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Walter Kaufmann - Philosopher, Humanist, Heretic (Hardcover): Stanley Corngold Walter Kaufmann - Philosopher, Humanist, Heretic (Hardcover)
Stanley Corngold
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The first complete account of the ideas and writings of a major figure in twentieth-century intellectual life Walter Kaufmann (1921 "1980) was a charismatic philosopher, critic, translator, and poet who fled Nazi Germany at the age of eighteen, emigrating alone to the United States. He was astonishingly prolific until his untimely death at age fifty-nine, writing some dozen major books, all marked by breathtaking erudition and a provocative essayistic style. He single-handedly rehabilitated Nietzsche (TM)s reputation after World War II and was enormously influential in introducing postwar American readers to existentialism. Until now, no book has examined his intellectual legacy. Stanley Corngold provides the first in-depth study of Kaufmann (TM)s thought, covering all his major works. He shows how Kaufmann speaks to many issues that concern us today, such as the good of philosophy, the effects of religion, the persistence of tragedy, and the crisis of the humanities in an age of technology. Few scholars in modern times can match Kaufmann (TM)s range of interests, from philosophy and literature to intellectual history and comparative religion, from psychology and photography to art and architecture. Corngold provides a heartfelt portrait of a man who, to an extraordinary extent, transfigured his personal experience in the pages of his books. This original study, both appreciative and critical, is the definitive intellectual life of one of the twentieth century (TM)s most engaging yet neglected thinkers. It will introduce Kaufmann to a new generation of readers and serves as a fitting tribute to a scholar (TM)s incomparable libido sciendi, or lust for knowledge.

The Faith of a Heretic - Updated Edition (Paperback, Revised edition): Walter A Kaufmann The Faith of a Heretic - Updated Edition (Paperback, Revised edition)
Walter A Kaufmann; Foreword by Stanley Corngold
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Originally published in 1959, The Faith of a Heretic is the most personal statement of the beliefs of Nietzsche biographer and translator Walter Kaufmann. A first-rate philosopher in his own right, Kaufmann here provides the fullest account of his views on religion. Although he considered himself a heretic, he was not immune to the wellsprings and impulses from which religion originates, declaring it among the most vital and radical expressions of the human mind. Beginning with an autobiographical prologue that traces his evolution from religious believer to "heretic," the book touches on theology, organized religion, morality, suffering, and death--all examined from the perspective of a "quest for honesty." Kaufmann also subjects philosophy's faith in truth, reason, and absolute morality to the same heretical treatment. The resulting exploration of the faiths of a nonbeliever in a secular age is as fresh and challenging as when it was first published. In a new foreword, Stanley Corngold vividly describes the intellectual and biographical milieu of Kaufmann's provocative book.

Franz Kafka - The Office Writings (Paperback): Franz Kafka Franz Kafka - The Office Writings (Paperback)
Franz Kafka; Edited by Stanley Corngold, Jack Greenberg, Benno Wagner; Translated by Eric Patton, …
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Franz Kafka: The Office Writings brings together, for the first time in English, Kafka's most interesting professional writings, composed during his years as a high-ranking lawyer with the largest Workmen's Accident Insurance Institute in the Czech Lands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is commonly recognized as the greatest German prose writer of the twentieth century. It is less well known that he had an established legal career. Kafka's briefs reveal him to be a canny bureaucrat, sharp litigator, and innovative thinker on the social, political, and legal issues of his time. His official preoccupations inspired many of the themes and strategies of the novels and stories he wrote at night. These documents include articles on workmen's compensation and workplace safety; appeals for the founding of a psychiatric hospital for shell-shocked veterans; and letters arguing relentlessly for a salary adequate to his merit. In adjudicating disputes, promoting legislative programs, and investigating workplace sites, Kafka's writings teem with details about the bureaucracy and technology of his day, such as spa elevators in Marienbad, the challenge of the automobile, and the perils of excavating in quarries while drunk. Beautifully translated, with valuable commentary by two of the world's leading Kafka scholars and one of America's most eminent civil rights lawyers, the documents cast rich light on the man and the writer and offer new insights to lovers of Kafka's novels and stories.

Kafka's Selected Stories (Paperback): Franz Kafka Kafka's Selected Stories (Paperback)
Franz Kafka; Edited by Stanley Corngold
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This Norton Critical Edition is based on new translations by leading Kafka scholar and translator Stanley Corngold. Thirty stories are included, accompanied by detailed annotations. "Backgrounds and Contexts" offers a glimpse of Kafka s creative process through extracts from his letters, diaries, and conversations. "Criticism" collects ten essays on the major stories by Stanley Corngold, Danielle Allen, Walter Hinderer, Walter Sokel, Nicola Gess, Vivian Liska, Benno Wagner, John A. Hargraves, and Gerhard Kurz. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included."

Kafka for the Twenty-First Century (Paperback): Stanley Corngold, Ruth V. Gross Kafka for the Twenty-First Century (Paperback)
Stanley Corngold, Ruth V. Gross
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Franz Kafka's literary career began in the first decade of the twentieth century and produced some of the most fascinating and influential works in all of modern European literature. Now, a hundred years later, the concerns of a new century call for a look at the challenges facing Kafka scholarship in the decades ahead: What more can we hope to learn about the context in which Kafka wrote? How does understanding that context affect how we read his stories? What are the consequences of new critical editions that offer unprecedented access to Kafka's works in manuscript form? How does our view of Kafka change the priorities and fashions of literary scholarship? What elements in Kafka's fiction will find resonance in the historical context of a new millennium? How do we compose a coherent account of a personality with so many contradictory aspects? All these questions and more are addressed by the essays in this volume, written by a group of leading international Kafka scholars. Contributors: Peter Beicken, Iris Bruce, Jacob Burnett, Uta Degner, Doreen Densky, Katja Garloff, Rolf Goebel, Mark Harman, Robert Lemon, Roland Reuss, Ritchie Robertson, Walter Sokel, John Zilcosky, Saskia Ziolkowski. Stanley Corngold is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Ruth V. Gross is Professor of German and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University.

The Sufferings of Young Werther (Paperback): Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe The Sufferings of Young Werther (Paperback)
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe; Edited by Stanley Corngold
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A masterpiece of the European imagination, The Sufferings of Young Werther is the classic strum und drang tale of youthful angst and tragedy. The acclaimed translator Stanley Corngold brings passion and precision to Goethe's timeless novel of obsessive love and madness in this magnificent new rendition. The text is accompanied by the translator's introduction and is fully annotated. Goethe's themes of unrequited love, the pain of rejection, deepening despair, and their tragic consequences are as relevant today as when the work was first published in 1774. This hugely influential novel was immediately bought, printed, read, exported, and imitated throughout Europe, and what Goethe called the novel's "fire rockets" have continued to blaze through the centuries, influencing, among many others, Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka. The reader's understanding and appreciation are enhanced by the Norton Critical Edition's inclusion of a rich selection of Goethe's letters and diary entries as well an autobiographical excerpt and lampoons. "Criticism" brings together seven of the most influential essays written about The Sufferings of Young Werther over the last fifty years. Contributors include Harry Steinhauer, Roland Barthes, R. Ellis Dye, David Wellbery, Hans Rudolf Vaget, Dirk von Petersdorff, and Christiane Frey and David Martyn. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

The Sufferings of Young Werther - A New Translation (Paperback): Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe The Sufferings of Young Werther - A New Translation (Paperback)
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe; Translated by Stanley Corngold
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A masterpiece of European imagination, The Sufferings of Young Werther is the classic Sturm und Drang tale of youthful angst and tragedy. The acclaimed translator Stanley Corngold brings new passion and precision to Goethe's timeless novel of obsessive love and madness in this magnificent new translation. Goethe's themes of unrequited love, the pain of rejection, deepening despair, and their tragic consequences are as relevant today as when the novel was first published in 1774. His hugely influential novel informed the writing of, among others, Franz Kafka and Thomas Mann. In translating The Sufferings of Young Werther, Corngold follows the German text closely, never knowingly using a word that was not current in English at the time the novel was written and yet maintaining a modern grace and flair. The result is an eagerly awaited translation that speaks to our time through the astonishing liveliness of Goethe's language as well through the translator's own."

Franz Kafka - The Necessity of Form (Hardcover): Stanley Corngold Franz Kafka - The Necessity of Form (Hardcover)
Stanley Corngold
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The Metamorphosis (Hardcover): Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis (Hardcover)
Franz Kafka; Edited by Stanley Corngold; Translated by Stanley Corngold
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" When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, "The Metamorphosis." It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of inadequecy, guilt, and isolation, "The Metamorphosis" has taken its place as one of the mosst widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, " Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man."

Franz Kafka - The Necessity of Form (Paperback): Stanley Corngold Franz Kafka - The Necessity of Form (Paperback)
Stanley Corngold
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In Stanley Corngold's view, the themes and strategies of Kafka's fiction are generated by a tension between his concern for writing and his growing sense of its arbitrary character. Analyzing Kafka's work in light of "the necessity of form," which is also a merely formal necessity, Corngold uncovers the fundamental paradox of Kafka's art and life. The first section of the book shows how Kafka's rhetoric may be understood as the daring project of a man compelled to live his life as literature. In the central part of the book, Corngold reflects on the place of Kafka within the modern tradition, discussing such influential precursors of Cervantes, Flaubert, and Nietzsche, whose works display a comparable narrative disruption. Kafka's distinctive narrative strategies, Corngold points out, demand interpretation at the same time they resist it. Critics of Kafka, he says, must be aware that their approaches are guided by the principles that Kafka's fiction identifies, dramatizes, and rejects.

Lambent Traces - Franz Kafka (Paperback, New Ed): Stanley Corngold Lambent Traces - Franz Kafka (Paperback, New Ed)
Stanley Corngold
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On the night of September 22, 1912, Franz Kafka wrote his story "The Judgment," which came out of him "like a regular birth." This act of creation struck him as an unmistakable sign of his literary destiny. Thereafter, the search of many of his characters for the Law, for a home, for artistic fulfillment can be understood as a figure for Kafka's own search to reproduce the ecstasy of a single night.

In "Lambent Traces: Franz Kafka," the preeminent American critic and translator of Franz Kafka traces the implications of Kafka's literary breakthrough. Kafka's first concern was not his responsibility to his culture but to his fate as literature, which he pursued by exploring "the limits of the human." At the same time, he kept his transcendental longings sober by noting--with incomparable irony--their virtual impossibility.

At times Kafka's passion for personal transcendence as a writer entered into a torturous and witty conflict with his desire for another sort of transcendence, one driven by a modern Gnosticism. This struggle prompted him continually to scrutinize different kinds of mediation, such as confessional writing, the dream, the media, the idea of marriage, skepticism, asceticism, and the imitation of death. "Lambent Traces: Franz Kafka" concludes with a reconstruction and critique of the approaches to Kafka by such major critics as Adorno, Gilman, and Deleuze and Guattari..

Kafka for the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover): Stanley Corngold, Ruth V. Gross Kafka for the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover)
Stanley Corngold, Ruth V. Gross
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Franz Kafka's literary career began in the first decade of the twentieth century and produced some of the most fascinating and influential works in all of modern European literature. Now, a hundred years later, the concerns of a new century call for a look at the challenges facing Kafka scholarship in the decades ahead: What more can we hope to learn about the context in which Kafka wrote? How does understanding that context affect how we read his stories? What are the consequences of new critical editions that offer unprecedented access to Kafka's works in manuscript form? How does our view of Kafka change the priorities and fashions of literary scholarship? What elements in Kafka's fiction will find resonance in the historical context of a new millennium? How do we compose a coherent account of a personality with so many contradictory aspects? All these questions and more are addressed by the essays in this volume, written by a group of leading international Kafka scholars. Contributors: Peter Beicken, Iris Bruce, Jacob Burnett, Uta Degner, Doreen Densky, Katja Garloff, Rolf Goebel, Mark Harman, Robert Lemon, Roland Reu, Ritchie Robertson, Walter Sokel, John Zilcosky, Saskia Ziolkowski. Stanley Corngold is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Ruth V. Gross is Professor of German and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University.

Complex Pleasure - Forms of Feeling in German Literature (Paperback): Stanley Corngold Complex Pleasure - Forms of Feeling in German Literature (Paperback)
Stanley Corngold
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"Complex Pleasure" deals with questions of literary feeling in eight major German writers--Lessing, Kant, Holderlin, Nietzsche, Musil, Kafka, Trakl, and Benjamin. On the basis of close readings of these authors Stanley Corngold makes vivid the following ideas: that where there is literature there is complex pleasure; that this pleasure is complex because it involves the impression of a disclosure; that this thought is foremost in the minds of a number of canonical writers; that important literary works in the German tradition--fiction, poetry, critique--can be illuminated through their treatment of literary feeling; and, finally, that the conceptual terms for these forms of feeling continually vary.
The types of feeling treated in "Complex Pleasure" include wit (the startling perception of likeness) and the disinterested pleasure of aesthetic judgment; Holderlin's "swift conceptual grasp," in which "the "tempo" of the process of thought is stressed"; "artistic imagination," mood, sadistic enjoyment, rapturous distraction, homonymic dissonance, and courage as a mode of literary experience. At the same time, through the deftness, range, and surprise of its execution, the book itself conveys complex pleasure. The reader will also find fascinating, hitherto untranslated material by Nietzsche ("On Moods") and Kafka (important sections from his journals and from his unfinished novel "The Boy Who Sank Out of Sight").

Borrowed Lives (Paperback): Stanley Corngold, Irene Giersing Borrowed Lives (Paperback)
Stanley Corngold, Irene Giersing
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Borrowed Lives (Hardcover): Stanley Corngold, Irene Giersing Borrowed Lives (Hardcover)
Stanley Corngold, Irene Giersing
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The Fate of the Self - German Writers and French Theory (Hardcover): Stanley Corngold The Fate of the Self - German Writers and French Theory (Hardcover)
Stanley Corngold
R1,553 R1,348 Discovery Miles 13 480 Save R205 (13%) Special order

Much recent critical theory has dismissed or failed to take seriously the question of the self. French theorists - such as Derrida, Barthes, Benveniste, Foucault, Lacan, and Levi-Strauss - have in various ways proclaimed the death of the subject, often turning to German intellectual tradition to authorize their views. Stanley Corngold's heralded book, "The Fate of the Self," published for the first time in paperback with a spirited new preface, appears at a time when the relationship between the self and literature is a matter of renowned concern. Originally published in 1986, the book examines the poetic self of German intellectual tradition in light of recent French and American critical theory. Focusing on seven major German writers - Holderlin, Dilthey, Nietzsche, Mann, Kafka, Freud, and Heidegger - Corngold shows that their work does not support the desire to discredit the self as an origin of meaning and value but reconstructs the allegedly fragmented poetic self through effects of position and style. Offering new and subtle models of selfhood, "The Fate of the Self" is a source of rich insight into the work of these authors, refracted through poststructuralist critical perspectives.

Complex Pleasure - Forms of Feeling in German Literature (Hardcover): Stanley Corngold Complex Pleasure - Forms of Feeling in German Literature (Hardcover)
Stanley Corngold
R1,159 Discovery Miles 11 590 Special order

"Complex Pleasure" deals with questions of literary feeling in eight major German writers--Lessing, Kant, Holderlin, Nietzsche, Musil, Kafka, Trakl, and Benjamin. On the basis of close readings of these authors Stanley Corngold makes vivid the following ideas: that where there is literature there is complex pleasure; that this pleasure is complex because it involves the impression of a disclosure; that this thought is foremost in the minds of a number of canonical writers; that important literary works in the German tradition--fiction, poetry, critique--can be illuminated through their treatment of literary feeling; and, finally, that the conceptual terms for these forms of feeling continually vary.
The types of feeling treated in "Complex Pleasure" include wit (the startling perception of likeness) and the disinterested pleasure of aesthetic judgment; Holderlin's "swift conceptual grasp," in which "the "tempo" of the process of thought is stressed"; "artistic imagination," mood, sadistic enjoyment, rapturous distraction, homonymic dissonance, and courage as a mode of literary experience. At the same time, through the deftness, range, and surprise of its execution, the book itself conveys complex pleasure. The reader will also find fascinating, hitherto untranslated material by Nietzsche ("On Moods") and Kafka (important sections from his journals and from his unfinished novel "The Boy Who Sank Out of Sight").

Franz Kafka - The Ghosts in the Machine (Hardcover, New): Stanley Corngold, Benno Wagner Franz Kafka - The Ghosts in the Machine (Hardcover, New)
Stanley Corngold, Benno Wagner
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Franz Kafka: The Ghosts in the Machine adds an original critical framework to the work begun by Stanley Corngold and Benno Wagner in their monumental collection Franz Kafka: The Office Writings (2008). It is widely acknowledged that Kafka's daytime occupation as a specialist in industrial accident insurance contributed in a significant way to his fiction.
Corngold and Wagner frame Kafka's writings as cultural events, each work reflecting the economic and cultural discourses of his epoch. In pursuing Kafka's avowed interest in the theory and practice of insurance, the authors view the two systems of his literary worlds--the official and the personal--as a "bundling" together of the various cultural accidents of Kafka's time. The work of two of the leading scholars of the single most influential writer of literary modernity, Franz Kafka: The Ghosts in the Machine constitutes a breathtakingly original advance in the study of both the more famous and less well-known works of this enigmatic master.

The Fate of the Self - German Writers and French Theory (Paperback, 1st pbk. ed): Stanley Corngold The Fate of the Self - German Writers and French Theory (Paperback, 1st pbk. ed)
Stanley Corngold
R489 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R33 (7%) Special order

Much recent critical theory has dismissed or failed to take seriously the question of the self. French theorists-such as Derrida, Barthes, Benveniste, Foucault, Lacan, and Levi-Strauss-have in various ways proclaimed the death of the subject, often turning to German intellectual tradition to authorize their views. Stanley Corngold's heralded book, The Fate of the Self, published for the first time in paperback with a spirited new preface, appears at a time when the relationship between the self and literature is a matter of renewed concern. Originally published in 1986 (Columbia University Press), the book examines the poetic self of German intellectual tradition in light of recent French and American critical theory. Focusing on seven major German writers-Hoelderlin, Dilthey, Nietzsche, Mann, Kafka, Freud, and Heidegger-Corngold shows that their work does not support the desire to discredit the self as an origin of meaning and value but reconstructs the allegedly fragmented poetic self through effects of position and style. Offering new and subtle models of selfhood, The Fate of the Self is a source of rich insight into the work of these authors, refracted through poststructuralist critical perspectives.

The Sufferings of Young Werther - A New Translation by Stanley Corngold (Hardcover): Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe The Sufferings of Young Werther - A New Translation by Stanley Corngold (Hardcover)
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe; Translated by Stanley Corngold
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A masterpiece of European imagination, The Sufferings of Young Werther is the classic Sturm und Drang tale of youthful angst and tragedy. The acclaimed translator Stanley Corngold brings new passion and precision to Goethe's timeless novel of obsessive love and madness in this magnificent new translation. Goethe's themes of unrequited love, the pain of rejection, deepening despair, and their tragic consequences are as relevant today as when the novel was first published in 1774. His hugely influential novel informed the writing of, among others, Franz Kafka and Thomas Mann. In translating The Sufferings of Young Werther, Corngold follows the German text closely, never knowingly using a word that was not current in English at the time the novel was written and yet maintaining a modern grace and flair. The result is an eagerly awaited translation that speaks to our time through the astonishing liveliness of Goethe's language as well through the translator's own."

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