Book Description: The Doubling: Those Influential Writers That Shape Our Contemporary Perceptions of Identity and Consciousness in the New Millennium
examines pairs of writers, 28 in all, to compare and contrast their books, their personalities, and their responses to the age in which they lived. In the case of the chapter devoted to the black experience, it also includes an overview of some of the greatest African-American writers of the 20th century and their most memorable work. The scope of The Doubling
extends from the inception of the modern novel through the present. The book is presented in a Q & A format with Diana Sheets responding to questions posed by Michael F. Shaughnessy. Their conversation offers penetrating insights in light of recent scholarship and established criticism. The Doubling
is uniquely suited to serve as a textbook in high school and college classrooms, in libraries, and educational institutions. (Imprint: Nova)
“Diana Sheets has produced a lively and conversational presentation of the major storytellers of the modern literary tradition. It's a wonderful introduction for American students, high school and college, who come to these works often as strangers. The Q & A format is engaging and Sheets knows just when to inform and when to interpret. I would recommend this to my own students.” - Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English, Emory University
is an intellectual can-opener for closed minds. It’s the book that every 21st century undergraduate needs to understand how the great works of Western literature illuminate the human condition. Mustering a highly innovative—and easy-to-read approach—Dr. Sheets and Dr. Shaughnessy pair authors and their methods of storytelling to dissect how people tick. The Doubling
is a trail guide to what Chekhov called “the matchless smell of humanity," imparting lessons on every page." - Jonathan Sanders, Professor of Journalism, Stony Brook University
"I highly recommend The Doubling
, a series of literary interviews with Diana Sheets with questions posed by Michael F. Shaughnessy. It’s an edifying enhancement of The Great Conversation
exemplified in the Hutchins/Adler Great Books of the Western World
. The Doubling
facilitates our educational understanding of great literature and enriches our appreciation of the humanities." - Max Weismann, Cofounder with Mortimer Adler, Center for the Study of The Great Ideas in Chicago
"These lively conversations take us back to fundamental truths about important books, works that have struck deep in the Western imagination, opening and exploring the nature of consciousness and the mystery of who and what we really are. There's no scholastic noodling here; any thoughtful reader can read these chapters, enjoy them, and come away refreshed." - Bruce Michelson, author of Printer's Devil: Mark Twain and the American Publishing Revolution
, by Dr. Diana Sheets is a compelling, richly analytical, witty and engaging work. The pairing of key literary figures, including for example Cervantes and Kafka; or Borges and Márquez, revolves around “the familiar and the strange," a concept fundamental to both the arts and anthropological research, at the heart of interpretation. Profound and playful at the same time, Sheets examines novels within their authorial and sociological contexts with depth, sophistication, and sensitivity." - Liora Bresler, Professor of Education, University of Illinois
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