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Slow Fires (Paperback): Dan Wylie Slow Fires (Paperback)
Dan Wylie
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In recent decades, writers, enironmentalists and activists of every stripe have sought to remind us that we can no longer think of humans as separate from the natural environment, that an ethical life is one that considers the rights of humans and animals together. In this series of 24 poems and etchings, Dan Wylie and Roxandra Dardagan Britz marry gritty politics with voices of animal consciousness in a dark but compassionate meditation on our fragilities in a world predominantly predatory, toxic or indifferent. The poems and images in this book celebrate and mourn, remind us of the ephemeral and the substantial in our lives, and imagine a space in which animals speak with wisdom, sadness and humour.

The 100 Best Novels in Translation (Paperback): Boyd Tonkin The 100 Best Novels in Translation (Paperback)
Boyd Tonkin 1
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The Fiction of Valerie Martin - An Introduction (Hardcover): Veronica Makowsky The Fiction of Valerie Martin - An Introduction (Hardcover)
Veronica Makowsky
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Herman Melville: Moby-Dick - Essays, Articles, Reviews (Paperback, New): Nick Selby Herman Melville: Moby-Dick - Essays, Articles, Reviews (Paperback, New)
Nick Selby
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The huge range of critical and academic debate about this monster of a novel confirms "Moby-Dick"'s status as a vital and exhilarating exploration of the role of American ideology in defining modern consciousness. This "Columbia Critical Guide" starts with extracts from Melville's own letters and essays and from early reviews of "Moby-Dick" that set the terms for later critical evaluations. Subsequent chapters deal with the "Melville Revival" of the 1920s and the novel's central place in the establishment, growth, and reassessment of American Studies in the 1940s and 1950s. The final chapters examine postmodern New Americanist readings of the text, and how these provide new models for thinking about American culture.

The Unpunished Vice - A Life of Reading (Paperback): Edmund White The Unpunished Vice - A Life of Reading (Paperback)
Edmund White 1
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'I find it impossible to imagine anyone better read than White . Wisdom and a certain kind of tenderness are to be found on every page' Observer

Edmund White made his name as a writer, but he remembers his life through the books he read. For White, each momentous occasion came with books to match: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White's novels.

White's larger-than-life presence on the literary scene lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world's best-loved cultural figures. Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a sensitive, smart account of a life in literature.

Yoknapatawpha Blues - Faulkner's Fiction and Southern Roots Music (Hardcover): Tim A. Ryan Yoknapatawpha Blues - Faulkner's Fiction and Southern Roots Music (Hardcover)
Tim A. Ryan
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A Dark Rose - Love in Eudora Welty's Stories and Novels (Hardcover): Sally Wolff A Dark Rose - Love in Eudora Welty's Stories and Novels (Hardcover)
Sally Wolff
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From the heartbroken protagonist she depicted in her first published story, "Death of a Traveling Salesman," to the reflective widow she described in her last novel, The Optimist's Daughter, Eudora Welty wrote realistically about the shadows and radiance of love. In a meticulous exploration of this theme, Sally Wolff combines new readings of Welty's fiction with biography and contextual information drawn from Wolff's nineteen-year friendship with the author. A signature image in most of Welty's fiction, the rose imparts symbolic power as it places Welty in the age-old tradition of love literature. Wolff argues that the dark rose-from the height of its brilliance to the end of its life-serves as a deft metaphor for the dichotomies Welty presents, equally suggestive of beauty and sadness, and the comic, tragic, and mysterious qualities of love. While some of Welty's characters are clearly autobiographical renderings-a daughter remembering her parents' marriage, or a broodingly hopeful member of a large family wedding-at other times, Welty analyzes from afar the dynamics of successful and troubled loving relationships. Although Welty fell in love more than once during her life, she never married, and Wolff argues that writing from the vantage point of the unattached gave Welty an objective perspective from which to examine in her fiction the varied dimensions of love. A Dark Rose navigates effortlessly among texts and examines Welty's portrayal of love in all its nuance and intricacy. Though love in Welty's fiction may fail, wear thin, or quietly take the hand of that grimmest of bridegrooms-death-it nonetheless remains a vital force, alive in the heart.

Progressive Traditions - Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture (Hardcover): Joshua B Nelson Progressive Traditions - Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture (Hardcover)
Joshua B Nelson
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According to a dichotomy commonly found in studies of American Indians, some noble Native people defiantly defend their pristine indigenous traditions in honor of their ancestors, while others in weakness or greed surrender their culture and identities to white American economies and institutions. This traditionalist-versus-assimilationist divide is, Joshua B. Nelson argues, a false one. To make his case that American Indians rarely if ever conform to such simplistic identifications, Nelson considers the literature and culture of many Cherokee people.
Exploring a range of linked cultural practices and beliefs through the works of Cherokee thinkers and writers from the nineteenth century to today, Nelson finds ample evidence that tradition can survive through times of radical change: Cherokees do their cultural work both in progressively traditional and traditionally progressive ways. Studying individuals previously deemed either "traditional" or "assimilationist," Nelson presents a more nuanced interpretation. Among the works he examines are the political rhetoric of Elias Boudinot, a forefather of American Indian literature, and of John Ross, the principal chief during the Removal years; the understudied memoirs of Catharine Brown, a nineteenth-century Cherokee convert to Christianity; and the novel "Kholvn," by contemporary traditionalist Sequoyah Guess, a writer of peculiarly Cherokee science fiction.
Across several genres--including autobiography, fiction, speeches, laws, and letters--"Progressive Traditions" identifies an "indigenous anarchism," a pluralist, community-centered political philosophy that looks to practices that preceded and surpass the nation-state as ways of helping Cherokee people prosper. This critique of the common call for expansion of tribal nations' sovereignty over their citizens represents a profound shift in American Indian critical theory and challenges contemporary indigenous people to rethink power among nations, communities, and individuals.

The Lions' Den - Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky (Hardcover): Susie Linfield The Lions' Den - Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky (Hardcover)
Susie Linfield
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A lively intellectual history that explores how prominent midcentury public intellectuals approached Zionism and then the State of Israel itself and its conflicts with the Arab world

In this lively intellectual history of the political Left, cultural critic Susie Linfield investigates how eight prominent twentieth-century intellectuals struggled with the philosophy of Zionism, and then with Israel and its conflicts with the Arab world. Constructed as a series of interrelated portraits that combine the personal and the political, the book includes philosophers, historians, journalists, and activists such as Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, I. F. Stone, and Noam Chomsky. In their engagement with Zionism, these influential thinkers also wrestled with the twentieth century’s most crucial political dilemmas: socialism, nationalism, democracy, colonialism, terrorism, and anti-Semitism. In other words, in probing Zionism, they confronted the very nature of modernity and the often catastrophic histories of our time. By examining these leftist intellectuals, Linfield also seeks to understand how the contemporary Left has become focused on anti-Zionism and how Israel itself has moved rightward.

Studies in the Age of Chaucer - Volume 24 (Hardcover): Larry Scanlon Studies in the Age of Chaucer - Volume 24 (Hardcover)
Larry Scanlon
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Studies in the Age of Chaucer is the annual yearbook of the New Chaucer Society, publishing articles on the writing of Chaucer and his contemporaries, their antecedents and successors, and their intellectual and social contexts. More generally, articles explore the culture and writing of later medieval Britain (1200-1500). Each SAC volume also includes an annotated bibliography and reviews of Chaucer-related publications.

Amagalelo (Paperback): Nakanjani G. Sibiya Amagalelo (Paperback)
Nakanjani G. Sibiya
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Take a walk on any of the South African university campuses and you will hear the air resonating with the sounds of different languages seamlessly interweaving with each other as students engage in academic work, talk, laughter and play. In 2012 this inspired the University of KwaZulu-Natal Language Board, in partnership with Independent Newspapers, to hold a first-of-its-kind isiZulu-English writing competition. By issuing an invitation to write in an African Language in a way that captures our changing world, it hoped to stimulate 'border crossings' and by so doing, encourage reading and writing in African languages. The panel of expert judges comprised internationally renowned storyteller Dr Gcina Mhlophe, Dr Nakanjani Sibiya, Prof Otty Nxumalo and Dr Gugu Mazibuko. They were overwhelmed by the high standard of the entries, which highlighted the value and power of indigenous languages as a source and expression of identity and pride. The purpose of the competition and of this book is thus to promote bilingualism and, in particular, the development of isiZulu, with the aim of contributing to literature in that language. This collection of short stories, essays and poetry is the result. We hope that readers will read it with the same degree of interest and enjoyment that the judges found in it - and that it will highlight the importance of creating spaces for people to express themselves creatively in their mother tongue, rather than in English alone.

Writing Beyond Prophecy - Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville After the American Renaissance (Hardcover): Martin Kevorkian Writing Beyond Prophecy - Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville After the American Renaissance (Hardcover)
Martin Kevorkian
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Writing beyond Prophecy offers a new interpretation of the American Renaissance by drawing attention to a cluster of later, rarely studied works by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville. Identifying a line of writing from Emerson's Conduct of Life to Hawthorne's posthumously published Elixir of Life manuscript to Melville's Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land, Martin Kevorkian demonstrates how these authors wrestled with their vocational calling.

Early in their careers, these three authors positioned their literary pursuits as an alternative to the ministry. By presenting a "new revelation" and a new set of "gospels" for the nineteenth century, they sought to usurp the authority of the pulpit. Later in life, each writer came to recognize the audacity of his earlier work, creating what Kevorkian characterizes as a literary aftermath. Strikingly, each author later wrote about the character of a young divinity student torn by a crisis of faith and vocation. Writing beyond Prophecy gives a distinctive shape to the late careers of Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville and offers a cohesive account of the lingering religious devotion left in the wake of American Romanticism.

Literary Bristol - Writers and the City (Paperback): Marie Mulvey-Roberts Literary Bristol - Writers and the City (Paperback)
Marie Mulvey-Roberts
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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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Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel - Egypt, 1892-2008 (Hardcover): Hoda El Sadda Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel - Egypt, 1892-2008 (Hardcover)
Hoda El Sadda
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This book explores the implications of revisiting the history of the Arabic novel using a gender-sensitive lens from the late nineteenth century until the first decade of the twenty-first century.

To Stand and Serve (Hardcover): Dan Miron, Koren Publisher Jerusalem To Stand and Serve (Hardcover)
Dan Miron, Koren Publisher Jerusalem; Edited by Aviad Tabory, Elli Fischer
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The princess saves herself in this one (Paperback): Amanda Lovelace The princess saves herself in this one (Paperback)
Amanda Lovelace 1
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Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award, the princess saves herself in this one is a collection of poetry about resilience. It is about writing your own ending. From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration. the princess saves herself in this one is the first book in the "women are some kind of magic" series.

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know - The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce (Hardcover): Colm Toibin Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know - The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce (Hardcover)
Colm Toibin 1
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'There is something interesting and intriguing to be found on almost every page' Guardian 'A father . . . is a necessary evil.' Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses ____________________________________ In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know Colm Toibin turns his incisive gaze to three of Ireland's greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and their earliest influences: their fathers. From Wilde's doctor father, a brilliant statistician and amateur archaeologist, who was taken to court by an obsessed lover in a strange premonition of what would happen to his son; to Yeats' father, an impoverished artist and brilliant letter-writer who could never finish apainting; to John Stanislus Joyce, a singer, drinker and story-teller, a man unwilling to provide for his large family, whom his son James memorialised in his work. Colm Toibin illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest writers in the English language and their fathers, but also illustrates the surprising ways they surface in their work ___________________________________ 'Toibin has a hawk-like eye for literary subtleties, and a generosity towards his subjects that is warm and unacademic.' The Sunday Times 'Full of insight and intrigue' Observer 'Searching, funny, generous' Irish Times 'Subtle, witty and often deeply moving' New Statesman

All the Lives We Ever Lived - Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf (Hardcover): Katharine Smyth All the Lives We Ever Lived - Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf (Hardcover)
Katharine Smyth
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Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault - Essays from the Grown-Up Years (Hardcover): Cathy Guisewite Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault - Essays from the Grown-Up Years (Hardcover)
Cathy Guisewite
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Einfach Deutsch - Einfach Deutsch/Schiller/Wilhelm Tell Um (Paperback): Pierre Magnan Einfach Deutsch - Einfach Deutsch/Schiller/Wilhelm Tell Um (Paperback)
Pierre Magnan
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Patterns Across Cultures, International Edition (Paperback, 2nd edition): Stuart Hirschberg, Terry Hirschberg Patterns Across Cultures, International Edition (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Stuart Hirschberg, Terry Hirschberg
R1,139 R951 Discovery Miles 9 510 Save R188 (17%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

PATTERNS ACROSS CULTURES, International Edition is a rhetorically organized reader driven by the principle that as the world gets smaller, students should be exposed to a wide variety of cultural perspectives-both from within the United States and from other countries. Many of the reading selections in the text are by writers who have never been anthologized, providing an invigorating alternative to traditional readers. Post-reading features for each selection, including questions on author's "Meaning," "Technique," and "Language," help students examine how the selection utilizes both the primary mode and other modes as well; calls out key vocabulary terms; highlights thematic connections between selections; and provides prompts for both personal and critical writing. To assist those instructors who prefer a thematic framework for discussing the selections, a thematic Table of Contents and Thematic Links questions connecting each essay with one or more others on similar themes will provide inspiration for theme-based discussions and writing assignments.

Read 'em and Weep - A Bedside Poker Companion (Paperback): John Stravinsky Read 'em and Weep - A Bedside Poker Companion (Paperback)
John Stravinsky
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Poker is much more than just a popular game. It is a world unto itself, populated with a multitude of colorful characters: professionals and amateurs, hustlers and dreamers. This royal flush of a collection brings together short stories, essays, poems, and excerpts from novels by a host of renowned writers -- from the Wild West to present day -- who have mined their personal experience of the game. Entertaining and enlightening, you'll want to ante up for Read 'Em and Weep.

With pieces by ...

Nelson Algren Andy Bellin Anthony Holden Katy Lederer James Thurber Barbara Tuchman Billy Collins Pete Dexter Martin Amis David Mamet Herbert O. Yardley A. Alvarez

...And More

Border-line Personalities - A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex,Sass,and Cultural Shifting (Paperback): Michelle Herrera... Border-line Personalities - A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex,Sass,and Cultural Shifting (Paperback)
Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Robyn Moreno
R276 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R17 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Why, in the minds of most Americans, are Latinas still thought of as maids, seductresses, and booty-shaking salsa divas?

Never has the concept of Latina identity been more relevant. Also, never has there been a new generation of Latinas so ready to say what they mean and even criticize the Latina generation that preceded them. Until now.

In "Border-Line Personalities," twenty writers share their poignant and wickedly funny stories about fighting with their mothers, struggling with speaking Spanish, and dealing with the men who've done them wrong, among a myriad of other topics. In the end, each essay encompasses a different point of view, lending credence to the theory that no one can label any one item, idea, or person more Latina than the other.

Questions posed to Latinas of all ages in "Border-Line Personalities": Why do many of us often feel more American than Latina? How important is Spanish, really? Do we all really fit under one cultural umbrella? When thinking about having children, do we really have to consider being stay-at-home moms as most of us were raised to believe was law, or can Latinas even consider the possibility of raising children while working? What do we do when we fall in love with someone (male or female) outside our culture?

The Word Pretty (Paperback): Elisa Gabbert The Word Pretty (Paperback)
Elisa Gabbert
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