frisch, Camus, and Levi. Coming from diverse cultural and linguistic traditions, these writers all use the figure of the antihero to question handed-down assumptions, to reexamine moral categories, and to raise issues of survival and renewal embodying the spirit of an uneasy age.

In Praise of Antiheroes

In Praise of Antiheroes
  • Author : Victor H. Brombert
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 168
  • Relase : 1999
  • ISBN : OCLC:1035683527

In Praise of Antiheroes Book Review:

A book tracing the rise of the antihero in modern literature. The author defines him as someone whose courage displays our own needs and deficiencies. For example, he achieves dignity through humiliation, or suffers a reversal through his honesty.

In praise of antiheroes

In praise of antiheroes
  • Author : Victor Bromberg
  • Publisher :
  • Pages :
  • Relase : 2002
  • ISBN : OCLC:472555044

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The Transhuman Antihero

The Transhuman Antihero
  • Author : Michael Grantham
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Pages : 196
  • Relase : 2015-09-18
  • ISBN : 9781476619552

The Transhuman Antihero Book Review:

Advances in science and technology no longer change how we live, they determine it. In the not-too-distant future, techno-scientific developments may make individuals stronger, smarter, healthier and more productive—but to what end? Addressing this question, speculative fiction has created an abundance of transhuman characters, protagonists with extraordinary strength, intelligence or abilities. Often they are antiheroes, openly rejecting—or rejected by—society and acting on immoral or extreme principles that challenge readers to approve, condemn, excuse or explain. This study explores the antihero of speculative fiction as a paradoxical blend of human and transhuman. These protagonists illustrate the dynamics of individual, techno-scientific and societal norms, and blur distinctions between human and machine, biology and technology, right and wrong. Fictional works covered include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), Olaf Stapledon’s Odd John (1935), Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination (1956), William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1986), Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen (1986–1987), Richard Morgan’s trilogy (Altered Carbon, 2001, Broken Angels, 2003 and Woken Furies 2005) and Black Man (2007).

Heroes and Anti-heroes

Heroes and Anti-heroes
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Maklu
  • Pages : 244
  • Relase : 2010
  • ISBN : 9789044126501

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The Antihero in American Television

The Antihero in American Television
  • Author : Margrethe Bruun Vaage
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 228
  • Relase : 2015-10-14
  • ISBN : 9781317503187

The Antihero in American Television Book Review:

The antihero prevails in recent American drama television series. Characters such as mobster kingpin Tony Soprano (The Sopranos), meth cook and gangster-in-the-making Walter White (Breaking Bad) and serial killer Dexter Morgan (Dexter) are not morally good, so how do these television series make us engage in these morally bad main characters? And what does this tell us about our moral psychological make-up, and more specifically, about the moral psychology of fiction? Vaage argues that the fictional status of these series deactivates rational, deliberate moral evaluation, making the spectator rely on moral emotions and intuitions that are relatively easy to manipulate with narrative strategies. Nevertheless, she also argues that these series regularly encourage reactivation of deliberate, moral evaluation. In so doing, these fictional series can teach us something about ourselves as moral beings—what our moral intuitions and emotions are, and how these might differ from deliberate, moral evaluation.

Saints in the Limelight

Saints in the Limelight
  • Author : Siglind Bruhn
  • Publisher : Pendragon Press
  • Pages : 635
  • Relase : 2003
  • ISBN : 1576470962

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Television Antiheroines

Television Antiheroines
  • Author : Milly Buonanno
  • Publisher : Intellect Books
  • Pages : 295
  • Relase : 2017-03-01
  • ISBN : 9781783207626

Television Antiheroines Book Review:

With a foreword by Diane Negra and Jorie Lagerway As television has finally started to create more leading roles for women, the female antiheroine has emerged as a compelling and dynamic character type. Television Antiheroines looks closely at this recent development, exploring the emergence of women characters in roles typically reserved for men, particularly in the male-dominated genre of the crime and prison drama. The essays collected in Television Antiheroines are divided into four sections or types of characters: mafia women, drug dealers and aberrant mothers, women in prison, and villainesses. Looking specifically at shows such as Gomorrah, Mafiosa, The Wire, The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black, and Antimafia Squad, the contributors explore the role of race and sexuality and focus on how many of the characters transgress traditional ideas about femininity and female identity, such as motherhood. They examine the ways in which bad women are portrayed and how these characters undermine gender expectations and reveal the current challenges by women to social and economic norms. Television Antiheroines will be essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in crime and prison drama and the rising prominence of women in nontraditional roles.

New Reflections on Primo Levi

New Reflections on Primo Levi
  • Author : R. Sodi,M. Marcus
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 214
  • Relase : 2011-07-04
  • ISBN : 9780230119673

New Reflections on Primo Levi Book Review:

This book presents a baker's dozen of interpretative keys to Levi's output and thought. It deepens our understanding of common themes in Levi studies (memory and witness) while exploring unusual and revealing byways (Levi and Calvino, or Levi and theater, for example).

The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture

The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture
  • Author : Victoria Aarons,Phyllis Lassner
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Pages : 840
  • Relase : 2020-01-24
  • ISBN : 9783030334284

The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture Book Review:

The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture reflects current approaches to Holocaust literature that open up future thinking on Holocaust representation. The chapters consider diverse generational perspectives—survivor writing, second and third generation—and genres—memoirs, poetry, novels, graphic narratives, films, video-testimonies, and other forms of literary and cultural expression. In turn, these perspectives create interactions among generations, genres, temporalities, and cultural contexts. The volume also participates in the ongoing project of responding to and talking through moments of rupture and incompletion that represent an opportunity to contribute to the making of meaning through the continuation of narratives of the past. As such, the chapters in this volume pose options for reading Holocaust texts, offering openings for further discussion and exploration. The inquiring body of interpretive scholarship responding to the Shoah becomes itself a story, a narrative that materially extends our inquiry into that history.

The Satiric Worlds of William Boyd

The Satiric Worlds of William Boyd
  • Author : Juan Francisco Elices Agudo
  • Publisher : Peter Lang
  • Pages : 259
  • Relase : 2006
  • ISBN : 3039106910

The Satiric Worlds of William Boyd Book Review:

This study explores five major narratives of Ghanian-born novelist William Boyd from a satiric point of view. Boyd's novels and short stories take up some of the particular traits of satire, a genre which has gradually lost the impact it had in the eighteenth century. This book analyses the satiric spirit of four novels and one short story: A Good Man in Africa, An Ice-Cream War, Stars and Bars, Armadillo and «The Destiny of Nathalie 'X'». It looks at the way Boyd approaches crucial events in twentieth-century history and how he unmasks the follies that underlay most of them. It also deals with issues such as the effects of British colonialism in Africa, the superficiality of Hollywood's film industry and the shortcomings of modern urban civilisation. The theoretical framework of this study is based on the analysis of recent satire criticism.


  • Author : Tamara S. Wagner
  • Publisher : Bucknell University Press
  • Pages : 297
  • Relase : 2004
  • ISBN : 9780838756003

Longing Book Review:

By revealing the origins of common misunderstandings about nostalgia, this book aims, moreover, to show that it creatively fosters a personal and imaginative memory."--Jacket.

What Really Matters

What Really Matters
  • Author : Arthur Kleinman
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 260
  • Relase : 2007
  • ISBN : 9780195331325

What Really Matters Book Review:

Tells the stories of a handful of men and women, some of whom have lived through some of the most fundamental transitions of the turbulent twentieth century. Each is caught up in existential moral experiences that define what it means to be human, and their stories reveal just how malleable moral life is.

Solitude and its Ambiguities in Modernist Fiction

Solitude and its Ambiguities in Modernist Fiction
  • Author : E. Engelberg
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 223
  • Relase : 2016-04-30
  • ISBN : 9781137105981

Solitude and its Ambiguities in Modernist Fiction Book Review:

In this study of solitude in high modernist writing, Edward Engelberg explores the ways in which solitude functions thematically to shape meaning in literary works, as well as what solitude as a condition has contributed to the making of a trope. Selected novels are analyzed for the ambiguities that solitude injects into their meanings. The freedom of solitude also becomes a burden from which the protagonists seek liberation. Although such ambiguities about solitude exist from the Bible and the Ancients through the centuries following, they change within the context of time. The story of solitude in the twentieth century moves from the self's removal from society and retreat into nature to an extra-social position within which the self confronts itself. A chapter is devoted to the synoptic analysis of solitude in the West, with emphasis on the Renaissance to the twentieth century, and another chapter analyzes the ambiguities that set the stage for modernism: Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Selected works by Woolf, Mann, Camus, Sartre, and Beckett highlight particular modernist issues of solitude and how their authors sought to resolve them.

Princeton Alumni Weekly

Princeton Alumni Weekly
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : princeton alumni weekly
  • Pages :
  • Relase : 1999
  • ISBN : PRNC:32101081978015

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Hatred and Civility

Hatred and Civility
  • Author : Christopher Lane
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2006-04-18
  • ISBN : 9780231503907

Hatred and Civility Book Review:

To understand hatred and civility in today's world, argues Christopher Lane, we should start with Victorian fiction. Although the word "Victorian" generally brings to mind images of prudish sexuality and well-heeled snobbery, it has above all become synonymous with self-sacrifice, earnest devotion, and moral rectitude. Yet this idealized version of Victorian England is surprisingly scarce in the period's literature--and its journalism, sermons, poems, and plays--where villains, hypocrites, murderers, and cheats of all types abound.

Zeno's Conscience

Zeno's Conscience
  • Author : Italo Svevo
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 464
  • Relase : 2015-03-18
  • ISBN : 9781101970225

Zeno's Conscience Book Review:

Long hailed as a seminal work of modernism in the tradition of Joyce and Kafka, and now available in a supple new English translation, Italo Svevo’s charming and splendidly idiosyncratic novel conducts readers deep into one hilariously hyperactive and endlessly self-deluding mind. The mind in question belongs to Zeno Cosini, a neurotic Italian businessman who is writing his confessions at the behest of his psychiatrist. Here are Zeno’s interminable attempts to quit smoking, his courtship of the beautiful yet unresponsive Ada, his unexpected–and unexpectedly happy–marriage to Ada’s homely sister Augusta, and his affair with a shrill-voiced aspiring singer. Relating these misadventures with wry wit and a perspicacity at once unblinking and compassionate, Zeno’s Conscience is a miracle of psychological realism.

Heroes and Heroism in British Fiction Since 1800

Heroes and Heroism in British Fiction Since 1800
  • Author : Barbara Korte,Stefanie Lethbridge
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 206
  • Relase : 2016-11-09
  • ISBN : 9783319335575

Heroes and Heroism in British Fiction Since 1800 Book Review:

This book is about the manifestations and explorations of the heroic in narrative literature since around 1800. It traces the most important stages of this representation but also includes strands that have been marginalised or silenced in a dominant masculine and higher-class framework - the studies include explorations of female versions of the heroic, and they consider working-class and ethnic perspectives. The chapters in this volume each focus on a prominent conjuncture of texts, histories and approaches to the heroic. Taken together, they present an overview of the ‘literary heroic’ in fiction since the late eighteenth century.

In the Shadow of the Mammoth

In the Shadow of the Mammoth
  • Author : Giuliana Minghelli
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Pages : 238
  • Relase : 2002-01-01
  • ISBN : 0802036384

In the Shadow of the Mammoth Book Review:

Giuliana Minghelli uses Italo Svevo's parodic Darwinian fable of the prehistoric encounter between the weak and 'unfinished' man and an incommensurable other to reassess his eccentric contribution to 20th century literature.

Heroes and Anti-heroes in Medieval Romance

Heroes and Anti-heroes in Medieval Romance
  • Author : Neil Cartlidge
  • Publisher : DS Brewer
  • Pages : 247
  • Relase : 2012
  • ISBN : 9781843843047

Heroes and Anti-heroes in Medieval Romance Book Review:

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