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The Gods Who Send Us Gifts - An Anthology Of African Short Stories (Paperback): Ivor Agyeman-Duah The Gods Who Send Us Gifts - An Anthology Of African Short Stories (Paperback)
Ivor Agyeman-Duah; Foreword by Wole Soyinka, Baroness Amos
R316 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R52 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This anthology marks the 55th anniversary of the historic 1962 Makerere Conference of African Literature in Uganda bringing together post-independence African writers many of whom would go on to play major roles in defining Africa’s literary history.

One of them wrote; “we were amazed that fate had entrusted us with the task of interpreting a continent to the world.”

Those who gathered included the Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Christopher Okigbo, JP Clark, Kofi Awoonor, Frances Ademola, Cameron Doudu, Lewis Nkosi, Dennis Brutus, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Bloke Modisane, the African American writer Langton Hughes et al. Fifty-five years on, many have joined the ancestors but there are a few survivors who attended the launch of this Anthology at SOAS in London on 28th October 2017.

Introduction To English Literary Studies (Paperback, 3rd Edition): D Byrne, G. Kane, R. Scheepers Introduction To English Literary Studies (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
D Byrne, G. Kane, R. Scheepers 2
R356 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R27 (8%) In stock

The third edition of Introduction To English Literary Studies, previously published as Selves and Others, is a guide on how to approach, engage with, and write about literature. Structured into chapters that deal with reading and writing, poetry, narrative, and drama, the book enables students to become successful critical readers of English literature.

The book offers an integrated, progressive introduction to the study of literature in English, creative writing, and literary genres. Critical literacy exercises help students engage with literary concepts and develop their thinking skills. Margin glosses explain difficult terms, while information boxes provide additional contextual information or pose self-reflective questions.

Introduction To English Literary Studies is written for university and university of technology students taking first-year courses in literature and creative writing. It is ideal for both face-to-face and distance education courses.

Race, Nation, Translation - South African Essays, 1990-2013 (Paperback): Zoe Wicomb Race, Nation, Translation - South African Essays, 1990-2013 (Paperback)
Zoe Wicomb; Edited by Andrew Van Der Vlies
R380 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R53 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The most significant nonfiction writings of ZoŽ Wicomb, one of South Africa’s leading authors and intellectuals, are collected here for the first time in a single volume.

This compilation features critical essays on the works of such prominent South African writers as Bessie Head, Nadine Gordimer, Njabulo Ndebele, and J.M. Coetzee, as well as writings on gender politics, race, identity, visual art, sexuality and a wide range of other cultural and political topics. Also included are a reflection on Nelson Mandela and a revealing interview with Wicomb.

In these essays, written between 1990 and 2013, Wicomb offers insight on her nation’s history, policies, and people. In a world in which nationalist rhetoric is on the rise and diversity and pluralism are the declared enemies of right-wing populist movements, her essays speak powerfully to a wide range of international issues.

Sol Plaatje's Mhudi - History, Criticism, Celebration (Paperback): Sabata-Mpho Mokae, Brian Willan Sol Plaatje's Mhudi - History, Criticism, Celebration (Paperback)
Sabata-Mpho Mokae, Brian Willan
R280 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R39 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi is one of South Africa’s most famous novels.

First published in 1930, it is the first full-length novel by a black South African writer, and is widely read and studied in South African schools, colleges and universities. It has been translated into a number of different languages. Written over 30 years before Chinua Achebe’s famous Things Fall Apart, Mhudi is a pioneering African novel too, anticipating many of the themes with which Achebe and other writers from the African continent were concerned.

Mhudi has had a complicated history. Critics have been divided in their views, and there was a delay of ten years between the time Plaatje wrote the book and when it was published. A century on from when it was written, the time is now right to both celebrate its composition and to assess its meanings and legacy.

In this book, a distinguished cast of contributors explore the circumstances in which Mhudi was both written and published, what the critics have made of it, why it remains so relevant today. Chapters look at the eponymous feminist heroine of the novel and what she symbolizes, the role of history and oral tradition, the contentious question of language, the linguistic and stylistic choices that Plaatje made. In keeping with Mhudi’s capacity to inspire, this book also includes a poem and short story, specially written in order to pay tribute to both the book and its author.

One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter - Essays (Paperback): Scaachi Koul One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter - Essays (Paperback)
Scaachi Koul 1
R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A debut collection of fierce, funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in western culture, addressing sexism, stereotypes, and the universal miseries of life

In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn; where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.

With a sharp eye and biting wit, incomparable rising star and cultural observer Scaachi Koul offers a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.

Written Under The Skin - Blood And Intergenerational Memory In South Africa (Paperback): Written Under The Skin - Blood And Intergenerational Memory In South Africa (Paperback)
R350 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R49 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A younger generation of South Africans are developing important and innovative ways of understanding South Africa’s past, challenging narratives that have, over the last decades, been informed by notions of forgiveness and reconciliation. Carli Coetzee uses the image of history-rich blood to explore these approaches to intergenerational memory. In this book, she revisits older archives and analyses contemporary South African cultural and literary forms.

The emphasis on blood challenges the privileged status skin has had as an explanatory category in thinking about identity. Instead, Coetzee emphasises intergenerational transfer and continuity. She argues that a younger generation is contesting the terms through which to understand contemporary South Africa and interpreting the legacies of the past that remain under the visible layer of skin.

The chapters each concern blood: Mandela’s prison cell as laboratory for producing bloodless freedom, the kinship relations created and resisted in accounts of Eugene de Kock in prison, Ruth First’s concern with information leaks in her accounts of her time in prison, the first human-to-human heart transplant and its relation to racialised attempts to salvage white identity, the #Fallist moment, the Abantu Book Festival, and activist scholarship and creative art works that use blood as a trope for thinking about change and continuity.

Nancy Drew & Company (Paperback): Inness Nancy Drew & Company (Paperback)
Inness
R370 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R59 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This intriguing anthology brings together a broad range of critical essays on girls' series fiction from established scholars such as Chamberlain, Johnson, and Romalov, along with emerging scholars Katrine Poe, Maureen Reed, and Deborah Siegel. Topics include: Anne of Green Gables, the Isabel Carleton series, early twentieth-century girls' automobile series, girls' scouting novels, 1910-1935, Cherry Ames in World War II, Nancy Drew, and Judy Bolton.

American Nightmares-The Haunted House Formula In American Popular Fiction (Paperback): American Nightmares-The Haunted House Formula In American Popular Fiction (Paperback)
R626 Discovery Miles 6 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Edgar Allan Poe set down the tale of the accursed House of Usher in 1839, he also laid the foundations for a literacy tradition which Edgar has assumed a lasting role in American culture. The House of Usher and its Iiterary progeny have not lacked for tenants in the century and a half since; writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Stephen King have taken some rooms in the haunted houses of American Fiction.

Yet, while the haunted house motif looms archetypal in the October country of the American mind, Iiterary critics have rarely inquired what it means or why it has endured. These are the questions at the head of Dale Bailey's American Nightmares: The Haunted House Formula in American Popular Fiction.

Bailey believes that the popularity of the haunted house formula depends upon its versatility in exploring American themes. In this study he discribes the formula and explains its continued success through an investigation of a representative sample of American haunted house literature which is distinguished from the ghost story as practiced by Henry James, Edith Wharton, and others.

Bailey traces the haunted house tale from its origins in English gothic fiction to the paperback potboilers of the present, highlighting the unique significance of the house in the domestic, economic, and social ideologies of our nation. In the hands of the best gothic writers, Bailey subversive symbol of everything that has gone nightmarishly awry in the American dream.

A Literary Guide to Flannery O'Connor's Georgia (Paperback): Craig Amason, Sarah Gordon A Literary Guide to Flannery O'Connor's Georgia (Paperback)
Craig Amason, Sarah Gordon; Contributions by Ralph Marquez; Index compiled by Dona B. Roell; Photographs by Joe McTyre, …
R456 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R73 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Flannery O'Connor spent most of her life in Georgia. Most of O'Connor's fiction is also set in the state, in locales rich in symbolism and the ambience of southern rural and small-town life. Filled with contemporary and historical photos, this guide introduces O'Connor's readers to the places where the great writer lived and worked--places whose features and details sometimes found their way into her fiction.

The guide describes such places as O'Connor's childhood home in Savannah; the Governor's Mansion, Cline House, and Central State Hospital in Milledgeville; and the family farm, Andalusia. Numerous facts about O'Connor and the people closest to her are woven into the site descriptions, as are critical observations about her Catholicism, her acute sense of character and place, and her fierce sense of humor.

Features include: More than fifty full-color contemporary photographs and numerous black-and-white historical imagesAn overview and chronology of O'Connor's life and legacyMaps to sites in Savannah, Milledgeville, and the house and grounds at AndalusiaDiscussions of O'Connor's life and writingsListing of O'Connor's works and suggestions for further reading

All author royalties from sales of the guide will be donated to the Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation.

The Turn of the Screw (Paperback, Third Edition): Henry James The Turn of the Screw (Paperback, Third Edition)
Henry James; Edited by Jonathan Warren
R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This Norton Critical Edition includes: The New York Edition text of the novel-the one that had James's final authority-newly and fully annotated by Jonathan Warren. A full introduction, compositional history and textual notes by Jonathan Warren. Revised and expanded contextual materials, topically organised to promote classroom discussion: "James, the Ghost Story, and the Supernatural", "James on The Turn of the Screw", "Other Possible Sources for The Turn of the Screw" and, new to the Third Edition, "Adaptations and Illustrations". Thirty-two critical assessments-from early reactions to the present day-sixteen of them new to the Third Edition. A chronology and suggestions for further reading. About the Series Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format-annotated text, contexts and criticism-helps students to better understand, analyse and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.

Beginning Theory - An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory: Fourth Edition (Paperback, 4th Revised edition): Peter Barry Beginning Theory - An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory: Fourth Edition (Paperback, 4th Revised edition)
Peter Barry
R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 In stock

Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for over two decades. This new and expanded fourth edition continues to offer readers the best single-volume introduction to the field. The bewildering variety of approaches, theorists and technical language is lucidly and expertly unravelled. Unlike many books which assume certain positions about the critics and the theories they represent, Beginning theory allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles and concepts have been grasped. The book has been updated for this edition and includes a new introduction, expanded chapters, and an overview of the subject ('Theory after "Theory"') which maps the arrival of new 'isms' since the second edition appeared in 2002 and the third edition in 2009. -- .

Appropriation and Representation - Feng Menglong and the Chinese Vernacular Story (Paperback): Shuhui Yang Appropriation and Representation - Feng Menglong and the Chinese Vernacular Story (Paperback)
Shuhui Yang
R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Feng Menglong (1574-1646) was recognized as the most knowledgeable connoisseur of popular literature of his time. He is known today for compiling three famous collections of vernacular short stories, each containing forty stories, collectively known as Sanyan. Appropriation and Representation adapts concepts of ventriloquism and dialogism from Bakhtin and Holquist to explore Feng's methods of selecting source materials. Shuhui Yang develops a model of development in which Feng's approach to selecting and working with his source materials becomes clear. More broadly, Appropriation and Representation locates Feng Menglong's Sanyan in the cultural milieu of the late Ming, including the archaist movement in literature, literati marginality and anxieties, the subversive use of folk works, and the meiren xiangcao tradition-appropriating a female identity to express male frustration. Against this background, a rationale emerges for Feng's choice to elevate and promote the vernacular story while stepping back form an overt authorial role.

Musashino in Tuscany - Japanese Overseas Travel Literature, 1860-1912 (Paperback): Susanna Fessler Musashino in Tuscany - Japanese Overseas Travel Literature, 1860-1912 (Paperback)
Susanna Fessler
R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

By the late Meiji period Japanese were venturing abroad in great numbers, and some of those who traveled kept diaries and wrote formal travelogues. These travelogues reflected a changing view of the West and changing artistic sensibilities in the long-standing Japanese literary tradition of travel writing (kikoobungaku). This book shows that overseas Meiji-period travel writers struck out to create a dynamic new type of travel literature, one that had a solid foundation in traditional Japanese kikobungaku yet also displayed influence from the West. Musashino in Tuscany specifically examines the poetic imagery and allusion in these travelogues and reveals that when Japanese traveled to the West in the mid-nineteenth century, the images they wrote about tended to be associated not with places initially discovered by the Japanese traveler but with places that already existed in Western fame and lore. And unlike imagery from Japanese traveling in Japan, which was predominantly nature based, Japanese overseas travel imagery was often associated with the manmade world.

Horror: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Darryl Jones Horror: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Darryl Jones
R236 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R39 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring Four o'clock in the morning, and the lights are on and still there's no way we're going to sleep, not after the film we just saw. The book we just read. Fear is one of the most primal human emotions, and one of the hardest to reason with and dispel. So why do we scare ourselves? It seems almost mad that we would frighten ourselves for fun, and yet there are thousands of books, films, games, and other forms of entertainment designed to do exactly that. As Darryl Jones shows, the horror genre is huge. Ranging from vampires, ghosts, and werewolves to mad scientists, Satanists, and deranged serial killers, the cathartic release of scaring ourselves has made its appearance in everything from Shakespearean tragedies to internet memes. Exploring the key tropes of the genre, including its monsters, its psychological chills, and its love affair with the macabre, this Very Short Introduction discusses why horror stories disturb us, and how society responds to literary and film representations of the gruesome and taboo. Should the enjoyment of horror be regarded with suspicion? Are there different levels of the horrific, and should we distinguish between the commonly reviled carnage of contemporary torture porn and the culturally acceptable bloodbaths of ancient Greek tragedies? Analysing the way in which horror manifests multiple personalities, and has been used throughout history to articulate the fears and taboos of the current generation, Darryl Jones considers the continuing evolution of the genre today. As horror is mass marketed to mainstream society in the form of romantic vampires and blockbuster hits, it also continues to maintain its former shadowy presence on the edges of respectability, as banned films and violent internet phenomena push us to question both our own preconceptions and the terrifying capacity of human nature. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. First published in hardback as Sleeping with the Lights on.

Emigres - French Words That Turned English (Hardcover): Richard Scholar Emigres - French Words That Turned English (Hardcover)
Richard Scholar
R627 R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Save R119 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The fascinating history of French words that have entered the English language and the fertile but fraught relationship between English- and French-speaking cultures across the world English has borrowed more words from French than from any other modern foreign language. French words and phrases-such as a la mode, ennui, naivete and caprice-lend English a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that would otherwise elude the language. Richard Scholar examines the continuing history of untranslated French words in English and asks what these words reveal about the fertile but fraught relationship that England and France have long shared and that now entangles English- and French-speaking cultures all over the world. Emigres demonstrates that French borrowings have, over the centuries, "turned" English in more ways than one. From the seventeenth-century polymath John Evelyn's complaint that English lacks "words that do so fully express" the French ennui and naivete, to George W. Bush's purported claim that "the French don't have a word for entrepreneur," this unique history of English argues that French words have offered more than the mere seasoning of the occasional mot juste. They have established themselves as "creolizing keywords" that both connect English speakers to-and separate them from-French. Moving from the realms of opera to ice cream, the book shows how migrant French words are never the same again for having ventured abroad, and how they complete English by reminding us that it is fundamentally incomplete. At a moment of resurgent nationalism in the English-speaking world, Emigres invites native Anglophone readers to consider how much we owe the French language and why so many of us remain ambivalent about the migrants in our midst.

Everybody - A Book about Freedom (Hardcover): Olivia Laing Everybody - A Book about Freedom (Hardcover)
Olivia Laing
R584 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R103 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The body is a source of pleasure and of pain, at once hopelessly vulnerable and radiant with power. In her ambitious, brilliant sixth book, Olivia Laing charts an electrifying course through the long struggle for bodily freedom, using the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to explore gay rights and sexual liberation, feminism, and the civil rights movement. Drawing on her own experiences in protest and alternative medicine, and traveling from Weimar Berlin to the prisons of Joseph McCarthy's America, Laing grapples with some of the most significant and complicated figures of the past century-among them Nina Simone, Christopher Isherwood, Andrea Dworkin, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, and Malcolm X. Arriving at a moment in which basic bodily rights are once again imperiled, Everybody is an investigation into the forces arranged against freedom and a celebration of how ordinary human bodies can resist oppression and reshape the world.

Poet of Revolution - The Making of John Milton (Hardcover): Nicholas McDowell Poet of Revolution - The Making of John Milton (Hardcover)
Nicholas McDowell
R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A groundbreaking biography of Milton's formative years that provides a new account of the poet's political radicalization John Milton (1608-1674) has a unique claim on literary and intellectual history as the author of both Paradise Lost, the greatest narrative poem in English, and prose defences of the execution of Charles I that influenced the French and American revolutions. Tracing Milton's literary, intellectual, and political development with unprecedented depth and understanding, Poet of Revolution is an unmatched biographical account of the formation of the mind that would go on to create Paradise Lost-but would first justify the killing of a king. Biographers of Milton have always struggled to explain how the young poet became a notorious defender of regicide and other radical ideas such as freedom of the press, religious toleration, and republicanism. In this groundbreaking intellectual biography of Milton's formative years, Nicholas McDowell draws on recent archival discoveries to reconcile at last the poet and polemicist. He charts Milton's development from his earliest days as a London schoolboy, through his university life and travels in Italy, to his emergence as a public writer during the English Civil War. At the same time, McDowell presents fresh, richly contextual readings of Milton's best-known works from this period, including the "Nativity Ode," "L'Allegro" and "Il Penseroso," Comus, and "Lycidas." Challenging biographers who claim that Milton was always a secret radical, Poet of Revolution shows how the events that provoked civil war in England combined with Milton's astonishing programme of self-education to instil the beliefs that would shape not only his political prose but also his later epic masterpiece.

Climbing Higher - Sindiwe Magona (Paperback): Dianne Shober Climbing Higher - Sindiwe Magona (Paperback)
Dianne Shober
R300 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R42 (14%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

The primary aim of this book is to create a literary biography of Sindiwe Magona, a significant black South African woman, whose writings act as a testimony, a historical record, an appeal, and an invitation to experience a culture, literary style and language marginalized by colonization. Magona 's works provide us with a window to the soul of the beleaguered domestic (Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night), the impoverished single parent (To My Children 's Children), the struggling black woman educator and activist (Forced to Grow), the anguished mother (Mother to Mother), the rape victim (Vukani!), the successful African professional woman battling cultural and patriarchal sexual restrictions that may result in AIDS infection, female subjective states relevant to both the old and new South Africa. The trope of bridge building is a new perspective on her work, which elucidates the current intellectual interest in the literary crossings of the local and global.This publication examines the genre of life writing which validates someone 's lived experiences, provides representation for others enduring similar oppression, and instructs the uninformed about a unique life. The author 's autobiographies, plays, poems, short stories, published and unpublished novels are analyzed through an African feminist lens allowing her literature to reflect their contextualized and localized content.This is a literary biography that places the author and her works within the political and socio-economic framework in which they were written and published. Although consideration is given to her twenty years of voluntary exile, when she lived and worked in New York for the media department of the United Nations translating and disseminating information from South Africa to the world about the oppression of the apartheid regime, special attention is be paid to the nature and impact of her oral and literary voice on the South African and global community as she explicates the issues facing black African women.

In Search of the True Russia - The Provinces in Contemporary Nationalist Discourse (Hardcover): Lyudmila Parts In Search of the True Russia - The Provinces in Contemporary Nationalist Discourse (Hardcover)
Lyudmila Parts
R1,614 Discovery Miles 16 140 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Russia's provinces have long held a prominent place in the nation's cultural imagination. Lyudmila Parts looks at the contested place of the provinces in twenty-first-century Russian literature and popular culture, addressing notions of nationalism, authenticity, Orientalism, Occidentalism, and postimperial identity. Surveying a largely unexplored body of Russian journalism, literature, and film from the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Parts finds that the harshest portrayals of the provinces arise within ""high"" culture. Popular culture, however, has increasingly turned from the newly prosperous, multiethnic, and westernized Moscow to celebrate the hinterlands as repositories of national traditions and moral strength. This change, she argues, has directed debate about Russia's identity away from its loss of imperial might and global prestige and toward a hermetic national identity based on the opposition of ""us vs. us"" rather than ""us vs. them."" She offers an intriguing analysis of the contemporary debate over what it means to be Russian and where ""true"" Russians reside.

Verbintenis en Venster: Deel 1 - Die Nederlandstalige Letterkunde van Aanvang tot Hede - 'n Literatuurgeskiedenis in... Verbintenis en Venster: Deel 1 - Die Nederlandstalige Letterkunde van Aanvang tot Hede - 'n Literatuurgeskiedenis in Afrikaans (Afrikaans, Paperback)
H.P. van Coller
R555 R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Save R53 (10%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Verbintenis en venster. Die Nederlandstalige letterkunde van aanvang tot hede - 'n Literatuurgeskiedenis in Afrikaans is die eerste nuwe Afrikaanse literatuurgeskiedenis van die Nederlands(talige) letterkunde in dertig jaar. Dit is 'n literatuurgeskiedenis vir die Afrikaanse student en dosent van die Nederlandstalige letterkunde en geinteresseerde leek.

Leaves to a tree - English alive and beyond (Paperback): Robin Malan Leaves to a tree - English alive and beyond (Paperback)
Robin Malan
R175 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R24 (14%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

To mark the 50th anniversary of the South African Council for English Education, this collection brings together the work of writers who either edited English Alive or were originally published in English Alive. Now they are active writers - poets, playwrights, novelists, print journalists, radio journalists, TV scriptwriters. They have contributed from their work a variety of pieces - truly a celebration of writing - that range from travel writing in verse through eye-witness accounts and poems and diary-entries and movie reviews to biographical and historical investigation and writing for teens and for children. And each writer offers a short reflection 'On Writing'. Some of South Africa's foremost writers are joined here by new voices, and the collection is graced by a gift contribution from South Africa's first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Nadine Gordimer.

Gender in American Literature and Culture (Hardcover): Jean Lutes, Jennifer Travis Gender in American Literature and Culture (Hardcover)
Jean Lutes, Jennifer Travis
R803 Discovery Miles 8 030 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Gender in American Literature and Culture introduces readers to key developments in gender studies and American literary criticism. It offers nuanced readings of literary conventions and genres from early American writings to the present and moves beyond inflexible categories of masculinity and femininity that have reinforced misleading assumptions about public and private spaces, domesticity, individualism, and community. The book also demonstrates how rigid inscriptions of gender have perpetuated a legacy of violence and exclusion in the United States. Responding to a sense of 21st century cultural and political crisis, it illuminates the literary histories and cultural imaginaries that have set the stage for urgent contemporary debates.

Verbintenis en Venster: Deel 2 - Die Nederlandstalige Letterkunde van Aanvang tot Hede - 'n Literatuurgeskiedenis in... Verbintenis en Venster: Deel 2 - Die Nederlandstalige Letterkunde van Aanvang tot Hede - 'n Literatuurgeskiedenis in Afrikaans (Afrikaans, Paperback)
H.P. van Coller
R745 R661 Discovery Miles 6 610 Save R84 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Verbintenis en venster. Die Nederlandstalige letterkunde van aanvang tot hede - 'n Literatuurgeskiedenis in Afrikaans is die eerste nuwe Afrikaanse literatuurgeskiedenis van die Nederlands(talige) letterkunde in dertig jaar. Dit is 'n literatuurgeskiedenis vir die Afrikaanse student en dosent van die Nederlandstalige letterkunde en geinteresseerde leek.

Pearl from the Dragon's Mouth - Evocation of Scene and Feeling in Chinese Poetry (Paperback): Cecile Sun Pearl from the Dragon's Mouth - Evocation of Scene and Feeling in Chinese Poetry (Paperback)
Cecile Sun
R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The interplay between the external world (ching) and the poet's inner world (ch'ing) lies at the heart of Chinese poetry, and understanding the interaction of the two is crucial to understanding this work from within its own tradition. Closely coordinating her discussions of poetry and criticism so that practice and theory become mutually enriching and illuminating, Sun offers sensitive and original readings of poems and a wealth of insights into Chinese poetics.

A Companion to the American Short Story (Paperback): Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel A Companion to the American Short Story (Paperback)
Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel
R805 Discovery Miles 8 050 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A Companion to the American Short Story traces the development of this versatile literary genre over the past 200 years. Sets the short story in context, paying attention to the interaction of cultural forces and aesthetic principles Contributes to the ongoing redefinition of the American canon, with close attention to the achievements of women writers as well as such important genres as the ghost story and detective fiction Embraces diverse traditions including African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and regional short story writing Includes a section focused on specific authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike

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