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Welsh, Alexander

Works: 32 works in 204 publications in 3 languages and 12,606 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Romance fiction  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humorous fiction  Film adaptations  Television adaptations  Romance television programs  Novels  Television mini-series 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PR4034, 823.7
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alexander Welsh
Thackeray; a collection of critical essays by Alexander Welsh( Book )

21 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 1,802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hamlet in his modern guises by Alexander Welsh( )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Focusing on Shakespeare's Hamlet as foremost a study of grief, Alexander Welsh offers an analysis of its protagonist as the archetype of the modern hero. For over two centuries writers and critics have viewed Hamlet's persona as a blend of self-consciousness, guilt, and wit. Yet in order to understand more deeply the modernity of this Shakespearean hero, Welsh first situates Hamlet within the context of family and mourning as it was presented in other revenge tragedies of Shakespeare's time. Revenge, he maintains, appears as a function of mourning rather than an end in itself. Welsh also reminds us that the mourning of a son for his father may not always be sincere. This book relates the problem of dubious mourning to Hamlet's ascendancy as an icon of Western culture, which began late in the eighteenth century, a time when the thinking of past generations - or fathers - represented to many an obstacle to human progress." "Welsh reveals how Hamlet inspired some of the greatest practitioners of modernity's quintessential literary form, the novel. Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, Scott's Redgauntlet, Dicken's Great Expectations, Melville's Pierre, and Joyce's Ulysses all enhance our understanding of the play while illustrating a trend in which Hamlet ultimately becomes a model of intense consciousness. Arguing that modern consciousness mourns for the past, even as it pretends to be free of it, Welsh offers an explanation of why Hamlet remains attractive to this day."--Jacket
Freud's wishful dream book by Alexander Welsh( )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although it is customary to credit Freud's self-analysis, it may be more accurate, Alexander Welsh argues, to say that psychoanalysis began when The Interpretation of Dreams was published in the last weeks of the nineteenth century. Only by going public with his theory--that dreams manifest hidden wishes--did Freud establish a position to defend and embark upon a career. That position and career have been among the most influential in this century. In August 1899, Freud wrote to Wilhelm Fliess of the dream book in terms reminiscent of Dante's Inferno. Beginning from a dark wood, this modern journey features "a concealed pass though which I lead the reader--my specimen dream with its peculiarities, details, indiscretions, bad jokes--and then suddenly the high ground and the view and the question, Which way do you wish to go now?" Physician that he is, Freud appoints himself guide rather than hero, yet the way "you" wish to go is very much his prescribed way. In Welsh's book, readers are invited on Freud's journey, to pause at each concealed pass in his seminal work and ask where the guide is taking them and why. Along the way, Welsh shows how Freud's arbitrary turnings are themselves wishful, intended to persuade by pleasing the reader and author alike; that his interest in secrets and his self-proclaimed modest ambition are products of their time; and that the book may best be read as a romance or serial comedy. "Some of the humor throughout," Welsh notes, "can only be understood as a particular kind of fine performance." Welsh offers the first critical overview of the argument in Freud's masterpiece and of the author who presents himself as guide
The city of Dickens by Alexander Welsh( Book )

31 editions published between 1970 and 1999 in English and German and held by 1,298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hero of the Waverley novels : with new essays on Scott by Alexander Welsh( )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most influential works on Sir Walter Scott, The Hero of the Waverley Novels is a model for reconstructing ideas common at a given period in time. In this book Alexander Welsh draws upon the entire canon of Scott's fiction to demonstrate its bearing on property and the behavior prescribed for the propertied classes. Analyzing the "passive hero"--The protagonist who is acted upon by outside forces--he shows how Scott became such a powerful influence for nineteenth-century literature and history. Welsh has updated his book with an essay on history and revolution in Old Mortality, another on repression and the social contract in the novels, and an afterword on the contrast of styles. Originally published in 1993. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
What is honor? : a question of moral imperatives by Alexander Welsh( )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book Alexander Welsh considers the history and meaning of honor and dismisses the idea that we live in a post-honor culture. He notes that we have words other than honor, such as respect, self-respect, and personal identity, that show we do indeed care deeply continuing process of respect that continuing process of respect that motivates or constrains members of a peer group. Honor's dictates function as moral imperatives." "Surprisingly, little systematic study of the history of honor in Western culture has been attempted. Offering a welcome remedy, Welsh provides a genealogy of approaches to the subject, mining some of the most influential texts of the Western tradition."--Jacket
The hero of the Waverley novels by Alexander Welsh( Book )

17 editions published between 1963 and 1968 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dickens redressed : the art of Bleak house and Hard times by Alexander Welsh( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Welsh closely examines the two novels Dickens wrote after David Copperfield and reassesses the importance of this crucial stage of Dickens's career." "In spite of the famous double narrative of Bleak House, says Welsh, the various actions and roles of the characters answer the needs of the protagonist much as they do in David Copperfield. Dickens redresses himself as the female narrator Esther Summerson and at the same time redirects his artistic energy in forms less explicitly personal. When he wrote Hard Times - which can be considered an epilogue to the much longer Bleak House - Dickens was able to conceive a plot neither centered around a hero nor fueled by the kind of wish fulfillment that structure had implied. Welsh's engaging discussion and original insights into two of Dickens's most successful novels will enhance the enthusiast's pleasure in reading these works and inspire longtime students of the novelist to think about Dickens's extraordinary accomplishments in new ways."--Jacket
From copyright to Copperfield : the identity of Dickens by Alexander Welsh( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections on the hero as Quixote by Alexander Welsh( )

10 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Eliot and blackmail by Alexander Welsh( Book )

9 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strong representations : narrative and circumstantial evidence in England by Alexander Welsh( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The humanist comedy by Alexander Welsh( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For about three thousand years comedy has applied a welcome humanist perspective to the world's religious beliefs and practices. From the ancient Greek comedies of Aristophanes, the famous poem by Lucretius, and dialogues of Cicero to early modern and Enlightenment essays and philosophical texts, together with the inherent skepticism about life after death in tragicomedies by Plautus, Shakespeare, Molière, and nineteenth-century novels by such as Dickens and Hugo, the literary critic and historian Alexander Welsh analyzes the prevalence of openness of mind and relieving good humor in Western thought. The Humanist Comedy concludes with close examination of a postmodern novel by the Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago"--
Old mortality by Walter Scott( Book )

5 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First publisher in 1816. Publisher in the Penguin English Library 1975
Emma by Jane Austen( Book )

2 editions published between 1963 and 1966 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emma Woodhouse imagines that she dominates those around her in the small town of Highbury, but her inept matchmaking creates problems for herself and others
Hero of the waverley novels by Alexander Welsh( Book )

2 editions published between 1969 and 2016 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the Difference between Prevailing and Enduring by Alexander Welsh( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where is the war : 1940-1947 diary of Alexander Welsh in pursuit of action by Alexander Welsh( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Narrative endings : special issue( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

George Eliot and the romance by Alexander Welsh( Book )

1 edition published in 1959 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Freud's wishful dream book
Alternative Names
Alexander Welsh Amerikaans filoloog (1933-2018)

English (190)

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Freud's wishful dream bookThe city of DickensThe hero of the Waverley novels : with new essays on ScottWhat is honor? : a question of moral imperativesDickens redressed : the art of Bleak house and Hard timesFrom copyright to Copperfield : the identity of Dickens