This new collection of challenging literary studies plays with a foundational definition of Western culture: the word become flesh. But the word become flesh is not, or no longer, a theological already-given. It is a millennial goal or telos toward which each text strives. Both witty and immensely erudite, Jacques Ranciere leads the critical reader through a maze of arrivals toward the moment, perhaps always suspended, when the word finds its flesh. That is what he, a valiant and good-humored companion to these texts, goes questing for through seven essays examining a wide variety of familiar and unfamiliar works. A text is always a commencement, the word setting out on its excursions through the implausible vicissitudes of narrative and the bizarre phantasmagorias of imagery, Don Quixote's unsent letter reaching us through generous Balzac, lovely Rimbaud, demonic Althusser. The word is on its way to an incarnation that always lies ahead of the writer and the reader both, in this anguished democracy of language where the word is always taking on its flesh.
"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER Includes Elizabeth Strout s never-before-published essay about the origins of "The Burgess Boys" Often called the "Father of French Comedy," Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, 1622 1673) was a master at exposing the foibles and complexities of humanity in plays notable for their dramatic construction, varied and diverse humor, and subtlety of psychological observation. This convenient dual-language volume contains the original French texts and English translations of two of Moliere's The Flesh of Words : The Politics of Writing download PDF most praised and popular comedies: "Tartuffe" and "The Bourgeois Gentleman." These timeless theatrical works by one of France's greatest and most influential playwrights can be appreciated not only by students of French language and literature but by any aficionado of classic comedy.
Author: Jacques Ranciere,Charlotte Mandell,
Number of Pages: 184 pages
Published Date: 09 Jul 2004
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Country: Palo Alto, United States
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