Oct 052016

Canadian Philosopher Wins $1 Million Prize

The Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor has been named the winner of the first Berggruen Prize, which is to be awarded annually for “a thinker whose ideas are of broad significance for shaping human self-understanding and the advancement of humanity.”
The prize, which carries a cash award of $1 million, will be given in a ceremony in New York City on Dec. 1. It is sponsored by the Berggruen Institute, a research organization based in Los Angeles and dedicated to improving governance and mutual understanding across different cultures, with particular emphasis on intellectual exchange between the West and Asia.
Mr. Taylor, 84, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading philosophers, and a thinker whose ideas have been influential in the humanities, social sciences and public affairs. His many books include “Sources of the Self,” an exploration of how different ideas of selfhood helped define Western civilization, and “A Secular Age,” a study of the coexistence of religious and nonreligious people in an era dominated by secular ideas.
He was chosen for the prize by an independent nine-member jury, headed by the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah. The jury cited Mr. Taylor’s support for “political unity that respects cultural diversity,” and the influence of his work in “demonstrating that Western civilization is not simply unitary, but like all civilizations the product of diverse influences.”
Mr. Taylor’s previous honors include the 2015 John W. Kluge Prize for the Achievement in the Study of Humanity (shared with Jürgen Habermas), the 2007 Templeton Prize for achievement in the advancement in spiritual matters and the 2008 Kyoto Prize, regarded as Japan’s highest private honor. Both the Templeton and Kluge prizes also carry cash awards of more than $1 million.

Oct 042016

The six Booker finalists were drawn from an earlier longlist, and the winner will be announced on Oct. 25. In 2014, the prize, which had previously been limited to writers from Britain, Ireland, the Commonwealth and Zimbabwe, changed its rules to include submissions from any author whose work was published in Britain and was first written in English. This year’s six finalists:
nominees-for-manbooker201601“The Sellout” by Paul Beatty
Beatty’s bold satire about race in America was one of the Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2015. In the Book Review, Kevin Young wrote about the novel in the context of the history of black satire. He said Beatty takes “delight in tearing down the sacred, not so much airing dirty laundry as soiling it in front of you.” Dwight Garner wrote that the first third of the book “reads like the most concussive monologues and interviews of Chris Rock, Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle wrapped in a satirical yet surprisingly delicate literary and historical sensibility.”
“Hot Milk” by Deborah Levy
Levy’s novel is about a young woman named Sofia who has traveled to Spain with her mother, Rose, in search of a cure for Rose’s possibly psychosomatic ailments. In The Times, Sarah Lyall called the book “gorgeous,” and wrote: “It’s a pleasure to be inside Sofia’s insightful, questioning mind.” In the Book Review, Leah Hager Cohen expressed mixed feelings: “As a series of images, the book exerts a seductive, arcane power, rather like a deck of tarot cards, every page seething with lavish, cryptic innuendo. Yet, as a narrative it is wanting.”
“His Bloody Project” by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Burnet’s novel about a triple murder in 19th-century Scotland will be published in the U.S. on Oct. 18. It starts with a confession, so it’s not a whodunit but a whydunit. “My primary interest is in the psychology of the character,” Burnet recently told The Wall Street Journal, “rather than the mystery of what’s happened.”
nominees-for-manbooker201602“Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh
One of the most widely praised debuts by an American writer this year, Moshfegh’s novel is about a young woman working at a juvenile detention center in New England in the 1960s. On the cover of the Book Review, Lily King praised Moshfegh’s sentences as “playful, shocking, wise, morbid, witty, searingly sharp,” and said that as a character Eileen is “as vivid and human as they come.”
“All That Man Is” by David Szalay
Szalay’s novel is composed of nine narratives with different male protagonists. In the Book Review, Garth Greenwell praised the novel, while questioning its label: “The publisher calls ‘All That Man Is’ a novel, but there’s very little explicitly interlinking its separate narratives. The stories cohere instead through their single project: an investigation of European manhood.”
“Do Not Say We Have Nothing” by Madeleine Thien
Thien’s latest novel, which will be published in the U.S. on Oct. 11, traces the effects of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, from Mao’s rise to the Tiananmen Square protests. It follows three musician friends through the country’s changes.

Sep 292016








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Sep 172016

National Book Foundation Announces 10 Nominees for 2016 Fiction Award

The contenders for the 2016 National Book Award for fiction include novels about American slavery, mental illness, terrorism, post-Civil War America, and a book about a couple on the cusp of marriage that also features a charismatic squirrel.

The 10 nominees were announced on Thursday.

Colson Whitehead’s best-selling novel “The Underground Railroad,” which was selected for Oprah Winfrey’s book club, centers on a slave named Cora who escapes a Georgia plantation and flees north via the underground railroad — a literal subterranean railroad. In Karan Mahajan’s novel “The Association of Small Bombs,” a community in New Delhi struggles to recover from a terrorist attack. Adam Haslett’s “Imagine Me Gone” explores the effects of mental illness on generations of a family. Jacqueline Woodson, who won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, is nominated this year for “Another Brooklyn,” a coming-of-age story set in 1970s Brooklyn, which is her first adult novel in 20 years. Other nominees include Paulette Jiles, Chris Bachelder, Brad Watson, the debut novelist Garth Greenwell and Elizabeth McKenzie, whose novel “The Portable Veblen” features a neurotic soon-to-be married couple and a friendly squirrel, who becomes a sort of sidekick to the novel’s heroine.

Books about war, racism and slavery also dominated the list of nonfiction nominees, which included two books about slavery, by Manisha Sinha and Andrés Reséndez, who wrote about American Indian enslavement, and a history of racism in the United States, by Ibram X. Kendi. Viet Thanh Nguyen, who won the Pulitzer Prize last year for his novel “The Sympathizer,” was nominated for what he has described as a nonfiction companion to that book, titled “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.” Heather Ann Thompson’s “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” which has been widely praised by critics as an indispensable work about police brutality, racism and mass incarceration, is also among the finalists.

In the Young People’s Literature category, the nominated works address challenging subjects like domestic violence, sexuality, race and class, and how children cope during wartime. The nominees include Kwame Alexander’s “Booked,” Kate DiCamillo’s novel “Raymie Nightingale,” Grace Lin’s “When the Sea Turned to Silver,” and Sara Pennypacker’s “Pax.”

The nominees for poetry included Kevin Young, Monica Youn, Jane Mead, the Pulitzer Prize winner and former poet laureate Rita Dove, and Solmaz Sharif, who recently published her first poetry collection.

Dec 282015

阅读文献: 《夜色温柔》中的语象叙事
作者: 程锡麟 《外国文学》 2015年05期
研究文本: 《夜色温柔》 F.斯科特•菲茨杰拉德
研究角度: 语象叙事
语象叙事的英文术语是ekphrasis, (国内关于这个术语的翻译以前一直翻译成“图像叙事”, 但因其容易与绘画和雕塑的图像叙事混淆,所以在文学作品中的这种手法,作者将其改成语象叙事)它是自古希腊就有的一个修辞术语, 有着各种各样的定义。现在它是美学, 文学, 艺术史,文艺理论等领域的共同术语。 最重要的一点是: 它是关于语言文字与图像关系的一个术语, 具有跨学科的特征。
场景描写的语象叙事: 关于自然环境的、关于战争遗址的和关于消费主义场景的语象叙事。
1. 关于自然环境的语象叙事: 文章开篇对法国著名度假胜地里维埃拉海滨的描绘, 在里维埃拉三角洲游览,傍晚返程途中所见到的景色的描述,乘坐登山缆车时所见的情景。
特点: 艳丽色彩, 悦耳声音
2. 战争遗址场景的语象叙事; 一站时期索姆河战役的战场遗址
3. 消费主义场景的语象叙事:
例一, 罗斯玛丽在戛纳等待火车时,一段对她在咖啡馆里情况的描述。此段文字提到了当时的流行音乐和流行刊物,这些都是消费文化的组成部分。
例二, 尼科尔同罗斯玛丽一道去商店购物的描述。 长长的购物清单体现了美国上层阶级挥金如土的消费主义行为
例三, 对夜总会的描述。体现了迪克等人空虚、无聊、寻求刺激的心境。
人物的语象叙事: 罗斯玛丽是作品“重要的意识中心”。通过对罗斯玛丽感知到的视觉形象再现的语言再现,作品生动地再现了一个个人物的气质形象、言谈举止、社会地位及他们之间的相互关系。
1. 这篇论文的研究角度使人眼前一亮:语象叙事。 我们常常说某作品的画面感很强,便可以从语象叙事的角度切入。 所以,我理解的语象叙事简单来说就是通过语言塑造出很强的画面感。关于场景的语象叙事可以看做是关于环境的系统化研究。
2. 语象研究的文本包括但不仅限于环境描写多的文本。比如这篇文章,作者同样研究了关于人物的语象叙事。 通过语言,再现人物气质形象及行为举止。
3. 语象叙事的研究也是很有必要的。 场景的语象叙事可以起到烘托氛围,刻画人物,推动情节发展等作用。比如当某一场景的描写大量运用艳丽色彩和悦耳声音等元素,会暗示读者情节的发展,也能间接的体现作者的态度。
4. 语象叙事研究的独特点还在于它有跨学科的特征。这使我想到,其实我们研究文学是不能就文字而谈论文字的。 如果想要增加深度,必须有一些跨学科的元素。在研究文学作品时,我们需要历史知识或宗教背景帮助我们更深刻的了解人物处境,理解人物性格。(这一点在研究某一特定背景下的文学作品很必要。)再说,分析人物时,常常也会从心理学角度(比如弗洛伊德)进行切入。语象叙事的角度自然也需要一些图像色彩知识进行佐证。所以从这点来说,进行文学研究,我们也需要广泛涉猎不同学科的知识。