The Grove of the Eumenides: Essays on Literature, Criticism, and Culture

The Grove of the Eumenides: Essays on Literature, Criticism, and Culture
Author: Frederick Glaysher
Language English
Pages: 337
Genre: Uncategorized
Goodreads Rating: 4.50
Published: January 2018 by Earthrise Press

This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0967042186 (ISBN13: 9780967042183) Much of The Grove of the Eumenides forms the background study for Glaysher's epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, which he discusses in a new 2015 Preface (This cover was new then too). Twenty years in the making, The Grove of the Eumenides invokes a global vision beyond the prevailing postmodern conceptions of life and literature that have become firmly entrenched in contemporary world culture.

East and West meet in a new synthesis of a global vision of humankind ranging over classic literature, ancient and modern, both Western and non-Western, from the dilemmas of modernity in Yeats, Eliot, Milosz, Bellow, Dostoevsky, to Lu Xun, Ryuichi Tamura, Kenzaburo Oe, Naguib Mahfouz, R. K. Narayan, among others, from mimesis and deconstruction to the United Nations, with extensive essays on Chinese, Japanese, and South-Asian literature.

Clearly the work of a poet-critic attempting to embrace a larger portion of human experience than the personal postmodern self, The Grove of the Eumenides reaches toward an epic vision of the twenty-first century. All the muck and glory of American and international experience and history mix in the complex tension of a mind struggling with itself and its Age. Acutely perceptive of the spiritual and moral nuances of literature, criticism, and culture, Glaysher confronts the loss of religious faith in the modern world and breaks through to a vision of the unity of the human longing for transcendence.