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by John Macy,Onorio Ruotolo

The Story Of The World's Literature download ebook
John Macy,Onorio Ruotolo
Kessinger Pub Co (June 30, 2004)
636 pages
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Literature-History and criticism. What delighted me most are the nice woodcuts and vignettes by artist Onorio Ruotolo.

John Macy, Illustrated by Onorio Ruotolo. Published by New York: Horace Liveright, 1928 (1928)

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Macy, John Albert, 1877-1932; Ruotolo, Onorio, b. 1888. New York : Washington Square.

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1925. A survey of the great works of literature whose purpose is to give an account of the books of the world that are of greatest importance to living people from Macy who is known as one of the truly competent and liberal-minded observers of the literary scene. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
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Very thoroughly put together book. It is perfect for a teacher who teaches literature or an advanced student. I certainly wished that I had had this when I was thinking about college. This is the perfect book covering for A to Z from Papyrus to Print. It is like something that should be part of The Oxford Companion to The Book, but, it is not. Get this one and the other one too, but, I like all the illustrations in this one being an artist.
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This review will be somewhat in response to the preceding two reviews. I disagree wholeheartedly that this book is perfect for a teacher of a course in English literature. It may however be of use for an advanced student (myself falling into this category). Why this is is because of the extreme (and extremely outdated) anglo-centricism that the book necessarily employs in its historical self-situation. Although the book does try to excuse itself from the type of criticism I am now making of it, some passages, such as "yet there is a certain resemblance between young or uncivilized races and the children of civilized parents" (found near the end of the second chapter), should raise the eyebrows of the modern reader--certainly the modern scholar or student.

It may seem as if this objection of mine comes from being hung-up on political correctness. Despite what my chosen passage might imply, this is not the case at all, although arguments in this vein could easily be made, especially since the book lays a claim to "World Literature" in its title. My point, however, is about what students of literature actually learn in a classroom nowadays (as opposed to in 1925).

Let me back up a tad. This book is written at a time when the kind of literary analysis that you probably learned in high school (which is even now outdated and outmoded in college-level study) _had not even been invented yet_. That should give you a hint on where I am going. Macy's book approaches the idea of the western canon from an incredibly outdated "aetheticist" angle. The merits of many of the books that Macy gives rundowns of are simply their "beauty" or "magnificence," thus imbuing them with worth. Anyone besides the casual reader (that is to say, any student or aspiring academic) who totes that kind of reasoning for esteeming a book would be laughed out of a classroom nowadays.

Macy also seems to posit a sort of proto-structuralist angle (that is, reading widely of esteemed books gives you insight into some vast Platonic-esque sort of human condition that underlies all peoples). You can glean this type of ideal also when he is setting up his rationale for inclusions and exclusions from the volume. Yet, structuralist thought wasn't really in full swing yet, which probably explains why it is here paired with aestheticism. But that's something I don't know enough about to be any way sure of.

The fact is that modern literature students concentrate on learning something called "post-structuralism" which kind of tends to hammer the nails down really hard into the coffin of Macy's kind of conception of literature. It focuses on canon-breaking, and for very good intellectual reasons which I won't include here (but can be readily found if one wants to look into structuralism vs. post-structuralism). Macy is operating well within the standard English canon. So far in, in fact, that the book cannot stand up to any of the arguments it would be instantly faced with in a classroom.

Don't get me wrong; I like the book, but it needs to be regarded more than anything as an historical artifact set in a very specific historical framework and mindset, or something of a curiousity for the advanced student to peruse which displays a specific mode of historical thought.

It has, in a way, crossed over from being a book ON literature to being a work OF literature. Rather than being something instructive or scholastic, it needs be read alongside modern versions of what itself used to be as an example of literary criticism's past history: not as literary criticism itself, or even literary history for that matter.

If anyone is really curious what I mean by this, get ahold of Edward Said's book "Orientalism" and read its first chapter alongside Macy's third chapter.

So, to sum up this long review...
Good things about the book:
it's a fun, easy read that covers lots of ground over the corpus of the traditional western canon (which, one should note, has been in the process of being slowly broken open for about forty or fifty years).
In doing so cursory of an overview, the author doesn't have time to laud individual works too obsequiously. Although he regrets this, in reality it would only dig the book into a deeper whole.
Gives an excellent example of structuralist rationale for the canon, and gives an uncommonly clear and readable insight into aestheticist modes of thought towards literature.
Does a decent job explaining most generic differences (this kind of poetry versus that kind of poetry, etc).
The illustrations are very nice. I think they are wood block prints, which is really cool because not many people do those anymore (especially in books).

Bad things about the book:
The claim that this is an overview of the world's literature is laughable, and completely takes for granted a universalizing history centered on not only the British empire but white people who have no other cultural roots outside of English "all the way down".
Completely outmoded as a piece of literary criticism
Not suitable for academic use unless as a cultural artifact
(related to the above) Does not inspire any questions, but, due to its critical premises, wraps literature up in a neat little package that completely excludes all the questions for which the study of literature is currently deemed valuable.

All due respect to John Macy and the other reviewers. Like I said, I like this book. But read by itself with no background knowledge on where Macy approaches the topic of literature from, and what sort of questions need to be brought to the table on which this book sits, it is very innocuous--and not in a necessarily good way!