Literature and Criticism
Ariel and the Police
Michel Foucault, William James, Wallace Stevens
The provocative, coordinated terms in the title of this book designate not alternative ways of living or thinking, simple choices that we can simply make or unmake, but figures for struggle.
In Ariel and the Police, Frank Lentricchia searches through the totalizing desires for power that have built and help to maintain tangible and intangible structures of confinement and purification within, and sometimes as, the house of modernism. And what he finds, in his lyrical effort to redeem the subject for history, is that someone lives there, slyly, sometimes even playfully defiant.
Frank Lentricchia is professor of English as Duke University. He is best known for After the New Criticism and Criticism and Social Change (both published by the University of Chicago Press). He is also the editor of The Wisconsin Project on American Writers.
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