Marc Shell Essays: A Baker's Dozen
 
  Books with previews
  Home page
 
"The Lie of the Fox: Rousseau's Theory of Verbal, Monetary, and Political Representation" (1974) .  
 
Fox and Crow. Francis Barlow, Aesop's Fables, 1687.
   
 

"John Ruskin and the Economy of Literature" (1977) .  
 
Fifteenth century courtyard in Abbeyville. Photograph made by John Ruskin, 1858.
   
 
"What is Truth?" Lessing's Numismatics and Heidegger's Alchemy" (1977) .  
 
Parable of the Rings in Lessing's Nathan the Wise.
   
 
"Money and the Mind: The Economics of Translation in Goethe's Faust" (1980) .  
 
German Emergency Money, 50-million Marks, quoting Goethe's Faust. Vohwinkel, 1921 .
   
 

"The Family Pet" (1986).  
 
Still image from Jean Cocteau's movie Beauty and the Beast, 1946 .
   
 

"Marranos (Pigs); Or, From Co-Existence to Toleration" (1991).  
 
Benedict Spinoza.
   
 
"Babel in America: Or, The Politics of Language Diversity in the United States" (1993) .  
 
Mark Twain Studying Alphabet Blocks. Illus. by F. Strothman for Twain's The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, 1903..
   
 

"The Want of Incest in the Human Family: Or, Kin and Kind in Christian Thought" (1994) .  
 
Lucas Cranach the Elder (attrib.), Diptych with Portraits of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora, 1529, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan .
   
 
"OK; or, Handel with Care" (1996).  
 
Henri Cadiou. La Déchirure [the painful rupture]. Trompe l'oeil.
   
 
"Portia's Portrait; or, Representation as Exchange (1998)"  
 
Otis Kaye, Dutch Treat. Trompe l'oeil
   
 
"Hyphens: Between Deitsch and American" (1998)  
 
Charles H. Harris, Carl Pretzel's Komikal Speaker (1873)
   
 
"Language Wars" (2002).  
 
The Death of of Wat Tyler. Jean Froissart, Chronicles, Bib. Nat. Fr. 2644, fol. 159v.
   
 

"Animals That Talk" (2004).

Radio interview on anthropocentrism.

 
  The librettist Emanuel Schickenader as Papageno, the parrot man, in Wolgang Amadeus Mozart's Magic Flute, 1791.    
 

"Moses' Tongue" (2006).  
 

Egyptian Hieroglyph for the Term Stutter.