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Birkerts, Sven

Works: 60 works in 231 publications in 8 languages and 8,983 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Essays  Biography  Detective and mystery fiction  Readers (Publications)  Catalogs  Novels 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, Translator
Classifications: Z1003, 809.04
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Sven Birkerts
The Gutenberg elegies : the fate of reading in an electronic age by Sven Birkerts( Book )

80 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birkerts begins his exploration from the reader's perspective, first in several highly personal accounts of his own passion for the book, then in a suite of essays that examines what he calls "the ulterior life of reading." Against this, Birkerts sets out the contours of the transformed landscape. In his highly provocative essay "Into the Electronic Millennium" and in meditations on CD-ROM, hypertext, and audio books, he plumbs the impact of emerging technologies on the once stable reader-writer exchange. He follows these with a look at the changing climate of criticism and literary practice. He concludes with a blistering indictment of what he sees as our willingness to strike a Faustian pact with a seductive devil
An artificial wilderness : essays on 20th-century literature by Sven Birkerts( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings by Sven Birkerts( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of literary criticism on topics such as biography, the enigma of poetic inspiration, contemporary nostalgia, our modern sense of time, the future of the creative spirit, and more
The electric life : essays on modern poetry by Sven Birkerts( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Changing the subject : art and attention in the Internet age by Sven Birkerts( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1994, Sven Birkerts published The Gutenberg elegies, his celebrated rallying cry to resist the oncoming digital advances, especially those that might affect the way we read literature and experience art. Over the next two decades of rampant change, Birkerts has reluctantly allowed a degree of everyday digital technology into his life ... In Changing the subject, he examines the changes that he has observed in himself and others--the distraction induced by reading on the screen; the loss of personal agency through reliance on GPS and one-stop information resources; an increasing acceptance of "hive" behaviors. 'An unprecedented shift is underway," he argues, and "this transformation is dramatically accelerated and more psychologically formative than any previous technological innovation.' He finds solace in engagement with art, particularly literature, and contemplates the countering energies available to us through acts of sustained attention, even as he worries that our increasingly mediated existences are a threat to creativity"--Page 4 of cover
Tolstoy's dictaphone : technology and the muse( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The art of time in memoir : then, again by Sven Birkerts( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Art of Time in Memoir, critic, editor, and memoirist Sven Birkerts examines the human impulse to write about the self. "Memoir is, for better and often for worse, the genre of our times," Birkerts writes. But what makes one memoir memorable and another self-serving? What determines the difference between graceful disclosure and sensational self-exposure? Birkerts argues that the memoirist's strategies for presenting the subjective experience of time reveal the power and resonance of the writer's life. By examining memoirs such as Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory, Virginia Woolf's unfinished A Sketch of the Past, and Mary Karr's The Liars' Club, Birkerts describes the memoirist's essential art of assembling patterns of meaning, how the work stirs to life our own sense of past and present."--Jacket
American energies : essays on fiction by Sven Birkerts( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Award-winning writer Sven Birkerts takes on contemporary American fiction in this provocative new collection of essays. In these insightful pieces, Birkerts evaluates the postmodern literary scene and the effect the media, especially television, have had on the way we think and write. The most crucial essay, "The Talent in the Room," sets the theme for the book, as Birkerts discusses the diminished possibilities for the "great American novel" to be written. The essential connection between past and present has been severed, he argues, and a sense of history and depth, and the distinctions between high and low culture, have faded, only to be replaced with a glut of information from the computer age and the homogenized forces of television and mass communication. In other essays, Birkerts examines the diversity of the novelistic styles of such established writers as Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo, and such writers just beginning to gain reputation as Paul Auster, Leslie Marmon Silko, and David Foster Wallace. American Energies confirms Birkerts's stature as one of the major essayists of our time
The best American essays 2015( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compiles the best literary essays of the year 2014 which were originally published in American periodicals
Writing well by Donald Hall( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teaches the art of communicating with a variety of audiences
Literature : the evolving canon by Sven Birkerts( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World light (Heimsljós) by Halldór Laxness( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unloved foster child in rural Icleand is convinced he will be a great poet. Over the years, he comes to lead a life of poverty, loneliness, ruinous love affairs. but he will never attain greatness. --As imagined by Nobel Prize winner Laxness in this magnificently humane novel, what might be cruel farce achieves pathos and exaltation. As his hero's ambition drives him onward, "World Light" demonstrates how the creative spirit can survive in even the most crushing environment.--
The Inspector Barlach mysteries : the judge and his hangman and Suspicion by Friedrich Dürrenmatt( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The hero - or perhaps anti-hero - of these two classic, genre-bending mysteries is, as Sven Birkerts describes him, "a detective at career's end ... no family, a domestic life no more furnished than Sam Spade's, with only gruff and grumbling ties to his colleagues on the Bern police force." Both mysteries follow Inspector Barlach as he moves through worlds in which the distinction between crime and justice has grown uncertain. In The Judge and His Hangman, Barlach forgoes the arrest of a murderer in order to manipulate him into killing another, more elusive criminal. And in Suspicion, Barlach pursues a former Nazi doctor by checking into his clinic with the hope of forcing him to reveal himself. These two thrillers by the great Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt, newly translated by Joel Agee, bring existential philosophy, and the detective genre into dazzling convergence."--BOOK JACKET
Gunnar Birkerts : metaphoric modernist by Gunnar Birkerts( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The leavetaking by Peter Weiss( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""I was on my way to look for a life of my own." A brilliant, brutally honest autobiographical novel, long out of print, from one of the great artistic polymaths of the 20th century. This is a Sebaldian account of the narrator's attempt to break free of a repressive upper-middle-class upbringing and make his way as an artist and individual, written in a single incantatory paragraph. Leavetaking is the story of an upper-middle-class childhood and adolescence in Berlin between the wars. In the course of the book, Weiss plumbs the depths of family life: there is the early death of his beloved sister Margit, the difficult relationship with his parents, the fantasies of adolescence and youth, all set in the midst of an increasing anti-Semitism, which forces the Weiss family to move again and again, a peripatetic existence that only intensifies the narrator's growing restlessness. The young narrator is largely oblivious to world events and focused instead on becoming an artist, an ambition frustrated generally by his milieu and specifically by his mother, who, herself a former actress, destroys his paintings during one of the family's moves. In the end, he turns to an older mentor, Harry Haller, a fictionalized portrait of Hermann Hesse, who encouraged and supported Weiss, and with Haller's example before him, the narrator takes his first steps towards a truly independent life. Intensely lyrical, written with great imaginative power, Leavetaking is a vivid evocation of a world that has disappeared and of the narrator's developing consciousness. THE NEVERSINK LIBRARY champions books from around the world that have been overlooked, underappreciated, looked askance at, or foolishly ignored. They are issued in handsome, well-designed editions at reasonable prices in hopes of their passing from one reader to another--and further enriching our culture"--
The Longwood introduction to fiction by Sven Birkerts( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond Brooklyn( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in German and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agapē agape by William Gaddis( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Turkish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Gaddis published four novels during his lifetime, immense and complex books that helped inaugurate a new movement in American letters. Now comes his final work of fiction, a subtle, concentrated culmination of his art and ideas. For more than fifty years Gaddis collected notes for a book about the mechanization of the arts, told by way of a social history of the player piano in America. In the years before his death in 1998, he distilled the whole mass into a fiction, a dramatic monologue by an elderly man with a terminal illness. Continuing Gaddis's career-long reflection on those aspects of corporate technological culture that are uniquely destructive of the arts, Agape Agape is a stunning achievement from one of the indisputable masters of postwar American fiction
Instructor's manual for Birkerts literature : the evolving canon by Sven Birkerts( Book )

2 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intervista con Josif Brodskij by Joseph Brodsky( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in Italian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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ReadingsTolstoy's dictaphone : technology and the museThe art of time in memoir : then, againWriting wellLiterature : the evolving canonWorld light (Heimsljós)The Inspector Barlach mysteries : the judge and his hangman and SuspicionGunnar Birkerts : metaphoric modernistAgapē agape
Alternative Names
Birkert, Sven

Birkerts, Sven

Birkerts Sven P.

Birkerts, Sven P. 1951-

Birkerts, Svens 1951-

Birkerts, Svens Pēteris 1951-

Sven Birkerts American academic and writer

Sven Birkerts Amerikaans essayist

Sven Birkerts US-amerikanischer Medienwissenschaftler und -kritiker

Svens Birkerts amerikāņu akadēmiķis un rakstnieks

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