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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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Literature

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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Bluestocking Feminism and British-German Cultural Transfer, 1750-1837

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ISBN: 9780472119387 9780472120475 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100881
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Bluestocking Feminism and British-German Cultural Transfer, 1750–1837 examines the processes of cultural transfer between Britain and Germany during the Personal Union, the period from 1714 to 1837 when the kings of England were simultaneously Electors of Hanover. While scholars have generally focused on the political and diplomatic implications of the Personal Union, Alessa Johns offers a new perspective by tracing sociocultural repercussions and investigating how, in the period of the American and French Revolutions, Britain and Germany generated distinct discourses of liberty even though they were nonrevolutionary countries. British and German reformists—feminists in particular—used the period’s expanded pathways of cultural transfer to generate new discourses as well as to articulate new views of what personal freedom, national character, and international interaction might be.

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Creativity and Science in Contemporary Argentine Literature: Between Romanticism and Formalism

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Book Series: Latin American and Caribbean Studies ISSN: 14982366 ISBN: 9781552387702 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 304 Language: English
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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With a burgeoning academic interest in Latin American science fiction and cyberfiction and in representations of science and technology in Latin American literature and cinema, this book adds new understanding to the growing body of interdisciplinary work on the relationship between literature and science in postmodern culture.Joanna Page examines how contemporary fiction and literary theory in Argentina consistently employ theories and models from mathematics and science to probe the nature of innovation and evolution in literature. Theories of incompleteness, uncertainty, and chaos are often mobilized in European and North American literary and philosophical texts as metaphors for the inadequacy of our epistemological tools to probe the world's complexity. However, in recent Argentine fiction, these generalizations are put to very different uses: to map out the potential for artistic creativity and regeneration in times of crisis. Page focuses on texts by contemporary Argentine writers Ricardo Piglia, Guillermo Martínez and Marcelo Cohen, which draw on theories of formal systems, chaos, emergence, and complexity to counter proclamations of the end of philosophy or the exhaustion of literature in the postmodern era.This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how newness and creativity have been theorized, tracing often unexpected relationships between thinkers such as Nietzsche, Deleuze, and the Russian Formalists. It is also the first time that a major study in English has been published on the work of Martínez, Piglia, or Cohen.

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Literature --- Science

Involuntary Associations

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Book Series: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines ISBN: 9781781380253 9781781385982 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Liverpool University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100309
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The consequences of Englishes spread have become increasingly clear to its diverse speakers. Sometimes associated with a standardization leading to homogenization, often also with imperialism, English is increasingly understood to have no necessary connection with any country or group of countries. The willingness to accept that English has become Englishes might be less evident among so-called native speakers, but their authority is weaker than it seemed. This book puts examples from World Englishes into dialogue with postcolonial studies. The dialogue will correct misconceptions and misapprehensions in postcolonial studies, with World Englishes offering renewal for postcolonial studies. At the same time, the dialogue will also apply postcolonial studies' political and philosophical ideas to World Englishes, resulting in a postcolonial perspective on English today.

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Literature --- Postcolonial

What is Literature for?

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ISBN: 9782722602755 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Collège de France
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License: OpenEdition licence for Books

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Along with the theoretical or traditionally historical question “What is literature?”, the critical and political question “What can literature do?” begs an answer. What value do contemporary society and culture ascribe to literature? What utility? What role? “My confidence in the future of literature”, wrote Italo Calvino, consists in the knowledge that there are things that only literature can give us, by means specific to it”. Is this still relevant to us today?

Making and Unmaking in Early Modern English Drama - Spectators, Aesthetics and Incompletion

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ISBN: 9781847798916 Year: Pages: 240 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_469309 Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Exploring the significance of visual things that are 'under construction' in works by playwrights. Illustrated with examples, it opens up new interpretations of the place of aesthetic form in the early modern imagination. Why are early modern English dramatists preoccupied with unfinished processes of ‘making’ and ‘unmaking’? And what did ‘finished’ or ‘incomplete’ mean for spectators of plays and visual works in this period? Making and unmaking in early modern English drama is about the prevalence and significance of visual things that are ‘under construction’ in early modern plays. Contributing to challenges to the well-worn narrative of ‘iconophobic’ early modern English culture, it explores the drama as a part of a lively post-Reformation visual world. Interrogating the centrality of concepts of ‘fragmentation’ and ‘wholeness’ in critical approaches to this period, it opens up new interpretations of the place of aesthetic form in early modern culture. &#xD;An interdisciplinary study, this book argues that the idea of ‘finish’ had transgressive associations in the early modern imagination. It centres on the depiction of incomplete visual practices in works by playwrights including Shakespeare, John Lyly, and Robert Greene. The first book of its kind to connect dramatists’ attitudes to the visual with questions of materiality, Making and Unmaking in Early Modern English Drama draws on a rich range of illustrated examples. Plays are discussed alongside contexts and themes, including iconoclasm, painting, sculpture, clothing and jewellery, automata, and invisibility. &#xD;Asking what it meant for Shakespeare and his contemporaries to ‘begin’ or ‘end’ a literary or visual work, this book is invaluable for scholars and students of early modern English literature, drama, visual culture, material culture, theatre history, history and aesthetics. &#xD;&#xD;This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

Literaturas compartidas

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Book Series: Colectivo crítico ISBN: 9789503411391 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 185 Language: Spanish
Publisher: Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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A diferencia de los años 60 y 70 cuando la literatura se conectaba con aquellos saberes legitimadores capaces de garantizar un método y una epistemología fiables, tal como ocurría con las díadas literatura y psicoanálisis, literatura y lingüística, u otras similares–lo que Carlos Altamirano denominó “ciencia piloto”-, la noción “literaturas compartidas” hace valer la conjunción y de un modo más radical y sin jerarquías. Pretendemos mostrar aquí cómo la experiencia de la literatura en la contemporaneidad, en un gesto democrático que juega con infinitas formas, es un compartir (convivir) los restos, las fronteras, las zonas liminares, las continuidades y discontinuidades con las distintas esferas de la cultura y con su propia tradición; pero también cómo esa experiencia es un volverse asimetría, sublevación contra lo idéntico, lenguaje todavía inaudible a la espera de una escucha que lo descifre y que lo ponga al día.

Trumpa lietuvių literatūros istorija = A brief history of Lithuanian literature

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ISBN: 9786094670336 Year: Pages: 372 p. Language: Lithuanian
Publisher: Vytautas Magnus University
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This methodical textbook is an introduction to the historical stages of development of Lithuanian literature and its trends. The authors of the book present a concise overview of Lithuanian chrestomathic authors‘ works, analysing them and providing a variety of reviews of the literary process. The Textbook is designed for students at Baltic and Lithuanian Studies centres.

Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era: Essays in Intellectual History

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ISBN: 9781618112088 Year: Pages: 300 Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Subject: History --- Languages and Literatures
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Between the years 1550 and 1650, Italy's Jewish intellectuals created a unique and enduring synthesis of the great literary and philosophical heritage of the Andalusian Jews and the Renaissance`s renewal of perspective. While remaining faithful to the beliefs, behaviors, and language of their tradition, Italian Jews proved themselves open to a rapidly evolving world of great richness. The crisis of Aristotelianism (which progressively touched upon all fields of knowledge), religious fractures and unrest, the scientific revolution, and the new perception of reality expressed through a transformation of the visual arts: these are some of the changes experienced by Italian Jews which they were affected by in their own particular way. This book explores the complex relations between Jews and the world that surrounded them during a critical period of European civilization. The relations were rich, problematic, and in some cases strained, alternating between opposition and dialogue, osmosis and distinction.

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Jews --- Italian jews --- literature

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