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Professor Jeremy Tambling - Author

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Books by Professor Jeremy Tambling

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Dante and Difference: Writing in the 'Commedia'

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Dante and Difference: Writing in the 'Commedia'

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2007

This book presents an interesting approach to Dante's Divine Comedy, drawing on medieval theories of reading and understanding a text, and comparing them with modern critical theories of hermeneutics and approaches to the text associated with the work of Derrida. Dr Tambling rejects any attempt to identify a fundamental unity of thought in the poem and stresses the importance of opposition and divergence. This leads him to react against reductively 'allegorical' readings, and to ask in what way Christianity can be said to be articulated within the work. This important interpretation will be of value to all students and scholars of Dante, as well as to those whose work lies in the fields of general medieval literature, comparative literature and critical theory.

RE:Verse Turning Towards Poetry

RE:Verse Turning Towards Poetry

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2007

Many people are intimidated by poetry, thinking it difficult and high-brow and not for them. But it is still considered an essential part of art and literature. RE:Verse asks; Why and How should we read poetry? This book, aimed at people just starting with literature, takes nothing for granted but opens poetry up to all in a way that makes it both exciting and fresh. Examples are taken from a balanced combination of traditional writers such as Keats, Wordsworth, Blake and Shakespeare, and modern poets such as Seamus Heaney, Jackie Kay and Benjamin Zephaniah. RE:Verse ranges over all periods of literature, and over the many critical theories that attempt to show why poetry matters. It places poems into their historical context, looks at poetry in translation, and discusses why much poetry is so difficult as to seem almost unreadable. It sets the standard for talking about how to read poetry, and what to do when this seems to be impossibly difficult. Ultimately, it is the essential, easy-to-read guide to the subject.

Madmen and Other Survivors - Reading Lu Xun's Fiction

Madmen and Other Survivors - Reading Lu Xun's Fiction

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Blake's Night Thoughts

Blake's Night Thoughts

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2005

Blake's Night Thoughts discusses Blake as a poet and artist of night, considering night through graveyard poetry and Young in the eighteenth-century, urbanism in the nineteenth and Levinas and Blanchot's writings in the twentieth. Taking 'night' as the breakdown of rational progressive thought and of thought based on concepts of identity, the book reads the lyric poetry, some Prophetic works, including a chapter on The Four Zoas , the illustrations to Young, and Dante, and look's at Blake's writing of madness.

Blake's Night Thoughts

Blake's Night Thoughts

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2004

Blake's Night Thoughts discusses Blake as a poet and artist of night, considering night through graveyard poetry and Young in the eighteenth-century, urbanism in the nineteenth and Levinas and Blanchot's writings in the twentieth. Taking 'night' as the breakdown of rational progressive thought and of thought based on concepts of identity, the book reads the lyric poetry, some Prophetic works, including a chapter on The Four Zoas , the illustrations to Young, and Dante, and look's at Blake's writing of madness.

Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together

Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2003

Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together

Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2003

Lost in the American City Dickens, James, and Kafka

Lost in the American City Dickens, James, and Kafka

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2001

In Lost in the American City , Jeremy Tambling looks at European reactions to America and American cities in the nineteenth-century. Dickens visited America in 1842 and his American Notes and Martin Chuzzlewit set the agenda for future discussions of America. Lost in the American City looks at the Dickens legacy through Henry James in The American Scene , through H.G. Wells in The Future in America , and through Kafka, whose novel America (or The Man Who Was Never Heard of Again ) tried to re-write Dickens. Lost in the American City explores the changes in American nineteenth century urban culture which made America so different and so impossible to map for the European, and which made American modernity so unreadable and challenging.

Becoming Posthumous Life and Death in Literary and Cultural Studies

Becoming Posthumous Life and Death in Literary and Cultural Studies

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2001

Set against a backdrop of debates about the so-called 'end of history', 'the death of the subject' and 'the end of art', as well as the various forms of the 'post' that became prevalent in the late twentieth century, Jeremy Tambling introduces the idea of 'the posthumous' as a means of thinking about our relationship to the past, to death and to history. The trope of the posthumous is played out in a pattern of four deftly argued 'case-chapters' devoted to Shakespeare's Cymbeline (where the hero is Posthumus), Dickens's David Copperfield (a 'posthumous child'), Nietzsche's Ecce Homo (the record of a posthumous life) and Benjamin's 'Theses on the Philosophy of History' (where history comes into being posthumously). Using these texts as a launching point Professor Tambling provides readings concerned with the question of why we should give attention to history, and to past texts, if there has been an irretrievable 'break' with history, and where history has turned into the heritage industry. Discussing why many writers - Dante, Shakespeare, Jonson, Keats, Dickens, Nietzsche - have been fascinated by the idea of 'posthumous' existence and why post-Nietzschean critics such as Foucault, Derrida and de Man have thought in terms of the death of the subject, Professor Tambling sets out to discover whether the past is dead in relation to the present, or the present in relation to the past. Rigorous and astute in its critical insights, Becoming Posthumous also provides introductory readings of the critical theory of Walter Benjamin, Maurice Blanchot, Gilles Deleuze, Pierre Klossowski and Jacques Derrida. In showing how the idea of posthumous existence runs right through literary and cultural theory as well as major literary works, the book will be relevant to those who are interested in literature, history, and cultural studies, in theories of modernity, or the idea of 'living on', being a ghost, or just thinking about death and its relationship to life.

Henry James

Henry James

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2000

In this new study of Henry James, which draws on novels and short stories from throughout his career, Jeremy Tambling discusses James's importance as a theorist of the novel and argues for his importance as an American. He sees all James's work as a complex engagement with America and an attempt to find something in textual form that has been missed in the actual experience of America, in comparison with what he has imagined he has found in Europe. Tambling makes use of current critical theory, but his aim is to elucidate what it was that drove this writer to more and more difficulty in writing. This book provides the newcomer to James with a comprehensive introduction and also gives a new set of commanding arguments for re-reading and re-situating the work.

Henry James

Henry James

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/02/2000

In this new study of Henry James, which draws on novels and short stories from throughout his career, Jeremy Tambling discusses James's importance as a theorist of the novel and argues for his importance as an American. He sees all James's work as a complex engagement with America and an attempt to find something in textual form that has been missed in the actual experience of America, in comparison with what he has imagined he has found in Europe. Tambling makes use of current critical theory, but his aim is to elucidate what it was that drove this writer to more and more difficulty in writing. This book provides the newcomer to James with a comprehensive introduction and also gives a new set of commanding arguments for re-reading and re-situating the work.

Dante

Dante

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/1998

Dante's work has fascinated readers for seven hundred years and has provided key reference points for writing as diverse as that of Chaucer, the Renaissance poets, the English Romantics, Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites, American writers from Melville through to Eliot and Pound, Anglo-Irish Modernists from Joyce to Beckett, and contemporary poets such as Heaney and Walcott. In this volume, Jeremy Tambling has selected ten recent essays from the mass of Dante studies, and put the Divine Comedy - Dante's record of a journey to Hell, Purgatory and Paradise - into context for the modern reader. Topics such as Dante's allegory, his relationship to classical and modern poetry, his treatment of love and of sexuality, his attitudes to Florence and to his contemporary Italy, are explored and clarified through a selection of work by some of the best scholars in the field. An introduction and notes help the reader to situate the criticism, and to relate it to contemporary literary theory. In this anthology, Dante's relevance to both English and Italian literature is highlighted, and the significance of Dante for poetry in English is illuminated for the modern reader. This book provides students of English literature and Italian literature with the most comprehensive collection of important critical studies of Dante to date.

Bleak House Charles Dickens

Bleak House Charles Dickens

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/1998

It is in Bleak House that Dickens the realist and Dickens the modernist are often thought to meet. In the two intertwined but separate narratives, one from a woman's perspective and the other forming, arguably, the first detective novel in English, Dickens confronts modern England and modernity itself. The essays collected in this New Casebook embody some of the most exciting and challenging approaches to Dickens, using deconstructive, feminist, Marxist and post-structuralist methods. The Introduction places the various essays in the context of current critical thinking, while itself suggesting an alternative viewpoint and the potential direction of future analysis of this most rewarding and stimulating text.

Opera and the Culture of Fascism

Opera and the Culture of Fascism

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/1996

This study looks at nineteenth - and early twentieth-century opera as part of a culture which produced fascism as a crisis-state, and threatened to extinguish the genre as an influential and contemporary high form of art altogether. Jeremy Tambling highlights the themes of the cultural crisis through a detailed discussion of some dozen operas and a general overview of the works of Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, and others, drawing on the writings of Nietzsche, Adorno, Benjamin, and Heidegger, for an understanding of the ideological background. Reading fascism as a political, intellectual, and psychological phenomenon, the author draws on the works of Bataille, Theweleit, and Kristeva, for discussion of proto-fascist and fascist thought, and for its relation to gender-politics. Resisting the cliches about Wagner or Strauss's relationship to the Third Reich, Tambling takes the opera out the hermetically sealed-off state in which it is normally discussed, and presents it as both complicit in, and in opposition to, the reactionary and regressive pressures that made up the `culture of fascism', and those that tried to make opera part of the `fascism of culture'.

Dickens, Violence and the Modern State Dreams of the Scaffold

Dickens, Violence and the Modern State Dreams of the Scaffold

Author: Professor Jeremy Tambling Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/1995

In a radical reassessment of one of the greatest writers of all time, Dickens, Violence and the Modern State draws on the theories of Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, in addition to Julia Kristeva and Edward Said, to situate Dickens within the discourses circulating within his society - in particular those associated with modernity. Focussing on Dickens's novels written after 1848, his relationship to modernity can be seen in his treatment of violence, seen in two forms in his writing: that of the state (in the rationalising powers of Victorian bourgeois modernisation), and physical violence, as portrayed in Dickens's criminals and interest in masochism and corpses.