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Sophie's Choice

Author : William Styron
Publisher : Open Road Media
Page : 821 pages
File Size : 33,43 MB
Release : 2010-05-04
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1936317176


This award-winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post–WWII Brooklyn “belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces” (The Washington Post Book World). Winner of the National Book Award and a modern classic, Sophie’s Choice centers on three characters: Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist; Nathan, his charismatic but violent Jewish neighbor; and Sophie, an Auschwitz survivor who is Nathan’s lover. Their entanglement in one another’s lives will build to a stirring revelation of agonizing secrets that will change them forever. Poetic in its execution, and epic in its emotional sweep, Sophie’s Choice explores the good and evil of humanity through Stingo’s burgeoning worldliness, Nathan’s volatile personality, and Sophie’s tragic past. Mixing elements from Styron’s own experience with themes of the Holocaust and the history of slavery in the American South, the novel is a profound and haunting human drama, representing Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance. This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.

Ethics of the Real

Author : Alenka Zupančič
Publisher : Verso
Page : 288 pages
File Size : 10,62 MB
Release : 2000
Category : Ethics
ISBN : 9781859847244


The idea of Kantian ethics is both simple and revolutionary: it proposes a moral law independent of any notion of a pre-establishment of fear. In attempting to interpret sucha a revcolutionary proposition in a more 'humane' light, and to turn Kant into our contemporary—someone who can help us with our own ethical dilemmas—many Kantian scholars have glossed over its apparent paradoxes and impossible claims. This book is concerned with doing exactly the opposite. Kant, thank God, is not our contemporary; he stands against the grain of our times. Lacan on the face of it appears to be the very antithesis of Kant—the wild theorist of psychoanalysis compared to the sober Enlightenment figure. His concept of the Real, however, provides perhaps the most useful backdrop to this new interpretation of Kantian ethics. Constantly juxtaposing her readings of the two philosophers, Alenka Zupancic summons up and 'ethics of the Real', and clears the ground for a radical restoration of the disruptive element in ethics.

Holocaust Literature: Lerner to Zychlinsky, index

Author : S. Lillian Kremer
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Page : 778 pages
File Size : 19,36 MB
Release : 2003
Category : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
ISBN : 9780415929844


Review: "This encyclopedia offers an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the important writers and works that form the literature about the Holocaust and its consequences. The collection is alphabetically arranged and consists of high-quality biocritical essays on 309 writers who are first-, second-, and third-generation survivors or important thinkers and spokespersons on the Holocaust. An essential literary reference work, this publication is an important addition to the genre and a solid value for public and academic libraries."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004

Holocaust Fiction

Author : Sue Vice
Publisher : Psychology Press
Page : 250 pages
File Size : 14,82 MB
Release : 2000
Category : Australian fiction
ISBN : 0415185521


This text presents a critical survey of a broad range of fictional representations of the Holocaust published over the last 20 years.

Making Choices

Author : Frederic Schick
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 180 pages
File Size : 45,13 MB
Release : 1997-02-13
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9780521588409


This volume provides an introductory overview of decision theory. It is completely non-technical excluding all formulae from the text. It covers the full range of philosophical issues of rationality and decision theory, including game theory, social choice theory, prisoners dilemma and much else.

Enjoy Your Symptom!

Author : Slavoj Žižek
Publisher : Psychology Press
Page : 260 pages
File Size : 34,89 MB
Release : 2001
Category : Culture in motion pictures
ISBN : 9780415928120


First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

New York Magazine

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Publisher :
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 15,71 MB
Release : 1982-12-20
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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

Texas Monthly

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Publisher :
Page : 184 pages
File Size : 50,95 MB
Release : 1983-02
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Since 1973, TEXAS MONTHLY has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry, and education. As a leisure guide, TEXAS MONTHLY continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations.

Ethical Theory

Author : Russ Shafer-Landau
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Page : 815 pages
File Size : 11,46 MB
Release : 2007-07-30
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 1405133198


In presenting this reader on ethical theory, Shafer-Landau (philosophy, U. of Wisconsin) has made sure to cover the standard topics of the day, consequentialism, deontology, contractarianism, and virtue ethics, but has also sought to include areas that are less common in sections on moral standing, moral responsibility, moral knowledge, and works that question the very possibility of systematic ethics. He also includes a section that discusses ethics and religion and another that examines prima facie duties and particularism. Rather than include critics' views following the various theoretical presentations, he has instead decided to include more works of allied thinkers in order to provide readers with a more nuanced view of the particular view in question. Selections from classic writers such as Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, Immanuel Kant, and Plato are accompanied by more contemporary writings. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) -- Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, LLC.


Author : David Hadaller
Publisher : Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Page : 236 pages
File Size : 23,45 MB
Release : 1996
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780838636336


In this book, author David Hadaller postulates that fictive gynicide as a ritual sacrifice of women occurs in the novels of William Styron as a means of revealing the very nature of social systems of oppression and dehumanization. Women are victimized, and Styron unflinchingly records their suffering to bring their voices out of the silences that have marginalized them. As such, Peyton Loftis in Lie Down in Darkness may be among the quintessential American heroines produced by male authors, because Styron articulated through her the angst of twentieth-century America. The other female voices in Styron's ensuing three major novels are violated, both physically and psychologically, by those men and women who, wittingly or unwittingly, enforce the structures of a pervasive patriarchal social consensus. The most egregious example is that of Sophie Zawistowska in Sophie's Choice, whose roles as Aryan dream girl, dutiful housewife, and sexy "survivor" eventually lead to her desperate suicide. Gynicide and psychogynicide are Hadaller's terms for the deaths female characters suffer as a result of the interplay of social forces in Styron's fictive discourses. Based upon the work of M. M. Bakhtin, Hadaller's rigorous and systematic evaluation of the important female characters in Styron's major works explores how women are silenced both by suicide and by male violence in the form of gynicide. Hadaller employs feminist dialogics, a method that is particularly useful in examining both gynicide and its variant psychogynicide, a psychic death-in-life. Feminist dialogics concentrates on those women who are forced by patriarchy into submissive roles either by brute force or by social coercion or both. The four major novels of William Styron present the reader with a carnival of voices that are nonetheless engaged in a serious, often fatal, polemic with the overwhelmingly patriarchal society that defines and manipulates them. Hadaller explores in detail Styron's well-known and successful narratives, but Set This House on Fire is especially reexamined in terms of recent critical assumptions that find the novel to be a work of understated power and complexity. The Confessions of Nat Turner is similarly reapproached as a tour de force that is itself a study of the rigid structures of the patriarchal American slave economy. Hadaller's study reveals the depth of understanding Styron brings to his presentation of women in each of his narratives, but also challenges those critics who would falsely label Styron a misogynist.