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Items in Language and Literature that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.

  • Self-translation and power : negotiating identities in European multilingual contexts / Olga Castro, Sergi Mainer, Svetlana Page, editors
    P 306.8 E85 S45 2017eb

  • Language learning and use in English-medium higher education / Lia Blaj-Ward

  • Discussing the news : the uneasy alliance of participatory journalists and the critical public / Simon Smith

  • Contrastive analysis of discourse-pragmatic aspects of linguistic genres / Karin Aijmer, Diana Lewis, editors

  • Dangerous Language -- Esperanto and the Decline of Stalinism / by Ulrich Lins

  • Developing language teacher autonomy through action research / Kenan Dikilitas, Carol Griffiths

  • Formal models in the study of language : applications in interdisciplinary contexts / Joanna Blochowiak, Cristina Grisot, Stephanie Durrleman, Christipher Laenzlinger, editors
    This volume presents articles that focus on the application of formal models in the study of language in a variety of innovative ways, and is dedicated to Jacques Moeschler, professor at University of Geneva, to mark the occasion of his 60th birthday. The contributions, by seasoned and budding linguists of all different linguistic backgrounds, reflect Jacques Moeschler's diverse and visionary research over the years. The book contains three parts. The first part shows how different formal models can be applied to the analysis of such diverse problems as the syntax, semantics and pragmatics of tense, aspect and deictic expressions, syntax and pragmatics of quantifiers and semantics and pragmatics of connectives and negation. The second part presents the application of formal models to the treatment of cognitive issues related to the use of language, and in particular, demonstrating cognitive accounts of different types of human interactions, the context in utterance interpretation (salience, inferential comprehension processes), figurative uses of language (irony pretence), the role of syntax in Theory of Mind in autism and the analysis of the aesthetics of nature. Finally, the third part addresses computational and corpus-based approaches to natural language for investigating language variation, language universals and discourse related issues. This volume will be of great interest to syntacticians, pragmaticians, computer scientists, semanticians and psycholinguists.

  • Topologies as techniques for a post-critical rhetoric / Lynda Walsh, Casey Boyle, editors

  • Patterns and Development in the English Clause System : a Corpus-Based Grammatical Overview / by Clarence Green

  • Alternative sets in language processing : how focus alternatives are represented in the mind / Nicole Gotzner

  • Comprehending and Speaking about Motion in L2 Spanish : a Case of Implicit Learning in Anglophones
    This book presents a novel analysis of the learning of motion event descriptions by Anglophone students of Spanish. The author examines cross-linguistic differences between English and Spanish, focusing on the verbal patterns of motion events, to explore how learners overcome an entrenched first-language preference to move toward the lexicalization pattern of the additional language. His findings highlight the gradual nonlinear process Anglophones traverse to acquire and produce form-meaning mappings describing motion in Spanish. The author suggests that as motion event descriptions are not normally the focus of explicit instruction, students learn this concept primarily from exposure to Spanish. Given its interdisciplinary nature, this book will be of interest to researchers working in Hispanic linguistics, cognitive semantics, and Spanish language learning and teaching.

  • The semantics and pragmatics of quotation / Paul Saka, Michael Johnson, editiors

  • Violent women in contemporary theatres : staging resistance / Nancy Taylor Porter

  • Adaptation in visual culture : images, texts, and their multiple worlds / Julie Grossman, R. Barton Palmer, editors

  • Hesitant Histories on the Romanian Screen / by László Strausz

  • Poetry and performance during the British poetry revival 1960-1980 : event and effect / Juha Virtanen

  • Affect and belonging in contemporary Spanish fiction and film : crossroads visions / Jesse Barker

  • Thomas Hardy and history / Fred Reid

  • Legacies of the degraded image in violent digital media / Stuart Marshall Bender
    P 96 V5 B46 2017eb

  • Memory as colonial capital : cross-cultural encounters in French and English / Erica L. Johnson, Éloïse Brezault, editors

  • Anatomy of the superhero film / Larrie Dudenhoeffer

  • Walking Virginia Woolf's London : an investigation in literary geography / Lisbeth Larsson

  • Approaches to the history of written culture : a world inscribed / edited by Martyn Lyons and Rita Marquilhas

  • Politics of architecture in contemporary Argentine cinema / Amanda Holmes
    PN 1993.5 A7 H65 2017eb

  • Chinua Achebe and the politics of narration : envisioning language / Thomas Jay Lynn

  • Theatre, globalization and the Cold War / Christopher Balme, Berenika Szymanski-Düll, editors
    This book examines how the Cold War had a far-reaching impact on theatre by presenting a range of current scholarship on the topic from scholars from a dozen countries. They represent in turn a variety of perspectives, methodologies and theatrical genres, including not only Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook, but also Polish folk-dancing, documentary theatre and opera production. The contributions demonstrate that there was much more at stake and a much larger investment of ideological and economic capital than a simple dichotomy between East versus West or socialism versus capitalism might suggest. Culture, and theatrical culture in particular with its high degree of representational power, was recognized as an important medium in the ideological struggles that characterize this epoch. Most importantly, the volume explores how theatre can be reconceptualized in terms of transnational or even global processes which, it will be argued, were an integral part of Cold War rivalries.

  • D.H. Lawrence, Transport and Cultural Transition : 'A Great Sense of Journeying'

  • Transnationalism and German-Language Literature in the Twenty-First Century / by Stuart Taberner

  • Alternating narratives in fiction for young readers : twice upon a time / Perry Nodelman
    PN 3443 N62 2017

  • The Organist in Victorian Literature / by Iain Quinn
    The book examines the perception of the organist as the most influential musical figure in Victorian society through the writings of Thomas Hardy and Robert Browning. This will be the first book in the burgeoning area of research into the relationship of music and literature that examines the societal perceptions of a figure central to civic life in Victorian England.
    This book is deliberately interdisciplinary and will be of special interest to literature scholars and students of Victorian studies, culture, society, religion, gender studies, and music. However, the nature of the text does not require specialist knowledge of music.

  • Late Cold War Literature and Culture : the Nuclear 1980s
    PS 221 C673 2017eb
    This book analyses the 1980s as a nuclear decade, focusing on British and United States fiction. Ranging across genres including literary fiction, science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, graphic novels, children's and young adult literature, thrillers and horror, it shows how pressing nuclear issues were, particularly the possibility of nuclear war, and how deeply they penetrated the culture. It is innovative for its discussion of a "nuclear transatlantic," placing British and American texts in dialogue with one another, for its identification of a vibrant young adult fiction that resonates with more conventionally studied literatures of the period and for its analysis of a "politics of vulnerability" animating nuclear debates. Placing nuclear literature in social and historical contexts, it shows how novels and short stories responded not only to nuclear fears, but also crystallised contemporary debates about issues of gender, the environment, society and the economy.

  • Women and 'value' in Jane Austen's novels : settling, speculating and superfluity / Lynda A. Hall

  • Postcolonialism and Postsocialism in Fiction and Art : Resistance and Re-existence
    This book tackles the intersections of postcolonial and postsocialist imaginaries and sensibilities focusing on the ways they are reflected in contemporary art, fiction, theater and cinema. After the defeat of the Socialist modernity the postsocialist space and its people have found themselves in the void. Many elements of the former Second world experience, echo the postcolonial situations, including subalternization, epistemic racism, mimicry, unhomedness and transit, the revival of ethnic nationalisms and neo-imperial narratives, neo-Orientalist and mutant Eurocentric tendencies, indirect forms of resistance and life-asserting modes of re-existence. Yet there are also untranslatable differences between the postcolonial and the postsocialist human conditions. The monograph focuses on the aesthetic principles and mechanisms of sublime, the postsocialist/postcolonial decolonization of museums, the perception and representation of space and time through the tempolocalities of post-dependence, the anatomy of characters-tricksters with shifting multiple identities, the memory politics of the post-traumatic conditions and ways of their overcoming.

  • Bernard Shaw, W. T. Stead, and the New Journalism : Whitechapel, Parnell, Titanic, and the Great War / Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel

  • The Quest for Shakespeare : the Peculiar History and Surprising Legacy of the New Shakspere Society / by Jeffrey Kahan

    This book traces the formation and impact of the New Shakspere Society, created in 1873, which dedicated itself to solving the mysteries of Shakespeare's authorship by way of science. This promise, however, was undermined not only by the antics of its director, Frederick J. Furnivall, but also by the inexactitudes of the tests. Jeffrey Kahan puzzles out how a society geared towards science quickly devolved into a series of grudge matches. Nonetheless, the New Shakspere Society set the bibliographical and biographical agenda for the next century--an unusual legacy for an organization that was rife with intrigue, enmity, and incompetence; lives were ruined, lawyers consulted, and scholarship (mostly bad) produced and published.

  • Cognitive approaches to German historical film : seeing is not believing
    PN 1995.9 H5 W54 2017eb

    This book explores how minds at the movies understand minds in the movies and introduces readers to some fundamental principles of Cognitive Studies--namely conceptual blending, Theory of Mind, and empathy/perspective-taking--through their application to film analysis. A cognitive approach to recent popular historical films demonstrates cinema's potential to stimulate viewers' critical thinking about crucial events of the past century. Diverging from the focus on narrative processing in traditional cognitivist theory, this book examines film reception and production in the context of the latest developments in cognitive and social psychology. Turning to German cinema as a case study for this interdisciplinary partnership, Jennifer Marston William offers a fresh look at some internationally successful films of the twenty-first century, including Nowhere in Africa , Goodbye, Lenin! , Sophie Scholl , Downfall , The Lives of Others , and The Baader-Meinhof Complex .

  • Living with Disfigurement in Early Medieval Europe

    This book is open access under a CC-BY 4.0 license.

    This book examines social and medical responses to the disfigured face in early medieval Europe, arguing that the study of head and facial injuries can offer a new contribution to the history of early medieval medicine and culture, as well as exploring the language of violence and social interactions. Despite the prevalence of warfare and conflict in early medieval society, and a veritable industry of medieval historians studying it, there has in fact been very little attention paid to the subject of head wounds and facial damage in the course of war and/or punitive justice. The impact of acquired disfigurement --for the individual, and for her or his family and community--is barely registered, and only recently has there been any attempt to explore the question of how damaged tissue and bone might be treated medically or surgically. In the wake of new work on disability and the emotions in the medieval period, this study documents how acquired disfigurement is recorded across different geographical and chronological contexts in the period.

  • Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity : a Global Nineteenth-Century Perspective

    This book maps out the temporal and geographic coordinates of the trope of sensationalism in the long nineteenth century through a comparative approach. Not only juxtaposing different geographical areas (Europe, Asia and Oceania), this volume also disperses its history over a longue dur#65533;e , allowing readers to perceive the hidden and often unacknowledged continuities throughout a period that is often reduced to the confines of the national disciplines of literature, art, and cultural studies. Providing a wide range of methodological approaches from the fields of literary studies, art history, sociology of literature, and visual culture, this collection offers indispensable examples of the relation between literature and several other media. Topics include the rhetorical tropes of popular culture, the material culture of clothing, the lived experience of performance as a sub-text of literature and painting, and the redefinition of spatiality and temporality in theory, art, and


  • Media and the Portuguese empire / edited by José Luís Garcia, Chanka Kaul, Filipa Subtil and Alexandra Santos

  • William Morris's utopianism : propaganda, politics and prefiguration / Owen Holland
    PR 5084 H65 2017eb

  • Popular media in Kenyan history : fiction and newspapers as political actors / George Ogola
    PR 9381.9 M795 O36 2017eb
    The book examines popular fiction columns, a dominant feature in Kenyan newspapers, published in the twentieth century and examines their historical and cultural impact on Kenyan politics. The book interrogates how popular cultural forms such as popular fiction engage with and subject the polity to constant critique through informal but widely recognized cultural forms of censure. The book further explores the ways we see and experience how the African subaltern, through the everyday, negotiate their rights and obligations with the self, society and the state. Through these columns and their writers, the book examines the tensions that characterize such relationships, how the formal and informal interpenetrate, how the past and present are reconciled, and how the local and transnational collide but also collude in the making of the Kenyan identity.

  • Psychology of bilingualism : the cognitive and emotional world of bilinguals / Alfredo Ardila, Anna B. Cieślicka, Roberto R. Heredia, Mónica Roselli, editors

  • Dante et Béatrice : études dantesques / Etienne Gilson
    PQ 4390 G47 1974
    Lors de la commemoration du septieme centenaire de l'anniversaire de la naissance de Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Etienne Gilson qui avait publie dans les annees quarante un ouvrage rapidement devenu un classique sur la pensee de Dante (Dante et la philosophie), a repris la plume pour rendre hommage au grand poete et penseur italien. Dans ce volume sont publies les neuf articles qui abordent certains des themes fondamentaux de la reflexion de Dante comme la nature du ciel Empyree, le rapport entre poesie et theologie ou encore la signification de la vision merveilleuse . Le volume s'ouvre avec une belle introduction a la pensee de Dante et se termine par une meditation sur Dante et Eugene Delacroix.

  • New languages and landscapes of higher education / Peter Scott, Jim Gallacher, and Gareth Parry
    P 40.8 N495 2016eb

  • Dante : the story of his life / Marco Santagata ; translated by Richard Dixon
    PQ 4339 S2613 2016

    Marco Santagata's Dante: The Story of His Life illuminates one of the world's supreme poets from many angles--writer, philosopher, father, courtier, political partisan. Santagata brings together a vast body of Italian scholarship on Dante's medieval world, untangles a complex web of family and political relationships for English readers, and shows how the composition of the Commedia was influenced by local and regional politics.

    Santagata traces Dante's attempts to establish himself in Florentine society as a man of both letters and action. He raises the intriguing possibility that Dante translated an illness, thought by some to be epilepsy, into an intensely physical phenomenology of love in the Vita Nova . Most importantly, Santagata highlights Dante's constant need to readjust his political stance--his involvement with the pro-Papacy Guelph faction as well as his network of patrons--in response to unfolding events. Linking these shifts to the changing ethical and political convictions expressed in the Commedia , Santagata reveals the paradoxical achievement of Dante's masterpiece: a unified, universal poem nonetheless intimately entwined with the day-to-day dealings of its author.

    The most striking facet of Dante's personality was a belief in his unique destiny. In every aspect of his life--his birth under the sign of Gemini, falling in love with Beatrice, banishment from Florence--Dante glimpsed the shadow of his fate. This idea, cultivated by the poet in his youth, grew into the conviction that God had invested him with the prophetic mission of saving humanity.

  • A companion to Michael Haneke / edited by Roy Grundmann
    PN 1998.3 H36 C66 2010
    A Companion to Michael Haneke is a definitive collection of newly-commissioned work that covers Haneke′s body of work in its entirety, catering to students and scholars of Haneke at a time when interest in the director and his work is soaring. Introduces one of the most important directors to have emerged on the global cinema scene in the past fifteen years Includes exclusive interviews with Michael Haneke, including an interview discussion of The White Ribbon Considers themes, topics, and subjects that have formed the nucleus of the director′s life′s work: the fate of European cinema, Haneke in Hollywood, pornography, alienation, citizenship, colonialism, and the gaze of surveillance Features critical examinations of La Pianiste, Time of the Wolf, Three Paths to the Lake and Caché, amongst others

  • A companion to Woody Allen / edited by Peter J. Bailey and Sam B. Girgus
    PN 1998.3 A45 C66 2013

    Edited by two renowned Allen experts, A Companion to Woody Allen presents a collection of 26 original essays on the director's films. Contributions offer a number of divergent critical perspectives while expanding the contexts in which his work is understood.

    A timely companion by the authors of two of the most important books on Allen to date Illuminates the films of Woody Allen from a number of divergent critical perspectives Explores the contexts in which his work should be understood Assesses Allen's remarkable filmmaking career from its early beginnings and investigates the conflicts and contradictions that suffuse it Discusses Allen's recognition as a global cinematic figure

  • Seeing through the screen : interpreting American political film / Bruce E. Altschuler
    PN 1995.9 P6 A45 2018eb

  • Ruptures and continuities in Soviet/Russian cinema : styles, characters and genres before and after the collapse of the USSR / edited by Birgit Beumers and Eugénie Zvonkine
    PN 1993.5 S65 R87 2018eb

    This book, based on extensive original research, examines how far the collapse of the Soviet Union represented a threshold that initiated change or whether there are continuities which gradually reshaped cinema in the new Russia. The book considers a wide range of films and film-makers and explores their attitudes to genre, character and aesthetic style. The individual chapters demonstrate that, whereas genres shifted and characters developed, stylistic choices remained largely unaffected.

  • The Routledge dictionary of Turkish cinema / Gönül Dönmez-Colin
    PN 1993.5 T8 D66 2013eb

  • The Routledge companion to world cinema / edited by Rob Stone, Paul Cooke, Stephanie Dennison and Alex Marlow-Mann
    PN 1993.5 A1 R75 2018eb

    The Routledge Companion to World Cinemaexplores and examines a global range of films and filmmakers, their movements and audiences, comparing their cultural, technological and political dynamics, identifying the impulses that constantly reshape the form and function of the cinemas of the world. Each of the forty chapters provides a survey of a topic, explaining why the issue or area is important, and critically discussing the leading views in the area. Designed as a dynamic forum for forty-three world-leading scholars, this companion contains significant expertise and insight and is dedicated to challenging complacent views of hegemonic film cultures and replacing outmoded ideas about production, distribution and reception. It offers both a survey and an investigation into the condition and activity of contemporary filmmaking worldwide, often challenging long-standing categories and weighted--often politically motivated--value judgements, thereby grounding and aligning the reader in an activity of remapping which is designed to prompt rethinking.

  • Reconceptualising film policies edited by Nolwenn Mingant and Cecilia Tirtaine
    PN 1995 R43 2018eb

    This volume explores and interrogates the shifts and changes in both government and industry-based screen policies over the past 30 years. It covers a diverse range of film industries from different parts of the world, along with the interrelationship between different localities, policy regimes and technologies/media. Featuring in-depth case studies and interviews with practitioners and policy-makers, this book provides a timely overview of government and industry's responses to the changing landscape of the production, distribution, and consumption of screen media.

  • Performing the remembered present : the cognition of memory in dance, theatre and music / edited by Pil Hansen and Bettina Bläsing
    PN 1590 P76 P47 2017eb
    This international collection brings together scientists, scholars and artist-researchers to explore the cognition of memory through the performing arts and examine artistic strategies that target cognitive processes of memory. The strongly embodied and highly trained memory systems of performing artists render artistic practice a rich context for understanding how memory is formed, utilized and adapted through interaction with others, instruments and environments. Using experimental, interpretive and Practice-as-Research methods that bridge disciplines, the authors provide overview chapters and case studies of subjects such as:* collectively and environmentally distributed memory in the performing arts;* autobiographical memory triggers in performance creation and reception;* the journey from learning to memory in performance training;* the relationship between memory, awareness and creative spontaneity, and* memorization and embodied or structural analysis of scores and scripts.This volume provides an unprecedented resource for scientists, scholars, artists, teachers and students looking for insight into the cognition of memory in the arts, strategies of learning and performance, and interdisciplinary research methodology.

  • Live cinema : cultures, economies, aesthetics / edited by Sarah Atkinson and Helen W. Kennedy
    PN 1995.9 D57 A85 2018eb
    Live Cinema is a term used to capture a diverse range of experiences that incorporate a 'live' element in relation to a film's exhibition. The live augmentation of cinema screenings is not a new phenomenon, indeed this tendency is present throughout the entire history of cinema in the form of live musical accompaniments to silent screenings, showmanship practices, and cult film audience behaviours. The contemporary revival of experiential cinema captured within this volume presents instances where the live transcends the mediated and escapes beyond the boundaries of the auditorium. Our contributors investigate film exhibition practices that include synchronous live performance, site specific screenings, technological intervention, social media engagement, and all manner of simultaneous interactive moments including singing, dancing, eating and drinking.These investigations reveal new cultures of reception and practice, new experiential aesthetics and emergent economies of engagement. This collection brings together fifteen contributions that together trace the emergence of a vivid new area of study. Drawing on rich, diverse and interdisciplinary fields of enquiry, this volume encapsulates a broad range of innovative methodological approaches, offers new conceptual frameworks and new critical vocabularies through which to describe and analyse the emergent phenomena of Live Cinema.

  • Latin American women filmmakers : social and cultural perspectives / Traci Roberts-Camps
    PN 1995.9 W6 C287 2017eb

  • Language documentation and revitalization in Latin American contexts / edited by Gabriela Pérez Báez, Chris Rogers, Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada
    P40.5 L3572 L38 2016eb

    Up to now, the focus in the field of language documentation has been predominantly on North American and Australian languages. However, the greatest genetic diversity in languages is found in Latin America, home to over 100 distinct language families. This book gives the Latin American context the attention it requires by consolidating the work of field researchers experienced in the region into one volume for the first time.

  • Historical dictionary of horror cinema / Peter Hutchings
    PN 1995.9 H6 H836 2018eb

  • The ghost of one's self : doppelgangers in mystery, horror and science fiction films / Paul Meehan
    PN 1995.9.D635 M44 2017eb

  • Fictional portrayals of Spain's transition to democracy : transitional fantasies / by Anne L. Walsh
    PQ 6046 P6 W35 2017eb

  • The elusive auteur : the question of film authorship throughout the age of cinema / Barrett Hodsdon
    PN 1995.9 A837 H63 2017eb
     The director's authorial role in filmmaking--the extent to which a film reflects his or her individual style and creative vision--has been much debated among film critics and scholars for decades. Drawing on generations of criticism, this study describes how the designation "auteur" has gone from stylistic criterion to product label--in what has always been an essentially collaborative industry. Examining the controversy in regard to Hollywood directors, the author compares directors and would-be auteurs of the classic studio system with those of contemporary Hollywood and its new climate of cultural entrepreneurship.

  • Domestic violence in Hollywood film : gaslighting / Diane L. Shoos
    PN 1995.9 V5 S56 2017eb

  • Demographic angst : cultural narratives and American films of the 1950s / Alan Nadel
    PN 1993.5 U6 N34 2018eb
    Prolific literature, both popular and scholarly, depicts America in the period of the High Cold War as being obsessed with normality, implicitly figuring the postwar period as a return to the way of life that had been put on hold, first by the Great Depression and then by Pearl Harbor.

    Demographic Angst argues that mandated normativity--as a political agenda and a social ethic--precluded explicit expression of the anxiety produced by America's radically reconfigured postwar population. Alan Nadel explores influential non-fiction books, magazine articles, and public documents in conjunction with films such as Singin' in the Rain, On the Waterfront, Sunset Boulevard, and Sayonara , to examine how these films worked through fresh anxieties that emerged during the 1950s.

  • A companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on screen / edited by Arthur J. Pomeroy
    PN 1995.9 G74 C66 2017eb

    A comprehensive treatment of the Classical World in film and television, A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen closely examines the films and TV shows centered on Greek and Roman cultures and explores the tension between pagan and Christian worlds.

    Written by a team of experts in their fields, this work considers productions that discuss social settings as reflections of their times and as indicative of the technical advances in production and the economics of film and television. Productions included are a mix of Hollywood and European spanning from the silent film era though modern day television series, and topics discussed include Hollywood politics in film, soundtrack and sound design, high art and low art, European art cinemas, and the ancient world as comedy. 

    Written for students of film and television as well as those interested in studies of ancient Rome and Greece, A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen provides comprehensive, current thinking on how the depiction of Ancient Greece and Rome on screen has developed over the past century. It reviews how films of the ancient world mirrored shifting attitudes towards Christianity, the impact of changing techniques in film production, and fascinating explorations of science fiction and technical fantasy in the ancient world on popular TV shows like Star Trek , Babylon 5 , Battlestar Galactica , and Dr. Who .

  • The cinema of the Soviet thaw : space, materiality, movement / Lida Oukaderova
    PN 1993.5 S65 O85 2017eb

    Following Joseph Stalin's death in 1953, the Soviet Union experienced a dramatic resurgence in cinematic production. The period of the Soviet Thaw became known for its relative political and cultural liberalization; its films, formally innovative and socially engaged, were swept to the center of international cinematic discourse. In The Cinema of the Soviet Thaw, Lida Oukaderova provides an in-depth analysis of several Soviet films made between 1958 and 1967 to argue for the centrality of space--as both filmic trope and social concern--to Thaw-era cinema. Opening with a discussion of the USSR's little-examined late-fifties embrace of panoramic cinema, the book pursues close readings of films by Mikhail Kalatozov, Georgii Danelia, Larisa Shepitko and Kira Muratova, among others. It demonstrates that these directors' works were motivated by an urge to interrogate and reanimate spatial experience, and through this project to probe critical issues of ideology, social progress, and subjectivity within post-Stalinist culture.

  • Children on the threshold in contemporary Latin American cinema : nature, gender, and agency / Rachel Randall
    PN 1995.9 C45 R345 2017eb

  • Celestina and the human condition in early modern Spain and Italy / Rachel Scott
    PQ 6428 S26 2017eb
    Winner of the 2015 Publication Prize awarded by the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland. Celestina by Fernando de Rojas is a canonical work of late medieval Spanish literature and one of the earliest European "best-sellers". However, while we have clear evidence of its popularity and influence, scholarship has not adequately answered the question of why it continued to hold such appeal for early modern audiences. This book explores Celestina's role as a key interlocutor in European literature and thought; it argues that the work continued to be meaningful because it engaged with one of the period's defining preoccupations: the human condition, an idea often conceptualised in pro et contra debates about the misery and dignity of man. Taking an ideological and comparative approach that focuses on Celestina's reception in sixteenth-century Spain and Italy, it reads Rojas's work against a network of texts that were translated and printed concurrently in both peninsulas yet which have not previously been examined in depth or detail alongside it, including Baldassare Castiglione's Il Cortegiano, Fern#65533;n P#65533;rez de Oliva's Di#65533;logo de la dignidad del hombre, and Pietro Aretino's Vita delle puttane. Each chapter explores themes common to sixteenth-century debates about the human condition, such as self-knowledge, self-fashioning, the formative role of language, the tension between freedom and constraint, as well as the access to knowledge provided by vernacular fiction in the context of early modern censorship. Rachel Scott is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at King's College London.

  • Are you watching closely? : cultural paranoia, new technologies, and the contemporary Hollywood misdirection film / Seth Friedman
    PN 1995 F7445 2017eb

  • Octavia's brood : science fiction stories from social justice movements / edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown ; foreword by Sheree Renée Thomas
    PS 3552 U827 Z73 2015
    Whenever we imagine a world without war or injustice, we are engaging in speculative fiction. Radicals and activists devote their lives to envisioning such worlds, and then go about trying to create them. This collection brings together 20 such stories, as well as essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal. Named for the great Octavia Butler, giant of science fiction and a rare woman of colour in her field, this engaging and enlightening collection is the first book to explore the connections between radical science fiction and movements for social change.

  • Accordéon / Kaie Kellough
    PS 8571 E457 A64 2016

    Finalist for the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award

    Accord#65533;on is an experimental novel, a piercing deconstruction of Qu#65533;b#65533;cois culture, an ode to Montr#65533;al--a city where everything happens at once and all realities exist simultaneously. Against a satirical Ministry of Culture set on quotas, preservation and containment according to its own cultural code, Kaie Kellough weaves voices and images from the margins to probe collective fantasies of Qu#65533;bec old and new.

  • The street / Mordecai Richler ; with an afterword by William Weintraub
    PS 8535 I38 S87 2002
    In this beguiling collection of short stories and memoirs, first published in 1969, Mordecai Richler looks back on his childhood in Montreal, recapturing the lively panorama of St. Urbain Street: the refugees from Europe with their unexpected sophistication and snobbery; the catastrophic day when there was an article about St. Urbain Street in Time; Tansky's Cigar and Soda with its "beat-up brown phonebooth" used for "private calls"; and tips on sex from Duddy Kravitz.

    Overflowing with humour, nostalgia, and wisdom, The Street is a brilliant introduction to Richler's lifelong love-affair with St. Urbain Street and its inhabitants.

  • The god of small things / Arundhati Roy
    PR 9499.3 R59 G63 2017
    The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness


    Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy's modern classic is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevocably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing "big things [that] lurk unsaid" in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.

  • The rings of Saturn / W.G. Sebald ; translated from the German by Michael Hulse
    PT 2681 E18 R56 1998
    The Rings of Saturn, with its curious archive of photographs, records a walking tour of the eastern coast of England. A few of the things that cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) are lonely eccentrics. Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson", the natural history of the herring, Borges, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, Sir Thomas Browne's skull, recession-hit seaside towns, Joseph Conrad, the once-thriving silk industry of Norwich, Swinburne, the dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, and the massive bombings of WWII.Mesmerized by the mutability of all things, the narrator catalogs the transmigration of whole worlds: "On every new thing, there lies already the shadow of annihilation." 

  • Convivio / Dante ; edited and translated by Andrew Frisardi
    PQ 4315.57 F75 2018
    Dante's Convivio, composed in exile between 1304 and 1307, is a series of self-commentaries on three of Dante's long poems. These allegorical love poems and philosophical verse become the basis for philosophical, literary, moral, and political exposition. The prose is written in Italian so that those who were not educated in Latin could take part in what Dante called his 'banquet of knowledge'. In this edition, eminent Dante translator-scholar Andrew Frisardi offers the first fully annotated translation of the work into English, with an extensive introduction, making Dante's often complex writings accessible to scholars and students. The parallel Italian text is also included for the first time in an English translation of the Convivio. Readers of this work can gain a strong understanding of the philosophical themes across Dante's work, including the Divine Comedy, as well as the logic, politics and science of his time.

  • The Norton Anthology of African American literature / Henry Louis Gates, Jr., general editor, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and American Research, Harvard University ; Valerie Smith, general editor, Dean of the College, Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature, Professor of English and African American Studies, Princeton University
    PS 508 N3 N67 2014
    The much-anticipated Third Edition brings together the work of 140 writers from 1746 to the present writing in all genres, as well as performers of vernacular forms--from spirituals and sermons to jazz and hip hop. Fresh scholarship, new visuals and media, and new selections--with an emphasis on contemporary writers--combine to make The Norton Anthology of African American Literature an even better teaching tool for instructors and an unmatched value for students.

  • Waiting for Godot / Samuel Beckett
    PQ 2603 E378 E53 2011
    From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, "Time catches up with genius ... Waiting for Godot is one of the masterpieces of the century."

    The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone--or something--named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind's inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett's language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post-World War II Europe. His play remains oneof the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.

  • The art of dramatic writing; its basis in the creative interpretation of human motives. With an introd. by Gilbert Miller
    PN 1661 E3 1946
    This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

  • Elmet / Fiona Mozley
    PR 6113 O97 E46 2017


    'A quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable' The Economist

    'A cleverly constructed rural Gothic fable . . . Elmet is a marvellous achievement' TLS

    'Pastoral idyll, political expos#65533;, cosy family saga and horror tale, it reads like a traditional children's story that turns into a gangster film: Hansel and Gretel meets The Godfather' Sunday Times

    Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned menacing and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them in the woods with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted.

    Cathy was more like their father: fierce and full of simmering anger. Daniel was more like their mother: gentle and kind. Sometimes, their father disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home, he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn't true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew.

    Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, Elmet is a compelling portrayal of a family living on the fringes of contemporary society, as well as a gripping exploration of the disturbing actions people are capable of when pushed to their limits.

  • Promiscuous media : film and visual culture in imperial Japan, 1926-1945 / Hikari Hori
    PN 1993.5 J3 H67 2017

    In Promiscuous Media , Hikari Hori makes a compelling case that the visual culture of Showa-era Japan articulated urgent issues of modernity rather than serving as a simple expression of nationalism. Hori makes clear that the Japanese cinema of the time was in fact almost wholly built on a foundation of Russian and British film theory as well as American film genres and techniques. Hori provides a range of examples that illustrate how maternal melodrama and animated features, akin to those popularized by Disney, were adopted wholesale by Japanese filmmakers.

    Emperor Hirohito's image, Hori argues, was inseparable from the development of mass media; he was the first emperor whose public appearances were covered by media ranging from postcards to radio broadcasts. Worship of the emperor through viewing his image, Hori shows, taught the Japanese people how to look at images and primed their enjoyment of early animation and documentary films alike. Promiscuous Media links the political and the cultural closely in a way that illuminates the nature of twentieth-century Japanese society.

  • The philosophical Hitchcock : Vertigo and the anxieties of unknowingness / Robert B. Pippin
    PN 1995.9 P42 P56 2017
    On the surface, The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo and the Anxieties of Unknowingness, is a close reading of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece Vertigo . This, however, is a book by Robert B. Pippin, one of our most penetrating and creative philosophers, and so it is also much more. Even as he provides detailed readings of each scene in the film, and its story of obsession and fantasy, Pippin reflects more broadly on the modern world depicted in Hitchcock's films. Hitchcock's characters, Pippin shows us, repeatedly face problems and dangers rooted in our general failure to understand others--or even ourselves--very well, or to make effective use of what little we do understand. Vertigo , with its impersonations, deceptions, and fantasies, embodies a general, common struggle for mutual understanding in the late modern social world of ever more complex dependencies. By treating this problem through a filmed fictional narrative, rather than discursively, Pippin argues, Hitchcock is able to help us see the systematic and deep mutual misunderstanding and self-deceit that we are subject to when we try to establish the knowledge necessary for love, trust, and commitment, and what it might be to live in such a state of unknowingness.

    A bold, brilliant exploration of one of the most admired works of cinema, The Philosophical Hitchcock will lead philosophers and cinephiles alike to a new appreciation of Vertigo and its meanings.

  • Tact : aesthetic liberalism and the essay form in nineteenth-century Britain / David Russell
    PR 766 A38 R87 2018

    The social practice of tact was an invention of the nineteenth century, a period when Britain was witnessing unprecedented urbanization, industrialization, and population growth. In an era when more and more people lived more closely than ever before with people they knew less and less about, tact was a new mode of feeling one's way with others in complex modern conditions. In this book, David Russell traces how the essay genre came to exemplify this sensuous new ethic and aesthetic.

    Russell argues that the essay form provided the resources for the performance of tact in this period and analyzes its techniques in the writings of Charles Lamb, John Stuart Mill, Matthew Arnold, George Eliot, and Walter Pater. He shows how their essays offer grounds for a claim about the relationship among art, education, and human freedom--an "aesthetic liberalism"--not encompassed by traditional political philosophy or in literary criticism. For these writers, tact is not about codes of politeness but about making an art of ordinary encounters with people and objects and evoking the fullest potential in each new encounter. Russell demonstrates how their essays serve as a model for a critical handling of the world that is open to surprises, and from which egalitarian demands for new relationships are made.

    Offering fresh approaches to thinking about criticism, sociability, politics, and art, Tact concludes by following a legacy of essayistic tact to the practice of British psychoanalysts like D. W. Winnicott and Marion Milner.

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