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Items in Modern Languages and Literature that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 90 days.


  • Dialectics and nihilism : essays on Lessing, Nietzsche, Mann, and Kafka / Peter Heller
    PT 111.H4

  • Go, went, gone / Jenny Erpenbeck ; translated by Susan Bernofsky
    PT 2665 R59G3713 2017
    Go, Went, Gone is the masterful new novel by the acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, "one of the most significant German-language novelists of her generation" (The Millions). The novel tells the tale of Richard, a retired classics professor who lives in Berlin. His wife has died, and he lives a routine existence until one day he spies some African refugees staging a hunger strike in Alexanderplatz. Curiosity turns to compassion and an inner transformation, as he visits their shelter, interviews them, and becomes embroiled in their harrowing fates.Go, Went, Gone is a scathing indictment of Western policy toward the European refugee crisis, but also a touching portrait of a man who finds he has more in common with the Africans than he realizes. Exquisitely translated by Susan Bernofsky,Go, Went, Gone addresses one of the most pivotal issues of our time, facing it head-on in a voice that is both nostalgic and frightening.

  • The reader / Bernhard Schlink ; translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway
    PT 2680 L54V6713 1998
    Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany. When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

  • The broken spell : Indian storytelling and the romance genre in Persian and Urdu / Pasha M. Khan
    PK 6412 R65K43 2019eb

  • Lyric complicity : poetry and readers in the golden age of Russian literature / Daria Khitrova
    PG 3051 K45 2019eb

  • Sex Changes with Kleist Katrin Pahl
    PT 2379 Z5P34 2019eb
    Sex Changes with Kleist analyzes how the dramatist and poet Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) responded to a change in the conception of sex and gender that occurred between 1790 and 1810. Specifically, Katrin Pahl shows that Kleist resisted the shift from a one-sex to the two-sex and complementary gender system that is still prevalent today. With creative close readings engaging all eight of his plays, Pahl probes Kleist's appreciation for incoherence, his experimentation with alternative symbolic orders, his provocative understanding of emotion, and his camp humor. Pahl demonstrates that rather than preparing modern homosexuality, Kleist puts an end to modern gender norms even before they take hold and refuses the oppositional organization of sexual desire into homosexual and heterosexual that sprouts from these norms.

    Focusing on the theatricality of Kleist's interventions in the performance of gender, sexuality, and emotion and examining how his dramatic texts unhinge major tenets of classical European theater, Sex Changes with Kleist is vital reading for anyone interested in queer studies, feminist studies, performance studies, literary studies, or emotion studies. This book changes our understanding of Kleist and breathes new life into queer thought.

  • Fukushima fiction : the literary landscape of Japan's triple disaster / Rachel DiNitto
    PL 721 F87D56 2019eb

    Fukushima Fiction introduces readers to the powerful literary works that have emerged out of Japan's triple disaster, now known as 3/11. The book provides a broad and nuanced picture of the varied literary responses to this ongoing tragedy, focusing on "serious fiction" (junbungaku) , the one area of Japanese cultural production that has consistently addressed the disaster and its aftermath. Examining short stories and novels by both new and established writers, author Rachel DiNitto effectively captures this literary tide and names it after the nuclear accident that turned a natural disaster into an environmental and political catastrophe.

    The book takes a spatial approach to a new literary landscape, tracing Fukushima fiction thematically from depictions of the local experience of victims on the ground, through the regional and national conceptualizations of the disaster, to considerations of the disaster as history, and last to the global concerns common to nuclear incidents worldwide. Throughout, DiNitto shows how fiction writers played an important role in turning the disaster into a narrative of trauma that speaks to a broad readership within and outside Japan. Although the book examines fiction about all three of the disasters--earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns--DiNitto contends that Fukushima fiction reaches its critical potential as a literature of nuclear resistance. She articulates the stakes involved, arguing that serious fiction provides the critical voice necessary to combat the government and nuclear industry's attempts to move the disaster off the headlines as the 2020 Olympics approach and Japan restarts its idle nuclear power plants.

    Rigorous and sophisticated yet highly readable and relevant for a broad audience, Fukushima Fiction is a critical intervention of humanities scholarship into the growing field of Fukushima studies. The work pushes readers to understand the disaster as a global crisis and to see the importance of literature as a critical medium in a media-saturated world. By engaging with other disasters--from 9/11 to Chernobyl to Hurricane Katrina--DiNitto brings Japan's local and national tragedy to the attention of a global audience, evocatively conveying fiction's power to imagine the unimaginable and the unforeseen.


  • Revivalism and Modern Irish Literature the anxiety of transmission and the dynamics of renewal / Fionntán De Brún
    PB 1325 D437 2019eb

  • A Boccaccian renaissance : essays on the early modern impact of Giovanni Boccaccio and his works / edited by Martin Eisner and David Lummus
    PQ 4284.5 B63 2019eb

  • The poetry and poetics of Olga Sedakova : origins, philosophies, points of contention / edited by Stephanie Sandler, Maria Khotimsky, Margarita Krimmel, and Oleg Novikov ; with translations of Olga Sedakova's writings by Martha M. F. Kelly
    PG 3486 E24Z8313 2019eb

  • The restless Ilan Stavans : outsider on the inside / Steven G. Kellman
    PQ 7079.2 S78K45 2019eb

  • Hallazgo y traducción de poesía chilena / Dave Oliphant
    PQ 7961 O45 2019eb

  • Caught between the lines : captives, frontiers, and national identity in Argentine literature and art / Carlos Riobó
    PQ 7622 N24R56 2019eb
    Caught between the Lines examines how the figure of the captive and the notion of borders have been used in Argentine literature and painting to reflect competing notions of national identity from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Challenging the conventional approach to the nineteenth-century trope of "civilization versus barbary," which was intended to criticize the social and ethnic divisions within Argentina in order to create a homogenous society, Carlos Riobó traces the various versions of colonial captivity legends. He argues convincingly that the historical conditions of the colonial period created an ethnic hybridity--a mestizo or culturally mixed identity--that went against the state compulsion for a racially pure identity. This mestizaje was signified not only in Argentina's literature but also in its art, and Riobó thus analyzes colonial paintings as well as texts.

    Caught between the Lines focuses on borders and mestizaje (both biological and cultural) as they relate to captives: specifically, how captives have been used to create a national image of Argentina that relies on a logic of separation to justify concepts of national purity and to deny transculturation.

  • Polish Literature and the Holocaust Eyewitness Testimonies, 1942-1947 / Rachel Feldhay Brenner
    PG 7053 H63B73 2019eb
    In this pathbreaking study of responses to the Holocaust in wartime and postwar Polish literature, Rachel Feldhay Brenner explores seven writers' compulsive need to share their traumatic experience of witness with the world. The Holocaust put the ideological convictions of Kornel Filipowicz, J zef Mackiewicz, Tadeusz Borowski, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka, Leopold Buczkowski, Jerzy Andrzejewski, and Stefan Otwinowski to the ultimate test. Tragically, witnessing the horror of the Holocaust implied complicity with the perpetrator and produced an existential crisis that these writers, who were all exempted from the genocide thanks to their non-Jewish identities, struggled to resolve in literary form.



    Polish Literature and the Holocaust: Eyewitness Testimonies,1942-1947 is a particularly timely book in view of the continuing debate about the attitudes of Poles toward the Jews during the war. The literary voices from the past that Brenner examines posit questions that are as pertinent now as they were then. And so, while this book speaks to readers who are interested in literary responses to the Holocaust, it also illuminates the universal issue of the responsibility of witnesses toward the victims of any atrocity.

  • The virginal mother in German culture : from Sophie von La Roche and Goethe to Metropolis / Lauren Nossett
    PT 151 M65N67 2019eb

  • The Polyphonic Machine Capitalism, Political Violence, and Resistance in Contemporary Argentine Literature / Hiall H.D. Geraghty
    PQ 7703 G47 2018eb

  • Evergreen ash : ecology and catastrophe in Old Norse myth and literature / Christopher Abram
    PT 7154 A227 2019eb

    Norse mythology is obsessed with the idea of an onrushing and unstoppable apocalypse: Ragnarok, when the whole of creation will perish in fire, smoke, and darkness and the earth will no longer support the life it once nurtured. Most of the Old Norse texts that preserve the myths of Ragnarok originated in Iceland, a nation whose volcanic activity places it perpetually on the brink of a world-changing environmental catastrophe. As the first full-length ecocritical study of Old Norse myth and literature, Evergreen Ash argues that Ragnarok is primarily a story of ecological collapse that reflects the anxieties of early Icelanders who were trying to make a home in a profoundly strange, marginal, and at times hostile environment.

    Christopher Abram here contends that Ragnarok offers an uncanny foreshadowing of our current global ecological crisis--the era of the Anthropocene. Ragnarok portends what may happen when a civilization believes that nature can be mastered and treated only as a resource to be exploited for human ends. The enduring power of the Ragnarok myth, and its relevance to life in the era of climate change, lies in its terrifying evocation of a world in which nothing is what it was before, a world that is no longer home to us--and, thus, a world with no future. Climate change may well be our Ragnarok.


  • An anthology of Old Spanish / by Tatiana Fotitch
    PQ 6174 A3F6 2018eb

  • Hearing voices : aurality and new Spanish sound culture in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz / Sarah Finley
    PQ 7296 J6Z6613 2019eb
    Hearing Voices takes a fresh look at sound in the poetry and prose of colonial Latin American poet and nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648/51-95). A voracious autodidact, Sor Juana engaged with early modern music culture in a way that resonates deeply in her writing. Despite the privileging of harmony within Sor Juana's work, however, links between the poet's musical inheritance and subjects such as acoustics, cognition, writing, and visual art have remained unexplored. These lacunae have marginalized nonmusical aurality and contributed to the persistence of both ocularcentrism and a corresponding visual dominance in scholarship on Sor Juana--and indeed in early modern cultural production in general.

    As in many areas of her work, Sor Juana's engagement with acoustical themes restructures gendered discourses and transposes them to a feminine key. Hearing Voices focuses on these aural conceits in highlighting the importance of sound and--in most cases--its relationship with gender in Sor Juana's work and early modern culture. Sarah Finley explores attitudes toward women's voices and music making; intersections of music, rhetoric, and painting; aurality in Baroque visual art; sound and ritual; and the connections between optics and acoustics.

    Finley demonstrates how Sor Juana's striking aurality challenges ocularcentric interpretations and problematizes paradigms that pin vision to logos , writing, and other empirical models that traditionally favor men's voices. Sound becomes a vehicle for women's agency and responds to anxiety about the female voice, particularly in early modern convent culture.

  • Against the devil in history : poems, short stories, essays, fragments / by Aleksander Wat ; translated by Frank L. Vigoda ; edited and with an introduction by Gwido Zlatkes
    PG 7158 W28A6 2018eb

  • Of land, bones, and money : toward a South African ecopoetics / Emily McGiffin
    PL 8795.7 M44 2019eb

    The South African literature of iimbongi, the oral poets of the amaXhosa people, has long shaped understandings of landscape and history and offered a forum for grappling with change. Of Land, Bones, and Money examines the shifting role of these poets in South African society and the ways in which they have helped inform responses to segregation, apartheid, the injustices of extractive capitalism, and contemporary politics in South Africa.

    Emily McGiffin first discusses the history of the amaXhosa people and the environment of their homelands before moving on to the arrival of the British, who began a relentless campaign annexing land and resources in the region. Drawing on scholarship in the fields of human geography, political ecology, and postcolonial ecocriticism, she considers isiXhosa poetry in translation within its cultural, historical, and environmental contexts, investigating how these poems struggle with the arrival and expansion of the exploitation of natural resources in South Africa and the entrenchment of profoundly racist politics that the process entailed. In contemporary South Africa, iimbongi remain a respected source of knowledge and cultural identity. Their ongoing practice of producing complex, spiritually rich literature continues to have a profound social effect, contributing directly to the healing and well-being of their audiences, to political transformation, and to environmental justice.


  • Diálogo de voces : nuevas lecturas sobre la obra de María Rosa Lojo / Marcela Crespo Buiturón, compilación y edición
    PQ7798.22.O352eb

  • Hercules and the King of Portugal : icons of masculinity and nation in Calderón's Spain / Dian Fox
    PQ 6066 F69 2019eb
    Hercules and the King of Portugal investigates how representations of masculinity figure in the fashioning of Spanish national identity, scrutinizing ways that gender performances of two early modern male icons--Hercules and King Sebastian--are structured to express enduring nationhood. The classical hero Hercules features prominently in Hispanic foundational fictions and became intimately associated with the Hapsburg monarchy in the early sixteenth century. King Sebastian of Portugal (1554-78), both during his lifetime and after his violent death, has been inserted into his own land's charter myth, even as competing interests have adapted his narratives to promote Spanish power.

    The hybrid oral and written genre of poetic Spanish theater, as purveyor and shaper of myth, was well situated to stage and resolve dilemmas relating both to lineage determined by birth and performance of masculinity, in ways that would ideally uphold hierarchy. Dian Fox's ideological analysis exposes how the two icons are subject to political manipulations in seventeenth-century Spanish theater and other media. Fox finds that officially sanctioned and sometimes popularly produced narratives are undercut by dynamic social and gendered processes: "Hercules" and "Sebastian" slip outside normative discourses and spaces to enact nonnormative behaviors and unreproductive masculinities.

  • Paradoxes of stasis : literature, politics, and thought in Francoist Spain / Tatjana Gajic
    PQ 6073 P6G35 2019eb
    Paradoxes of Stasis examines the literary and intellectual production of the Francoist period by focusing on Spanish writers following the Spanish Civil War: the regime's supporters and its opponents, the victors and the vanquished.

    Concentrating on the tropes of immobility and movement, Tatjana Gajić analyzes the internal politics of the Francoist regime and concurrent cultural manifestations within a broad theoretical and historical framework in light of the Greek notion of stasis and its contemporary interpretations. In Paradoxes of Stasis , Gajić argues that the combination of Francoism's long duration and the uncertainty surrounding its ending generated an undercurrent of restlessness in the regime's politics and culture. Engaging with a variety of genres--legal treatises, poetry, novels, essays, and memoir--Gajić examines the different responses to the underlying tensions of the Francoist era in the context of the regime's attempts at reform and consolidation and in relation to oppositional writers' critiques of Francoism's endurance.

    By elucidating different manifestations of stasis in the politics, literature, and thought of the Francoist period, Paradoxes of Stasis reveals the contradictions of the era and offers new critical tools for understanding their relevance.



  • The hard facts of the Grimms' fairy tales / Maria Tatar
    PT 1100 T38 2019eb
    Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales is the subject of this groundbreaking and intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Nursery and Household Tales . This expanded edition includes a new preface and an appendix featuring translations of six tales with commentary by Maria Tatar. Throughout the book, Tatar draws on the disciplinary tools of psychoanalysis and folklore while also providing historical context to explore the harsher aspects of these stories, presenting new interpretations of tales that engage in a kind of cultural repetition compulsion. No other book so thoroughly challenges us to rethink the happily-ever-after of these classic stories.

  • Boccaccio's corpus : allegory, ethics, and vernacularity / James C. Kriesel
    PQ 4284 K75 2019eb

  • In the alley of the friend : on the poetry of Hafez / Shahrokh Meskoob ; translated from the Persian by M. R. Ghanoonparvar
    PK 6465 Z894813 2018eb

  • Mouse vs. cat in Chinese literature : tales and commentary / translated and introduced by Wilt L. Idema ; foreword by Haiyan Lee
    PL 2265 I34 2019eb

  • Eastern Europe in Icelandic sagas / Tatjana N. Jackson
    PT 7181 D94 2019
    Based on the material of the Old Norse Icelandic sources written down in the twelfth to fourteenth centuries, this book demonstrates how medieval Scandinavians imagined Eastern Europe. It reconstructs the system of medieval Scandinavian perception of space in general, and the eastern part of the oecumene in particular. It also examines the unique information of these sources, of which the Russian chronicles were unaware.

  • The 'Thousand and one nights' and orientalism in the Dutch republic, 1700-1800 : Antoine Galland, Ghisbert Cuper and Gilbert de Flines / Richard van Leeuwen and Arnoud Vrolijk
    PJ7737
    Antoine Galland's French translation of the 1001 Nights started appearing in 1704. One year later a pirate edition was printed in The Hague, followed by many others. Galland entertained a lively correspondence on the subject with the Dutch intellectual and statesman Gisbert Cuper (1644-1716). Dutch orientalists privately owned editions of the Nights and discreetly collected manuscripts of Arabic fairytales. In 1719 the Nights were first retranslated into Dutch by the wealthy Amsterdam silk merchant and financier Gilbert de Flines (Amsterdam 1690 - London 1739). This book by Richard van Leeuwen and Arnoud Vrolijk explores not only the trail of the French and Dutch editions from the eighteenth-century Dutch Republic and the role of the printers and illustrators, but also the mixed sentiments of embarrassment and appreciation, and the overall literary impact of the Nights on a Protestant nation in a century when French cultural influence ruled supreme.

  • Jade mountains & cinnabar pools : the history of travel literature in imperial China / James M. Hargett
    PL 2278.5 T72H37 2018

  • Beleko Jacqueline Gondwe
    PT 5980 M3G663 2018
    B�l�ko is a small village in the West African state of Mali. In the book�s twenty-five chapters we meet Dutch development workers, French missionaries and Malian public service workers, health workers, farmers, village women and their children. All of these characters strive in their different ways to give meaning to their lives as their paths cross in the daily village life of Africa at the end of the 1980s. As each character tells his or her own story, we learn of their backgrounds, their passions and their struggles � and how they influence each other in decisive ways.

  • El techo de la ballena : retro-modernity in Venezuela / María C. Gaztambide
    PQ 8538 T43 2019eb
    The work of the 1960s Caracas-based art collective El Techo de la Ballena (The Roof of the Whale) was called "subversive" and "art terrorism" and seen as a threat to Venezuela's national image as an emerging industrial power. This volume details the historical and social contexts that shaped the collective, exploring how its anti-art aesthetic highlighted the shortcomings of the country's newfound oil wealth and transition to democracy.Every element used by these radicalized artists in their avant-garde exhibitions--from Informalist canvases to torn book pages and kitsch objects to cattle carcasses and scatological content--issued a critique of Venezuela's petroleum-driven capitalism and the profound inequality left in its wake. Embracing chaos, the artists contradicted the country's politically sanctioned view of modernity, which championed constant progress in the visual arts and favored geometric abstraction and kinetic art. El Techo's was a backward--a retrograde--modernity, argues María Gaztambide, discussing how its artists turned against the norm by incorporating anachronistic postures, primeval symbols, colonial Latin American print culture, and "guerilla" art tactics. Artists in this group tested limits to provoke what they saw as a numbed local public through shocking displays of criticism and frustration. Today, as Venezuela undergoes another dramatic series of sociopolitical changes, El Techo de la Ballena serves as a reminder of the power of art in resisting the status quo and effecting change in society.

  • Italian Science Fiction : The Other in Literature and Film / Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    PQ 4181 S35B75 2019

  • Popular fiction, translation, and the Nahda in Egypt / Samah Selim
    PJ 8212 S45 2019

  • Leo Tolstoy in Conversation with Four Peasant Sectarian Writers The Complete Correspondence
    PG 3379 A2E5 2019

    The theme of the peasantry is central throughout most of Tolstoy's long career. His obsession with this class is seen not just as a matter of social or humanitarian concern, but as a response to the questions of "how to live a good life" and "what is the meaning of life that an inevitable death will not destroy?" These questions plagued him his entire life.

    The letters he exchanged with the four major peasant sectarian writers (Bondarev, Zheltov, Verigin, and Novikov) reveal that Tolstoy was matched as a profound thinker by his correspondents, as they converse on religious-moral questions, the meaning of life and how one should strive to find it, and on a wide array of burning social and personal problems. Reading through the analysis and the extensively annotated letters as a unified whole, elucidates the progressive development of the ideas they shared (and where these diverged) and which guided Tolstoy's and his correspondents' lives.

    Juxtaposing Tolstoy's letters with those of his four sectarian correspondents makes them even more significant as it shows them in their original context - a dialogue, or conversation. Also, with the aim to present the conversation in an even broader context, Andrew Donskov briefly discusses Tolstoy's relationship with peasants in general as well as with each of the four individual writers in particular. In addition, he provides a background sketch of two major religious groups, namely the Doukhobors and the Molokans, both of which still claim sizeable populations of followers in North America today.

    Originallypublished in 2008 by the Slavic Research Group at the University of Ottawa underthe title Leo Tolstoy and Russian peasantsectarian writers: Selected correspondence, the expanded University ofOttawa Press edition includes 44 letters never published in English, out ofthe total 155 letters. Correspondencetranslated by John Woodsworth.

    This book is published in English.

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    La paysannerie traverse la longue carrière de Tolstoï. Son obsession avec cette classe sociale doit être comprise non seulement comme une préoccupation sociale ou humanitaire, mais aussi comme une réponse aux questions « Comment mener une belle vie? » et « Quel est le sens de la vie que la mort inévitable ne saurait détruire? » qui l'ont hanté sa vie durant.

    La correspondance qu'ont échangée Tolstoï et quatre écrivains sectaires et liés à la paysannerie (Bondarev, Zheltov, Verigin et Novikov) révèle de grands penseurs. Au fil des échanges, les questions de religion et de moralité, du sens de la vie et comment faire pour le découvrir, et d'une gamme de questions sociales et personnelles du jour sont abordées. La lecture et l'analyse de cet ensemble d'échanges épistolaires enrichis de notes détaillées témoigne du développement progressif des idées qu'ils partageaient (ainsi que leurs divergences), et qui ont guidé la vie de chacun d'entre eux.

    La juxtaposition des lettres de Tolstoï et de ses quatre correspondants sectaires, qui sont présentées dans leur contexte original de dialogue - ou de conversation - permet d'en pleinement apprécier l'importance. Dans le but de situer cette conversation dans un contexte plus grand, Andrew Donskov aborde la question de la relation qu'entretient Tolstoï avec les paysans en général, d'une part, de même qu'avec chacun de ces quatre écrivains, d'autre part. Il offre par ailleurs un texte de présentation sur les Doukhobors et les Molokans, deux groupes confessionnaux qui comptent encore aujourd'hui un nombre appréciable d'adeptes en Amérique du Nord.

    Ce livre est publié en anglais.


  • The Sociolinguistics of Iran's Languages at Home and Abroad : The Case of Persian, Azerbaijani, and Kurdish / editor, Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi
    PK6224.75

  • Hedda Gabler / Henrik Ibsen
    PT 8868 A323 1990
    This dark psychological drama was first produced in Norway in 1890 and depicts the evil machinations of a ruthless, nihilistic heroine: the infamous Hedda Gabler. Readers will discover a masterly exploration of the nature of evil, along with the potential for tragedy that lies in human frailty. A true masterpiece.

  • Studies from a retranslation culture : the Turkish context / Özlem Berk Albachten, Şehnaz Tahir Gürçağlar, editors
    PL 180.5 S78 2019

  • English-Chinese translation as conquest and resistance in the Late Qing 1811-1911 a postcolonial perspective / Xiaojia Huang
    PL 1277 H83 2019

  • The sociolinguistics of higher education : language policy and internationalisation in Catalonia / Josep Soler, Lídia Gallego-Balsà
    PC 3814 S65 2019

  • Notes from underground ; and, the double / Fyodor Dostoyevsky ; translated by Ronald Wilks with an introduction by Robert Louis Jackson
    PG 3326 Z4 2009
    Collected here in Penguin Classics are two of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's shorter works, Notes from Underground and The Double , translated by Ronald Wilks with an introduction by Robert Louis Jackson.Alienated from society and paralysed by a sense of his own insignificance, the anonymous narrator of Dostoyevsky's groundbreaking Notes from Underground tells the story of his tortured life. With bitter irony, he describes his refusal to become a worker in the 'anthill' of society and his gradual withdrawal to an existence 'underground'. The seemingly ordinary world of St Petersburg takes on a nightmarish quality in The Double when a government clerk encounters a man who looks exactly like him - his double, perhaps, or possibly the darker side of his own personality. Like Notes from Underground , this is a masterly tragicomic study of human consciousness.Ronald Wilks's extraordinary new translation is accompanied here by an introduction by Robert Louis Jackson discussing these pivotal works in the context of Dostoyevsky's life and times. This edition also contains a chronology, bibliography, table of ranks and notes on each work.Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was born in Moscow. From 1849-54 he lived in a convict prison, and in later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. His other works available in Penguin Classics include Crime and Punishment , The Brothers Karamazov , The Idiot and Demons .If you enjoyed Notes from Underground and The Double , you might like Dostoyevsky's Demons , also available in Penguin Classics.

  • Gore capitalism / Sayak Valencia ; translated by John Pluecker
    PQ 7298.432 A445C3713 2018

    An analysis of contemporary violence as the new commodity of today's hyper-consumerist stage of capitalism.

    "Death has become the most profitable business in existence."
    --from Gore Capitalism

    Written by the Tijuana activist intellectual Sayak Valencia, Gore Capitalism is a crucial essay that posits a decolonial, feminist philosophical approach to the outbreak of violence in Mexico and, more broadly, across the global regions of the Third World. Valencia argues that violence itself has become a product within hyper-consumerist neoliberal capitalism, and that tortured and mutilated bodies have become commodities to be traded and utilized for profit in an age of impunity and governmental austerity.

    In a lucid and transgressive voice, Valencia unravels the workings of the politics of death in the context of contemporary networks of hyper-consumption, the ups and downs of capital markets, drug trafficking, narcopower, and the impunity of the neoliberal state. She looks at the global rise of authoritarian governments, the erosion of civil society, the increasing violence against women, the deterioration of human rights, and the transformation of certain cities and regions into depopulated, ghostly settings for war. She offers a trenchant critique of masculinity and gender constructions in Mexico, linking their misogynist force to the booming trade in violence.

    This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to analyze the new landscapes of war. It provides novel categories that allow us to deconstruct what is happening, while proposing vital epistemological tools developed in the convulsive Third World border space of Tijuana.


  • Women warriors in early modern Spain : a tribute to Bárbara Mujica / edited by Susan L. Fischer and Frederick A. de Armas
    PQ 6066 W57 2019

    Although scholars often depict early modern Spanish women as victims, history and fiction of the period are filled with examples of women who defended their God-given right to make their own decisions and to define their own identities. The essays in Women Warriors in Early Modern Spain examine many such examples, demonstrating how women battled the status quo, defended certain causes, challenged authority, and broke barriers. Such women did not necessarily engage in masculine pursuits, but often used cultural production and engaged in social subversion to exercise resistance in the home, in the convent, on stage, or at their writing desks.

    Distributed for the University of Delaware Press


  • The beggar ; The thief and the dogs ; Autumn quail / Naguib Mahfouz
    PJ 7846 A46A2 2000
    Anchor proudly presents a new omnibus volume of three novels--previously published separately by Anchor--by Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Assembled here is a collection of Mahfouz's artful meditations on the vicissitudes of post-Revolution Egypt. Diverse in style and narrative technique, together they render a rich, nuanced, and universally resonant vision of modern life in the Middle East.

    The Beggar is a complex tale of alienation and despair. In the aftermath of Nasser's revolution, a man sacrifices his work and family to a series of illicit love affairs. Released from jail in post-Revolutionary times, the hero of The Thief and the Dogs blames an unjust society for his ill fortune, eventually bringing himself to destruction. Autumn Quail is a tale of moral responsibility, isolation, and political downfall about a corrupt bureaucrat who is one of the early victims of the purge after the 1952 revolution in Egypt.

  • Notes from underground / Fyodor Dostoyevsky ; translated by Kyril Zinovieff and Jenny Hughes
    PG 3326 Z4 2014

    The unnamed narrator of the novel, a former government official, has decided to retire from the world and lead a life of inactivity and contemplation. His fiercely bitter, cynical and witty monologue ranges from general observations and philosophical musings to memorable scenes from his own life, including his obsessive plans to exact revenge on an officer who has shown him disrespect and a dramatic encounter with a prostitute.

    Seen by many as the first existentialist novel and showcasing the best of Dostoevsky's dry humour, Notes from Underground was a pivotal moment in the development of modern literature and has inspired countless novelists, thinkers and film-makers.


  • The poetic Edda / translated with an introduction and notes by Carolyne Larrington
    PT 7234 E5L37 2014
    Earth from the ocean, eternally green;the waterfalls plunge, an eagle soars above them,over the mountain hunting fish.'After the terrible conflagration of Ragnarok, the earth rises serenely again from the ocean, and life is renewed. The Poetic Edda begins with The Seeress's Prophecy which recounts the creation of the world, and looks forward to its destruction and rebirth. In thisgreat collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry, the exploits of gods and humans are related. The one-eyed Odin, red-bearded Thor, Loki the trickster, the lovely goddesses and the giants who are their enemies walk besidethe heroic Helgi, Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer, Brynhild the shield-maiden, and the implacable Gudrun. New in this revised translation are the quest-poem The Lay of Svipdag and The Waking of Angantyr, in which a girl faces down her dead father to retrieve his sword.Comic, tragic, instructive, grandiose, witty and profound, the poems of the Edda have influenced artists from Wagner to Tolkien and a new generation of video-game and film makers.

  • Sun & steel. Translated by John Bester
    PL 833 I7 T313 1970b
    Part autobiography and part reflections on his personal search for identity, Sun and Steel provides a fascinating insight into the complex mind of this spectacularly gifted author. In it Mishima traces his tortuous path from a sensitive, introverted childhood to creative maturity as acclaimed novelist, playwright and self-proclaimed conscience of postwar Japan. A powerful work of art in itself, Sun and Steel also provides a key to understanding his other works.

  • Daytime stars : a poet's memoir of the revolution, the siege of Leningrad, and the thaw / Olga Berggolts ; translated and edited by Lisa A. Kirschenbaum ; foreword by Katharine Hodgson
    PG 3476 B45D613 2018
    For 872 days during World War II, the city of Leningrad endured a crushing blockade at the hands of German forces. Close to one million civilians died, most from starvation. Amid the devastation, Olga Berggolts broadcast her poems on the one remaining radio station, urging listeners not to lose hope. When the siege had begun, the country had already endured decades of revolution, civil war, economic collapse, and Stalin's purges. Berggolts herself survived the deaths of two husbands and both of her children, her own arrest, and a stillborn birth after being beaten under interrogation.

    Berggolts wrote her memoir Daytime Stars in the spirit of the thaw after Stalin's death. In it, she celebrated the ideals of the revolution and the heroism of the Soviet people while also criticizing censorship of writers and recording her doubts and despair. This English translation by Lisa A. Kirschenbaum makes available a unique autobiographical work by an important author of the Soviet era. In her foreword, Katharine Hodgson comments on experiences of the Terror about which Berggolts was unable or unwilling to write.

  • In case of fire in a foreign land : new and collected poems from two languages / Ariel Dorfman ; with translations by Edith Grossman with the author
    PQ 8098.14 O7P3713 2002
    In the world of Chilean poet Ariel Dorfman, men and women can be forced to choose between leaving their country or dying for it. The living risk losing everything, but what they hold onto--love, faith, hope, truth--might change the world. It is this subversive possibility that speaks through these poems. A succession of voices--exiles, activists, separated lovers, the families of those victimized by political violence--gives an account of ruptured safety. They bear witness to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of personal and social damage in the aftermath of terror. The first bilingual edition of Dorfman's work, In Case of Fire in a Foreign Land includes ten new poems and a new preface, and brings back into print the classic poems of the celebrated Last Waltz in Santiago . Always an eloquent voice against the ravages of inhumanity, Dorfman's poems, like his acclaimed novels, continue to be a searing testimony of hope in the midst of despair.

  • Moscow has ears everywhere : new investigations on Pasternak and Ivinskaya / Paolo Mancosu
    PG 3476 P27Z73 2019
    The conflict between Soviet Communists and Boris Pasternak over the publication of Doctor Zhivago did not end when he won the Nobel Prize, or even when the author died. Paolo Mancosu tells how Pasternak's expulsion from the Soviet Writers' Union left him in financial difficulty. After Pasternak's death, Olga Ivinskaya, his companion, literary assistant, and the inspiration for Zhivago's Lara, also received some of the Zhivago royalties. After the KGB intercepted Pasternak's will on her behalf, the Soviets arrested and sentenced her to eight years of labor camp. The ensuing international outrage inspired a secret campaign in the West to win her freedom. Mancosu's new book provides extraordinary detail on these events, in a thrilling account that involves KGB interceptions, fabricated documents, smugglers, and much more. Included are letters of Pasternak and Ivinskaya from the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.

  • A biblical Hebrew reference grammar / by Christo H.J. van der Merwe, Jacobus A. Naudé, Jan Kroeze
    PJ 4556 V36 2017
    This new and fully revised edition of the A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar serves as a user-friendly and up-to-date source of information on the morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics of Biblical Hebrew verbs, nouns and other word classes (prepositions, conjunctions, adverbs, modal words, negatives, focus particles, discourse markers, interrogatives and interjections). It also contains one of the most elaborate treatments of Biblical Hebrew word order yet published in a grammar. Compiled by authors with extensive experience in the teaching of Hebrew, the text is rendered both easily accessible and a fascinating examination of the language, building upon the initial publication by incorporating up-to-date developments in the study of the Hebrew Bible. This grammar will be of service both to students who have completed an introductory or intermediate course in Biblical Hebrew, and also to more advanced scholars seeking to take advantage of traditional and recent descriptions of the language that go beyond the basic morphology of Biblical Hebrew.

  • The confessions of Wanda von Sacher-Masoch / translated by Marian Phillips, Caroline Hébert, and V. Vale
    PT 2461 S28Z46313 1990
    Autobiography. Finally available in English: the racy and riveting CONFESSIONS OF WANDA VON SACHER-MASOCH -- married for ten years to Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (author of VENUS IN FURS and many other novels) whose whip-and-fur bedroom games spawned the term masochism. Originally published in French in 1907, this narrative of an idealistic, sensitive woman embroiled in a net of sexual peril, betrayl and deceit is well ahead of its time.

  • Vasily Grossman and the Soviet century / Alexandra Popoff
    PG 3476 G7Z68 2019
    The definitive biography of Soviet Jewish dissident writer Vasily Grossman

    If Vasily Grossman's 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate , had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and before Solzhenitsyn's Gulag . But Life and Fate was seized by the KGB. When it emerged posthumously, decades later, it was recognized as the War and Peace of the twentieth century. Always at the epicenter of events, Grossman (1905-1964) was among the first to describe the Holocaust and the Ukrainian famine. His 1944 article "The Hell of Treblinka" became evidence at Nuremberg. Grossman's powerful anti‑totalitarian works liken the Nazis' crimes against humanity with those of Stalin. His compassionate prose has the everlasting quality of great art. Because Grossman's major works appeared after much delay we are only now able to examine them properly. Alexandra Popoff's authoritative biography illuminates Grossman's life and legacy.

  • The standard life of a temporary pantyhose salesman / Aldo Busi ; translated by Raymond Rosenthal
    PQ 4862 U824V5813 1989

  • In Tangier / Mohamed Choukri
    PJ 7818 H6Z46 2010

    "As I read Choukri's notes, I saw and heard Jean Genet as clearly as if I had been watching a film of him. To achieve such precision simply by reporting what happened and what was said, one must have a rare clarity of vision."--William Burroughs, from the introduction to Genet in Tangier

    Tangier, "the most extraordinary and mysterious city in the world," according to Mohamed Choukri, was a haven for many Western writers in the early twentieth century. Paul Bowles, Jean Genet, and Tennessee Williams all spent time there, and each was in turn befriended by Choukri.

    Collected here in one volume, for the first time in English, are his delightful recollections of these encounters, offering a truly fresh and unpretentious insight into the lives of these cult figures. Includes an afterword by Choukri previously published only in French.

    As we walked, I showed Tennessee the Arabic translation of his play, and explained that the title in Arabic meant: A cat on the fire. I added that several of his plays, both full-length and one-acters, had been published in Arabic, as well as some of his short stories. I heard his noisy laugh for the first time. Many books, many boys!

    Mohamed Choukri (1935-2003) is one of North Africa's most controversial and widely read authors. After a childhood of poverty and petty crime, Choukri learned to read and write at the age of twenty. He then became a teacher and writer, finally being awarded the chair of Arabic literature at Ibn Batuta College in Tangier.


  • Comrade loves of the samurai, by Saikaku Ihara, and Songs of the geishas. English versions ... by E. Powys Mathers. With an introd. to the new ed. by Terence Barrow
    PL 794 C6 1972

  • Sei fuori posto : storie italiane / Roberto Saviano [and others]
    PQ 4253.2 S52 2010

  • Olegaroy / David Toscana
    PQ 7298.3 O78O44 2018

  • Intrusas : 20 entrevistas a mujeres escritoras / Isabelle Touton
    PQ 6055 T68 2018

  • Sentence to hope : a Saʻdallah Wannous reader / translated from the Arabic and with an introduction by Robert Myers and Nada Saab
    PJ 7870 A6A2 2019
    The first major English‑language collection of plays and essays by Syrian playwright Sa'dallah Wannous

    Sa'dallah Wannous is acknowledged to be one of the Arab world's most significant playwrights, writers, and intellectuals of the twentieth century. This is the first major English‑language collection that brings together his most significant plays and essays. Selections include the groundbreaking 1969 play An Evening's Entertainment for the Fifth of June , a scathing indictment of the duplicity of Arab leaders during the 1967 War, as well as Wannous's most celebrated play, Rituals of Signs and Transformations, a bold treatment of homosexuality, prostitution, clerical corruption, and the quest for female liberation. In addition to his work as a playwright, Wannous, like Brecht, was an astute theatrical and cultural critic, and his essays, some of which are included here, offer shrewd diagnoses of the ills of Arab society and the essential role of theater in ameliorating them.

  • Esto que veis aquí : el uso de la lengua coloquial en la poesía de Ángel González / Laura Fernández Santamaría
    PQ 6613 O489Z66 2018

  • El retrato literario en el mundo hispánico : (siglos XIX-XXI) / Jesús Rubio Jiménez, Enrique Serrano Asenjo (eds.)
    PQ 6134 B56R487 2018

  • Duelo de alfiles / Vicente Valero
    PQ 6672 A524 D84 2018
    In an absorbing and mysterious journey through cities, islands, letters, and books, Duelo de alfiles draws on biographical details to trace the interwoven lives of five great writers: Nietzsche, Rilke, Kafka, Benjamin and Brecht.

  • Contra los hijos : una diatriba / Lina Meruane
    PQ 8098.23 E74C66 2018
    Rudo e impío, y cargado de humor, Contra los hijos cuestiona los discursos culturales que promueven la preeminencia del hijo y lo llevan a ocupar un lugar despótico en el siglo XXI.

    Versión revisada y ampliada del publicado en 2014, este ensayo es una provocadora advertencia contra el retorno de un modelo conservador que pretende devolver a las mujeres al encierro doméstico. Un ángel maléfico recorre impune nuestras conciencias: es el mensajero de la procreación.

    En esta diatriba Lina Meruane examina el retorno de este «ángel» que, amparado en la retórica ecologista, hace imperiosos llamados a la prolongación de la lactancia, la crianza intensiva y una infinita lista de prescripciones.

    De su polémico análisis sobre uno de los temas más determinantes y peor discutidos de nuestro tiempo se derivan observaciones sobre el estatuto de la pareja contemporánea, la discriminación laboral de las mujeres y los actuales sistemas educativos.

    ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

    Unruly, irreverent, and full of humor, Against the Kids questions the cultural speech that promotes the superiority of kids and one that has taken them to occupy an authoritative place in the 21st century. Revised and expanded from its first publication in 2014, this essay is a provocative warning against the return of a conservative model that aims to return women to domestic confinement.

    In this critique, Lina Meruane examines the return of an evil "angel" who, protected by ecological rhetoric, is calling for a longer breastfeeding time by mothers, a more intensive upbringing, and an infinite list of advices which only takes us back in time. From her controversial analysis on one of the most influential and worst-discussed issues of our time, observations arise about the status of contemporary couples, employment discrimination of women, and the current educational systems.

  • Child Nazi / Andreas Okopenko ; translated and with an afterword by Michael Mitchell
    PT 2675 K6K5613 2003
    Okopenko's portrayal of a young boy during the Hitler years begins at the end, with the collapse of the Nazi Reich, then works its way back to 1939. Told from the child's perspective, it paints a vivid picture of what it was like to grow up in a state where almost everything was seen in terms of National Socialist ideology. The basic mode of realistic narration is enriched with a wide variety of stylistic devices, ranging from diary entries, school essays, lists and dramatised dialogue to abrupt switches of perspective and poetic evocations of mood. The inclusion of a large number of authentic 'objects' -- for example, songs, jokes, posters and slogans -- helps to give the reader the flavour of the period. 'Child Nazi' is about childhood and adolescence, but it is also about childhood and adolescence at a time when even the most personal thoughts and feelings were manipulated by the ruling system to bind the rising generation to Nazism and its leaders.

  • Quand les Ottomans firent le point : histoire graphique, technique et linguistique de la ponctuation turque ottomane / Olivier Bouquet
    PL 175 B687 2019

  • Pájaros en la boca : y otros cuentos / Samanta Schweblin
    PQ 7798.29 C5388P35 2018
    Un paraje en medio de la carretera habitado por mujeres abandonadas por sus parejas. Viajeros cautivos en una prision de manjares y tareas domesticas, incapaces de tomar el tren de regreso a casa. Un pueblo en el que los ninos han sido tragados por la tierra. Nonatos que, a traves de un tratamiento experimental, han suspendido su gestacion para volverse conservas. El proceso a traves del cual el empleado de una jugueteria se vuelve a comportar como un infante. Estos son algunos de los argumentos de los relatos que componen esta coleccion, en los que la cotidianidad se enrarece para mostrar su perfil mas irracional. Los distintos personajes que encontramos en este libro, habitan paisajes en los que la infancia, lo domestico y lo familiar se distorsionan hasta niveles angustiantes. Los acontecimientos se ciernen sobre ellos lentamente, con la calma que precede toda tormenta. Tal vez las circunstancias a las que se enfrentan los personajes de estos relatos difieren en los detalles del destino que los confronta, pero todos tienen en comun el hecho de recibir un llamado a la accion, la oportunidad de romper con las inercias que amenazan con apresarlos.

  • Narratori italiani da Verga alla neo avanguardia. Profili critico-bibliografici
    PQ 4174 A47

  • City of beginnings : poetic modernism in Beirut / Robyn Creswell
    PJ 8080 C74 2019

    How poetic modernism shaped Arabic intellectual debates in the twentieth century and beyond

    City of Beginnings is an exploration of modernism in Arabic poetry, a movement that emerged in Beirut during the 1950s and became the most influential and controversial Arabic literary development of the twentieth century. Robyn Creswell introduces English-language readers to a poetic movement that will be uncannily familiar--and unsettlingly strange. He also provides an intellectual history of Lebanon during the early Cold War, when Beirut became both a battleground for rival ideologies and the most vital artistic site in the Middle East. Arabic modernism was centered on the legendary magazine Shi'r ("Poetry"), which sought to put Arabic verse on "the map of world literature." The Beiruti poets--Adonis, Yusuf al-Khal, and Unsi al-Hajj chief among them--translated modernism into Arabic, redefining the very idea of poetry in that literary tradition. City of Beginnings includes analyses of the Arab modernists' creative encounters with Ezra Pound, Saint-John Perse, and Antonin Artaud, as well as their adaptations of classical literary forms. The book also reveals how the modernists translated concepts of liberal individualism, autonomy, and political freedom into a radical poetics that has shaped Arabic literary and intellectual debate to this day.


  • L'italiano per tutti / Bruno Villata
    PC 1128 V55 1988
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