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Manga from the Floating World - Comicbook Culture and the <i>Kibyoshi</i> of Edo Japan, Second Edition, With a New Preface... Manga from the Floating World - Comicbook Culture and the <i>Kibyoshi</i> of Edo Japan, Second Edition, With a New Preface (Paperback)
Adam L. Kern
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Manga from the Floating World is the first full-length study in English of the kibyoshi, a genre of woodblock-printed comicbook widely read in late-eighteenth-century Japan. By combining analysis of the socioeconomic and historical milieus in which the genre was produced and consumed with three annotated translations of works by major author-artist Santo Kyoden (1761-1816) that closely reproduce the experience of encountering the originals, Adam Kern offers a sustained close reading of the vibrant popular imagination of the mid-Edo period. The kibyoshi, Kern argues, became an influential form of political satire that seemed poised to transform the uniquely Edoesque brand of urban commoner culture into something more, perhaps even a national culture, until the shogunal government intervened. Based on extensive research using primary sources in their original Edo editions, the volume is copiously illustrated with rare prints from Japanese archival collections. It serves as an introduction not only to the kibyoshi but also to the genre's readers and critics, narratological conventions, modes of visuality, format, and relationship to the modern Japanese manga and to the popular literature and wit of Edo. Filled with graphic puns and caricatures, these entertaining works will appeal to the general reader as well as to the more experienced student of Japanese cultural history-and anyone interested in the global history of comics, graphic novels, and manga.

Heirs to Dionysus - A Nietzschean Current in Literary Modernism (Hardcover): John Burt Foster Heirs to Dionysus - A Nietzschean Current in Literary Modernism (Hardcover)
John Burt Foster
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Building on recent transformative theories of influence, John Foster explores the many ways Nietzsche's intellectual and artistic example helped shape an interconnected series of major literary projects from 1900 to the 1940s. He portrays Nietzsche as a stimulating but disturbing force who left a well-defined legacy of concerns that modernists appropriated for their fiction. The author focuses particularly on Gide, D. H. Lawrence, Malraux, and Mann, analyzing their strategies of acceptance, revision, and subversion. Originally published in 1989. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Last Words - Variations on a Theme in Cultural History (Hardcover): Karl S. Guthke Last Words - Variations on a Theme in Cultural History (Hardcover)
Karl S. Guthke
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Whether Goethe actually cried "More light!" on his deathbed, or whether Conrad Hilton checked out of this world after uttering "Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub," last words, regardless of authenticity, have long captured the imagination of Western society. In this playfully serious investigation based on factual accounts, anecdotes, literary works, and films, Karl Guthke explores the cultural importance of those words spoken at the border between this world and the next. The exit lines of both famous and ordinary people embody for us a sense of drama and truthfulness and reveal much about our thoughts on living and dying. Why this interest in last words? Presenting statements from such figures as Socrates, Nathan Hale, Marie Antoinette, and Oscar Wilde ("I am dying as I have lived, beyond my means"), Guthke examines our fascination in terms of our need for closure, our desire for immortality, and our attraction to the mystique of death scenes. The author considers both authentic and invented final statements as he looks at the formation of symbols and legends and their function in our culture. Last words, handed down from generation to generation like cultural heirlooms, have a good chance of surviving in our collective memory. They are shown to epitomize a life, convey a sense of irony, or play to an audience, as in the case of the assassinated Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, who is said to have died imploring journalists: "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." Originally published in 1992. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Sovereign Stories and Blood Memories - Native American Women's Autobiography (Hardcover): Annette Angela Portillo Sovereign Stories and Blood Memories - Native American Women's Autobiography (Hardcover)
Annette Angela Portillo
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In this important work Annette Angela Portillo examines Native American women's autobiographical discourses and argues that the complexity of these life stories resists generic classifications. The "sovereign stories" and "blood memories" not only reveal the multiple layers of history and identity shared by each author but demonstrate how their narratives are grounded in ancestral memory and land. Portillo analyzes traditional autobiographies and memoirs alongside interviews and social media to explore the intricacies of Native American women's voices and the stories that they share.

Performance and Personhood in Caribbean Literature - From Alexis to the Digital Age (Paperback): Jeannine Murray-Roman Performance and Personhood in Caribbean Literature - From Alexis to the Digital Age (Paperback)
Jeannine Murray-Roman
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Focusing on the literary representation of performance practices in anglophone, francophone, and hispanophone Caribbean literature, Jeannine Murray-Roman shows how a shared regional aesthetic emerges from the descriptions of music, dance, and oral storytelling events. Because the historical circumstances that led to the development of performance traditions supersede the geopolitical and linguistic divisions of colonialism, the literary uses of these traditions resonate across the linguistic boundaries of the region. The author thus identifies the aesthetic that emerges from the act of writing about live arts and moving bodies as a practice that is grounded in the historically, geographically, and culturally specific features of the Caribbean itself. Working with twentieth- and twenty-first-century sources ranging from theatrical works and novels to blogs, Murray-Roman examines the ways in which writers such as Jacques Stephen Alexis, Zoe Valdes, Rosario Ferre, Patrick Chamoiseau, and Marlon James experiment with textually compensating for the loss of the corporeality of live relationship in performance traditions. Through their exploration of the interaction of literature and performance, she argues, Caribbean writers themselves offer a mode of bridging the disjunction between cultural and philosophical approaches within Caribbean studies.

Wallace Stevens among Others - Diva-Dames, Deleuze, and American Culture (Hardcover): David R. Jarraway Wallace Stevens among Others - Diva-Dames, Deleuze, and American Culture (Hardcover)
David R. Jarraway
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In Wallace Stevens among Others, David Jarraway explores the extraordinary achievement of Wallace Stevens, but in contexts that are not usually thought about in connection with Stevens's work - gay literature, contemporary fiction, Hollywood film, and avant-garde architecture, among others. By viewing the poet among these "other" contexts, Jarraway considers the nature of self-reflection and pays special attention to the discrediting of self-presence as the principle of identity in American writing - a theme that reflects American authors' abiding concern for subjectivities that engage the world from spaces of distance and difference. By returning to the work of Stevens, Jarraway seeks to refurbish this preoccupation by linking it to the literary theory of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, whose work applies to American writers from Melville and Whitman to Fitzgerald and Cummings. Jarraway forges the link between Deleuze and Stevens by drawing out the female subjectivity found in each writer's work to rethink the more static masculinist premises of being. Informed by a deep knowledge of and fluency with the work of Stevens and Deleuze, Jarraway uses these writers as a means of entry into American literature and culture, Wallace Stevens among Others is a sophisticated analysis that will open new directions for future scholarship.

Popular Media in Kenyan History - Fiction and Newspapers as Political Actors (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st... Popular Media in Kenyan History - Fiction and Newspapers as Political Actors (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017)
George Ogola
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The book examines popular fiction columns, a dominant feature in Kenyan newspapers, published in the twentieth century and examines their historical and cultural impact on Kenyan politics. The book interrogates how popular cultural forms such as popular fiction engage with and subject the polity to constant critique through informal but widely recognized cultural forms of censure. The book further explores the ways we see and experience how the African subaltern, through the everyday, negotiate their rights and obligations with the self, society and the state. Through these columns and their writers, the book examines the tensions that characterize such relationships, how the formal and informal interpenetrate, how the past and present are reconciled, and how the local and transnational collide but also collude in the making of the Kenyan identity.

Test of Powers - Writings on Criticism and Literary Institutions (Hardcover): Franco Fortini Test of Powers - Writings on Criticism and Literary Institutions (Hardcover)
Franco Fortini; Translated by Alberto Toscano
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Originally published in Italian in 1965, A Test of Powers was immediately seen as one of the central texts of Italian intellectual life. By the time of the 1968 student revolts, it was clear that Franco Fortini had anticipated many of the themes and concerns of the New Left, which is no surprise, given that Fortini had spent more than two decades immersed in fierce ideological debates over anti-Fascism, organizing, the alliance between progressivism and literature, and other topics that found their way into A Test of Powers. In addition to politically focused essays, the book also features essays on a range of writers who influenced Fortini, including Kafka, Pasternak, Eric Auerbach, Proust, and Brecht. Praise for Fortini's The Dogs of the Sinai "An elegant and provocative project -- the first book of Fortini's prose to appear in English translation -- that challenges one's political assumptions about the conflict between Israel and Palestine, not only at the time of the Six-Day War but also today. . . . Toscano has done a masterful job of rendering Fortini's often difficult prose into a fluid and concise English."--Los Angeles Review of Books "Forensic and devastating."--Times Literary Supplement "Fortini's poetic production, literary criticism, political writings, translations, and journalism have assured him a position of the first rank among intellectuals of the Italian postwar period."--Italica

Wider Boundaries of Daring - The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women's Poetry (Paperback): Di Brandt, Barbara Godard Wider Boundaries of Daring - The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women's Poetry (Paperback)
Di Brandt, Barbara Godard
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"Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women's Poetry" announces a bold revision of the genealogy of Canadian literary modernism by foregrounding the originary and exemplary contribution of women poets, critics, cultural activists, and experimental prose writers Dorothy Livesay, P.K. Page, Miriam Waddington, Phyllis Webb, Elizabeth Brewster, Jay Macpherson, Anne Wilkinson, Anne Marriott, and Elizabeth Smart. In the introduction, editor Di Brandt champions particularly the achievements of Livesay, Page, and Webb in setting the visionary parameters of Canadian and international literary modernism.

The writers profiled in "Wider Boundaries of Daring" are the real founders of Canadian modernism, the contributors of this volume argue, both for their innovative aesthetic and literary experiments and for their extensive cultural activism. They founded literary magazines and writers' groups, wrote newspaper columns, and created a new forum for intellectual debate on public radio. At the same time, they led busy lives as wives and mothers, social workers and teachers, editors and critics, and competed successfully with their male contemporaries in the public arena in an era when women were not generally encouraged to hold professional positions or pursue public careers.

The acknowledgement of these writers' formidable contribution to the development of modernism in Canada, and along with it "wider boundaries of daring" for women and other people previously disadvantaged by racial, ethnic, or religious identifications, has profound implications for the way we read and understand Canadian literary and cultural history and for the shape of both national and international modernisms.

Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Volume 44 (Hardcover): Michelle Burnham, Eve Tavor Bannet Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Volume 44 (Hardcover)
Michelle Burnham, Eve Tavor Bannet
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Volume 44 of Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture acknowledges recent changes in the field of eighteenth-century studies while reaffirming SECC's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches that unite the wide array of fields in history, literature, art history, women's and gender studies, political science, musicology, dance, theater, and religious studies. With contributions from Kelly E. Battles, Adam R. Beach, Samara Anne Cahill, Jonathan Blake Fine, Lucas Hardy, Julie Candler Hayes, Paul Kelleher, Rachael Scarborough King, Heidi E. Kraus, Teresa Michals, Andrew M. Pisano, and Yann Robert, this collection of essays highlights new research in disability studies, debates on slavery and literary history, and analyses of literary genre and form.

Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal Summer 2017 - No 15, Revolution Issue (Paperback, Summer 2017 ed.): Tom Lutz Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal Summer 2017 - No 15, Revolution Issue (Paperback, Summer 2017 ed.)
Tom Lutz
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The Los Angeles Review of Books has quickly established itself as an institution unlike anything else on the web or in print, and has become a serious contributor to national conversations about literature, politics, and the arts. The LARB Quarterly Journal is the signature print edition of LARB, specifically curated for the bookstore / independent bookseller marketplace, featuring all exclusive, previously unpublished content including reviews, essays, original poetry and fiction, artist profiles and interviews, and original art. With a stable of regular and ongoing contributors, both eminent and emerging, LARB covers all topics and genres in the literary and cultural arts. The Quarterly Journal, like LARB's online magazine, specializes in a looser and more eclectic approach than other journals: grounded in literature but open to all varieties of cultural experience; headquartered in Los Angeles, but home to writers and artists from all over the world. LARB's long-form reviews are making waves nationally and internationally, while tapping into a vibrant West Coast arts scene that has truly come of age. The Quarterly Journal curates provocative criticism alongside new literary works, focusing on the ideas and topics that matter most now, from poetry to politics, from architecture to film, from science to comics. Independent and open to dialogue with its readers, LARB is shaping the current literary cultural landscape. Readers of the Quarterly Journal join a community of writers, critics, journalists, artists, filmmakers, and scholars dedicated to promoting the best that is thought and written, with an enduring commitment to the intellectual rigor, the incisiveness, and the power of the written word.

The Conquest of Rome by Matilde Serao (Paperback): Mathilde Serao The Conquest of Rome by Matilde Serao (Paperback)
Mathilde Serao
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Matilde Serao (1857-1927) was a successful and prolific journalist and novelist. This book tells the story of the arrival in Rome of a provincial deputy from the poor South. It paints a portrait of political and social life in contemporary Rome.

Darkness Visible - A Memoir of Madness (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books ed): William Styron Darkness Visible - A Memoir of Madness (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books ed)
William Styron
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A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery.

From Da Ponte to the Casa Italiana - A Brief History of Italian Studies at Columbia University (Hardcover): Barbara Faedda From Da Ponte to the Casa Italiana - A Brief History of Italian Studies at Columbia University (Hardcover)
Barbara Faedda
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The Casa Italiana--a neo-Renaissance palazzo located on Amsterdam Avenue near 117th Street--has been the most important expression of the Italian presence on Columbia University's campus since its construction in 1927. As a site of interdisciplinary scholarship and promotion of Italian culture, the Casa Italiana has made a substantial contribution to the academic study of Italy in America and the understanding of Italian cultural identity abroad. Celebrating the Casa's ninetieth anniversary, From Da Ponte to the Casa Italiana documents and recounts the history of the individuals, both Italian and American, who contributed to the formation of Columbia University's rich tradition of Italian studies. Barbara Faedda's succinct yet detailed historical survey begins at the dawn of Italian studies at Columbia with Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart's witty librettist who became the charismatic founder of the New York Metropolitan Opera and Columbia's first professor of Italian. Covering figures such as the former revolutionary Eleuterio Felice Foresti, Faedda elucidates the complex and often controversial dimensions of the Casa's history, highlighting protagonists such as the talented but equivocal Giuseppe Prezzolini and Columbia's president Nicholas M. Butler, as well as Italian-American students and community members. The Casa played a significant role in U.S.-Italian relations from its foundation, and at one point it came under fire, accused of ties to Mussolini and pro-Fascist leanings. Synthesizing archival documents with the work of historians, From Da Ponte to the Casa Italiana tells the compelling stories of the Casa and several of its leading figures, whose influence on the university can still be felt today.

Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership (Paperback): Erica R. Edwards Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership (Paperback)
Erica R. Edwards
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Social and political change is impossible in the absence of gifted male charismatic leadership--this is the fiction that shaped African American culture throughout the twentieth century. If we understand this, Erica R. Edwards tells us, we will better appreciate the dramatic variations within both the modern black freedom struggle and the black literary tradition.

By considering leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Barack Obama as both historical personages and narrative inventions of contemporary American culture, Edwards brings to the study of black politics the tools of intertextual narrative analysis as well as deconstruction and close reading. Examining a number of literary restagings of black leadership in African American fiction by W. E. B. Du Bois, George Schuyler, Zora Neale Hurston, William Melvin Kelley, Paul Beatty, and Toni Morrison, Edwards demonstrates how African American literature has contested charisma as a structuring fiction of modern black politics.

Though recent scholarship has challenged top-down accounts of historical change, the presumption that history is made by gifted men continues to hold sway in American letters and life. This may be, Edwards shows us, because while charisma is a transformative historical phenomenon, it carries an even stronger seductive narrative power that obscures the people and methods that have created social and political shifts.

Korean Literature Through the Korean Wave (Paperback): Jieun Kiaer, Anna Yates-Lu Korean Literature Through the Korean Wave (Paperback)
Jieun Kiaer, Anna Yates-Lu
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Korean Literature through the Korean Wave engages with the rising interest in both the Korean Wave and Korean language learning by incorporating Korean Wave cultural contents, especially K-dramas, films and songs, to underline and support the teaching of Korean literature. It combines both premodern and modern texts, including poetry, novels, philosophical treatises, and even comics, to showcase the diversity of Korean literature. Particular care has been taken to include the voices of those marginalised in the often male, elite-dominated discourse on Korean literature. In particular, this book also distinguishes itself by extending the usual breadth of what is considered modern Korean literature up until the present day, including texts published as recently as 2017. Many of these texts are very relevant for recent discourse in Korean affairs, such as the obsession with physical appearance, the #MeToo movement and multiculturalism. This textbook is aimed at B1-B2 level and Intermediate-Mid students of Korean. On the one hand the textbook introduces students to see beyond Korean literature as a monolithic entity, giving a taste of its wonderful richness and diversity. On the other hand, it provides an entry point into discussions on Korean contemporary society, in which the text (and associated media extract) provide the catalyst for more in-depth analysis and debate.

Ian McEwan's Enduring Love - A Routledge Study Guide (Paperback, New Ed): Peter Childs Ian McEwan's Enduring Love - A Routledge Study Guide (Paperback, New Ed)
Peter Childs
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Ian McEwan is one of Britain's most inventive and important contemporary writers. Also adapted as a film, his novel Enduring Love (1997) is a tale of obsession that has both troubled and enthralled readers around the world. Renowned author Peter Childs explores the intricacies of this haunting novel to offer: an accessible introduction to the text and contexts of Enduring Love a critical history, surveying the many interpretations of the text from publication to the present a selection of new and reprinted critical essays on Enduring Love, by Kiernan Ryan, Sean Matthews, Martin Randall, Paul Edwards, Rhiannon Davies and Peter Childs, providing a range of perspectives on the novel and extending the coverage of key critical approaches identified in the survey section cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism suggestions for further reading. Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Enduring Love and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds it.

Frankenstein's Brain - Puzzles and Conundrums in Mary Shelley's Monstrous Masterpiece (Hardcover): John Sutherland Frankenstein's Brain - Puzzles and Conundrums in Mary Shelley's Monstrous Masterpiece (Hardcover)
John Sutherland 1
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Where does Victor Frankenstein dig up his body parts?

Is the monster a fan of Goethe?

How does the monster die?

On the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s perennially popular and influential gothic tale, literary detective John Sutherland turns his expert eye on Frankenstein and unearths a trove of tantalising facts and arcane puzzles.

Among the topics to come under the microscope are: Does the monster have a penis? Is he a monster or a baby – or both? And, most important of all: who is the best on-screen Frankenmonster?

Short History of Greek Literature (Paperback): Jacqueline de Romilly Short History of Greek Literature (Paperback)
Jacqueline de Romilly
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Offers profiles of ancient Greek writers, including Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, and Plutarch, and traces the development of Greek literature.

Fictions of Western American Domesticity - Indian, Mexican, and Anglo Women in Print Culture, 1850-1950 (Hardcover): Amanda J.... Fictions of Western American Domesticity - Indian, Mexican, and Anglo Women in Print Culture, 1850-1950 (Hardcover)
Amanda J. Zink
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This work provides a compelling explanation of something that has bedeviled a number of feminist scholars: Why did popular authors like Edna Ferber continue to write conventional fiction while living lives that were far from conventional? Amanda J. Zink argues that white writers like Ferber and Willa Cather avoided the subject of their own domestic labor by writing about the performance of domestic labor by "others," showing that American print culture, both in novels and through advertisements, moved away from portraying women as angels in the house and instead sought to persuade other women to be angels in their houses. Zink further explores lesser-known works such as Mexican American cookbooks and essays in Indian boarding school magazines to show how women writers "dialoging domesticity" exemplify the cross-cultural encounters between "colonial domesticity" and "sovereign domesticity." By situating these interpretations of literature within their historical contexts, Zink shows how these writers championed and challenged the ideology of domesticity.

Global Mexican Cultural Productions (Hardcover, New): Rosana Blanco-Cano, Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz Global Mexican Cultural Productions (Hardcover, New)
Rosana Blanco-Cano, Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz
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This co-edited volume is the first book to incorporate a transdisciplinary approach that examines transnational Mexican cultural productions through a variety of analytical perspectives. The authors propose a multilayered reading of contemporary transnational cultural manifestations in which it is possible to recognize challenges and cultural strategies that transnational Mexican communities conceive in order to claim cultural, political, and social agency. The essays, interviews, and poetry included in this volume elaborate on the creation of new forms of citizenship that reshape the long history of exclusion that has marked the experience of these particular groups not only in the United States but also in what is geopolitically defined as Mexico.

Empire, Colony, Postcolony (Paperback): Robert J.C. Young Empire, Colony, Postcolony (Paperback)
Robert J.C. Young
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Empire, Colony, Postcolony provides a clear exposition of the historical, political and ideological dimensions of colonialism, imperialism, and postcolonialism, with clear explanations of these categories, which relate their histories to contemporary political issues. The book analyzes major concepts and explains the meaning of key terms. The first book to introduce the main historical and cultural parameters of the different categories of empire, colony, postcolony, nation, and globalization and the ways in which they are analyzed today Explains in clear and accessible language the historical and theoretical origins of postcolonial theory as well as providing a postcolonial perspective on the formations of the contemporary world Written by an acknowledged expert on postcolonialism

A Post-May Adolescence - Letter to Alice Debord (Paperback): Olivier Assayas, Adrian Martin, Rachel Zerner A Post-May Adolescence - Letter to Alice Debord (Paperback)
Olivier Assayas, Adrian Martin, Rachel Zerner
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Olivier Assayas is best known as a filmmaker, yet cinema makes only a late appearance in this volume. "A Post-May Adolescence" is an account of a personal formation, an initiation into an individual vision of the world. It is, equally, a record of youthful struggle. Assayas' reflective memoir takes the reader from the massive cultural upheaval of France in May 1968 to the mid-1990s, when the artist made his first autobiographical film about his teenage years, "L'Eau froide." The movement of thought and creation known as Situationism is the golden thread that connects and, in part, inspires his memoir. This book also includes two essays by Assayas on the aesthetic and political legacy of Guy Debord, who played a decisive role in shaping the author's understanding of the world and his path towards an extremely personal way of making films. "A Post-May Adolescence" was first published in French in 2005. Its expanded English edition makes a valuable companion to the first English-language monograph on Assayas' body of work, "Olivier Assayas," edited by Kent Jones, also published by the Austrian Film Museum.

Invitation to Poetry - The Pleasures of Studying Poetry and Poetics (Hardcover): Lisa M. Steinman Invitation to Poetry - The Pleasures of Studying Poetry and Poetics (Hardcover)
Lisa M. Steinman
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For anyone who has ever wanted to become fluent in the language of poetry, Invitation to Poetry will prove an essential guide. This book:
* Teaches the serious student how to 'speak poetry' through an in-depth examination of the traditional features and technical vocabulary of poetic language;
* Examines British and American materials from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries in order to give students a sense of a range of different period styles, poetic projects, and strategies;
* Explicitly examines, questions and challenges the relationship of poetry to literary periods and canons;
* Offers the technical tools essential for close reading and interpretation across a broad chronological spectrum.

Portraits of Edo and Early Modern Japan - The Shogun's Capital in Zuihitsu Writings, 1657-1855 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019):... Portraits of Edo and Early Modern Japan - The Shogun's Capital in Zuihitsu Writings, 1657-1855 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Gerald Groemer
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This volume presents a series of five portraits of Edo, the central region of urban space today known as Tokyo, from the great fire of 1657 to the devastating earthquake of 1855. This book endeavors to allow Edo, or at least some of the voices that constituted Edo, to do most of the speaking. These voices become audible in the work of five Japanese eye-witness observers, who notated what they saw, heard, felt, tasted, experienced, and remembered. "An Eastern Stirrup," presents a vivid portrait of the great conflagration of 1657 that nearly wiped out the city. "Tales of Long Long Ago," details seventeenth-century warrior-class ways as depicted by a particularly conservative samurai. "The River of Time," describes the city and its flourishing cultural and economic development during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. "The Spider's Reel" looks back at both the attainments and calamities of Edo in the 1780s. Finally, "Disaster Days," offers a meticulous account of Edo life among the ruins of the catastrophic 1855 tremor. Read in sequence, these five pieces offer a unique "insider's perspective" on the city of Edo and early modern Japan.

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