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On the Seven Deadly Sins (Hardcover): Kenneth Baker On the Seven Deadly Sins (Hardcover)
Kenneth Baker 1
R841 R639 Discovery Miles 6 390 Save R202 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this fascinating book Kenneth Baker explores how the Seven Deadly Sins - Pride, Anger, Sloth, Envy, Avarice, Gluttony and Lust - have shaped history from the Greek and Roman Civilisations, through their heyday in the Middle Ages, when sinners really believed they could go to Hell for all eternity, to the secular world of today, where they are still an alluring and destructive force. Today most sinners are punished in this world not the next: * Black Pride and Gay Pride have made tens of millions more understood and more accepted, but the overweening pride of certain leaders - Hubris - has led to wars and devastation: Hitler in Russia; the Japanese at Pearl Harbour; Saddam Hussein in Kuwait; and Blair and Bush in Iraq. * Anger, when righteous, can be a virtue, which helped to end the slave trade in the 19th century and to expose child abuse today, but there is still personal anger in domestic violence and Daesh terrorism. * Sloth can be an amiable weakness as Tennyson said, `Ah why should life all labour be', but the rewards go to the energetic. * Envy is the mainstay of the global advertising industry encouraging everyone to improve their lives, but it is also a secret vice, a self-destroying morbid appetite. * Avarice, has led to better living conditions for many people but also to the Great Depression, the financial collapse of 2008, and to 1,800 billionaires with the combined wealth of US $6.48 trillion. * Gluttony is not a sin but a destructive ailment leading to obesity, bottle-noses, bleary eyes, grog-blossoms and breath like a blowlamp. * Lust that demands immediate gratification is clearly still a sin, whether Paris' abduction of Helen of Troy, or websites that encourage marital infidelity, or the fate of many politicians, as Kipling said, `For the sins they do by two and two, they must pay for one by one.' This book is lavishly illustrated from Medieval manuscripts to Picasso, and Kenneth Baker has drawn on his knowledge of cartoons down the ages to include a few by Gillray, Rowlandson, Bateman, Eric Gill and today Peter Brookes.

Reviewing the South - The Literary Marketplace and the Southern Renaissance, 1920-1941 (Hardcover): Sarah Gardner Reviewing the South - The Literary Marketplace and the Southern Renaissance, 1920-1941 (Hardcover)
Sarah Gardner
R1,078 Discovery Miles 10 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The American South received increased attention from national commentators during the interwar era. Beginning in the 1920s, the proliferation of daily book columns and Sunday book supplements in newspapers reflected a growing audience of educated readers and its demand for books and book reviews. This period of intensified scrutiny coincided with a boom in the publishing industry, which, in turn, encouraged newspapers to pay greater attention to the world of books. Reviewing the South shows how northern critics were as much involved in the Southern Literary Renaissance as Southern authors and critics. Southern writing, Gardner argues, served as a litmus to gauge Southern exceptionalism. For critics and their readers, nothing less than the region's ability to contribute to the vibrancy and growth of the nation was at stake.

The Juggler - Marguerite Eymery Vallet Rachilde (Paperback): Melanie C. Hawthorne The Juggler - Marguerite Eymery Vallet Rachilde (Paperback)
Melanie C. Hawthorne
R646 Discovery Miles 6 460 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"For those readers who are interested in women writers, and in questions of gender and psychoanalytic theory, The Juggler will be a new text to explore and to add to the canon. For those readers who are looking for an exciting narrative, The Juggler will be considered 'a good read.'"--Elaine Marks, University of Wisconsin-Madison The Juggler (La Jongleuse) is a "decadent" novel that was first published in 1900. Its author, Marguerite Eymery Vallette (1860-1953), who used the pseudonym Rachilde, was a prolific novelist (over sixty works of fiction), playwright, literary critic and reviewer, and a forceful presence in French literary society of her time. The protagonist of the novel, Eliante Donalger, is in some sense an exaggerated double for her creator--bizarre in appearance, clothing, and interests. Instinctively grasping a medical and psychological truth that the turn-of-the-century scientific world was only beginning to understand, Eliante maintains that there is nothing "natural" about human sexual expression. She claims to be in love with an inanimate (though anthropomorphic and sexually ambiguous) object, a Greek amphora, and the novel traces the rivalry between this faithful partner and an ardent human suitor, a young medical student. It is only through juggling, both literally and metaphorically, that Eliante is able to use her seductive power to maintain desire. The surprise ending challenges the limits of such power in a controversial and surprising twist. Although Rachilde's work has been neglected in the past, the women's movement and feminist criticism have stimulated renewed interest in her fiction. The Juggler is a major rediscovery.

Literary Ambition and the African American Novel (Hardcover): Michael Nowlin Literary Ambition and the African American Novel (Hardcover)
Michael Nowlin
R1,968 Discovery Miles 19 680 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book shows how African American literature emerged as a world-recognized literature: less as the product of a seamless tradition of writers signifying upon their ancestors and more the product of three generations of ambitious, competitive individuals aiming to be the first great African American writer. It charts a canon of fictional landmarks, beginning with The House Behind the Cedars and culminating in the National Book Award-Winner Invisible Man, and tells the compelling stories of the careers of key African American writers, including Charles Chesnutt, James Weldon Johnson, Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison. These writers worked within the white-dominated, commercial, Eurocentric literary field to put African American literature on the world literary map, while struggling to transcend the cultural expectations attached to their position as 'Negro authors'. Literary Ambition and the African American Novel tells as much about the novels that these writers could not publish as it does about their major achievements.

James Joyce and the Jesuits (Hardcover): Michael Mayo James Joyce and the Jesuits (Hardcover)
Michael Mayo
R2,049 Discovery Miles 20 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

James Joyce was educated almost exclusively by the Jesuits; this education and these priests make their appearance across Joyce's oeuvre. This dynamic has never been properly explicated or rigorously explored. Using Joyce's religious education and psychoanalytic theories of depression and paranoia, this book opens radical new possibilities for reading Joyce's fiction. It takes readers through some of the canon's most well-read texts and produces bold, fresh new readings. By placing these readings in light of Jesuit religious practice - in particular, the Spiritual Exercises all Jesuit priests and many students undergo - the book shows how Joyce's deepest concerns about truth, literature, and love were shaped by these religious practices and texts. Joyce worked out his answers to these questions in his own texts, largely by forcing his readers to encounter, and perhaps answer, those questions themselves. Reading Joyce is a challenge not only in terms of interpretation but of experience - the confusion, boredom, and even paranoia readers feel when making their way through these texts.

Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover): John C. Greene Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover)
John C. Greene
R2,834 Discovery Miles 28 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Theatre in Dublin,1745-1820: A Calendar of Performances is the first comprehensive, daily compendium of more than 18,000 performances that took place in Dublin's many professional theatres, music halls, pleasure gardens, and circus amphitheatres between Thomas Sheridan's becoming the manager at Smock Alley Theatre in 1745 and the dissolution of the Crow Street Theatre in 1820. The daily performance calendar for each of the seventy-five seasons recorded here records and organizes all surviving documentary evidence pertinent to each evening's entertainments, derived from all known sources, but especially from playbills and newspaper advertisements. Each theatre's daily entry includes all preludes, mainpieces, interludes, and afterpieces with casts and assigned roles, followed by singing and singers, dancing and dancers, and specialty entertainments. Financial data, program changes, rehearsal notices, authorship and premiere information are included in each component's entry, as is the text of contemporary correspondence and editorial contextualization and commentary, followed by other additional commentary, such as the many hundreds of printed puffs, notices, and performance reviews. In the cases of the programs of music halls, pleasure gardens, and circuses, the playbills have generally been transcribed verbatim. The calendar for each season is preceded by an analytical headnote that presents several categories of information including, among other things, an alphabetical listing of all members of each company, whether actors, musicians, specialty artists, or house servants, who are known to have been employed at each venue. Limited biographical commentary is included, particularly about performers of Irish origin, who had significant stage careers but who did not perform in London. Each headnote presents the seasons's offerings of entertainments of each theatrical type (prelude, mainpiece, interlude, afterpiece) analyzed according to genre, including a list of the number of plays in each genre and according to period in which they were first performed. The headnote also notes the number of different plays by Shakespeare staged during each season and gives particular attention to entertainments of "special Irish interest." The various kinds of benefit performance and command performances are also noted. Finally, this Calendar of Performances contains an appendix that furnishes a season-by-season listing of the plays that were new to the London patent theatres, and, later, of the important "minors." This information is provided in order for us to understand the interrelatedness of the London and Dublin repertories.

Bring The Joy (Paperback): Jessica Janzen Bring The Joy (Paperback)
Jessica Janzen
R394 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R63 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
In Fact - The Best of Creative Nonfiction (Paperback): Lee Gutkind In Fact - The Best of Creative Nonfiction (Paperback)
Lee Gutkind; Introduction by Annie Dillard
R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Creative nonfiction, also known as narrative nonfiction, liberated journalism by inviting writers to dramatize, interpret, speculate, and even re-create their subjects. Lee Gutkind collects twenty-five essays that flourished in this new turf, all originally published in the groundbreaking journal he founded, Creative Nonfiction, now in its tenth anniversary year.

Many of the writers here are crossing genres from poetry to fiction to nonfiction. Annie Dillard provides the introduction, while Gutkind discusses the creative and ethical parameters of this new genre. The selections themselves are broad and fascinating. Lauren Slater is a therapist in the institution where she was once a patient. John Edgar Wideman reacts passionately to the unjust murder of Emmett Till. Charles Simic contemplates raucous gatherings at his Uncle Boris's apartment, while John McPhee creates a rare, personal, album quilt of his own life. Terry Tempest Williams speaks on the decline of the prairie dog, and Madison Smartt Bell invades Haiti. "

Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover): John C. Greene Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover)
John C. Greene
R3,071 Discovery Miles 30 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Theatre in Dublin,1745-1820: A Calendar of Performances is the first comprehensive, daily compendium of more than 18,000 performances that took place in Dublin's many professional theatres, music halls, pleasure gardens, and circus amphitheatres between Thomas Sheridan's becoming the manager at Smock Alley Theatre in 1745 and the dissolution of the Crow Street Theatre in 1820. The daily performance calendar for each of the seventy-five seasons recorded here records and organizes all surviving documentary evidence pertinent to each evening's entertainments, derived from all known sources, but especially from playbills and newspaper advertisements. Each theatre's daily entry includes all preludes, mainpieces, interludes, and afterpieces with casts and assigned roles, followed by singing and singers, dancing and dancers, and specialty entertainments. Financial data, program changes, rehearsal notices, authorship and premiere information are included in each component's entry, as is the text of contemporary correspondence and editorial contextualization and commentary, followed by other additional commentary, such as the many hundreds of printed puffs, notices, and performance reviews. In the cases of the programs of music halls, pleasure gardens, and circuses, the playbills have generally been transcribed verbatim. The calendar for each season is preceded by an analytical headnote that presents several categories of information including, among other things, an alphabetical listing of all members of each company, whether actors, musicians, specialty artists, or house servants, who are known to have been employed at each venue. Limited biographical commentary is included, particularly about performers of Irish origin, who had significant stage careers but who did not perform in London. Each headnote presents the seasons's offerings of entertainments of each theatrical type (prelude, mainpiece, interlude, afterpiece) analyzed according to genre, including a list of the number of plays in each genre and according to period in which they were first performed. The headnote also notes the number of different plays by Shakespeare staged during each season and gives particular attention to entertainments of "special Irish interest." The various kinds of benefit performance and command performances are also noted. Finally, this Calendar of Performances contains an appendix that furnishes a season-by-season listing of the plays that were new to the London patent theatres, and, later, of the important "minors." This information is provided in order for us to understand the interrelatedness of the London and Dublin repertories.

Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover): John C. Greene Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover)
John C. Greene
R2,813 Discovery Miles 28 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Theatre in Dublin,1745-1820: A Calendar of Performances is the first comprehensive, daily compendium of more than 18,000 performances that took place in Dublin's many professional theatres, music halls, pleasure gardens, and circus amphitheatres between Thomas Sheridan's becoming the manager at Smock Alley Theatre in 1745 and the dissolution of the Crow Street Theatre in 1820. The daily performance calendar for each of the seventy-five seasons recorded here records and organizes all surviving documentary evidence pertinent to each evening's entertainments, derived from all known sources, but especially from playbills and newspaper advertisements. Each theatre's daily entry includes all preludes, mainpieces, interludes, and afterpieces with casts and assigned roles, followed by singing and singers, dancing and dancers, and specialty entertainments. Financial data, program changes, rehearsal notices, authorship and premiere information are included in each component's entry, as is the text of contemporary correspondence and editorial contextualization and commentary, followed by other additional commentary, such as the many hundreds of printed puffs, notices, and performance reviews. In the cases of the programs of music halls, pleasure gardens, and circuses, the playbills have generally been transcribed verbatim. The calendar for each season is preceded by an analytical headnote that presents several categories of information including, among other things, an alphabetical listing of all members of each company, whether actors, musicians, specialty artists, or house servants, who are known to have been employed at each venue. Limited biographical commentary is included, particularly about performers of Irish origin, who had significant stage careers but who did not perform in London. Each headnote presents the seasons's offerings of entertainments of each theatrical type (prelude, mainpiece, interlude, afterpiece) analyzed according to genre, including a list of the number of plays in each genre and according to period in which they were first performed. The headnote also notes the number of different plays by Shakespeare staged during each season and gives particular attention to entertainments of "special Irish interest." The various kinds of benefit performance and command performances are also noted. Finally, this Calendar of Performances contains an appendix that furnishes a season-by-season listing of the plays that were new to the London patent theatres, and, later, of the important "minors." This information is provided in order for us to understand the interrelatedness of the London and Dublin repertories.

Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover): John C. Greene Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover)
John C. Greene
R2,829 Discovery Miles 28 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Theatre in Dublin,1745-1820: A Calendar of Performances is the first comprehensive, daily compendium of more than 18,000 performances that took place in Dublin's many professional theatres, music halls, pleasure gardens, and circus amphitheatres between Thomas Sheridan's becoming the manager at Smock Alley Theatre in 1745 and the dissolution of the Crow Street Theatre in 1820. The daily performance calendar for each of the seventy-five seasons recorded here records and organizes all surviving documentary evidence pertinent to each evening's entertainments, derived from all known sources, but especially from playbills and newspaper advertisements. Each theatre's daily entry includes all preludes, mainpieces, interludes, and afterpieces with casts and assigned roles, followed by singing and singers, dancing and dancers, and specialty entertainments. Financial data, program changes, rehearsal notices, authorship and premiere information are included in each component's entry, as is the text of contemporary correspondence and editorial contextualization and commentary, followed by other additional commentary, such as the many hundreds of printed puffs, notices, and performance reviews. In the cases of the programs of music halls, pleasure gardens, and circuses, the playbills have generally been transcribed verbatim. The calendar for each season is preceded by an analytical headnote that presents several categories of information including, among other things, an alphabetical listing of all members of each company, whether actors, musicians, specialty artists, or house servants, who are known to have been employed at each venue. Limited biographical commentary is included, particularly about performers of Irish origin, who had significant stage careers but who did not perform in London. Each headnote presents the seasons's offerings of entertainments of each theatrical type (prelude, mainpiece, interlude, afterpiece) analyzed according to genre, including a list of the number of plays in each genre and according to period in which they were first performed. The headnote also notes the number of different plays by Shakespeare staged during each season and gives particular attention to entertainments of "special Irish interest." The various kinds of benefit performance and command performances are also noted. Finally, this Calendar of Performances contains an appendix that furnishes a season-by-season listing of the plays that were new to the London patent theatres, and, later, of the important "minors." This information is provided in order for us to understand the interrelatedness of the London and Dublin repertories.

Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover): John C. Greene Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover)
John C. Greene
R2,837 Discovery Miles 28 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Theatre in Dublin,1745-1820: A Calendar of Performances is the first comprehensive, daily compendium of more than 18,000 performances that took place in Dublin's many professional theatres, music halls, pleasure gardens, and circus amphitheatres between Thomas Sheridan's becoming the manager at Smock Alley Theatre in 1745 and the dissolution of the Crow Street Theatre in 1820. The daily performance calendar for each of the seventy-five seasons recorded here records and organizes all surviving documentary evidence pertinent to each evening's entertainments, derived from all known sources, but especially from playbills and newspaper advertisements. Each theatre's daily entry includes all preludes, mainpieces, interludes, and afterpieces with casts and assigned roles, followed by singing and singers, dancing and dancers, and specialty entertainments. Financial data, program changes, rehearsal notices, authorship and premiere information are included in each component's entry, as is the text of contemporary correspondence and editorial contextualization and commentary, followed by other additional commentary, such as the many hundreds of printed puffs, notices, and performance reviews. In the cases of the programs of music halls, pleasure gardens, and circuses, the playbills have generally been transcribed verbatim. The calendar for each season is preceded by an analytical headnote that presents several categories of information including, among other things, an alphabetical listing of all members of each company, whether actors, musicians, specialty artists, or house servants, who are known to have been employed at each venue. Limited biographical commentary is included, particularly about performers of Irish origin, who had significant stage careers but who did not perform in London. Each headnote presents the seasons's offerings of entertainments of each theatrical type (prelude, mainpiece, interlude, afterpiece) analyzed according to genre, including a list of the number of plays in each genre and according to period in which they were first performed. The headnote also notes the number of different plays by Shakespeare staged during each season and gives particular attention to entertainments of "special Irish interest." The various kinds of benefit performance and command performances are also noted. Finally, this Calendar of Performances contains an appendix that furnishes a season-by-season listing of the plays that were new to the London patent theatres, and, later, of the important "minors." This information is provided in order for us to understand the interrelatedness of the London and Dublin repertories.

The Things Our Fathers Saw - Voices of the Pacific Theater: The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation from Hometown,... The Things Our Fathers Saw - Voices of the Pacific Theater: The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation from Hometown, USA (Hardcover)
Matthew Rozell
R845 Discovery Miles 8 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Discursive Approaches to Populism Across Disciplines - The Return of Populists and the People (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020):... Discursive Approaches to Populism Across Disciplines - The Return of Populists and the People (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Michael Kranert
R3,383 Discovery Miles 33 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This edited book presents a cross-disciplinary and international conversation about the discursive nature of 'populist' politics. Based on the idea that language and meaning making are central to the political process, the authors present research originating from disciplines such as sociology, political science, linguistics, gender studies and education, giving credence to the variety and context dependence of both populist discourse and its analysis. Using a variety of different theoretical frames, the volume examines international case studies from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, looking at different modes of populism as well as the interaction of populism with other ideologies and belief systems. The chapters draw on several disciplines, and will be of interest to scholars working in linguistics, political studies, journalism, rhetoric and discourse analysis.

The Giant Killer - American hero, mercenary, spy ... The incredible true story of the smallest man to serve in the U.S.... The Giant Killer - American hero, mercenary, spy ... The incredible true story of the smallest man to serve in the U.S. Military-Green Beret Captain Richard J. Flaherty (Paperback)
David A. Yuzuk; As told to Neil L. Yuzuk
R344 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R53 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Veterinary Homeopathy A Scientific Clinical Research (Paperback): B.P. Madrewar Veterinary Homeopathy A Scientific Clinical Research (Paperback)
B.P. Madrewar
R178 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R33 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Exclusive work on veterinary diseases and their homeopathic treatment. This book is a result of clinical trials and research which proves effectiveness of homeopathic system of medicine on animals. This book will be very helpful for veterinary doctors and farm owners.

Wild Walt and the Rock Creek Gang (Paperback): Brian Jordan Wild Walt and the Rock Creek Gang (Paperback)
Brian Jordan
R352 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R53 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Bend - When Life Dares You to Break (Paperback): Beth Lueders Bend - When Life Dares You to Break (Paperback)
Beth Lueders
R401 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Charles Batteux: The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle (Hardcover): James O Young Charles Batteux: The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle (Hardcover)
James O Young
R1,459 Discovery Miles 14 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle (1746) by Charles Batteux was arguably the most influential work on aesthetics published in the eighteenth century. It influenced every major aesthetician in the second half of the century: Diderot, Herder, Hume, Kant, Lessing, Mendelssohn, and others either adopted his views or reacted against them. It is the work generally credited with establishing the modern system of the arts: poetry, painting, music, sculpture and dance. Batteux's book is also an invaluable aid to the interpretation of the arts of eighteenth century. And yet there has never been a complete or reliable translation of The Fine Arts into English. Now James O. Young, a leading contemporary philosopher of art, has provided an eminently readable and accurate translation. It is fully annotated and comes with a comprehensive introduction that identifies the figures who influenced Batteux and the writers who were, in turn, influenced by him. The introduction also discusses the ways in which The Fine Arts has continuing philosophical interest. In particular, Young demonstrates that Batteux's work is an important contribution to aesthetic cognitivism (the view that works of art contribute importantly to knowledge) and that Batteux made a significant contribution to understanding the expressiveness of music. This book will be of interest to everyone interested in the arts of the eighteenth century, French studies, the history of European ideas, and philosophy of art.

The Nine Lives of Charles E. Lively - The Deadliest Man in the West Virginia-Colorado Coal Mine Wars (Hardcover): R. G. Yoho The Nine Lives of Charles E. Lively - The Deadliest Man in the West Virginia-Colorado Coal Mine Wars (Hardcover)
R. G. Yoho; Foreword by Fred M Powers
R595 Discovery Miles 5 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Woods And Lakes of Maine - 2020 Annotated Edition - A Trip from Moosehead Lake to New Brunswick in a Birch-Bark Canoe... Woods And Lakes of Maine - 2020 Annotated Edition - A Trip from Moosehead Lake to New Brunswick in a Birch-Bark Canoe (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Lucius L. Hubbard, Tommy Carbone
R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Spirit in the Dark - A Religious History of Racial Aesthetic (Paperback): Joesf Sorett Spirit in the Dark - A Religious History of Racial Aesthetic (Paperback)
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R528 Discovery Miles 5 280 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Most of the major black literary and cultural movements of the twentieth century have been understood and interpreted as secular, secularizing and, at times, profane. In this book, Josef Sorett demonstrates that religion was actually a formidable force within these movements, animating and organizing African American literary visions throughout the years between the New Negro Renaissance of the 1920s and the Black Arts movement of the 1960s. Sorett unveils the contours of a literary history that remained preoccupied with religion even as it was typically understood by authors, readers, and critics alike to be modern and, therefore, secular. Spirit in the Dark offers an account of the ways in which religion, especially Afro-Protestantism, remained pivotal to the ideas and aspirations of African American literature across much of the twentieth century. From the dawn of the New Negro Renaissance until the ascendance of the Black Arts movement, black writers developed a spiritual grammar for discussing race and art by drawing on terms such as "church" and "spirit" that were part of the landscape and lexicon of American religious history. Sorett demonstrates that religion and spirituality have been key categories for identifying and interpreting what was (or was not) perceived to constitute or contribute to black literature and culture. By examining figures and movements that have typically been cast as "secular," he offers theoretical insights that trouble the boundaries of what counts as "sacred" in scholarship on African American religion and culture. Ultimately, Spirit in the Dark reveals religion to be an essential ingredient, albeit one that was always questioned and contested, in the forging of an African American literary tradition.

The Island of Apples (Paperback, New): Glyn Jones The Island of Apples (Paperback, New)
Glyn Jones
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1965, "The Island of Apples" is a brilliant account of a pre-adolescent boy's romantic imagination and dangerous enthrallment, set vividly in industrial south Wales and rural Carmarthenshire in the early twentieth century. In the novel, the life of Dewi Davies is suddenly altered by the appearance of a stranger in his valley town, a youth from a seemingly glamorous background who possesses all that Dewi finds lacking in his own restricted existence."The theme is the departure of youth and Glyn Jones has translated it into despairing action and marvelous natural imagery which convey, as strongly as I have ever experienced it, the sense of loss."--"Observer"

Transformations of Ovid in Late Antiquity (Hardcover): Ian Fielding Transformations of Ovid in Late Antiquity (Hardcover)
Ian Fielding
R1,975 Discovery Miles 19 750 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ovid could be considered the original poet of late antiquity. In his exile poetry, he depicts a world in which Rome has become a distant memory, a community accessible only through his imagination. This, Ovid claimed, was a transformation as remarkable as any he had recounted in his Metamorphoses. Ian Fielding's book shows how late antique Latin poets referred to Ovid's experiences of isolation and estrangement as they reflected on the profound social and cultural transformations taking place in the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries AD. There are detailed new readings of texts by major figures such as Ausonius, Paulinus of Nola, Boethius and Venantius Fortunatus. For these authors, Fielding emphasizes, Ovid was not simply a stylistic model, but an important intellectual presence. Ovid's fortunes in late antiquity reveal that poetry, far from declining into irrelevance, remained a powerful mode of expression in this fascinating period.

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
R2,027 Discovery Miles 20 270 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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. -- .

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