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Kernan, Alvin B.

Overview
Works: 69 works in 488 publications in 5 languages and 25,571 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Tragedies (Drama)  History  Biography  Fiction  Essays  Allegories  Domestic drama  Personal narratives‡vAmerican 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Compiler, Author of dialog
Classifications: PR2829.A2, 822.33
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Most widely held works about Alvin B Kernan
 
Most widely held works by Alvin B Kernan
The modern American theater; a collection of critical essays by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

24 editions published between 1967 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What's happened to the humanities? by Alvin B Kernan( )

21 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 1,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of specially commissioned original essays presents the thoughts of some of the most distinguished commentators within the American academy on the fundamental changes that have taken place in the humanities in the latter part of the twentieth century. In the transformation of American higher education from the university to the "demoversity," the humanities have become a less and less important part of education, a matter established by a statistical appendix and elaborated on in several of the essays. The individual essays offer close observations into how the humanities have been affected by declining academic status, by demographic shifts, by reductions in financial support, and by changing communication technology. They also explore the effect of these forces on books, libraries, and the phenomenology of reading in the age of images. When basic conditions change, theory follows, and several essays trace the appearance and effect of new relativistic epistemologies in the humanities. Social institutions change as well in such circumstances, and the volume concludes with studies of the new social arrangements that have developed in the humanities in recent years: the attack on professionalism and the effort to transform the humanities into the social conscience of academia and even of the nation as a whole.Cause and effect? Who can say? What the essays make clear, however, is that as the humanities have become less significant in American higher education, they have also been the scene of unusually energetic pedagogical, social, and intellectual changes.The contributors to the volume are David Bromwich, John D'Arms, Denis Donoghue, Carla Hesse, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Lynn Hunt, Frank Kermode, Louis Menand, Francis Oakley, Christopher Ricks, and Margery Sabin. Included is a substantial introduction by Alvin Kernan and an appendix of tables and figures showing baccalaureate and doctoral degrees over the years in various types of schools.Originally published in 1997.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 editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover 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
The imaginary library : an essay on literature and society by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

21 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this speculative treatment of literature as a social institution, Alvin B. Kernan explores the inability of contemporary writers and critics to maintain a literary vision in a society that denies their values and methods. Originally published in 1982. 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
The fruited plain : fables for a postmodern democracy by Alvin B Kernan( )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The beleaguered Joad family of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath struggled in an era of disappointed dreams and empty pockets. But how might the grandchildren of that Dust Bowl generation fare in today's more promising times? In this book Alvin Kernan sends various descendants of the original Joad family on a postmodern journey out of California and into the excesses of American culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The experiences of today's Joads are as hilarious as they are discomfiting: they encounter in Kernan's America a world of democracy gone haywire and social institutions in perplexing disarray."--Jacket
The unknown Battle of Midway : the destruction of the American torpedo squadrons by Alvin B Kernan( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A story of avoidable mistakes and flawed planning, The Unknown Battle of Midway reveals the enormous failures that led to the destruction of four torpedo squadrons but were omitted from official naval reports: the planes that ran out of gas, the torpedoes that didn't work, the pilots who had never dropped torpedoes, and the breakdown of the attack plan. Alvin Kernan, who was present at the battle, has written a troubling but persuasive analysis of these and other little-publicized aspects of this great battle."--Jacket
The plot of satire by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

25 editions published between 1965 and 1974 in English and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of literature by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Met reg. Literatuuropgave : p.215-224 The author relates the death of literature to a variety of agents, among them television, computer technology, legal issues of copyright and plagiarism, faculty politics, and literary criticism itself, and ponders whether literature's vitality can be restored in the changing circumstances of late twentieth-century culture
Two Renaissance mythmakers, Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson by English Institute( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 1991 in English and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Character and conflict : an introduction to drama by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

19 editions published between 1963 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare( Book )

51 editions published between 1963 and 1998 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A definitive, updated edition of the classic tragedy about jealousy includes an overview of Shakespeare's life and theater, an introduction to the play, selections from the play's sources, critical commentaries, a history of notable stage and film productions, textual notes, and a bibliography. Original
The playwright as magician : Shakespeare's image of the poet in the English public theater by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

13 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cankered muse; satire of the English Renaissance by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

34 editions published between 1959 and 1976 in English and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classics of the modern theater : realism and after by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

5 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare, the king's playwright : theater in the Stuart court, 1603-1613 by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this fascinating and lively book, one of our most eminent literary critics explores these questions by taking us back to the court performances of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays, examining them in their settings at the royal palaces of Whitehall and Hampton Court. Alvin Kernan looks at Shakespeare as a patronage playwright whose work after 1603 focused on the main concerns of his royal patron: divine-right kingship in Lear, the corruption of the court in Antony, the difficulties of the old military aristocracy in Coriolanus, and other vital matters. Kernan argues that Shakespeare was neither the royal propagandist nor the political subversive that the New Historicists have made him out to be. He was, instead, a great dramatist whose plays commented on political and social concerns of his patrons and who sought the most satisfactory way of adjusting his art to court needs
Modern Shakespearean criticism : essays on style, dramaturgy, and the major plays by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

16 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Printing technology, letters, & Samuel Johnson by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern satire by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

6 editions published between 1962 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The alchemist by Ben Jonson( Book )

9 editions published between 1974 and 1979 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Alchemist is a sublimely accomplished satirical farce about dreams of self-refinement: people want to transform themselves into something nobler, richer, more powerful, and more virile just as base metal was touted to be transformed into gold in the alchemical process. First performed in 1610 and set in the same contemporary London time period, the plot revolves around scheming con artists during their master's absence from the house. Face, Subtle and Doll Common dupe a series of "customers" whose desire for aggrandizement leads them to believe in the existence of the fabled "Philosopher's Stone". As their equipment boils over and blows up in the offstage kitchen, so their plot heats up and is exploded by the skeptical Surly and the arrival of their master who quietly pockets their proceeds and marries the rich widow to boot. The play is generally considered Ben Jonson's best comedy, deftly exposing human foible and foolishness to mockery and has continued to thrive in stage productions."--Publisher's description
The tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare( Book )

6 editions published between 1957 and 1964 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The text of the play is presented with discussions of Shakespeare's life and world, dramatic criticism, and textual commentaries
Classics of the Renaissance theater : seven English plays by J. Dennis Huston( Book )

3 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The playwright as magician : Shakespeare's image of the poet in the English public theater
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The fruited plain : fables for a postmodern democracyThe unknown Battle of Midway : the destruction of the American torpedo squadronsThe death of literatureThe tragedy of Othello, the Moor of VeniceThe playwright as magician : Shakespeare's image of the poet in the English public theaterShakespeare, the king's playwright : theater in the Stuart court, 1603-1613Printing technology, letters, & Samuel JohnsonThe alchemist
Alternative Names
Alvin B. Kernan Kernan, Alvin B.

Kernan, Alvin.

Kernan, Alvin 1923-

Kernan, Alvin Bernard

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