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Arranging Marriage - Conjugal Agency in the South Asian Diaspora (Paperback): Marian Aguiar Arranging Marriage - Conjugal Agency in the South Asian Diaspora (Paperback)
Marian Aguiar
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The first critical analysis of contemporary arranged marriage among South Asians in a global context Arranged marriage is an institution of global fascination-an object of curiosity, revulsion, outrage, and even envy. Marian Aguiar provides the first sustained analysis of arranged marriage as a transnational cultural phenomenon, revealing how its meaning has been continuously reinvented within the South Asian diaspora of Britain, the United States, and Canada. Aguiar identifies and analyzes representations of arranged marriage in an interdisciplinary set of texts-from literary fiction and Bollywood films, to digital and print media, to contemporary law and policy on forced marriage.Aguiar interprets depictions of South Asian arranged marriage to show we are in a moment of conjugal globalization, identifying how narratives about arranged marriage bear upon questions of consent, agency, state power, and national belonging. Aguiar argues that these discourses illuminate deep divisions in the processes of globalization constructed on a fault line between individualist and collectivist agency and in the process, critiques neoliberal celebrations of "culture as choice"that attempt to bridge that separation. Aguiar advocates situating arranged marriage discourses within their social and material contexts so as to see past reductive notions of culture and grasp the global forces mediating increasingly polarized visions of agency.

Research Methods for Reading Digital Data in the Digital Humanities (Paperback): Gabriele Griffin, Matt Hayler Research Methods for Reading Digital Data in the Digital Humanities (Paperback)
Gabriele Griffin, Matt Hayler
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Digital Humanities has become one of the new domains of academe at the interface of technological development, epistemological change, and methodological concerns. This volume explores how digital material might be read or utilized in research, whether that material is digitally born as fanfiction, for example, mostly is, or transposed from other sources. The volume asks questions such as what happens when text is transformed from printed into digital matter, and how that impacts on the methods we bring to bear on exploring that technologized matter, for example in the case of digital editions. Issues such as how to analyse visual material in digital archives or Twitter feeds, how to engage in data mining, what it means to undertake crowd-sourcing, big data, and what digital network analyses can tell us about online interactions are dealt with. This will give Humanities researchers ideas for doing digitally based research and also suggest ways of engaging with new digital research methods.

A Companion to Ancient Epic (Paperback): John Miles Foley A Companion to Ancient Epic (Paperback)
John Miles Foley
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"A Companion to Ancient Epic" presents for the first time a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of ancient Near Eastern, Greek and Roman epic. It offers a multi-disciplinary discussion of both longstanding ideas and newer perspectives.
A "Companion" to the Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman epic traditionsConsiders the interrelation between these different traditionsProvides a balanced overview of longstanding ideas and newer perspectives in the study of epicShows how scholarship over the last forty years has transformed the ways that we conceive of and understand the genreCovers recently introduced topics, such as the role of women, the history of reception, and comparison with living analogues from oral traditionThe editor and contributors are leading scholars in the fieldIncludes a detailed index of poems, poets, technical terms, and important figures and events

Of Elephants and Toothaches - Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Decalogue' (Paperback):... Of Elephants and Toothaches - Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Decalogue' (Paperback)
Eva Badowska, Francesca Parmeggiani
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This collection is the first to offer a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue, a ten-film cycle of modern tales that touch on the ethical dilemmas of the Ten Commandments. The cycle's deft handling of moral ambiguity and inventive technique established Kieslowski as a major international director. Kieslowski once said, "Both the deep believer and the habitual skeptic experience toothaches in exactly the same way." Of Elephants and Toothaches takes seriously the range of thought, from theological to skeptical, condensed in the cycle's quite human tales. Bringing together scholars of film, philosophy, literature, and several religions, the volume ranges from individual responsibility, to religion in modernity, to familial bonds, to human desire and material greed. It explores Kieslowski's cycle as it relentlessly solicits an ethical response that stimulates both inner disquiet and interpersonal dialogue.

Modern Italian Literature (Hardcover): Ann Hallamore Caesar, Michael Caesar Modern Italian Literature (Hardcover)
Ann Hallamore Caesar, Michael Caesar
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This authoritative and vividly written book brings readers into the heart of Italian literary culture from the 1690s to the present. It probes the work of major authors in their broad cultural context, traces the history of audiences and publishers, explores the shifting relationship between public and private, assesses the impact of significant historical trends and events on creative processes, and establishes the continuities as well as the discontinuities of the Italian literary tradition.
A synoptic overview at the beginning of the volume is designed to help the reader get her or his bearings in the detail of the nine chapters which follow. Using an essentially chronological framework, the book is divided into three major cultural time-spans: the long eighteenth century, the decades of national identity formation and the creation of modern', industrial Italy between 1816 and 1900, and the twentieth century with its constant renegotiation of national cultural identity. A final epilogue provides a snapshot of Italian literary culture in the near-present.
This is a book which will be readily accessible to students and all those interested in Italian culture, and at the same time is based on the most up-to-date scholarship. New readings of the canonical authors rub shoulders with a refreshing attention to standard and popular writing, gender issues, and the interaction between written and oral forms, producing a history of modern Italian literature which is new in its conception and its scope.

Leaves Of Grass (Paperback): Walt Whitman Leaves Of Grass (Paperback)
Walt Whitman
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Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a new voice and style into American letters and gave expression to an optimistic, bombastic vision that took the nation as its subject. Unlike many other editions of Leaves of Grass, which reproduce various short, early versions, this Modern Library Paperback Classics "Death-bed" edition presents everything Whitman wrote in its final form, and includes newly commissioned notes.

Arguedas / Vargas Llosa - Dilemmas and Assemblages (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Mabel Mora na Arguedas / Vargas Llosa - Dilemmas and Assemblages (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Mabel Mora na
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An English-language translation of the MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and LASA Premio Iberoamericano award-winning Spanish-language book, Arguedas/ Vargas Llosa. Dilemas y ensamblajes, Mabel Morana offers the first comparative study of two of contemporary Latin America's central literary figures: Mario Vargas Llosa and Jose Maria Arguedas.

The New Asian City - Three-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form (Paperback, New): Jini Kim Watson The New Asian City - Three-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form (Paperback, New)
Jini Kim Watson
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Under Jini Kim Watson's scrutiny, the Asian Tiger metropolises of Seoul, Taipei, and Singapore reveal a surprising residue of the colonial environment. Drawing on a wide array of literary, filmic, and political works, and juxtaposing close readings of the built environment, Watson demonstrates how processes of migration and construction in the hypergrowth urbanscapes of the Pacific Rim crystallize the psychic and political dramas of their colonized past and globalized present.

Examining how newly constructed spaces--including expressways, high-rises, factory zones, department stores, and government buildings--become figured within fictional and political texts uncovers how massive transformations of citizenries and cities were rationalized, perceived, and fictionalized. Watson shows how literature, film, and poetry have described and challenged contemporary Asian metropolises, especially around the formation of gendered and laboring subjects in these new spaces. She suggests that by embracing the postwar growth-at-any-cost imperative, they have buttressed the nationalist enterprise along neocolonial lines.
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The New Asian City" provides an innovative approach to how we might better understand the gleaming metropolises of the Pacific Rim. In doing so, it demonstrates how reading cultural production in conjunction with built environments can enrich our knowledge of the lived consequences of rapid economic and urban development.

Kitchen Privileges - A Memoir (Paperback): Mary Higgins Clark Kitchen Privileges - A Memoir (Paperback)
Mary Higgins Clark
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Dear Reader,

Kitchen Privileges is a book that I feel as though I have been writing ever since I was twelve years old.

In these pages, I've tried to show how my mother's belief in me kept alive my dream to be a writer. My father's early death left her with three young children to support. A generation later my husband's early death left me in exactly that position except that I had five children.

Mother supported us by renting rooms, allowing our paying guests to have the privilege of preparing light meals in the kitchen. I supported my family by writing radio shows. Very early in the morning I put my typewriter on the kitchen table before I went to work in Manhattan and spent a few privileged and priceless hours working on my first novel.

I have found that dreams do come true, and I hope that anyone reading this book may feel encouraged to follow his or her own dreams even when the odds against achieving them seem great.

Advancing Digital Humanities - Research, Methods, Theories (Paperback): P Arthur, K. Bode Advancing Digital Humanities - Research, Methods, Theories (Paperback)
P Arthur, K. Bode
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Advancing Digital Humanities moves beyond definition of this dynamic and fast growing field to show how its arguments, analyses, findings and theories are pioneering new directions in the humanities globally. Sections cover digital methods, critical curation and research futures, with theoretical and practical chapters framed around key areas of activity including modelling collections, data-driven analysis, and thinking through building. These are linked through the concept of 'ambitious generosity', a way of working to pursue large-scale research questions while supporting and enabling other research areas and approaches, both within and beyond the academy.

Border Kingdom - Poems (Paperback): D Nurkse Border Kingdom - Poems (Paperback)
D Nurkse
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In a collection of urgent and intimate poems, D. Nurkse explores the biblical past and the terrifying politics of the present with which it resonates, the legacy of fathers and the flawed kingdoms they leave their sons.
In "Ben Adan," a stunning poem in the opening sequence of the collection, we witness the stirring drama between a captor and the prisoner commanded to dig his own grave ("perhaps in a moment / he will lift me up / and hold me trembling, / more scared than I / and more relieved"). "After a Bombing" examines children's drawings as deep symbolic reactions to 9/11. The subtly majestic "Lament for the Makers of Brooklyn" builds the poignant case for a lost world: "Where is Policastro the locksmith now?" the poet asks. "Half-blind, he wore two pairs of glasses / held together by duct tape, / . . . / afterward the key turned / for you but not for me."
A poet of unique force and sensitivity, Nurkse refuses to pass over the marginal characters and corners of the world, attuned to the scraps of beauty or insight they might offer up in the midst of moral darkness. In "The Border Kingdom" he has given us an exceptionally powerful collection of poems--unfailingly rich in imagery, undaunted in subject and spirit.
Jericho
Sometimes in a high window
a white curtain knotted against itself
gives a glimpse of the lovers
as they were before the war:
with great concentration and silence
they undo a mother-of-pearl snap
while a cat perched on the sill
looks down with burning eyes.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Zombie Theory - A Reader (Paperback): Sarah Juliet Lauro Zombie Theory - A Reader (Paperback)
Sarah Juliet Lauro
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Zombies first shuffled across movie screens in 1932 in the low-budget Hollywood film White Zombie and were reimagined as undead flesh-eaters in George A. Romero\u2019s The Night of the Living Dead almost four decades later. Today, zombies are omnipresent in global popular culture, from video games and top-rated cable shows in the United States to comic books and other visual art forms to low-budget films from Cuba and the Philippines. The zombie\u2019s ability to embody a variety of cultural anxieties-ecological disaster, social and economic collapse, political extremism-has ensured its continued relevance and legibility, and has precipitated an unprecedented deluge of international scholarship. Zombie studies manifested across academic disciplines in the humanities but also beyond, spreading into sociology, economics, computer science, mathematics, and even epidemiology. Zombie Theory collects the best interdisciplinary zombie scholarship from around the world. Essays portray the zombie not as a singular cultural figure or myth but show how the undead represent larger issues: the belief in an afterlife, fears of contagion and technology, the effect of capitalism and commodification, racial exclusion and oppression, dehumanization. As presented here, zombies are not simple metaphors; rather, they emerge as a critical mode for theoretical work. With its diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches, Zombie Theory thinks through what the walking undead reveal about our relationships to the world and to each other.Contributors: Fred Botting, Kingston U; Samuel Byrnand, U of Canberra; Gerry Canavan, Marquette U; Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington U; Jean Comaroff, Harvard U; John Comaroff, Harvard U; Edward P. Comentale, Indiana U; Anna Mae Duane, U of Connecticut; Karen Embry, Portland Community College; Barry Keith Grant, Brock U; Edward Green, Roosevelt U; Lars Bang Larsen; Travis Linnemann, Eastern Kentucky U; Elizabeth McAlister, Wesleyan U; Shaka McGlotten, Purchase College-SUNY; David McNally, York U; Tayla Nyong\u2019o, Yale U; Simon Orpana, U of Alberta; Steven Shaviro, Wayne State U; Ola Sigurdson, U of Gothenburg; Jon Stratton, U of South Australia; Eugene Thacker, The New School; Sherryl Vint, U of California Riverside; Priscilla Wald, Duke U; Tyler Wall, Eastern Kentucky U; Jen Webb, U of Canberra; Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Central Michigan U.

Writing and Constructing the Self in Great Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century (Hardcover): John Baker, Marion Leclair,... Writing and Constructing the Self in Great Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century (Hardcover)
John Baker, Marion Leclair, Allan Ingram
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The injunction, 'Know thyself!', resounding down the centuries, has never lost its appeal and urgency. The 'self' remains an abiding and universal concern, something at once intimate, indispensable and elusive; something we take for granted and yet remains difficult to pin down, describe or define. This volume of twelve essays explores how writers in different domains - philosophers and thinkers, novelists, poets, churchmen, political writers and others - construed, fashioned and expressed the self in written form in Great Britain in the course of the long eighteenth century from the Restoration to the period of the French Revolution. The essays are preceded by an introduction that seeks to frame several key aspects of the debate on the self in a succinct and open-minded spirit. The volume foregrounds the coming into being of a recognisably modern self. -- .

Issues of Indigenous African Literature and Onomastics - A Festschrift in Honour of D. B. Z. Ntuli (Paperback, New edition):... Issues of Indigenous African Literature and Onomastics - A Festschrift in Honour of D. B. Z. Ntuli (Paperback, New edition)
Munzhedzi James Mafela, Cynthia Daphne Ntuli
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The book has been specially compiled to honour scholars who have promoted, developed and preserved indigenous African languages of South Africa. These scholars contributed by restoring the dignity of the languages which were marginalised and dehumanised by colonialism. The authors present innovative approaches of interpreting and analysing African literary works, and suggest relevant translation strategies. Other chapters focus on the importance of naming in African societies. Names have a bearing on the life of a person or the community. The book further recommends a frequent revisit of the orthography of the indigenous African languages to avoid inconsistencies.

The Portable Faulkner (Paperback, Revised): Malcolm Cowley The Portable Faulkner (Paperback, Revised)
Malcolm Cowley; Edited by Malcolm Cowley 1
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In prose of biblical grandeur and feverish intensity, William Faulkner reconstructed the history of the American South as a tragic legend of courage and cruelty, gallantry and greed, futile nobility and obscene crimes. No single volume better conveys the scope of Faulkner’s vision than The Portable Faulkner.

Poetic Trespass - Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine (Hardcover): Lital Levy Poetic Trespass - Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine (Hardcover)
Lital Levy
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A Palestinian-Israeli poet declares a new state whose language, "Homelandic," is a combination of Arabic and Hebrew. A Jewish-Israeli author imagines a "language plague" that infects young Hebrew speakers with old world accents, and sends the narrator in search of his Arabic heritage. In "Poetic Trespass," Lital Levy brings together such startling visions to offer the first in-depth study of the relationship between Hebrew and Arabic in the literature and culture of Israel/Palestine. More than that, she presents a captivating portrait of the literary imagination's power to transgress political boundaries and transform ideas about language and belonging. Blending history and literature, "Poetic Trespass" traces the interwoven life of Arabic and Hebrew in Israel/Palestine from the turn of the twentieth century to the present, exposing the two languages' intimate entanglements in contemporary works of prose, poetry, film, and visual art by both Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel.

In a context where intense political and social pressures work to identify Jews with Hebrew and Palestinians with Arabic, Levy finds writers who have boldly crossed over this divide to create literature in the language of their "other," as well as writers who bring the two languages into dialogue to rewrite them from within. Exploring such acts of poetic trespass, Levy introduces new readings of canonical and lesser-known authors, including Emile Habiby, Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Anton Shammas, Saul Tchernichowsky, Samir Naqqash, Ronit Matalon, Salman Masalha, A. B. Yehoshua, and Almog Behar. By revealing uncommon visions of what it means to write in Arabic and Hebrew, "Poetic Trespass" will change the way we understand literature and culture in the shadow of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Georgia O'Keeffe in Poetry - Offspring of an Icon (Hardcover, New edition): Cristiana Pagliarusco Georgia O'Keeffe in Poetry - Offspring of an Icon (Hardcover, New edition)
Cristiana Pagliarusco
R1,522 R1,333 Discovery Miles 13 330 Save R189 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Women's Life Writing and Imagined Communities (Paperback, New Ed): Cynthia Huff Women's Life Writing and Imagined Communities (Paperback, New Ed)
Cynthia Huff
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Women 's life writings provide an incomparable window into the various cultural and historical communities in which we live. This book presents a unique view of this great legacy by critically examining how these writings both reflect and shape our communities. It draws on a wealth of material such as novels, memoirs, autobiographies, letters, religious records and many other sources, from many of the finest female writers in history. These writings enable insight into fields ranging from cultural studies and feminism, to postmodernism and new historicism.

This volume was previously published as a special issue of the journal Prose Studies.

Racial Immanence - Chicanx Bodies beyond Representation (Paperback): Marissa K Lopez Racial Immanence - Chicanx Bodies beyond Representation (Paperback)
Marissa K Lopez
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Explores the how, why, and what of contemporary Chicanxculture, including punk rock, literary fiction, photography, mass graves, anddigital and experimental installation art Racial Immanenceattempts to unravel a Gordian knot at the center of the study of race anddiscourse: it seeks to loosen the constraints that the politics of racialrepresentation put on interpretive methods and on our understanding of raceitself. Marissa K. Lopez argues that reading Chicanx literary and culturaltexts primarily for the ways they represent Chicanxness only reinscribes thevery racial logic that such texts ostensibly set out to undo. Racial Immanenceproposes to read differently; instead of focusing on representation, it asks whatChicanx texts do, what they produce in the world, and specifically how theyproduce access to the ineffable but material experience of race. Intrigued bythe attention to disease, disability, abjection, and sense experience that shesees increasing in Chicanx visual, literary, and performing arts in the late-twentiethcentury, Lopez explores how and why artists use the body in contemporaryChicanx cultural production. Racial Immanence takes up works by writerslike Dagoberto Gilb, Cecile Pineda, and Gil Cuadros, the photographers KenGonzales Day and Stefan Ruiz, and the band Pinata Protest to argue that thebody offers a unique site for pushing back against identity politics. In sodoing, the book challenges theoretical conversations around affect and thepost-human and asks what it means to truly consider people of color as writersand artists. Moving beyond abjection, Lopez models Chicanx cultural productionas a way of fostering networks of connection that deepen our attachments to thematerial world.

Junot Diaz and the Decolonial Imagination (Paperback): Monica Hanna, Jennifer Harford Vargas, Jose David Saldivar Junot Diaz and the Decolonial Imagination (Paperback)
Monica Hanna, Jennifer Harford Vargas, Jose David Saldivar
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The first sustained critical examination of the work of Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz, this interdisciplinary collection considers how Diaz's writing illuminates the world of Latino cultural expression and trans-American and diasporic literary history. Interested in conceptualizing Diaz's decolonial imagination and his radically re-envisioned world, the contributors show how his aesthetic and activist practice reflect a significant shift in American letters toward a hemispheric and planetary culture. They examine the intersections of race, Afro-Latinidad, gender, sexuality, disability, poverty, and power in Diaz's work. Essays in the volume explore issues of narration, language, and humor in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the racialized constructions of gender and sexuality in Drown and This Is How You Lose Her, and the role of the zombie in the short story "Monstro." Collectively, they situate Diaz's writing in relation to American and Latin American literary practices and reveal the author's activist investments. The volume concludes with Paula Moya's interview with Diaz. Contributors: Glenda R. Carpio, Arlene Davila, Lyn Di Iorio, Junot Diaz, Monica Hanna, Jennifer Harford Vargas, Ylce Irizarry, Claudia Milian, Julie Avril Minich, Paula M. L. Moya, Sarah Quesada, Jose David Saldivar, Ramon Saldivar, Silvio Torres-Saillant, Deborah R. Vargas

Landfall 224 - Home + Building (Paperback): David Eggleton Landfall 224 - Home + Building (Paperback)
David Eggleton
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Home is a classic Landfall Open House issue, where anything and everything goes. Submissions poured in on every topic conceivable, and the result is truly a feast of good writing and imagination. Courtney Sina Meredith, Emma Barnes, Kay McKenzie Cooke, Tony Beyer and C K Stead (among others) offer up new poems exploring topics as disparate as the body, the corner dairy, 'cloud' technology, silent film stars and more. All make for exhilarating reads. Be enchanted too by a wealth of short stories: Alex Wild Jespersens deftly humorous tale of a media studies tutor's first experience with girl-on-girl boxing, Vivienne Plumbs The Cabin Trunk, David Herkts story set in the rarefied world of the uber-wealthy at the height of the financial crisis and Laura Solomon's futuristic piece about a Kiwi cult that breeds 'shumans' (sheep/humans). Nicholas Reid, John Horrocks, Peter Simpson and others offer up considered reviews of recent New Zealand books and Martin Rumsby investigates moving image installations. As for art, theres Anita DeSotos otherworldly paintings, while Darryn Georges unique blend of geometric abstraction and kowhaiwhai are present in both the portfolio pages and under discussion by David Eggleton in The Landfall Review.

The Self and its Shadows - A Book of Essays on Individuality as Negation in Philosophy and the Arts (Hardcover): Stephen Mulhall The Self and its Shadows - A Book of Essays on Individuality as Negation in Philosophy and the Arts (Hardcover)
Stephen Mulhall
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Stephen Mulhall presents a series of multiply interrelated essays which together make up an original study of selfhood (subjectivity or personal identity). He explores a variety of articulations (in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the arts) of the idea that selfhood is best conceived as a matter of non-self-identity-for example, as becoming or self-overcoming, or as being what one is not and not being what one is, or as being doubled or divided. Philosophically, a sustained reading of the work of Nietzsche and Sartre is central to this project, although Wittgenstein is also fundamental to its concerns; Mulhall therefore draws extensively on texts usually associated with 'Continental' philosophical traditions, primarily in order to test the feasibility of a non-elitist form of moral perfectionism. Within the arts, several essays examine various films whose themes intersect with those of the philosophers under study (including Hollywood melodramas, recent spy movies such as the Bourne trilogy and the latest incarnation of James Bond, and David Fincher's 'Benjamin Button'); Wagner's Ring cycle is a recurrent concern; and the novels of Kingsley Amis, J. M. Coetzee and David Foster Wallace are also prominent.

American Utopia - Literature, Society, and the Human Use of Human Beings (Paperback): Peter Swirski American Utopia - Literature, Society, and the Human Use of Human Beings (Paperback)
Peter Swirski
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From the Black Tuesday to the White House, from Plato to Robert Nozick, from Eugene Debs to Richard Nixon, from Peter Cornelis Plockhoy to the hippie communes of the Sixties, from universal basic income to utopian basic income, from proverbial wisdom to multilevel selection, from Big Data to paleomorality, from Prisoner's Dilemma to social-engineering Israeli kindergartens, from time travel to gene engineering, from the pretzel logic of meritocracy to de-aggressing humanity, American Utopia maps the pitfalls and windfalls of social reform in the name of the human use of human beings. Interrogating the assumptions behind four outre utopias by Thomas M. Disch, Bernard Malamud, Kurt Vonnegut, and Margaret Atwood, it interrogates the assumptions that have historically been central to the utopian project. Whence the seeds of social discontent? Whence our taste for egoism and altruism? For waging war and waging peace? Can we bioengineer human nature to specifications? Should we? Who makes better guardians: humans or machines? And who will guard the guardians?

Shakespeare's Theatre: A History (Hardcover): Richard Dutton Shakespeare's Theatre: A History (Hardcover)
Richard Dutton
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Shakespeare's Theatre: A History examines the theatre spaces used by William Shakespeare, and explores these spaces in relation to the social and political framework of the Elizabethan era. The text journeys from the performing spaces of the provincial inns, guild halls and houses of the gentry of the Bard's early career, to the purpose-built outdoor playhouses of London, including the Globe, the Theatre, and the Curtain, and the royal courts of Elizabeth and James I. The author also discusses the players for whom Shakespeare wrote, and the positioning--or dispositioning--of audience members in relation to the stage. Widely and deeply researched, this fascinating volume is the first to draw on the most recent archaeological work on the remains of the Rose and the Globe, as well as continuing publications from the Records of Early English Drama project. The book also explores the contentious view that the 'plot' of The Seven Deadly Sins (part II), provides unprecedented insight into the working practices of Shakespeare's company and includes a complete and modernized version of the 'plot'. Throughout, the author relates the practicalities of early modern playing to the evolving systems of aristocratic patronage and royal licensing within which they developed Insightful and engaging, Shakespeare's Theatre is ideal reading for undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars of literature and theatre studies.

Burdens of Proof - Faith, Doubt, and Identity in Autobiography (Paperback): Susanna Egan Burdens of Proof - Faith, Doubt, and Identity in Autobiography (Paperback)
Susanna Egan
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Autobiographical impostures, once they come to light, appear to us as outrageous, scandalous. They confuse lived and textual identity (the person in the world and the character in the text) and call into question what we believe, what we doubt, and how we receive information. In the process, they tell us a lot about cultural norms and anxieties. "Burdens of Proof: Faith, Doubt, and Identity in Autobiography" examines a broad range of impostures in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and asks about each one: Why this particular imposture? Why here and now?

Susanna Egan's historical survey of texts from early Christendom to the nineteenth century provides an understanding of the author in relation to the text and shows how plagiarism and other false claims have not always been regarded as the frauds we consider them today. She then explores the role of the media in the creation of much contemporary imposture, examining in particular the cases of Jumana Hanna, Norma Khouri, and James Frey. The book also addresses ethnic imposture, deliberate fictions, plagiarism, and ghostwriting, all of which raise moral, legal, historical, and cultural issues. Egan concludes the volume with an examination of how historiography and law failed to support the identities of European Jews during World War II, creating sufficient instability in Jewish identity and doubt about Jewish wartime experience that the impostor could step in. This textual erasure of the Jews of Europe and the refashioning of their experiences in fraudulent texts are examples of imposture as an outcrop of extreme identity crisis.

The first to examine these issues in North America and Europe, "Burdens of Proof" will be of interest to scholars of life writing and cultural studies.

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