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Literary Obscenities

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ISBN: 9780271080055 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Penn State University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101740
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In Literary Obscenities, Erik Bachman offers a comparative historical account of the parallel development of legal obscenity and literary modernism in this period. Getting Off the Page demonstrates that obscenity trials in the early twentieth century staged a wide-ranging cultural debate about the broader ramifications of the printed word’s power to “deprave,” “excite,” and offend—or, more generally, to incite emotion and shape behavior. Bachman shows that far from seeking simply to transgress cultural norms or sexual boundaries, proscribed authors such as Wyndham Lewis, Erskine Caldwell, Lillian Smith, and James T. Farrell refigured the capacity of writing to evoke the obscene so that readers might become aware of the social processes by which they were being turned into mass consumers, voyeurs, and racialized subjects.

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Literature

George Eliot's Religious Imagination

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ISBN: 9780810135895 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Northwestern University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101265
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In this study, Orr attributes to George Eliot an ‘incarnational aesthetic’ and reads her work in the light of it. Writing, she argues, might be said to have become the novelist’s religion and ‘its most recognizable tenet was the living out of incarnation’. Here, Orr examines Eliot’s works more or less chronologically because of the deeply evolutionary quality to Eliot’s career. In a personal sense, she is loathe to repeat herself and, while readers might recognize situations that she is revisiting, she always needs to believe in her own development as a writer. In her letters she repeatedly champions her first stories, for example, largely because they contain “ideas” that she doubts she “can ever embody again." In a broader sense this is an important idea, however, in that her philosophy was grounded in a belief in the idea of progress. Orr engages in close readings of Eliot's writings to demonstrate how deeply the novelist's religious imagination operate in her fiction and poetry.

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Literature

Fictions of African Dictatorship

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ISBN: 9781787076815 9781787076822 9781787076839 Year: DOI: 10.3726/b11381 Language: English
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100664
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Fictions of African Dictatorship examines the fictional representation of the African dictator and the performance of dictatorship across genres. The volume includes contributions focusing on literature, theatre and film, all of which examine the relationship between the fictional and the political. Among the questions the contributors ask: what are the implications of reading a novel for its historical content or accuracy? How does the dictator novel interrogate ideas of veracity? How is power performed and ridiculed? How do different writers reflect on questions of authority in the postcolony, and what are the effects on their stories and modes of narration? This volume untangles some of the intricate workings of dictatorial power in the postcolony, through twelve close readings of works of fiction.

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Sogno e surreale nella letteratura e nelle arti ebraiche

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ISBN: 9788867055524 Year: Language: Italian
Publisher: Ledizioni Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104899
Subject: Sociology
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I saggi raccolti nel presente volume affrontano un tema centrale della tradizione ebraica: il sogno, e in secondo luogo il surreale. Per quanto concerne lo studio dei testi, i contributi spaziano lungo un arco temporale assai ampio, dalla Bibbia alla poesia moderna, prendendo in esame una vasta gamma di argomenti; nell’ambito delle arti visive, attraverso epoche e media diversi, ci si muove dagli affreschi della sinagoga di Dura Europos fino alla pittura del Novecento, senza dimenticare il cinema. Estremamente variegato è il panorama linguistico offerto dai documenti considerati, che all’ebraico nelle sue varie fasi affianca i Jewish Languages e le lingue non specificamente giudaiche adottate nei secoli dagli ebrei della Diaspora.

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Bisanzio fra tradizione e modernità

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ISBN: 9788867055005 Year: Language: Italian
Publisher: Ledizioni Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104900
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Il volume raccoglie gli studi presentati in occasione della XII Giornata di studi bizantini dedicata al Fortleben di Bisanzio nell’arte, nella letteratura e nelle istituzioni, in un intreccio di prospettive interdisciplinari che, attraverso la mise au point di problemi specifici, testimonia la documentata vitalità della tradizione bizantina nella cultura moderna, valorizzando anche il ruolo che l’Università degli studi di Milano ha avuto nella bizantinistica in tale ambito di ricerche. A questo hanno contribuito pure i molteplici interessi di Gianfranco Fiaccadori, al quale il volume è dedicato: per oltre un decennio ha profuso nell’Ateneo milanese entusiasmo e competenze, stimolando gli studi dei giovani e avviando ricerche tuttora in atto. Il ricordo vuole essere il segno di gratitudine per un evento voluto e organizzato con il consueto rigore, del quale purtroppo Gianfranco non ha potuto vedere concretamente i frutti.

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Literature --- literature --- Byzantine --- greek

Spenserian Satire

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Book Series: The Manchester Spenser ISBN: 9780719088087 9781526125132 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100058
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Scholars of Edmund Spenser have focused much more on his accomplishments in epic and pastoral than his work in satire. Scholars of early modern English satire almost never discuss Spenser. However, these critical gaps stem from later developments in the canon rather than any insignificance in Spenser's accomplishments and influence on satiric poetry. This book argues that the indirect form of satire developed by Spenser served during and after Spenser's lifetime as an important model for other poets who wished to convey satirical messages with some degree of safety. The book connects key Spenserian texts in The Shepheardes Calender and the Complaints volume with poems by a range of authors in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, including Joseph Hall, Thomas Nashe, Tailboys Dymoke, Thomas Middleton and George Wither, to advance the thesis that Spenser was seen by his contemporaries as highly relevant to satire in Elizabethan England.

Literatures of Medieval France

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ISBN: 9782722604391 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Collège de France
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License: OpenEdition licence for Books

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This long tradition would certainly not be a reason in itself to keep or restore the subject, had it not something to do with the subject itself. All of the associations between the past and literature, all of the signs that point towards an essential link between the notion of literature and a feeling for the past, are crystallized in medieval literature. The curiosity that medieval literature has aroused since it was rediscovered at the dawn of Romanticism presupposes such associations. The...

Literature and sustainability

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ISBN: 9780719099670 9781526107633 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100065
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Sustainability has become a key socio-political issue over recent years. However, whilst the literary-critical community has advanced enthusiastically on an exciting range of environmentally-based analyses (most obviously through the work of ecocriticism), its response specifically to sustainability—as an attempt to reconceptualise the way we live, as an idea with a particular history, and as a ubiquitous term driven through over-use to near meaninglessness—has been extremely limited. The basic idea of the volume is to make a start on filling this gap. Split into four sections: Historicising sustainability, Discourses of sustainability, The sustainability of literature, Sustainability in literature – it has some very good contributors, and starts off with an introduction about the history of the term, looks at its beginnings in the C19th, and goes onto show how contemporary authors are dealing with it including Jeanette Winterson, Michel Houellebecq, Margaret Atwood and Amitav Ghosh.

Cultura come cibo

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ISBN: 9788867056286 9788855260947 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Ledizioni Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104898
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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I contributi hanno come tema la centralità della cultura, richiamandosi alla metafora dantesca del banchetto sapienziale e della «cultura come cibo». Gli interventi intendono stimolare l’avvio di una riflessione interdisciplinare sulle materie umanistiche nella loro accezione di campo complesso e pratica creativa. Partendo da discipline diverse – dalla filosofia alla letteratura e all’antropologia – e attraverso il dialogo fra letterati di varia estrazione, si propone una prospettiva che incoraggi l’incontro fra “alto” e “basso” e fra cultura d’élite e cultura folclorica. L’arco d’interessi spazia dai testi della letteratura indiana antica, al Graal di Chrétien de Troyes e alla formazione filosofica offerta al pubblico del Convivio di Dante; dall’affascinante stratificazione dei saperi tradizionali nei Lunari, alle pratiche folcloriche carnevalesche e all’immaginario del Paese di Cuccagna; e ancora dall’utilizzo del cibo come appartenenza negli scritti di emigrati italiani in America,

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Literature --- Food --- Culture --- Medieval Literature --- Dante

Italiani di Milano

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ISBN: 9788867056729 Year: Language: Italian
Publisher: Ledizioni Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104903
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Quella che si presenta in questo volume è una raccolta di studi dedicata a Silvia Morgana e una collettanea intitolata a Milano: a Silvia Morgana come maestra e intellettuale; a Milano come luogo del cuore, dell’anima e di un impegno scientifico, didattico e culturale cui la studiosa tiene fede da molti anni. Si tratta, dunque, di una miscellanea che vuole essere il luogo in cui si condensa, simbolicamente e tangibilmente, una φιλία e una rispondenza di interessi consolidati in anni di lavoro comune e di prossimità spirituale; una raccolta dedicata alla “sua” città con la quale gli allievi testimoniano il loro affetto e la loro riconoscenza per un magistero insuperato; e con la quale gli amici e i colleghi celebrano una ricchezza di umanità e una profondità di interessi incomparabili.

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Literature --- Milan --- homage --- university --- italy --- italians --- literature

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