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作者 Scott, Bede, 1971- author
書名 On lightness in world literature / Bede Scott
出版項 New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2013]
國際標準書號 1137346841 (electronic bk.)
9781137346841 (electronic bk.)
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說明 1 online resource
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附註 Includes bibliographical references and index
Superficiality: Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's -- Irreverence: Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis' Posthumous memoirs of Brás Cubas -- Implausibility: Voltaire's Candide -- Readability: P.G. Wodehouse's The code of the Woosters -- Triviality: Sei Shonagon's Pillow book
Despite the apparent ubiquity of light literature, and despite the greater cultural prestige it has been afforded in recent decades, very little has been written on the adjective that actually defines this category. What, precisely, does it signify, and what are some of the key strategies by which the effect of lightness is achieved within literary discourse? In this original and engaging study, Bede Scott explores the aesthetic quality of lightness as demonstrated by a diverse range of narratives - spanning four different centuries and five different countries. In each case he focuses on a specific 'type' of lightness, whether it be the refined triviality of Sei Shonagon's "Pillow Book", the ludic tendencies of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis' "Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas", or the 'exhilarating and primitive vitality' of Voltaire's "Candide". By bringing together such disparate sources, Scott makes a strong case for the universality of this particular aesthetic value, while also subjecting to close critical scrutiny its underlying structural features
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鏈接 Print version: Scott, Bede, 1971- On lightness in world literature 9781137352552 (DLC) 2013018988 (OCoLC)847763391
主題 Aesthetics in literature
Art and literature
Literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
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