Sophie s Choice

This award-winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post–WWII Brooklyn “belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces” (The Washington Post Book World).

Author: William Styron

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1936317176

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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This award-winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post–WWII Brooklyn “belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces” (The Washington Post Book World). Winner of the National Book Award and a modern classic, Sophie’s Choice centers on three characters: Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist; Nathan, his charismatic but violent Jewish neighbor; and Sophie, an Auschwitz survivor who is Nathan’s lover. Their entanglement in one another’s lives will build to a stirring revelation of agonizing secrets that will change them forever. Poetic in its execution, and epic in its emotional sweep, Sophie’s Choice explores the good and evil of humanity through Stingo’s burgeoning worldliness, Nathan’s volatile personality, and Sophie’s tragic past. Mixing elements from Styron’s own experience with themes of the Holocaust and the history of slavery in the American South, the novel is a profound and haunting human drama, representing Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance. This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.

Sophie s Choice

As the fierce lovemaking and fights of Nathan, a paranoiac Jewish intellectual, and Sophie, a Polish-Catholic concentration-camp survivor, intensify, Stingo, a writer who lives below them in a cheap rooming house, becomes more and more ...

Author: William Styron

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679736379

Category: Fiction

Page: 562

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As the fierce lovemaking and fights of Nathan, a paranoiac Jewish intellectual, and Sophie, a Polish-Catholic concentration-camp survivor, intensify, Stingo, a writer who lives below them in a cheap rooming house, becomes more and more involved in their lives

Ethics of the Real

before you is precisely to choose death , for there , you show that you have freedom of ... In this way Sophie's choice traces the limit of universal ethics ...

Author: Alenka Zupančič

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859847244

Category: Philosophy

Page: 266

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The idea of Kantian ethics is both simple and revolutionary: it proposes a moral law independent of any notion of a pre-establishment of fear. In attempting to interpret sucha a revcolutionary proposition in a more 'humane' light, and to turn Kant into our contemporary—someone who can help us with our own ethical dilemmas—many Kantian scholars have glossed over its apparent paradoxes and impossible claims. This book is concerned with doing exactly the opposite. Kant, thank God, is not our contemporary; he stands against the grain of our times. Lacan on the face of it appears to be the very antithesis of Kant—the wild theorist of psychoanalysis compared to the sober Enlightenment figure. His concept of the Real, however, provides perhaps the most useful backdrop to this new interpretation of Kantian ethics. Constantly juxtaposing her readings of the two philosophers, Alenka Zupancic summons up and 'ethics of the Real', and clears the ground for a radical restoration of the disruptive element in ethics.

Enjoy Your Symptom

The crucial point is that " Sophie's choice " is not just another case of the standard sacrificial situation in which we sacrifice the rights of the ...

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415928120

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 238

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First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Holocaust Fiction

Styron's remarks are from ' "A Wheel of Evil Come Full Circle": The Making of Sophie's Choice', Sewanee Review 1997, p. 397. One interviewer describes the ...

Author: Sue Vice

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415185523

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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Examining the controversies that have accompanied the publication of novels representing the Holocaust, this compelling book explores such literature to analyze their violently mixed receptions and what this says about the ethics and practice of millennial Holocaust literature. The novels examined, including some for the first time, are: * Time's Arrow by Martin Amis * The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas * The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski * Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally * Sophie's Choice by William Styron * The Hand that Signed the Paper by Helen Darville. Taking issue with the idea that the Holocaust should only be represented factually, this compelling book argues that Holocaust fiction is not only legitimate, but an important genre that it is essential to accept. In a growing area of interest, Sue Vice adds a new, intelligent and contentious voice to the key debates within Holocaust studies.

Holocaust Literature Lerner to Zychlinsky index

Nathan is Sophie's other self : the Jew who has been trying to rescue her from her ... Sophie's choice — her selection of her male child as the one who will ...

Author: S. Lillian Kremer

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415929844

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: 1499

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Review: "This encyclopedia offers an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the important writers and works that form the literature about the Holocaust and its consequences. The collection is alphabetically arranged and consists of high-quality biocritical essays on 309 writers who are first-, second-, and third-generation survivors or important thinkers and spokespersons on the Holocaust. An essential literary reference work, this publication is an important addition to the genre and a solid value for public and academic libraries."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

Making Choices

3 SOPHIE'S CHOICE Here is a case very different , this one to chill the blood . The incident is fictional , but its sources are real enough .

Author: Frederic Schick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521588409

Category: Philosophy

Page: 163

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This book, first published in 1997, is an introductory overview of decision theory.

Texas Monthly

By woeful contrast, Sophies Choice is all gloom and culture and self-laceration. Adapted by Alan Pakula from William Styron's big, groaning novel, ...





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Since 1973, TEXAS MONTHLY has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry, and education. As a leisure guide, TEXAS MONTHLY continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations.

New York Magazine

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.


Georgiana Colville , for example , writes that Styron in Sophie's Choice has ... of female sexuality " as presented in the character of Sophie " has nothing ...

Author: David Hadaller

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838636336

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

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In this book, author David Hadaller postulates that fictive gynicide as a ritual sacrifice of women occurs in the novels of William Styron as a means of revealing the very nature of social systems of oppression and dehumanization. Women are victimized, and Styron unflinchingly records their suffering to bring their voices out of the silences that have marginalized them. As such, Peyton Loftis in Lie Down in Darkness may be among the quintessential American heroines produced by male authors, because Styron articulated through her the angst of twentieth-century America. The other female voices in Styron's ensuing three major novels are violated, both physically and psychologically, by those men and women who, wittingly or unwittingly, enforce the structures of a pervasive patriarchal social consensus. The most egregious example is that of Sophie Zawistowska in Sophie's Choice, whose roles as Aryan dream girl, dutiful housewife, and sexy "survivor" eventually lead to her desperate suicide. Gynicide and psychogynicide are Hadaller's terms for the deaths female characters suffer as a result of the interplay of social forces in Styron's fictive discourses. Based upon the work of M. M. Bakhtin, Hadaller's rigorous and systematic evaluation of the important female characters in Styron's major works explores how women are silenced both by suicide and by male violence in the form of gynicide. Hadaller employs feminist dialogics, a method that is particularly useful in examining both gynicide and its variant psychogynicide, a psychic death-in-life. Feminist dialogics concentrates on those women who are forced by patriarchy into submissive roles either by brute force or by social coercion or both. The four major novels of William Styron present the reader with a carnival of voices that are nonetheless engaged in a serious, often fatal, polemic with the overwhelmingly patriarchal society that defines and manipulates them. Hadaller explores in detail Styron's well-known and successful narratives, but Set This House on Fire is especially reexamined in terms of recent critical assumptions that find the novel to be a work of understated power and complexity. The Confessions of Nat Turner is similarly reapproached as a tour de force that is itself a study of the rigid structures of the patriarchal American slave economy. Hadaller's study reveals the depth of understanding Styron brings to his presentation of women in each of his narratives, but also challenges those critics who would falsely label Styron a misogynist.

To Walt Whitman America

From Sophie's Choice ( 1982 ) . Nathan ( Kevin Kline ) , Sophie ( Meryl Streep ) , and Stingo ( Peter MacNicol ) on the magic carpet ride at Coney Island .

Author: Kenneth M. Price

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807855188

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

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Walt Whitman "is America," according to Ezra Pound. More than a century after his death, Whitman's name regularly appears in political speeches, architectural inscriptions, television programs, and films, and it adorns schools, summer camps, truck stops,

New York Magazine

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

American Film and Society Since 1945

... version of William Styron's novel , Sophie's Choice ( 1982 ) . ... Krakow ghetto and the selection process ( the apotheosis of Nazi objectification ) ...

Author: Leonard Quart

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275967437

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Although films rarely act as mirror reflections of everyday reality, they are, nevertheless, powerful cultural expressions of the dreams and desires of the American public. In the third edition of their seminal work, Leonard Quart and Albert Auster provide a complete post-World War II survey of American cinema and its often complex and contradictory values. No other work provides such an exhaustive and rigorous account of this parallel history of the United States, and the breadth and depth of this latest edition will hold appeal for scholars, students, and general readers alike.

Ethical Theory

We can describe them as dignified or weak.20 In short, the choice of a ... In Sophie's Choice, for example, it is possible that One common objection to ...

Author: Russ Shafer-Landau

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405133198

Category: Philosophy

Page: 796

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Ethical Theory: An Anthology is an authoritative collection of key essays by top scholars in the field, addressing core issues including consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics, as well as traditionally underrepresented topics such as moral knowledge and moral responsibility. Brings together seventy-six classic and contemporary pieces by renowned philosophers, from classic writing by Hume and Kant to contemporary writing by Derek Parfit, Susan Wolf, and Judith Jarvis Thomson Guides students through key areas in the field, among them consequentialism, deontology, contractarianism, and virtue ethics Includes coverage of metaethics, normative ethics, and practical ethics Reaches beyond traditional texts by also including important, but usually underrepresented, topics such as moral knowledge, moral standing, moral responsibility, and ethical particularism Raises questions about the status and rational authority of morality

Film and the Holocaust

Alan J. Pakula's 1982 film Sophies Choice is exemplary ofthe melodramatic variety ... 16Isn't the title character, Sophie Zawistowski, all of these things?

Author: Aaron Kerner

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441124187

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

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A sweeping survey of how global filmmakers have treated the subject of the Holocaust.


C Women , Film , and the Midlife Sophie's Choice : Sink or Sousatzka ? Jean Kozlowski Something is happening to Shirley MacLaine , which rhymes with What ...

Author: Joan C. Callahan

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253115836

Category: Social Science


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"In Menopause: A Midlife Passage, [questions about menopause] are considered in depth from a dazzling variety of angles. This is just the serious feminist discussion of menopause that I have been longing for.... its exquisite analyses renew us in our struggles to make sense of it all." -- Alice Dan, Women's Review of Books "Menopause has become a hot (with or without the flashes) topic in America. That's because a critical mass of us have reached it and are educated, aggressive, and confident enough to want to know what's happening to us, and then to talk about it.... Smart, useful, funny, Menopause: A Midlife Passage is a fine addition to the discussion, a healthy companion for this all-important life passage." -- Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent, National Public Radio "Editor Callahan takes anything but a trendy approach to a very trendy topic. She's gathered essays by scholarly women who have thought through society's position on menopause and menopausal women and don't like what they see: older women denied positive portrayals in mainstream media, menopause treated by the medical establishment as if it were a disease rather than a natural occurrence, and devaluation of older women. Determined to change people's minds with their words, these women speak both powerfully and empoweringly. A must for feminist and women's health collections." -- Booklist "... a bold attempt to go beyond the standard medical framing of women's experience, and to contest the notion that the menopause is straightforwardly a hormonal 'deficiency disease'." -- New Scientist "... [an] entertaining and informative book that takes a very positive attitude toward the 'midlife passage'." -- Fertility News "This book should be required reading for all women's health care providers and anyone else doing counseling of menopausal women." -- Journal of Women & Aging Essayists from various walks of life present female-defined perspectives on menopause and the passage to new physical, social, and cultural development.

Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 9

In the movie Sophies Choice, Sophie is forced to choose which of her two children will be killed by the Nazis. If an agent acts wrongly, ...

Author: Lara Buchak

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192584235

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion is an annual volume offering a regular snapshot of state-of-the-art work in this longstanding area of philosophy that has seen an explosive growth of interest over the past half century. Under the guidance of a distinguished editorial board, it publishes exemplary papers in any area of philosophy of religion.

The Handmaid s Tale

Sophie's Choice, directed by Alan J. Pakula, Lions Gate, March 4, 1983, Amazon. ...

Author: Karen A. Ritzenhoff

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498589154

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 334

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This collection analyzes how their disciplines can add unique depth and context to many of the themes that are being mobilized in Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and its screen adaptations. Contributors address how these themes apply to social issues and specific topics such as science and religion to the role of journalism in a democratic society.