Tintin And The Secret Of Literature

Author: Tom McCarthy
Editor: Counterpoint LLC
ISBN: 9781582434056
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Is Tintin literature? asks Tom McCarthy in this study of one of the greatest comics of the 20th century. He embarks on an adventure in deconstruction and discovery - bringing on board the readers themselves as well as such writers and philosophies as Balzac, Barthes, Bataille, and Derrida - aimed at determining Tintin's cultural status. Invigorating both subject and method with a brio so relentless it is almost disturbing, McCarthy unpacks Tintin while offering a tour de force of literary theory. Playful, provocative, puckish, at times even rather racy, this irresistibly clever, tightly constructed book shows how the themes Tintin generates are in fact the very same that have fueled and troubled writers from the classical era to the present day.

Tintin And The Secret Of Literature

Author: Tom McCarthy
Editor: Granta Books
ISBN: 1847086063
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Herg's Tintin cartoon adventures have been translated into more than fifty languages and read by tens of millions of children aged, as their publishers like to say, 'from 7 to 77'. Arguing that their characters are as strong and their plots as complex as any dreamt up by the great novelists, Tom McCarthy asks a simple question: is Tintin literature? McCarthy takes a cue from Tintin himself, who spends much of his time tracking down illicit radio signals, entering crypts and decoding puzzles and suggests that we too need to 'tune in' and decode if we want to capture what's going on in Herg's work. What emerges is a remarkable story of hushed-up royal descent in both Herge's work and his own family history. McCarthy shows how the themes this story generates - expulsion from home, violation of the sacred, the host-guest relationship turned sour and anxieties around questions of forgery and fakeness - are the same that have fuelled and troubled writers from the classical era to the present day. His startling conclusion is that Tintin's ultimate 'secret' is that of literature itself. Appearing on the eve of the release of a major Steven Spielberg Tintin film, Tintin and the Secret of Literature should be avidly devoured by not only Tintin lovers but also by anyone with an interest in literature, philosophy or art.

From Text To Txting

Author: Paul Budra
Editor: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253003105
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Literary scholars face a new and often baffling reality in the classroom: students spend more time looking at glowing screens than reading printed text. The social lives of these students take place in cyberspace instead of the student pub. Their favorite narratives exist in video games, not books. How do teachers who grew up in a different world engage these students without watering down pedagogy? Clint Burnham and Paul Budra have assembled a group of specialists in visual poetry, graphic novels, digital humanities, role-playing games, television studies, and, yes, even the middle-brow novel, to address this question. Contributors give a brief description of their subject, investigate how it confronts traditional notions of the literary, and ask what contemporary literary theory can illuminate about their text before explaining how their subject can be taught in the 21st-century classroom.

On Lightness In World Literature

Author: B. Scott
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137346841
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Despite the apparent ubiquity of light literature, and despite the greater cultural prestige it has been afforded in recent decades, very little has been written on the adjective that actually defines this category. What, precisely, does it signify, and what are some of the key strategies by which the effect of lightness is achieved within literary discourse? In this original and engaging study, Bede Scott explores the aesthetic quality of lightness as demonstrated by a diverse range of narratives - spanning four different centuries and five different countries. In each case he focuses on a specific 'type' of lightness, whether it be the refined triviality of Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book, the ludic tendencies of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis' Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, or the 'exhilarating and primitive vitality' of Voltaire's Candide. By bringing together such disparate sources, Scott makes a strong case for the universality of this particular aesthetic value, while also subjecting to close critical scrutiny its underlying structural features.

Disease And Crime

Author: Robert Peckham
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1135045941
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Disease and crime are increasingly conflated in the contemporary world. News reports proclaim "epidemics" of crime, while politicians denounce terrorism as a lethal pathological threat. Recent years have even witnessed the development of a new subfield, "epidemiological criminology," which merges public health with criminal justice to provide analytical tools for criminal justice practitioners and health care professionals. Little attention, however, has been paid to the historical contexts of these disease and crime equations, or to the historical continuities and discontinuities between contemporary invocations of crime as disease and the emergence of criminology, epidemiology, and public health in the second half of the nineteenth century. When, how and why did this pathologization of crime and criminalization of disease come about? This volume addresses these critical questions, exploring the discursive construction of crime and disease across a range of geographical and historical settings.

Herge The Man Who Created Tintin

Author: Pierre Assouline
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195397592
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Offering a captivating portrait of a man who revolutionized the art of comics, this is the first full biography of Herge available for an English-speaking audience. --from publisher description.

Typewriters Bombs Jellyfish

Author: Tom McCarthy
Editor: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1681370875
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Essays on literature, pop culture, and more from the cult novelist and critic Tom McCarthy Fifteen brilliant essays written over as many years provide a map of the sensibility and critical intelligence of Tom McCarthy, one of the most original and challenging novelists at work today. Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish explores a wide range of subjects, from the weather considered as a form of media, to the paintings of Gerhard Richter and the movies of David Lynch, to Patty Hearst as revolutionary sex goddess, to the still-radical implications of established masterpieces such as Ulysses (how do you write after it?), Tristram Shandy, and the unsung junky genius Alexander Trocchi’s darkly beautiful Cain’s Book. The longer “Recessional” examines the place of time in writing—how writing makes a new time of its own, a time apart from institutional time—while the startling “Nothing Will Have Taken Place” moves from Mallarmé and Don DeLillo to the ball mastery of Zidane to look at how art, whether that of a poet, novelist, or athlete, destroys given codes of meaning and behavior, returning them to play. Certain points of reference recur with dreamlike insistence—among them the artist Ed Ruscha’s Royal Road Test, a photographic documentation of the roadside debris of a Royal typewriter hurled from the window of a traveling car; the great blooms of jellyfish that are filling the oceans and gumming up the machinery of commerce and military domination—and the question throughout is: How can art explode the restraining conventions of so-called realism, whether aesthetic or political, to engage in the active reinvention of the world?

C

Author: Tom McCarthy
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0307388212
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Opening in England at the turn of the twentieth century, C is the story of Serge Carrefax, whose father experiments with wireless communication while running a school for deaf children. Serge grows up amid the noise and silence with his brilliant but troubled older sister, Sophie: an intense sibling relationship that haunts him as he heads off into an equally troubled larger world. As Serge goes from a Bohemian spa to the skies of World War I, and from a German prison camp into the tombs of Egypt, we follow his life through the tumultuous course of the nascent modern era. Tom McCarthy—acclaimed author of Remainder—has created a truly singular character, and a world that sparkles with historical breadth and postmodern originality.

C Mccarthy

Author: Tom McCarthy
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 0224090208
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"C is the story of Serge Carrefax, a young man who sees the world uniquely and lives a short life unlike any other. Born at the dawn of the 20th century, Serge is quickly steeped in the weird emergent technologies and seductive new machinery of the day radio, cars, aeroplanes. When personal tragedy strikes, Serge's scientific passions shade into something darker, eclipsing his ability to engage with the world, people and daily life. But this existential malaise unleashes joyful new possibilities and an incredible story of death, sex, addictions and mythologies, taking us from the eerily idyllic settings of pre-war Europe to the battlefields and prison camps of World War One, and on to the London of the roaring twenties and finally the ancient tombs of Egypt. Reminiscent of Bolano, Beckett and Pynchon, this is a remarkable novel a compelling, sophisticated and sublimely imaginative book uncovering the hidden codes, patterns and dark rhythms that sustain human life."

Transmission And The Individual Remix

Author: Tom McCarthy
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 1448137470
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Listen... A set of signals has been pulsing, repeating, modulating in the airspace of literature... This essay is an invitation to listen to those signals, as they travel through and shape the work of Aeschylus and Ovid, Rilke, Conrad, Burroughs, Joyce and others. To retune our idea of what a writer does, of what the very act of writing 'is'. To rethink literature itself along the lines of transmission and reception, signal and noise... Listen: two times. I repeat... Message ends.