Love's Shadow

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Harvard University Press
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6.0 X 9.3 X 1.7 inches | 1.75 pounds

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About the Author

Paul A. Bové is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture. His books include Intellectuals in Power, Mastering Discourse, In the Wake of Theory, and Poetry against Torture.


An intellectual feast of the highest order. Bové's monumental work is both magisterial and personal. He holds himself and others to the highest standards of poetic and critical excellence. And he writes with a strong sense of righteous indignation about the failures of the academy, the deterioration of intellectual integrity, and the decay of the life of the mind in our market-driven time.--Cornel West
A bracing journey into the mind's powers, this book is a dynamic invitation to think thought through and to imagine otherwise, an uncompromising feat of inquiry, especially necessary in these sodden times. For anyone who believes close reading or literary criticism is dead, Bové's pages--especially his heady retrieval of poetic making in 'The Auroras of Autumn'--bear witness to their indelible presence.--Colin Dayan, author of In the Belly of Her Ghost and Animal Quintet
Modern criticism, Paul A. Bové suggests, has fallen in love with the ruins of meaning. We all are tempted by this perspective; who could entirely resist the sorrowful vision of Walter Benjamin's angel, history piling up as mere debris? But there are alternatives, and this book explores in subtle detail the work of those--notably Rembrandt, Shakespeare, Stevens, and Adorno--who can teach us what some alternatives are.--Michael Wood, author of On Empson and Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much
Bové's thinking has brought him to a fundamental insight about poetry and poetics: reality and its pressures cannot constrain humans' ability to imagine the criteria required to meet their dreams. At once responsive and inventive, Bové's book makes the case for the creativity and power of imagination that delights in movement of thought. I have not felt as elated by an intellectual experience since first reading Nietzsche's On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense.--Donald E. Pease, author of The New American Exceptionalism