WorldCat Identities

Thiher, Allen 1941-

Overview
Works: 21 works in 109 publications in 2 languages and 11,069 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PT2621.A26, 843.912
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Allen Thiher
Franz Kafka : a study of the short fiction by Allen Thiher( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Céline: the novel as delirium by Allen Thiher( Book )

7 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Words in reflection : modern language theory and postmodern fiction by Allen Thiher( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and Italian and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cinematic muse : critical studies in the history of French cinema by Allen Thiher( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revels in madness : insanity in medicine and literature by Allen Thiher( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Revels in Madness offers a history of Western culture's shifting understandings of insanity as evidenced in its literature and as influenced by medical knowledge. The book traces the period from the development of Greek medicine, and of Greek tragedy and comedy, to contemporary representations of madness as shaped by modern psychiatry and psychoanalysis and as portrayed in literature. It surveys a remarkable range of writers, including Cervantes, Nerval, Rimbaud, Holderlin, Charcot, Freud, and Kraepelin." "This book will interest those intrigued by the relationship between culture, medicine, and literature, both in the history of medicine and literature and in literary depictions of cognitive disabilities. Students of comparative literature or the history of science, as well as doctors, therapists, and those interested in clinical psychology, will also benefit from reading this book."--Jacket
Fiction rivals science : the French novel from Balzac to Proust by Allen Thiher( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Fiction Rivals Science, Allen Thiher describes the epistemic rivalry that the major nineteenth-century French novelists felt in dealing with science. After brief considerations of Stendhal, Thiher focuses on the four most important "realist" novelists in France: Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, and, going into the twentieth century, Proust. According to Thiher, each of these novelists considered himself to be in competition with science to make the novel an instrument for knowledge."--Jacket
Fiction refracts science : modernist writers from Proust to Borges by Allen Thiher( Book )

12 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Examines the relationship between science and the fiction developed by modernists, including Musil, Proust, Kafka, and Joyce. Looks at Pascalian and Newtonian cosmology, Darwinism, epistemology, relativity theory, quantum mechanics, the development of modernist and postmodern fiction, positivism, and finally works by Woolf, Faulkner, and Borges"--Provided by publisher
Raymond Queneau by Allen Thiher( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The power of tautology : the roots of literary theory by Allen Thiher( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finally, the author examines the theories of Lacan and Derrida. Lacan's brand of psychoanalytic theory combines his rather original definitions of the psyche with the definitions of structural linguistics and thereby produce a theory that defines the human subject as an effect of language. Derrida's deconstruction draws upon Heidegger's conspiracy tautology and upon the definitions of structural linguistics to define literary language as the eternally self-referential language of language speaking itself. Though conceptually tonic, these last theories probably mark the end of the influence of literary theory as a totalizing theory of human culture
Understanding Robert Musil by Allen Thiher( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life and career -- Early diaries and doctoral dissertation -- Young Törless -- Experiments in narrative and theater -- Three women -- Epistemology and politics in the essays -- Ethics and aesthetics -- The man without qualities, parts 1 and 2 -- The man without qualities, book 2
Understanding Marcel Proust by Allen Thiher( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding Marcel  Proust includes an overview of Marcel Proust’s development as a writer,  addressing both works published and unpublished in his lifetime, and then  offers an in-depth interpretation of Proust’s major novel, In Search of  Lost Time, relating it to the Western literary tradition while also  demonstrating its radical newness as a narrative.  In his introduction Allen Thiher outlines  Proust's development in the context of the political and artistic life of the  Third Republic, arguing that everything Proust wrote before In Search of Lost  Time was an experiment in sorting out whether he wanted to be a writer of  critical theory or of fiction. Ultimately, Thiher observes, all these  experiments had a role in the elaboration of the novel. Proust became both  theorist and fiction writer by creating a bildungsroman narrating a writer's  education.  What is perhaps most  original about Thiher’s interpretation, however, is his demonstration that  Proust removed his aged narrator from the novel’s temporal flow to achieve  a kind of fictional transcendence.   Proust never situates his narrator in historical time, which allows  him to demonstrate concretely what he sees as the function of art: the truth  of the absolute particular removed from time’s determinations.  The artist that the narrator hopes to  become at the end of the novel must pursue his own individual truthsâ€"those  in fact that the novel has narrated, for him and the reader, up to the  novel’s conclusion.  Written in a  language accessible to upper-level undergraduates as well as literate general  readers, Understanding Marcel Proust simultaneously addresses a scholarly  public aware of the critical arguments that Proust's work has generated.  Thiher's study should make Proust's In Search of Lost Time more widely  accessible by explicating its structure and themes
The cinematic muse : critical studies in the history of french cinema by Allen Thiher( Book )

6 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First person narration in the novels of L.F. Celine [pseud.] by Allen Thiher( )

2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revels in madness : insanity in medicine and literature by Allen Thiher( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Revels in Madness: Insanity in Medicine and Literature (Corporealities) by Allen Thiher( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fiction refracts science modernist writers from Proust to Borges by Allen Thiher( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Examines the relationship between science and the fiction developed by modernists, including Musil, Proust, Kafka, and Joyce. Looks at Pascalian and Newtonian cosmology, Darwinism, epistemology, relativity theory, quantum mechanics, the development of modernist and postmodern fiction, positivism, and finally works by Woolf, Faulkner, and Borges"--Provided by publisher
Revels in Madness by Allen Thiher( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fiction rivals science the French novel from Balzac to Proust by Allen Thiher( )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Revels In Madness : Insanity In Medicine And Literature by Allen Thiher( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fascinating and important ... a work of prodigious scholarship, covering the entire history of Western thought and treating both literary and medical discourses with subtlety and verve. --Louis Sass, author of Madness and Modernism "The scope of this book is daunting, ranging from madness in the ancient Greco-Roman world, to Christianized concepts of medieval folly, through the writings of early modern authors such as Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Descartes, and on to German Romantic philosophy, fin de siècle French poetry, and Freud ... Artaud, Duras, and Plath."--Isis "This provocative and closely argued work will reward many readers."--Choice In Revels in Madness, Allen Thiher surveys a remarkable range of writers as he shows how conceptions of madness in literature have reflected the cultural assumptions of their era. Thiher underscores the transition from classical to modern theories of madness-a transition that began at the end of the Enlightenment and culminates in recent women's writing that challenges the postmodern understanding of madness as a fall from language or as a dysfunction of culture
Revels in Madness : Insanity in Medicine and Literature by Allen Thiher( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The scope of this book is daunting, ranging from madness in the ancient Greco-Roman world, to Christianized concepts of medieval folly, through the writings of early modern authors such as Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Descartes, and on to German Romantic philosophy, fin de siecle French poetry, and Freud ... Artaud, Duras, and Plath."--Isis"This provocative and closely argued work will reward many readers."-ChoiceIn Revels in Madness, Allen Thiher surveys a remarkable range of writers as he shows how conceptions of madness in literature have reflected the cultural assumptions of their era, and emphasizes the transition from classical to modern theories of madness-a transition that began at the end of the Enlightenment and culminates in recent women's writing that challenges the postmodern understanding of madness as a fall from language or as a dysfunction of culture
 
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Franz Kafka : a study of the short fiction
Alternative Names
Thiher, Ottah Allen.

Thiher Ottah Allen 1941-....

Languages
English (104)

Italian (1)

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Revels in madness : insanity in medicine and literatureFiction rivals science : the French novel from Balzac to ProustFiction refracts science : modernist writers from Proust to BorgesThe power of tautology : the roots of literary theoryUnderstanding Robert MusilFiction refracts science modernist writers from Proust to BorgesFiction rivals science the French novel from Balzac to ProustRevels in Madness : Insanity in Medicine and Literature