The Beautiful and the Doomed: Essays on Literary Value

Mirosława Buchholtz

Series: Dis/Continuities - Volume 2
Year of Publication: 2013
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 198 pp., 8 fig.
ISBN 978-3-631-63375-5 hb.  (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-3-653-02406-7 (eBook)

The book addresses the problem of literary value in North American literature, children's literature, film and poetry. Chapter One: The Ennob(e)led focuses on institutions which are instrumental in attributing value to literature: literary critics (e.g. D.H. Lawrence) and award givers (e.g. the Swedish Academy). It explores W.B. Yeats's, T.S. Eliot's, Czeslaw Milosz's and William Golding's lives with the Nobel Prize. In Chapter Two: The Forgotten homage is paid to four authors who lost popularity, or never enjoyed it: Lorenza Stevens Berbineau, Frank Stockton, Charles Chesnutt and Conrad Aiken. Chapter Three: From Margin to Mainstream compares various Chinese, Japanese, First Nations' and other ethnic voices in Canadian children's literature. Chapter Four: From Mainstream to Margin juxtaposes scholarly pursuits with cinematic praxis, and cinematic praxis with political activity.

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