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Recognition - An Anthology Of South African Short stories (Paperback): Recognition - An Anthology Of South African Short stories (Paperback)
R308 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R53 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The lives of South Africans have always been interwoven in complex ways. There is a long history of division; but also of profound (and often surprising) instances of mutual recognition. Recognition is an exciting anthology of short stories in which twenty-two South African writers render these intricate connections.

The writers whose stories have been selected use the transformative power of the imagination and the unique appeal of the short story to illuminate aspects of our past and present. Cumulatively their stories tell of a history tainted by misrecognition but not, finally, bound by it. Amongst the twenty-two contributors are some of our best-known short story writers: Pauline Smith, Herman Charles Bosman, H.I. E. Dhlomo, Can Themba, Nadine Gordimer, Alex La Guma, Dan Jacobson, Miriam Tlali, Ahmed Essop, Njabulo Ndebele, Mandla Langa, Chris van Wyk, Damon Galgut, Achmat Dangor and Zoe Wicomb. And there is also a selection of vibrant newer voices: Makhosazana Xaba, Nadia Davids, Mary Watson, Lindiwe Nkutha, Wamuwi Mbao and Kobus Moolman.

Chronologically the collection ranges from the 1920s to the twenty first century. It builds on its predecessor, Encounters, but devotes significant attention to the transitional and post-apartheid years: almost half the stories were published after 1994. The anthology includes a generous and detailed introduction, written by David Medalie. It traces the motif of recognition, discusses the general characteristics of short stories and the narrative devices used by writers, and includes a brief analysis of each short story.

Recognition will appeal to teachers and students of literature. It will be enjoyed by all those who love short stories and appreciate the craftsmanship involved in telling a memorable tale.

Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age - An Introductory Coursebook (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Andrew Goatly, Preet... Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age - An Introductory Coursebook (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Andrew Goatly, Preet Hiradhar 1
R450 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R28 (6%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age is a fully introductory, interactive textbook that explores the power relations at work in and behind the texts we encounter in our everyday lives. Using examples from numerous genres - such as fiction, poetry, advertisements and newspapers - this textbook examines the language choices a writer must make in structuring texts, representing the world and positioning the reader. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age offers guidance on how to read texts critically and how to develop effective writing skills. Extensively updated, key features of the second edition include: a radically revised and repackaged section that highlights the theme of discourses of power and authority and the new possibilities for resisting them; a revamped analysis of the art of communication which has changed due to the advent of new media including Facebook and Wikipedia; fresh examples, exercises and case studies including fan fiction, articles from the BBC, Daily Mail and South China Morning Post, and a selection of international ads for a variety of products; a brand new companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/goatly featuring projects, quizzes and activities for each chapter, a glossary and further reading. Written by two experienced teachers, Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age is an ideal coursebook for students of English language.

Losing The Plot - Crime, Reality And Fiction In Postapartheid Writing (Paperback): Leon Kock Losing The Plot - Crime, Reality And Fiction In Postapartheid Writing (Paperback)
Leon Kock
R380 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In Losing The Plot, well-known scholar and writer Leon de Kock offers a lively and wide-ranging analysis of postapartheid South African writing which, he contends, has morphed into a far more flexible and multifaceted entity than its predecessor. If postapartheid literature's founding moment was the 'transition' to democracy, writing over the ensuing years has viewed the Mandelan project with increasing doubt. Instead, authors from all quarters are seen to be reporting, in different ways and from divergent points of view, on what is perceived to be a pathological public sphere in which the plot- the mapping and making of social betterment - appears to have been lost.

The compulsion to forensically detect the actual causes of such loss of direction has resulted in the prominence of creative nonfiction. A significant adjunct in the rise of this is the new media, which sets up a 'wounded' space within which a 'cult of commiseration' compulsively and repeatedly plays out the facts of the day on people's screens; this, De Kock argues, is reproduced in much postapartheid writing.

And, although fictional forms persist in genres such as crime fiction, with their tendency to overplot, more serious fiction underplots, yielding to the imprint of real conditions to determine the narrative construction.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (Paperback): Steven J. Venturino, Joan Cutting The Complete Idiot's Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (Paperback)
Steven J. Venturino, Joan Cutting
R375 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R75 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

From Plato to Freud to ecocriticism, the book illustrates dozens of stimulating-and sometimes notoriously complex-perspectives for approaching literature and film. The book offers authoritative, clear, and easy-to-follow explanations of theories that range from established classics to the controversies of current theory. Each chapter offers a conversational, step-by-step explanation of a single theory, critic, or issue, accompanied by concrete examples for applying the concepts and engaging suggestions for related literary readings.

Following a section on the foundations of literary theory, the book is organized thematically, with an eye to the best way to develop a real, working understanding of the various theories. Cross-references are particularly important, since it's through the interaction of examples that readers most effectively advance from basic topics and arguments to some of the more specialized and complicated issues.

Each chapter is designed to tell a complete story, yet also to reach out to other chapters for development and debate. Literary theorists are hardly unified in their views, and this book reflects the various traditions, agreements, influences, and squabbles that are a part of the field.

Special features include hundreds of references to and quotations from novels, stories, plays, poems, movies, and other media. Online resources could also include video and music clips, as well as high-quality examples of visual art mentioned in the book. The book also includes periodic "running" references to selected key titles (such as "Frankenstein") in order to illustrate the effect of different theories on a single work.

And Wrote My Story Anyway - Black South African women's novels as feminism (Paperback): Barbara Boswell And Wrote My Story Anyway - Black South African women's novels as feminism (Paperback)
Barbara Boswell
R385 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R67 (17%) In stock

Part literary history, part feminist historiography And Wrote My Story Anyway: Black South African Women's Novels as Feminism critically examines influential novels in English by eminent black female writers. Studying these writers' key engagements with nationalism, race and gender during apartheid and the transition to democracy, Barbara Boswell traces the ways in which black women's fiction critically interrogates narrow ideas of nationalism. She examines who is included and excluded, while producing alternative visions for a more just South African society. This is an erudite analysis of ten well-known South African writers, spanning the apartheid and post-apartheid era: Miriam Tlali, Lauretta Ngcobo, Farida Karodia, Agnes Sam, Sindiwe Magona, Zoe Wicomb, Rayda Jacobs, Yvette Christianse, Kagiso Lesego Molope and Zukiswa Wanner. Boswell argues that black women's fiction could and should be read as a subversive site of knowledge production in a setting, which, for centuries, denied black women's voices and intellects. Reading their fiction as theory, for the first time these writers' works are placed in sustained conversation with each other, producing an arc of feminist criticism that speaks forcefully back to the abuse of a racist, white-dominated, patriarchal power.

Snake (Paperback): Erica Wright Snake (Paperback)
Erica Wright
R341 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R67 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Feared and worshiped in equal measure, snakes have captured the imagination of poets, painters, and philosophers for centuries. From Ice Age cave drawings to Snakes on a Plane, this creature continues to enthrall the public. But what harm has been caused by our mythologizing? While considering the dangers of stigma, Erica Wright moves from art and pop culture to religion, fetish, and ecologic disaster. This book considers how the snake has become more symbol than animal, a metaphor for how we treat whatever scares us the most, whether or not our panic is justified. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.

The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (Hardcover, Third Edition): Vincent B. Leitch The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (Hardcover, Third Edition)
Vincent B. Leitch; Edited by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, John McGowan, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, …
R1,372 Discovery Miles 13 720 In stock

The gold standard anthology for anyone who wants to understand the development and current state of literary theory. Offering 191 pieces by 157 authors, The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, Third Edition, is more comprehensive and more varied in its selection than any other anthology. Forty-eight NEW selections-concentrated mostly on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries-make the book not only the best overview of the history of theory, but also a remarkably up-to-date portrait of the state of theory today.

How To Interpret Literature - Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Robert Dale... How To Interpret Literature - Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Robert Dale Parker
R856 Discovery Miles 8 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Offering a refreshing combination of accessibility and intellectual rigor, How to Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies, Third Edition, presents an up-to-date, concise, and wide-ranging historicist survey of contemporary thinking in critical theory. The only book of its kind that thoroughly merges literary studies with cultural studies, this text provides a critical look at the major movements in literary studies since the 1930s, including those often omitted from other texts. It is also the only up-to-date survey of literary theory that devotes extensive treatment to Queer Theory and Postcolonial and Race Studies. How to Interpret Literature is ideal as a stand-alone text or in conjunction with an anthology of primary readings such as Robert Dale Parker's Critical Theory: A Reader for Literary and Cultural Studies.
Distinctive Features
* A conversational and engaging tone that speaks directly to today's students
* Wider coverage than any book of its kind
* A rich assortment of pedagogical features (charts, text boxes, photos, and suggestions for further reading)

In the Spirit of Spark - The Muriel Spark Society Lecture (Paperback): Ali Smith In the Spirit of Spark - The Muriel Spark Society Lecture (Paperback)
Ali Smith
R137 R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 Save R29 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In November 2017 Ali Smith gave the annual Muriel Spark Lecture to kick off the Muriel Spark centenary celebrations. Those lucky enough to get tickets were treated to an invigorating, joyous call-and-response between two of our best writers, both supremely talented in the playful interrogation of truth, power, art and living. In Spark, Smith finds the most formidable inspiration. In Smith, Spark has a formidable champion, one who shows us how Spark's work resonates now more than ever. If you want to read a regenerative blast in praise of how and why fiction matters, start here, and, as Spark writes, `Hear me to the end.'

Koffer in Berlyn - Essays Oor Kabaret (Afrikaans, Paperback): Hennie Aucamp Koffer in Berlyn - Essays Oor Kabaret (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Hennie Aucamp
R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kan wat vandag deurgaan as "kabaret" die toets met die verlede deurstaan? In Koffer in Berlyn ontleed Aucamp die talle fasette van kabaret: die integrasie tussen beeld, musiek en woord met 'n tema en struktuur waarin ironie sentraal staan. Lesings, resensies, koerant- en tydskrifartikels ander letterkundige bydraes, sowel as uittreksels van sommige van Aucamp se kabarette word hier meesterlik byeengebring.

Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel Egypt, 1892-2008 (Hardcover): Hoda El Sadda Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel Egypt, 1892-2008 (Hardcover)
Hoda El Sadda
R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the end of the nineteenth century and into the twenty-first, Arabic novels and Egyptian fiction have experienced a rebirth as the literary landscape has become more diverse and inclusive. Writing has moved beyond the established themes in the national canon to engage with neocolonial discourses in the globalised world. In Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel, Elsadda revisits the modern Arab literary tradition from a gender lens, questioning the process of inclusion and exclusion. In doing so, she recovers literary voices that have been marginalised because they did not fit into the ideological blueprint of the cultural elite. Exploring the literary narratives of prominent authors such as Naguib Mahfouz, Latifa al-Zayyat, and Mohammed Hussein Haikal, Elsadda interrogates the representations of femininity and masculinity in modern Arabic fiction. With a New Woman figure in Arabic literature, she distinguishes between those who support or critique modernist nation building; she also looks at the construction of the New Man and the texts that feature men who represent desirable and undesirable characteristics for the modern nation. By creating a dialogue with a broad range of novels, literary criticism, and social commentaries of men and women, Elsadda's analysis of literary masculinities goes beyond the limitations of Arabic novels and can be applied to all third world literary works that have been described as national allegories.

Perspektief en profiel: Deel 3 - 'n Afrikaanse literatuurgeskiedenis (Afrikaans, Paperback): H.P. van Coller Perspektief en profiel: Deel 3 - 'n Afrikaanse literatuurgeskiedenis (Afrikaans, Paperback)
H.P. van Coller
R635 R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Save R88 (14%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Die Afrikaanse literatuur het 'n aangrypende lewe in Afrika oopgeskryf. Hierdie lewe kry sy beslag in 'n boeiende takelwerk verse, in 'n kennis van die aand en deur die oe van 'n siener in die suburbs. Kannas kom huis toe en Poppies loop die lange swerfjare deur. Nie slegs die belletrie (die arbeid van skeppende skrywers) is indrukwekkend nie, maar ook die getuienis van kundige lesers - die leesaktiwiteite van akademici wat sin moet maak van skeppende arbeid, wat die patrone moet ople en die teoretiese lense instel op die gedig, die toneelstuk, die essay, die drama of roman. Akademies gesproke is Perspektief en profiel 'n onontbeerlike handleiding. Dit is tans die belangrikste beskouing van ons skryfwerk in Afrikaans en die begeleidende literere gesprek. Dit bied insig in die oeuvres van die belangrikste skrywers (die "profiel" in die boektitel), maar is ook 'n bestekopname van verskuiwende teoretiese gesigspunte en aksente en 'n kartering van die gebied, vandaar die "perspektief ". Dit toon by implikasie oortuigend aan hoedat die Afrikaanse letterkunde aansluit in suid-suidverband met ander literature van die halfrond, en ondersoek die historiese en tydgenootlike noordsuid-bande en -spanninge. Ook verken dit die skryftegnieke en die produksie en resepsie van die Afrikaanse teks in Afrika. Dis 'n boek wat sensitief is vir die polities-kulturele omgewing wat steeds omvorm word deur die momentum geskep deur die koms van demokrasie in 1994. Eerder as om 'n literatuurgeskiedenis te probeer wees wat die fi nale woord wil spreek en ondubbelsinnig kanoniseer, word die literatuur hier as strydperk aangebied. Hierdie veelstemmige gesprek matig sigself as literatuurgeskiedenis nie objektiwiteit aan nie, maar huldig verskeidenheid en teenspraak. Perspektief en profiel toon aan dat die Afrikaanse letterkunde diep geent is in die kontinent Afrika. Dit boekstaaf die geestesprestasie van mense aan die suidpunt van 'n uitdagende kontinent. Dit is mense wat rekenskap gee van hul ontheemding en twyfel, maar ook van inburgering en liefde vir die land, van verwantskap met landgenote wat ander geskiedenisse en huistale het. Dis 'n literatuur van hierwees en aanhanklikheid aan plant en dier, landskap en leemte. Perspektief en profiel verskyn tydens die groot wending. Dis 'n tyd waarin die Boek soos geslagte dit sedert Gutenberg geken het weens die oorgang na digitaliteit onder beleg kom. Die tydsbesteding aan ernstig lees as aktiwiteit verskraal en hierdie boek is 'n tydige herinnering aan die tydsaamheid en denke wat in 'n literatuur opgesluit is. Die boek verdien 'n staanplek in elke Afrikaanssprekende gesin se boekrak of leplek in hul e-boek-biblioteek. Dit is onontbeerlik vir die student en die akademikus. As jy wil weet hoe jou voorgeslagte hul hierwees verwoord het en hoe jou tydgenote jou eie situasie stem gee, is hierdie boek jou toevlug. Perspektief en profiel Deel 3 bevat drie perspektiewe, asook outeursprofiele alfabeties gerangskik van S tot Z.

Perspektief en profiel: Deel 2 - 'n Afrikaanse literatuurgeskiedenis (Afrikaans, Paperback): H.P. van Coller Perspektief en profiel: Deel 2 - 'n Afrikaanse literatuurgeskiedenis (Afrikaans, Paperback)
H.P. van Coller
R635 R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Save R88 (14%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Die Afrikaanse literatuur het 'n aangrypende lewe in Afrika oopgeskryf. Hierdie lewe kry sy beslag in 'n boeiende takelwerk verse, in 'n kennis van die aand en deur die oe van 'n siener in die suburbs. Kannas kom huis toe en Poppies loop die lange swerfjare deur. Nie slegs die belletrie (die arbeid van skeppende skrywers) is indrukwekkend nie, maar ook die getuienis van kundige lesers - die leesaktiwiteite van akademici wat sin moet maak van skeppende arbeid, wat die patrone moet ople en die teoretiese lense instel op die gedig, die toneelstuk, die essay, die drama of roman. Akademies gesproke is Perspektief en profiel 'n onontbeerlike handleiding. Dit is tans die belangrikste beskouing van ons skryfwerk in Afrikaans en die begeleidende literere gesprek. Dit bied insig in die oeuvres van die belangrikste skrywers (die "profiel" in die boektitel), maar is ook 'n bestekopname van verskuiwende teoretiese gesigspunte en aksente en 'n kartering van die gebied, vandaar die "perspektief". Dit toon by implikasie oortuigend aan hoedat die Afrikaanse letterkunde aansluit in suid-suid-verband met ander literature van die halfrond, en ondersoek die historiese en tydgenootlike noord-suid-bande en -spanninge. Ook verken dit die skryftegnieke en die produksie en resepsie van die Afrikaanse teks in Afrika. Dis 'n boek wat sensitief is vir die polities-kulturele omgewing wat steeds omvorm word deur die momentum geskep deur die koms van demokrasie in 1994. Eerder as om 'n literatuurgeskiedenis te probeer wees wat die finale woord wil spreek en ondubbelsinnig kanoniseer, word die literatuur hier as strydperk aangebied. Hierdie veelstemmige gesprek matig sigself as literatuurgeskiedenis nie objektiwiteit aan nie, maar huldig verskeidenheid en teenspraak. Perspektief en profiel toon aan dat die Afrikaanse letterkunde diep geent is in die kontinent Afrika. Dit boekstaaf die geestesprestasie van mense aan die suidpunt van 'n uitdagende kontinent. Dit is mense wat rekenskap gee van hul ontheemding en twyfel, maar ook van inburgering en liefde vir die land, van verwantskap met landgenote wat ander geskiedenisse en huistale het. Dis 'n literatuur van hierwees en aanhanklikheid aan plant en dier, landskap en leemte. Perspektief en profiel verskyn tydens die groot wending. Dis 'n tyd waarin die Boek soos geslagte dit sedert Gutenberg geken het weens die oorgang na digitaliteit onder beleg kom. Die tydsbesteding aan ernstig lees as aktiwiteit verskraal en hierdie boek is 'n tydige herinnering aan die tydsaamheid en denke wat in 'n literatuur opgesluit is. Die boek verdien 'n staanplek in elke Afrikaanssprekende gesin se boekrak of leplek in hul e-boek-biblioteek. Dit is onontbeerlik vir die student en die akademikus. As jy wil weet hoe jou voorgeslagte hul hierwees verwoord het en hoe jou tydgenote jou eie situasie stem gee, is hierdie boek jou toevlug. Deel 2 - Verkorte inhoud: 'n Oorsig van die Afrikaanse drama en teater van 1990 tot 2010 'n Perspektief op die Afrikaanse drama van 1906 tot 1966 Die vroueskrywer in die Afrikaanse letterkunde 'n Perspektief op die Afrikaanse literere tydskrifte 'n Perspektief op kinder- en jeugliteratuur

Promissory Notes - On the Literary Conditions of Debt (Paperback): Robin Truth Goodman Promissory Notes - On the Literary Conditions of Debt (Paperback)
Robin Truth Goodman
R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sexuality in the Field of Vision (Paperback): Jacqueline Rose Sexuality in the Field of Vision (Paperback)
Jacqueline Rose
R291 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R62 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A pivotal work in the history of feminism and a groundbreaking intervention into film theory, Sexuality in the Field of Vision is a brilliantly original exploration of the interface between feminism, psychoanalysis, semiotics and film theory

Metahistory - The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Paperback, Fortieth Anniversary Edition): Hayden White Metahistory - The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Paperback, Fortieth Anniversary Edition)
Hayden White
R630 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R74 (12%) In stock

Since its initial publication in 1973, Hayden White's Metahistory has remained an essential book for understanding the nature of historical writing. In this classic work, White argues that a deep structural content lies beyond the surface level of historical texts. This latent poetic and linguistic content - which White dubs the "metahistorical element" - essentially serves as a paradigm for what an "appropriate" historical explanation should be. To support his thesis, White analyzes the complex writing styles of historians like Michelet, Ranke, Tocqueville, and Burckhardt, and philosophers of history such as Marx, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Croce. The first work in the history of historiography to concentrate on historical writing as writing, Metahistory sets out to deprive history of its status as a bedrock of factual truth, to redeem narrative as the substance of historicality, and to identify the extent to which any distinction between history and ideology on the basis of the presumed scientificity of the former is spurious. This fortieth-anniversary edition includes a new preface in which White explains his motivation for writing Metahistory and discusses how reactions to the book informed his later writing. In a new foreword, Michael S. Roth, a former student of White's and the current president of Wesleyan University, reflects on the significance of the book across a broad range of fields, including history, literary theory, and philosophy. This book will be of interest to anyone-in any discipline-who takes the past as a serious object of study.

Resisting Texts - Authority and Submission in Constructions of Meaning (Hardcover, New): Peter L. Shillingsburg Resisting Texts - Authority and Submission in Constructions of Meaning (Hardcover, New)
Peter L. Shillingsburg
R2,190 Discovery Miles 21 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"It is with no desire or hope to promote a correct or superior form of textuality, with no desire to correct a so-called interpretive or editorial textual abuse, nor any attempt to prevent anyone from doing anything imaginable with texts or books that I have undertaken this book. . . ." So writes Peter Shillingsburg in his introduction to this series of meditations on the possibilities of deriving "meaning" from the texts we read.
Shillingsburg argues that as humans we are and always will be interested in the past, in what was meant, in what was revealed inadvertently by a text--and that is all to the good. But we learn more and can compare notes better when we understand the principles that govern the ways we read. "Resisting Texts" approaches crucial questions about the practice of textual editing and literary criticism by posing questions in the form "If we take such and such to be the goal of our reading, then what will follow from that assumption?"
With humor and a lively imagination, Shillingsburg takes the reader on a fresh theoretical investigation of communication, understanding and misunderstanding, and textual satisfactions, drawing examples from Thackeray, Wordsworth, Melville, and others.
"Resisting Texts" will appeal to all who enjoy the varieties of critical approaches to the written word.
Peter L. Shillingsburg is Professor of English, University of North Texas.

The Postmodern Condition - A Report on Knowledge (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard The Postmodern Condition - A Report on Knowledge (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
R413 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R31 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many definitions of postmodernism focus on its nature as the aftermath of the modern industrial age when technology developed. This book extends that analysis to postmodernism by looking at the status of science, technology, and the arts, the significance of technocracy, and the way the flow of information is controlled in the Western world. -- .

Album - Unpublished Correspondence and Texts (Hardcover): Roland Barthes Album - Unpublished Correspondence and Texts (Hardcover)
Roland Barthes; Translated by Jody Gladding
R929 R714 Discovery Miles 7 140 Save R215 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Album provides an unparalleled look into Roland Barthes's life of letters. It presents a selection of correspondence, from his adolescence in the 1930s through the height of his career and up to the last years of his life, covering such topics as friendships, intellectual adventures, politics, and aesthetics. It offers an intimate look at Barthes's thought processes and the everyday reflection behind the composition of his works, as well as a rich archive of epistolary friendships, spanning half a century, among the leading intellectuals of the day. Barthes was one of the great observers of language and culture, and Album shows him in his element, immersed in heady French intellectual culture and the daily struggles to maintain a writing life. Barthes's correspondents include Maurice Blanchot, Michel Butor, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Claude Levi-Strauss, Georges Perec, Raymond Queneau, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marthe Robert, and Jean Starobinski, among others. The book also features documents, letters, and postcards reproduced in facsimile; unpublished material; and notes and transcripts from his seminars. The first English-language publication of Barthes's letters, Album is a comprehensive testimony to one of the most influential critics and philosophers of the twentieth century and the world of letters in which he lived and breathed.

The Field of Cultural Production - Essays on Art and Literature (Paperback): Pierre Bourdieu The Field of Cultural Production - Essays on Art and Literature (Paperback)
Pierre Bourdieu
R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Field of Cultural Production" brings together Bourdieu's most important writings on art, literature and aesthetics. Bourdieu develops a highly original approach to the study of literary and artistic works, addressing many of the key issues that have preoccupied literary, art and cultural criticism in the late twentieth century: aesthetic value and judgement, the social contexts of cultural practice, the role of intellectuals and artists, and the structures of literary and artistic authority.

Bourdieu elaborates a theory of the cultural field which situates artistic works within the social conditions of their production, circulation and consumption. He examines the individuals in institutions involved in making products: not only the writers and artists, but also the publishers, critics, dealers, galleries and academies. He analyses the structure of the cultural field itself, as well as its position within the broader social structures of power.

The essays gathered together in this volume examine a variety of substantive topics, including Flaubert's point of view, Manet's aesthetic revolution, the historical creation of the pure gaze, and the relationship between art and power. "The Field of Cultural Production" will be of interest to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines: sociology and social theory, literature, art and cultural studies.

Emperor's New Clothes, The - Literature, Literacy, and the Ideology of Style (Paperback): Kathryn Flannery Emperor's New Clothes, The - Literature, Literacy, and the Ideology of Style (Paperback)
Kathryn Flannery
R904 Discovery Miles 9 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since the Renaissance, what has been considered the \u201cbest\u201d style of writing has always been connected with the dominant cultural agenda of the time. In this book, Kathryn Flannery offers a demystifying perspective on theorists who have argued for an essential distinction between \u201ccontent\u201d and \u201cstyle,\u201d and focuses on the importance of understanding written prose style as a cultural asset. She addresses the development of prose criticism, the evolution of English teaching, the history of Francis Bacon and Richard Hooker's writing, and a modern discourse on stylistics.

The Uses of Literature (Hardcover): Italo Calvino The Uses of Literature (Hardcover)
Italo Calvino; Translated by Patrick Creagh
R819 R640 Discovery Miles 6 400 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In these widely praised essays, Calvino reflects on literature as process, the great narrative game in the course of which writer and reader are challenged to understand the world. Calvino himself made the selection of pieces to be included in this volume. Translated by Patrick Creagh. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Ons Klein En Silwerige Planeet - Afrikaanse, Nederlandse En Vlaamse Gedigte Oor Die Omgewing (Afrikaans, Dutch, English,... Ons Klein En Silwerige Planeet - Afrikaanse, Nederlandse En Vlaamse Gedigte Oor Die Omgewing (Afrikaans, Dutch, English, Paperback)
Johann Lodewyk Marais, A.D. Zuiderent
R310 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R35 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Die mens se kommer oor die omgewing is een van die dominante temas van die laaste dekades van die 20ste eeu. In die Weste (en in Europa) het omgewingsbewustheid wyd posgevat en selfs 'n modeverskynsel geword. Ofskoon daar in bree verband nog nie genoeg begrip vir die mens se bydrae tot die krisis en sy reaksie op die globale veranderinge is nie, geniet hierdie kwessies toenemend aandag in die kunste. Ook in die letterkunde kan die "groen gesprek" as 'n belangrike groeipunt beskou word.

Literary Theory - An Anthology (Paperback, 3rd Edition): Julie Rivkin, Michael Ryan Literary Theory - An Anthology (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
Julie Rivkin, Michael Ryan 1
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The new edition of this bestselling literary theory anthology has been thoroughly updated to include influential texts from innovative new areas, including disability studies, eco-criticism, and ethics. * Covers all the major schools and methods that make up the dynamic field of literary theory, from Formalism to Postcolonialism * Expanded to include work from Stuart Hall, Sara Ahmed, and Lauren Berlant. * Pedagogically enhanced with detailed editorial introductions and a comprehensive glossary of terms

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
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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. -- .

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