The Idea of Spatial Form by Joseph Frank

By Joseph Frank

The belief of Spatial shape comprises the vintage essay that brought the concept that of "spatial form" into literary dialogue in 1945, and has due to the fact that been permitted as one of many foundations for a thought of contemporary literature. it truly is right here reprinted in addition to later reconsiderations, one in every of which solutions its significant critics, whereas the second one areas the idea when it comes to Russian Formalism and French Structuralism. initially conceived to elucidate the formal experiments of avant-garde literature, the assumption of spatial shape, while put during this wider context, additionally contributes importantly to the principles of a basic poetics of the literary textual content. additionally incorporated are comparable discussions of André Malraux, Heinrich Wölfflin, Herbert learn, and E. H. Gombrich.
New fabric has been extra to the essays within the kind of footnotes and postscripts to 2 of them. those both illustrate the continued relevance of the questions raised, or supply Frank's more moderen reviews at the subject.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Idea of Spatial Form PDF

Similar criticism books

Anasazi Architecture and American Design

Anasazi structure and American layout is a trip via Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde with prime southwestern archaeologists, historians, architects, panorama architects, artists, and concrete planners as publications. In 16 chapters, the volume's twenty-two essayists establish Anasazi construction and cultural good points with regards to layout and placement making plans, cosmography, mythology, and ecology, then expertly stability their observations of earlier architectural and cultural achievements with feedback and proposals for layout practices within the current.

Transformative Philosophy: Socrates, Wittgenstein, and the Democratic Spirit of Philosophy

The hot cross-fruition among analytical philosophy and continental philosophical traditions has prompted an severe curiosity within the philosophy of philosophy. At stake within the debate is our realizing of the position of philosophy and of using argument and cause in tradition. Transformative Philosophy articulates a brand new belief of philosophy via a dialogue of salient topics within the analytical culture, within the paintings of the later Wittgenstein, and in serious idea.

The Philosopher in Plato’s Statesman

Others in his self-discipline have a tendency to not deliver their reports to undergo at the substance of the dialogues. Conversely, philosophical interpreters have commonly felt loose to process the large logical and ontological, cosmological, and political doctrines of the later dialogues with out trouble for questions of literary sort s and shape.

Nietzsche, nihilism and the philosophy of the future

Nietzsche, Nihilism and the Philosophy of the longer term examines Nietzsche's research of and reaction to modern nihilism, the feel that not anything has worth or that means. 11 newly-commissioned essays from an influential crew of participants illustrate the richness and complexity of Nietzsche's proposal via bringing jointly a various selection of views on Nietzsche.

Additional resources for The Idea of Spatial Form

Example text

E. Hulme, one of the few writers in English to have seriously concerned himself with the problem of form in literature, turned to this group for guidance; and we can do no better than to follow his example.

In the first four chapters we are introduced to each of the important persons-Felix Volkbein, Nora Flood, Robin Vote, Jenny Petherbridge, and Dr. O'Connor. The next three chapters are, for the most part, long monologues by the doctor, through which the developments of the earlier chapters begin to take on meaning. The last chapter, only a few pages long, has the effect of a coda, giving us what we have already come to feel is the only possible termination. And these chapters are knit together, not by the progress of any action-either narrative action or, as in a stream-of-consciousness novel, the flow of experience-but by the continual reference and cross reference of images and symbols that must be referred to each other spatially throughout the time-act of reading.

And the narrator decides to dedicate the remainder of his life to recreating these experiences in a work of art. This work will differ essentially from all others because, at its root, will be a vision of reality refracted through an extratemporal perspective. This decision, however, should not be confused with the Renaissance view of art as the guarantor of immortality, nor with the late nineteenth-century cult of art for art's sake (though Proust has obvious affinities with both traditions, and particularly with the latter).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.53 of 5 – based on 13 votes