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The Myth of the Enlightenment: Essays

The Myth of the Enlightenment: Essays
  

The Myth of the Enlightenment is Frederick Glaysher's first collection of literary essays since The Grove of the Eumenides in 2007. Divided into three sections, these essays and reviews were all written during the 21st Century, with many of them central to his evolving intellectu... read full description below.

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Published 4 September 2014 by Earthrise Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Glaysher, Frederick
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ISBN-13 9780982677834
ISBN-10 0982677839
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Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Earthrise Press
Imprint Earthrise Press
Publication Date 4 September 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Glaysher, Frederick
Category Literary Studies: General
Collections & Anthologies Of Various Literary Forms
Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Religion & Beliefs
Number of Pages 230
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 14mm
Weight 345g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

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The Myth of the Enlightenment is Frederick Glaysher's first collection of literary essays since The Grove of the Eumenides in 2007. Divided into three sections, these essays and reviews were all written during the 21st Century, with many of them central to his evolving intellectual and spiritual struggle to write his epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, which he completed and published in late 2012. These essays open up Glaysher's own biography and his life-long interest in the writings of Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore, John Milton, Saul Bellow, Robert Hayden, and other poets and writers, offering a fresh, new vision of literature and culture. In terms of his engagement with the writings of such philosophers and social thinkers as Plato, Giambattista Vico, Ibn Khaldun, Julien Benda, Pitirim A. Sorokin, and Jacques Barzun, Glaysher probes into the dilemmas of the Enlightenment and modernity, as he articulates a vision for the 21st Century beyond post-modernism, favoring neither East nor West, but truly global and universal. In the second section, in a number of reviews, Glaysher explores democracy in China, the United Nations, and what literature has too often become under the cultural tyranny of the American English department. In the final section, Race in America, Glaysher engages with his experience of growing up in Metropolitan Detroit and the dynamics of black and white race relations, suggesting, for the 21st Century, a wider conception of who we Americans are. Provocative, calling to account endemic complacencies, The Myth of the Enlightenment reassesses our underlying cultural assumptions, looking forward with hope toward a deeper understanding of Democratic pluralism and universality, for our nation and the globe.

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NZ Review In short this is a book I'll be returning to for the rest of this year and no doubt afterward. I'm glad it exists and I'm grateful for the wisdom it sends my way. --Laurence Goldstein, Department of English, University of Michigan In an era in which the value of human life has become as precarious and narrow as the study of the humanities itself, we need Glaysher's voice more than ever. --Phillip M. Richards, Department of English, Colgate University author of Black Heart: The Moral Life of Recent African American Letters This is a marvelous book of eloquent essays by Frederick Glaysher, one that honors the old literary masters, East and West, while exploring the deepest corners of spirituality and its implication for ameliorating the conditions of modern humanity. Reading each essay, whether it be Rabindranath Tagore, Saul Bellow, Tolstoy, or Robert Hayden, as examples, feels like entering into the secret chambers of the writer's consciousness struggling with what is universal in the human being --struggling to express the universality of the human spirit: Now more than ever, after centuries of falling down into the bottomless pit of nihilism, the world needs to recover the vision of universality, what the great religions and people of various centuries and cultures have in common. For all too long, humanity has obsessed with what distinguishes and separates, what divides people from one another, setting up our little racial, nationalistic gods and idols....Universality embraces all persuasions and transcends them. That is the great challenge. This quest is, as Glaysher clearly reveals, the never ceasing search for creative unity to which he and many others have given over their life, through their thoughts, words, and actions. The essays in this book aim for the author's highest vision; that is, an attempt to embody and represent the fullness of human reflection, an inclination intended not just for academics, but a voice for all, and one that speaks to our time. And to that end, Glaysher has allowed himself to draw from the soil of literature and culture whatever they need to produce and sustain their fruit. In talking about his relationship with Robert Hayden, Glaysher tells us, his own poetry had worked its way deep in to my consciousness. I cannot think of a better way to describe how this book impresses itself on the reader; if there are millions of people waiting for a sign, as Allan Bloom is cited as saying, then this book is assuredly evidence of what such a sign looks like. --Julie Clayton, New Consciousness Review, Portland, Oregon

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