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English Studies: The State of the Discipline, Past, Present, and Future

release date: Nov 28, 2014
English Studies: The State of the Discipline, Past, Present, and Future
An accessible and wide-ranging consideration of concerns facing English Studies in its surrounding context of the university and society. The contributors to this volume seek to trace, in the face of current challenges, historical and contemporary debates surrounding English Studies.

All about Skin

release date: Nov 11, 2014
All about Skin
A short fiction anthology of work by award-winning, multicultural, women writers, All about Skin captures the reality of harsh media pressures, difficult family relationships, racial prejudices, and other problems that face women of color around the world.

Modernism and Cosmology

release date: Jul 15, 2014
Modernism and Cosmology
Through examining the work of W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett, Katherine Ebury shows cosmology had a considerable impact on modernist creative strategies, developing alternative reading models of difficult texts such as Finnegans Wake and ''The Trilogy''.

Screen Adaptations: Shakespeare's Hamlet

release date: Mar 27, 2014
Screen Adaptations: Shakespeare's Hamlet
Hamlet is the most often produced play in the western literary canon, and a fertile global source for film adaptation. Samuel Crowl, a noted scholar of Shakespeare on film, unpacks the process of adapting from text to screen through concentrating on two sharply contrasting film versions of Hamlet by Laurence Olivier (1948) and Kenneth Branagh (1996). The films'' socio-political contexts are explored, and the importance of their screenplay, film score, setting, cinematography and editing examined. Offering an analysis of two of the most important figures in the history of film adaptations of Shakespeare, this study seeks to understand a variety of cinematic approaches to translating Shakespeare''s "words, words, words" into film''s particular grammar and rhetoric

Blood on the Tides

release date: May 25, 2014
Blood on the Tides
Examines the Ozidi Saga -- one of Africa''s best-known epics -- as an example of oral literature and as a reflection of the specific social and political concerns of the Nigerian Delta.

The Trickster Figure in American Literature

release date: Oct 23, 2013
The Trickster Figure in American Literature
This book analyzes and offers fresh insights into the trickster tradition including African American, American Indian, Euro-American, Asian American, and Latino/a stories, Morgan examines the oral roots of each racial/ethnic group to reveal how each group''s history, frustrations, and aspirations have molded the tradition in contemporary literature.

The Gothic Child

release date: Oct 17, 2013
The Gothic Child
Fascination with the dark and death threats are now accepted features of contemporary fantasy and fantastic fictions for young readers. These go back to the early gothic genre in which child characters were extensively used by authors. The aim of this book is to rediscover the children in their work.

Literary Politics

release date: Oct 17, 2013
Literary Politics
Literary Politics identifies and debates competing definitions of ''English Studies'' as an academic subject, celebrates the diversity of contemporary literary studies, and demonstrates the ways in which a range of literary texts can be understood as politically engaged, sometimes in unexpected ways.

The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

release date: Sep 26, 2013
The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry
This title offers an authoritative and up-to-date collection of original essays bringing together ground breaking research into the development of contemporary poetry in Britain and Ireland.

Lessons in Secular Criticism

release date: Sep 01, 2013
Lessons in Secular Criticism
Disrupting recent fashionable debates on secularism, this book raises the stakes on how we understand the space of the secular, independent of its battle with the religious, as a space of radical democratic politics that refuse to be theologized.

Affirming the Absurd in Harold Pinter

release date: May 21, 2013
Affirming the Absurd in Harold Pinter
Using Martin Esslin''s "invention" - the Theatre of the Absurd - to examine Pinter''s works, Wong brings the complexities and intricacies of the plays to the forefront, provoking readers and audiences to reconsider and problematize more conventional studies of his plays.

Tribal Fantasies

release date: Jan 08, 2013
Tribal Fantasies
This transnational collection discusses the use of Native American imagery in twentieth and twenty-first-century European culture. With examples ranging from Irish oral myth, through the pop image of Indians promulgated in pornography, to the philosophical appropriations of Ernst Bloch or the European far right, contributors illustrate the legend of "the Indian." Drawing on American Indian literary nationalism, postcolonialism, and transnational theories, essays demonstrate a complex nexus of power relations that seemingly allows European culture to build its own Native images, and ask what effect this has on the current treatment of indigenous peoples.

Temporalities

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Temporalities
Temporalities presents a concise critical introduction to the treatment of time throughout literature. Time and its passage represent one of the oldest and most complex philosophical subjects in art of all forms, and Russell West-Pavlov explains and interrogates the most important theories of temporality across a range of disciplines. The author explores temporality''s relationship with a diverse range of related concepts, including: historiography psychology gender economics postmodernism postcolonialism Russell West-Pavlov examines time as a crucial part of the critical theories of Newton, Freud, Ricoeur, Benjamin, and explores the treatment of time in a broad range of texts, ranging from the writings of St. Augustine and Sterne''s Tristram Shandy, to Woolf''s Mrs Dalloway and Stoppard''s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. This comprehensive and accessible guide establishes temporality as an essential theme within literary and cultural studies today.

Discourses of Ageing in Fiction and Feminism

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Discourses of Ageing in Fiction and Feminism
This book explores the way older women are represented in society. Through close readings of novels by major 20th century novelists, compared with the more dominant representations of female ageing to be found in popular culture it suggests that they offer a feminist understanding of the ''invisible'' woman sometimes lacking in feminism itself.

Eco-critical Literature

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Eco-critical Literature
Eco-Critical Literature: Regreening African Landscapescritically examines the representations, constructions, and imaginings of the relationship between the human and non-human worlds in contemporary African literature and culture. It offers innovative, incisive, and critical perspectives on the importance of sustaining a symbiotic relationship between humans and their environment. The book thus carries African scholarship beyond the mere analysis of themes and style to ethical and activist roles of literature having an impact on readers and the public. It is a scholarship geared towards rectifying ecological imbalance that is prevalent in many parts of the continent that forms the setting, context, and thematic discourse of the works or authors studied in this book. Besides sensitizing the African readership to the need for the restoration of harmony between man and the environment, this book equally aims to further familiarize scholars and students working on African literature and culture with the theoretical concerns of eco-criticism.

Writing Africa in the Short Story

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Writing Africa in the Short Story
The success of the Caine Prize for African Writing and the growth of online publishing have played key roles in putting the short story in its rightful place within the study and criticism of African literature.

The Drowning House

release date: Jan 01, 2013
The Drowning House
Returning to the insular Galveston home town of her youth in the wake of a family tragedy, photographer Clare Porterfield is drawn into a century-old mystery involving a woman who drowned during the Hurricane of 1900 and who some believe may have been murdered by her family.

Postcolonial Witnessing

release date: Nov 13, 2012
Postcolonial Witnessing
Postcolonial Witnessing argues that the suffering engendered by colonialism needs to be acknowledged more fully, on its own terms, in its own terms, and in relation to traumatic First World histories if trauma theory is to have any hope of redeeming its promise of cross-cultural ethical engagement.

African American Gothic

release date: Nov 09, 2012
African American Gothic
"African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places is a new study of African American literary interventions into the gothic genre. The book investigates how African American authors have utilized the genre since its very beginnings in America to represent the real horrors of Black life in country haunted by racism. Re-reading major African American literary texts--such as Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Of One Blood, Cane, Invisible Man, and Corregidora--African American Gothic investigates texts from each major era in African American Culture to show how the gothic has consistently circulated throughout the African American literary canon"--

Domestic Space in Eighteenth-Century British Novels

release date: Sep 28, 2012
Domestic Space in Eighteenth-Century British Novels
"[This book] focuses on six novels: Richardson''s three novels, Pamela; The History of Clarissa Harlowe and The History of Sir Charles Grandison; Haywood''s The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless; Sheridan''s Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph, and Burney''s Evelina. At the heart of these novels is the Georgian house and garden of the polite elite; specifically, the heroine''s experience of the domestic life of her living space. This book argues that to make the houses and gardens represented in these novels accessible to the modern reader, he or she needs to have information about the ''real'' domestic'' ..."--P. [4] of Cover.

Psychology for Language Learning

release date: Jul 24, 2012
Psychology for Language Learning
Offering a timely snapshot of current theory and research in the field of psychology in foreign language learning, this book is accessible to both specialists and non-specialists. Each chapter focuses on a different psychological construct and provides an overview of current thinking in the area drawing on insights from educational psychology.

Speaking of Monsters

release date: Jul 16, 2012
Speaking of Monsters
Employing a range of approaches to examine how "monster-talk" pervades not only popular culture but also public policy through film and other media, this book is a "one-stop shop" of sorts for students and instructors employing various approaches and media in the study of "teratologies," or discourses of the monstrous.

Domestication and Foreignization in Translation Studies

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Domestication and Foreignization in Translation Studies
This collection of peer reviewed articles deals with traditions of dichotomizing ways of describing translations. The discussions include theoretical aspects of defining the concepts of domestication and foreignization, concrete research undertaken by applying these concepts and cases where translation is strongly linked with ideological factors. Theoretical questions are posed from different perspectives, varying from affective aspects of translation strategies and translation from and into minor languages to meta-theoretical analysis of the notions of domestication and for-eignization. Operationalization of these key concepts is presented by comparing the original text and its different translations into one or several target languages and developing models for assessing a translation on a domestication-foreignization scale. The ideological aspect is discussed in studies that describe translation in two specific political environments - in Russia/Soviet Union and in Hong Kong. Hannu Kemppanen is professor of Russian language and translation at the University of Eastern Finland. Marja Janis is a docent in translation studies at the University of Eastern Finland. Alexandra Belikova is a PhD student in translation studies at the University of Eastern Finland.

Theory of Literature

release date: Apr 24, 2012
Theory of Literature
Bringing his perennially popular course to the page, Yale University Professor Paul H. Fry offers in this welcome book a guided tour of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. At the core of the book''s discussion is a series of underlying questions: What is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose? Fry engages with the major themes and strands in twentieth-century literary theory, among them the hermeneutic circle, New Criticism, structuralism, linguistics and literature, Freud and fiction, Jacques Lacan''s theories, the postmodern psyche, the political unconscious, New Historicism, the classical feminist tradition, African American criticism, queer theory, and gender performativity. By incorporating philosophical and social perspectives to connect these many trends, the author offers readers a coherent overall context for a deeper and richer reading of literature.

Bookless in Baghdad

release date: Apr 01, 2012
Bookless in Baghdad
“This amalgam of essay, literary criticism, and memoir blends into a tribute to the world of books.” —Chicago Tribune

The Adaptation Industry

release date: Mar 12, 2012
The Adaptation Industry
Adaptation constitutes the driving force of contemporary culture, with stories adapted across an array of media formats. However, adaptation studies has been concerned almost exclusively with textual analysis, in particular with compare-and-contrast studies of individual novel and film pairings. This has left almost completely unexamined crucial questions of how adaptations come to be made, what are the industries with the greatest stake in making them, and who the decision-makers are in the adaptation process. The Adaptation Industry re-imagines adaptation not as an abstract process, but as a material industry. It presents the adaptation industry as a cultural economy of six interlocking institutions, stakeholders and decision-makers all engaged in the actual business of adapting texts: authors; agents; publishers; book prize committees; scriptwriters; and screen producers and distributors. Through trading in intellectual property rights to cultural works, these six nodal points in the adaptation network are tightly interlinked, with success for one party potentially auguring for success in other spheres. But marked rivalries between these institutional forces also exist, with competition characterizing every aspect of the adaptation process. This book constructs an overdue sociology of contemporary literary adaptation, never losing sight of the material and institutional dimensions of this powerful process.

Borges and Plato

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Borges and Plato
This comparative approach shows how the Platonic viewpoint sheds new light on Borges'' essayistic and fictional work. Analyses to which extent his thought is deeply rooted in classical philosophical doctrines.

Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

release date: Oct 01, 2011
Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
Beatrice is so well-known for never making a mistake that she is greeted each morning by fans and reporters, but a near-error on the day of the school talent show could change everything.

Tradition, Translation, Trauma

release date: Jun 30, 2011
Tradition, Translation, Trauma
A collection of essays by a team of distinguished international contributors concerned with how Classic - mainly Greek and Latin but also Arabic and Portuguese - texts become present in later cultures; how they are passed on, received and affect over time and space, and how they resonate in the modern.

Writing Romanticism

release date: Jun 13, 2011
Writing Romanticism
What is ''Wordsworthian'' Romanticism and how did it evolve? This book argues that only by reading Charlotte Smith''s poetry in tandem with William Wordsworth''s can this question be answered, demonstrating their mutual contribution to the creation of the ''Wordsworthian'', through literary analysis and historical contextualizing of their writings.

"Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys as a Postcolonial Response to "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

release date: May 01, 2011
"Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys as a Postcolonial Response to "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,00, University of Koblenz-Landau (Anglistik), course: Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures, language: English, abstract: Wide Sargasso Sea is one of the best-known literary postcolonial replies to the writing of Charlotte Bronte and a brilliant deconstruction of what is known as the author''s "worlding" in Jane Eyre. The novel written by Jean Rhys tells the story of Jane Eyre''s protagonist, Edward Rochester. The plot takes place in West Indies where Rochester met his first wife, Bertha Antoinette Mason. Wide Sargasso Sea influences the common reading and understanding of the matrix novel, as it rewrites crucial parts of Jane Eyre. The heroine in Jean Rhys''s Wide Sargasso Sea, Antoinette Cosway, is created out of demonic and bestialic Bertha Mason from Jane Eyre. Rhys''s great achievement in her re-writing of the Bronte''s text is her creation of a double to the madwoman from Jane Eyre. The heroine of Wide Sargasso Sea, the beautiful Antoinette Cosway, heiress of the post-emancipation fortune is created out of the demonc and bestialic Bertha Mason. The author transforms the first Mrs Rochester into an individual figure whose madness is caused by imperialistic and patriarchal oppression The vision of Bertha/Antoinette as an insane offspring from a family plagued by madness is no longer plausible to the reader. In this essay I would like to focus the factors which led to the madness of the protagonist. Although Bertha Mason and Jane Eyre seem to be enemies and contradictory characters in the Victorian novel, many critics find several similarities between the two heroines, their life and finally between Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. Seeing Jane Eyre and Antoinette Cosway as sisters and doubles is very popular with some critics who dealt with the works of Charlotte Bronte and Jean Rhys. Nevertheless, I would like to focus in this essay on Gayatri Chakravort

Ecocriticism and Shakespeare

release date: Apr 25, 2011
Ecocriticism and Shakespeare
This book offers the term ''ecophobia'' as a way of understanding and organizing representations of contempt for the natural world. Estok argues that this vocabulary is both necessary to the developing area of ecocritical studies and for our understandings of the representations of ''Nature'' in Shakespeare.

The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History

release date: Feb 22, 2011
The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History
This authoritative and comprehensive guide to key people and events in Anglo-Jewish history stretches from Cromwell''s re-admittance of the Jews in 1656 to the present day and contains nearly 3000 entries, the vast majority of which are not featured in any other sources.

Belén Gopegui

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Belén Gopegui
This book is the first major study of one of Spain''s most celebrated younger novelists, Belén Gopegui, whose work stands apart from other writers of her generation for its uncompromising focus on the social function of literature. Gopegui''s social commitments find expression in her concern for solidarity and collective projects. These become more radical over time in response to a disenchantment with the evolution of the left in Spain and to the global impact of the capitalist economic system, giving rise to increasingly interventionist narrative strategies. The core theme of solidarity is explored in relation to the collective experience of Spain''s largely consensual democratic transition and to the apparent erosion of collective goals in post-transition society. Gopegui''s discourse of solidarity is examined through engagement with theorists of advanced modernity, including Ulrich Beck''s ''risk society'' model and various contemporary reflections on the concept of solidarity. Centred on Gopegui''s first four novels, the study situates analysis of these within the perspective of her later works and illuminates her artistic and intellectual trajectory by drawing on an extensive array of her non-fiction writings and personal interviews, one of which is published here for the first time. Hayley Rabanal is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Literature to Go

release date: Oct 01, 2010
Literature to Go
"Literature to Go is the long-trusted anthology, The Bedford Introduction to Literature, sized and priced to go...[it] is a brief and inexpensive collection of stories, poems, and plays supported by class-tested, reliable pedagogy and unique features, that bring literature to life for students"--Pref.

Theorising Performance

release date: Mar 25, 2010
Theorising Performance
Constitutes the first analysis of the modern performance of ancient Greek drama from a theoretical perspective.

The Metaphysics of Text

release date: Mar 11, 2010
The Metaphysics of Text
This book develops a stimulating new way of looking at texts, with case studies from Western and Indian literature.

As You Like It

release date: Mar 03, 2010
As You Like It
From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare''s journey into the Forest of Arden THIS EDITION INCLUDES: * An introduction to As You Like It by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The play – with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page * A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play * An introduction to Shakespeare''s career and the Elizabethan theatre * A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of As You Like It in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with two leading directors and a well-known Shakespearean actor - Dominic Cooke, Michael Boyd and Naomi Frederick - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made ''our contemporary'' four centuries after his death.

Twelfth Night

release date: Mar 03, 2010
Twelfth Night
From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare''s great comedy of love, folly and mistaken identity THIS EDITION INCLUDES: * An introduction to Twelfth Night by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The play – with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page * A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play * An introduction to Shakespeare''s career and the Elizabethan theatre * A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Twelfth Night in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading directors – Sam Mendes, Declan Donnellan and Neil Bartlett - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made ''our contemporary'' four centuries after his death.

Tenses of Imagination

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Tenses of Imagination
Raymond Williams was an enormously influential figure in late twentieth-century intellectual life as a novelist, playwright and critic, "the British Sartre," as The Times put it. He was a central inspiration for the early British New Left and a close intellectual supporter of Plaid Cymru. He is widely acknowledged as one of the "founding fathers" of cultural studies, who established "cultural materialism" as a new paradigm for work in both literary and cultural studies. There is a substantial secondary literature on Williams, which treats his life and work in each of these respects. But none of it makes much of his enduring contribution to utopian studies and science fiction studies. This volume brings together a complete collection of Williams''s critical essays on science fiction and futurology, Utopia, and dystopia, in literature, film, television, and politics, and with extracts from his two future novels, The Volunteers (1978) and The Fight for Manod (1979). Both the collection as a whole and the individual readings are accompanied by introductory essays written by Andrew Milner. "With the twenty-first-century reader very much in mind, Andrew Milner''s selection of texts offers a new, `alternative'' Raymond Williams - the critic and occasional author of science fiction, the futurologist, the wary, self-questioning Utopian thinker for whom intellectual pessimism is a lazy response and never the last word." Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading "The future was the ultimate stake in all Raymond Williams''s thinking and writing, as Andrew Milner simply and powerfully shows us now, by assembling a volume of writings on science fiction and utopianism that turns out to be a very substantial, wide-ranging reader in Williams''s work as a whole. The defining importance of `the sense of the future,'' as he called it, the future as the essential discipline of political and moral imagination, is the lesson of this very welcome collection." Professor Francis Mulhern, Middlesex University
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