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Memos from the Besieged City: Lifelines for Cultural Sustainability

by Djelal Kadir

Kadir (comparative literature, Pennsylvania State U.) conducts a genealogy of the major facets of the discipline of comparative literature by thematically addressing key concerns of the field in relation to the ideas of key world cultural figures from the 13th century to the present. The thematic chapters discuss the concept of the subject; world history and world literature; cultural space and identity; memory, culture, and memory management; orthodoxy, consensus, and conspiracy; poetics and ekphrasis (dramatic description); ethics; literature, the nation, and the state; and metadiscourse and spectralization. The themes are considered in relation to the following persons: Rashiduddin Fazlullah (1247-1318), Nicholas of Cusa (1401-64), Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), Fray Servando Teresa de Mier (1763-1827), Erich Auerbach (1892-1957), Hannah Arendt (1906-75), Zbigniew Herbert (1924-98), Italo Calvino (1923-85), Gao Xingjian (b. 1940), and Orhan Pamuk (b. 1952). Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Selected Poetry, 1937-1990

by Joao Cabral de Melo Neto Djelal Kadir

This bilingual anthology brings together a representative selection from more than a half century of this distinguished Brazilian poet's lifetime work. Along with previously translated poems are many others in English for the first time. The remarkable group of poets and translators includes Elizabeth Bishop, Alastair Reid, Galway Kinnell, Louis Simpson, and W. S. Merwin.

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