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The Resource Birds in literature, Leonard Lutwack

Birds in literature, Leonard Lutwack

Label
Birds in literature
Title
Birds in literature
Statement of responsibility
Leonard Lutwack
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Although they are as commonplace as our backyards, birds remain wild, unpossessed by humans, living "beside us, but alone," as Matthew Arnold observes and as Leonard Lutwack explores in this study of the depiction of birds in literature. The very attributes that make birds so familiar - their flight and song - retain an air of mystery that sets them apart from other animals. They appear to exist effortlessly in a state of mixed animal and spiritual being that humans long to attain. This simultaneous familiarity and transcendence gives birds a wide range of meaning in the works that Luwack describes. His examples - both expected and surprising - come in some measure from Greco-Roman writers but primarily from the poetry and prose of American and British writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lutwack divides his material into five sections: birds in poetry and as metaphor, including the classical nightingale and the swan and the birds of such poets as Dickinson, Whitman, and Stevens; birds and the supernatural, including ancient beliefs in birds as images and disguised gods as well as some interesting modern revivals of bird-gods - the quetzal in Lawrence, the crow in Ted Hughes, and the hawk in Jeffers; birds that are trapped, hunted, or killed in sacrifice, such as Coleridge's albatross, Ibsen's wild duck, Chekhov's seagull, and Kosinski's painted bird; birds and the erotic, with special emphasis on Lawrence's juxtaposition of birds and lovers, the association of white birds with chastity, and the traditional identification of women with docile birds and men with raptors; and a section on literature and the future of birds that includes strategies for dealing with the increasing threat to real birds posed by humans. Literature has made and must continue to make the reading public sensitive to nature, Lutwack writes, and literary birds may prove to be our best link to it
Cataloging source
N$T
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1917-2008
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Lutwack, Leonard
Dewey number
809/.9336
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PN56.B56
LC item number
L88 1994eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Birds in literature
  • Birds
  • TRAVEL
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Birds
  • Birds in literature
  • Vogels
  • Bellettrie
  • Languages & Literatures
  • Literature - General
Label
Birds in literature, Leonard Lutwack
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-276) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Bird song: the nightingale -- From fact to symbol -- Birds and the poet's vocation -- Birds and gods: the ancient legacy -- Bird signs and bird souls -- The modern revival of bird-gods -- Pet birds -- Birds trapped and hunted -- Killing the sacred bird -- Birds and the erotic -- Literature and the future of birds
Control code
44957375
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 286 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813019963
Lccn
93030647
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44957375
Label
Birds in literature, Leonard Lutwack
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-276) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Bird song: the nightingale -- From fact to symbol -- Birds and the poet's vocation -- Birds and gods: the ancient legacy -- Bird signs and bird souls -- The modern revival of bird-gods -- Pet birds -- Birds trapped and hunted -- Killing the sacred bird -- Birds and the erotic -- Literature and the future of birds
Control code
44957375
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 286 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813019963
Lccn
93030647
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44957375

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