Another book from the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series. Like most of the books, there were a few dud essays, but most of them were decent oAnother book from the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series. Like most of the books, there were a few dud essays, but most of them were decent or spectacular....more
Another wonderful book in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series. I wavered between giving it 3 and 4 stars, but decided that since some of the essAnother wonderful book in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series. I wavered between giving it 3 and 4 stars, but decided that since some of the essays aren't quite as in-depth and engaging as some of the essays in other volumes of the series, I'd only give it 3 stars. If I could, it would be a 3.5-star book. ...more
This one is slightly better than the original version, Lost and Philosophy: The Island Has Its Reasons, because the first part is now devoted to timeThis one is slightly better than the original version, Lost and Philosophy: The Island Has Its Reasons, because the first part is now devoted to time travel, and because it has a revised essay, "The New Narnia: Myth and Redemption on the Island of Second Chances" (although the essay wasn't as spectacular as I expected it to be -- it actually felt flat in quite a few places, but where it did make comparisons between the two stories, it made the comparisons well)....more
A collection of interesting essays about movie and television depictions of the American presidency, both real presidents and fictional presidents, frA collection of interesting essays about movie and television depictions of the American presidency, both real presidents and fictional presidents, from the late 1800s to the early 2000s. Also includes interesting analyses of the office of the President, and how it has changed over time....more
Good explanatory/critical essays about The Chronicles of Narnia.
Spoiled Goodness: Lewis's Concept of Nature - Kathryn Ann Lindskoog C.S. Lewis's NarniGood explanatory/critical essays about The Chronicles of Narnia.
Spoiled Goodness: Lewis's Concept of Nature - Kathryn Ann Lindskoog C.S. Lewis's Narnia and the "Grand Design" - Charles A. Huttar The Parallel World of Narnia - Chad Walsh (about Lewis' children's stories he wrote as a teen) Further Up and Further In: Chronicles of Narnia - Margaret Patterson Hannay The Chronicles of Narnia, 1950-1956: An Introduction - Donald E. Glover (themes and techniques in the Narnia stories) C.S. Lewis: The Later Fantasies - Lee D. Rossi The Romancer (II): The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56) - Joe R. Christopher Images of Good and Evil in the Narnian Chronicles - Kath Filmer The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Colin Manlove Children's Storyteller - Lionel Adey ecoLewis: Conservationism and Anticolonialism in The Chronicles of Narnia - Nicole M. DuPlessis ...more
Some of the essays seemed to stretch the connection between Stephen Colbert/The Colbert Report and philosophy, but the book does cover two very good sSome of the essays seemed to stretch the connection between Stephen Colbert/The Colbert Report and philosophy, but the book does cover two very good subjects (i.e. Stephen Colbert and philosophy), therefore it can't be all that bad. Even the articles that made only a minimal connection between The Man and The Subject were still informative regarding philosophy.
One of the most (if not *the* most) "!!!!" moments of the book for me was in Mark Ralkowski's article "Is Stephen Colbert America's Socrates?" He writes, "There is a paradox here. Colbert (i) intends to illustrate hypocrisy as a character, but (ii) he doesn’t expect to change things. This says something about us, Colbert's audience. He intends to tell or show us the truth, but he doesn't expect us to do anything with it. We are the ultimate targets of Colbert's condescending irony. America is Colbert's Euthyphro, the self-satisfied one who is ignorant and ignorant of his ignorance, (bold added) the target of Socrates' thinly veiled scorn" (p. 150). That was the moment when I went "Oh, my God…. this is deep. We *are* Colbert's target, aren't we?!? He's laughing at *us*!"...more
Good critical essays about Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener." I like McCall's analyses and his supports, as well as how he incorporates otheGood critical essays about Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener." I like McCall's analyses and his supports, as well as how he incorporates other critics' writings into his. Includes the short story.
Swimming Through Libraries "the critics do to us something rather like what they do to Melville: in failing to understand how he used his reading they fail to understand how we should read him. Much of the Bartleby Industry is not 'source study' at all, finally, for the 'source' becomes the subject. Critics claim to have found the 'key' to unlock the story. But their metaphor is fundamentally flawed. There is no key. If we have to use a metaphor, perhaps we should think of a jigsaw puzzle rather than a key. Intent on finding the true 'source,' we fail to show the extent of Melville's wide-ranging indebtedness; we fail to show how he released himself from his reading and went beyond it to make of it something utterly his own." (28-29)
"It is impossible to understand his actual creative process, in any phase of his career, unless, as Leon Howard suggests, one considers any book he was using 'in relation to the literary tradition of which it was a part--that is, unless Melville's own work is examined against the background of works by other writers who were in his mind at the time he planned and wrote his own story' [Howard, Herman Melville]."
"A Little Luny" Melville's mental state; Melville's/Ahab's/Bartleby's mental states; Moby-Dick; Pierre; food/eating references/descriptions in Melville's writing. eating=substitution for sex(uality)? sexuality in Melville's stories; Bartleby = schizophrenic? Bartleby = autistic? (Henry A. Murray now calls autism "the Bartleby complex" ). However, "[w]e have no evidence, no matter how carefully we read what he says and does, that Bartleby's brain is damaged. His soul, yes. The Lawyer says 'soul.' To see Bartleby's troubles as a chemical malfunction of the brain is contradicted by his actual behavior. When we study the actual lines Bartleby speaks, we have to notice that a certain obdurate wit springs up naturally in the special delicacy of his phrasing. Bartleby is thinking twice, not hearing double (as autistics do) . ... The problem is not that Bartleby's brain does not work; the problem is that Bartleby will not work" .)
"A Passive Resistance" Bartleby influenced by Thoreau's Civil Disobedience?
"Hawthorne: A Problem" Bartleby based on Hawthorne? Lawyer based on Hawthorne? characters/writing influenced by Hawthorne's writing?
The Reliable Narrator "If I had to isolate one reason that finally persuaded me to write this book I would have to choose this one: the overwhelming majority of the Bartleby Industry reads the narrator of the story in a way that is not only different from mine but quite incompatible with mine. Every virtue I see in the man, they see as a vice; where I see his strength, they see his cold self-absorption. Some critics read the story as I do, but we are in a distinct minority." (99) "Even those very few critics who defend the Lawyer do it half-heartedly." (105)...more