Cross-Cultural Reckonings: A Triptych of Russian, American and Canadian Texts by Blanche H. GelfantCross-Cultural Reckonings: A Triptych of Russian, American and Canadian Texts by Blanche H. Gelfant

Cross-Cultural Reckonings: A Triptych of Russian, American and Canadian Texts

byBlanche H. Gelfant

Paperback | April 2, 2009

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This far-reaching collection of essays offers a serious and thought-provoking account of the complexities spawned by cross-cultural interpretation. The essays hold broad implications for issues spanning the range of literary criticism: the relations of text and context; the usefulness of genre as a defining term; the consequences of binary thinking; the links between practical criticism and literary theory; and--perhaps most explosively--from the visions and revisions invoked by shifting notions of nationality to the unpredictable attitudes toward gender and sexual difference entertained by the field of literary criticism at large.
Title:Cross-Cultural Reckonings: A Triptych of Russian, American and Canadian TextsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:April 2, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521106753

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Table of Contents

Introduction: On Waywardness; 1. On Breaking Up; 2. On Transgressions; 3. On Mystery; Index.

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"Expert teacher that she is, Gelfant provokes her readers to go beyond her interpretations and even to challenege and extend them....From her wanderings, reckonings, and alert harkening to voices of multiplicity of cultures, classes, languages, and artistic temperaments, Gelfant renders her account of the rich variety of voices that strike the same profoundly resonant chords: aching desires for love, warmth, and security; torturous yearnings for intellectual stimulation and the aesthetic pleasures of Nature and art; and the unrelenting hope of discovering compassion and charity within global cultures that seem to generate only a cold and barren bottom-line mentality. In this bold and seminal work, she lets us hear how the articulations of many seemingly disparate speakers may be clarified and given new meaning through the voice of a powerful scholar-critic." Emory Elliot, Novel