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    Fredric Jameson

    Fredric Jameson Book author: Adam Roberts Fredric Jameson has been called ‘probably the most important cultural critic writing in English today’. He has an extraordinary range of analysis, which takes in everything from architecture to science fiction, from the nineteenth-century novel to cinema, from philosophy to experimental avant-garde art. This range, allied to a powerful and penetrating critical intelligence, constitutes the most exhilarating thing about reading Jameson. This study aims to provide a compact though elementary introduction to the work of Jameson, and explain why he is crucial to our understanding of contemporary literature and cultural studies. If we want a sense of why Jameson is important, and of the…

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    Paul Ricoeur

    PA U L R I C O E U R Author: Karl Simms Paul Ricoeur is one of the most important critical thinkers to emerge in the twentieth century. His unique ‘theory of reading’ or hermeneutics extends far beyond the reading of literary works to build into a theory for the reading of ‘life’. As a result of this, such works as Philosophy of the Will, The Rule of Metaphor, Time and Narrative and Oneself as Another have impacted upon the widest range of disciplines, from literary criticism and philosophy to history, religion, legal studies and politics. In this stimulating guide, Karl Simms explores Ricoeur’s most influential ideas, touching upon…

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    Jean Baudrillard

    Baudrillard Author: Richard J Lane The dominance of Hegel in postwar France led initially to the prevalence of Marxism and existentialism. Hyppolite, who translated Hegel, was also the teacher of some of the new thinkers, such as Derrida and Foucault. They were interested in different ways of intersecting reactions to Hegel with structuralism. A key figure for the new thinkers was Bataille, whose theories of “unproductive expenditure” and excessive behaviour were aimed at countering the Hegelian dialectic. Baudrillard regarded the political unrest of May 1968, with student and worker uprisings, as something that tested the opposing theories of Marxism and structuralism. He suggested that the two theories needed to be…

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    Writing a Play and a Novel

    Writing a Play and writing a Novel is Different Writing a play and a novel are two different ball games. A playwright need not be a good novelist and vice versa. Whereas the novelist needs to tell a story via a plot inlaid into a narrative, a dramatist has to show a story through dialogue given to characters on a stage. It may seem that writing a play is simpler than a novel because it seems a shorter text than a novel’s, but it can often be more difficult. Writing concisely is definitely more of an accomplishment than a loose dabbling in words. The novel gives more freedom to the…

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    Making Characters Memorable

    Making Characters Memorable One of the acid tests of a fiction writer is to make characters memorable. They should not merely be puppets but should have the rarer merit to come alive in the reader’s imagination. Some significant theorists have believed that social types can make interesting characters, and they can perhaps, but will rarely stay on in the mind as individuals. Memorable characters result from an author’s keen observation of life and people and an acute insight into human psychology. If an author believes in social types, like T. S. Eliot does, they should rather make it a blending of the social type with a psychological type. This means…

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    How To Sell More Books

    How Authors Can Sell More Books PUBLISHED APRIL 11, 2018 BY LRSHARMA How Authors Can Sell More Books It’s not only how to get noticed but how to remain noticed that helps an author to sell more books, particularly the books that are self-published, though the same applies to the traditionally published book as well. We know that the cover needs to be attractive to catch the eye of the reader. The editing should be professionally done. If a book is well written it is likely to be recommended from reader to reader. But in the case of a book with grammatical errors or typos one can hope for little…