This book examines how a long line of imaginative writers, starting from Rabelais and continuing over Cervantes and Sterne down to such modernists as Proust, Mann, Joyce, and Barth, has reaffirmed the picture of an enduring Western civilization despite repeated crises and transformations. The humanist capacity to recapture a sense of European greatness as exhibited in Antiquity was paralleled by and continued in the guise of newer vernacular works, achievements regarded as vital forms of a shared cultural rebirth. This was amplified most notably in the tradition of the ironic encyclopedic novel which surveyed the state of successive phases of culture. The evolving heritage and revitalization of the arts constituted main subject matters in the series of major self-conscious epochal movements, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Modernism, which Postmodernism reflexively now struggles to supersede.
This bibliography lists selected works mainly of the twentieth century, and secondarily of the nineteenth century, plus some few earlier. But in general, well-established authors and works of prior centuries are cited only by mention in the chapters, although some useful editions of important pre-modern and early modern works are included here in the bibliography. Readers should consult the Index in searching for names which may not appear listed below.
ADAMS, Henry. Mont-Saint Michel and Chartres. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1930. [circulated privately circa 1904].
ALSTED(IUS), Johann Heinrich. Encyclopedia, septem tomis distincta. Facsimile reprint of 1630 edition. 4 vols. Ed. by W. Schmidt-Biggemann. Stuttgart-Bad Canstatt, 1989-1990.
ANDERSON, Benedict R. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Rev. ed. London and New York: Verso, 1991.
ARIOSTO, Ludovico. Orlando furioso, secondo la princeps del 1516. Ed. by Marco Dorigatti, with Gerarda Stimato. Firenze: L.S. Olschki, 2006.
ASSMANN, Jan. Religion and Cultural Memory. Trans. by R. Livingstone. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006.
ATHERTON, James K. The Books at the Wake: A Study of Literary Allusions in James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake”. Expanded and corrected ed. Mamaroneck, NY: Paul P. Appel, 1974.
BAIF, Jean-Antoine de. Œuvres complètes. Vol. 1 (Œuvres en rime; première partie: Neuf Livres des Poèmes). Ed. by Jean Vignes, et al. Paris, 2002.
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