Visions of Extremity in Modern Literature

Visions of Extremity in Modern Literature

Murray Krieger

Language: English

Pages: 308


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Murray Krieger: a reader. Not a man who trifles around with literature.

I cannot do the man justice. Here is an excerpt from his preface:

Here again, my method—of isolating reductive metaphors
and of comparing the extent of their dominance over the
work and the world—becomes explicit in The Classic Vision,
while its use in The Tragic Vision is implicit only. I try to
justify it as a method in my introduction to the later volume
and write my Epilogue to emphasize this unity of procedure
and to make clear its application to each of the works or
authors I treat. In fact, perhaps to emphasize the conformity of
this second volume to the method of the first, I summarize
retrospectively (pp. 19-21 of The Classic Vision) the master-
metaphors of the works treated in The Tragic Vision. Though
I am convinced that my summaries emerged out of those
earlier analyses, they were not as clear to me originally as they
came to be once my method crystallized with the writing of
The Classic Vision.

from the back cover:
Originally published separately, The Tragic Vision and The
Classic Vision are now available in paperback as companion
volumes under the new title, Visions o f Extremity in Modern
Literature. Murray Krieger has written a new introduction
to the set.
From reviews of The Tragic Vision:
"A very full book indeed, with not only a rationale of tragedy
and the outline of a new literary method ('thematics') but
perceptive analyses of fourteen novels ranging from Dostoevski
The Idiot to Camus' The Stranger.... I know of po criticism
that confronts us so powerfully with that first phase of every
tragic course— the experience of stark, staring evil, the demoniac
the monstrous, the absurd. From now on, we can talk about
'the tragic vision' with significant precision/'— R. B. Sewall in Y
“ Professor Krieger's . . . thesis is an original one, and the means
by which he supports it demonstrate a thorough familiarity
not only with literary technique and method but also with
philosophic and aesthetic rationale. . . . A lasting, valid, and livel
approach to some of the modern world's most influential and
disturbing novels/"— Christian Century
M urray K rieger is Professor of English and Comparative
Literature and Director of the Program in Critical Theory at the
University of California at Irvine. He is also Professor of English
at the University of California at Los Angeles. A former
Guggenheim felloyv, he is a leading authority on literary theory
and criticism. His other books include The Play and Place of
Criticism (The Johns Hopkins Press, 1967), A Window of
Criticism, and The New Apologists for Poetry.
















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