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The Substance of Shadow free pdf John Hollander, poet and scholar, was a master whose work joined luminous learning and imaginative risk. This book, based on the unpublished Clark Lectures Hollander delivered in 1999 at Cambridge University, witnesses his power to shift the horizons of our thinking, as he traces the history of shadow in British and American poetry from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century. Shadow shows itself here in myriad literary identities, revealing its force as a way of seeing and a form of knowing, as material for fable and parable. Taking up a vast range of texts from the Bible, Dante, Shakespeare, and Milton, to Poe, Dickinson, Eliot, and Stevens, Hollander describes how metaphors of shadow influence our ideas of dreaming, desire, doubt, and death. These shadows of poetry and prose fiction point to unknown, often fearful domains of human experience, showing us concealed shapes of truth and possibility. Crucially, Hollander explores how shadows in poetic history become things with a strange substance and life of their own: they acquire the power to console, haunt, stalk, wander, threaten, command, and destroy. Shadow speaks, even sings, revealing to us the "lost" as much as the "hidden" self. An extraordinary blend of literary analysis and speculative thought, Hollander s account of the substance of shadow lays bare the substance of poetry itself. "

About Professor John Hollander

John Hollander (1929 2013) was the Sterling Professor of English at Yale University and the author of over thirty books of poetry and literary criticism. Kenneth Gross is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Rochester and the author, most recently, of "Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life," also published by the University of Chicago Press."

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Author : Professor John Hollander
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
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ISBN : 022635427X
EAN : 9780226354279
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 184 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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