Comparative Criticism: Volume 9, Cultural Perceptions and Literary Values

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E. S. Shaffer
Cambridge University Press, Oct 29, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 424 pages
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The ninth volume of this annual journal is concerned with the theme of 'Cultural perceptions and literary values', and continues the consideration of the relations of European with non-European literatures begun in volume 8. Among others, Indian art and its reception in the West is taken as a paradigm case for the interpretation of works of art. Victor Turner, an anthropologist who contributed a great deal to the understanding of the role of ritual in African societies, in 'social drama' and in the theatre, is represented by a posthumous essay displaying his characteristic verve, boldness, and innovative power. The crucial case of magic as 'alien wisdom' is considered, as is the exportation of the 'Faust theme', as represented in Spanish sources, to South America, and the case for its absorption into native Indian drama. This volume brings the series of special bibliographies on the history of comparative literary studies in the UK up to 1965, within a decade of the beginning of our annual bibliographies (1975) in volume 1. It also contains the annual bibliography of comparative literature, covering 1984.
  

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Contents

PARTHA MITTER Can we ever understand alien cultures?
3
VICTOR TURNER Are there universals of performance? with
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the location of magic
59
Hamlet and the rituals
111
cul
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narrative and aesthetics
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Prizewinner in the BCLA Translation Competition 1985
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FAROGH FARROKHZAD Rebirth A poem from the Persian
183
Hebbel to Ibsen A chapter from
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opera for speaking voices
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STEPHEN HEATH Theory etc A review of Jonathan Culler
281
NICOLE WARD jouvE How The Second Sex stopped my aunt
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Books and periodicals received
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Bibliography of Comparative Literature in Britain and Ireland
375
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Shaffer is Lecturer in Comparative Literature School of European Studies, University of East Anglia.

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