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Sounding the Classics From Sophocles to Thomas Mann

ISBN-10: 0275959651

ISBN-13: 9780275959654

Edition: 1997

Authors: Rudolph Binion

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This book is a comparative study of twelve works of fiction broadly representative of the Western canon. Its aim is to discover what gives these twelve works their lasting appeal and vitality over and beyond their formal qualities. It focuses on the interplay of "text" and "subtext" within each work after defining these terms at the outset. It then compares its twelve sample classics systematically in a conclusion that argues from the works themselves to classics in general. Binion's key finding is that for a piece of fiction to feel deep, whole, and great, as classics do, its text must be underpinned from start to finish by a subtext, or alternative reading, which calls that text itself into question. A book for scholar, student and educated public alike, no serious reader will be able to consider what makes a classic without reference to this work.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 8/26/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638

Copyright Acknowledgments
Text and Subtext
The Trouble with Oedipus Sophocles' Oedipus the King
Notes
Blood for Blood the Gospel According to Matthew
Notes
Lust Forever
Notes
Notes
In Flames and in Tears Racine's Phaedra
Notes
A Wanderer on Earth Goethe's the Sorrows of Young Werther
Notes
On Death Row
Notes
Like an Echo Fading Flaubert's A Simple Heart""
Notes
Mankind Revisited Dostoyevsky's The Grand Inquisitor""
Notes
A Lamed and Tamed Duck Ibsen's the Wild Duck
Notes
Death Beckoning
Notes
From Plagued Thebes to Plagued Venice
Notes
Index
About the Author