The Perpetual Orgy

a surrender of self as passionate and as total as that of coitus— was for Flaubert an “orgy.” “The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy” (letter to Mademoiselle Leroyer de Chantepie, ...

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Author: Mario Vargas Llosa

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429922357

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The Perpetual Orgy is Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant analysis of Gustav Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary. In this remarkable book, "we not only enjoy a dazzling explication, but experience a master discoursing at the top of his form on the craft of the novel" (Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe). It is a tribute to The Perpetual Orgy that it sends the reader back to Flaubert's work with renewed interest.

Imaginary Existences

In this ubiquitous and perpetual 'orgy', it is for- ever, in Iago's words (when in his mind he is intruding into the primal scene), 'even now, now, very now':3 it exists, and has always existed, perpetually in the present; ...

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Author: Ignes Sodre

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317644699

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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Imaginary Existences: A psychoanalytic exploration of phantasy, fiction, dreams and daydreams interweaves scholarly psychoanalytic knowledge and extensive clinical experience with insights derived from close readings of great literature in a uniquely imaginative and creative manner, convincingly demonstrating how these two ways of thinking – psychoanalysis and literary criticism – organically relate to each other. This is simultaneously a psychoanalytic book and a book about literature, illuminating the imaginative possibilities present within both the psychoanalytic encounter and the act of reading fiction. Scholarly and well researched, the psychoanalytic ideas presented have their basis in the work of Freud and Klein and some of their followers; the extensive and innovative writing about the great authors in Western literature is equally scholarly and lucent. Here, Ignês Sodré explores creativity itself and, specifically, the impediments to creative thinking: defences, mostly narcissistic, against dependency, guilt and loss, and the mis-use of imagination to deny reality. In her studies of the characters created by authors such as George Eliot, Cervantes, Flaubert, Thomas Mann, Proust and Shakespeare, Sodré examines the way great writers create characters who mis-use their imagination, twisting reality into romantic daydreams or sado-masochistic enactments, which petrify experience and freeze the fluidity of thought. Her clinical studies continue and expand this theme, broadening the field and lending verification and weight to the arguments. These two poles of Sodré’s thinking – psychoanalysis and literature – interact seamlessly in Imaginary Existences; the two disciplines work together, each an intimate part of a learned exploration of the human condition: our desires, our fears and our delusions. This convergence pays tribute to the great depth of the fictional work being studied and to the psychological validity of the psychoanalytic ideas. This book will be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychotherapists, literary critics, and those interested in literature and literary criticism.

The Perpetual Orgy

Critical analysis of Flaubert's Madame Bovary.

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Author: Mario Vargas Llosa

Publisher:

ISBN: 0571145507

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Page: 239

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Jason Brooks

Perhaps best known for hyper realistic portraits of subjects from Kate Moss to the heavily tattooed Mr. X and Zoe which take the process of portraiture beyond the photographic medium, Jason Brooks rose to prominence in the early 1990s with ...

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Author: Michael Bracewell

Publisher: Black Dog Press

ISBN: 1910433551

Category: Art

Page: 165

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Perhaps best known for hyper realistic portraits of subjects from Kate Moss to the heavily tattooed Mr. X and Zoe which take the process of portraiture beyond the photographic medium, Jason Brooks rose to prominence in the early 1990s with a generation of British artists who enjoyed wide international acclaim. In these and his recent work exploring old masterpieces and anonymous found paintings, Brooks demonstrates his interest in affirming the faith that painters retain in the medium of painting. Ranging from his iconic portraits of the 1990s, through to restless experiments with sculpture, found materials and the essence of painting as a medium, Jason Brooks: Perpetual Orgy is the first overview of the career of a singular and versatile artist. Heavily illustrated with colour images from Brooks' rich and varied oeuvre, Perpetual Orgy offers a poetic and insightful reading of his practice from novelist, curator and critic, Michael Bracewell. Specially commissioned for this title, Bracewell has written a series of essays in response to an extended conversation with the artist and an engagement with his work spanning many years.

Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide

The Perpetual Orgy is a book-length musing about>> Flaubert's Madame Bovary, part literary criticism, part reconstruction, partanthology– it is magic realism and non-fiction, hand in hand. A Fish in the Water is the story ofLlosa's own ...

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Author: Nick Rennison

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408113981

Category: Reference

Page: 544

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Deciding what to read next when you've just finished an unputdownable novel can be a daunting task. The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide features hundreds of authors and thousands of titles, with navigation features to lead you on a rich journey through some the best literature to grace our shelves. This greatly expanded edition includes the latest contemporary authors and landmark novels, an expanded non-fiction section, a timeline setting historical events against literary milestones, prize-winner and book club lists. An accessible and easy-to-read guide that no serious book lover should be without. "The essential guide to the wild uncharted world of contemporary and 20th century writing." Robert McCrum, The Observer

A Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa

La tía Julia y el escribidor [Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter]41 appeared in 1977, two years after Vargas Llosa's work on Flaubert, La orgía perpetua [The Perpetual Orgy], where he states: 'Una novela ha sido más seductora para mí en la ...

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Author: Sabine Köllmann

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781855662698

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 325

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This Companion offers an overview and assessment of Mario Vargas Llosa's large body of work, tracing his development as a writer and intellectual in his essays, critical studies, journalism, and theatrical works, but above all in his novels.

Mario Vargas Llosa

... that orgía perpetua (perpetual orgy) described by their grandson and greatgrandson (Mario Vargas Llosa), respectively, decades later, in his description of reading Flaubert in his book The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert and Madame Bovary.

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Author: Raymond Leslie Williams

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292767379

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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Awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 at the age of seventy-four, Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has held pivotal roles in the evolution and revolutions of modern Latin American literature. Perhaps surprisingly, no complete history of Vargas Llosa's works, placed in biographical and historical context, has been published—until now. A masterwork from one of America's most revered scholars of Latin American fiction, Mario Vargas Llosa: A Life of Writing provides a critical overview of Vargas Llosa's numerous novels while reinvigorating debates regarding conventional interpretations of the work. Weaving analysis with discussions of the writer's political commentary, Raymond Leslie Williams traces the author's youthful identity as a leftist student of the 1960s to a repudiation of some of his earlier ideas beginning in the 1980s. Providing a unique perspective on the complexity, nuance, and scope of Vargas Llosa's lauded early novels and on his passionate support of indigenous populations in his homeland, Williams then turns his eye to the recent works, which serve as a bridge between the legacies of the Boom and the diverse array of contemporary Latin American fiction writers at work today. In addition, Williams provides a detailed description of Vargas Llosa's traumatic childhood and its impact on him—seen particularly in his lifelong disdain for authority figures—as well as of the authors who influenced his approach, from Faulkner to Flaubert. Culminating in reflections drawn from Williams's formal interviews and casual conversations with the author at key phases of both men's careers, this is a landmark publication that will spark new lines of inquiry into an intricate body of work.

Character

Mario Vargas Llosa, The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert and Madame Bovary (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1987), 7. For an account of reader fascination with immoral or unpleasant characters, see Katherine Tullmann, “Sympathy and ...

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Author: Amanda Anderson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226658834

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Over the last few decades, character-based criticism has been seen as either naive or obsolete. But now questions of character are attracting renewed interest. Making the case for a broad-based revision of our understanding of character, Character rethinks these questions from the ground up. Is it really necessary to remind literary critics that characters are made up of words? Must we forbid identification with characters? Does character-discussion force critics to embrace humanism and outmoded theories of the subject? Across three chapters, leading scholars Amanda Anderson, Rita Felski, and Toril Moi reimagine and renew literary studies by engaging in a conversation about character. Moi returns to the fundamental theoretical assumptions that convinced literary scholars to stop doing character-criticism, and shows that they cannot hold. Felski turns to the question of identification and draws out its diverse strands, as well as its persistence in academic criticism. Anderson shows that character-criticism illuminates both the moral life of characters, and our understanding of literary form. In offering new perspectives on the question of fictional character, this thought-provoking book makes an important intervention in literary studies.

Hooked

14. Blakey Vermeule, Why Do We Care about Literary Characters? (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). 15. Or perhaps I am speaking only of myself here. 16. Mario Vargas Llosa, The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert ...

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Author: Rita Felski

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226729770

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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How does a novel entice or enlist us? How does a song surprise or seduce us? Why do we bristle when a friend belittles a book we love, or fall into a funk when a favored TV series comes to an end? What characterizes the aesthetic experiences of feeling captivated by works of art? In Hooked, Rita Felski challenges the ethos of critical aloofness that is a part of modern intellectuals’ self-image. The result is sure to be as widely read as Felski’s book, The Limits of Critique. Wresting the language of affinity away from accusations of sticky sentiment and manipulative marketing, Felski argues that “being hooked” is as fundamental to the appreciation of high art as to the enjoyment of popular culture. Hooked zeroes in on three attachment devices that connect audiences to works of art: identification, attunement, and interpretation. Drawing on examples from literature, film, music, and painting—from Joni Mitchell to Matisse, from Thomas Bernhard to Thelma and Louise—Felski brings the language of attachment into the academy. Hooked returns us to the fundamentals of aesthetic experience, showing that the social meanings of artworks are generated not just by critics, but also by the responses of captivated audiences.

Amazing Grace

Anthony asks him what “perpetual orgy” means and seems impressed when Mr. Castro tells him “endless pleasure.” As Mr. Castro continues to share his stories, however, Anthony gets drowsy, and before another 15 minutes have gone by, ...

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Author: Jonathan Kozol

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780770436650

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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The author of Savage Inequalities, a New York Times best-seller, and Rachel and Her Children, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, tells the stories of a handful of children who have--through the love and support of their families and dedicated community leaders--not yet lost their battle with the perils of life in America's most hopeless, helpless, and dangerous neighborhoods.