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Literary Practice

Bresky, Dushan / Malik, Miroslav

Literary Practice

Volume III
Esthetics of Literary Subjects

Series: American University Studies - Volume 34

Year of Publication: 2002

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2002. 341 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-5519-8 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.620 kg, 1.367 lbs

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Book synopsis

Literary Practice III concludes Dushan Bresky’s major critical trilogy. Following Volume I, outlining a comprehensive method for evaluating literary art, and Volume II, analyzing the elusive stimulative qualities of style, Volume III focuses on the esthetics of literary content. Its time-tested subjects include violent and psychological conflicts, erotic bonds, as well as humorous, supernatural, fantastic, utopian, and bizarre topics. In estimating their potential impact, Bresky draws not only on the French heritage (his academic specialty) but branches into all Western literatures, ranging from the Illiad and the medieval Legenda Aurea to the novels of Samuel Beckett and John Updike. In the «Biocybernetic Epilog» written just before his death in 1998, collaborator Miroslav Malik discusses the evolution of biometric techniques designed to monitor our responses to perception and their auxiliary role in esthetic literary criticism.


Contents: Literary Subject: Its Concept, Kinds and Stimulative Power – Literary Content: Its Micro- and Macro-Stimuli – Conflicts – Erotic Joys and Sins – Humor and the Power of Laughter – Cosmic Powers: Gods and Devils – Fantasies, Utopias and Bizarreries – A Biocybernetic Epilog by Miroslav Malik – Conclusions.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Authors: Dushan Bresky, Professor Emeritus of French at the University of Calgary, was born in the former Czechoslovakia, where he graduated in law at Charles University (JUDr). He studied international law at the Free University of Brussels and French literature at the University of Washington (Ph.D.). In addition to the Literary Practice trilogy, he is the author of The Art of Anatole France and Cathedral or Symphony – Essays on Jean Christophe, as well as many scholarly articles, a Czech novel, and a handbook on ski racing.
Miroslav Malik, Professor Emeritus of Communications at Concordia University, Montreal, died in 1998. Born in the former Czechoslovakia, he received his doctorate in film science at the Prague Academy of Arts. As Director of Concordia’s Communication Centre during the later stage of his career, he conducted extensive cybernetic research on the impact of information and art on viewers, listeners, and readers.


American University Studies: Series 19, General Literature. Vol. 34