Purloined Letters

Purloined Letters

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Author: Mark H. Silver

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824864057

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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This engaging study of the detective story’s arrival in Japan—and of the broader cross-cultural borrowing that accompanied it—argues for a reassessment of existing models of literary influence between "unequal" cultures. Because the detective story had no pre-existing native equivalent in Japan, the genre’s formulaic structure acted as a distinctive cultural marker, making plain the process of its incorporation into late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japanese letters. Mark Silver tells the story of Japan’s adoption of this new Western literary form at a time when the nation was also remaking itself in the image of the Western powers. His account calls into question conventional notions of cultural domination and resistance, demonstrating the variety of possible modes for cultural borrowing, the surprising vagaries of intercultural transfer, and the power of the local contexts in which "imitation" occurs. Purloined Letters considers a fascinating range of primary texts populated by wise judges, faceless corpses, wily confidence women, desperate blackmailers, a fetishist who secrets himself for days inside a leather armchair, and a host of other memorable figures. The work begins by analyzing Tokugawa courtroom narratives and early Meiji biographies of female criminals (dokufu-mono, or "poison-woman stories"), which dominated popular crime writing in Japan before the detective story’s arrival. It then traces the mid-Meiji absorption of French, British, and American detective novels into Japanese literary culture through the quirky translations of muckraking journalist Kuroiwa Ruiko. Subsequent chapters take up a series of detective stories nostalgically set in the old city of Edo by Okamoto Kido (a Kabuki playwright inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes) and the erotic, grotesque, and macabre works of Edogawa Ranpo, whose pen-name punned on "Edgar Allan Poe.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Study Guide for Edgar Allan Poe s Purloined Letter

A Study Guide for Edgar Allan Poe s  Purloined Letter

Minister D——is of her letters, and uses it to blackmail her so that he can achieve his political ends. a daring political ... In “The Purloined Letter,” the Prefect visits Dupin to get help in finding a purloined—or stolen—letter.

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410356055

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 15

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A Study Guide for Edgar Allan Poe's "Purloined Letter," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Purloined Letter

The Purloined Letter

Do you not see he has taken it forgranted thatall men proceed to conceal a letter,—not exactly in a gimlet holebored in a chair–leg —but, atleast, in some out–of–the–way hole or corner suggested by the same tenorof thought which would ...

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Publisher: Hyweb Technology Co. Ltd.


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 4

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This early work by Edgar Allan Poe was originally published in 1845. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809, Poe became an orphan at a very early age. After being taken in by a couple in Richmond, he spent a brief spell in the United Kingdom before returning to enrol at the University of Virginia. Poe struggled for many years to make a living as a writer and frequently had to move city to stay in employment as a critic. Even for his greatest success, 'The Raven', he only received $9 and, although becoming a household name, his financial position remained far from stable. Poe died in 1849, aged just 40, yet his legacy is a formidable one: He is seen today as one of the greatest practitioners of Gothic and detective fiction that ever lived, and popular culture is replete with references to him. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions.
Categories: Foreign Language Study



Derrida's chief objection to Lacan's reading of Poe is that it tends to reduce ' The Purloined Letter to an allegory implying the ultimate truth of psychoanalytical discourse . Lacan may insist that the letter is caught up in an endless ...

Author: Christopher Norris

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674198247

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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Discusses Derrida's writings on Plato, Kant, Hegel, Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Freud
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Destruction and Creation

Destruction and Creation

Atreus has kept the purloined letter a secret for 20 years and acts out his revenge by trying to make Plisthenes commit patricide. This does not happen and Thyestes is made to devour the son. There is “A queen betraying a king, a letter ...

Author: Mary Ann Mattoon

Publisher: Daimon

ISBN: 9783856305833

Category: Psychology

Page: 640

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The Fourteenth Congress for Analytical Psychology was held August 23-28, 1998 in the ancient city of Florence, Italy. The theme, Destruction and Creation: Personal and Cultural Transformations, is especially appropriate to the Italian setting, with that nation's history of destruction, both from nature and from human activity, and its tradition " especially in Florence " of creative individuals and institutions. The theme is fitting, also, to the context of Jungian psychology, with its emphasis on these and other pairs of opposites, with their integral role in psychic wholeness. Acknowledging, also, that destruction is indispensable to creation, some Jungians prefer the term creative unconscious to the traditional collective unconscious.
Categories: Psychology

Rhetoric and Culture in Lacan

Rhetoric and Culture in Lacan

In the case of the purloined letter , the analogical principle in question is that of ' simplicity ' , which leads Dupin to conclude that the Minister has ' hidden ' the letter in plain view . This principle has a strictly objective ...

Author: Gilbert D. Chaitin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521497655

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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This book is a definitive study of Lacan's theoretical development across his entire career.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder

A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder

To these three purloined letters, we may add that the story “The Visit” is in itself the purloined letter par excellence, drafted by the subject (Enrique as a screenplay) and is displaced by the story/hand of the other (Ignacio).

Author: Brigitte Peucker

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405191630

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 659

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A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the first of its kind to engage with this important figure. Twenty-eight essays by an international group of scholars consider this controversial director's contribution to German cinema, German history, gender studies, and auteurship. A fresh collection of original research providing diverse perspectives on Fassbinder’s work in films, television, poetry, and underground theatre. Rainer Werner Fassbinder remains the preeminent filmmaker of the New German Cinema whose brief but prolific body of work spans from the latter half of the 1960s to the artist’s death in 1982. Interrogates Fassbinder’s influence on the seminal ideas of his time: auteurship, identity, race, queer studies, and the cataclysmic events of German twentieth century history Contributions from internationally diverse scholars specializing in film, culture, and German studies. Includes coverage of his key films including: Gods of the Plague (1970), Beware of a Holy Whore (1971), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Martha (1973) (TV), World on a Wire (1973), Effi Briest (1974), Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), Fox and His Friends (1975), Fear of Fear (1975), Chinese Roulette (1976), In a Year With 13 Moons (1978), Despair (1978), The Third Generation (1979), Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) (TV), and Querelle (1982).
Categories: Performing Arts

Modern Occult Rhetoric

Modern Occult Rhetoric

Letters. and. Lettered. Secrets. You can't help the play of symbols, and that is why you must be very careful what you say. But the letter, for its part, that goes away. It wanders all by itself. —Jacques Lacan, “The Purloined Letter”1 ...

Author: Joshua Gunn

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817356569

Category: History

Page: 372

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A broadly interdisciplinary study of the pervasive secrecy in America cultural, political, and religious discourse. The occult has traditionally been understood as the study of secrets of the practice of mysticism or magic. This book broadens our understanding of the occult by treating it as a rhetorical phenomenon tied to language and symbols and more central to American culture than is commonly assumed. Joshua Gunn approaches the occult as an idiom, examining the ways in which acts of textual criticism and interpretation are occultic in nature, as evident in practices as diverse as academic scholarship, Freemasonry, and television production. Gunn probes, for instance, the ways in which jargon employed by various social and professional groups creates barriers and fosters secrecy. From the theory wars of cultural studies to the Satanic Panic that swept the national mass media in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Gunn shows how the paradox of a hidden, buried, or secret meaning that cannot be expressed in language appears time and time again in Western culture. These recurrent patterns, Gunn argues, arise from a generalized, popular anxiety about language and its limitations. Ultimately, Modern Occult Rhetoric demonstrates the indissoluble relationship between language, secrecy, and publicity, and the centrality of suspicion in our daily lives.
Categories: History

Ordinary Literature Philosophy

Ordinary Literature Philosophy

In the meantime, against thou shalt awake, / Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift, / And hither shall he come . ... With Juliet's 'purloined letter' to Romeo, Derrida's Romeo and Juliet becomes a reiteration of his (critique of ...

Author: Jernej Habjan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350086067

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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The first extended Lacanian reading of J. L. Austin's ordinary language philosophy, this book examines how it has been received in the continental tradition by Jacques Derrida and Judith Butler, Jacques Rancière and Oswald Ducrot. This is a tradition that neglects Austin's general speech act theory on behalf of his special theory of the performative, whilst bringing a new attention to the literary and the aesthetic. The book charts each of these theoretical interactions with a Lacanian reading of the thinker through a case study. Austin, Derrida and Butler are respectively read with a Hollywood blockbuster, a Shakespearean bestseller and a globally influential May '68 poster – texts preoccupied with the problem of subjectivity in early, high and postmodernity. Hence Austin's constatives (nonperformative statements) are explored with Dead Poets Society; Derridean naming with Romeo and Juliet; and Butlerian aesthetic re-enactment with We Are all German Jews. Finally, Rancière and Ducrot enable a return to Austin beyond his continental reception. Austin is valorised with a theory as attractive, and as irreducible, to the continental tradition as his own thought, namely Jacques Lacan's theory of the signifier. Drawing together some of the giants of language theory, psychoanalysis and poststructuralist thought, Habjan offers a new materialist reading of the 'ordinary' status of literary language and a vital contribution to current debates within literary studies and contemporary philosophy.
Categories: Philosophy

Mail Orders

Mail Orders

The Fiction of Letters in Postmodern Culture Sunka Simon Joseph P. Natoli ... When Jacques Lacan concludes in his “ Seminar on ' The Purloined Letter , " " that a letter always arrives at its destination , ” he uses the present tense .

Author: Sunka Simon

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791453499

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

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Explores contemporary uses of letters and letter writing—including electronic mail—in literature, film, and art.
Categories: Literary Criticism