An artificial wilderness: essays on 20th-century literature

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Morrow, Aug 1, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 430 pages
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Sven Birkerts explores the impacts of two world wars and the collapse of the assumption of Humanism on a diverse group of modern writers, bringing to light the aspect of a world literature promoting an international perspective. Photographs.

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Wandering The Wilderness Until The Desert Blooms This book by Sven Birkerts -- whose fine essays have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere -- may just serve to ... Read full review

An artificial wilderness: essays on 20th-century literature

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Poststructural critics and post-modern American novelists irritate Birkerts because they insert a "membrane of self'' between the work and the reader. His favorite critics are those who, like Walter ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
11
Robert Musil
25
Robert Walser
41
Copyright

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Sven Birkerts is the author of "Reading Life: Books for the Ages," "Readings,"
"The Gutenberg Elegies," and a memoir, "My Sky Blue Trades," He teaches at Harvard University and at the Bennington Writing Seminars and is the editor of "AGNI," He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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