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Shakespeare's History Plays

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ISBN: 9780748646135 9781474423540 Year: Pages: 256 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_625259 Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100457
Subject: Performing Arts
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Shakespeare's History Plays boldly moves criticism of Shakespeare's history plays beyond anti-humanist theoretical approaches.This important intervention in the critical and theoretical discourse of Shakespeare studies summarises, evaluates and ultimately calls time on the mode of criticism that has prevailed in Shakespeare studies over the past thirty years. It heralds a new, more dynamic way of reading Shakespeare as a supremely intelligent and creative political thinker, whose history plays address and illuminate the very questions with which cultural historicists have been so preoccupied since the 1980s. In providing bold and original readings of the first and second tetralogies ( Henry VI, Richard III, Richard II and Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2), the book reignites old debates and re-energises recent bids to humanise Shakespeare and to restore agency to the individual in the critical readings of his plays.

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South Asian Atlantic Literature, 1970-2010

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Book Series: Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures ISBN: 9780748641888 9781474423557 Year: Pages: 264 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_625260 Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100135
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The first major interpretation of recent South Asian diasporic writing in specifically transatlantic terms.The book is organised around four key themes: home and nation; travel and return; racial mixing; and food and eating. Ruth Maxey offers readings of canonical and less well-known South Asian American and British Asian writers and texts and of key cinematic works. She explores the formal and thematic tendencies of the works, relating them to gender politics, the marketplace, and issues of literary value and historical change. The book engages with established debates, while intervening in new ways in transatlantic studies, postcolonial literary studies and Asian American cultural studies.

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Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Worldly Realism

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ISBN: 9781474419130 9781474423533 Year: Pages: 256 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_625278 Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100132
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Austen and Woolf are materialists, this book argues. ‘Things’ in their novels give us entry into some of the most contentious issues of the day. This wholly materialist understanding produces worldly realism, an experimental writing practice which asserts egalitarian continuity between people, things and the physical world. This radical redistribution of the importance of material objects and biological existence, challenges the traditional idealist hierarchy of mind over matter that has justified gender, class and race subordination. Entering their writing careers at the critical moments of the French Revolution and the First World War respectively, and sharing a political inheritance of Scottish Enlightenment scepticism, Austen’s and Woolf’s rigorous critiques of the dangers of mental vision unchecked by facts is more timely than ever in the current world dominated by fundamentalist neo-liberal, religious and nationalist belief systems.

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Vitality and Dynamism

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ISBN: 9789087282134 9789087282929 Year: DOI: doi.org/10.24415/9789087282134 Language: English
Publisher: Leiden University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101208
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Post-colonial theory recognizes that European and American scholars have traditionally defined the themes that are of interest in literary criticism; in Moroccan studies, these themes have tended toward questions of migration, identity, secularism, and religious fanaticism typically questions regarding Morocco in its relationships with colonizing nations. This book intends to re-define the themes of interest in Moroccan studies, looking toward more local themes and movements and relationships of sub-cultures and languages within Morocco. Questions in this volume regard concepts of the self, conflicting discourses, intersections of self-identity and community, and Moroccan reclamation of identity in the post-colonial sphere.

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Mirrors of Entrapment and Emancipation

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Book Series: Iranian Studies Series ISBN: 9789087282240 9789087282967 Year: DOI: doi.org/10.24415/9789087282240 Language: English
Publisher: Leiden University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101213
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Mirrors of Entrapment and Emancipation explores the rich diversity of the meanings associated with the mirror and reflection in literature by women on the basis of the works of the Persian Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-1967) and her American contemporary Sylvia Plath (1932-1963). These two poets astutely employed mirror images for the realization as well as for communication of their turbulent psycho-emotional states to their readers, thereby capturing and conveying the essence of women desperately trapped among the antithetical images of twentieth-century womanhood.

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Irreverent Persia

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Book Series: Iranian Studies Series ISBN: 9789087282271 9789087282974 Year: DOI: doi.org/10.24415/9789087282271 Language: English
Publisher: Leiden University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101214
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Poetry expressing criticism of social, political and cultural life is a vital integral part of Persian literary history. Its principal genres - invective, satire and burlesque - have been very popular with authors in every age. Despite the rich uninterrupted tradition, such texts have been little studied and rarely translated. Their irreverent tones range from subtle irony to crude direct insults, at times involving the use of outrageous and obscene terms. This anthology includes both major and minor poets from the origins of Persian poetry (10th century) up to the age of Jami (15th century), traditionally considered the last great classical Persian poet

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Bestsellers in Nineteenth-Century America

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Book Series: Anthem Nineteenth-Century Series ISBN: 9781783085798 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Anthem Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101394
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Bestsellers in Nineteenth Century America seeks to produce for students novels, poems and other printed material that sold extremely well when they first appeared in the United States. Many of the most famous American works of the nineteenth century that we know today — such as Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick — were not widely read when they first appeared. This collection seeks to offer its readers a glimpse at the literature that lit up the literary horizon when the works were first published, leading to insights on key cultural aspects of the nineteenth-century United States and its literary culture.

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Reinventing Liberty

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ISBN: 9781474402972 9781474402965 Year: Pages: 249 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_608322 Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Sir Walter Scott is often regarded as the first historical novelist. Reinventing Liberty challenges this view by returning us to the rich range of historical fiction written in the late 18th and early 19th century. For the first time placing these works in the context of British politics and British history writing, this book redefines the historical novel, revealing a genre which seeks to manage political change through historiographical experimentation. It explores how historical novelists participated in a contentious debate concerning the nature of commercial modernity, the formulation of political progress and British national identity. Ranging across well-known writers, like William Godwin, Horace Walpole and Frances Burney, to lesser-known figures, such as Cornelia Ellis Knight and Jane Porter, Reinventing Liberty uncovers how history becomes a site to rethink Britain as Ôland of libertyÕ. Reading Scott in relation to this tradition, Reinventing Liberty demonstrates the genreÕs troubled role in the construction of the myth of Britain as a nation of gradual, safe political change.

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literature --- history

Exotic Moscow Under Western Eyes

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ISBN: 9781934843406 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This collection of essays on Turgenev, Goncharov, Conrad, Dostoevsky, Blok, Briusov, Gor’kii, Pasternak and Nabokov represents diverse voices but is also unified. One invariant is the recurring distinction between “culture” and “civilization” and the vision of Russia as the bearer of culture because it is “barbaric.” Another stance advocates the synthesis of “sense and sensibility” and the vision of “Apollo” and “Dionysus” creating a “civilized culture” together. Those voices that delight in the artificiality of civilization are complemented by those apprehensive of the dangers inherent in barbarism. This collection thus adds new perspectives to the much-debated opposition of vital Russia and a declining West, offering novel interpretations of classics from Oblomov to Lolita and The Idiot to Doctor Zhivago.

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Literature --- Russia

Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts

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ISBN: 9781936235636 9781618113092 Year: Pages: 426 Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The study of classical Jewish texts is flourishing in day schools and adult education, synagogues and summer camps, universities and yeshivot. But serious inquiry into the practices and purposes of such study is far rarer. In this book, a diverse collection of empirical and conceptual studies illuminates particular aspects of the teaching of Bible and rabbinic literature to, and the learning of, children and adults. In addition to providing specific insights into the pedagogy of Jewish texts, these studies serve as models of what the disciplined study of pedagogy can look like. This book will be of interest to teachers of Jewish texts in all contexts, and will be particularly valuable for the professional development of Jewish educators.

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