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The Name of Action : Critical Essays - John Fraser

The Name of Action

Critical Essays

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Published: 18th February 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.

Preface
Introduction
Prospero's book: The Tempest revisited
Dust and dreams and The Great Gatsby
In defence of culture
Othello and honour
The name of action
Crime and forgiveness: The Red Badge of Courage in time of war
Rereading Traven's The Death Ship
A dangerous book?: The Story of O
Yvor Winters: the perils of mind
Mr Frye and evaluation
Swift and the decay of letters
Theories and practices: the Hammonds' The Village Labourer
George Sturt's apprenticeship
Atget and the city
Reflections on the organic community
Notes
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ISBN: 9780521277457
ISBN-10: 0521277450
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 18th February 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.35