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The Scarlet Pimpernel (Paperback): Emma Orczy The Scarlet Pimpernel (Paperback)
Emma Orczy; Edited by Nicholas Daly
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Is he in heaven?-Is he in hell? That demmed, elusive Pimpernel? Sir Percy Blakeney lives a double life in the England of 1792: at home he is an idle fop and a leader of fashion, but in abroad he is the Scarlet Pimpernel, a master of disguise who saves aristocrats from the guillotine. When the revolutionary French state seeks to unmask him, Percy's estranged, independent wife, Marguerite, unwittingly sets their agent on her husband's track. Percy's escapades, and Marguerite's daring journey to France to save him from the guillotine, keep the reader turning the pages of Baroness Orczy's well-paced romantic adventure. Written in just five weeks in 1903, Baroness Emma Orczy's bestseller has been the basis of multiple adaptations. Rooted in the upheaval of Orczy's Hungarian childhood, and in the anxious nationalism of turn-of-the-century Britain, the story of the Scarlet Pimpernel provided a blueprint not only for subsequent historical swashbucklers, but for superheroes from Zorro to Superman. The edition places the book The Scarlet Pimpernel within the context of the elite and popular literature of the turn of the century. Orczy's novel is close in kin to such contemporary political thrillers as Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent (1907); tales that channelled contemporary concerns about refugees and enemies within.

Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860-2000 (Hardcover, New): Nicholas Daly Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860-2000 (Hardcover, New)
Nicholas Daly
R1,874 Discovery Miles 18 740 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Industrial modernity takes it as self-evident that there is a difference between people and machines, but the corollary of this has been a recurring fantasy about the erasure of that difference. The central scenario in this fantasy is the crash, sometimes literal, sometimes metaphorical. Nicholas Daly considers the way human/machine encounters have been imagined from the 1860s on, arguing that such scenes dramatize the modernization of subjectivity. Daly begins with Victorian railway melodramas in which an individual is rescued from the path of the train just in time, and ends with J.G. Ballard's novel Crash in which people seek out such collisions. Daly argues that these collisions dramatize the relationship between the individual and modern industrial society, and suggests that the pleasures of fictional suspense help people to assimilate the speeding up of everyday life. This book will be of interest to scholars of moderinism, literature and film.

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Series Number 70 - Sensation and Modernity in the 1860s... Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Series Number 70 - Sensation and Modernity in the 1860s (Hardcover)
Nicholas Daly
R1,496 R1,375 Discovery Miles 13 750 Save R121 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is a study of high and low culture in the years before the Reform Act of 1867, which vastly increased the number of voters in Victorian Britain. As many commentators worried about the political consequences of this Leap in the Dark, authors and artists began to re-evaluate their own role in a democratic society that was also becoming more urban and more anonymous. While some fantasized about ways of capturing and holding the attention of the masses, others preferred to make art and literature more exclusive, to shut out the crowd. One path led to Sensation; the other to aestheticism, though there were also efforts to evade this opposition. This book examines the fiction, drama, fine art, and ephemeral forms of these years against the backdrop of Reform. Authors and artists studied include Wilkie Collins, Dion Boucicault, Charles Dickens, James McNeill Whistler, and the popular illustrator, Alfred Concanen.

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Series Number 97 - The Demographic Imagination and the... Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Series Number 97 - The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City: Paris, London, New York (Hardcover)
Nicholas Daly
R1,885 Discovery Miles 18 850 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In this provocative book, Nicholas Daly tracks the cultural effects of the population explosion of the nineteenth century, the 'demographic transition' to the modern world. As the crowded cities of Paris, London and New York went through similar transformations, a set of shared narratives and images of urban life circulated among them, including fantasies of urban catastrophe, crime dramas, and tales of haunted public transport, refracting the hell that is other people. In the visual arts, sentimental genre pictures appeared that condensed the urban masses into a handful of vulnerable figures: newsboys and flower-girls. At the end of the century, proto-ecological stories emerge about the sprawling city as itself a destroyer. This lively study excavates some of the origins of our own international popular culture, from noir visions of the city as a locus of crime, to utopian images of energy and community.

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Series Number 70 - Sensation and Modernity in the 1860s... Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Series Number 70 - Sensation and Modernity in the 1860s (Paperback)
Nicholas Daly
R617 Discovery Miles 6 170 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book studies high and low culture in the years before the Reform Act of 1867, which vastly increased the number of voters in Victorian Britain. As many commentators worried about the political consequences of this 'Leap in the Dark', authors and artists began to re-evaluate their own role in a democratic society that was also becoming more urban and more anonymous. While some fantasized about ways of capturing and holding the attention of the masses, others preferred to make art and literature more exclusive, to shut out the crowd. One path led to 'Sensation'; the other to aestheticism, though there were also efforts to evade this opposition. This book examines the fiction, drama, fine art, and ephemeral forms of these years against the backdrop of Reform. Authors and artists studied include Wilkie Collins, Dion Boucicault, Charles Dickens, James McNeill Whistler, and the popular illustrator Alfred Concanen.

Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860-2000 (Paperback): Nicholas Daly Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860-2000 (Paperback)
Nicholas Daly
R917 Discovery Miles 9 170 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Industrial modernity takes it as self-evident that there is a difference between people and machines, but the corollary of this has been a recurring fantasy about the erasure of that difference. The central scenario in this fantasy is the crash, sometimes literal, sometimes metaphorical. Nicholas Daly considers the way human/machine encounters have been imagined from the 1860s on, arguing that such scenes dramatise the modernisation of subjectivity. Daly begins with Victorian railway melodramas in which an individual is rescued from the path of the train just in time, and ends with J. G. Ballard's novel Crash in which people seek out such collisions. Daly argues that these collisions dramatise the relationship between the individual and the industrial society, and suggests that the pleasures of fictional suspense help people to assimilate the speeding up of everyday life. This book will be of interest to scholars of modernism, literature and film.

Modernism, Romance and the Fin de Siecle - Popular Fiction and British Culture (Paperback, New ed): Nicholas Daly Modernism, Romance and the Fin de Siecle - Popular Fiction and British Culture (Paperback, New ed)
Nicholas Daly
R924 Discovery Miles 9 240 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In Modernism, Romance and the Fin de Siecle Nicholas Daly explores the popular fiction of the 'romance revival' of the late Victorian and Edwardian years, focusing on the work of such authors as Bram Stoker, H. Rider Haggard and Arthur Conan Doyle. Rather than treating these stories as Victorian Gothic, Daly locates them as part of a 'popular modernism'. Drawing on work in cultural studies, this book argues that the vampires, mummies and treasure hunts of these adventure narratives provided a form of narrative theory of cultural change, at a time when Britain was trying to accommodate the 'new imperialism', the rise of professionalism, and the expansion of consumerist culture. Daly's wide-ranging study argues that the presence of a genre such as romance within modernism should force a questioning of the usual distinction between high and popular culture.

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Series Number 97 - The Demographic Imagination and the... Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Series Number 97 - The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City: Paris, London, New York (Paperback)
Nicholas Daly
R604 Discovery Miles 6 040 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In this provocative book, Nicholas Daly tracks the cultural effects of the population explosion of the nineteenth century, the 'demographic transition' to the modern world. As the crowded cities of Paris, London and New York went through similar transformations, a set of shared narratives and images of urban life circulated among them, including fantasies of urban catastrophe, crime dramas, and tales of haunted public transport, refracting the hell that is other people. In the visual arts, sentimental genre pictures appeared that condensed the urban masses into a handful of vulnerable figures: newsboys and flower-girls. At the end of the century, proto-ecological stories emerge about the sprawling city as itself a destroyer. This lively study excavates some of the origins of our own international popular culture, from noir visions of the city as a locus of crime, to utopian images of energy and community.

Modernism, Romance and the Fin de Siecle - Popular Fiction and British Culture (Hardcover, 1994-95): Nicholas Daly Modernism, Romance and the Fin de Siecle - Popular Fiction and British Culture (Hardcover, 1994-95)
Nicholas Daly
R1,516 Discovery Miles 15 160 Out of stock

Nicholas Daly explores the popular fiction of the "romance revival" of the late Victorian and Edwardian years, focusing on authors such as Bram Stoker, H. Rider Haggard and Arthur Conan Doyle. Drawing on recent work in cultural studies, Daly argues that these adventure narratives provided a narrative of cultural change at a time when Britain was trying to accommodate the "new imperialism." The presence of a genre such as romance within modernism, he claims, should force a questioning of the usual distinction between high and popular culture.

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