Does anyone know if the critical edition of Mein Kampf is only available in German for a reason ? (I'm not asking /pol/ because I didn't understand the second half of the book and it's been bothering me for a long time)
The critical edition has a lot of annotations and explanations. It's honestly poorly written and requires a lot of background knowledge to fully understand which is why this is published by a historical institution
Do you think Hysterical Realism has gone too far? That people writing in the Post-Pynchon/DFW world (e.g. Zadie Smith) are writing needlessly complex novels that pursue absurdity, humor, and irony instead of more traditional storytelling elements. And do you think that this is detrimental to the art of storytelling on the whole? Also, is it thus worthwhile to laud authors like Ferrante, who seem to buck this sentiment with hyper- rather than hysterical-realism?
'real life' in the 21st century is needlessly complex and absurd as fuck. Fictional narratives have become integrated into everyday life, media shapes the course of events instead of simply recording them. If you want to describe the world as it exists today, you gotta deal with these things somehow.
Don't start to view fiction through the lens of these small scale isms. Leave trends and fads where they belong: in blog-o-sphere chatterings and manuscripts tucked under brooklyn apartment air mattresses
wtf do you fags learn during 5 years while studying a bachelor in literature?
isn't that just a glorified history of literature degree?
i mean you also read literature in addition to studying the history
criticism/analysis/interpretation/etc. not all readings are created equal. someone who studies reading and reads a lot reads better than the average person despite the common misconception that everyone can "read"
>5 years for bachelor
well, I guess that's under literaly criticism, but I'm sure it would take at best one semester and at worst one year to really learn it properly.
My college has licenciature in literature and is pretty much history of literature with a few bits of literary criticism and some writting workshops.
Starting with the greeks.
Someone recently recommended "A history of western philosophy" by Bertrand Russell to me in order to get a general overview of western philosophy before diving deep into specific philosophers and authors.
In this following chart:
the starting points are "Mythology- Edith Hamilton" and "The Illiad-Homer. Would you advise going through russell's book first and then moving on to edith hamilton?
Russel's book is in no way a "good start" to reading the greeks and whoever recommended that as a starting point was an idiot.
Russel is a biased fuck throughout the entire book and he outright dismisses philosophies he doesn't understand.
Do you want to engage with western philosophy?
Read the works of philosophers/those that inspired philosophers
Do you want to read somebody's opinion of western philosophy?
Read shit like the Russell book
Is it worth reading?
It's a literal meme book. Not like people here claim that Infinite Jest or Ulysses are "meme books", because those are actually great works of art. This is literally just a book filled with memes.
What's the best review or analysis of gravity's rainbow? I read it and can appreciate it for it's unique tone and Pynchon's ability to write with personality, but I don't understand it on a critical level.
Also, explain why you liked it.
I liked it because I think Pynchon's pretty funny, and because it's so metaphorically rich that you can spend your whole day thinking about the various ways brenschluss applies to your life.
I guess also because it's structurally very interesting. The way the narrative is handed off between various characters and storylines manages to progress the plot in an innovative and challenging, but satisfying way.
What does /lit/ think?
>Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on the phrase "I am not too sure."
HL Menken by the way.
Yeah, I know and I think that in some ways that kind of mentality, one of intractable certainty, in any subject is a negative character trait. One that forces an inability to understand counter arguments.
I think I agree with the sentiment at large, but I take issue with notions of any cultural inferiority. It implies that one man can be more civil, or more cultured than another, which I disagree with.
My goofy grandmother gave me a gift card to Barnes and Noble. What should I buy and why should it be The Wealth of Nations?
Can anyone recommend to me Swedish literature? I have been studying the language for months now and I think it's time to make something of it.
Is anyone else here an undergraduate studying English with an impending fear that their life will peter out into mediocrity due to insufficient writing talent, connections, and drive? I write a reasonable amount but my stuff has hit a glass-ceiling in terms of quality, and my self-belief has slowly whittled away. Before I contented myself that I could turn into a sort of willing Bukowski or Henry Miller or Jack Kerouac, roaming from job to job and place to place with only artistic ambition to guide me, but now my luster has rusted.
The option of doing a Masters glimmers...
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>getting an english major with aspirations of being a creative writer
wew lad you're dumb
this is why english majors are a joke now - everyone wants to be DFW instead of wanting to be a bloom (or replace bloom with your critic of choice if you dislike him, the point stands). English is meant to teach analysis and criticism not some wishy washy creative writing bullshit.
And since you're too stupid to realize this I doubt you're gonna succeed at being a writer.
>I write a reasonable amount but my stuff has hit a glass-ceiling in terms of quality
It isn't, there's a reason every author wants their earliest and oldest works destroyed on their death.
What does /lit/ think about the Culture series?
>Consider Phlebas was absolutely horrible
Why did Shakespeare make Shylock convert to Christianity? Anti-semitism?
Shylock was being a Jew, trying to swindle people and damage them irreversibly over a few thousand shekels. He was unjust and Portia made him piss poor and forced him to convert as the ultimate punishment.
>'There is no sound more peaceful than rain on the roof, if you're safe asleep in someone else's house.'
What do you guys think of Anne Tyler?
wtf is this bs
Can you come up with a worse book
I wonder what /lit/ thinks of Khaled Hosseini.
I only read his The Kite Runner, there are interesting tidbits of prose here and there, a coherent plot, bothered to use correct terminology in different languages (typical, given his background), but it just wasn't gripping. I hear ATSS isn't as good, either.