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Characteristic Anecdotes of Men of Learning and Genius

Characteristic Anecdotes of Men of Learning and Genius
Includes accounts of Sir Thomas More, Sir Walter Raleigh, William Shakespeare, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Sir Issac Newton, Oliver Goldsmith, Samuel Johnson and many others.

Remarks on the Arabian Nights Entertainments

Remarks on the Arabian Nights Entertainments
A critical study from the era when only Galland was available.

Harper's Magazine

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Harper's Magazine
Important American periodical dating back to 1850.

The Psychology of Beauty

The Psychology of Beauty
"Notes that collections of psychological facts regarding beauty have not been taken up into a single authoritative principle. Psychology cannot do justice to the imperative of beauty, by virtue of which, when we say "this is beautiful," we have a right to imply that the universe must agree with us. A synthesis of these tendencies in the study of beauty is needed, in which the results of modern psychology shall help to make intelligible a philosophical theory of beauty. The chief purpose of this book is to seek to effect such a union. A way of defining Beauty which grounds it in general principles, while allowing it to reach the concrete case, is set forth in the essay on the Nature of Beauty. The chapters in this book aim to expand, to test, and to confirm this central theory, by showing, partly by the aid of the aforesaid special studies, how it accounts for our pleasure in pictures, music, and literature. The whole field of beauty is thus brought under discussion; and therefore, though it nowhere seeks to be exhaustive in treatment, the book may fairly claim to be a more or less consistent and complete aesthetic theory, and hence to address itself to the student of aesthetics as well as to the general reader"--Pref. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).

The Emerson Birthday-book

The Emerson Birthday-book
This book is a selection of excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson's writings arranged to coincide with days of the year.

Harper's New Monthly Magazine

Harper's New Monthly Magazine
Harper's informs a diverse body of readers of cultural, business, political, literary and scientific affairs.

The Lilac Fairy Book

The Lilac Fairy Book
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books constitute a 12 book series of fairy tale collections.The Lilac Fairy Book includes 33 stories, including the original versions of classic tales such as: A Fish Story, The Rich Brother and the Poor Brother, The Fairy Nurse, and many, many more

Value and the Humanities

release date: Jun 29, 2020
Value and the Humanities
Tracing the shift from liberal to neoliberal education from the nineteenth century to the present day, this open access book provides a rich and previously underdeveloped narrative of value in higher education in England. Value and the Humanities draws upon historical, financial, and critical debates concerning educational and cultural policy. Rather than writing a singular defence of the humanities against economic rationalism, Zoe Hope Bulaitis constructs a nuanced map of the intersections of value in the humanities, encompassing an exploration of policy engagement, scientific discourses, fictional representation, and the humanities in public life. The book articulates a kaleidoscopic range of humanities practices which demonstrate that although recent policy encourages higher education to be entirely motivated by outcomes, fiscal targets, and the acquisition of employability skills, the humanities continue to inspire and aspire beyond these limits. This book is a historically-grounded and theoretically-informed analysis of the value of the humanities within the context of the market.

Toleration and Other Essays

Toleration and Other Essays
This collection of Voltaire's famous philosophical essays, most calling for social reform, include?On Superstition and?On the Interpretation of the New Testament.?

Publications of the Modern Language Association of America

Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
Vols. for 1921-1969 include annual bibliography, called 1921-1955, American bibliography; 1956-1963, Annual bibliography; 1964-1968, MLA international bibliography.

The Foresters

The Foresters
This volume offers an early edition of Tennyson's 1892 play.

Giants and Dwarfs

Giants and Dwarfs
Giants and Dwarfs considers two types of magical creatures: the very big and the very small. This thorough book considers giants from many perspectives from the Bible and beyond.?

Thoreau's Thoughts

Thoreau's Thoughts
This book features selections from Henry David Thoreau's various writings.

Songs of Travel and Other Verses

Songs of Travel and Other Verses
Written while Stevenson was traveling across Scotland and California, €Songs of Travel and Other Verses was a popular collection of poetry upon its publication in 1896, two years after Stevenson's death. The verses became more popular in 1901 when Ralph Vaughn Williams set them to music in his€Songs of Travel.

The Spirit of Military Institutions

The Spirit of Military Institutions
This book is Marshal Marmont's work on military strategy and tactics in the 19th century. Marmont was a French Marshal and a personal friend and aide-de-camp to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Transactions and Proceedings of the Modern Language Association of America

Transactions and Proceedings of the Modern Language Association of America
Vols. for 1921-1969 include annual bibliography, called 1921-1955, American bibliography; 1956-1963, Annual bibliography; 1964-1968, MLA international bibliography.

Notes and Reviews

Notes and Reviews
This lengthy volume includes 25 critical essays from Henry James about various other authors and their works. Among the essays included here are: "Fiction and Sir Walter Scott," "Miss Alcott's 'Moods'," "Miss Braddon" and "Mrs. Gaskell."

Cuchulain of Muirthemne

Cuchulain of Muirthemne
This volume contains an Irish folk tale entitled "The Story of the Red Men of Ulster."

Cyborgs in Latin America

release date: Aug 18, 2010
Cyborgs in Latin America
A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org . Cyborgs in Latin America explores the ways cultural expression in Latin America has grappled with the changing relationships between technology and human identity.

Prince Otto

Prince Otto
An adventure and romance story set in the fictional German state of Grunewald,?Prince Otto: A Romance was self-admittedly Stevenson's most difficult work to complete. He wrote in one of his memoirs that he rewrote the first chapter eight times before the novel's publication in 1883.

A Collection of Rare and Curious Tracts on Witchcraft and the Second Sight

A Collection of Rare and Curious Tracts on Witchcraft and the Second Sight
This 1820 book contains interesting tracts on witchcraft and magic.

Beatrice

Beatrice
Beatrice tells the story of a love affair between Beatrice Granger, an unmarried schoolteacher and Geoffrey Bingham, an unhappily married London lawyer.

Familiar Studies of Men and Books

Familiar Studies of Men and Books
These studies are collected from the monthly press. One appeared in the New Quarterly, one in Macmillan's, and the rest in the Cornhill Magazine. To the Cornhill I owe a double debt of thanks; first, that I was received there in the very best society, and under the eye of the very best of editors; and second, that the proprietors have allowed me to republish so considerable an amount of copy. These nine worthies have been brought together from many different ages and countries. Not the most erudite of men could be perfectly prepared to deal with so many and such various sides of human life and manners. To pass a true judgment upon Knox and Burns implies a grasp upon the very deepest strain of thought in Scotland, -a country far more essentially different from England than many parts of America; for, in a sense, the first of these men re-created Scotland, and the second is its most essentially national production. To treat fitly of Hugo and Villon would involve yet wider knowledge, not only of a country foreign to the author by race, history, and religion, but of the growth and liberties of art.

My Study Fire

My Study Fire
A collection of essays which reflect upon life, literature and nature.

The Death of a Nobody

The Death of a Nobody
The subject of this modern classic is not a man. "It is an event," says Jules Romains, who is considered "the French Dos Passos." The event starts with the death of Jacques Godard, a man of no importance. It unfolds through his brief survival in the minds of others - the porter of his tenement in Paris, his fellow lodgers, a few acquaintances, his old father, who comes up from the country for the funeral, a young stranger who feels that the dead pass into "a great soul that cannot die." The event expresses Romains's belief in "collective beings," the famous theory of "Unanimism." In dramatizing his theory, Romains developed an advanced motion-picture technique when films were in their infancy, a technique of group portraits and sudden shifts from scene to scene that keeps this work far ahead of conventional novels. Here, Romains explores the ideas and the devices used in his twenty-seven-volume masterpiece, Men of Good Will, which André Maurois calls "the boldest attempt to describe completely his own time that any French novelist has made since Balzac."

The Mysteries of Astrology and the Wonders of Magic

The Mysteries of Astrology and the Wonders of Magic
This book contains a history of the rise and progress of astrology and the various branches of necromancy, geomancy, chiromancy and physiognomy.

Book of Snobs

Book of Snobs
Originally published in Punch,Thackeray's The Book of Snobs is a collection of satirical works aimed at slighting the lives of abundance and extravagance led by the aristocrats of the Victorian age. The work popularized the term "snob," used to refer to people who look down on others they deem to be "socially inferior."

Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters

Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters
This 1914 volume offers a glimpse of Austen's life by members of the Austen family.

Reading Breath in Literature

release date: Oct 29, 2018
Reading Breath in Literature
This open access book presents five different approaches to reading breath in literature, in response to texts from a range of historical, geographical and cultural environments. Breath, for all its ubiquity in literary texts, has received little attention as a transhistorical literary device. Drawing together scholars of Medieval Romance, Early Modern Drama, Fin de Siècle Aesthetics, American Poetics and the Postcolonial Novel, this book offers the first transhistorical study of breath in literature. At the same time, it shows how the study of breath in literature can contribute to recent developments in the Medical Humanities.

The Awakening

The Awakening
The Awakening (1899) appears in this collection of short stories. Upon publication of the story Chopin's writing was highly praised, but the public was outraged by the content and only one edition was printed. The Awakening was rediscovered in the 1960s, when Chopin was praised for raising feminist questions. The story follows the personal discovery of a married woman of the things she did not even realize she was missing.

The Intellectualism of Locke

The Intellectualism of Locke
This text seeks to argue that John Locke was an Intellectualist, rather than a Sensualist or Empiricist (those that believe that all thought is supplied by only external senses or internal and external sources, respectively). Author Thomas Webb cites extensive examples of Locke's belief that ideas are the source of the intellect, using Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding as the pillar of his argument.

Mr. Meeson's Will

Mr. Meeson's Will
Everybody who has any connection with Birmingham will be acquainted with the vast publishing establishment still known by the short title of "Meeson's" which is perhaps the most remarkable institution of the sort in Europe.

Recreations of an Anthologist

Recreations of an Anthologist
"So far as I am aware no one has hitherto drawn attention to the obvious fact that the motives of the collector of buttons and of boot-heels are closely akin to those of the literary anthologists who gather into a single volume the scattered poems or prose specimens which seem to belong together." -- Introduction

Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality

release date: Jan 01, 2019
Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality
This open access collection offers a detailed mapping of recent Nordic literature and its different genres (fiction, poetry, and childrens literature) through the perspective of spatiality. Concentrating on contemporary Nordic literature, the book presents a distinctive view on the spatial turn and widens the understanding of Nordic literature outside of canonized authors. Examining literatures by Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish authors, the chapters investigate a recurrent theme of social criticism and analyze this criticism against the welfare state and power hierarchies in spatial terms. The chapters explore various narrative worlds and spacesfrom the urban to parks and forests, from textual spaces to spatial thematics, studying these spatial features in relation to the problems of late modernity.

Framing Education

release date: Jan 22, 2019
Framing Education
Interest in comics as Swedish school material has risen in the last few years and the publication of comics for children and adolescents has also increased. Meanwhile, although research around new literacies has taken an interest in combinations of image and text, there is still little research on comics as a literacy material, especially as part of school practices. With comics’ rise in popularity, and their quality as examples of new literacies, this points to the relevance of exploring how meaning making with comics is done in schools. The purpose of this study is to contribute knowledge on how locally situated literacy practices are done, practices in which pupils and teachers make meaning with comics. The study combines literacy, comics and discursive psychology to investigate aspects of literacy not as individual, inner workings, but as part of participants’ social constructions, in line with New Literacy Studies. With this perspective, it is possible to investigate literary concepts such as narrative, and participants’ construction of story elements, through the way in which these aspects are utilized by participants to construct social action – what participants do with their utterances. To study this, video recordings have been made in one primary and one secondary school, in two different Swedish cities. The results of the study show constructions of a comics literacy, where participants engage with both visual and textual aspects of the material and negotiate focalization of narrative perspective and construction of narrative structure as well as narrative devices such as speech and thought bubbles. Furthermore, meaning making of comics literacy also includes the construction of discourses around comics as a specific type of story telling, either for material or literary reasons. The thesis discusses how participants construct classroom literature, and provides insight into how interaction around comics enables participants to construct and negotiate discourses around what comics literacy is and what it enables, as well as how to talk about, create, and read comics. Intresset för serier som svenskt skolmaterial har stigit de senaste åren och publiceringen av serier för barn och ungdomar har också ökat. Även om forskning om new literacies har intresserat sig för kombinationer av bild och text så finns det fortfarande lite forskning på serier som literacymaterial, speciellt som en del av skolpraktik. Med det stigande intresset för serier och deras kvaliteter som exempel på new literacies, så pekar detta mot att det finns en relevans i att utforska hur meningsskapande med serier görs i skolan. Syftet med denna studie är att bidra med kunskap om hur lokalt situerad literacypraktik görs där elever och lärare skapar mening med serier. Studien kombinerar forskning om literacy, serier och diskursiv psykologi för att, i linje med New Literacy Studies, undersöka aspekter av literacy som en del av deltagarnas sociala konstruktioner – inte som ett individuellt, mentalt fenomen. Med detta perspektiv är det möjligt att undersöka litterära koncept som narrativ och deltagares konstruktion av berättelseinslag, genom det sätt på vilka dessa aspekter används av deltagare för att interagera – vad deltagare gör när de säger något. För att studera detta har videoobservationer använts i en lågstadieskola och en högstadieskola i två olika svenska städer. Resultaten från studien demonstrerar konstruktioner av serie-literacy där deltagarna engagerar sig i både text och bild i materialet, diskuterar berättandeperspektiv och konstruktioner av narrativ struktur, såväl som berättarverktyg, t.ex. prat- och tankebubblor. Därutöver inkluderar serie-literacy också deltagarnas skapande av seriediskurser där serier görs till en specifik typ av berättande, antingen på materiell eller litterär basis. Avhandlingen diskuterar hur deltagare konstruerar klassrumslitteratur, och studien erbjuder en insikt i hur interaktion runt serier möjliggör för deltagare att konstruera och förhandla diskurser om vad serieliteracy är och vad det erbjuder för möjligheter, såväl som hur deltagare kan prata om, skapa och läsa serier.

The Page of the Duke of Savoy

The Page of the Duke of Savoy
The Page of the Duke of Savoy was Dumas' 1853 novel recounting the story of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, who triumphs over Henry II in war and then hopes to bring peace. This is the second book in the two-volume set.

An Inland Voyage

An Inland Voyage
An account of the author's canoe trip from Antwerp in Belgium to Pontoise in France.

The Modern Language Review

The Modern Language Review
Each number includes the section "Reviews."
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