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Lawrence Sterne Revisited (English Authors Series)

Kraft, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 0805770585 / ISBN 13: 9780805770582
Published by Twayne Publishers, 1996
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Title: Lawrence Sterne Revisited (English Authors ...

Publisher: Twayne Publishers

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket.

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Twayne's United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors Series present concise critical introductions to great writers and their works.

Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work.

Each volume features:

-- A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author's works

-- A brief biography of the author

-- An accessible chronology outlining the life, the work, and relevant historical context

-- Aids for further study: complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index

-- A readable style presented in a manageable length

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Kraft combines extensive analysis of Sterne's best-known works with consideration of his earlier satires, sermons, and political writings; hers is the first critical study to consider the whole of Sterne's career, offering a rich account of his life and of the theological and philosophical context of his work. While attentive to the critical appeal of Sterne for a postmodern readership, Kraft focuses on the eighteenth-century context, with special emphasis on Sterne's religious beliefs. Kraft's chapter on Sterne's pre-Tristram Shandy life and a chapter devoted to his sermons provide the background for an examination of the central paradox around which all Christian belief revolves - the union of immortal spirit and mortal flesh. Kraft contends Sterne viewed sexual longing as both an indication of human fallibility and a spiritual gift. To understand how it can be both simultaneously is to learn to dwell in the ambiguity that is the essence of Sterne's vision and a fundamental tenet of his faith.

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