The Grove of the Eumenides: Essays on Literature, Criticism, and Culture
From New Preface (January 29, 2020):
"All the essays in The Grove of the Eumenides were written after 1982 when I wrote my first draft of a plot outline for my epic poem The Parliament of Poets. These essays constitute and record mybackground study, as it were, over a period of more than twenty years, leading up to their publication in 2007..."
Twenty years in the making, in The Grove of the Eumenides, Frederick Glaysher invokes a global vision beyond the prevailing postmodern conceptions of life and literature that have become firmly entrenched in contemporary world culture.
East and West meet in a new synthesis of a global vision of humankind ranging over classic literature, ancient and modern, both Western and non-Western, from the dilemmas of modernity in Yeats, Eliot, Milosz, Bellow, Dostoevsky, to Lu Xun, Ryuichi Tamura, Kenzaburo Oe, Naguib Mahfouz, R. K. Narayan, among others, from mimesis and deconstruction to the United Nations, with extensive essays on Chinese, Japanese, and South-Asian literature.
Clearly the work of a poet-critic attempting to embrace a larger portion of human experience than the personal postmodern self, The Grove of the Eumenides reaches toward an epic vision of the twenty-first century. All the muck and glory of American and international experience and history mix in the complex tension of a mind struggling with itself and its Age. Acutely perceptive of the spiritual and moral nuances of literature, criticism, and culture, Glaysher confronts the loss of religious faith in the modern world and breaks through to a vision of the unity of the human longing for transcendence.
"Poet Frederick Glaysher in these essays comments on a variety of literary and social issues, ranging from the plays of Sophocles, and the major works of Japanese literature, to the loss of religion and spirituality in modern society and literature." —“New Titles Elected for Essay and General Literature Index,” September 2007, H. W. Wilson Co.
"Intriguing because I stop and think about his arguments. What is the role of the universal, of epic poetry, and how has postmodernism dealt with mimesis? Scholarly, well-substantiated arguments, with a wealth of materials that challenge precepts you might have about "value" of a writer/writing/cultural contributions." —Goodreads
What others have written about Glaysher's writing:
"Glaysher fits well within the literary tradition, as he shows with his allusions to or mentions of, among others, Augustine, Dante, Yeats, Dostoyevsky, and Hayden; however, his voice is distinct. Among contemporary poets, few have a vision as darkly haunting. Few also have the knowledge and the ability to handle contemporary issues with such presence of language." —Jack Magazine
"Upbraids poets for turning inward only to concerns of the self." —North American Review
"Glaysher takes us on a journey to that larger dimension of responsibility where thought meets action. Asks us to bring together broken parts of our cultures (both East and West) and search for a new identity, perhaps a new world order. " —WPON Interview
"Glaysher pays his readers the compliment of assuming that they will have at least a basic familiarity with the major world classics and philosophies of both East and West." —Manifold 44
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Sophocles and the Plague of Modernity
Czeslaw Milosz’s Mythic Catholicism
Saul Bellow’s Soul
The Dialectic of Chinese Literature
Japan’s Floating Bridge of Dreams
India’s Kali Yuga
Robert Hayden in the Morning Time
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