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


  • 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.


  • Localising Chinese : educating teachers through service-learning / Michael Singh, Thi Hông Nhung Nguŷẽn
    PL1068.A8
    This book presents innovative strategies for teaching the Chinese language to English-speaking students around the world, using in-depth research arising from a long-running and successful Chinese language teaching programme in Sydney. Throughout the book its authors emphasise the importance of teaching methods which explore the relevance of Chinese to all aspects of students' everyday lives; 'Localising Chinese' by folding it into students' everyday sociolinguistic activities performed in English. The research presented here demonstrates how, through school-driven, research-oriented service-learning, university graduates from China learnt to use student-centred learning-focused language education as a basis for professional learning. In the context of China's growing influence in the global academic community, this book addresses the urgent need to promote effective communication and partnerships. It provides a valuable resource for language teachers and teacher educators, as well as education researchers in the areas of international education, linguistics, the sociology of education and knowledge exchange.

  • A history of western appreciation of English-translated Tang poetry / Jiang Lan
    PL 2321 J537 2018eb

  • Nabokov's dark cinema / Alfred Appel, Jr
    PG 3476 N3 Z57 1974

  • 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
    Tras la derrota de los soixante-huitards, el colapso del comunismo europeo y la caída también en torno a 1989 de varias dictaduras y revoluciones en América Latina, el acercamiento sentimental a la historia vuelve a cosechar éxitos entre las humanidades y las ciencias sociales y políticas. En el ámbito hispánico, este "giro afectivo" lleva camino de reproducir otro fin de siècle como el que ya protagonizaron los intelectuales de 1898. Un siglo después, tanto en las universidades españolas como en las anglosajonas nociones como desencanto, trauma, memoria, y empatía informan prácticamente todos los análisis de la cultura española moderna, desde la sanguinaria guerra civil y los casi cuarenta años de fascismo hasta la decepcionante transición a la democracia. Santiago Morales interviene en este acercamiento sentimental a la historia y a la novelística de la transición, recuperando los vínculos y tensiones que mantiene la noción de melancolía con la estética del humor negro en un corpus de obras de ficción escritas entre 1976 y 1998. Mediante una metodología que alterna entre el análisis cuidadoso de novelas de Javier Marías, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Cristina Fernández Cubas y Juan José Millás, y el distant reading o el encuadre que coloca estos textos en una historia más amplia, Anatomía del desencanto hace una crítica del lugar equívoco que ocupan en nuestra modernidad sentimientos en otro tiempo tan nobles y obstinados como el duelo, el miedo, la culpa, y la compasión. Mientras que otros estudiosos de la transición abundan en denunciar la persistencia ominosa del franquismo y la posguerra, Santiago Morales ve en el humor negro de la melancolía una fórmula profundamente irónica: un catalizador en el crecimiento creativo y moral de la narrativa española y una herramienta crítica fundamental para cambiar la educación sentimental contemporánea. Escrito en espanõl.

  • 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

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

  • An American language : the history of Spanish in the United States / Rosina Lozano
    PC 4826 L69 2018
    An American Language is a tour de force that revolutionizes our understanding of U.S. history. It reveals the origins of Spanish as a language binding residents of the Southwest to the politics and culture of an expanding nation in the 1840s. As the West increasingly integrated into the United States over the following century, struggles over power, identity, and citizenship transformed the place of the Spanish language in the nation. An American Language is a history that reimagines what it means to be an American--with profound implications for our own time.

  • 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

  • A student grammar of Spanish / Ronald E. Batchelor
    PC 4112 B385 2006
    This concise introduction to Spanish grammar, designed for English-speaking undergraduates, assumes no prior knowledge of grammatical terminology. It explains each aspect of Spanish grammar and provides a range of engaging exercises to challenge students. Clearly organized into thirty units, covering different aspects of grammar, the book functions as an essential reference guide and a comprehensive workbook. Individual topics can be looked up via a user-friendly cross-referencing system, and concise definitions are provided in a useful glossary of grammatical terms. The exercises are suitable for both classroom use and self-study.

  • The chain of things : divinatory magic and the practice of reading in German literature and thought, 1850-1940 / Eric Downing
    PT 345 D69 2018

    In The Chain of Things, Eric Downing shows how the connection between divinatory magic and reading shaped the experience of reading and aesthetics among nineteenth-century realists and modernist thinkers. He explores how writers, artists, and critics such as Gottfried Keller, Theodor Fontane, and Walter Benjamin drew on the ancient practice of divination, connecting the Greek idea of sympathetic magic to the German aesthetic concept of the attunement of mood and atmosphere.

    Downing deftly traces the genealogical connection between reading and art in classical antiquity, nineteenth-century realism, and modernism, attending to the ways in which the modern re-enchantment of the world--both in nature and human society--consciously engaged ancient practices that aimed at preternatural prediction. Of particular significance to the argument presented in The Chain of Things is how the future figured into the reading of texts during this period, a time when the future as a narrative determinant or article of historical faith was losing its force. Elaborating a new theory of magic as a critical tool, Downing secures crucial links between the governing notions of time, world, the "real," and art.


  • An introduction to Chinese poetry : from the Canon of poetry to the lyrics of the Song dynasty / Michael A. Fuller
    PL 2307 F856 2017

    This innovative textbook for learning classical Chinese poetry moves beyond the traditional anthology of poems translated into English and instead brings readers--including those with no knowledge of Chinese--as close as possible to the texture of the poems in their original language. The first two chapters introduce the features of classical Chinese that are important for poetry and then survey the formal and rhetorical conventions of classical poetry. The core chapters present the major poets and poems of the Chinese poetic tradition from earliest times to the lyrics of the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

    Each chapter begins with an overview of the historical context for the poetry of a particular period and provides a brief biography for each poet. Each of the poems appears in the original Chinese with a word-by-word translation, followed by Fuller's unadorned translation, and a more polished version by modern translators. A question-based study guide highlights the important issues in reading and understanding each particular text.

    Designed for classroom use and for self-study, the textbook's goal is to help the reader appreciate both the distinctive voices of the major writers in the Chinese poetic tradition and the grand contours of the development of that tradition.


  • Culture, language and identity: English-Tamil in colonial India, 1750 to 1900 / edited by C.T. Indra and R. Rajagopalan ; foreword by Susan Bassnett
    PL 4758.05 C749 2018

    This volume examines the relationship between language and power across cultural boundaries. It evaluates the vital role of translation in redefining culture and ethnic identity. During the first phase of colonialism, mid-18th to late-19th century, the English-speaking missionaries and East India Company functionaries in South India were impelled to master Tamil, the local language, in order to transact their business. Tamil also comprised ancient classical literary works, especially ethical and moral literature, which were found especially suited to the preferences of Christian missionaries.

    This interface between English and Tamil acted as a conduit for cultural transmission among different groups. The essays in this volume are on chosen areas of translation activities and explore cultural, religious, linguistic and literary transactions.

    This volume and its companion (which looks at the period between 1900 CE to the present) cover the late colonial and postcolonial era and will be of interest to students, scholars and researchers of translation studies, literature, linguistics, sociology and social anthropology, South Asian studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, literary and critical theory as well as culture studies.


  • 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.

  • Luis de Góngora and Lope de Vega : masters of parody / Lindsay G. Kerr
    PQ 6395 K477 2017
    Co-Winner of the 2014 Publication Prize awarded by the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Kerr traces the processes and paradoxes at work in the late parodic poetry of Luis de Góngora and Lope de Vega, illuminating the correlations and connections between two poets who have more often than not been presented as enemies.The analysis follows the parallel development of the complex parodic genre through Góngora's late mythological parody, from his 1589 Hero and Leander romance through to his culminating parody, La fábula de Píramo y Tisbe (1618) and Lope de Vega's alter ego Tomé de Burguillos, whose anthology, Rimas humanas y divinas del licenciado Tomé de Burguillos, was published a year before Lope's death, in 1634. Working from the premise that parody provides a Derridean supplément to exhausted, dominant genres (e.g. pastoral, lyric, epic), this study asks: what do these texts achieve by their supplementarity, and how do they achieve it?, and, the overarching question, why do these erudite poets turn to parody in an age of decline? Lindsay Kerr received her PhD in Spanish at Queen's University Belfast.

  • Women in contemporary Latin American novels : psychoanalysis and gendered violence / Beatriz L. Botero, editor
    PQ 7082 N7 W656 2018
    This book explores the relationship between psychoanalysis, literary criticism and contemporary literature. Focusing on Latin America, and using examples from Brazilian, Colombian, Chilean, Puerto Rican, and Mexican literature, it provides an important account of why gendered violence occurs and how it is portrayed. In the novels discussed, the protagonists express similar fears, passions and illnesses that are present in contemporary Latin America. Psychoanalysis and literary criticism offer us an interpretative framework to understand these voices, especially those that are in the margin. Women, particularly, as part of a globalized labor force, express through their bodies social problems that range from the erotic use of the body in a hypersexualized world, to the body as a receptacle of violence that expresses the death drive. This book is a fascinating contribution to literary, gender, and cultural studies.

  • Antología de Cuentos hispanoamericanos / selección, prólogo y notas de Mario Rodríguez Fernández
    PQ 7085 C797 2016

  • Julián del Casal : modernidad y periodismo / María Antonia Borroto Trujillo
    PQ 7389 C266 Z554 2016

  • Ciudad, género e imaginarios urbanos en la narrativa latinoamericana / Lucía Guerra
    PQ 7082 N7 G84 2014

  • Entre la casa y la ciudad : la representación de los espacios público y privado en novelas de narradoras latinoamericanas de la primera mitad del siglo XX / Natalia Cisterna Jara
    PQ 7081.5 C57 2016

  • De las cenizas al texto : literaturas andinas de las disidencias sexuales en el siglo XX / Diego Falconí Trávez
    PQ 7081 F25 2016

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

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

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

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


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

  • El hombre que amaba a los perros / Leonardo Padura
    PQ 7390 P32H66 2011
    A journalist and assistant in a veterinary clinic, flashes back towards an episode in his life when he met a man who used to walk by the beach with two Russian dogs. After several meetings, the man said Jaime Lopez was his name, and began to tell him his confidences focusing on the figure of Trotsky's murderer, Ramon Mercader, of whom he claims have been friends.

  • Farhang moaser : English-Persian dictionary / Mohammad Reza Bateni ; senior assistant, Fatemeh Azarmehr ; assistants, Mehran Mohajir, Mohammad Nabavi
    PK 6381 E5B38 2002

  • Balladen ... herausgegeben von John Meier
    PT 1101 D3 Reihe 10 Bd.1-2 1964
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