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


  • Shadow land: selected poems; translated by Ruth and Matthew Mead
    PT 2662 O2A25 1966

  • Precarious times : temporality and history in modern German culture / Anne Fuchs
    PT 148 T57F83 2019

    In Precarious Times, Anne Fuchs explores how works of German literature, film, and photography reflect on the profound temporal anxieties precipitated by contemporary experiences of atomization, displacement, and fragmentation that bring about a loss of history and of time itself and that is peculiar to our current moment. The digital age places premiums on just-in-time deliveries, continual innovation, instantaneous connectivity, and around-the-clock availability. While some celebrate this 24/7 culture, others see it as profoundly destructive to the natural rhythm of day and night--and to human happiness. Have we entered an era of a perpetual present that depletes the future and erodes our grasp of the past? Beginning its examination around 1900, when rapid modernization was accompanied by comparably intense reflection on changing temporal experience, Precarious Times provides historical depth and perspective to current debates on the "digital now." Expanding the modern discourse on time and speed, Fuchs deploys such concepts as attention, slowness and lateness to emphasize the uneven quality of time around the world.


  • Difference and orientation : an Alexander Kluge reader / by Alexander Kluge ; edited by Richard Langston
    PT2671.L84

    Alexander Kluge is one of contemporary Germany's leading intellectuals and artists. A key architect of the New German Cinema and a pioneer of auteur television programming, he has also cowritten three acclaimed volumes of critical theory, published countless essays and numerous works of fiction, and continues to make films even as he expands his video production to the internet. Despite Kluge's five decades of work in philosophy, literature, television, and media politics, his reputation outside of the German-speaking world still largely rests on his films of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

    With the aim of introducing Kluge's heterogeneous mind to an Anglophone readership, Difference and Orientation assembles thirty of his essays, speeches, glossaries, and interviews, revolving around the capacity for differentiation and the need for orientation toward ways out of catastrophic modernity. This landmark volume brings together some of Kluge's most fundamental statements on literature, film, pre- and post-cinematic media, and social theory, nearly all for the first time in English translation. Together, these works highlight Kluge's career-spanning commitment to unorthodox, essayistic thinking.


  • L'angelo spaesato : racconto ; Brigata personaggi : teatro / Reto Roedel ; con un "Ritratto di Reto Roedel" di Diego Valeri
    PQ 4878 O315A8

  • Architecture and the novel under the Italian fascist regime / Francesca Billiani, Laura Pennacchietti
    PQ 4174 B55 2019

  • Chinese Ibsenism reinventions of women, class and nation / Kwok-kan Tam
    PT8895

  • Computer-supported collaborative Chinese second language learning beyond brainstorming / Yun Wen
    PL1065

  • Tentativas [por] Gabriel Celaya
    PQ 6623 U34T4 1972

  • Obras completas / Pedro Henríquez Ureña ; Miguel D. Mena, editor
    PQ 7409 H4 2013

  • Fiorenza : dre. Akte / Thomas Mann
    PT 2625 A44F525 1959

  • Untergang im Untergrund : die jugendliche Gruppe in den dramen Hans Henny Jahnns / Erwin Jäger
    PT 2619 A6Z698 1979
    Die Motive der Adoleszenz werden hier aus den Dramentexten und Tagebüchern Jahnns zusammengetragen und sozialpsychologisch analysiert. Die kultische Überhöhung der Jugend und ihrer Körperlichkeit lässt Jahnn deren Übergang ins Erwachsenenalter und die Erlangung einer Identität verwerfen. Die in der Jugend aufscheinenden Möglichkeiten des Lebens werden durch die Abdrängung der jugendlichen Gruppen in den Untergrund und deren Selbstzerstörung kassiert.

  • Satirischer Stil; zur Satire Robert Musils im "Mann ohne Eigenschaften."
    PT 2625 U8M35

  • Anna Seghers / Klaus Sauer
    PT 2635 A27Z85

  • Die Jagdgesellschaft / Thomas Bernhard
    PT 2662 E7J3

  • Leben und Werk von Hermann Kasack. Ein Brevier. (Zusammengestellt von Wolfgang Kasack
    PT 2621 A72A6 1966

  • The veil of Veronica, by Gertrud von Le Fort. Translated by Conrad M.R. Bonacina
    PT 2623 E26

  • The saga of the Jómsvikings : a translation for students / by Alison Finlay and Þórdís Edda Jóhannesdóttir
    PT 7282 J6E54 2018

    Unique among the Icelandic sagas, part-history, part-fiction, the Saga of the Jomsvikings tells of a legendary band of vikings, originally Danish, who established an island fortress of the Baltic coast, launched and ultimately lost their heroic attack on the pagan ruler of Norway in the late tenth century. The saga's account of their stringent warrior code, fatalistic adherence to their own reckless vows and declarations of extreme courage as they face execution articulates a remarkable account of what it meant to be a viking. This translation presents the longest and earliest text of the saga, never before published in English, with a full literary and historical introduction to this remarkable work.


  • Life and Mortality in Ugaritic A Lexical and Literary Study / Matthew McAffee
    PJ 4150 M33 2019

  • Tentativas [por] Gabriel Celaya
    PQ 6623.U34 T4 1972

  • An anthology of Spanish American literature, prepared under the auspices of the Instituto internacional de literatura iberoamericana by a committee consisting of E. Herman Hespelt, chairman and editor, Irving A. Leonard [and others]
    PQ 7083 I5 1946

  • La saga/fuga de J.B. / Gonzalo Torrente Ballester
    PQ 6637 O635S2 1973

  • Poesía hispanoamericana contemporánea (breve antología) Prólogo de Antonio Acevedo Escobedo
    PQ 7084 P57

  • The minus sign : selected poems / Carlos Drummond de Andrade ; translated by Virginia de Araujo
    PQ 9697 A7185A23 1980

  • La moneda de hierro / Jorge Luis Borges
    PQ 7797 B635M6

  • Change Eight Lectures on the I Ching / Hellmut Wilhelm ; translated from the German by Cary F. Baynes
    PL 2464 Z7W53 2019

    One of the five classics of Confucianism, the I Ching or Book of Changes has exerted a living influence in China for three thousand years. Beginning in the dawn of history as a book of oracles, it became a book of wisdom--a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy. The I Ching was little known in the West before James Legge's English translation (1882), and the appearance of the late Richard Wilhelm's poetic translation into German in 1923 made to work available to a wider public. This was in turned published in Bollingen Series (1950) in the translation of Cary F. Baynes.
    Now Professor Hellmut Wilhelm, of the University of Washington, carries on his father's work with a group of related studies of the Book of Changes. Born and educated in China, Hellmut Wilhelm grew up in an atmosphere of Chinese classical tradition. During the winter of 1943, he delivered the first version of these lectures to a group of Europeans, isolated in Peking under Japanese occupation, who wished to study the I Ching .
    Besides presenting a lucid explanation and interpretation of the I Ching , Professor Willhelm brings forward new scholarship and insights. Mrs. Baynes is again responsible for the translation.

    Originally published in 1960.

    The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.


  • Subversive traditions reinventing the West African epic / Jonathon Repinecz
    PL8010
    How can traditions be subversive? The kinship between African traditions and novels has been under debate for the better part of a century, but the conversation has stagnated because of a slowness to question the terms on which it is based: orality vs. writing, tradition vs. modernity, epic vs. novel. These rigid binaries were, in fact, invented by colonialism and cemented by postcolonial identity politics. Thanks to this entrenched paradigm, far too much ink has been poured into the so-called Great Divide between oral and writing societies, and to the long-lamented decline of the ways of old. Given advances in social science and humanities research--studies in folklore, performance, invented traditions, colonial and postcolonial ethnography, history, and pop culture--the moment is right to rewrite this calcified literary history. This book is not another story of subvert ed traditions, but of subvers ive ones. West African epics like Sunjata , Samori , and Lat-Dior offer a space from which to think about, and criticize, the issues of today, just as novels in European languages do. Through readings of documented performances and major writers like Yambo Ouologuem and Amadou Hampâté Bâ of Mali, Ahmadou Kourouma of Ivory Coast, and Aminata Sow Fall and Boubacar Boris Diop of Senegal, this book conducts an entirely new analysis of West African oral epic and its relevance to contemporary world literature.

  • Eardrums : Literary Modernism as Sonic Warfare
    PT395
    In this innovative study, Tyler Whitney demonstrates how a transformation and militarization of the civilian soundscape in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries left indelible traces on the literature that defined the period. Both formally and thematically, the modernist aesthetics of Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Detlev von Liliencron, and Peter Altenberg drew on this blurring of martial and civilian soundscapes in traumatic and performative repetitions of war. At the same time, Richard Huelsenbeck assaulted audiences in Zurich with his "sound poems," which combined references to World War I, colonialism, and violent encounters in urban spaces with nonsensical utterances and linguistic detritus--all accompanied by the relentless beating of a drum on the stage of the Cabaret Voltaire.

    Eardrums is the first book-length study to explore the relationship between acoustical modernity and German modernism, charting a literary and cultural history written in and around the eardrum. The result is not only a new way of understanding the sonic impulses behind key literary texts from the period. It also outlines an entirely new approach to the study of literature as as the interaction of text and sonic practice, voice and noise, which will be of interest to scholars across literary studies, media theory, sound studies, and the history of science.

  • Dude lit : Mexican men writing and performing competence, 1955-2012 / Emily Hind
    PQ 7134 M44H56 2019

  • Writing revolution in Latin America : from Martí to García Márquez to Bolaño / Juan E. De Castro
    PQ 7082 N7D4 2019

  • Mapping Hispaniola : third space in Dominican and Haitian literature / Megan Jeanette Myers
    PQ 7400.5 M94 2019

    Because of their respective histories of colonization and independence, the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic has developed into the largest economy of the Caribbean, while Haiti, occupying the western side of their shared island of Hispaniola, has become one of the poorest countries in the Americas. While some scholars have pointed to such disparities as definitive of the island's literature, Megan Jeanette Myers challenges this reduction by considering how certain literary texts confront the dominant and, at times, exaggerated anti-Haitian Dominican ideology.

    Myers examines the antagonistic portrayal of the two nations--from the anti-Haitian rhetoric of the intellectual elites of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo's rule to the writings of Julia Alvarez, Junot Díaz, and others of the Haitian diaspora--endeavoring to reposition Haiti on the literary map of the Dominican Republic and beyond. Focusing on representations of the Haitian-Dominican dynamic that veer from the dominant history, Mapping Hispaniola disrupts the "magnification" and repetition of a Dominican anti-Haitian narrative.


  • Paul Celan : the Romanian dimension / Petre Solomon ; translated from the Romanian by Emanuela Tegla
    PT2605.E4

  • Kafka and noise : the discovery of cinematic sound in literary modernism / Kata Gellen
    PT 2621 A26Z73298 2019
    Kafka and Noise applies concepts from film theory and sound studies to explore noises in Kafka's writings--from Gregor Samsa's squeaking and Josefine the mouse singer's whistling to the terror of spoken Yiddish and the thrill of literary recitation.--Provided by publisher.

  • Hombres en movimiento : masculinidades españolas en los exilios y emigraciones, 1939-1999 / Iker González-Allende
    PQ 6073 M28G66 2018eb

    Hombres en movimiento: Masculinidades españolas en losexilios y emigraciones, 1939-1999 , de Iker González-Allende, es el primer estudio detallado de cómo elexilio y la emigración influyen en la masculinidad de los hombres españoles,tanto heterosexuales como homosexuales, que se ven obligados a abandonar supaís. En el libro, González-Allende analiza la literatura producida porescritores españoles que desde 1939 hasta finales del siglo XX hanexperimentado el exilio o la emigración, cubriendo tres momentos históricos: ellargo exilio republicano como consecuencia de la Guerra Civil Española (1936-1939),la emigración a Europa durante la década de 1960 debido a la crisis económicaen España y la reciente emigración de intelectuales a los Estados Unidos afinales del siglo XX. Revelando experiencias recurrentes de aislamiento,inseguridad, discriminación y feminización en el país de acogida,González-Allende sostiene que el exilio y la emigración causan un sentido decrisis, impotencia e inestabilidad en la masculinidad de los hombresdesplazados. El autor también examina como tendencia compensatoria que elexilio y la emigración pueden ofrecer a estos hombres una mayor sensación delibertad y una mejora de su situación económica. Cada uno de los sietecapítulos analiza una variedad diferente de las masculinidades en el exilio ola emigración: el adolescente, el hombre en crisis, el hombre ocioso, el hombreque retorna a España, el hombre trabajador, el hombre onanista y el hombreacadémico. Los autores estudiados son asimismo diversos: Luis de Castresana,Juan José Domenchina, Juan Gil-Albert, Max Aub, Francisco Ayala, PatricioChamizo, Víctor Canicio, Terenci Moix, Antonio Muñoz Molina y Javier Cercas.

    Men in Motion: Spanish Masculinities in Exiles and Emigrations, 1939-1999 by Iker González-Allende delivers the first sustained study of how the Spanish masculine identity, of both homosexual and heterosexual men, is impacted when men are compelled to leave their country. In it, González-Allende examines the literary output of Spanish male authors over three periods of emigration and exile: the long Republican exile from Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the emigration to Europe during the Spanish economic crisis of the 1960s, and the recent period of emigration of intellectuals to the United States through the end of the twentieth century. Revealing and unpacking recurring patterns of isolation, insecurity, discrimination, and feminization in the host country, González-Allende argues that exile and emigration cause a crisis of powerlessness that can have a destabilizing effect on one's masculinity. González-Allende also examines a countervailing trend among Spanish exiles and émigrés of these periods; that from the same crisis some achieve a greater sense of freedom and improve their socioeconomic standing. Each of the seven chapters analyzes a different Spanish male exile or émigré: the adolescent, the man at a crossroad, the idle man, the returning man, the working man, the onanist, and the academician. Works studied are likewise from a range of authors: Luis de Castresana, Juan José Domenchina, Juan Gil-Albert, Max Aub, Francisco Ayala, Patricio Chamizo, Víctor Canicio, Terenci Moix, Antonio Muñoz Molina, and Javier Cercas.

  • Ernst Bloch : the pugnacious philosopher of hope / Jack Zipes
    PT 2603 L59Z57 2019eb

  • Global perspectives on Korean literature / Wook-Dong Kim
    PL 957.4 K56 2019eb

  • Mahmoud Darwish : Palestine's poet and the other as the beloved / Dalya Cohen-Mor
    PJ 7820 A7C64 2019

  • Chinese for Specific and Professional Purposes Theory, Pedagogical Applications, and Practices / Hongyin Tao, Howard Hao-Jan Chen, editors
    PL1065

  • Kharia-Texte : (Prosa und Poesie) / herausgegeben und übersetzt unter Mitwirkung von Paulus Kerketta und Junas Kullu von Heinz-Jürgen Pinnow
    PL 4579.6.K49 1965

  • Cecilia Valdés, o, La Loma del Ángel / Cirilo Villaverde ; [edición de Jean Lamore]
    PQ 7389.V55 C4 1992
    Cecilia Valdes es la gran novela antiesclavista de Cirilo Villaverde. La historia esta centrada en el mundo de los mulatos libres de La Habana, contrapuesto y en lucha con el mundo de los blancos ricos. Pero es, sobre todo, una obra fundadora de lo nacional y su protagonista, el simbolo de la mujer cubana.

  • Indogermanisch und Keltisch
    PB 1015.M4

  • Heartbreak tango : a serial / Manuel Puig ; translated by Suzanne Jill Levine
    PQ 7798.26.U4 B613 1973

  • Kurt Schwitters; a portrait from life. With Collision, a science-fiction opera libretto in banalities, by Kurt Schwitters and Kate Trauman Steinitz, and other writings. Translations by Robert Bartlett Haas. Introd. by John Coplans and Walter Hopps
    PT 2638.W896 Z8 1968

  • Aretino, scourge of princes [by] Thomas Caldecot Chubb
    PQ 4564.C53

  • The book of the thousand nights and a night : a plain and literal translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments / translated and annotated by Richard F. Burton
    PJ 7715.B7

  • An introduction to early Irish literature / Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin
    PB 1321 N5 2009
    This book discusses the rich written heritage of the Old and Middle Irish period, 600-1200, and is suitable for students of medieval Ireland as well as the general reader who wants to learn about the stories, poetry and themes of early Irish literature. Early chapters deal with the poets, druids, monks, the beginnings of writing, manuscripts as well as an introduction to each of the saga cycles. These sagas contain the stories of heroes such as Cu Chulainn and Finn mac Cumaill as well as kings, such as Cormac mac Airt. Further chapters focus on the poets and their poetry, the heroes visiting the Otherworld, the births and deaths of famous heroes as well as stories about kings, kingship and sovereignty goddesses. Included also is a bibliography and a comprehensive index including personal and place names.

  • 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 have-nots / Katharina Hacker ; translated from the German by Helen Atkins
    PT 2668 A2713H3313 2008
    The Have-Nots was praised by the jury of the German Book Award for courageously confronting some of our age's most pressing issues. Her protagonists are in their 30s, they know it all and yet of one thing they know nothing: themselves', wrote the jurors. In one of three interweaving storylines, Jakob abd Isabelle meet at a party on September 11. They marry and move to London, where Jakob takes the post of a colleague killed in the 9/11 attack. But the couple's relationship proves more fragile each passing day.'

  • 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.

  • Difference and orientation : an Alexander Kluge reader / by Alexander Kluge ; edited by Richard Langston
    PT 2671 L84Z46 2019

    Alexander Kluge is one of contemporary Germany's leading intellectuals and artists. A key architect of the New German Cinema and a pioneer of auteur television programming, he has also cowritten three acclaimed volumes of critical theory, published countless essays and numerous works of fiction, and continues to make films even as he expands his video production to the internet. Despite Kluge's five decades of work in philosophy, literature, television, and media politics, his reputation outside of the German-speaking world still largely rests on his films of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

    With the aim of introducing Kluge's heterogeneous mind to an Anglophone readership, Difference and Orientation assembles thirty of his essays, speeches, glossaries, and interviews, revolving around the capacity for differentiation and the need for orientation toward ways out of catastrophic modernity. This landmark volume brings together some of Kluge's most fundamental statements on literature, film, pre- and post-cinematic media, and social theory, nearly all for the first time in English translation. Together, these works highlight Kluge's career-spanning commitment to unorthodox, essayistic thinking.

Updated: Monday 11 November 2019
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