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Thiher, Allen 1941-

Works: 14 works in 119 publications in 2 languages and 11,413 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Allen Thiher
Revels in madness : insanity in medicine and literature by Allen Thiher( )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 2,086 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( )

14 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2,019 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( )

14 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 2,016 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
Understanding Marcel Proust by Allen Thiher( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding Marcel Proust includes an overview of Marcel Proustâ€"! development as a writer, addressing both works published and unpublished in his lifetime, and then offers an in-depth interpretation of Proustâ€"! 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 Thiherâ€"! interpretation, however, is his demonstration that Proust removed his aged narrator from the novelâ€"! 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 timeâ€"! 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 novelâ€"! 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
Franz Kafka : a study of the short fiction by Allen Thiher( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and Italian and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raymond Queneau by Allen Thiher( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 486 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 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing upon thinkers like Wittgenstein, Quine, and Van Fraassen, this study begins with an investigation into the logical status of the tautologies that ground literary theories. The first theory dealt with is Marxism, which defines economic necessity as the root of all other relations in society. This definition is coupled with a metaphysical definition to totality that allows the scaffolding of a series of deductions
Understanding Robert Musil by Allen Thiher( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 262 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 Franz Kafka by Allen Thiher( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume begins with a biographical introduction and follows with chapters devoted to works published by Kafka, unpublished works, and the major novels Amerika, The Trial, and The Castle"--
First person narration in the novels of L.F. Celine [pseud.] by Allen Thiher( Book )

3 editions published between 1968 and 1975 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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

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Revels in madness : insanity in medicine and literature
Fiction rivals science : the French novel from Balzac to ProustFiction refracts science : modernist writers from Proust to BorgesFranz Kafka : a study of the short fictionThe power of tautology : the roots of literary theoryUnderstanding Robert Musil
Alternative Names
Thiher, Ottah Allen.

Thiher Ottah Allen 1941-....

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