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Feel Free - Essays (Paperback): Zadie Smith Feel Free - Essays (Paperback)
Zadie Smith
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Recovering the Black Female Body - Self-Representation by African American Women (Paperback): Michael Bennett, Vanessa D.... Recovering the Black Female Body - Self-Representation by African American Women (Paperback)
Michael Bennett, Vanessa D. Dickerson; Contributions by Michael Bennett, Vanessa D. Dickerson, Daphne Brooks, …
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"Although feminists have studied the social construction of the female body for many decades, few have focused on black women. In Recovering the Black Female Body, the editors present a pioneering collection of original writings by academics and artists on 'how African-American women, from slavery to the present, have represented their physical selves in opposition to the distorted vision of the dominant culture.'"-Publishers Weekly "A collection of essays that examine the complex workings of race, gender and the body. Editors Bennett and Dickerson explain that it seeks to 'amplify' African American women writers' attempts to 'take back their selves and reappropriate and reconstitute a body that has often been hyperoticized or exoticized and made a site of impropriety and crime.'"-The Women's Review of Books "By examining African American women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the book not only makes a significant contribution to a body of scholarly work but also attempts to 'recover' a more accurate representation of the African American female body."-DePauw Magazine "A highly original and very informative collection of essays that theorizes the complicated intersection of the black female body and its Western symbolic meanings. The collection is essential for anyone interested in the tensions between post-structuralist and humanist understandings of subject formation, social agency, and performative identity."-Claudia Tate, Princeton University Despite the recent flood of scholarly work investigating race, gender, and representation, little has been written about black women's depictions of their own bodies. Both past and present-day American cultural discourse has attempted to either hypereroticize the black female body or make it a site of impropriety and crime. The essays in this volume focus on how African American women, from the nineteenth century to the present, have represented their physical selves in opposition to the distorted vision of others. Contributors attempt to "recover" the black female body in two ways: they explore how dominant historical images have mediated black female identity, and they analyze how black women have resisted often demeaning popular cultural perceptions in favor of more diverse, subtle presentations of self. The pieces in this book-all of them published here for the first time-address a wide range of topics, from antebellum American poetry to nineteenth-century African American actors and twentieth-century pulp fiction. Recovering the Black Female Body recognizes the pressing need to highlight the vibrant energy of African American women's attempts to wrest control of the physical and symbolic construction of their bodies away from the distortions of others. Michael Bennett is an associate professor of English at Long Island University and coeditor of The Nature of Cities: Ecocriticism and Urban Environments. Vanessa D. Dickerson is an associate professor of English at DePauw University. She is the author of Victorian Ghosts in the Noontide: Women Writers and the Supernatural, and editor of Keeping the Victorian House.

The Forked Juniper - Critical Perspectives on Rudolfo Anaya (Hardcover): Roberto Cantu The Forked Juniper - Critical Perspectives on Rudolfo Anaya (Hardcover)
Roberto Cantu
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The Cambridge Companion to French Literature (Paperback): John D Lyons The Cambridge Companion to French Literature (Paperback)
John D Lyons
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In this authoritative and accessible account of French literature, sixteen essays by leading specialists offer provocative insights into French literary culture, its genres, movements, themes, and historic turning points, including the cultural and linguistic challenges of today's multi-ethnic France. The French have, over the centuries, invented and reinvented writing, from the Arthurian romances of Chretien de Troyes to Montaigne's Essays, which gave the world a new literary form and a new standard for writing about personal thought and experience; from the highly polished tragedies of French classicism to the satirical novels of the Enlightenment; from Proust's explorations of social and sexual mores to the 'New Novel' of the late twentieth century; and from Baudelaire's urban poetry to today's poetic experiments with sound and typography. The broad scope of this Companion, which goes beyond individual authors or periods, enables a deeper appreciation for the distinctive literature of France.

Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse / The Waves - Essays, Articles, Reviews (Paperback, New): Jane Goldman Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse / The Waves - Essays, Articles, Reviews (Paperback, New)
Jane Goldman
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Two of Virginia Woolf's most influential works, To the Lighthouse and The Waves reveal the quintessence of her experimentation with narrative technique in depicting the passage of time and the nature of human consciousness. This guide includes an outline of the critical reception of Woolf's work -- placing these two texts in the context of her oeuvre -- as well as extracts from her own writing on these novels and an exploration of the birth of Woolf studies in the mid-twentieth century.

Toni Morrison: Beloved - Essays, Articles, Reviews (Paperback, New): Carl Plasa Toni Morrison: Beloved - Essays, Articles, Reviews (Paperback, New)
Carl Plasa
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With excerpts from interviews and reviews, an exploration of the historical documents and slave narrative traditions on which Morrison drew, and an insightful juxtaposition of psychoanalytic and postcolonial approaches to the novel, this guide places "Beloved" in the contexts of Morrison's oeuvre and other works of African American literature. Chapters focus on the supernatural elements of the work, as well as the author's treatment of the physical self.

American Nightmares-The Haunted House Formula In American Popular Fiction (Paperback): American Nightmares-The Haunted House Formula In American Popular Fiction (Paperback)
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When Edgar Allan Poe set down the tale of the accursed House of Usher in 1839, he also laid the foundations for a literacy tradition which Edgar has assumed a lasting role in American culture. The House of Usher and its Iiterary progeny have not lacked for tenants in the century and a half since; writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Stephen King have taken some rooms in the haunted houses of American Fiction.

Yet, while the haunted house motif looms archetypal in the October country of the American mind, Iiterary critics have rarely inquired what it means or why it has endured. These are the questions at the head of Dale Bailey's American Nightmares: The Haunted House Formula in American Popular Fiction.

Bailey believes that the popularity of the haunted house formula depends upon its versatility in exploring American themes. In this study he discribes the formula and explains its continued success through an investigation of a representative sample of American haunted house literature which is distinguished from the ghost story as practiced by Henry James, Edith Wharton, and others.

Bailey traces the haunted house tale from its origins in English gothic fiction to the paperback potboilers of the present, highlighting the unique significance of the house in the domestic, economic, and social ideologies of our nation. In the hands of the best gothic writers, Bailey subversive symbol of everything that has gone nightmarishly awry in the American dream.

The Scars We Carve - Bodies and Wounds in Civil War Print Culture (Hardcover): Allison M. Johnson The Scars We Carve - Bodies and Wounds in Civil War Print Culture (Hardcover)
Allison M. Johnson
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Cambridge International AS & A Level Literature in English Student's Book (Paperback): Maria Cairney, Mike Gould, Ian... Cambridge International AS & A Level Literature in English Student's Book (Paperback)
Maria Cairney, Mike Gould, Ian Kirby, Richard Vardy; Series edited by Noel Cassidy
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Exam Board: Cambridge Assessment International Education Level & Subject: Cambridge International AS & A Level Literature in English First teaching: September 2019 First examination: from 2021 The Student's Book introduces the key concepts and skills in the Cambridge International syllabus, with a focus on developing effective writing from the start, to give students a toolkit for responding to unseen texts and exploring the set texts in depth. * Develops effective writing throughout with dedicated activities and exemplar student writing to model different ways of responding to texts. * Structured to help students make progress: each unit offers a clear, step-by-step learning sequence, moving from exploration to supported analysis to independent writing, and building towards examination-style tasks at the end of each chapter. * Supports and challenges all learners. The first chapter of the book introduces the fundamental skills and concepts for the course, building learners' confidence and supporting the transition from upper secondary. The second part of the book shows students how to apply these skills to write about the three major forms (poetry, prose and drama) and to respond to unseen texts. Thinking more deeply sections revisit ideas at a higher level to challenge the most able students. * Provides an anthology of international texts: fresh texts from a variety of periods and cultures have been chosen to allow students to explore different writers' choices and their effects. * Practical for the classroom: the book will be clearly organised into practical sequences of learning that can be used as lessons or series of lessons. The focus on activity and modelling offers an accessible format for classroom teaching. * Supports teachers' planning. The free online teacher resource available on Collins.co.uk provides editable medium-term plans summarising the coverage of each chapter.

Inventing the American Primitive - Politics, Gender and the Representation of Native American Literary Traditions, 1789-1936... Inventing the American Primitive - Politics, Gender and the Representation of Native American Literary Traditions, 1789-1936 (Hardcover, New)
Helen Carr
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A valuable and major contribution to its field and to the associated interdisciplinary debates.
--Jim PhillipUniversity of Essex

American mainstream culture has always been fascinated with the notion of the primitive, particularly as embodied by Native Americans. In Inventing the American Primitive, Helen Carr illustrates how responses to the existence of Native American traditions have shaped ideas of American identity and American literature.

Inventing the American Primitive examines a body of work, both literary and anthropological, that describes, inscribes, translates and transforms Native American myths and poetry. Drawing on post-colonial and feminist theory, as well as ethnography's recent textual turn, Carr reveals the conflicts and ambivalence in these texts. Through their writings, the writers and anthropologists studied were attempting to preserve a culture which their country, with their help or connivance, sought to destroy. The contradictions and tensions of this position run throughout their work. Although there is no simple narrative of progress in this story, as it moves from the eighteenth-century primitivism to twentieth-century modernism, the book shows the process by which the richness and complexity of Native American traditions came to be acknowledged.

Inventing the American Primitive offers a radical new reading of American literary history, as well as fresh insights into the powerful pull of primitivism in United States culture, and into the interactions of gender and race ideologies.

Inventing the American Primitive - Politics, Gender and the Representation of Native American Literary Traditions, 1789-1936... Inventing the American Primitive - Politics, Gender and the Representation of Native American Literary Traditions, 1789-1936 (Paperback, New)
Helen Carr
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A valuable and major contribution to its field and to the associated interdisciplinary debates.
--Jim PhillipUniversity of Essex

American mainstream culture has always been fascinated with the notion of the primitive, particularly as embodied by Native Americans. In Inventing the American Primitive, Helen Carr illustrates how responses to the existence of Native American traditions have shaped ideas of American identity and American literature.

Inventing the American Primitive examines a body of work, both literary and anthropological, that describes, inscribes, translates and transforms Native American myths and poetry. Drawing on post-colonial and feminist theory, as well as ethnography's recent textual turn, Carr reveals the conflicts and ambivalence in these texts. Through their writings, the writers and anthropologists studied were attempting to preserve a culture which their country, with their help or connivance, sought to destroy. The contradictions and tensions of this position run throughout their work. Although there is no simple narrative of progress in this story, as it moves from the eighteenth-century primitivism to twentieth-century modernism, the book shows the process by which the richness and complexity of Native American traditions came to be acknowledged.

Inventing the American Primitive offers a radical new reading of American literary history, as well as fresh insights into the powerful pull of primitivism in United States culture, and into the interactions of gender and race ideologies.

Summary of Trim Healthy Mama Plan (Paperback): Instaread Summary of Trim Healthy Mama Plan (Paperback)
Instaread
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Reading North by South - On Latin American Literature, Culture and Politics (Paperback): Neil Larsen Reading North by South - On Latin American Literature, Culture and Politics (Paperback)
Neil Larsen
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Seminal work deals with the import and political consequences of the most influential approaches to the study of Latin American literature in the US. Chief virtue resides in scholarly method: a deep investigation of the theoretical foundations of major contributions. Essays demonstrate how many important approaches lack theoretical rigor due to a failure to investigate the philosophical grounding of the ideas deployed in the literary studies. A crucial book for serious critics. Absolutely required for all work on the boom and critical approaches that brought it about and maintain it; as well as for colonial discourse, testimonio, hegemony and ideology, and 'invention' approaches"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Utopian and Science Fiction by Women: Worlds of Difference (Paperback): Jane L. Donawerth, Carol A Kolmerten Utopian and Science Fiction by Women: Worlds of Difference (Paperback)
Jane L. Donawerth, Carol A Kolmerten; Foreword by Susan Gubar
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A Dialogue of Voices - Feminist Literary Theory and Bakhtin (Paperback): Karen Hohne, Helen Wussow A Dialogue of Voices - Feminist Literary Theory and Bakhtin (Paperback)
Karen Hohne, Helen Wussow
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"A Dialogue of Voices "was first published in 1994. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

The work of the Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin, particularly his notions of dialogics and genre, has had a substantial impact on contemporary critical practices. Until now, however, little attention has been paid to the possibilities and challenges Bakhtin presents to feminist theory, the task taken up in "A Dialogue of Voices." The original essays in this book combine feminism and Bakhtin in unique ways and, by interpreting texts through these two lenses, arrive at new theoretical approaches. Together, these essays point to a new direction for feminist theory that originates in Bakhtin-one that would lead to a feminine etre rather than a feminine ecriture. Focusing on feminist theorists such as Helene Cixous, Teresa de Lauretis, Julia Kristeva, and Monique Wittig in conjunction with Bakhtin's concepts of dialogism, heteroglossia, and chronotope, the authors offer close readings of texts from a wide range of multicultural genres, including nature writing, sermon composition, nineteenth-century British women's fiction, the contemporary romance novel, Irish and French lyric poetry, and Latin American film. The result is a unique dialogue in which authors of both sexes, from several countries and different eras, speak against, for, and with one another in ways that reveal their works anew as well as the critical matrices surrounding them.

Karen Hohne is an independent scholar and artist living in Moorhead, Minnesota. Helen Wussow is an assistant professor of English at Memphis State University.

Allegory and Ideology (Hardcover): Fredric Jameson Allegory and Ideology (Hardcover)
Fredric Jameson
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Fredric Jameson takes on the allegorical form Works do not have meanings, they soak up meanings: a work is a machine for libidinal investments (including the political kind). It is a process that sorts incommensurabilities and registers contradictions (which is not the same as solving them!) The inevitable and welcome conflict of interpretations - a discursive, ideological struggle - therefore needs to be supplemented by an account of this simultaneous processing of multiple meanings, rather than an abandonment to liberal pluralisms and tolerant (or intolerant) relativisms. This is not a book about "method," but it does propose a dialectic capable of holding together in one breath the heterogeneities that reflect our biological individualities, our submersion in collective history and class struggle, and our alienation to a disembodied new world of information and abstraction. Eschewing the arid secularities of philosophy, Walter Benjamin once recommended the alternative of the rich figurality of an older theology; in that spirit we here return to the antiquated Ptolemaic systems of ancient allegory and its multiple levels (a proposal first sketched out in The Political Unconscious); it is tested against the epic complexities of the overtly allegorical works of Dante, Spenser and the Goethe of Faust II, as well as symphonic form in music, and the structure of the novel, postmodern as well as Third-World: about which a notorious essay on National Allegory is here reprinted with a theoretical commentary; and an allegorical history of emotion is meanwhile rehearsed from its contemporary, geopolitical context.

Daily Rituals - Women at Work (Hardcover): Mason Currey Daily Rituals - Women at Work (Hardcover)
Mason Currey 1
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The much-anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed and resoundingly fascinating Daily Rituals.

Filled with the innovative, inspiring and wonderfully prolific accounts of some of the world's best female creators, Daily Rituals: Women at Work is the powerful and championing sequel to Mason Currey's first book, Daily Rituals.

Barbara Hepworth sculpted outdoors and Janet Frame wore earmuffs as she worked to block out noise. Kate Chopin wrote with her six children ‘swarming around her’ whereas the artist Rosa Bonheur filled her bedroom with the sixty birds that inspired her work. Louisa May Alcott wrote so vigorously – skipping sleep and meals – that she had to learn to write with her left hand to give her cramped right hand a break.

Filled with details of the large and small choices these women made, Daily Rituals: Women at Work is about the day-to-day lives of some of the world’s most extraordinary creative minds who, whether Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Brontė, Nina Simone or Jane Campion, found the time and got to work.

'An admirably succinct portrait of some distinctly uncommon lives' Meryle Secrest

Literature - Why It Matters (Paperback): Robert Eaglestone Literature - Why It Matters (Paperback)
Robert Eaglestone
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'Facts alone are wanted in life, ' exclaims Mr Gradgrind at the beginning of Dickens' Hard Times. Literature is not about facts alone, and - despite two and a half thousand years of arguments - no one can agree on what it is, or how to study it. But, argues Robert Eaglestone, it is precisely the open-ended nature of literature that makes it such a rewarding and useful subject. Eaglestone shows that studying literature can change who you are, turning you from a 'reader' into a 'critic' someone attuned to the ways we make meaning in our world. Literature is a living conversation which provides endless opportunities to rethink and reinterpret our societies and ourselves. With examples ranging from Sappho to Skyrim, this book shows how literature offers freer and deeper ways of thinking and being.

Border Crossings - An Introduction to East German Prose (Paperback): Thomas C. Fox Border Crossings - An Introduction to East German Prose (Paperback)
Thomas C. Fox
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Literary Meaning - Reclaiming the Study of Literature (Paperback): Wendell V. Harris Literary Meaning - Reclaiming the Study of Literature (Paperback)
Wendell V. Harris
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Literary theory, according to Wendell Harris, has over the last twenty-five years become increasingly characterized by illogical arguments, an esoteric vocabulary, and gnomic references to what various authority figures are presumed to have demonstrated. Arcane modes of argument and unargued assumptions leave the reader of contemporary theorists frustrated; little of the resulting criticism entices the reader to seek out the literary work itself. Harris argues that regardless of the specifics of individual theories, the central struggle is between traditional hermeneutics, in which the interpretation of the author's intended meaning is the necessary first step in any response to a text, and the more recent hermeticism, which seeks to deny the relevance of intention, the possibility of determinate meaning, and the reference of language to any reality beyond itself. With wit, insight, and analytical precision, Harris critiques the misunderstanding of scientific method spawned by the failure of structuralism, the absolutism of poststructuralism, and the confusions over contextualism and historicism. He concludes with an analysis of the hollowness of the current model of professionalism in literature departments.

Russian Literature - Ideals and Realities (Paperback, New edition): Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin, George Woodcock Russian Literature - Ideals and Realities (Paperback, New edition)
Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin, George Woodcock; Translated by George Woodcock
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Believing that the best minds of Russia chose literature to express their conceptions of national life, Kropotkin wrote this literary history as a celebration.

Romeo and Juliet (Paperback, Washington Square Press new Folger's ed): Will.I.Am Romeo and Juliet (Paperback, Washington Square Press new Folger's ed)
Will.I.Am
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In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers' final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers. The authoritative edition of Romeo and Juliet from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play's famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books -An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading Essay by Gail Kern Paster The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.

So Much Longing in So Little Space - The Art of Edvard Munch (Paperback): Karl Ove Knausgaard So Much Longing in So Little Space - The Art of Edvard Munch (Paperback)
Karl Ove Knausgaard
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The Written World - How Literature Shaped History (Paperback): Martin Puchner The Written World - How Literature Shaped History (Paperback)
Martin Puchner 1
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From clay tablets to the printing press. From the pencil to the internet. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. This is the true story of literature -- of how great texts and technologies have shaped cultures and civilizations and altered human history. The inventions of paper, the printing press and the world wide web are usually considered the major influences on the way we share stories. Less well known is the influence of Greek generals, Japanese court ladies, Spanish adventurers, Malian singers and American astronauts, and yet all of them played a crucial role in shaping and spreading literature as we know it today. The Written World tells the captivating story of the development of literature, where stories intersect with writing technologies like clay, stone, parchment, paper, printing presses and computers. Central to the development of religions, political movements and even nations, texts spread useful truths and frightening disinformation, and have the power to change lives. Through vivid storytelling and across a huge sweep of time, The Written World offers a new and enticing perspective on human history.

Silly, Smelly Animal Jokes (Hardcover): Julia Garstecki Silly, Smelly Animal Jokes (Hardcover)
Julia Garstecki
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