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

  • The press and the poor : a report by the National Council of Welfare on how Canada's newspapers cover poverty
    PN 4914 S6C3 1973

  • The ends of performance / edited by Peggy Phelan and Jill Lane
    PN 2041 A57 E53 1998

    Focusing on the living arts--dance, theatre, music, performance art, ritual, and popular entertainment-- performance studies expands our understanding of "performance" as both a vital artistic practice and a means by which to understand social and cultural processes. Bridging the gap between cultural studies, performing arts, and anthropology, performance studies explores myriad ways in which performance creates meaning and shapes our everyday lives.

    The broadest and most inclusive volume to date, The Ends of Performance both celebrates and critiques the institutionalization of the field. Only recently has the field given keen attention to the interpretive force and consequences of performance events, and it is these consequences that the The Ends of Performance articulates. Here performance studies illuminates the complex social and cultural formations of our time--the impact of virtual technology, the racialized discourses of legal and cultural citizenship, the impact of new medical discourses, and the medicalization of the body. Featuring work by leading theorists such as Joseph Roach, Diana Taylor, and Richard Schechner, excursions into performative writing by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Della Pollock, and texts by performance artists Orlan and Deb Margolin, The Ends of Performance illuminates the provocative intellectual ends which motivate these varied approaches to performing writing, and to writing performance.

  • The Oxford English literary history / general editors, Jonathan Bate and Colin Burrow
    PR 85 O96 2002
    The Oxford English Literary History is the new century's definitive account of a rich and diverse literary heritage that stretches back for a millennium and more. This book describes and seeks to explain the vast cultural, literary, social, and political transformations which characterized the period 1000-1350. Change can be perceived everywhere at this time. Theology saw the focus shift from God the Father to the suffering Christ,while religious experience became ever more highly charged with emotional affectivity and physical devotion. A new philosophy of interiority turned attention inward, to the exploration of self. The oldunderstanding of penitence as a whole and unrepeatable event was replaced by a new allowance for repeated repentance and penance, and the possibility of continued purgation of sins after death. The concept of love moved centre stage, and the figure of the individual emerged in narrative fiction; from this developed a profound recalibration of moral agency, with reference not only to God, but to society. More generally, the social and ethical status of secular lives was drastically elevated bythe creation and celebration of courtly and chivalric ideals. In England the ideal of kingship was forged and reforged over these centuries. In the aftermath of Magna Carta, and as parliament grew inreach and importance, a politics of the public sphere emerged, with a literature to match. These vast transformations have long been observed and documented in their separate fields. This book aims for the first time to offer an account of these changes by which they are all connected, and explicable in terms of one another.

  • Argumentation and Language — Linguistic, Cognitive and Discursive Explorations edited by Steve Oswald, Thierry Herman, Jérôme Jacquin

  • Translation strategies in global news : what Sarkozy said in the suburbs / Claire Scammell

  • African youth languages : new media, performing arts and sociolinguistic development / Ellen Hurst-Harosh, Fridah Kanana Erastus, editor

  • Localising Chinese : educating teachers through service-learning / Michael Singh, Thi Hông Nhung Nguŷẽn
    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.

  • Education, translation and global market pressures : curriculum design in China and the UK / Wan Hu

  • Palgrave handbook of media and communication research in Africa Bruce Mutsvairo, editor
    P 91 A35 P35 2018eb

  • Amnesia and the nation : history, forgetting, and James Joyce

  • Thomas Hardy's elegiac prose and poetry : codes of bereavement / Galia Benziman

  • What is zoopoetics? : texts, bodies, entanglement / edited by Kári Driscoll & Eva Hoffmann

  • Viral Dramaturgies : HIV and AIDS in Performance in the Twenty-First Century / Alyson Campbell, Dirk Gindt, editors

  • The Circulation of Anti-Austerity Protest by Bart Cammaerts

  • STAGING TRAUMA : bodies in shadow

  • Mapping South American Latina/o literature in the United States : interviews with contemporary writers / Juanita Heredia

  • Cognitive Joyce / Sylvain Belluc, Valérie Bénéjam, editors

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

  • Elizabeth I in writing : language, power and representation in early modern England / Donatella Montini, Iolanda Plescia, editors

  • Reconceptualizing English Education in a Multilingual Society : English in the Philippines / Isabel Pefianco Martin, editor

  • Perspectives on the architecture and acquisition of syntax : essays in Honor of R. Amritavalli / Gautam Sengupta, Shruti Sircar, Madhavi Gayathri Raman, Balusu Rahul, editors

  • Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture / Cathy McGlynn ... [et. al.]
    PN 56 O4 A37 2017eb
    This timely collection engages with representations of women and ageing in literature and visual culture. Acknowledging that cultural conceptions of ageing are constructed and challenged across a variety of media and genres, the editors bring together experts in literature and visual culture to foster a dialogue across disciplines. Exploring the process of ageing in its cultural reflections, refractions and reimaginings, the contributors to Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture analyse how artists, writers, directors and performers challenge, and in some cases reaffirm, cultural constructions of ageing women, as well as give voice to ageing women's subjectivities. The book concludes with an afterword by Germaine Greer which suggests possible avenues for future research.

  • 9/11 in European Literature / Svenja Frank
    PN 56 T45 A19 2017eb

    This volume looks at the representation of 9/11 and the resulting wars in European literature. In the face of inner-European divisions the texts under consideration take the terror attacks as a starting point to negotiate European as well as national identity. While the volume shows that these identity formations are frequently based on the construction of two Others--the US nation and a cultural-ethnic idea of Muslim communities--it also analyses examples which undermine such constructions. This much more self-critical strand in European literature unveils the Eurocentrism of a supposedly general humanistic value system through the use of complex aesthetic strategies. These strategies are in itself characteristic of the European reception as the Anglo-Irish, British, Dutch, Flemish, French, German, Italian, and Polish perspectives collected in this volume perceive of the terror attacks through the lens of continental media and semiotic theory.

  • Animism in Art and Performance / edited by Christopher Braddock

  • Australian screen in the 2000s / Mark David Ryan; Ben Goldsmith, editors
    PN 1993.5 A8 A977 2017eb

  • Adaptation, awards culture, and the value of prestige / Colleen Kennedy-Karpat, Eric Sandberg, editors

  • Representing religion in world cinema : filmmaking, mythmaking, culture making / edited by S. Brent Plate
    PN 1995.5 R47 2003eb
    Religious traditions have provided a seemingly endless supply of subject matter for film, from the Ten Commandments to the Mahabharata . At the same time, film production has engendered new religious practices and has altered existing ones, from the cult following of The Rocky Horror Picture Show to the 2001 Australian census in which 70,000 people indicated their religion to be 'Jedi Knight'. Representing Religion in World Cinema begins with these mutual transformations as the contributors query the two-way interrelations between film and religion across cinemas of the world. Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary by nature, this collection by an international group of scholars draws on work from religious studies, film studies, and anthropology, as well as theoretical impulses in performance, gender, ethnicity, colonialism, and postcolonialism.

  • Deleuze and cinema : the film concepts / Felicity Colman
    PN 1995 C621 2011
    No Marketing Blurb

  • Image operations : visual media and political conflict / edited by Jens Eder and Charlotte Klonk
    P 95.8 I33 2017eb
    Still and moving images are crucial factors in contemporary political conflicts. They not only have representational, expressive or illustrative functions, but also augment and create significant events. Beyond altering states of mind, they affect bodies and often life or death is at stake. Various forms of image operations are currently performed in the contexts of war, insurgency and activism. Photographs, videos, interactive simulations and other kinds of images steer drones to their targets, train soldiers, terrorise the public, celebrate protest icons, uncover injustices, or call for help. They are often parts of complex agential networks and move across different media and cultural environments. This book is a pioneering interdisciplinary study of the role and function of images in political life. Balancing theoretical reflections with in-depth case studies, it brings together renowned scholars and activists from different fields to offer a multifaceted critical perspective on a crucial aspect of contemporary visual culture.

  • Elements of Indigenous style : a guide for writing by and about Indigenous Peoples / Gregory Younging
    PN 147 Y68 2018eb

  • Redwing / collected poems by Marvin Orbach
    PS 8629 R37 2018

  • Friend of my youth : stories / Alice Munro ; with an introduction by Bonnie Burnard
    PS 8526 U563 F75 2007
    With an Introduction by Bonnie Burnard

    In Friend of My Youth , Alice Munro dazzles with her finely nuanced depictions of the human heart. These 10 stories bring to life characters in a remarkable variety of times and places, as real and recognizable as ourselves.

  • Over her dead body : death, femininity and the aesthetic / Elisabeth Bronfen
    PN 56 D4 B76 1996

  • Tinker Belles and evil queens : the Walt Disney Company from the inside out / Sean Griffin
    PN 1999 W27 G75 2000

    From its Magic Kingdom theme parks to its udderless cows, the Walt Disney Company has successfully maintained itself as the brand name of conservative American family values. But the Walt Disney Company has also had a long and complex relationship to the gay and lesbian community that is only now becoming visible.

    In Tinker Belles and Evil Queens , Sean Griffin traces the evolution of this interaction between the company and gay communities, from the 1930s use of Mickey Mouse as a code phrase for gay to the 1990s "Gay Nights" at the Magic Kingdom. Armed with first-person accounts from Disney audiences, Griffin demonstrates how Disney animation, live-action films, television series, theme parks, and merchandise provide varied motifs and characteristics that readily lend themselves to use by gay culture. But Griffin delves further to explore the role of gays and lesbians within the company, through an examination of the background of early studio personnel, an account of sexual activism within the firm, and the story of the company's own concrete efforts to give recognition to gay voices and desires.

    The first book to address the history of the gay community and Disney, Tinker Belles and Evil Queens broadly examines the ambiguous legacy of how modern consumerism and advertising have affected the ways lesbians and gay men have expressed their sexuality. Disney itself is shown as sensitive to gay and lesbian audiences, while exploiting those same audiences as a niche market with strong buying power. Finally, Griffin demonstrates how queer audiences have co-opted Disney products for themselves-and in turn how Disney's corporate strategies have influenced our very definitions of sexuality.

  • The writing of the disaster = (L'ecriture du désastre) / by Maurice Blanchot ; translated by Ann Smock
    PQ 2603 L3343 E2813 1986
    Modern history is haunted by the disasters of the centuryworld wars, concentration camps, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust - grief, anger, terror, and loss beyond words, but still close, still impending. How can we write or think about disaster when by its very nature it defies speech and compels silence, burns books and shatters meaning? The Writing of the Disaster reflects upon efforts to abide in disaster's infinite threat. First published in French in 1980, it takes up the most serious tasks of writing: to describe, explain and redeem when possible, and to admit what is not possible. Neither offers consolation. Maurice Blanchot has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiction and criticism. The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas once remarked that Blanchot's writing is a "language of pure transcendence, without correlative". Literary theorist and critic Geoffrey Hartman remarked that Blanchot's influence on contemporary writers "cannot be overestimated".

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

  • The films of Roberto Rossellini / Peter Bondanella
    PN 1998.3 R67 B66 1993
    The Films of Roberto Rossellini traces the career of one of the most influential Italian filmmakers through close analysis of the seven films that mark important turning points in his evolution: The Man with a Cross (1943), Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), The Machine to Kill Bad People (1948-52), Voyage in Italy (1953), General della Rovere (1959) and The Rise to Power of Louis XIV (1966). Beginning with Rossellini's work within the fascist cinema, it discusses his invention of neorealism, a new cinematic style that resulted in several classics during the immediate postwar period. Almost immediately, however, Rossellini's continually evolving style moved beyond mere social realism to reveal other aspects of the camera's gaze, as is apparent in the films he made with Ingrid Bergman during the 1950s; though unpopular, these works had a tremendous impact on the French New Wave critics and directors. Rossellini's late career marks a return to his nonrealist period, now critically reexamined, in such works as the commercially successful General della Rovere, and his eventual turn to the creation of didactic films for television.

  • And the stars were shining / John Ashbery
    PS 3501 S475 A83 1994

  • Caribbean language issues, old & new : papers in honour of professor Mervyn Alleyne on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday / edited by Pauline Christie
    PM 7834 C37 C37 1996

  • Julia Kristeva : speaking the unspeakable / Anne-Marie Smith
    PQ 2671 R547 Z85 1998
    'Makes an excellent introduction to Kristeva in its enthusiasm and generosity ... lucid and well-conceived.' TLSJulia Kristeva's most remarkable contribution to modern thought has been her revelation of how pre-verbal experience - poetic, infantile, maternal and spiritual, or simply the experience of suffering - enters language through the processes of literature, art and psychoanalysis.Anne-Marie Smith's concise introductory study examines Kristeva in the light of her contemporary activity as writer, teacher and psychoanalyst. Tracing the evolution of Kristeva's thinking over the last thirty years she draws attention to its conceptual coherence and value as a work-in-progress of cultural critique.Smith provides close readings of the original texts, new translations and first-hand accounts of Kristeva's lectures. Kristeva's influence in Anglo-American thought is set against her place in the French intellectual tradition. She emphasizes Kristeva's involvement in public cultural activity and personal commitment to psychoanalytic practice as well as her insistent interrogation of the place of women and of foreignness in social structures.

  • Acting for film / Cathy Haase
    PN 1995.9 A26 H33 2003
    Aspiring film and television actors will discover exercises for relaxing the face to achieve maximum expressiveness; maintaining proper eye focus in front of the camera and conveying the "beats" of a scene, even in the shortest takes. They'll also learn tested techniques for adapting to the styles of different directors; modulating voice and breath for maximum effect; preparing for the first day on the set; enduring multiple takes and on-the-set waiting; and much, much more. For any performer who intends to make a living in front of the camera, Acting for Film is the most authoritative resource!

  • Nikolski / Nicolas Dickner
    PS 8557 I27 N55 2005

  • Sculpting a middle class : history, masculinity, and the Amar chitra katha in India / Deepa Sreenivas
    PN 6790 I44A437 2010eb

  • Vineland / Thomas Pynchon
    PS 3566 Y55 V56 1991
    A group of Americans in Northern California in 1984 are struggling with the consequences of their lives in the sixties, still run by the passions of those times -- sexual and political -- which have refused to die. Among them is Zoyd Wheeler who is preparing for his annual act of televised insanity (for which he receives a government stipend) when an unwelcome face appears from out of his past.An old nemesis, federal prosecutor Brock Vond, storms into Vineland at the head of a heavily armed strike force. Soon Zoyd and his daughter, Prairie, go into hiding while Vond begins a relationship with Zoyd's ex-wife and uses Prairie as a pawn against the mother she never knew she had.Part daytime drama, part political thriller, Vineland is a strange evocation of a twentieth-century America headed for a less than harmonic future. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

  • Napoleon : Abel Gance's classic film / Kevin Brownlow ; research collaborators, Bambi Ballard [and others]
    PN 1997 N3283 B77 2004
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  • Shadow and Substance : Eucharistic Controversy and English Drama across the Reformation Divide / Jay Zysk
    PR 658 R43 Z97 2017eb

  • Seeing Haloes : Christmas Poems to Open the Heart / John Shea ; illustrations by Mark and Franklin McMahon
    PS 3569 H39115 A6 2017eb

  • Spiritual Grammar : Genre and the Saintly Subject in Islam and Christianity / F. Dominic Longo
    P 53.76 L66 2017eb

  • Healing the Nation : Literature, Progress, and Christian Science / L. Ashley Squires
    PS 374 R47 S73 2017eb

    Exploring the surprising presence of Christian Science in American literature at the turn of the 20th century, L. Ashley Squires reveals the rich and complex connections between religion and literature in American culture. Mary Baker Eddy's Church of Christ, Scientist was one of the fastest growing and most controversial religious movements in the United States, and it is no accident that its influence touched the lives and work of many American writers, including Frances Hodgson Burnett, Willa Cather, Theodore Dreiser, Upton Sinclair, and Mark Twain. Squires focuses on personal stories of sickness and healing--whether supportive or deeply critical of Christian Science's recommendations --penned in a moment when the struggle between religion and science framed debates about how the United States was to become a modern nation. As outsized personalities and outlandish rhetoric took to the stage, Squires examines how the poorly understood Christian Science movement contributed to popular narratives about how to heal the nation and advance the cause of human progress.

  • Plutarch's Science of Natural Problems : A Study with Commentary on Quaestiones Naturales / by Michiel Meeusen
    PA 4383 M447 2017eb

  • Literary witches : a celebration of magical women writers / Taisia Kitaiskaia ; illustrated by Katy Horan ; foreword by Pam Grossman
    PN 471 K57 2017
    Celebrate the witchiest women writers with beautiful illustrations and imaginative vignettes.
    Literary Witches draws a connection between witches and visionary writers: both are figures of formidable creativity, empowerment, and general badassery. Through poetic portraits, Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan honor the witchy qualities of well-known and obscure authors alike, including Virginia Woolf, Mira Bai, Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Octavia E. Butler, Sandra Cisneros, and many more.
    Perfect for both book lovers and coven members, Literary Witches is a treasure and a source of inspiration. Kitaiskaia and Horan bring fresh insights on your most beloved authors, suggest enchanting new writers, and invite you to rediscover the magic of literature.

  • Flann O'Brien : Problems With Authority / edited by Ruben Borg, Paul Fagan and John McCourt
    PR 6029 N56 Z677 2017eb

  • Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces / edited by Nikos Papastergiadis
    PN 1992.6 A537 2016eb

  • The Hernandez Brothers : Love, Rockets, and Alternative Comics / Enrique Garcia
    PN 6727 H477 Z64 2017eb

  • Media Localism : The Policies of Place / Christopher Ali
    P 95.8 A445 2017eb

  • The Media Commons : Globalization and Environmental Discourses / Patrick D. Murphy
    P 96 E57 M88 2017eb

  • Herman Melville : Modernity and the Material Text / Katie McGettigan
    PS 2387 M355 2017eb
    In this imaginative book, Katie McGettigan argues that Melville's novels and poetry demonstrate a sustained engagement with the physical, social, and economic materiality of industrial and commercial forms of print. Further, she shows that this "aesthetics of the material text," central both to Melville's stylistic signature and to his innovations in form, allows Melville to explore the production of selfhood, test the limits of narrative authenticity, and question the nature of artistic originality.

    Combining archival research in print and publishing history with close reading, McGettigan situates Melville's works alongside advertising materials, magazine articles, trade manuals, and British and American commentary on the literary industry to demonstrate how Melville's literary practice relies on and aestheticizes the specific conditions of literary production in which he worked. For Melville, the book is a physical object produced by particular technological processes, as well as an entity that manifests social and economic values. His characters carry books, write on them, and even sleep on them; they also imagine, observe, and participate in the buying and selling of books. Melville employs the book's print, paper, and binding--and its market circulations--to construct literary figures, to shape textual form, and to create irony and ambiguity.

    Exploring the printed book in Melville's writings brings neglected sections of his poetry and prose to the fore and invites new readings of familiar passages and images. These readings encourage a reassessment of Melville's career as shaped by his creative engagements with print, rather than his failures in the literary marketplace. McGettigan demonstrates that a sustained and deliberate imaginative dialogue with the material text is at the core of Melville's expressive practice and that, for Melville, the printed book served as a site for imagining the problems and possibilities of modernity.

  • Tyrants Writing Poetry : The Art of Language and Violence / edited by Albrecht Koschorke and Konstantin Kaminskij
    PN 51 D43713 2017eb

  • Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World / edited by Kevin Maier
    PS 3515 E37 Z6983 2018eb

  • Mastering the Marketplace : Popular Literature in Nineteenth-Century France / Anne O'Neil-Henry
    PQ 653 O54 2017eb
    Mastering the Marketplace examines the origins of modern mass-media culture through developments in the new literary marketplace of nineteenth-century France and how literature itself reveals the broader social and material conditions in which it is produced. Anne O'Neil-Henry examines how French authors of the nineteenth century navigated the growing publishing and marketing industry, as well as the dramatic rise in literacy rates, libraries, reading rooms, literary journals, political newspapers, and the advent of the serial novel.

    O'Neil-Henry places the work of canonical author Honor#65533; de Balzac alongside then-popular writers such as Paul de Kock and Eug#65533;ne Sue, acknowledging the importance of "low" authors in the wider literary tradition. By reading literary texts alongside associated advertisements, book reviews, publication histories, sales tactics, and promotional tools, O'Neil-Henry presents a nuanced picture of the relationship between "high" and "low" literature, one in which critics and authors alike grappled with the common problem of commercial versus cultural capital.

    Through new literary readings and original archival research from holdings in the United States and France, O'Neil-Henry revises existing understandings of a crucial moment in the development of industrialized culture. In the process, she discloses links between this formative period and our own, in which mobile electronic devices, internet-based bookstores, and massive publishing conglomerates alter--once again--the way literature is written, sold, and read.

  • Civilizing War : Imperial Politics and the Poetics of National Rupture / Nasser Mufti
    PR 830 W37 M84 2018eb

  • A Political Companion to James Baldwin / edited by Susan J. McWilliams
    PS 3552 A45 Z849 2017eb

    In seminal works such as Go Tell It on the Mountain , Notes of a Native Son , and The Fire Next Time , acclaimed author and social critic James Baldwin (1924--1987) expresses his profound belief that writers have the power to transform society, to engage the public, and to inspire and channel conversation to achieve lasting change. While Baldwin is best known for his writings on racial consciousness and injustice, he is also one of the country's most eloquent theorists of democratic life and the national psyche.

    In A Political Companion to James Baldwin , a group of prominent scholars assess the prolific author's relevance to present-day political challenges. Together, they address Baldwin as a democratic theorist, activist, and citizen, examining his writings on the civil rights movement, religion, homosexuality, and women's rights. They investigate the ways in which his work speaks to and galvanizes a collective American polity, and explore his views on the political implications of individual experience in relation to race and gender.

    This volume not only considers Baldwin's works within their own historical context, but also applies the author's insights to recent events such as the Obama presidency and the Black Lives Matter movement, emphasizing his faith in the connections between the past and present. These incisive essays will encourage a new reading of Baldwin that celebrates his significant contributions to political and democratic theory.

  • Genre Theory and Historical Change : Theoretical Essays of Ralph Cohen / edited by John L. Rowlett
    PN 511 C48 2017eb

    Ralph Cohen was highly regarded as the visionary founding editor of New Literary History , but his own theoretical essays appeared in such a scattering of publications that their conceptual originality, underlying coherence, and range of application have not been readily apparent. This new selection of twenty essays, many published here for the first time, offers a synthesis of Cohen's vital work.

    In these pages Cohen introduces change and continuity as essential modes of discourse in the study of literary behavior, an approach that can produce reliable narratives of literary, artistic, and cultural change. Here Cohen conceptualizes and develops a compelling, innovative theory of genre that promotes a systematic study of historical change, offering rewarding insights for twenty-first-century scholars.

  • Laying Out the Bones : Death and Dying in the Modern Irish Novel from James Joyce to Anne Enright / Bridget English
    PR 8803 E54 2017eb

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

  • East-West Exchange and Late Modernism : Williams, Moore, Pound / Zhaoming Qian
    PN 56 M54 Q34 2017eb

    In East-West Exchange and Late Modernism , Zhaoming Qian examines the nature and extent of Asian influence on some of the literary masterpieces of Western late modernism. Focusing on the poets William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, and Ezra Pound, Qian relates captivating stories about their interactions with Chinese artists and scholars and shows how these cross-cultural encounters helped ignite a return to their early experimental modes. Qian's sinuous readings of the three modernists' last books of verse--Williams's Pictures from Brueghel (1962), Moore's Tell Me, Tell Me (1966), and Pound's Drafts and Fragments of Cantos CX-CXVII (1969)--expand our understanding of late modernism by bringing into focus its heightened attention to meaning in space, its obsession with imaginative sensibility, and its increased respect for harmony between humanity and nature.

  • Red Modernism : American Poetry and the Spirit of Communism / Mark Steven
    PS 310 M57 S745 2017eb

    In Red Modernism , Mark Steven asserts that modernism was highly attuned--and aesthetically responsive--to the overall spirit of communism. He considers the maturation of American poetry as a longitudinal arc, one that roughly followed the rise of the USSR through the Russian Revolution and its subsequent descent into Stalinism, opening up a hitherto underexplored domain in the political history of avant-garde literature. In doing so, Steven amplifies the resonance among the universal idea of communism, the revolutionary socialist state, and the American modernist poem.

    Focusing on three of the most significant figures in modernist poetry--Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky--Steven provides a theoretical and historical introduction to modernism's unique sense of communism while revealing how communist ideals and references were deeply embedded in modernist poetry. Moving between these poets and the work of T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, and many others, the book combines a detailed analysis of technical devices and poetic values with a rich political and economic context.

    Persuasively charting a history of the avant-garde modernist poem in relation to communism, beginning in the 1910s and reaching into the 1940s, Red Modernism is an audacious examination of the twinned history of politics and poetry.

  • 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 Afterlives of Specimens : Science, Mourning, and Whitman's Civil War / Lindsay Tuggle
    PS 3242 B58 T84 2017eb

  • Machaut's Legacy : The Judgment Poetry Tradition in the Later Middle Ages and Beyond / edited by R. Barton Palmer and Burt Kimmelman
    PQ 1483 G5 M25 2017eb
    " Machaut's Legacy deepens our appreciation of the poet's wide-ranging accomplishments and influences, which span from the Middle Ages to the postmodern era. It stakes out exciting new territories and provocative theses, all of which enhance our understanding of this genius of world literature."--Tison Pugh, author of Chaucer's (Anti-)Eroticisms and the Queer Middle Ages "This richly erudite volume contextualizes Machaut as a seminal medieval poet whose work extends its reach well into the modern era. Machaut's Legacy pulls the reader through almost 700 years of literary history, illustrating the extraordinary influence that this writer had on his contemporaries, as well as his lasting impact on the modern novel."--Lynn T. Ramey, author of Black Legacies: Race and the European Middle Ages "Truly brilliant. Makes a claim to a paradigm shift in how we envisage the history of literature. Palmer and Kimmelman make an excellent case for Machaut as the major innovator in narrative and that his genre, the dit , heralds modernism or even postmodernism."--William Calin, author of The Lily and the Thistle: The French Tradition and the Older Literature of Scotland "An ambitious work that seeks, with great acuity, the origin of the kind of 'novel' in the dit and not in the romaunt . It examines the development of the judgment poetry format through the study of three texts by Machaut, pondering on this intricate form."--Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, author of A New History of Medieval French Literature A daring rewrite of literary history, contributors to this volume argue that the medieval poet, composer, and musician Guillaume de Machaut was the major influence in narrative craft during the late Middle Ages and long after.Examining Machaut's series of debate poems, part of the French tradition of dit amoureux (love tales), contributors highlight the genre's authorial self-consciousness, polyvocality, and ambiguity of judgment. They contend that Machaut led the way in developing and spreading these radical techniques and that his innovations in form and content were forerunners of the modern novel.R. Barton Palmer, Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature and director of film studies at Clemson University, is coeditor of An Anthology of Medieval Love Debate Poetry . Burt Kimmelman, professor of English at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is the author of The Poetics of Authorship in the Later Middle Ages: The Emergence of the Modern Literary Persona.

  • Racial Worldmaking : The Power of Popular Fiction / Mark C. Jerng
    PS 374 R34 J46 2018eb

  • Understanding Marilynne Robinson / Alex Engebretson
    PS 3568 O3125 Z75 2017eb
    Alex Engebretson offers the first comprehensive study of Marilynne Robinson's fiction and essays to date, providing an overview of the author's life, themes, and literary and religious influences. Understanding Marilynne Robinson examines this author of three highly acclaimed novels and recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Orange Prize for fiction, and the National Humanities Medal. Through close readings of the novels and essay collections, Engebretson uncovers the unifying elements of Robinson's work: a dialogue with liberal Protestantism, an emphasis on regional settings, the marked influence of nineteenth-century American literature, and the theme of home.The study begins with Housekeeping, Robinson's haunting debut novel, which undertakes a feminist revision of the Western genre. Twenty-four years later Robinson began a literary project that would bring her national recognition, three novels set in a small, rural Iowa town. The first was Gilead, which took up the major American themes of race, the legacy of the Civil War, and the tensions between secular and religious lives. Two more Gilead novels followed, Home and Lila, both of which display Robinson's gift for capturing the mysterious dynamics of sin and grace.In Understanding Marilynne Robinson, Engebretson also reviews her substantial body of non-fiction, which demonstrates a dazzling intellectual range, from the contemporary science-religion debates, to Shakespeare, to the fate of liberal democracy. Throughout this study Engebretson makes the argument for Marilynne Robinson as an essential, deeply unfashionable, visionary presence within today's literary scene.

  • Novel Ventures : Fiction and Print Culture in England, 1690-1730 / Leah Orr
    PR 851 O77 2017eb

    The eighteenth century British book trade marks the beginning of the literary marketplace as we know it. The lapsing of the Licensing Act in 1695 brought an end to pre-publication censorship of printed texts and restrictions on the number of printers and presses in Britain. Resisting the standard "rise of the novel" paradigm, Novel Ventures incorporates new research about the fiction marketplace to illuminate early fiction as an eighteenth-century reader or writer might have seen it. Through a consideration of all 475 works of fiction printed over the four decades from 1690 to 1730, including new texts, translations of foreign works, and reprints of older fiction, Leah Orr shows that the genre was much more diverse and innovative in this period than is usually thought.

    Contextual chapters examine topics such as the portrayal of early fiction in literary history, the canonization of fiction, concepts of fiction genres, printers and booksellers, the prices and physical manufacture of books, and advertising strategies to give a more complex picture of the genre in the print culture world of the early eighteenth century. Ultimately, Novel Ventures concludes that publishers had far more influence over what was written, printed, and read than authors did, and that they shaped the development of English fiction at a crucial moment in its literary history.

  • The Phantom Unmasked : America's First Superhero / Kevin Patrick
    PN 6728 P5 P38 2017eb

  • Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period / Anthony Domestico
    PR 605 M63 D66 2017eb

    Following the religious turn in other disciplines, literary critics have emphasized how modernists like Woolf and Joyce were haunted by Christianity's cultural traces despite their own lack of belief. In Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period , Anthony Domestico takes a different tack, arguing that modern poets such as T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, and David Jones were interested not just in the aesthetic or social implications of religious experience but also in the philosophically rigorous, dogmatic vision put forward by contemporary theology.

    These poets took seriously the truth claims of Christian theology: for them, religion involved intellectual and emotional assent, doctrinal articulation, and ritual practice. Domestico reveals how an important strand of modern poetry actually understood itself in and through the central theological questions of the modernist era: What is transcendence, and how can we think and write about it? What is the sacramental act, and how does its wedding of the immanent and the transcendent inform the poetic act? How can we relate kairos (holy time) to chronos (clock time)?

    Seeking answers to these complex questions, Domestico examines both modernist institutions (the Criterion ) and specific works of modern poetry (Eliot's Four Quartets and Jones's The Anathemata ). The book also traces the contours of what it dubs "theological modernism": a body of poetry that is both theological and modernist. In doing so, this book offers a new literary history of the modernist period, one that attends both to the material circulation of texts and to the broader intellectual currents of the time.

  • 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

  • Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System / John Rieder
    PN 3433.5 R54 2017eb
    In Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System, John Rieder asks literary scholars to consider what shape literary history takes when based on a historical, rather than formalist, genre theory. Rieder starts from the premise that science fiction and the other genres usually associated with so-called genre fiction comprise a system of genres entirely distinct from the pre-existing classical and academic genre system that includes the epic, tragedy, comedy, satire, romance, the lyric, and so on. He proposes that the field of literary production and the project of literary studies cannot be adequately conceptualized without taking into account the tensions between these two genre systems that arise from their different modes of production, distribution, and reception. Although the careful reading of individual texts forms an important part of this study, the systemic approach offered by Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System provides a fundamental challenge to literary methodologies that foreground individual innovation.

  • 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.

  • The Illiberal Imagination : Class and the Rise of the U.S. Novel / Joe Shapiro
    PS 374 S68 S53 2017eb

    The Illiberal Imagination offers a synthetic, historical formalist account of how--and to what end--U.S. novels from the late eighteenth century to the mid-1850s represented economic inequality and radical forms of economic egalitarianism in the new nation. In conversation with intellectual, social, and labor history, this study tracks the representation of class inequality and conflict across five subgenres of the early U.S. novel: the Bildungsroman, the episodic travel narrative, the sentimental novel, the frontier romance, and the anti-slavery novel.

    Through close readings of the works of foundational U.S. novelists, including Charles Brockden Brown, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, James Fenimore Cooper, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Joe Shapiro demonstrates that while voices of economic egalitarianism and working-class protest find their ways into a variety of early U.S. novels, these novels are anything but radically dialogic; instead, he argues, they push back against emergent forms of class consciousness by working to naturalize class inequality among whites. The Illiberal Imagination thus enhances our understanding of both the early U.S. novel and the history of the way that class has been imagined in the United States.

  • The Little Death of Self : Nine Essays toward Poetry / Marianne Boruch
    PS 3552 O75645 A6 2017eb
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