The Essay At the Limits: Poetics, Politics and Form (Paperback)

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The Essay At the Limits: Poetics, Politics and Form (Paperback)

By Mario Aquilina (Editor)

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In the hands of such writers as Rebecca Solnit, Claudia Rankine, David Shields, Zadie Smith and many others, the essay has re-emerged as a powerful literary form for tackling a fractious 21st-century culture. The Essay at the Limitsbrings together leading scholars to explore the theory, the poetics and the future of the form. The book links the formal innovations and new voices that have emerged in the 21st-century essay to the history and theory of the essay. In so doing, it surveys the essay from its origins to its relation to contemporary cultural forms, from the novel to poetry, film to music, and from political articles to intimate lyrical expressions.

The book examines work by writers such as: Theodor W. Adorno, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Francis Bacon, James Baldwin, Roland Barthes, Maurice Blanchot, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Annie Dillard, Brian Dillon, Jean Genet, William Hazlitt, Samuel Johnson, Karl Ove Knaussgaard, Ben Lerner, Audre Lorde, Oscar Wilde, Michel de Montaigne, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Solnit, Wallace Stevens, Eliot Weinberger and Virginia Woolf.
Mario Aquilina is Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. He is the author of The Event of Style in Literature (2014).
Product Details ISBN: 9781350235373
ISBN-10: 1350235377
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: October 20th, 2022
Pages: 264
Language: English