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Recognition - An Anthology Of South African Short stories (Paperback): Recognition - An Anthology Of South African Short stories (Paperback)
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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
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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 De Kock Losing The Plot - Crime, Reality And Fiction In Postapartheid Writing (Paperback)
Leon De Kock
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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
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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.

Fierce Bad Rabbits - The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books (Hardcover): Clare Pollard Fierce Bad Rabbits - The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books (Hardcover)
Clare Pollard 1
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What is The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about? What has Meg and Mog got to do with Polish embroidery? Why is death in picture books so often represented by being eaten? We've read Green Eggs and Ham, laughed at Mr Tickle and whetted our appetites with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But what lies behind the picture books that make up our childhood? Fierce Bad Rabbits takes us on an eye-opening journey in a pea-green boat through the history of picture books. From Edward Lear through to Beatrix Potter and contemporary picture books like Stick Man, Clare Pollard shines a light on some of our best-loved childhood stories, their histories and what they really mean. Because the best picture books are far more complex than they seem - and darker too. Monsters can gobble up children and go unnoticed, power is not always used wisely, and the wild things are closer than you think. Sparkling with wit, magic and nostalgia, Fierce Bad Rabbits weaves in tales from Clare's own childhood, and her re-readings as a parent, with fascinating facts and theories about the authors behind the books. Introducing you to new treasures while bringing your childhood favourites to vivid life, it will make you see even stories you've read a hundred times afresh.

Far Country (Hardcover): Franco Moretti Far Country (Hardcover)
Franco Moretti
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A dazzling account of the development of American cultural hegemony from one of the world's leading literary theorists. Franco Moretti, acclaimed author of Graphs, Maps, Trees and Distant Reading, distils a lifetime of teaching and research to present `the university, in the form of an essay'. Ranging from poetry and the novel to theatre and the visual arts, Far Country juxtaposes canonical figures in American art and letters with European counterparts-Whitman and Baudelaire, Hemingway and Joyce, Miller and Brecht, Hopper and Vermeer-charting ruptures in the medium of form that have transformed the cultural landscape on either side of the Atlantic over the past century or more, as the `how', `why' and `what for' of literature react to the discord of social life.

Promissory Notes - On the Literary Conditions of Debt (Paperback): Robin Truth Goodman Promissory Notes - On the Literary Conditions of Debt (Paperback)
Robin Truth Goodman
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Koffer in Berlyn - Essays Oor Kabaret (Afrikaans, Paperback): Hennie Aucamp Koffer in Berlyn - Essays Oor Kabaret (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Hennie Aucamp
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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 Ė 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.

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
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Die Afrikaanse literatuur het ín aangrypende lewe in Afrika oopgeskryf. Hierdie lewe kry sy beslag in ín boeiende takelwerk verse, in ín kennis van die aand en deur die oŽ van ín 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 Ė die leesaktiwiteite van akademici wat sin moet maak van skeppende arbeid, wat die patrone moet oplÍ en die teoretiese lense instel op die gedig, die toneelstuk, die essay, die drama of roman.

Akademies gesproke is Perspektief en profiel ín onontbeerlike handleiding. Dit is tans die belangrikste beskouing van ons skryfwerk in Afrikaans en die begeleidende literÍre gesprek. Dit bied insig in die oeuvres van die belangrikste skrywers (die ďprofielĒ in die boektitel), maar is ook ín bestekopname van verskuiwende teoretiese gesigspunte en aksente en ín kartering van die gebied, vandaar die ďperspektiefĒ.

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 ín 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 ín 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 geŽnt is in die kontinent Afrika. Dit boekstaaf die geestesprestasie van mense aan die suidpunt van ín 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 ín literatuur van hierwees en aanhanklikheid aan plant en dier, landskap en leemte.

Perspektief en profiel verskyn tydens die groot wending. Dis ín 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 ín tydige herinnering aan die tydsaamheid en denke wat in ín literatuur opgesluit is.

Die boek verdien ín staanplek in elke Afrikaanssprekende gesin se boekrak of lÍplek 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 Ė Verkorte inhoud:

ín Oorsig van die Afrikaanse drama en teater van 1990 tot 2010

ín Perspektief op die Afrikaanse drama van 1906 tot 1966

Die vroueskrywer in die Afrikaanse letterkunde

ín Perspektief op die Afrikaanse literÍre tydskrifte

ín Perspektief op kinder- en jeugliteratuur

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
R595 R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Save R49 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 10 working days

Die Afrikaanse literatuur het ín aangrypende lewe in Afrika oopgeskryf. Hierdie lewe kry sy beslag in ín boeiende takelwerk verse, in ín kennis van die aand en deur die oŽ van ín 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 Ė die leesaktiwiteite van akademici wat sin moet maak van skeppende arbeid, wat die patrone moet oplÍ en die teoretiese lense instel op die gedig, die toneelstuk, die essay, die drama of roman.

Akademies gesproke is Perspektief en profiel ín onontbeerlike handleiding. Dit is tans die belangrikste beskouing van ons skryfwerk in Afrikaans en die begeleidende literÍre gesprek. Dit bied insig in die oeuvres van die belangrikste skrywers (die ďprofielĒ in die boektitel), maar is ook ín bestekopname van verskuiwende teoretiese gesigspunte en aksente en ín kartering van die gebied, vandaar die ďperspektief Ē. 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 ín 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 ín 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 geŽnt is in die kontinent Afrika. Dit boekstaaf die geestesprestasie van mense aan die suidpunt van ín 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 ín literatuur van hierwees en aanhanklikheid aan plant en dier, landskap en leemte.

Perspektief en profiel verskyn tydens die groot wending. Dis ín 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 ín tydige herinnering aan die tydsaamheid en denke wat in ín literatuur opgesluit is.

Die boek verdien ín staanplek in elke Afrikaanssprekende gesin se boekrak of lÍplek 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.

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
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This book explores the implications of revisiting the history of the Arabic novel using a gender-sensitive lens from the late nineteenth century until the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Writers - Their Lives and Works (Hardcover): Dk Writers - Their Lives and Works (Hardcover)
Dk; Foreword by James Naughtie 1
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From Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison, delve into more than 100 biographies of the world's greatest writers. Introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured novelist, playwright, or poet, biographical entries trace the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each individual and influenced their work, revealing insights into the larger-than-life characters, plots, and evocative settings that they created. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and paintings of writers' homes, studies, and personal artefacts - along with pages from original manuscripts, first editions, and their correspondence - this book introduces the key ideas, themes, and literary techniques of each writer, revealing the imaginations and personalities behind some of the world's greatest novels, short stories, poems, and plays. With a foreword introduction by James Naughtie, and covering an eclectic range of authors from the Middle Ages to the present day, Writers provides a compelling glimpse of the lives and loves of each great writer.

The Sinthome - The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XXIII (Paperback): Jacques Lacan The Sinthome - The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XXIII (Paperback)
Jacques Lacan
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'Ten times, an elderly grey-haired man gets up on the stage. Ten times puffing and sighing. Ten times slowly tracing out strange multi-coloured arabesques that interweave, curling with the meanders of his speech, by turns fluid and uneasy. A whole crowd looks on, transfixed by this enigma-made-man, absorbing the ipse dixit and anticipating some illumination that is taking its time to appear. Non lucet. It's shady in here, and the Th odores go hunting for their matches. Still, they say, cuicumque in sua arte perito credendum est, whosoever is expert in his art is to be lent credence. At what point is a person mad? The master himself poses the question. That was back in the day. Those were the mysteries of Paris forty years hence. A Dante clasping Virgil's hand to be led through the circles of the Inferno, Lacan took the hand of James Joyce, the unreadable Irishman, and, in the wake of this slender Commander of the Faithless, made with heavy and faltering step onto the incandescent zone where symptomatic women and ravaging men burn and writhe. An equivocal troupe was in the struggling audience: his son-in-law; a dishevelled writer, young and just as unreadable back then; two dialoguing mathematicians; and a professor from Lyon vouching for the seriousness of the whole affair. A discreet Pasipha was being put to work backstage. Smirk then, my good fellows! Be my guest. Make fun of it all! That's what our comic illusion is for. That way, you shall know nothing of what is happening right before your very eyes: the most carefully considered, the most lucid, and the most intrepid calling into question of the art that Freud invented, better known under its pseudonym: psychoanalysis'. Jacques-Alain Miller

Magnet (Paperback): Eva Barbarossa Magnet (Paperback)
Eva Barbarossa
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. We take it for granted yet the magnet is fundamental to our existence-as important as gravity-and to our survival on this planet and in this universe. It is fundamental to the way we think, how we get home, and how we talk about fascination and love. The magnet has been in existence for more than 13 billion years, born just after the big bang. Magnets were used by ancient cultures for architecture, alignment and art. They are in MRIs, maglev trains, tape recorders, and other technologies. From the physical to the metaphorical, our language is littered with magnetic allusions: magnetic personalities, animal magnetism, Mesmerism. Since humans began to write about it two thousand years ago, the magnet has inspired tales of myth, magic, exploration, science, and art. Eva Barbarossa weaves together these stories of ancient and modern wonders, of discovery and creation, of madness and desire, of beauty and awe, taking us from the spectacle of the aurora borealis to the disastrous searches for magnetic north. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.

Email (Paperback): Randy Malamud Email (Paperback)
Randy Malamud
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Do you feel your consciousness, your attention, and your intelligence (not to mention your eyesight) being sucked away, byte by byte, in a deadening tsunami of ill-composed blather, corporate groupthink, commercial come-ons, and other meaningless internet flotsam? Do your work life and your social life, hideously conjoined in your inbox, drag each other down in a surreal cycle of neverending reposts, appointments, and deadlines? Sometime in the mid-1990s, we began, often with some trepidation, to enroll for a service that promised to connect us-electronically and efficiently-to our friends and lovers, our bosses and merchants. If it seemed at first like simply a change in scale (our mail would be faster, cheaper, more easily distributed to large groups), we now realize that email entails a more fundamental alteration in our communicative consciousness. Despite its fading relevance in the lives of the younger generation in the face of an ever-changing array of apps and media, email is probably here to stay, for better or worse. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

How to Read and Why (Paperback, New Ed): Harold Bloom How to Read and Why (Paperback, New Ed)
Harold Bloom
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Harold Bloom, one of the great literary critics and champion of written culture, asserts that we read in order to better understand and fortify our sense of our own individuality. In this essential book he offers a reading list of works, some famous, some less well-known, that allows readers to fully explore dimensions of themselves. Practical, inspirational and learned, How to Read and Why reveals that the close reading and re-reading of great literature can sustain, enrich and strengthen every aspect of our own lives.

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
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"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.

Public and Private - Gender, Class and the British Novel (Paperback, Minnesota Archi): Patricia McKee Public and Private - Gender, Class and the British Novel (Paperback, Minnesota Archi)
Patricia McKee
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"Public and Private "was first published in 1997. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

This groundbreaking work examines the emergent and fluctuating relationship between the public and private social spheres of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. By assessing novels such as Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and Jane Austen's "Emma" through the lens of the social theories of Jurgen Habermas and Michel Foucault, Patricia McKee presents a fresh and highly original contribution to literary studies.

McKee explores the themes of production and consumption as they relate to gender and class throughout the works of many of the most influential novels of the age including Tobias Smollett's "Humphry Clinker," Horace Walpole's "The Castle of Otranto," "Emma," "Frankenstein," Anthony Trollope's "Barchester Towers," Charles Dickens's "Little Dorrit" and "The Old Curiosity Shop," Mrs. Henry Wood's "East Lynne," and Thomas Hardy's "The Return of the Native."

McKee analyzes portrayals of a society in which abstract idealism belonged to knowledgeable, productive men and the realm of ignorance was left to emotional, consuming women and the uneducated. She traces the various ways British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries worked to reform this social experience. Topics include Dickens's attack on the bureaucratic use of knowledge to maintain the status quo; the function of antiprogressive depictions of knowledge in Trollope, Shelley, and Hardy; and Austen's characterization of the protagonist Emma as an exception in a society that denied women's productive use of knowledge.

Offering a sharp challenge to theorists who have charted a linear division of public and private experience, McKee highlights the unexpected configurations of the emergence of the public and private spheres and the effect of knowledge distribution across class and gender lines.

Patricia McKee is professor of English at Dartmouth College. She is the author of "Heroic Commitment in Richardson, Eliot, and James" (1986).

Notes on Nowhere - Feminist Utopian Logic and Social Transformation (Paperback): Jennifer Burwell Notes on Nowhere - Feminist Utopian Logic and Social Transformation (Paperback)
Jennifer Burwell
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"Notes on Nowhere "was first published in 1997. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

The term utopia implies both "good place" and "nowhere." Since Sir Thomas More wrote Utopia in 1516, debates about utopian models of society have sought to understand the implications of these somewhat contradictory definitions. In Notes on Nowhere, author Jennifer Burwell uses a cross section of contemporary feminist science fiction to examine the political and literary meaning of utopian writing and utopian thought.

Burwell provides close readings of the science fiction novels of five feminist writers-Marge Piercy, Sally Gearhart, Joanna Russ, Octavia Butler, and Monique Wittig-and poses questions central to utopian writing: Do these texts promote a tradition in which narratives of the ideal society have been used to hide rather than reveal violence, oppression, and social divisions? Can a feminist critical utopia offer a departure from this tradition by using utopian narratives to expose contradiction and struggle as central aspects of the utopian impulse? What implications do these questions have for those who wish to retain the utopian impulse for emancipatory political uses?

As one way of answering these questions, Burwell compares two "figures" that inform utopian writing and social theory. The first is the traditional abstract "revolutionary" subject who contradicts existing conditions and who points us to the ideal body politic. The second, "resistant," subject is partial, concrete, and produced by conditions rather than operating outside of them. In analyzing contemporary changes in the subject's relationship to social space, Burwell draws from and revises "standpoint approaches" that tie visions of social transformation to a group's position within existing conditions.

By exploring the dilemmas, antagonisms, and resolutions within the critical literary feminist utopia, Burwell creates connections to a similar set of problems and resolutions characterizing "nonliterary" discourses of social transformation such as feminism, gay and lesbian studies, and Marxism. Notes on Nowhere makes an original, significant, and persuasive contribution to our understanding of the political and literary dimensions of the utopian impulse in literature and social theory.

Jennifer Burwell teaches in the Department of English at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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
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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.
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* 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)

Passionate Fictions - Gender, Narrative and Violence in Clarice Lispector (Paperback): Marta Peixeto Passionate Fictions - Gender, Narrative and Violence in Clarice Lispector (Paperback)
Marta Peixeto
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"Passionate Fictions "was first published in 1994. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

"Clarice Lispector is the premiere Latin American woman prose writer of this century," Suzanne Ruta noted in the "New York Times Book Review," "but because she is a woman and a Brazilian, she has remained virtually unknown in the United States." "Passionate Fictions " provides American readers with a critical introduction to this remarkable writer and offers those who already know Lispector's fiction a deeper understanding of its complex workings.

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
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"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.

The Uses of Literature (Hardcover): Italo Calvino The Uses of Literature (Hardcover)
Italo Calvino; Translated by Patrick Creagh
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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

The New Jim Crow - Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Paperback): Ryan Moore The New Jim Crow - Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Paperback)
Ryan Moore
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Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is an unflinching dissection of the racial biases built into the American prison system. Named after the laws that enforced racial segregation in the southern United States until the mid-1960s, The New Jim Crow argues that while America is now legally a colorblind society – treating all races equally under the law – many factors combine to build profound racial weighting into the legal system.

The US now has the world’s highest rate of incarceration, and a disproportionate percentage of the prison population is comprised of African-American men. Alexander’s argument is that different legal factors have combined to mean both that African-Americans are more likely to be targeted by police, and to receive long jail sentences for their crimes. While many of Alexander’s arguments and statistics are to be found in other books and authors’ work, The New Jim Crow is a masterful example of the reasoning skills that communicate arguments persuasively. Alexander’s skills are those fundamental to critical thinking reasoning: organizing evidence, examining other sides of the question, and synthesizing points to create an overall argument that is as watertight as it is persuasive.

In Writing (Paperback): Adam Phillips In Writing (Paperback)
Adam Phillips 1
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Acclaimed author of On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored andOn Kindness A collection of literary essays like no other - exploring the deep connections between literature and psychoanalysis - from Britain's leading psychoanalyst For Adam Phillips - as for Freud and many of his followers - poetry and poets have always held an essential place, as both precursors and unofficial collaborators in the psychoanalytic project. But the same has never held true in reverse. What, Phillips wonders, at the start of this deeply engaging book, has psychoanalysis meant for writers? And what can writing do for psychoanalysis? Phillips explores these questions through an exhilarating series of encounters with - and vivid readings of - writers he has loved, from Byron and Barthes to Shakespeare and Sebald. And in the process he demonstrates, through his own unique style, how literature and psychoanalysis can speak to and of each other. 'Adam Phillips is that rarest of phenomena, a trained clinician who is also a sublime writer' - John Banville, author of The Sea 'Reading Phillips, you may be amused, vexed, dazzled. But the one thing you will never be is bored' Observer 'One of those writers whom it is a pleasure simply to hear think' Sunday Telegraph

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