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


  • The Cambridge companion to Ibsen / edited by James McFarlane
    PT 8895 C27 1994eb
    In the history of modern theatre, Ibsen is one of the dominating figures. The sixteen chapters of this 1994 Companion explore his life and work, providing an invaluable reference work for students. In chronological terms they range from an account of Ibsen's earliest pieces, through the years of rich experimentation, to the mature 'Ibsenist' plays that made him famous towards the end of the nineteenth century. Among the thematic topics are discussions of Ibsen's comedy, realism, lyric poetry and feminism. Substantial chapters account for Ibsen's influence on the international stage and his challenge to theatre and film directors and playwrights today. Essential reference materials include a full chronology, list of works and essays on twentieth-century criticism and further reading.

  • Mother-tongue in modern Japanese literature and criticism : toward a new polylingual poetics / Takayuki Yokota-Murakami
    PL716

  • The dystopian imagination in contemporary Spanish literature and film / Diana Q. Palardy
    PQ6032

  • First Contact and Time Travel : Selected Essays and Short Stories / Zoran Živković
    PG1419.36.I954

  • Politics of Benjamin's Kafka : philosophy as renegade
    PT2621.A26

  • Literature, Memory, Hegemony : East/West Crossings / edited by Sharmani Patricia Gabriel, Nicholas O. Pagan
    PJ312

  • The Grand Inquisitor : with related chapters from the Brothers Karamazov / Fyodor Dostoevsky ; edited, with an introduction, by Charles Guignon ; translated by Constance Garnett
    PG 3326 B7 1993
    This new edition presents The Grand Inquisitor together with the preceding chapter, Rebellion, and the extended reply offered by Dostoevsky in the following sections, entitled The Russian Monk. By showing how Dostoevsky frames the Grand Inquisitor story in the wider context of the novel, this edition captures the subtlety and power of Dostoevsky's critique of modernity as well as his alternative vision of human fulfillment.

  • Octavio Paz : laberintos del poeta y ensayista / Ricardo Camarena Castellanos (ed.)
    PQ 7297 P285 Z7845 2017

  • Italian verbs / Vincent Luciani, John Colaneri
    PC 1271 L84 2002
    Approximately 300 most commonly used Italian verbs are presented, one verb per page, and conjugated in all tenses. Here's a handy quick-reference guide for students of Italian, as well as for English-speaking travelers to Italy.

  • Japanese : a comprehensive grammar / Stefan Kaiser [and others]
    PL 533 J36 2013

    Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammaris a complete reference guide to modern Japanese grammar.

    Accessible and systematic, it explores the complexities of the language thoroughly, filling many gaps left by other textbooks.

    Clear grammar points are put in context using examples from a range of Japanese media. The emphasis is firmly on contemporary Japanese as spoken and written by native speakers.

    Key features of the book include:

    coverage of colloquial and standard Japanese extensive cross-referencing detailed index of Japanese and English terms up-to-date real examples of current usage greater emphasis on structures that learners find particularly confusing glossary of linguistic terms.

    Written by experts in their fields, Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammarwill prove a lasting and reliable resource for all learners of Japanese.


  • Home coming : sixty years of Egyptian short stories / selected and translated by Denys Johnson-Davies
    PJ 8216.5 E5 H5 2012
    Short story writing in Egypt was still in its infancy when Denys Johnson-Davies, described by Edward Said as "the leading Arabic-English translator of our time," arrived in Cairo as a young man in the 1940s. Nevertheless, he was immediately impressed by such writing talents of the time as Mahmoud Teymour, Yahya Hakki, Yusuf Gohar, and the future Nobel literature laureate Naguib Mahfouz, and he set about translating their works for local English-language periodicals of the time.
    He continued to translate over the decades, and sixty years later he brings together this remarkable overview of the work of several generations of Egypt's leading short story writers. This selection of some fifty stories represents not only a cross-section through time but also a spectrum of styles, and includes works by Teymour, Hakki, Gohar, and Mahfouz and later writers such as Mohamed El-Bisatie, Said el-Kafrawi, Bahaa Taher, and Radwa Ashour, as well as new young writers of today like Hamdy El-Gazzar, Mansoura Ez Eldin, and Youssef Rakha.

  • Le pain nu : récit autobiographique / Mohamed Choukri ; présenté et traduit de l'arabe par Tahar Ben Jelloun
    PJ 7818 H6 Z47 2013

  • Handbuch zur deutschen grammatik : wiederholen und anwenden / Jamie Rankin, Larry D. Wells
    PF 3112 W385 2016
    This intermediate, modular approach to German grammar serves as both a reference handbook and a practice manual. There are a total of 30 chapters. The 24 regular chapters provide a presentation of new information, followed by material for oral and written practice: Grammatik (grammar), Wortschatz (vocabulary), Übungen (exercises, self-, and small-group practice), Anwendung (application, in-class group activities), Schriftliche Themen (writing topics), and Zusammenfassung (summary). The six remaining reference chapters consist of grammar presentations through explanations, models, and charts; and Übersicht (summary).

  • Dr. Bethune's children / Xue Yiwei ; Darryl Sterk, translator
    PL 2969.5 E445B3513 2017eb
    Xue Yiwei's life has been marked by that of the legendary Montreal surgeon Norman Bethune, who died in China in the cause of Communism. Like other Chinese of his generation - the generation that has turned China into the world power it is today - Xue Yiwei was inspired by Dr. Bethune's example during the Cultural Revolution. But unlike his peers, he went to the lengths of moving to Montreal, where he has lived for sixteen years as a writer acclaimed in China and - until now - unknown in Canada. This subversive novel is the story that only he could write.Dr. Bethune's Children, which is banned in China (it is available only in a Chinese language version published in Taiwan), focuses on individual lives marked by some of the traumatic events of recent decades that have been veiled by official secrecy. In showing us the effects of the distress and repression that have marked his whole generation, Xue Yiwei unveils the human heart.

  • Tolstoy and Tolstaya : a portrait of a life in letters / translated from the Russian by John Woodsworth, Arkadi Klioutchanski & Liudmila Gladkova ; with a foreword by Vladimir Tolstoy ; edited and with an introduction by Andrew Donskov
    PG 3379 T6513 2017eb
    Both Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) and his wife Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya (1844-1919) were prolific letterwriters.
    Lev Nikolaevich wrote approximately 10,000 letters over his lifetime -- 840 of these addressed to his wife. Letters written by (or to) Sofia Andreevna over her lifetime also numbered in the thousands. When Tolstaya published Lev Nikolaevich's letters to her, she declined to include any of her 644 letters to her husband. The absence of half their correspondence obscured the underlying significance of many of his comments to her and occasionally led the reader to wrong conclusions.
    The current volume, in presenting a constantly unfolding dialogue between the Tolstoy-Tolstaya couple -- mostly for the first time in English translation -- offers unique insights into the minds of two fascinating individuals over the 48-year period of their conjugal life. Not only do we 'peer into the souls' of these deep-thinking correspondents by penetrating their immediate and extended family life -- full of joy and sadness, bliss and tragedy but we also observe, as in a generation-spanning chronicle, a variety of scenes of Russian society, from rural peasants to lords and ladies.
    This hard-cover, illustrated critical edition includes a foreword by Vladimir Il'ich Tolstoy (Lev Tolstoy's great-great-grandson), introduction, maps, genealogy, as well as eleven additional letters by Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya published here for the very first time in either Russian or English translation. It is a beautiful complement to My Life , a collection of Sofia Tolstaya's memoirs published in English in 2010 at the University of Ottawa Press.

  • The love of Plato and other writings / Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Emerich von Stadion, Emil Mario Vacano ; edited and translated by James Patrick Wilper
    PT 2461 S3 A2 2015

  • Storytelling in Siberia : the Olonkho epic in a changing world / Robin P. Harris
    PL 363.5 H37 2017eb

  • Teaching and learning Chinese in schools : case studies in quality language education / Robyn Moloney and Hui Ling Xu
    PL1129.E5

  • Diachronic Changes Underlying Synchronic Distribution Scalar Inferences and Word Order
    PL1241

  • National socialism and German discourse : unquiet voices / WJ Dodd
    PF3074.73

  • Language attitudes and minority rights : the case of Catalan in France / James Hawkey
    PC3897.F8

  • Essays on Hilda Hilst : between Brazil and world literature
    PQ9697.H5

  • Galileo Galilei : the Tuscan Artist / Pietro Greco
    PQ4623.G15

  • Teaching Chinese Language in Singapore Efforts and Possibilities
    PL1068.S5

  • Letters to Milena / Franz Kafka ; translated and with an introduction by Philip Boehm
    PT 2621 A26 Z48613 2015

    In no other work does Franz Kafka reveal himself as in Letters to Milena, which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into a passionate but doomed epistolary love affair. Kafka's Czech translator, Milena Jesensk#65533;, was a gifter and charismatic twenty-three-year-old who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka's complex genius and his even more complex character. For thirty-six-year-old Kafka, she was "a living fire, such as I have never seen." It was to Milena that he revealed his most intimate self and, eventually, entrusted his diaries for safekeeping.


  • The greater hope / Ilse Aichinger ; translated from the German by Geoff Wilkes
    PT 2601 I26 G713 2016

  • Il kimono di Madama Butterfly / Slawka G. Scarso
    PC 1117 S32 2014
    Captain Rosetti is in Milan for a romantic weekend getaway with her boyfriend. But a bloody event abruptly changes plans of the two lovers, even as they enjoy the Madama Butterfly at La Scala. A crime of passion? That's how it seems...* An original and compelling story* Reading with a progression of grammar and vocabulary adapted to the A2 Level* Cultural and linguistic notes* Varied activities to practice comprehension, writing and vocabulary* Downloadable MP3 with the theatricla telling of the story

  • The kingdom of this world / Alejo Carpentier ; translated from the Spanish by Pablo Medina
    PQ 7389 C263 R413 2017

    A masterful new translation of a haunting novel of nineteenth-century Haiti

    A few years after its liberation from harsh French colonial rule in 1803, Haiti endured a period of great brutality under the reign of King Henri Christophe, who was born a slave but rose to become the first black king in the Western Hemisphere. In this unnerving novel from one of Cuba's most celebrated authors, Henri Christophe's oppressive rule is observed through the eyes of the elderly slave Ti Noël, who suffers abuse from masters both white and black. As he ranges across the countrysearching for true liberation, Ti Noël navigates bloody revolutions, maniacal rulers with false visions of grandeur, and the mysterious power of voodoo magic.

    First published in English translation in 1957, The Kingdom of This World is now widely recognized as a masterpiece of Cuban and Caribbean literature. Pablo Medina's remarkable new translation renders the dreamlike prose of Alejo Carpentier with nuance and felicity while delivering anew a powerful novel about the birth of modern Haiti. Visionary and singularly twisted, The Kingdom of This World emerges from the depths of the struggle for a country into a tale of race, erotomania, magic, and madness.


  • Moral combat : women, gender, and war in Italian Renaissance literature / Gerry Milligan
    PQ 4055 W6 M55 2018

    The Italian sixteenth century offers the first sustained discussion of women's militarism since antiquity. Across a variety of genres, male and female writers raised questions about women's right and ability to fight in combat. Treatise literature engaged scientific, religious, and cultural discourses about women's virtues, while epic poetry and biographical literature famously featured examples of women as soldiers, commanders, observers, and victims of war.

    Moral Combat asks how and why women's militarism became one of the central discourses of this age. Gerry Milligan discusses the armed heroines of biography and epic within the context of contemporary debates over women's combat abilities and men's martial obligations. Women are frequently described as fighting because men have failed their masculine duty. A woman's prowess at arms was asserted to be a cultural symptom of men's shortcomings. Moral Combat ultimately argues that the popularity of the warrior woman in sixteenth-century Italian literature was due to her dual function of shame and praise: calling men to action and signaling potential victory to a disempowered people.


  • The analects / adapted and illustrated by C. C. Tsai ; translated by Brian Bruya ; foreword by Michael Puett
    PL 2471 Z7 C3413 2018

    For the first time in one volume, The Analects illustrated by bestselling cartoonist C. C. Tsai

    C. C. Tsai is one of Asia's most popular cartoonists, and his editions of the Chinese classics have sold more than 40 million copies in over twenty languages. This volume presents Tsai's delightful graphic adaptation of The Analects , one of the most influential books of all time and a work that continues to inspire countless readers today.

    Tsai's expressive drawings bring Confucius and his students to life as no other edition of the Analects does. See Confucius engage his students over the question of how to become a leader worth following in a society of high culture, upward mobility, and vicious warfare. Which virtues should be cultivated, what makes for a harmonious society, and what are the important things in life? Unconcerned with religious belief but a staunch advocate of tradition, Confucius emphasizes the power of society to create sensitive, respectful, and moral individuals. In many ways, Confucius speaks directly to modern concerns--about how we can value those around us, educate the next generation, and create a world in which people are motivated to do the right thing.

    A marvelous introduction to a timeless classic, this book also features an illuminating foreword by Michael Puett, coauthor of The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life . In addition, Confucius's original Chinese text is artfully presented in narrow sidebars on each page, enriching the books for readers and students of Chinese without distracting from the self-contained English-language cartoons. The text is skillfully translated by Brian Bruya, who also provides an introduction.


  • Parlons ossete / Lora Arys-Djanaïéva ; traduit du russe et de l'ossète par Iaroslav Lebedynsky
    PK 6955 A79 2004

  • Storia dell'italiano scritto / a cura di Giuseppe Antonelli, Matteo Motolese e Lorenzo Tomasin
    PQ 4037 S76 2014

  • Juifs ordinaires : suivi de L'Anéantissement de la Varsovie juive et 4580 / Yehoshue Perle ; introduction d'Yitskhok Niborski ; traduction de Jean Spector pour Juifs ordinaires et "4580" ; traduction de Nathan Weinstock et Micheline Weinstock pour L'Anéantissement de la Varsovie juive
    PJ 5129 P413 Y514 2015

  • Italian espresso. Italian course for English speakers
    PC 1129 E5 I83 2006

  • Ivanov, the seagull, and Three sisters [by] Chekhov; a new translation by Ronald Hingley
    PG 3456 A19H5
    Ivanov, a driving force in local government and a visionary landowner, feels burnt out at thirty-five. Once the pioneer of scientific farming methods and of education for peasants, he now drowns in bureaucracy and debt, his large estate neglected. While his wife is dying, Sacha, a young, educated woman, falls in love with Ivanov and determines to save him.

  • Hermann Hesse im Spiegel der zeitgenössischen Kritik / hrsg. von Adrian Hsia
    PT 2617 E85Z7217

  • Thomas Mann: Tristan. Bearb. von Ulrich Dittmann
    PT 2625 A44T83
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