Contents; 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; Film; 27. Jeanne Moreau's Lumiere; 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; Index.
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).
"'Geoffrey Hartman seems to me one of the most important literary critics and theorists in the world. He is an exceptionally deep and decent thinker. I believe that his book will be a landmark.' Stephen Greenblatt, Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University"