Category Archives: books
The Survival of Beauty and Art develops an unprecedented theory of aesthetics and art, based on up-to-date evolutionary and cognitive science. Rather than restricting its subject to one–line formulas like “art = significant form” or “art is or is not … Continue reading
Predictably, this Nietzschean critique of idealist Western aesthetics has met with both praise and rebuttal. Professor Dabney Townsend, Director General of the American Society of Aesthetics, after reviewing Genealogy in the European Journal of Philosophy, April 2004, 12, 1,152-56) and … Continue reading
Robert Creeley: A Biography (516 pp), by Ekbert Faas with Maria Trombacco, McGill-Queen’s University Press (Canada) and University of New England Press (US), 2001.
As Graham Robb put it, “readers of poètes maudits often identify with the poets themselves, [whereas] critics and biographers tend to identify with the parents.” Like Robb’s biography of Rimbaud, Faas’s Robert Creeley counts among the rare exceptions to this … Continue reading
Woyzeck’s Head (270pp) Cormorant Books, 1991; La Téte de Woyzeck (253 pp), translated by Marie-Claude Fournier-Plowiecka, éditions Marie Plowiecka, Paris, 1995.
When Ekbert Faas’ novel, along with Douglas Copeland’s Generation X and Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey, was shortlisted for the Smith Books First Novel Award, Woyzeck’s Head was called the “most philosophically ambitious and dense of all the novels … Continue reading
Irving Layton and Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence 1953-1978 (312pp), edited by Ekbert Faas and Sabrina Reed, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1990.
“The day has been slow in coming, but at last the scholars of post-war Canadian literature have emerged and begun production … A noteworthy example is the recently published correspondence of Irving Layton and Robert Creeley, edited by Ekbert Faas … Continue reading
Retreat into the Mind. Victorian Poetry and the Rise of Psychiatry (312pp) Princeton University Press, 1988 (Paperback Edition, 1991)
“Now Faas has turned to Victorian psychiatry and poetry, an intersection that narrows the distance between literature and medicine, demonstrating how each anticipates the other. Retreat into the Mind is a splendid book worthy of praise and congratulation, not only … Continue reading
“This is a thoroughly documented compendium of Shakespeare’s implied views on his own art … genuinely illuminating comparisons with Montaigne and Bacon …” (Year’s Work in English Studies, 67, 1986) “Prof. Faas has provided a scholarly and fascinating piece of … Continue reading
According to George Steiner’s The Death of Tragedy of 1961, tragedy was bound to die out with the waning of transcendentalism after the seventeenth century … “Tragedy and After believes that such a process is also – or rather – … Continue reading
Young Robert Duncan: Portrait of the Poet as Homosexual in Society (361pp) Black Sparrow Press, 1984.
“Ekbert Faas … has a hawk’s eye for significant projects. His early books identified the tragic dramatic monologue as a subgenre whose richness required exploration, whose full range would never be tapped until the cultural dynamics that shaped it had … Continue reading
Kenneth Rexroth. Excerpts from a Life. Edited, with a foreword by Ekbert Faas (61pp) Santa Barbara: Conjunctions, 1981. .
Ted Hughes: The Unaccommodated Universe, with Selected Critical Writings by Ted Hughes and Two Interviews (230pp) Black Sparrow Press, 1980
“Ekbert Faas published an interview with Ted Hughes in the London Magazine (January 1971) which has since become a fruitful point of entry for those wishing to be initiated into Hughes’s later poetry … The book which Dr Faas has … Continue reading
“a book that should become the standard text on the subject in universities across the nation.” (Novelist Joyce Carol Oates, personal correspondence) “Undoubtedly the best contribution [to scholarly involvement with the poetry of the last three decades] comes from an, … Continue reading
Offene Formen. Zur Entstehung einer neuen Ästhetik (Open Forms: About the Emergence of a New Aesthetics) (197pp) Munich, Goldmann Verlag, 1975.
(Translated from the German): “The phenomenon of ‘open form’ has played a crucial role in the emergence of a new aesthetics, and in literature and the fine arts no less than in music. At the end of his complex and … Continue reading
Poesie als Psychogramm. Die dramatisch-monologische Versdichtung im viktorianischen Zeitalter (The Dramatic Monologue in the Victorian Era) (228pp) Munich, Fink Verlag, 1974
(Translated from the German): “The study is presented lucidly and appropriately with regard to the subject. … [it] closes a big gap in English literary criticism. It is the first comprehensive and systematic exploration of a so far uncharted area. … Continue reading