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Thematics: New Approaches

Thematics: New Approaches


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This book aims at refocusing critical reflection on thematics in the arts, a topic that has been neglected recently. The volume is divided into four section: theoretical essays, applications to literature, reflections on thematics in music and the visual arts, and a conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791421673
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 12/01/1994
Series: SUNY series, The Margins of Literature Series
Pages: 229

About the Author

Claude Bremond is Professor of the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. He is the author of Logique du récit, co-author of L’Exemplum and Mille et un contes de la nuit; and co-editor of Formes Médiévales du conte merveilleux.

Joshua Landy is in the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

Thomas Pavel is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He is the author of Infléxions de voix, La Syntaxe narrative des tragédies de Corneille, The Poetics of Plot: The Case of English Renaissance Drama, Fictional Worlds, and The Feud of Language.

Table of Contents

Claude Bremond, Joshua Landy, and Thomas Pavel

Part I: Reassessing Thematics

What Is Theme and How Do We Get At It?
Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan

From Motif to Function and Back Again
Cesare Segre

Theme and Interpretation
Menachem Brinker

Thematic Criticism
Peter Cryle

A Thematics of Motivation and Action
Lubomír Dolezel

Part II: Themaries in Literature

The Bluish Tinge in the Halfmoons; or, Fingernails as a Racial Sign: The Study of a Motif
Werner Sollors

A Semantics for Thematics: The Case of the Double
Lubomír Dolezel

Variations on the Theme of Faust
Jean-Marie Schaeffer

Racinian Spaces
Thomas Pavel

Part III: Other Arts

Painters and their Motifs
Georges Roque

Theme in Classical Music
Françoise Escal

Theme and Thematics in Contemporary Music
Jean-Yves Bosseur

Part IV: Conclusion

The End of an Anathema
Claude Bremond and Thomas Pavel




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