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


  • Mihrî Hatun : Performance, Gender-Bending, and Subversion in Ottoman Intellectual History / Didem Havlioğlu
    PL 248 M48 Z69 2017eb

  • Los espíritus de la ciencia ficción : Espiritismo, periodismo y cultura popular en las novelas de Eduardo Holmberg, Francisco Miralles y Pedro Castera / por Luis C. Cano
    PQ 7082 S34 C357 2018eb

  • The other roots : wandering origins in roots of Brazil and the impasses of modernity in Ibero-America / Pedro Meira Monteiro ; translated by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux
    PQ 9697 B88 Z76 2017eb

  • The Disperata, from Medieval Italy to Renaissance France / Gabriella Scarlatta
    PQ 4128 D47 S33 2017eb
    This study explores how the themes of the disperata genre - including hopelessness, death, suicide, doomed love, collective trauma, and damnations - are creatively adopted by several generations of poets in Italy and France, to establish a tradition that at times merges with, and at times subverts, Petrarchism.

  • Reading, Performing, and Imagining the Libro del Arcipreste / E. Michael Gerli
    PQ 6430 G47 2016eb

  • La madre muerta : El mito matricida en la literatura y el cine españoles / María Asunción Gómez
    PQ 6073 M68 G66 2016eb

  • Erotic Mysticism : Subversion and Transcendence in Latin American Modernista Prose / by Nancy LaGreca
    PQ 6073 M6 L34 2016eb

  • Anatomía del desencanto : humor, ficción y melancolía en España, 1976-1998 / Santiago Morales Rivera
    PQ 6144 M665 2017eb
    After the failure of the soixante-huitards, the collapse of European communism, and the fall around 1989 of various dictatorships and revolutions in Latin America, the sentimental approach to history is again reaping successes among the humanities and the social and political sciences. In the Hispanic world, this "affective turn" is on its way to repeating another fin de si#65533;cle like the one led by the intellectuals of 1898. A century later, in both Spanish and Anglo-Saxon universities, notions such as disenchantment, trauma, memory, and empathy inform virtually all the analyses of modern Spanish culture, from the bloody Civil War and the nearly forty years of fascism that followed it to the disappointing transition to democracy. Santiago Morales intervenes in this sentimental approach to history and to the novelistic production of the transition by recovering the links and tensions that the notion of melancholy maintains with the aesthetics of black humor in a corpus of fictional works written between 1976 and 1998. Through a methodology that alternates between the careful analysis of novels by Javier Mar#65533;as, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Cristina Fern#65533;ndez Cubas, and Juan Jos#65533; Mill#65533;s, and the distant reading or framing that places these texts in a broader history, Anatom#65533;a del desencanto constructs a critique of the equivocal place held in our modern age by feelings that were, in another time, so noble and persistent, such as grief, fear, guilt, and compassion. While other specialists who study the transition today agree in denouncing the ominous persistence of Francoism and the postwar ethos, Santiago Morales sees a deeply ironic formula in the black humor of melancholy: a catalyst in the creative and moral growth of Spanish narrative and a fundamental critical tool to change contemporary sentimental education. Written entirely in Spanish. Tras la derrota de los soixante-huitards, el colapso del comunismo europeo y la ca#65533;da tambi#65533;n en torno a 1989 de varias dictaduras y revoluciones en Am#65533;rica Latina, el acercamiento sentimental a la historia vuelve a cosechar #65533;xitos entre las humanidades y las ciencias sociales y pol#65533;ticas. En el #65533;mbito hisp#65533;nico, este "giro afectivo" lleva camino de reproducir otro fin de si#65533;cle como el que ya protagonizaron los intelectuales de 1898. Un siglo despu#65533;s, tanto en las universidades espa#65533;olas como en las anglosajonas nociones como desencanto, trauma, memoria, y empat#65533;a informan pr#65533;cticamente todos los an#65533;lisis de la cultura espa#65533;ola moderna, desde la sanguinaria guerra civil y los casi cuarenta a#65533;os de fascismo hasta la decepcionante transici#65533;n a la democracia. Santiago Morales interviene en este acercamiento sentimental a la historia y a la novel#65533;stica de la transici#65533;n, recuperando los v#65533;nculos y tensiones que mantiene la noci#65533;n de melancol#65533;a con la est#65533;tica del humor negro en un corpus de obras de ficci#65533;n escritas entre 1976 y 1998. Mediante una metodolog#65533;a que alterna entre el an#65533;lisis cuidadoso de novelas de Javier Mar#65533;as, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Cristina Fern#65533;ndez Cubas y Juan Jos#65533; Mill#65533;s, y el distant reading o el encuadre que coloca estos textos en una historia m#65533;s amplia, Anatom#65533;a del desencanto hace una cr#65533;tica del lugar equ#65533;voco que ocupan en nuestra modernidad sentimientos en otro tiempo tan nobles y obstinados como el duelo, el miedo, la culpa, y la compasi#65533;n. Mientras que otros estudiosos de la transici#65533;n abundan en denunciar la persistencia ominosa del franquismo y la posguerra, Santiago Morales ve en el humor negro de la melancol#65533;a una f#65533;rmula profundamente ir#65533;nica: un catalizador en el crecimiento creativo y moral de la narrativa espa#65533;ola y una herramienta cr#65533;tica fundamental para cambiar la educaci#65533;n sentimental contempor#65533;nea. Escrito en espan#65533;l.

  • Alternative Kinships : Economy and Family in Russian Modernism / Jacob Emery
    PG 3020.5 F34 E64 2017eb

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky : In the Beginning (1821-845): A Life in Letters, Memoirs, and Criticism / Thomas Gaiton Marullo
    PG 3328 M38 2016eb

  • Mujeres en tránsito : viaje, identidad y escritura en Sudamérica (1830-1910) / Vanesa Miseres
    PQ 7551.5 M57 2017eb

  • Jacob Isaac Segal : A Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu / Pierre Anctil
    PJ 5129 S37 Z53 2012eb
    Born in the Ukraine in 1896, and settling in Montreal in 1910, Segal became one of the first Yiddish writers in Canada. His poetry, infused with lyricism and mysticism, along with the numerous essays and articles he penned, embodied both a rich literary tradition and the modernism of his day.
    Pierre Anctil has written so much more than a biography. For the first time, Segal's poetic production is referenced, translated and rigorously analyzed, and includes over 100 pages of appendices, shedding light on the artistic, spiritual, cultural and historical importance of his oeuvre. By introducing the reader to the poet's work through previously unpublished translations, Anctil demonstrates that in many respects it reflects the history of the Jewish immigrants who arrived in North America from Russia, the Ukraine and Poland at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the tragic experiences of Jewish intellectual refugees of the interwar period.
    This admirably written, sweeping yet subtle, work will appeal both to scholars and to a broader audience.
    The original French version was awarded the prestigious 2014 Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature / edited by Heike Scharm and Natalia Matta Jara
    PQ 7081 P677 2017eb
    "Offers an array of disciplinary views on how theories of globalization and an emerging postnational critical imagination have impacted traditional ways of thinking about literature."--Samuel Amago, author of Spanish Cinema in the Global Context: Film on Film

    Moving beyond the traditional study of Hispanic literature on a nation-by-nation basis, this volume explores how globalization is currently affecting Spanish and Latin American fiction, poetry, and literary theory.

    Taking a postnational approach, contributors examine works by Jos#65533; Mart#65533;, Carlos Ruiz Zaf#65533;n, Junot D#65533;az, Mario Vargas Llosa, Cecilia Vicu#65533;a, Jorge Luis Borges, and other writers. They discuss how expanding worldviews have impacted the way these authors write and how they are read today. Whether analyzing the increasingly popular character of the voluntary exile, the theme of masculinity in This Is How You Lose Her , or the multilingual nature of the Spanish language itself, they show how contemporary Hispanic writers and critics are engaging in cross-cultural literary conversations.

    Drawing from a range of fields including postcolonial, Latino, gender, exile, and transatlantic studies, these essays help characterize a new "world" literature that reflects changing understandings of memory, belonging, and identity.


  • Dostoevsky and the Riddle of the Self / Yuri Corrigan
    PG 3328 Z7 S4536 2017eb

  • Kafka's Indictment of Modern Law / Douglas E. Litowitz
    PT 2621 A26 Z769174 2017eb
    The legal system is often denounced as "Kafkaesque"--but what does this really mean? This is the question Douglas E. Litowitz tackles in his critical reading of Franz Kafka's writings about the law.

    Going far beyond Kafka's most familiar works--such as The Trial --Litowitz assembles a broad array of works that he refers to as "Kafka's legal fiction"--consisting of published and unpublished works that deal squarely with the law, as well as those that touch upon it indirectly, as in political, administrative, and quasi-judicial procedures. Cataloguing, explaining, and critiquing this body of work, Litowitz brings to bear all those aspects of Kafka's life that were connected to law--his legal education, his career as a lawyer, his drawings, and his personal interactions with the legal system. A close study of Kafka's legal writings reveals that Kafka held a consistent position about modern legal systems, characterized by a crippling nihilism. Modern legal systems, in Kafka's view, consistently fail to make good on their stated pretensions--in fact often accomplish the opposite of what they promise. This indictment, as Litowitz demonstrates, is not confined to the legal system of Kafka's day, but applies just as surely to our own.

    A short, clear, comprehensive introduction to Kafka's legal writings and thought, Kafka's Indictment of Modern Law is not uncritical. Even as he clarifies Kafka's experience of and ideas about the law, Litowitz offers an informed perspective on the limitations of these views. His book affords rare insight into a key aspect of Kafka's work, and into the connection between the writing, the writer, and the legal world.

  • Written in Blood : Revolutionary Terrorism and Russian Literary Culture, 1861-1881 / Lynn Ellen Patyk
    PG 2975 P38 2017eb

  • The Institutions of Russian Modernism : Conceptualizing, Publishing, and Reading Symbolism / Jonathan Stone
    PG 3015.5 S9 S76 2017eb

  • The Emergence of Early Yiddish Literature : Cultural Translation in Ashkenaz / Jerold C. Frakes
    PJ 5120.5 F734 2017eb

    While much early Yiddish literature belonged to pious genres, quasi-secular genres--epic, drama, and lyric--also developed. Jerold Frakes contends that the historical context of the emergence of Yiddish literature is an essential factor in any understanding of its cultural relevance in a time and place where Jewish life was defined by expulsions, massacres, and discriminatory legislation that profoundly altered European Judaism and shook the very foundations of traditional Jewish society.


  • Appropriating Theory : Ángel Rama's critical work / Jose Eduardo Gonzalez.
    PQ 8519 R26 Z583 2017eb

  • Witnessing beyond the Human : Addressing the Alterity of the Other in Post-coup Chile and Argentina / by Kate Jenckes
    PQ 7081 J46 2017eb

  • Scales / melographed by César Vallejo ; edited and translated by Joseph Mulligan
    PQ 8497 V35 A2 2017eb
    First published in 1923, just before César Vallejo left Peru for France, Scales combines prose poems with short stories in a collection that exhibits all the exuberance of the author's early experimentalism. A follow-up to Vallejo's better-known work, Trilce, this radical collection shattered many aesthetic notions prevailing in Latin America and Europe. Intermingling romantic, symbolist, and avant-garde traditions, Scales is a poetic upending of prose narrative that blends Vallejo's intercontinental literary awareness with his commitment to political transformation. Written in part from Trujillo Central Jail, where Vallejo would endure some of the most terrifying moments of his life, Scales is also a testament of anguish and desperation, a series of meditations on justice and freedom, an exploration of the fantastic, and a confrontation with the threat of madness. Edited and translated from the Castilian by the scholar Joseph Mulligan, this first complete English translation, published here in bilingual format and accompanied by extensive archival documentation related to Vallejo's incarceration, this volume gives unprecedented access to one of the most inventive practitioners of Latin American literature in the twentieth century.

  • The Moral Electricity of Print : Transatlantic Education and the Lima Women's Circuit, 1876-1910 / Ronald Briggs
    PQ 8492 L5 B75 2017eb

  • Teika : The Life and Works of a Medieval Japanese Poet / Paul S. Atkins
    PL 791 Z5 A85 2017eb

    Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241) was born into an illustrious lineage of poets just as Japan's ancien régime was ceding authority to a new political order dominated by military power. Overcoming personal and political setbacks, Teika and his allies championed a new style of poetry that managed to innovate conceptually and linguistically within the narrow confines of the waka tradition and the limits of its thirty-one syllable form. Backed by powerful patrons, Teika emerged finally as the supreme arbiter of poetry in his time, serving as co-compiler of the eighth imperial anthology of waka, Shin Kokinshū (ca. 1210) and as solo compiler of the ninth.

    This first book-length study of Teika in English covers the most important and intriguing aspects of Teika's achievements and career, seeking the reasons behind Teika's fame and offering distinctive arguments about his oeuvre. A documentary biography sets the stage with valuable context about his fascinating life and times, followed by an exploration of his "Bodhidharma style," as Teika's critics pejoratively termed the new style of poetry. His beliefs about poetry are systematically elaborated through a thorough overview of his writing about waka. Teika's understanding of classical Chinese history, literature, and language is the focus of a separate chapter that examines the selective use of kana , the Japanese phonetic syllabary, in Teika's diary, which was written mainly in kanbun , a Japanese version of classical Chinese. The final chapter surveys the reception history of Teika's biography and literary works, from his own time into the modern period. Sometimes venerated as demigod of poetry, other times denigrated as an arrogant, inscrutable poet, Teika seldom inspired lukewarm reactions in his readers.

    Courtier, waka poet, compiler, copyist, editor, diarist, and critic, Teika is recognized today as one of the most influential poets in the history of Japanese literature. His oeuvre includes over four thousand waka poems, his diary, Meigetsuki , which he kept for over fifty years, and a fictional tale set in Tang-dynasty China. Over fifteen years in the making, Teika is essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese poetry, the history of Japan, and traditional Japanese culture.


  • Intimate Relations : Social Reform and the Late Nineteenth-Century South Asian Novel / Krupa Shandilya
    PK 1712 S49 2017eb
    "Intimate Relations" remaps the discussion on gender and the nation in South Asia through a close study of the domestic novel as a literary genre and a tool for social reform. As a product of the intersection of literary and social reform movements, in the late nineteenth century the domestic novel became a site for literary innovation and also for rethinking women s roles in society and politics. Krupa Shandilya focuses primarily on social reform movements that negotiated the intimate relations between men and women in Hindu and Muslim society, namely, the widow remarriage act in Bengal (1856) and the education of women promoted by the Aligarh movement (1858 1900). Both movements were invested in recovering woman as a respectable subject for the Hindu and Muslim nation, where respectability connoted asexual spirituality. While most South Asian literary scholarship has focused on a normative Hindu woman, Intimate Relations couples discussion of the representation of the widow in bhadralok (upper-caste, middle-class) society with that of the courtesan of sharif (upper-class, Muslim, feudal) society in Bengali and Urdu novels from the 1880s to the 1920s. By drawing together their disparate histories in the context of contemporaneous social reform movements, Shandilya reflects on the similarities of Hindu and Islamic constructions of the gendered nation."

  • Translation in African Contexts : Postcolonial Texts, Queer Sexuality, and Cosmopolitan Fluency / Evan Maina Mwangi
    PL 8010 M89 2017eb

    Author Evan Maina Mwangi explores the intersection of translation, sexuality, and cosmopolitan ethics in African literature. Usually seen as the preserve of literature published by Euro-American metropolitan outlets for Western consumption, cultural translation is also a recurrent theme in postcolonial African texts produced primarily for local circulation and sometimes in African languages. Mwangi illustrates how such texts allude to various forms of translation to depict the ethical relations to foreigners and the powerless, including sexual minorities. He also explains the popularity of fluent models of translation in African literature, regardless of the energetic critique of such models by Western-based postcolonial theorists.

    While bringing to the foreground texts that have received little critical attention in African literary studies, Translation in African Contexts engages a wide range of foundational and postcolonial translation theorists. It considers a rich variety of works, including East African translations of Shakespeare, writings by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Gakaara wa Wanjaũ, a popular novel by Charles Mangua, and a stage adaptation by the Tanzanian playwright Amandina Lihamba, among others.


  • Economies of Feeling : Russian Literature under Nicholas I / Jillian Porter
    PG 3012 P67 2017eb

  • Prophecies of Language : The Confusion of Tongues in German Romanticism / Kristina Mendicino
    PT 148 R65 M467 2017eb

  • Lost in the Shadow of the Word : Space, Time, and Freedom in Interwar Eastern Europe / Benjamin Paloff
    PG 509 S65 P35 2016eb

  • Wild Geese Returning : Chinese Reversible Poems / by Michele Metail ; translated by Jody Gladding ; introduction by Jeffrey Yang
    PL 2307 M4813 2017eb

  • Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism / Chunjie Zhang
    PT 289 Z43 2017eb

  • Turned Inside Out : Reading the Russian Novel in Prison / Steven Shankman
    PG 3095 S44 2017eb

  • Fictitious Capital : Silk, Cotton, and the Rise of the Arabic Novel / Elizabeth M. Holt
    PJ 8082 H65 2017eb

  • Underworlds of Memory : W. G. Sebald's Epic Journeys through the Past / Alan Itkin
    PT 2681 E18 Z643 2017eb

  • Chinese Poetic Writing : The Case of Hong Kong / by François Cheng ; translated by Donald A. Riggs and Jerome P. Seaton
    PL 2321 C5413 2016eb

  • Celestial Empire : The Emergence of Chinese Science Fiction / Nathaniel Isaacson
    PL 2275 S34 I83 2017eb
    Challenging assumptions about science fiction's Western origins, Nathaniel Isaacson traces the development of the genre in China, from the late Qing Dynasty through the New Culture Movement. Through careful examination of a wide range of visual and print media--including historical accounts of the institutionalization of science, pictorial representations of technological innovations, and a number of novels and short stories--Isaacson makes a case for understanding Chinese science fiction as a product of colonial modernity. By situating the genre's emergence in the transnational traffic of ideas and material culture engendered by the presence of colonial powers in China's economic and political centers, Celestial Empires explores the relationship between science fiction and Orientalist discourse. In doing so it offers an innovative approach to the study of both vernacular writing in twentieth-century China and science fiction in a global context.

  • Scholarship as the Art of Life : Contributions on Serbian Literature, Culture, and Society by Friends of Radmila (Rajka) Gorup / edited by Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover
    PG 1408 S36 2016eb

  • Cosmopolitan Parables : Trauma and Responsibility in Contemporary Germany / David D. Kim
    PT 415 K56 2017eb

  • The Beginnings of Ladino Literature : Moses Almosnino and His Readers / Olga Borovaya
    PC 4813.5 B67 2017eb

    Moses Almosnino (1518-1580), arguably the most famous Ottoman Sephardi writer and the only one who was known in Europe to both Jews and Christians, became renowned for his vernacular books that were admired by Ladino readers across many generations. While Almosnino's works were written in a style similar to contemporaneous Castilian, Olga Borovaya makes a strong argument for including them in the corpus of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) literature. Borovaya suggests that the history of Ladino literature begins at least 200 years earlier than previously believed and that Ladino, like most other languages, had more than one functional style. With careful historical work, Borovaya establishes a new framework for thinking about Ladino language and literature and the early history of European print culture.


  • Post-Mandarin : Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial Vietnam / Ben Tran
    PL 4378.05 T64 2017eb

  • Media Laboratories : Late Modernist Authorship in South America / Sarah Ann Wells
    PQ 7552 E97 W45 2017eb

  • The Andalusi Literary and Intellectual Tradition : The Role of Arabic in Judah ibn Tibbon's Ethical Will / S.J. Pearce
    PJ 5016 P38 2017eb

    Beginning in 1172, Judah ibn Tibbon, who was called the father of Hebrew translators, wrote a letter to his son that was full of personal and professional guidance. The detailed letter, described as an ethical will, was revised through the years and offered a vivid picture of intellectual life among Andalusi elites exiled in the south of France after 1148. S. J. Pearce sets this letter into broader context and reads it as a document of literary practice and intellectual values. She reveals how ibn Tibbon, as a translator of philosophical and religious texts, explains how his son should make his way in the family business and how to operate, textually, within Arabic literary models even when writing for a non-Arabic audience. While the letter is also full of personal criticism and admonitions, Pearce shows ibn Tibbon making a powerful argument in favor of the continuation of Arabic as a prestige language for Andalusi Jewish readers and writers, even in exile outside of the Islamic world.


  • Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan / Amanda C. Seaman
    PL 725 S43 2016eb

    Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan is a wide-ranging account of how women writers have made sense (and nonsense) of pregnancy in postwar Japan. While earlier authors such as Yosano Akiko had addressed the pain and emotional complexities of childbearing in their poetry and prose, the topic quickly moved into the literary shadows when motherhood became enshrined as a duty to state and sovereign in the 1930s and '40s. This reproductive imperative endured after World War II, spurred by a need to create a new generation of citizens and consumers for a new, peacetime nation. It was only in the 1960s, in the context of a flowering of feminist thought and activism, that more critical and nuanced appraisals of pregnancy and motherhood began to appear.

    In her fascinating study, Amanda C. Seaman analyzes the literary manifestations of this new critical approach, in the process introducing readers to a body of work notable for the wide range of genres employed by its authors (including horror and fantasy, short stories, novels, memoir, and manga), the many political, personal, and social concerns informing it, and the diverse creative approaches contained therein. This "pregnancy literature," Seaman argues, serves as an important yet rarely considered forum for exploring and debating not only the particular experiences of the pregnant mother-to-be, but the broader concerns of Japanese women about their bodies, their families, their life choices, and the meaning of motherhood for individuals and for Japanese society. It will be of interest to scholars of modern Japanese literature and women's history, as well as those concerned with gender studies, feminism, and popular culture in Japan and beyond.


  • Modern Arabic Poetry : Revolution and Conflict / Waed Athamneh
    PJ 7542 P64 A84 2017eb

  • Solzhenitsyn : The Historical-Spiritual Destinies of Russia and the West / Lee Congdon
    PG 3488 O4 Z6225 2017eb

  • Remembering Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Matsuko / Anthony H. Chambers ; including entries from the diaries of Edward G. Seidensticker, courtesy of the University of Colorado at Boulder
    PL 839 A7 C537 2017eb

  • Childhood Years / Tanizaki Jun'ichir{macr}o ; translated by Paul McCarthy
    PL 839 A7 Z47813 2017eb

  • Moments of Silence : Authenticity in the Cultural Expressions of the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988 / edited by Arta Khakpour, Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami and Shouleh Vatanabadi
    PK 6412 I73 M66 2015eb
    The Iran-Iraq War was the longest conventional war of the 20th century. The memory of it may have faded in the wake of more recent wars in the region, but the harrowing facts remain: over one million soldiers and civilians dead, millions more permanently displaced and disabled, and an entire generation marked by prosthetic implants and teenage martyrdom. These same facts have been instrumentalized by agendas both foreign and domestic, but also aestheticized, defamiliarized, readdressed and reconciled by artists, writers, and filmmakers across an array of identities: linguistic (Arabic, Persian, Kurdish), religious (Shiite, Sunni, atheist), and political (Iranian, Iraqi, internationalist). Official discourses have unsurprisingly tried to dominate the process of production and distribution of war narratives. In doing so, they have ignored and silenced other voices.

    Centering on novels, films, memoirs, and poster art that gave aesthetic expression to the Iran-Iraq War, the essays gathered in this volume present multiple perspectives on the war's most complex and underrepresented narratives. These scholars do not naively claim to represent an authenticity lacking in official discourses of the war, but rather, they call into question the notion of authenticity itself. Finding, deciding upon, and creating a language that can convey any sort of truth at all--collective, national, or private--is the major preoccupation of the texts and critiques in this diverse collection.

  • Sovereign Acts : Performing Race, Space, and Belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone / Katherine A. Zien
    PQ 7523 Z54 2017eb
    Sovereign Acts explores how artists, activists, and audiences performed and interpreted sovereignty struggles in the Panama Canal Zone, from the Canal Zone's inception in 1903 to its dissolution in 1999. In popular entertainments and patriotic pageants, opera concerts and national theatre, white U.S. citizens, West Indian laborers, and Panamanian artists and activists used performance as a way to assert their right to the Canal Zone and challenge the Zone's sovereignty, laying claim to the Zone's physical space and imagined terrain.

    By demonstrating the place of performance in the U.S. Empire's legal landscape, Katherine A. Zien transforms our understanding of U.S. imperialism and its aftermath in the Panama Canal Zone and the larger U.S.-Caribbean world.

  • Scenarios : Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Every Man for Himself and God Against All; Land of Silence and Darkness; Fitzcarraldo / Werner Herzog ; translated by Martje Herzog and Alan Greenberg
    PT 2668 E774 A24 2017eb

    I do not follow ideas, I stumble into stories or into peop≤ and I know that this is so big, I have to make a film. Very often, films come like uninvited guests, like burglars in the middle of the night. They are in your kitchen; something is stirring, you wake up at 3 a.m. and all of a sudden they come wildly swinging at you.

    When I write a screenplay, I write it as if I have the whole film in front of my eyes. Then it is very easy for me, and I can write very, very fast. It is almost like copying. But of course sometimes I push myself; I read myself into a frenzy of poetry, reading Chinese poets of the eighth and ninth century, reading old Icelandic poetry, reading some of the finest German poets like H#65533;lderlin. All of this has absolutely nothing to do with the idea of my film, but I work myself up into this kind of frenzy of high-caliber language and concepts and beauty.

    And then sometimes I push myself by playing music, for example, a piano concerto by Beethoven, and I play it and write furiously. But none of this is an answer to the question of how you focus on a single idea for a film. And then, during shooting, you have to depart from it sometimes, while keeping it alive in its essence.

    --Werner Herzog, on filmmaking

    Werner Herzog doesn't write traditional screenplays. He writes fever dreams brimming with madness, greed, humor, and dark isolation that can shift dramatically during production--and have materialized into extraordinary masterpieces unlike anything in film today. Harnessing his vision and transcendent reality, these four pieces of long-form prose earmark a renowned filmmaker at the dawn of his career.


  • Staging Asia : East India Company and the Amsterdam Theatre / Manjusha Kuruppath
    PT 5265 K877 2016eb

  • Bakhtinian explorations of Indian culture : pluralism, dogma and dialogue through history / Lakshmi Bandlamudi, E.V. Ramakrishnan, editors
    PG2947.B3

  • Voice and discourse in the Irish context / Diana Villanueva Romero, Carolina P. Amador-Moreno, Manuel Sánchez García, editors
    PB1214

  • The making of Catalan linguistic identity in medieval and early modern times / Vicente Lledó-Guillem
    PC3813

  • Shaw's Ibsen : a re-appraisal / Joan Templeton
    PT8895

  • Remapping African literature / Olabode Ibironke
    PL8010

  • The Cambridge companion to twentieth-century Russian literature / edited by Evgeny Dobrenko, Marina Balina
    PG 3017 C36 2011eb
    In Russian history, the twentieth century was an era of unprecedented, radical transformations - changes in social systems, political regimes, and economic structures. A number of distinctive literary schools emerged, each with their own voice, specific artistic character, and ideological background. As a single-volume compendium, the Companion provides a new perspective on Russian literary and cultural development, as it unifies both migr literature and literature written in Russia. This volume concentrates on broad, complex, and diverse sources - from symbolism and revolutionary avant-garde writings to Stalinist, post-Stalinist, and post-Soviet prose, poetry, drama, and migr literature, with forays into film, theatre, and literary policies, institutions and theories. The contributors present recent scholarship on historical and cultural contexts of twentieth-century literary development, and situate the most influential individual authors within these contexts, including Boris Pasternak, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Brodsky, Osip Mandelstam, Mikhail Bulgakov and Anna Akhmatova.

  • The Cambridge companion to the African novel / edited by F. Abiola Irele
    PL 8010.6 C36 2009eb
    Africa's strong tradition of storytelling has long been an expression of an oral narrative culture. African writers such as Amos Tutuola, Naguib Mahfouz, Wole Soyinka and J. M. Coetzee have adapted these older forms to develop and enhance the genre of the novel, in a shift from the oral mode to print. Comprehensive in scope, these new essays cover the fiction in the European languages from North Africa and Africa south of the Sahara, as well as in Arabic. They highlight the themes and styles of the African novel through an examination of the works that have either attained canonical status - an entire chapter is devoted to the work of Chinua Achebe - or can be expected to do so. Including a guide to further reading and a chronology, this is the ideal starting-point for students of African and world literatures.

  • The Cambridge companion to Petrarch / edited by Albert Russell Ascoli, Unn Falkeid
    PQ 4505 C15 2015eb
    Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca, 1304-74), best known for his influential collection of Italian lyric poetry dedicated to his beloved Laura, was also a remarkable classical scholar, a deeply religious thinker and a philosopher of secular ethics. In this wide-ranging study, chapters by leading scholars view Petrarch's life through his works, from the epic Africa to the Letter to Posterity, from the Canzoniere to the vernacular epic Triumphi. Petrarch is revealed as the heir to the converging influences of classical cultural and medieval Christianity, but also to his great vernacular precursor, Dante, and his friend, collaborator and sly critic, Boccaccio. Particular attention is given to Petrach's profound influence on the Humanist movement and on the courtly cult of vernacular love poetry, while raising important questions as to the validity of the distinction between medieval and modern and what is lost in attempting to classify this elusive figure.

  • The Cambridge companion to Mario Vargas Llosa / edited by Efraâin Kristal and John King
    PQ 8498.32 A65Z627 2012eb
    One of the major novelists in world literature over the last five decades, Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936) is also one of Latin America's most engaging public intellectuals, a critic of art and culture, and a playwright of distinction. This Companion's chapters chart the development of Vargas Llosa's writings from his rise to prominence in the early 1960s to the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. The volume traces the development of his literary trajectory and the ways in which he has re-invented himself as a writer. His vast output of narrative fiction is the main focus, but the connections between his concerns as a creative writer and his rich career as a cultural and political figure are also teased out in this engaging, informative book.

  • The Cambridge companion to Latin American poetry / edited by Stephen Malcolm Hart, University College, London
    PQ 7082 P7C23 2018eb

  • The Cambridge Companion to Jorge Luis Borges / edited By Edwin Williamson
    PQ 7797 B635Z63546eb
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was one of the great writers of the twentieth century and the most influential author in the Spanish language of modern times. He had a seminal influence on Latin American literature and a lasting impact on literary fiction in many other languages. However, Borges has been accessible in English only through a number of anthologies drawn mainly from his work of the 1940s and 1950s. The primary aim of this Companion is to provide a more comprehensive account of Borges's oeuvre and the evolution of his writing. It offers critical assessments by leading scholars of the poetry of his youth and the later poetry and fiction, as well as of the 'canonical' volumes of the middle years. Other chapters focus on key themes and interests, and on his influence in literary theory and translation studies.

  • Chinese lexical semantics : 18th Workshop, CLSW 2017, Leshan, China, May 18-20, 2017, Revised selected papers / Yunfang Wu, Jia-Fei Hong, Qi Su (eds.)
    PL 1291 C45 2017eb

  • The social and political history of Southern Africa's languages / Tomasz kamusella, Finex Ndhlovu, editors
    PL8005

  • Chinese middle constructions : lexical middle formation / Jiajuan Xiong
    PL1291

  • Literature journals in the war of resistance against Japanese aggression in China (1931-1938) Sunny Han Han
    PL2273

  • Nature, metaphor, culture cultural conceptualizations in Hungarian folksongs / Judit Baranyiné Kóczy
    PH2074.75

  • Varieties of alternatives : focus particles and wh-expressions in Mandarin / Mingming Liu
    PL1893

  • The Nature of Variation in Tone Sandhi Patterns of Shanghai and Wuxi Wu / Hanbo Yan
    PL1201

  • The Birth of twentieth-century Chinese literature revolutions in language, history, and culture / Yu Gao ; [translated by Guicang Li]
    PL2273

  • Multiliteracies pedagogy and language learning : teaching Spanish to heritage speakers / Gabriela C. Zapata, Manel Lacorte, editors
    PC 4068 U5M85 2018eb

  • Japanese language and soft power in Asia Kayoko Hashimoto, editor
    PL524.73

  • Fashion, dress and identity in South Asian diaspora narratives : from the eighteenth century century to Monica Ali / Noemí Pereira-Ares
    PK5407

  • Geschichte der deutschsprachigen Literatur von 1918 bis 1933 / von Helmuth Kiesel
    PT 405 K454 2017

  • The deserted wife ; and, The dancing girl's daughter : an abridged English version of the Silappatikāram and the Maṇimēkalai / S. Sriskandarajah & Robin McGlashan
    PL 4758.9 I4 C538513 2011
    THE DESERTED WIFE AND THE DANCING GIRL'S DAUGHTER S. Sriskandarajah & Robin McGlashan The Deserted Wife and The Dancing Girl's Daughter is an abridged English version of two classical Tamil epic poems, the Silappatikaram and the Manimekalai. In featuring determined women as their heroines, both poems strike a distinctively modern chord. The deserted wife challenges an absolute monarch who ordered the extra-judicial killing of her husband. The dancing girl's daughter resists the advances of a prince in order to follow her own chosen path. Probably composed in the fifth century AD, the poems reflect the values of the Jain and the Buddhist religions which held sway among the Tamil people at the time.

  • Spanish and Latin American women's crime fiction in the new millenium : from noir to gris / edited by Nancy Vosburg and Nina L. Molinaro
    PQ 6256 D47 S63 2017eb

  • The essential fictions / Isaac Babel ; edited and translated from the Russian by Val Vinokur ; illustrations by Yefim Ladyzhensky
    PG 3476 B2 A2 2018
    The Essential Fictions offers contemporary readers seventy-two short stories by one of twentieth-century Russia's premier storytellers, Isaac Babel. This unique volume, which includes Babel's famous Red Cavalry series and his Odessa Stories , is translated, edited, introduced, and annotated by Val Vinokur, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow in Translation, and features illustrations by Yefim Ladyzhensky, a painter known for his depictions of everyday life under Soviet rule in Babel's native Odessa.

    Babel was born in 1894 into multicultural Odessa's thriving Jewish community. Working as a journalist, he witnessed the Bolshevik Revolution and Civil War, and accompanied the Cossack horsemen of the Red Cavalry during the 1920 Polish-Soviet War, distilling these experiences into his fiction. Vinokur highlights Babel's "horrified hopefulness" and "doleful and bespectacled Jewish comedy" in the face of the bloody conflicts that plagued his generation.

    On the centenary of the revolution that toppled the Romanov tsars, Babel's fictions continue to absorb and fascinate contemporary readers interested in eastern European and Jewish literature as well as the history and politics of the twentieth century.


  • Jacob Isaac Segal (1896-1954) : a Montreal Yiddish poet and his milieu / Pierre Anctil ; translated by Vivian Felsen
    PJ 5053 S37 A5313 2017
    Born in the Ukraine in 1896, and settling in Montreal in 1910, Segal became one of the first Yiddish writers in Canada. His poetry, infused with lyricism and mysticism, along with the numerous essays and articles he penned, embodied both a rich literary tradition and the modernism of his day.
    Pierre Anctil has written so much more than a biography. For the first time, Segal's poetic production is referenced, translated and rigorously analyzed, and includes over 100 pages of appendices, shedding light on the artistic, spiritual, cultural and historical importance of his oeuvre. By introducing the reader to the poet's work through previously unpublished translations, Anctil demonstrates that in many respects it reflects the history of the Jewish immigrants who arrived in North America from Russia, the Ukraine and Poland at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the tragic experiences of Jewish intellectual refugees of the interwar period.
    This admirably written, sweeping yet subtle, work will appeal both to scholars and to a broader audience.
    The original French version was awarded the prestigious 2014 Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Multiple modernities : Carmen de Burgos, author and activist / edited by Anja Louis and Michelle M. Sharp
    PQ 6603 U724 Z73 2017eb

  • A new literary history of modern China / edited by David Der-Wei Wang
    PL 2258 N49 2017

    Literature, from the Chinese perspective, makes manifest the cosmic patterns that shape and complete the world--a process of "worlding" that is much more than mere representation. In that spirit, A New Literary History of Modern China looks beyond state-sanctioned works and official narratives to reveal China as it has seldom been seen before, through a rich spectrum of writings covering Chinese literature from the late-seventeenth century to the present.

    Featuring over 140 Chinese and non-Chinese contributors from throughout the world, this landmark volume explores unconventional forms as well as traditional genres--pop song lyrics and presidential speeches, political treatises and prison-house jottings, to name just a few. Major figures such as Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Eileen Chang, and Mo Yan appear in a new light, while lesser-known works illuminate turning points in recent history with unexpected clarity and force. Many essays emphasize Chinese authors' influence on foreign writers as well as China's receptivity to outside literary influences. Contemporary works that engage with ethnic minorities and environmental issues take their place in the critical discussion, alongside writers who embraced Chinese traditions and others who resisted. Writers' assessments of the popularity of translated foreign-language classics and avant-garde subjects refute the notion of China as an insular and inward-looking culture.

    A vibrant collection of contrasting voices and points of view, A New Literary History of Modern China is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of China's literary and cultural legacy.


  • Space and time in artistic practice and aesthetics : the legacy of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing / edited by Sarah Lippert
    PT 2406 S63 2017eb
    When the Enlightenment thinker Gotthold Ephraim Lessing wrote his treatise Laocoön: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry in 1766, he outlined the strengths and weaknesses of each art. Painting was assigned to the realm of space; poetry to the realm of time. Space and Time in Artistic Practice and Aesthetics explores how artists since the eighteenth century up to the present day have grappled with the consequences of Lessing's theory and those that it spawned. As the book reveals, many artists have been - and continue to be - influenced by Lessing-like theories, which have percolated into the art education and art criticism. Artists from Jean Raoux to Willem de Kooning and Frances Bacon, and art critics such as Clement Greenberg, have felt the weight of Lessing's theories in their modes of creation, whether consciously or not. Should we sound the death knell for the theories of Lessing and his kind? Or will conceptions of temporality, spatiality and artistic competition continue to unfold? This book - the first to consider how Lessing's writings connect to visual art's production - brings these questions to the fore.
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