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Atkins, G. Douglas (George Douglas) 1943-

Overview
Works: 51 works in 371 publications in 3 languages and 17,980 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Poetry  Literatures 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PS3509.L43, 821.912
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by G. Douglas Atkins
Contemporary literary theory by Ai jin si( )

25 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 2,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geoffrey Hartman : criticism as answerable style by G. Douglas Atkins( )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T̀he critic explicitly acknowledges his dependence on prior words that make his word a kind of answer. He calls to other texts "that they might answer him."' Geoffrey Hartman is the first book devoted to an exploration of the ìntellectual poetry' of the critic who, whether or not he r̀epresents the future of the profession', is a unique and major voice in twentieth-century criticism. Professor Atkins explains clearly Hartman's key ideas and places his work in the contexts of Romanticism and Judaism on which he has written extensively. In Geoffrey Hartman he provides a valuable introduction to a major critical voice who has called into question our assumptions about the distinction between commentary and imaginative literature
Reading deconstruction, deconstructive reading by G. Douglas Atkins( )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deconstruction -- a mode of close reading associated with the contemporary philosopher Jacques Derrida and other members of the ""Yale School""--Is the current critical rage, and is likely to remain so for some time. Reading Deconstruction / Deconstructive Reading offers a unique, informed, and badly needed introduction to this important movement, written by one of its most sensitive and lucid practitioners. More than an introduction, this book makes a significant addition to the current debate in critical theory. G. Douglas Atkins first analyzes and explains deconstruction theory and practi
Reading essays : an invitation by G. Douglas Atkins( )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides helpful guidance on how to read an essay, from a noted scholar and practitioner of the form. Approaches abound to help us beneficially, enjoyably read fiction, poetry, and drama. Here is a book that aims to do the same for the essay. G. Douglas Atkins performs sustained readings of more than twenty-five major essays, explaining how we can appreciate and understand what this currently resurgent literary form reveals about the "art of living." Atkins's readings cover a wide spectrum of writers in the English language-and his readings are themselves essays, gracefully written, engaged, and engaging. Atkins starts with the earliest British practitioners of the form, including Francis Bacon, John Dryden, Alexander Pope, and Samuel Johnson. Transcendentalist writers Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson are included, as are works by Americans James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and E.B. White. Atkins also provides readings of a number of contemporary essayists, among them Annie Dillard, Scott Russell Sanders, and Cynthia Ozick. Many of the readings are of essays that Atkins has used successfully in the classroom, with undergraduate and graduate students, for many years. In his introduction Atkins offers practical advice on the specific demands essays make and the unique opportunities they offer, especially for college courses. The book ends with a note on the writing of essays, furthering the author's contention that reading should not be separated from writing. - Publisher
Tracing the essay : through experience to truth by G. Douglas Atkins( )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quests of difference : reading Pope's poems by G. Douglas Atkins( )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and held by 1,369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this eminently readable book, G. Douglas Atkins continues the efforts undertaken in Reading Deconstruction/Deconstructive Reading to open eighteenth-century texts to the insights of recent critical theory. Through close readings of most of Pope's major poems, Atkins demonstrates how the powerful theoretical movement known as deconstruction enriches, challenges, and significantly modifies our understanding of the work of the greatest poet of the eighteenth century. The first full-scale deconstructive study of Augustan poetry, Quests of Difference at once offers a fresh and compelling readi
The faith of John Dryden : change and continuity by G. Douglas Atkins( )

19 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Dryden's celebrated conversion to Roman Catholicism is revealed in this provocative study as the culmination of a lifelong search that began with his youth in an actively Puritan family. Atkin's familiarity with the religious thought of the times allows him to range widely among Dryden's contemporaries and predecessors and to bring a fresh perspective to those key poems in Dryden's religious development: Religio Laici and The Hind and the Panther. Through a sensitive reappraisal of all Dryden's texts -- including those less widely known -- Atkins shows that Dryden had a lifelong antipat
Writing and reading differently : deconstruction and the teaching of composition and literature by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

14 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T.S. Eliot and the essay : from the sacred wood to Four quartets by G. Douglas Atkins( )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

G. Douglas Atkins here offers a consideration of T.S. Eliot's essay as a form of embodied thinking. A combination of literature and philosophy, the genre of the essay holds within itself a great tension--that between truth and creative prose. And, as Atkins explains, these conflicting forces of truth and creativity exist not only within the literary format itself but also within the writers and their relationships with the genre, making essay writing a wonderfully enriching "impure art." Exploring the similarities between Eliot's prose and poetry with the art of essay writing, Atkins discovers similar patterns of Incarnational thinking that emerge in each. In so doing, he establishes the essayistic nature of the great poem Four Quartets and provides a reflection on how the essay in all its impurity functions as incarnational art, an embodiment of truth. --From publisher's description
Estranging the familiar : toward a revitalized critical writing by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading T.S. Eliot : four quartets and the journey towards understanding by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers an exciting new approach to T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets as it shows why it should be read both closely and in relation to Eliot's other works, notably the poems The Waste Land, "The Hollow Men," and Ash-Wednesday. In Four Quartets, Incarnation is the universal, timeless pattern, the paradigmatic instance of which occurs in and as the Incarnation"--
Literary paths to religious understanding : essays on Dryden, Pope, Keats, George Eliot, Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and E.B. White by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This highly readable book represents a unique approach to the controversial matter of the relations of literature and religion. From the minor seventeenth-century English tradition of "layman's faiths, " Atkins moves seamlessly through a wide range of post-Reformation writers encountering and sometimes confronting institutional Christianity. After fresh, engaging discussions of John Dryden's and Alexander Pope's work come insightful, new readings of John Keats, George Eliot, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and perhaps most surprisingly, E.B. White. Atkins eschews linear argument in favor of a nuanced essayistic manner that elucidates texts and issues of immediate and lasting concern--Résumé de l'éditeur
E.B. White : the essayist as first-class writer by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first book-length critical study of E.B. White, the American essayist and author of Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, and coauthor of The Elements of Style. G. Douglas Atkins focuses on White and "the writing life", offering fresh, detailed readings of the major essays and revealing White's distinctiveness as an essayist due to his capacity for story-telling and his use of literary devices."--
Swift's satires on modernism : battlegrounds of reading and writing by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More than three centuries since their first publication, Jonathan Swift's A Tale of a Tub, 'The Battle of the Books, ' 'The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit, ' and An Argument against Abolishing Christianity remain striking, prescient, and still-relevant challenges to Modern commitments to inwardness, reflection, and spiritualism. In this lively and engaging study - grounded in the intellectual and historical currents of Swift's time, with an eye on the implications for the present day - G. Douglas Atkins brings forty-plus years of scholarly and critical experience to bear on some of the greatest satires ever written. The study reveals new contexts for understanding Swift's satires, including post-Reformation reading practices and the development of the modern personal essay. This book revisits, from fresh perspectives, the late seventeenth-century version of the perennial warfare between Ancients and Moderns, then often instanced as 'the battle of the books.'"--Publisher's website
T.S. Eliot materialized : literal meaning and embodied truth by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By reading T.S. Eliot literally and laterally, and attending to his intra-textuality, G. Douglas Atkins challenges the familiar notion of Eliot as bent on escaping this world for the spiritual. This study culminates in the necessary, but seemingly impossible, union of reading and writing, literature and commentary."--Publisher's website
T.S. Eliot and the fulfillment of Christian poetics by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The culmination of a trilogy that began with "T.S. Eliot, Lancelot Andrewes"," and the Word", and continued with" T.S. Eliot: The Poet as Christian", this gracefully executed new book brings to a triumphant conclusion the unique effort to pinpoint and identify the Christian characteristics of Eliot's poetic art. The book offers a close but companionable reading of each of the complex poems that make up "Four Quartets", the essay-poem that is Eliot's masterwork. Focusing on the range of speaking voices dramatized, Atkins reveals for the first time the Incarnational form that governs the work's 'purposive movement' toward purification and fulfilment of points of view that were represented earlier in the poems
Shakespeare and deconstruction by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and German and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T.S. Eliot : the Poet as Christian by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the second in a series of three books beginning with a study of the poet's debts to Lancelot Andrewes and culminating with a forthcoming commentary on Four Quartets. Here, G. Douglas Atkins reveals specific differences between Eliot's pre-1927 poems and those he wrote following conversion to Anglo-Catholicism, differences reflective of inchoate understanding developed, purified, and fulfilled. 'Stunning' readings, 'beautifully' rendered, mark the extensive treatment of Ash-Wednesday and the short poems Journey of the Magi, A Song for Simeon, Animula, Marina, Triumphal March, and The Cultivation of Christmas Trees."
T.S. Eliot and the failure to connect : satire and modern misunderstandings by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This stimulating and provocative book focuses on the failure to connect that T.S. Eliot saw setting in during the seventeenth century. With special attention to "The Waste Land" and 'Gerontion, ' G. Douglas Atkins shows that Eliot roundly satirized modern misunderstandings and urges readers to make the connections that the "wastelanders" fail to make. Thus, a new approach to reading Eliot opens up, based on suggestions he himself made in the prose and enacted in the poetry
Swift, Joyce, and the flight from home : quests of transcendence and the sin of separation by G. Douglas Atkins( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cinema in Central Asia is the first comprehensive and up-to-date account of the cinema of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan from its origins to the present day. Bringing together specialists from Central Asia, Russia, Europe and the United States, this companion to the cinema of the region combines serious scholarly study with practical accessibility to construct an historical narrative, discuss aspects of film production and consider the impact of film. The book also offers a deeper understanding of Central Asian culture that is invaluable with the geopolitical and economic emergence of this exciting region."--
 
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Geoffrey Hartman : criticism as answerable style
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Geoffrey Hartman : criticism as answerable styleReading essays : an invitationTracing the essay : through experience to truthQuests of difference : reading Pope's poemsT.S. Eliot and the essay : from the sacred wood to Four quartetsEstranging the familiar : toward a revitalized critical writingLiterary paths to religious understanding : essays on Dryden, Pope, Keats, George Eliot, Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and E.B. White
Alternative Names
Atkins, G. Douglas

Atkins, G. Douglas 1943-

Atkins, George Douglas.

Atkins, George Douglas, 1934-

Atkins, George Douglas 1943-

Douglas-Atkins, George 1943-

Languages
English (266)

Chinese (2)

German (1)