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Mo Yan in Context

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Book Series: Comparative Cultural Studies ISBN: 9781557536815 9781557539670 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626983 Language: English
Publisher: Purdue University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100703
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This is the first English-language study of the Chinese writer’s work and influence, featuring essays from scholars in a range of disciplines, from both China and the United States. Its introduction, twelve articles, and epilogue aim to deepen and widen critical discussions of both a specific literary author and the globalization of Chinese literature more generally.The book takes the “root-seeking” movement with which Mo Yan’s works are associated as a metaphor for its organizational structure. The four articles of “Part I: Leaves” focus on Mo Yan’s works as world literature, exploring the long shadow his works have cast globally.

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Perspectives on Science and Culture

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Book Series: Comparative Cultural Studies ISBN: 9781557537973 9781557538215 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Purdue University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101697
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"Edited by Kris Rutten, Stefaan Blancke, and Ronald Soetaert, Perspectives on Science and Culture explores the intersection between scientific understanding and cultural representation from an interdisciplinary perspective. Contributors to the volume analyze representations of science and scientific discourse from the perspectives of rhetorical criticism, comparative cultural studies, narratology, educational studies, discourse analysis, naturalized epistemology, and the cognitive sciences. The main objective of the volume is to explore how particular cognitive predispositions and cultural representations both shape and distort the public debate about scientific controversies, the teaching and learning of science, and the development of science itself.

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Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German

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Book Series: Comparative Cultural Studies ISBN: 9781557537508 Year: Pages: 280 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_605455 Language: English
Publisher: Purdue University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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In Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German, James P. Wilper examines a key moment in the development of the modern gay novel by analyzing four novels by German, British, and American writers. Wilper studies how the texts are influenced by and respond and react to four schools of thought regarding male homosexuality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The first is legal codes criminalizing sex acts between men and the religious doctrine that informs them. The second is the ancient Greek erotic philosophy, in which a revival of interest took place in the late nineteenth century. The third is sexual science (or “sexology”), which offered various medical and psychological explanations for same-sex desire and was employed variously to defend, as well as to attempt to cure, this "perversion." And fourth, in the wake of the scandal caused by his trials and conviction for "gross indecency," Oscar Wilde became associated with a homosexual stereotype based on "unmanly" behavior. Wilper analyzes the four novels—Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, E. M. Forster's Maurice, Edward Prime-Stevenson's Imre: A Memorandum, and John Henry Mackay's The Hustler—in relation to these schools of thought, and focuses on the exchange and cross-cultural influence between linguistic and cultural contexts on the subject of love and desire between men. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

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Imagining Afghanistan: Global Fiction and Film of the 9/11 Wars

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Book Series: Comparative Cultural Studies ISBN: 9781557538468 9781557539755 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Purdue University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102996
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What do we imagine Afghanistan to be? The Ruins of Kabul examines how the meaning of “Afghanistan” has been produced, ordered, and perpetuated through literary and visual texts that were published after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent U.S.-led invasion—the era that propelled Afghanistan into the center of global media visibility. Through an analysis of fiction, graphic novels, memoirs, plays, and film, the book demonstrates that writing and screening Afghanistan has become a tool for understanding our shared post- 9/11 condition—a hermeneutics of the contemporary.

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