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Scottish Gothic - An Edinburgh Companion (Hardcover): Carol Margaret Davison, Monica Germana Scottish Gothic - An Edinburgh Companion (Hardcover)
Carol Margaret Davison, Monica Germana
R2,014 R1,832 Discovery Miles 18 320 Save R182 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Written from various critical standpoints by international scholars, Scottish Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion interrogates the ways in which the concepts of the Gothic and Scotland have intersected and been manipulated from the mideighteenth century to the present day. This interdisciplinary collection will be the first ever published study to investigate the multifarious strands of Gothic in Scottish fiction, poetry, theatre and film. Its contributors -- all specialists in their field -- combine an attention to socio-historical and cultural contexts with a rigorous close reading of works, both classic and lesser known, produced between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries.

Bond Girls - Body, Fashion and Gender (Paperback): Monica Germana Bond Girls - Body, Fashion and Gender (Paperback)
Monica Germana
R743 Discovery Miles 7 430 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since Ursula Andress's white-bikini debut in Dr No, 'Bond Girls' have been simultaneously celebrated as fashion icons and dismissed as 'eye-candy'. But the visual glamour of the women of James Bond reveals more than the sexual objectification of female beauty. Through the original joint perspectives of body and fashion, this exciting study throws a new, subversive light on Bond Girls. Like Coco Chanel, fashion's 'eternal' mademoiselle, these 'Girls' are synonymous with an unconventional and dynamic femininity that does not play by the rules and refuses to sit still; far from being the passive objects of the male gaze, Bond Girls' active bodies instead disrupt the stable frame of Bond's voyeurism. Starting off with an original re-assessment of the cultural roots of Bond's postwar masculinity, the book argues that Bond Girls emerge from masculine anxieties about the rise of female emancipation after the Second World War and persistent in the present day. Displaying parallels with the politics of race and colonialism, such tensions appear through sartorial practices as diverse as exoticism, power dressing and fetish wear, which reveal complex and often contradictory ideas about the patriarchal and imperial ideologies associated with Bond. Attention to costume, film and gender theory makes Bond Girls: Body, Gender and Fashion essential reading for students and scholars of fashion, media and cultural studies, and for anyone with an interest in Bond.

Bond Girls - Body, Fashion and Gender (Hardcover): Monica Germana Bond Girls - Body, Fashion and Gender (Hardcover)
Monica Germana
R1,903 R1,745 Discovery Miles 17 450 Save R158 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since Ursula Andress's white-bikini debut in Dr No, 'Bond Girls' have been simultaneously celebrated as fashion icons and dismissed as 'eye-candy'. But the visual glamour of the women of James Bond reveals more than the sexual objectification of female beauty. Through the original joint perspectives of body and fashion, this exciting study throws a new, subversive light on Bond Girls. Like Coco Chanel, fashion's 'eternal' mademoiselle, these 'Girls' are synonymous with an unconventional and dynamic femininity that does not play by the rules and refuses to sit still; far from being the passive objects of the male gaze, Bond Girls' active bodies instead disrupt the stable frame of Bond's voyeurism. Starting off with an original re-assessment of the cultural roots of Bond's postwar masculinity, the book argues that Bond Girls emerge from masculine anxieties about the rise of female emancipation after the Second World War and persistent in the present day. Displaying parallels with the politics of race and colonialism, such tensions appear through sartorial practices as diverse as exoticism, power dressing and fetish wear, which reveal complex and often contradictory ideas about the patriarchal and imperial ideologies associated with Bond. Attention to costume, film and gender theory makes Bond Girls: Body, Gender and Fashion essential reading for students and scholars of fashion, media and cultural studies, and for anyone with an interest in Bond.

Scottish Gothic - An Edinburgh Companion (Paperback): Carol Margaret Davison, Monica Germana Scottish Gothic - An Edinburgh Companion (Paperback)
Carol Margaret Davison, Monica Germana
R521 R473 Discovery Miles 4 730 Save R48 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Interrogates the Gothic in relation to Scotland, 'Scottishness', British Gothic, cultural and national boundaries, and issues of identity. Written from various critical standpoints by internationally renowned scholars, Scottish GothicAn Edinburgh Companion interrogates the ways in which the concepts of the Gothic and Scotland have intersected and been manipulated from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. This interdisciplinary collection is the first ever published study to investigate the multifarious strands of Gothic in Scottish fiction, poetry, theatre and film. Its contributors - all specialists in their fields - combine an attention to socio-historical and cultural contexts with a rigorous close reading of works, both classic and lesser known, produced between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries.

Ali Smith - Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Paperback, New): Monica Germana, Emily Horton Ali Smith - Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Paperback, New)
Monica Germana, Emily Horton
R757 Discovery Miles 7 570 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In such novels as Hotel World and the Whitbread Prize winning The Accidental, Ali Smith has established herself as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction. Covering her complete oeuvre, from the short stories to her most recent novel There but for the, this is the first comprehensive critical guide to Smith's work. Bringing together leading scholars, Ali Smith: Contemporary Critical Perspectives covers such topics as: * Language, truth and reality * Spectral presences and the uncanny * Gender and sexuality * Cosmopolitanism * Smith's place in the contemporary canon Including a new interview with the author, a chronology of her life and authoritative guides to further reading, this is an essential guide for anyone interested in the best of contemporary fiction.

Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing - Fiction Since 1978 (Hardcover, New): Monica Germana Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing - Fiction Since 1978 (Hardcover, New)
Monica Germana
R2,010 R1,713 Discovery Miles 17 130 Save R297 (15%) Out of stock

Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing considers four thematic areas of the supernatural - quests, dangerous women, doubles and ghosts - each explored in one of the four main chapters. Being the first critical work to bring together contemporary women's writing and the Scottish fantasy tradition, the volume pioneers in-depth investigation of some previously neglected texts such as Ali Smith's Hotel World; Alice Thompson's Justine; Margaret Elphinstone's longer fiction, as well as offering new readings of more popular texts including A.L. Kennedy's So I am glad, Emma Tennant's The Bad Sister and Two Women of London. Underlying the broad scope of this survey are the links - both explicit and implicit - established between the examined texts and the Scottish supernatural tradition. Having established a connection with a distinctively Scottish canon, Monica Germana points to the ways in which the selected texts simultaneously break from past traditions and reveal points of departure through their exploration of otherness as well as their engagement with feminist and postmodernist discourses in relation to the questions of identity and the interrogation of the real. Key Features * Original in scope and theoretical approach * Covers high profiles figures such as A L Kennedy, Muriel Spark and Emma Tennant as well as emerging authors such as Ali Smith and Alice Thompson * Contribution to scholarship in the areas of genre, gender and nation theory

Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture - Post-Millennial Perspectives on the End of the World (Hardcover): Monica... Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture - Post-Millennial Perspectives on the End of the World (Hardcover)
Monica Germana, Aris Mousoutzanis
R2,460 R2,146 Discovery Miles 21 460 Save R314 (13%) Out of stock

This interdisciplinary volume focuses on critical and theoretical responses to the apocalypse, reflecting on its past tradition, pervasive present and future legacy. It offers a dynamic combination of theoretical speculation, textual analysis and historicisation, exploring four crucial areas of investigation: theory, space, time, and language. Authors examine how apocalyptic discourses have had an impact on how we read the world's globalised space, the traumatic burden of history, and the mutual relationship between language and eschatological belief. The apocalypse is generally understood as a complex and often paradoxical paradigm of contemporary culture. This book offers a new, post-millennial perspective that perceives 'the end' as immanent rather than imminent, and develops existing theoretical tendencies that approach apocalyptic fictions as fantastic displacements of contemporary social, cultural and political anxieties. It points to the many ways in which the apocalypse is spatialised and mapped across urban, virtual, and global spaces.This collection explores the widespread appeal of the apocalypse as one of the most pervasive preoccupations in the history of Western culture, and one that has served as a template to construct different sets of cultural anxieties throughout history.

Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing - Fiction since 1978 (Paperback): Monica Germana Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing - Fiction since 1978 (Paperback)
Monica Germana
R640 R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Save R69 (11%) Out of stock

Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing considers four thematic areas of the supernatural - quests, dangerous women, doubles and ghosts - each explored in one of the four main chapters. Being the first critical work to bring together contemporary women's writing and the Scottish fantasy tradition, the volume pioneers in-depth investigation of some previously neglected texts such as Ali Smith's Hotel World; Alice Thompson's Justine; Margaret Elphinstone's longer fiction, as well as offering new readings of more popular texts including A.L. Kennedy's So I am glad, Emma Tennant's The Bad Sister and Two Women of London. Underlying the broad scope of this survey are the links - both explicit and implicit - established between the examined texts and the Scottish supernatural tradition. Having established a connection with a distinctively Scottish canon, Monica Germana points to the ways in which the selected texts simultaneously break from past traditions and reveal points of departure through their exploration of otherness as well as their engagement with feminist and postmodernist discourses in relation to the questions of identity and the interrogation of the real. Key Features* Original in scope and theoretical approach* Covers high profiles figures such as A L Kennedy, Muriel Spark and Emma Tennant as well as emerging authors such as Ali Smith and Alice Thompson* Contribution to scholarship in the areas of genre, gender and nation theory

Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture - Post-Millennial Perspectives on the End of the World (Paperback): Monica... Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture - Post-Millennial Perspectives on the End of the World (Paperback)
Monica Germana, Aris Mousoutzanis
R1,078 Discovery Miles 10 780 Out of stock

This interdisciplinary collection of essays focuses on critical and theoretical responses to the apocalypse of the late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century cultural production. Examining the ways in which apocalyptic discourses have had an impact on how we read the world's globalised space, the traumatic burden of history, and the mutual relationship between language and eschatological belief, fifteen original essays by a group of internationally established and emerging critics reflect on the apocalypse, its past tradition, pervasive present and future legacy. The collection seeks to offer a new reading of the apocalypse, understood as a complex - and, frequently, paradoxical - paradigm of (contemporary) Western culture. The majority of published collections on the subject have been published prior to the year 2000 and, in their majority of cases, locate the apocalypse in the future and envision it as something imminent. This collection offers a post-millennial perspective that perceives "the end" as immanent and, simultaneously, rooted in the past tradition.

Ali Smith - Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Hardcover): Monica Germana, Emily Horton Ali Smith - Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Hardcover)
Monica Germana, Emily Horton
R2,092 Discovery Miles 20 920 Out of stock

In such novels as Hotel World and the Whitbread Prize winning The Accidental, Ali Smith has established herself as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction. Covering her complete oeuvre, from the short stories to her most recent novel There but for the, this is the first comprehensive critical guide to Smith's work. Bringing together leading scholars, Ali Smith: Contemporary Critical Perspectives covers such topics as: * Language, truth and reality * Spectral presences and the uncanny * Gender and sexuality * Cosmopolitanism * Smith's place in the contemporary canon Including a new interview with the author, a chronology of her life and authoritative guides to further reading, this is an essential guide for anyone interested in the best of contemporary fiction.

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