A Scream Goes Through the House: What Literature Teaches Us About Life

A Scream Goes Through the House: What Literature Teaches Us About Life

Arnold Weinstein / Mar 20, 2019

A Scream Goes Through the House What Literature Teaches Us About Life For too long we have been encouraged to see culture as an affair of intellect and reading as a solitary exercise But the truth is different literature and art are pathways of feeling and our encount

  • Title: A Scream Goes Through the House: What Literature Teaches Us About Life
  • Author: Arnold Weinstein
  • ISBN: 9780812972436
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • For too long we have been encouraged to see culture as an affair of intellect, and reading as a solitary exercise But the truth is different literature and art are pathways of feeling, and our encounter with them is social, inscribing us in a larger community Through art we discover that we are not alone So writes the esteemed Brown University professor Arnold Wein For too long we have been encouraged to see culture as an affair of intellect, and reading as a solitary exercise But the truth is different literature and art are pathways of feeling, and our encounter with them is social, inscribing us in a larger community Through art we discover that we are not alone So writes the esteemed Brown University professor Arnold Weinstein in this brilliant, radical exploration of Western literature In the tradition of Harold Bloom and Jacques Barzun, Weinstein guides us through great works of art, to reveal how literature constitutes nothing less than a feast for the heart Our encounter with literature and art can be a unique form of human connection, an entry into the storehouse of feeling.Writing about works by Sophocles, Shakespeare, Dickens, Charlotte Bront , Munch, Proust, O Neill, Burroughs, DeLillo, Tony Kushner, Toni Morrison, and others, Weinstein explores how writers and artists give us a vision of what human life is really all about Reading is an affair of the heart as well as of the mind, deepening our sense of the fundamental forces and emotions that govern our lives, including fear, pain, illness, loss, depression, death, and love.Provocative, beautifully written, essential, A Scream Goes Through the House traces the human cry that echoes in literature through the ages, demonstrating how intense feelings are heard and shared With intellectual insight and emotional acumen, Weinstein reveals how the scream that resounds through the house of literature, history, the body, and the family shows us who we really are and joins us together in a vast and timeless community.From the Hardcover edition.

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      • Arnold Weinstein

        Dr Arnold Weinstein is the Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor at Brown University, where he has been teaching for over 35 years He earned his undergraduate degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University and his M.A and Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Harvard University Among his many academic honors, research grants, and fellowships is the Younger Humanist Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award as a visiting professor at Stockholm University, Brown University s award as best teacher in the humanities, Professeur Invit in American Literature at the Ecole Normale Sup rieure in Paris, and a Fellowship for University Professors from the National Endowment for the Humanities Professor Weinstein is the author of many books, including Fictions of the Self 1550 1800 1981 Nobody s Home Speech, Self, and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to DeLillo 1993 and A Scream Goes Through The House What Literature Teaches Us About Life 2003 Northern Arts The Breakthrough of Scandinavian Literature and Art from Ibsen to Bergman Princeton University Press, 2008 , was named one of the 25 Best Books of 2009 by The Atlantic Professor Weinstein chaired the Advisory Council on Comparative Literature at Princeton University, is the sponsor of Swedish Studies at Brown, and is actively involved in the American Comparative Literature Association.


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    1. Arnold Weinstein is Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University, not only a prolific author himself but also the creator of a number of excellent courses in The Great Courses series by The Teaching Company. In this superb and challenging book he makes the argument that great works of art address depths of feeling and experience that not only speak to our individual conditions in life but also draw us together in community by virtue of addressing our common existential concerns. His w [...]


    2. The most well written, poignant and beautiful book about why we make art, and why we engage with art, ever written.


    3. This is not a "life-hack" book. There are no easy bullet point takeaways nor simple conclusions. In the modern time where everything seems to be condensed into a twenty-minute talk, this book is a conversation between a teacher and his audience through many days and hours of well argued and considered readings of literatures. The ideal reader of this book should come in at least with some preparatory reading, at least the standard Literature 101. Better yet, it requires life experience beyond th [...]


    4. It is to be read slowly, allowing the insights that this text offers to sink in. I think the central message of this book is that great art stores experiential knowledge which is available to each one of us if only we enter a conversation with it.


    5. I felt the premise was a foregone conclusion but Weinstein's analysis is nevertheless first-rate. The opening pages seemed a bit overdone but the author soon engaged me with his erudition and discernment. This is a worthy read for anyone who enjoys literary criticism.




    6. This was a book that people who love analyzing literature would enjoy, or anyone wanting to take their understanding to a deeper level. The author details several major themes that appear in literature, ranging from the silent scream in our daily existence to the plague to death to depression. Using as examples many works of literature, he unpacks the varied ways these themes open up windows into our lives. As a person who is used to reading literature through an archetypal lens, I found it inte [...]


    7. Bernard of Chartres' line about seeing far by standing on the shoulders of giants comes to mind when reading ASGTTH. By analyzing many great works of Western art and literature, Arnold Weinstein stands on a tall mountain and reveals much about the territory of the human condition below. Weinstein exposes life as full of pain, enslavement, and suffering, yet shows how art and literature help us share our private agonies and feel less alone. Like eavesdropping on the lectures of a great professor, [...]


    8. Started May 2007This book is one of the books that I read for the learning potential instead of entertainment, not to say that it isn't entertaining.I started this book back in May, and I'm 100 pages into the book. Of course, I haven't really read much for the month of June.This book is interesting though, explaining somethings that happen in Liturature, plays, and art. It also goes from old, classical works to recent works.Another book that I just stopped reading. Oh well.-Determined to get thr [...]


    9. I love Arnold Weinstein's lectures on American literature, so I thought I'd try this out. Often, I could hear his voice when I was reading it. It's a thought-provoking, if sometimes overly-general, way of looking at common topics that literature addresses. I often felt, however, that the "prescription" side of the picture fell by the wayside and pure "diagnosis" took over.I also found Munch's paintings a little over-represented (we got the point after an illustration or two). The section on Haml [...]


    10. Weinstein's passion for the various works he covers in this book is infectious. His belief that art allows us the opportunity to understand ourselves and see ourselves in the larger context of humanity's quest to find meaning in its existence, is aptly expressed. Highly recommended for anyone who gets excited about the creative process and its effects.


    11. In my literary analysts pantheon, two people stand out: Professor Thelma Lavine and Professor Arnold Weinstein. AW didn't disappoint in this book: "Art is that other place that can become ours, those other selves we also are. The experience of art is a precious exercise in freedom, in negotiating subjectivities and lives that are not our own." If only I could negotiate as well as he




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