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Arthur Hugh Clough (Paperback): John Schad Arthur Hugh Clough (Paperback)
John Schad
R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Swinburne called him a bad poet, Tennyson called him dull, Saintsbury called him thin. John Schad celebrates Clough the anti-poet, a loving laureate of the extraordinary dull, who is so thin we can see through, or beyond him. Clough, argues Schad, never gets in the way of the world, or worlds, of which he writes. And these worlds are many: ranging from the orthodox world of the Anglican Oxford that Clough famously abandons, through the turbulent worlds of Paris and Rome that Clough visits in the wake of the revolutionary events of 1848, to the quietly desperate world of Clough's final years. For Schad, though, Clough's defining world is the very strange world of continental thought, a world which makes him a most un-Victorian Victorian.

Crrritic! - Sighs, Cries, Lies, Insults, Outbursts, Hoaxes, Disasters, Letters of Resignation & Various Other Noises Off in... Crrritic! - Sighs, Cries, Lies, Insults, Outbursts, Hoaxes, Disasters, Letters of Resignation & Various Other Noises Off in These the First & Last Days of Literary Criticism (Paperback, New)
John Schad, Oliver Tearle
R508 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R58 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Well this is it: the end, last gasp, final straw; in short, the concluding dark volume in a series of books some idiot called 'critical inventions.' Let us be like wry Oscar Wilde, said the idiot, and dream of the critic as artist, or at least as someone else, as someone other than who we had thought he was, or been taught he was. Let us, continued the idiot, set the critical dogs off the leash and see what they come back with. And here they are: no less than twenty-four press-ganged souls all huddled together for warmth; some are critics, some are poets, and some are critic-poets; among them such as Steven Connor, Jonathan Dollimore, Ewan Fernie, Mark Ford, Kevin Hart, Geoffrey Hartman, Esther Leslie, Willy Maley, and Michael Simmons Roberts. ... So, twenty-four voices, twenty-four shots in the dark, or maybe shots at the dark, or possibly the head, or even the foot. But whatever, each is a shot at pushing the battered perambulator of dear old criticism so far and so fast that someone somewhere - whether in anger, derision, or pain - might just cry 'Crritic , ' that curse of all curses, the best of all possible anathema. But maybe, just maybe, the exclamation 'Crritic ' will here double as a cri de coeur, or howl of self-loathing, or scream of delight, or laugh in the night, or just a smashed-up and beaten old prayer. We shall see.

Crrritic! - Sighs, Cries, Lies, Insults, Outbursts, Hoaxes, Disasters, Letters of Resignation and Various Other Noises Off in... Crrritic! - Sighs, Cries, Lies, Insults, Outbursts, Hoaxes, Disasters, Letters of Resignation and Various Other Noises Off in These the First and Last Days of Literary Criticism (Hardcover, New)
John Schad, Oliver Tearle
R1,235 R1,023 Discovery Miles 10 230 Save R212 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Well this is it: the end, last gasp, final straw; in short, the concluding dark volume in a series of books some idiot called 'critical inventions.' Let us be like wry Oscar Wilde, said the idiot, and dream of the critic as artist, or at least as someone else, as someone other than who we had thought he was, or been taught he was. Let us, continued the idiot, set the critical dogs off the leash and see what they come back with. And here they are: no less than twenty-four press-ganged souls all huddled together for warmth; some are critics, some are poets, and some are critic-poets; among them such as Steven Connor, Jonathan Dollimore, Ewan Fernie, Mark Ford, Kevin Hart, Geoffrey Hartman, Esther Leslie, Willy Maley, and Michael Simmons Roberts. ... So, twenty-four voices, twenty-four shots in the dark, or maybe shots at the dark, or possibly the head, or even the foot. But whatever, each is a shot at pushing the battered perambulator of dear old criticism so far and so fast that someone somewhere - whether in anger, derision, or pain - might just cry 'Crritic , ' that curse of all curses, the best of all possible anathema. But maybe, just maybe, the exclamation 'Crritic ' will here double as a cri de coeur, or howl of self-loathing, or scream of delight, or laugh in the night, or just a smashed-up and beaten old prayer. We shall see.

English Question - Or Academic Freedoms (Hardcover, New): Thomas Docherty, John Schad English Question - Or Academic Freedoms (Hardcover, New)
Thomas Docherty, John Schad
R972 R813 Discovery Miles 8 130 Save R159 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

To be or not to be free, that is the question, the English question, the question of what is academic English at the beginning of the 21st century. So argues Thomas Docherty in this new and important new study, a study that begins with the claim that the fundamental idea governing the institution of the University is a will to freedom. Tracing a history of the modern European University from Vico onwards and including Hume, Rousseau, Schiller, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Newman, Alain, Benda and Jaspers, the author argues the academy's will to freedom is grounded in study of the 'eloquence' that has shaped literate and humane values. He goes on to explore the current condition of English as a literary discipline, arguing that literary studies is (or should be) a search for the unknown; and that in only that search can the academy establish the real meaning -- or meanings -- of social, political and ethical freedom.

Queer Fish - Christian Unreason from Darwin to Derrida (Hardcover): John Schad Queer Fish - Christian Unreason from Darwin to Derrida (Hardcover)
John Schad
R507 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R58 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

At some point in the nineteenth century God died, the world grew secular, and Christianity became oppositional, irrational, odd, even queer -- or so the story goes. To explore this narrative, John Schad offers a suitably odd or unreasonable' history of what Michel Foucault once called Christian unreason'. This proves, in part, to be an unlikely, or uncanny history of Christian involvement in such radical movements and developments as Anarchism, Surrealism, the Absurd, deconstruction, and even quantum physics. It also proves to be a dark and guilty history of Christian involvement in such terrible things and events as slavery, forced conversion, Fenian bombs, the Great War, the Holocaust, and even Hiroshima. The book begins with Matthew Arnold's Dover Beach' and its withdrawing sea of faith' as time and again Schad finds the figure of the Christian to be beached, a fish out of water -- a queer fish, in fact. This, then, is a book that is all at sea -- beginning with Charles Darwin's voyage to the extreme point of Christendom' that was South America, and ending with James Joyce and Jacques Derrida in the same boat', the same ruined, but sea-going, boat that is the twentieth-century Western Church. In between: Karl Marx is to be found in 1848 watching the waves of revolution' withdraw in Berlin; Sigmund Freud stands incredulous by the shore of Loch Ness; Oscar Wilde is laughed at in the rain at Clapham Junction; and Charles Dickens visits a church for the drowned, a church for ship-wrecked corpses. Revisiting Dover Beach' is often an appalling event, an event of death; often it is comic or even absurd. Sometimes it is both at once. With chapters devoted to Darwin, Marx, Freud, Dickens, Wilde, Joyce, and Derrida, Queer Fish has plenty for students not only of literature and philosophy but also theology and Jewish studies.

Someone Called Derrida - An Oxford Mystery (Hardcover, New): John Schad Someone Called Derrida - An Oxford Mystery (Hardcover, New)
John Schad
R1,166 R966 Discovery Miles 9 660 Save R200 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Someone called Jacques Derrida, someone called him on the phone, someone who was dead -- this was August 22nd 1979. A mystery, he thought; but it is a mystery that began more than ten years earlier, in 1968, when Derrida, a philosopher, visits Oxford and there, before the very eyes of the Philosophy Sub-Faculty, he dies, several times. Murder, he thought. And so I shall investigate, and begin with a sign that the philosopher says he left within a book from the thirteenth century, a strange fortune-telling book that he had found in the oldest part of Oxford's Bodleian Library. In the book are a host of cryptic questions, but the philosopher directs us to one in particular, a peculiar question about a boy, and the question is this: Does the boy live? The philosopher will not, though, give the answer; he requires, instead, that we go to Oxford to open the book for ourselves.

Hostage of the Word - Readings into Writings, 1993-2013 (Hardcover, New): John Schad Hostage of the Word - Readings into Writings, 1993-2013 (Hardcover, New)
John Schad
R1,223 R1,011 Discovery Miles 10 110 Save R212 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book brings together a number of John Schad's very best uncollected essays, interleaved with a selection of autobiographical poems and a striking new work that brings together both critical and creative modes of writing. Turns thus plots the intriguing trajectory of Schad's very distinctive work over the last twenty years -- a trajectory that moves from a series of essays that juggle Christian, Marxist and Derridean intuitions, through a radically literary engagement with Deconstruction, to a daringly critical-creative mode of writing. In this exciting new field, as in the more established world of literature and religion, Schad is an idiosyncratic and sometimes audacious pioneer. The book is to be published simultaneously in hardback and paperback to accommodate adoption on critical-creative courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Derrida | Benjamin - Two Plays for the Stage (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021): John Schad, Fred Dalmasso Derrida | Benjamin - Two Plays for the Stage (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021)
John Schad, Fred Dalmasso
R1,891 Discovery Miles 18 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Within the work of both Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin there is a buried theatricality, a theatre to-come. And in the last fifteen years there has been a growing awareness of this theatricality. To date, though, there has not been a published stage play about either Derrida or Benjamin Cue Derrida| Benjamin, a volume that brings together two tragi-comic plays which mirror each other in a host of ways - above all, in the way that the central philosophical figure is displaced, or not quite where or when we would expect to find them. In Derrida's case, it is Oxford in 1968; in Benjamin's case, it is somewhere (or nowhere) near London in 1948. These, then, are plays in which the philosopher is exiled, or elsewhere - not quite himself. This a volume for anyone with an eye or ear for where theatre or performance meets philosophy - students, scholars, readers, actors.

Hostage of the Word - Readings into Writings, 1993-2013 (Paperback, New): John Schad Hostage of the Word - Readings into Writings, 1993-2013 (Paperback, New)
John Schad
R496 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R58 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book brings together a number of John Schad's very best uncollected essays, interleaved with a selection of autobiographical poems and a striking new work that brings together both critical and creative modes of writing. Turns thus plots the intriguing trajectory of Schad's very distinctive work over the last twenty years -- a trajectory that moves from a series of essays that juggle Christian, Marxist and Derridean intuitions, through a radically literary engagement with Deconstruction, to a daringly critical-creative mode of writing. In this exciting new field, as in the more established world of literature and religion, Schad is an idiosyncratic and sometimes audacious pioneer. The book is to be published simultaneously in hardback and paperback to accommodate adoption on critical-creative courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

A Laodicean (Paperback, New Ed.): Thomas Hardy A Laodicean (Paperback, New Ed.)
Thomas Hardy; Edited by John Schad; Introduction by John Schad; Notes by John Schad; Preface by Patricia Ingham
R285 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R46 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Laodicean draws deeply on Hardy's personal experience: his early life as an architect, his frustration in love and his ambivalence about theology and the modern age. The daughter of a wealthy railway magnate, Paula Power inherits De Stancy Castle, an ancient castle in need of modernization. She commissions George Somerset, a young architect, to undertake the work. Somerset falls in love with Paula but she, the Laodicean of the title, is torn between his admiration and that of Captain De Stancy, whose old-world romanticism contrasts with Somerset's forward-looking outlook. Paula's vacillation, however, is not only romantic. Her ambiguity regarding religion, politics and social progress is a reflection of the author's own. This new Penguin Classics edition of Hardy's text contains an introduction and notes that illuminate and clarify these themes and draws parallels between the text and the author's life and views.

Victorians in Theory - From Derrida to Browning (Paperback): John Schad Victorians in Theory - From Derrida to Browning (Paperback)
John Schad
R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Each century', wrote Charles Dickens ' is] more amazed by the century following it than by all the centuries before'. "Victorians in Theory" explores the startling conceit that nineteenth-century poetry is amazed by twentieth-century literary theory. In a daring and exciting departure from critical convention, Schad re-reads poststructuralist theory through Victorian poetry. Each chapter pairs a poet with a theorist: Robert Browning meets Jacques Derrida; Christina Rossetti encounters Luce Irigaray; Matthew Arnold is after Michel Foucault; Gerald Manley Hopkins dreams with Jacques Lacan; and Elizabeth Barrett Browning haunts Helene Cixous. Reading both across and between these writers, Schad opens up a radically intertextual space; he wanders, in Matthew Arnold's words, 'between two worlds'. Across this no-man's land appear a host of unlikely spectres, among them T. S. Eliot, Martin Luther, Friedrich Nietzsche, Lewis Carroll's Alice, Walter Benjamin's 'angel of history', and the woman taken in adultery. This groundbreaking book will fascinate anyone interested in the Victorians or theory; at once rigorous and readable, it will appeal to both the scholar and the student.

Paris Bride - A Modernist Life (Paperback): John Schad Paris Bride - A Modernist Life (Paperback)
John Schad
R469 Discovery Miles 4 690 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Someone Called Derrida - An Oxford Mystery (Paperback, New): John Schad Someone Called Derrida - An Oxford Mystery (Paperback, New)
John Schad
R427 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R43 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Someone called Jacques Derrida, someone called him on the phone, someone who was dead -- this was August 22nd 1979. A mystery, he thought; but it is a mystery that began more than ten years earlier, in 1968, when Derrida, a philosopher, visits Oxford and there, before the very eyes of the Philosophy Sub-Faculty, he dies, several times. Murder, he thought. And so I shall investigate, and begin with a sign that the philosopher says he left within a book from the thirteenth century, a strange fortune-telling book that he had found in the oldest part of Oxford's Bodleian Library. In the book are a host of cryptic questions, but the philosopher directs us to one in particular, a peculiar question about a boy, and the question is this: Does the boy live? The philosopher will not, though, give the answer; he requires, instead, that we go to Oxford to open the book for ourselves.

Revival: Writing the Bodies of Christ (2001) - The Church from Carlyle to Derrida (Paperback): John Schad Revival: Writing the Bodies of Christ (2001) - The Church from Carlyle to Derrida (Paperback)
John Schad
R945 Discovery Miles 9 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This title was first published in 2001. A volume of essays on the Pauline, ecclesiastical body of Christ -the church. It is, of course, not possible to separate completely one body of Christ from another, and the essays do not make the attempt. The dark, institutional history of the church is a running theme, a running sore, throughout the volume; in that sense the essays respond to Michel Foucault's insistence that we should be mindful of the institutions that surreptitiously inform our discourse and culture. The essays deal with the myriad of ways in which the church is named, spoken and, above all, written in the age of secularization. In this sense, the contributors are simply exploring the relationship between the church and modern writing.

The Late Walter Benjamin (Paperback, New): John Schad The Late Walter Benjamin (Paperback, New)
John Schad
R863 Discovery Miles 8 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This fully-annotated documentary novel explores the life and thought of Walter Benjamin, imaginatively examining its implications in the political context of a post-War London estate. A startling critical-creative examination of one of the 20th Century's leading thinkers, "The Late Walter Benjamin" is a documentary novel that juxtaposes the life and death of Walter Benjamin with the days, hours and minutes of a working-class council estate on the edge of London in post-war Austerity England. The novel centres on one particular tenant who claims to be Walter Benjamin, and only ever uses words written by Benjamin, apparently oblivious that the real Benjamin committed suicide 20 years earlier whilst fleeing the Nazis. Initially set in the sixties, the text slips back to the early years of the estate and to Benjamin's last days, as he moves across Europe seeking ever-more desperately to escape the Third Reich. Through this fictional narrative, John Schad explores not only the emergence of Benjamin's thinking from a politicised Jewish theology forced to confront the rise of Nazism but also the implications of his utopian Marxism, forged in exile, for the very different context of a displaced working class community in post-war Britain. This series aims to showcase new work at the forefront of religion and literature through short studies written by leading and rising scholars in the field. Books will pursue a variety of theoretical approaches as they engage with writing from different religious and literary traditions. Collectively, the series will offer a timely critical intervention to the interdisciplinary crossover between religion and literature, speaking to wider contemporary interests and mapping out new directions for the field in the early twenty-first century.

The Late Walter Benjamin (Hardcover, New): John Schad The Late Walter Benjamin (Hardcover, New)
John Schad
R3,243 Discovery Miles 32 430 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This fully-annotated documentary novel explores the life and thought of Walter Benjamin, imaginatively examining its implications in the political context of a post-War London estate. A startling critical-creative examination of one of the 20th Century's leading thinkers, "The Late Walter Benjamin" is a documentary novel that juxtaposes the life and death of Walter Benjamin with the days, hours and minutes of a working-class council estate on the edge of London in post-war Austerity England. The novel centres on one particular tenant who claims to be Walter Benjamin, and only ever uses words written by Benjamin, apparently oblivious that the real Benjamin committed suicide 20 years earlier whilst fleeing the Nazis. Initially set in the sixties, the text slips back to the early years of the estate and to Benjamin's last days, as he moves across Europe seeking ever-more desperately to escape the Third Reich. Through this fictional narrative, John Schad explores not only the emergence of Benjamin's thinking from a politicised Jewish theology forced to confront the rise of Nazism but also the implications of his utopian Marxism, forged in exile, for the very different context of a displaced working class community in post-war Britain. This series aims to showcase new work at the forefront of religion and literature through short studies written by leading and rising scholars in the field. Books will pursue a variety of theoretical approaches as they engage with writing from different religious and literary traditions. Collectively, the series will offer a timely critical intervention to the interdisciplinary crossover between religion and literature, speaking to wider contemporary interests and mapping out new directions for the field in the early twenty-first century.

Life.After.Theory - Jacques Derrida, Frank Kermode, Toril Moi and Christopher Norris (Paperback): Michael Payne, John Schad Life.After.Theory - Jacques Derrida, Frank Kermode, Toril Moi and Christopher Norris (Paperback)
Michael Payne, John Schad
R557 R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Save R49 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Is there life after theory? If the death of the Author has now been followed by the death of the Theorist, what's left? Indeed, who's left? To explore such riddles, this volume brings together interviews with four theorists who are left, each a major figure in their own right: Jacques Derrida, Frank Kermode, Toril Moi and Christopher Norris. Framed and introduced by Michael Payne and John Schad, the interviews pursue a whole range of topics, both familiar and unfamiliar. Among other things, Derrida, Kermode, Moi and Norris discuss being an outsider, taking responsibility, valuing books, getting angry, doing science, listening to music, remembering Empson, rereading de Beauvoir, being Jewish, asking forgiveness, smoking in libraries, befriending the dead, committing bigamy, forgetting to forget, thinking, not thinking, believing and being mad. These four key thinkers explore why there is life after theory. But not as we know it.

Life.After.Theory - Jacques Derrida, Frank Kermode, Toril Moi, Christopher Norris (Hardcover): Michael Payne, John Schad Life.After.Theory - Jacques Derrida, Frank Kermode, Toril Moi, Christopher Norris (Hardcover)
Michael Payne, John Schad
R605 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R50 (8%) Out of stock

Is there life after theory? If the death of the Author has now been followed by the death of the Theorist, what's left? Indeed, who's left? To explore such riddles, "Life.After.Theory" brings together new interviews with four theorists who are left, each a major figure in their own right: Jacques Derrida, Frank Kermode, Toril Moi and Christopher Norris. Framed and introduced by Michael Payne and John Schad, the interviews pursue a whole range of topics, both familiar and unfamiliar. Among other things, Derrida, Kermode, Moi and Norris discuss being an outsider, taking responsibility, valuing books, getting angry, doing science, listening to music, remembering Empson, re-reading de Beauvoir, being Jewish, asking forgiveness, smoking in libraries, befriending the dead, committing bigamy, forgetting to forget, thinking, not thinking, believing, and being mad. These four key thinkers explore why there is life after theory, but not as we know it.

Revival: Writing the Bodies of Christ (2001) - The Church from Carlyle to Derrida (Hardcover): John Schad Revival: Writing the Bodies of Christ (2001) - The Church from Carlyle to Derrida (Hardcover)
John Schad
R2,269 Discovery Miles 22 690 Out of stock

This title was first published in 2001. A volume of essays on the Pauline, ecclesiastical body of Christ -the church. It is, of course, not possible to separate completely one body of Christ from another, and the essays do not make the attempt. The dark, institutional history of the church is a running theme, a running sore, throughout the volume; in that sense the essays respond to Michel Foucault's insistence that we should be mindful of the institutions that surreptitiously inform our discourse and culture. The essays deal with the myriad of ways in which the church is named, spoken and, above all, written in the age of secularization. In this sense, the contributors are simply exploring the relationship between the church and modern writing.

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