The Name of Action: Critical Essays by John FraserThe Name of Action: Critical Essays by John Fraser

The Name of Action: Critical Essays

byJohn Fraser

Paperback | January 25, 1985

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This selection from John Fraser's essays forms a triptych with his Violence in the Arts and America and the Patterns of Chivalry (published by the Press in 1974 and 1982) and, like them, explores conflicting attitudes towards self-affirmation and social order. Important concerns in all three works are ideas of energy, power, and personal plenitude, and the way in which idealism and heroic intensity can sometimes lead to overstrain and collapse. Yet the dominant emphasis is positive. In this volume the author offers some of his finest analyses both of the workings of heroic and pastoral ideals and of the dangers of irony and nihilism in a violent world. The essays range in subject from Shakespeare to Atget's photographs of Paris, by way of American fiction, sadomasochism, literary theory and patterns of rural culture. Their implicit argument is subtle and absorbing.
Title:The Name of Action: Critical EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.63 inPublished:January 25, 1985Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521277450

ISBN - 13:9780521277457


Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I: 1. Prospero's book: The Tempest revisited; 2. Dust and dreams and The Great Gatsby; 3. In defence of culture: Huckleberry Finn; 4. Othello and honour; 5. The name of action: Nelly Dean and Wuthering Heights; 6. Crime and forgiveness: The Red Badge of Courage in time of war; 7. Rereading Traven's The Death Ship; Part II: 8. A dangerous book?: The Story of O; 9. Yvor Winters: the perils of mind; 10. Mr Frye and evaluation; 11. Swift and the decay of letters; Part III: 12. Theories and practices: the Hammonds' The Village Labourer; 13. George Sturt's apprenticeship; 14. Atget and the city; 15. Reflections on the organic community; Notes.