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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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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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The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction - Histories, Origins, Theories

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ISBN: 9780748690800 9780748690817 Year: Pages: 248 Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Provides a new account of the emergence of Irish gothic fiction in mid-eighteenth century. This book provides a robustly theorised and thoroughly historicised account of the ‘beginnings’ of Irish gothic fiction, maps the theoretical terrain covered by other critics, and puts forward a new history of the emergence of the genre in Ireland. The main argument the book makes is that the Irish gothic should be read in the context of the split in Irish Anglican public opinion that opened in the 1750s, and seen as a fictional instrument of liberal Anglican opinion in a changing political landscape. By providing a fully historicized account of the beginnings of the genre in Ireland, the book also addresses the theoretical controversies that have bedevilled discussion of the Irish gothic in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The book gives ample space to the critical debate, and rigorously defends a reading of the Irish gothic as an Anglican, Patriot tradition. This reading demonstrates the connections between little-known Irish gothic fictions of the mid-eighteenth century (The Adventures of Miss Sophia Berkley and Longsword), and the Irish gothic tradition more generally, and also the gothic as a genre of global significance.

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* Examines gothic texts including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Charles Robert Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer, (Anon), The Adventures of Miss Sophia Berkley and Thomas Leland's Longsword
 
* Provides a rigorous and robust theory of the Irish Gothic 

* Reads early Irish gothic fully into the political context of mid-eighteenth century Ireland

This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

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literature --- gothic fiction

Dickens's London

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Book Series: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture ISBN: 9780748640409 9781474429795 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100854
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Taking Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project as an inspiration, Dickens's London offers an exciting and original project that opens a dialogue between phenomenology, philosophy and the Dickensian representation of the city in all its forms. Julian Wolfreys suggests that in their representations of London - its streets, buildings, public institutions, domestic residences, rooms and phenomena that constitute such space - Dickens's novels and journalism can be seen as forerunners of urban and material phenomenology. While also addressing those aspects of the urban that are developed from Dickens's interpretations of other literary forms, styles and genres, Dickens's London presents in twenty-six episodes (from Banking and Breakfast via the Insolvent Court, Melancholy and Poverty, to Todgers and Time, Voice and Waking) a radical reorientation to London in the nineteenth century, the development of Dickens as a writer, and the ways in which readers today receive and perceive both.

The American Short Story Cycle

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ISBN: 9781474423939 9781474423946 9781474423953 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100850
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The American Short Story Cycle shows the roots of modernism and postmodernism winds through the short story cycle.Reviewers ranging from the The New York Times to Amazon do not know what to call books like Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad or Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth. Why do such popular and acclaimed books spark debates about what they are and how they should be read? The American Short Story Cycle provides a history of this genre that has been hiding in plain sight. Dating back to the early nineteenth century and proliferating to the present, the short story cycle has been wildly popular both in the US and around the world. Stories in a cycle, which can be read singly but mean more together, reflect the individualism and pluralism that shape modern experience. This book gives a name and theory to the genre that has fostered the aesthetics of fragmentation and recurrence that characterize fiction today.

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Literature --- American --- genre --- ethnicity --- gender --- community --- short story

The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Sisters

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Book Series: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Renaissance Culture ISBN: 9780748655908 9781474429801 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100857
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The first sustained study of girls and girlhood in early modern literature and culture. Jennifer Higginbotham makes a persuasive case for a paradigm shift in our current conceptions of the early modern sex-gender system. She challenges the widespread assumption that the category of the 'girl' played little or no role in the construction of gender in early modern English culture. And she demonstrates that girl characters appeared in a variety of texts, from female infants in Shakespeare's late romances to little children in Tudor interludes to adult 'roaring girls' in city comedies. This monograph provides the first book-length study of the way the literature and drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries constructed the category of the 'girl'.

Rereading Heterosexuality

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ISBN: 9780748639557 9781474429818 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100861
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Heterosexuality in contemporary novels, re-examined using the frameworks of feminism and queer theoryDrawing on feminist and queer theories of sex, gender and sexuality, this study focuses on female identities at odds with heterosexual norms. In particular, it explores narratives in which the conventional equation between heterosexuality, reproductive sexuality and female identity is questioned.- A timely exploration of the dynamic relationship between feminist and queer theory- Insightful close readings of acclaimed novels, including Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, Zoë Heller's Notes on a Scandal, A. M. Homes' The End of Alice, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Alan Warner's Morvern Callar and Sarah Waters' Affinity- Topics range from spinsterhood and intergenerational sexuality to transgender and human cloning

Migrating Texts

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ISBN: 9781474438995 9781474439015 9781474439022 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102447
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Explores translation in the context of the multi-lingual, multi-ethnic late-Ottoman Mediterranean world.Fénelon, Offenbach and the Iliad in Arabic, Robinson Crusoe in Turkish, the Bible in Greek-alphabet Turkish, excoriated French novels circulating through the Ottoman Empire in Greek, Arabic and Turkish: literary translation at the eastern end of the Mediterranean offered worldly vistas and new, hybrid genres to emerging literate audiences in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Whether to propagate ‘national’ language reform, circulate the Bible, help audiences understand European opera, argue for girls’ education, institute pan-Islamic conversations, introduce political concepts, share the Persian Gulistan with Anglophone readers in Bengal, or provide racy fiction to schooled adolescents in Cairo and Istanbul, translation was an essential tool. But as these essays show, translators were inventors, and their efforts might yield surprising results.

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