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Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry
Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry explores the relationship between sexuality, politics, and spirituality in the lyric output of Saʿdi Shirazi (d. 1282 CE), one of the most revered masters of classical Persian literature. Relying on a variety of sources, including unpublished manuscripts, Domenico Ingenito reads the so-called “inimitable smoothness” of Saʿdi’s lyric style as a serene yet multifaceted window onto the uncanny beauty of the world, the human body, and the realm of the unseen.

The eight chapters of the book constitute the first attempt to study Sa‘di’s lyric meditations on beauty in the context of the major artistic and intellectual trends of his time. By mining unexplored connections between Islamic philosophy and mysticism, between obscene verses and courtly ideals of love, Ingenito approaches Sa‘di’s literary genius from the perspective of sacred homoeroticism and the psychology of performative lyricism in their historical context.
Reimagining Nineteenth-Century Historical Subjects
This volume explores the many paradoxes of neo-Victorian biofiction, a genre that yokes together the real and the imaginary, biography and fiction, and generates oxymoronic combinations like creative facts, fictional truth, or poetic truthfulness. Contemporary biofictions recreating nineteenth-century lives demonstrate the crucial but always ethically ambiguous revision and supplementation of the historical archive. Due to the tension between ethical empathy and consumerist voyeurism, between traumatic testimony and exploitative exposé, the epistemological response is per force one of hermeneutic suspicion and iconoclasm. In the final account, this volume highlights neo-Victorianism’s deconstruction of master-narratives and the consequent democratic rehabilitation of over-looked microhistories.
Dynamiken zweckrationaler Passion
Author: Eckart Goebel
Hospitalität im Werk Franz Kafkas
In Niemand zu Gast? Hospitalität im Werk Franz Kafkas wird eine in Kafkas Literatur vorzufindende kommunikationstheoretische Umdeutung der Erkenntnistheorie Immanuel Kants nachgewiesen.
Für diese Umdeutung ist wesentlich, dass Kafka die von Kant in seiner Argumentation gegen eine mögliche Gegenwart von Geistern hervorgehobene Unterscheidung zwischen permeablen und undurchdringlichen materiellen Substanzen verwirft. Kafka ist sich mehr als bewusst darüber, dass das von Kant als Krankheit verachtete Geistersehen für das Verfassen eines Briefes sowie für jegliche Kommunikation mit nicht körperlich anwesenden Kommunikationspartnern notwendig ist. Im Gegensatz zu Kant setzt er sich mit der Existenz von Zeichen und Medien in ihrer Wirkung auf den Menschen auseinander. Er inszeniert sie als Besucher, die seine Protagonisten ansprechen, mit ihnen spazieren gehen, auf den Türschwellen ihrer Hauseingänge stehen oder als erwartete, wenn auch gespenstige Gäste in ihre Zimmer eintreten.
Author: Steven J. Cody
Over the course of his career, Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) created altarpieces rich in theological complexity, elegant in formal execution, and dazzlingly brilliant in chromatic impact. This book investigates the spiritual dimensions of those works, focusing on six highly-significant panels. According to Steven J. Cody, the beauty and splendor of Andrea’s paintings speak to a profound engagement with Christian theories of spiritual renewal—an engagement that only intensified as Andrea matured into one of the most admired artists of his time. From this perspective, Andrea del Sarto — Splendor and Renewal in the Renaissance Altarpiece not only shines new light on a painter who has long deserved more scholarly attention; it also offers up fresh insights regarding the Renaissance altarpiece itself.
A Companion to Geoffrey of Monmouth brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to provide an updated scholarly introduction to all aspects of his work. Arguably the most influential secular writer of medieval Britain, Geoffrey (d. 1154) popularized Arthurian literature and left an indelible mark on European romance, history, and genealogy. Despite this outsized influence, Geoffrey’s own life, background, and motivations are little understood. The volume situates his life and works within their immediate historical context, and frames them within current critical discussion across the humanities. By necessity, this volume concentrates primarily on Geoffrey’s own life and times, with the reception of his works covered by a series of short encyclopaedic overviews, organized by language, that serve as guides to further reading.

Contributors are Jean Blacker, Elizabeth Bryan, Thomas H. Crofts, Siân Echard, Fabrizio De Falco, Michael Faletra, Ben Guy, Santiago Gutiérrez García, Nahir I. Otaño Gracia, Paloma Gracia, Georgia Henley, David F. Johnson, Owain Wyn Jones, Maud Burnett McInerney, Françoise Le Saux, Barry Lewis, Coral Lumbley, Simon Meecham-Jones, Paul Russell, Victoria Shirley, Joshua Byron Smith, Jaakko Tahkokallio, Hélène Tétrel, Rebecca Thomas, Fiona Tolhurst.
Author: Emma Wagstaff
In André du Bouchet: Poetic Forms of Attention, Emma Wagstaff provides the first book-length study in English of this major poet of the second half of the twentieth century. She shows how Du Bouchet’s rigorous and innovative creative and critical writing advances our understanding of attention.
Du Bouchet is known as a post-war poet of the natural world and the space of the page. Far from just a solitary writer, however, he engaged with others through his work as editor, critic, and translator, and his involvement in the protests of May 1968. Emma Wagstaff shows how his writing demonstrates nuanced attention to language, time, nature, and art, and incites a ‘slow’ response on the part of the reader.