Literary Criticism

A Temple of Texts by William H. Gass

By William H. Gass

Winner of the 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary feedback, A Temple of Texts is the most recent serious assortment from certainly one of America's maximum essayists and novelists. the following, William H. Gass can pay homage to the readerly facet of the literary adventure via turning his severe sensibility upon all of the books that formed his personal improvement as a reader, author, and individual.

With essays on figures starting from William Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein to Flann O'Brien and Robert Burton, Gass creates a "temple" of readerly devotion, a suite of serious explorations as incredible and incisive as readers have come to anticipate from this literary grasp, but in addition a shockingly own window into the author's personal literary improvement.

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It is strictly regulated, like a picture by Picasso. Everything in the book is displaced; everything is transposed. The dedication occurs on page 15, contrary to the three basic requirements of content, form, and place. Nor is the Preface in its usual position. 2005 4:17pm page 33 beginning of the book but rather in Volume III, Chapter 20, pages 192 through 203. Sterne justifies the Preface in this way: ‘‘All my heroes are off my hands; – ’tis the first time I have had a moment to spare, – and I’ll make use of it, and write my preface’’ (p.

Restored perception is qualitatively different, on this view, from any emotional response a reader might have to the events in the story world. e. the technique]’’ (45). 2005 4:17pm page 22 perception to the reader, then this does not mean for Shklovsky that art produces emotion: in one of his most extreme formulations he declares that ‘‘Art . . is unsympathetic – or beyond sympathy. . In discussing such emotion we have to examine it from the point of view of the composition itself, in exactly the same way that a mechanic must examine a driving belt to understand the details of a machine; he certainly would not study the driving belt as if he were a vegetarian’’ (43).

5). Here is how the anecdote is brought in. Tristram Shandy’s mother sleeps with his father only on the first Sunday of each month and on precisely that evening Mr. Shandy winds the clock in order to get both of these domestic duties ‘‘out of the way at one time, and be no more plagued and pester’d with them the rest of the month’’ (p. 8). As a result, an unavoidable association has formed in his wife’s mind, so that she ‘‘could never hear the said clock wound up, – but the thoughts of some other things unavoidably popp’d into her head, – & vice versa’’ (p.

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