Borges' "review" describes Menard's efforts to go beyond a mere "translation" of Don Quixote by immersing himself so thoroughly in the work as to be able to actually "re-create" it, line for line, in the original 17th-century Spanish. | Tooman interest?
Among the literary works that emerged in the so-called Golden Age of Spanish culture in the 16th and 17th centuries, one shines so brightly that it seems to eclipse all others, and indeed is said to not only be the foundation of modern Spanish writing, but of the modern novel itself. Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote synthesized the Medieval and Renaissance literature that had come before it in a brilliantly satirical work, writes popular academic Harold Bloom, with “cosmological scope and reverberation.”
This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?
Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/lettersofjaneaus02aust
[quote]But I incline to come to the alarming conclusion that it is just the literature that we read for “amusement,” or “purely for pleasure” that may have the greatest and least suspected influence upon us.[/quote] | even "Potter" implications? | James Anderson
Of all Austen’s novels, Mansfield Park is the one written on the widest canvas.
An excellent book which explores the close relationship between Southwell and Shakespeare. There are more verbal parallels, echoes and borrowings from Southwell by Shakespeare than from any other author, not excluding Holinshed and North (Plutarch). On the basis of John Klause's discoveries much of Shakespearean biography will have to be rewritten. I highly recommend this book to all those interested in Shakespeare's inner life. The book is currently out of print but is available on line here on the Sonnets web site
The Divine comedy of Dante Alighieri | + Purgatory: https://archive.org/details/divinecomedyofda02dant_1 | + Paradise: https://archive.org/details/divinecomedyofda03dant_0 | + 3-in-1: https://archive.org/details/divinecomedyctra00dantuoft | there are other copies on Archive.org