Sunday, October 27, 2013

G147 E-Reading Academic Essays on Miscellaneous Authors Representing the Classics of the Western Canon: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Nietzsche and the Very Canon Itself

General Information:


Name of Book:  Academic Essays on Miscellaneous Authors Representing the Classics of the Western Canon: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Nietzsche and the Very Canon Itself

ISBN: 9781475116274

Publisher: Alcibiades Press

Year it was published: 2012

Author: Steven David Justin Sills

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Summary:

The following academic essays explore the works of various writers of the Western Canon

1. The Epic of Gilgamesh, Sumerian Literature

One Sentence Summary:

An examination of the Epic of Gilgamesh and how it became one of the great "classics."

2. The Greeks

One Sentence Summary:

A criticism of Edith Hamilton's ideas and thoughts towards Greek culture.

3. Aeschylus

One Sentence Summary:

Discussion of Aeschylus's Oresteia plays and their meanings on revenge

4. Plato

One Sentence Summary:

Description of Aristotle and Plato's reluctance to push the precepts to society at large.

5. Ancient and Renaissance Writers on Friendship

One Sentence Summary:

Description of how important friendship discussions were during the Renaissance

6. Homer

One Sentence Summary:

Describes some reactions to Homer's works.

7. The Spartans

One Sentence Summary:

Description of criticism of Paul Cartledge's work titled The Spartans.

8. Aristotle

One Sentence Summary:

Describes and goes into detail of Nichomachean Ethics that was written by Aristotle.

9. Boethius

One Sentence Summary:

Description of his work, how there has to be good despite the bad.

10. Dead Sea Scrolls

One Sentence Summary:

Description of the way Dead Sea Scrolls were written as well as what people thought.

11. Beowulf

One Sentence Summary:

Description and criticism of Beowulf and how its more epic than Gilgamesh.

12. The Pearl Poet

One Sentence Summary:

Description of the work which is opposite of The Green Knight

13. Dante

One Sentence Summary:

Description of how Dante coined the terms of heaven, purgatory and hell through his work

14. Beroul

One Sentence Summary:

Discussion of The Romance of Tristan and how it lacks morality.

15. Marie de France

One Sentence Summary:

Description of trying to bring significance to heavenly bodies.

16. Dreams

One Sentence Summary:

Description of how dreams were important in Medieval literature.

17. Chaucer

One Sentence Summary:

More about dreams and how they are used in The House of Fame as well as The Book of the Duchess.

18. The Renaissance

One Sentence Summary:

How Renaissance was important to the world

19. Petrarch to Shakespeare and Donne

One Sentence Summary:

How Petrarch is unique with a poem titled To His Mistress Going to bed.

20. Descartes

One Sentence Summary:

Description of Descartes' method and philosophy.

21. Machiavelli

One Sentence Summary:

Description of Machiavelli's work and what he introduces the world to.

22. Rabelais

One Sentence Summary:

Does he write ribald humor or are his things true literature.

23. Montaigne

One Sentence Summary:

Description of how sometimes Montaigne is brilliant but doesn't see the future.

24. Cervantes

One Sentence Summary:

Whether or not Don Quixote is crazy.

25. Marlowe

One Sentence Summary:

How he disabuses the notion that comedies are deadly and serious.

26. Shakespeare

One Sentence Summary:

How Prosper tries to end a cycle of being subservient and so forth.

27. Milton

One Sentence Summary:

How he is like in brevity.

28. Locke

One Sentence Summary:

How John Locke is an optimist.

29. Smith

One Sentence Summary:

How Smith saw things as well as how he moved away from the ancient philosophers.

30. Khaldun

One Sentence Summary:

The start of trying to make sense of the world.

31. Tocqueville

One Sentence Summary:

How Tocqueville saw America and a democratic man.

32. Rousseau

One Sentence Summary:

How Rousseau's work and a rebulta to Thomas Hobbes is a critique.

33. Smith

One Sentence Summary:

Description of how Smith goes against the evolving ethics.

34. Marx

One Sentence Summary:

Description of Marx's thoughts and ideas.

35. Kant

One Sentence Summary:

Description of why man can care for greater good.

36. Swift

One Sentence Summary:

Description of his work Gulliver and how to appreciate it.

37. Rousseau

One Sentence Summary:

More description of Rousseau's work.

38. Austen

One Sentence Summary:

Is there more to Austen's novels than only romance?

39. Wollstonecraft

One Sentence Summary:

Descriptions of her thinking.

40. Dashkova

One Sentence Summary:

Descriptions of her memoirs and how important she is.

41. Autobiography and Memoirs

One Sentence Summary:

Memoirs and autobiography in 18th century that were masterpieces.

42. Paine

One Sentence Summary:

Description and amazement at how he probes the truth of christian myths.

43. Gibbon

One Sentence Summary:

Description of how Gibbon tries to make his claims have a moral stance.

44. Dumas

One Sentence Summary:

Description and apperciation of Monte Cristo as a psychological portrait.

45. Dostoevsky

One Sentence Summary:

Description of how a man is haunted by his conscience

46. The Enlightenment

One Sentence Summary:

Description of how important the times are.

47. Levine Versus Bloom on the Western Canon

One Sentence Summary:

The Middle way between Levine and Bloom.

48. Nietzsche

One Sentence Summary:

Description of the will for power in the works.

49. Short Essays on Greek History

One Sentence Summary:

Description of some essays that talk about Greek History.

50. Communism and Literature

One Sentence Summary:

Comparison of Communism in reality vs the Pre-Bolshevik works.

2 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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