Latest Readings

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300216394

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 193

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“[A] collection of Clive James’s essays on a variety of literary topics . . . This is sanity, humor and acuity in the face of death” (The Wall Street Journal). In 2010, Clive James was diagnosed with terminal leukemia. Deciding that “if you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do,” James moved his library to his Cambridge house, where he would “live, read, and perhaps even write.” James is the award-winning author of dozens of works of literary criticism, poetry, and history, and this volume contains his reflections on what may well be his last reading list. A look at some of James’s old favorites as well as some of his recent discoveries, this book also offers a revealing look at the author himself, sharing his evocative musings on literature and family, and on living and dying. As thoughtful and erudite as the works of Alberto Manguel, and as moving and inspiring as Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture and Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club, this valediction to James’s lifelong engagement with the written word is a captivating valentine from one of the great literary minds of our time. “These essays and poems are death-haunted but radiant with the felt experience of what it means to be alive, even when mortally sick, especially when mortally sick.” —Financial Times “Latest Readings is a plain demonstration that Mr. James remains as learned and as funny as any critic on earth.” —The New York Times

New Readings on Women in Old English Literature

Author: Helen Damico,Olsen Alexandra Hennessey,Alexandra Hennessey Olsen

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253205476

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 313

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The publication of this volume of essays is a milestone in Old English studies. It is the first collection to examine this literature from a feminist perspective. Although the contributors represent a plurality of approaches and positions, they share a common objective: to reassess women as women, as they actually appear in the laws, in works written by women, and in canonical literature. The essays address, correct, and round out the nineteenth-century Anglo-Saxon critical tradition and begin fresh exploration of the women in Old English literature. The subjects discussed fall into the following broad categories: the historical record; sexuality and folklore; language and difference in characterization and the "deconstructed" stereotype. Contributors include Marijane Osborn; Christine E. Fell; F.T. Wainwright; Pauline Stafford; Frank M. Stenton; Mary P. Richard s and B. Jane Stanfield; Carol J. Clover; Edith Whitehurst Williams; Paul E. Szarmach; Audrey L. Meaney; Helen Damico; Patricia A. Belanoff; L. John Sklute; Paul Beekman Taylor; Alexandra Hennessey Olsen; Joyce Hill; Jane Chance; Alain Renoir; Dolores Warwick Frese; and Anita R. Riedinger.

New Readings in Shakespeare

Author: Charles Jasper Sisson

Publisher: CUP Archive



Page: 218

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New Readings in John

Author: Johannes Nissen,Sigfred Pedersen

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567084760

Category: Religion

Page: 274

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This collection offers new studies on classical and modern problems in relation to the Fourth Gospel. There are essays on John and the Synoptics, and on John and the Qumran Scrolls. Other essays present new literary approaches such as the question of the "implied reader", biblical imagery, and irony and sectarianism. Central theological issues are discussed, including the problem of anti-Judaism, the interpretation of the death of Jesus, the concept of mission, the relation between community and ethics, and the understanding of God in the Johannine writings.

New Readings in Latin American and Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies

Author: Alejandro Cortazar,Laura M. Martins

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443858048

Category: Social Science

Page: 201

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Presenting and interrogating an array of texts and discourses, this collection brings into focus a broad range of topics whose common denominator is the intersection between cultural productions and politics in different moments of the history of Latin America and Spain. From the struggles of class distinction, identity and community in 19th and 20th century and contemporary Latin America as explored in photography, literature and film, to how political and sexual transgressions from medieval times to the present are portrayed in Hispanic literature, and the ways that canonical and non-canonical texts in Spain have been defying hegemonic power relations in the 20th century and beyond. This volume provides fresh approaches from well-established scholars, as well as from a new generation of researchers whose works enlighten the reader about the rich facets of such intersections. This publication also offers a background to pursue further research in these areas and to serve the general public interested in Latin American and Spanish literary and cultural studies, and those seeking a greater understanding of social and economic change in both Latin America and Spain: specifically, issues of inclusion and citizenship; the constraints on state power in the neoliberal era; the strategies used by texts to create subjects that are not bound to conventional identity formations; and the challenges and possibilities of subverting the gaze of the institutional spectator.

New Readings of Yiddish Montreal - Traduire le Montréal yiddish

Author: Pierre Anctil,Norman Ravvin,Sherry Simon

Publisher: University of Ottawa Press

ISBN: 2760316637

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 136

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The texts collected in this volume unveil the practice and the methods of the translators and scholars who contributed to the reemergence of Yiddish in contemporary Canada. Each of the personalities discussed enlarged the historical position and interpreted various aspects of the Yiddish language in Montreal that until recently remained obscure or inaccessible. -- Les textes rassemblés dans ce volume tentent de lever le voile sur la démarche et les méthodes des traducteurs et chercheurs qui ont contribué à la réémergence du yiddish dans le Canada contemporain. Ces traducteurs et chercheurs ont élargi l’assise historique et interprété de nombreux aspects de la langue yiddish à Montréal, aspects qui jusque-là demeuraient obscurs et inaccessibles.

Latin American Readings for a Cultural Age

Author: E. Santi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137122455

Category: Social Science

Page: 277

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Gathered in one volume are seven of the best essays written in the last fifteen years or so by the eminent Latin Americanist Enrico Mario Santí. The essays cover a wide range of topics in Latin American poetry, narrative, film, and intellectual history and also explore Spanish Peninsular subject-matter: the Spanish Generation of 98's response to Spain's loss of Cuba in the Spanish-American War of 1898. The essays are introduced by a long text in which the author develops a bracing critique of some dominant trends in current critical practice, and spells out an alternative methodology.

Neulektüren – New Readings

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9042028750

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

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Annotation. Die Einsicht in die Polyvalenz poetischer Texte zahmt die noch jeder Form diskursiver Analyse von Kunstwerken eigene Tendenz, Sinn und Bedeutung festzuschreiben. Im Spannungsfeld zwischen der anarchischen Lust am Text (Roland Barthes) und der Wut des Verstehens (Jochen Horisch) behaupten sich die Lekturen, die als Verstehensangebote der Vieldeutigkeit literarischer Werke durch Analysen von Form und Inhalt zur Sichtbarkeit verhelfen wollen, ohne ihnen den Atem abzuschnuren. Ihr Ziel ist es nicht, das Ratsel (Adorno) literarischer Kunstwerke zu losen, sondern es als Ratsel in seinen vielfaltigen Bedeutungsdimensionen erfahrbar zu machen. Von hier aus versammelt der vorliegende Band neue Lekturen als Angebot zum Gesprach und Herausforderung, Texte als Mittel intensiver Blickoffnungen zu begreifen, was nichts anderes heit als: immer wieder aufs Neue zu lesen. Der Band enthalt Studien zu Medea-Bildern (Anna Chiarloni), Marie von Ebner-Eschenbachs Das Schadliche (Erika Tunner), der Figur des Juden in romantischen Marchen (Martha B. Helfer), der Reitergeschichte Hugo von Hofmannsthals (Heinz-Peter Preuer), der fruhen Romantikerinnenrezeption (Anke Gilleir), Franz Kafkas Das Urteil (Gerhard P. Knapp), Robert Walsers Tobold II (Jaak De Vos), Lion Feuchtwangers Moskau 1937 (Anne Hartmann), der Exilerfahrung im Werk Franz Werfels (Hans Wagener), Erich Frieds Nachdichtung von Dylan Thomas Under Milk Wood (Jorg Thunecke), der Raumkonzeption in Erzahltexten Volker Brauns (Hans-Christian Stillmark), Eli Amirs Roman Nuri (Heidy Margrit Muller), Christa Wolfs Sommerstuck (Roswitha Skare), Urs Widmers Der blaue Siphon (Henk Harbers), Christoph Marthalers Stunde Null (Christopher B. Balme), der Lyrik Heinz Czechowskis (Anthonya Visser), Erzahltexten von Judith Hermann und Susanne Fischer (Monika Shafi), Werner Fritschs Grabungen (Norbert Otto Eke) und zum Wissen um den Autor bei Neulekturen (Elrud Ibsch).

Old Stories, New Readings

Author: Miriam López-Rodríguez,Alfonso Ceballos Muñoz,Inmaculada Pineda-Hernández

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443875716

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Whether imaginary or based on real events, stories are at the core of any culture. Regardless of their length, their rhetoric strategies, or their style, humans tell stories to each other to express their innermost fears and needs, to establish a point within an argument, or to engage their listeners in a fabricated composition. Stories can also serve other purposes, such as being used for entertainment, for education or for the preservation of certain cultural traits. Storytelling is at the heart of human interaction, and, as such, can foster a dialogic narrative between the person creating the story and their audience. In literature, this dialogue has been traditionally associated with narrative in general, and with the novel in particular. However, other genres also make use of storytelling, including drama. This volume explores the ways in which American theatre from all eras deals with this: how stories are told onstage, what kinds of stories are recorded in dramatic texts, and how previously neglected realities have gained attention through the American playwright’s telling, or retelling, of an event or action. The stories unfolded in American drama follow recent narratology theories, particularly in the sense that there is a greater preference for those so-called small stories over big stories. Despite the increase in the production of this type of texts and the growing interest in them in the field of narratology, small stories are literary episodes that have been granted less critical attention, particularly in the analysis of drama. As such, this volume fills a void in the study of the stories presented on the American stage.