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Charm in Literature from Classical to Modernism

Charmed Life

Authors: Beckman, Richard

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  • Informed by psychology, history, aestheticism, and affect theory
  • Definitive study showcasing the nuanced use of charm in literature including abrasive charm, uncanny charm, and more
  • Provides a wide-ranging reading of the literary etymology of charm
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Charm in Literature from Classical to Modernism: Charmed Life discusses charm as both an emotional and aesthetic phenomenon. Beginning with the first appearance of literary charm in the Sirens episode of the Odyssey, Richard Beckman traces charm throughout canonical literature, examining the metamorphoses of charm through the millennia. The book examines the works of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Proust, Joyce, Mann, and others, considering the multiplicity of ways charm is defined, depicted, and utilized by authors. Positioning these poems, dramas, and novels as case studies, Beckman reveals the mercurial yet enduring connotations of charm.  


About the authors

Richard Beckman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Temple University, USA.  He is the author of Joyce’s Rare View: the Nature of Things in Finnegans Wake (2007), and has published numerous articles and essays in the James Joyce Quarterly and the Journal of Modern Literature


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“This study is a wide-ranging, accessible, witty, and informed survey of charm in literature from Homer to the present. Every aspect is explored, including how charm may be faked. Because of its charm, it is an enjoyable and highly enlightening “read.” Given there are no serious definitive prior studies of the many writers embodying charm as an aesthetic phenomenon, Charm in Literature from Classical to Modernism  by Richard Beckman is wonderfully ground-breaking.” (Daniel T. O’Hara, Emeritus Professor of English, Temple University, USA, author of Virginia Woolf and the Modern Sublime: The Invisible Tribunal (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and an editor of the Journal of Modern Literature)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25345-5
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Hardcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25344-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Charm in Literature from Classical to Modernism
Book Subtitle
Charmed Life
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25345-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25345-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25344-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 157
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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