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Reading Today

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Book Series: Comparative Literature and Culture ISBN: 9781787351950 Year: Pages: 210 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787351950 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press Grant: European Research Council (ERC) - 2011-AdG-295486
Subject: Media and communication --- Social Sciences --- Languages and Literatures
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New technologies are changing our reading habits. Laptops, e-readers, tablets and other handheld devices supply new platforms for reading, and we must learn to manage them by scrolling, clicking or tapping. Reading Today places reading in current literary and cultural contexts in order to analyse how these contexts challenge our conceptions of who reads, what reading is, how we read, where we read, and for what purposes – and then responds to the questions this analysis raises. Is our reading experience becoming a ‘flat’ one? And does reading in a media environment favour quick reading? Alongside these questions, the contributors unpack emerging strategies of reading.They consider, for example, how paying attention to readers’ emotional reactions as an indispensable component of reading affects our conception of the reading process. Other chapters consider how reading can be explored through such topics as experimental literature, the contemporary encyclopedic novel and the healing power of books.

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literature --- technology --- books --- reading

Read till it shatters

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ISBN: 9781760462260 Year: DOI: 10.22459/RS.08.2018 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Ethnology --- Languages and Literatures
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This book introduces readers to modern Thai literature through the themes of modernity, nationalism, identity and gender. In the cultural, political and social transformations that occurred in Thailand during the first half of the twentieth century, Thai literature was one of the vehicles that moved the changes. Taking seriously ‘read till it shatters’, a Thai phrase that instructs readers to take apart the text, to break it down, to deconstruct it, Thak Chaloemtiarana challenges the Thai literary canon from the margins and suggests ways of expanding and enriching it. Thai literature is scarce in translation and requires the skills of a scholar fluent in Thai to comprehend it. Thak is a political scientist turned literary scholar who is bilingual in Thai and English and an avid reader of Thai fiction by authors up and down the social scale. Here he offers lively insights into his favourite literary genres with fresh readings of early Thai novels, Sino-Thai biographies and memoirs of the rich and famous. ‘Thak Chaloemtiarana is an inquisitive man. Late in his career he switched from politics to literature. In these chapters, he draws on a lifetime of reading about writers and writing in Thailand over the past century. He nods towards the usual big names—King Vajiravudh, Luang Wichit, Kulap Saipradit, Kukrit Pramoj—but spends more time on those found in the lesser visited stacks of the libraries, the secondhand bookstalls, and the shelf by the supermarket checkout. His themes are familiar—Thailand and the West, Thai nationalism, the Thai-Chinese, and women under patriarchy—but the angles of vision are original. With a cast ranging from motor-racing princes through sexy Egyptian mummies and a feminist serial murderer to starlets touting breast-enhancement techniques, this book educates, enlightens, and entertains.’&#xD;

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Thailand --- Thai literature

9 Medicine and Improvement in the Scots Magazine; and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany (1804–17) (Book chapter)

Book title: Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707–1840

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ISBN: 9781138482937 9781351056427 Year: Pages: 24 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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In this chapter I examine how Archibald Constable’s Scots Magazine; and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany (1804–17) became a medium for the&#xD;promotion of key medical initiatives in early nineteenth-century Edinburgh,&#xD;including the campaign for the Edinburgh Lunatic Asylum, but also other medico-&#xD;philanthropic endeavours directed towards improving health in Scotland.

Istorietta troiana con le Eroidi gaddiane glossate

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ISBN: 9788867056842 Year: Language: Italian
Publisher: Ledizioni Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104919
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Scritta a cavaliere fra Due e Trecento e collocabile sul crinale fra la prosa “media” e quella “d’arte”, l’Istorietta troiana, versione anonima e parziale della terza redazione in prosa del fluviale Roman de Troie di Benoît de Sainte-Maure (ca. 1165), narra, con pregnanza emotiva e concisione stilistica, una parte di quella vicenda che s’era venuta costituendo nel Medioevo latino fondendo le storie di Darete Frigio e di Ditti Cretese e rivitalizzandole, nel mondo francese, alla luce della sensibilità del secolo XII. Le suggestioni del mito classico, filtrate da un tipico atteggiamento attualizzante, lasciano trapelare l’aspirazione a ideali di bellezza (Elena), di forza (Achille, Ettore) e di cortesia (la città di Troia) capaci di attirare un pubblico comunale che aspira a un’elevazione educativa e culturale. La filigrana stilnovista e la fine tessitura ritmica fanno, dell’Istorietta troiana, un gioiello ascrivibile, ante litteram, al genere del poème en prose.&#xD;

Quantitative Ansätze in den Literatur- und Geisteswissenschaften. Systematische und historische Perspektiven

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ISBN: 9783110523300 Year: Pages: 396 DOI: 10.1515/9783110523300 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Starting from the early 19th century, quantitative methods have been applied to describe, analyze, and interpret texts in literary studies and the humanities. With the emergence of the digital humanities, such approaches have gained in importance. The volume aims to historically contextualize and examine quantifying procedures in relation to theory and to assess the value of quantitative data in the humanities.

Irreligiosidad y literatura en la Atenas clásica

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Book Series: Humanitas Supplementum ISSN: 21828814 ISBN: 9789892615974 Year: Pages: 422 DOI: https://doi.org/10.14195/978-989-26-1598-1 Language: Spanish
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Subject: History
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The presence of religion in Greek literature has been thoroughly analysed in the most relevant historical and philological studies. Nevertheless, there exists a lack of detailed research on the tension between “religiosity and irreligiosity” which starts to become apparent particularly in Classical Athens. Therefore, this volume aims to focus on the appearance of irreligious elements in the most important literary genres of Classical Athens: drama, oratory and historiography. After a scientific update of those contributions especially relevant to our subject, we provide commentary on selected passages from the genres mentioned above to illustrate the significance of irreligious terminology in the literature of Classical Athens. The methodological principal we have used is the verification of the irreligious terms in the texts by means of inductive criteria which form the basis of our commentaries. An epilogue completes this work: the reflections of the most significant posterior authors, from Plato to Plutarch, on the “irreligious problem”.

American Classics

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ISBN: 9781618117656 9781618115928 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101021
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This collection of essays offers evolutionary psychological analysis of selected works from the American literary tradition. Application of evolutionary theory to writing by Ben Franklin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Edith Wharton, F. Scot Fitzgerald, Zora Neal Hurston, and others creates an interdisciplinary framework for examining key textual features—plot, theme, tone, setting, symbol, characterization, point of view—and at the same time provides an accessible introduction to Darwinian literary critical methodology. Pertinent scientific research, together with essential terms and concepts, is explained in context. Connections are made throughout to existing commentary on the targeted texts, illustrating how Darwinian scrutiny can enrich, extend, or reconfigure understandings derived from other critical approaches.

Jeux de mots et créativité. Langue(s), discours et littérature

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Book Series: The Dynamics of Wordplay ISBN: 9783110519884 Year: Volume: 4 Pages: 293 DOI: 10.1515/9783110519884 Language: French
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Linguistics
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This volume seeks to shed light on the interdependencies between wordplay and language creativity. Contributions explore the most diverse genres and discourses throughout History —anagrams, medieval fatrasies, the works of Rabelais, children books, slam, riddles, and contemporary constrained writing—, trying to understand their theoretical, didactic and historical impact.

Literatur in Österreich 1938-1945. Band 4: Wien

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ISBN: 9783205204923 Year: Pages: 968 Seiten Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) - PUB 419
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The present book about Vienna is volume 4 of an encyclopedic reference work that, as the result of basic research in literary studies, represents the first systematic attempt towards a comprehensive documentation of the literary life of Austria during the Nazi era. From its methodological approach, it is intended to make the literary events that took place within the official system of the Third Reich as promoted, or at least tolerated, by the decision-makers in the cultural industry more accessible, without resorting to limiting, biased attempts to define a canon.

Ianus: innovación docente y reelaboraciones del legado clásico

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Book Series: Humanitas Supplementum ISSN: 21828814 ISBN: 9789892615936 Year: Pages: 158 DOI: https://doi.org/10.14195/978-989-26-1594-3 Language: Spanish
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Subject: History
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Greece and Rome have been traditionally labelled as the main pillar and the cradle of Western Civilization. However, this dictum needs to be rephrased in an increasingly globalized and unfair world. In this context, it is neccesary to implement new teaching methodologies capable of underlining the importance of this legacy not only in the interest of Universities and of culture but also in other milieus apparently unrelated to Greece and Rome. Apart from providing with several proposals of teaching innovation in the field of Classics and Ancient History, this book offers insightful contributions into the role of the Graeco-Roman culture in disparate fields such as marketing, the fight for social rights, or contemporary literature and theatre.

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