Category: Literary Studies

The Medieval Manuscript Book: Cultural Approaches (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature)

By Michael Van Dussen

Conventional scholarship on manuscripts has tended to target concerns touching on their creation and has proven relatively no interest in the cultural contexts of the manuscript booklet. The Medieval Manuscript booklet redresses this by way of targeting elements of the medieval publication in its cultural occasions. Written via specialists within the learn of the hand-crafted ebook earlier than print, this quantity combines bibliographical services with broader insights into the idea and praxis of manuscript examine in parts from bibliography to social context, linguistics to situation, and archaeology to conservation. the focal point of the contributions levels generally, from authorship to miscellaneity, and from vernacularity to electronic facsimiles of manuscripts. Taken as a complete, those essays make the case that to appreciate the manuscript booklet it has to be analyzed in all its cultural complexity, from construction to transmission to its persisted version.

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The Poetry of Raymond Carver: Against the Current

By Sandra Lee Kleppe

Most sensible often called one of many nice brief tale writers of the 20th century, Raymond Carver additionally released a number of volumes of poetry and thought of himself as a lot a poet as a fiction author. Sandra Lee Kleppe combines comparative research with an in-depth exam of Carver’s poems, creating a case for the standard of Carver’s poetic output and exhibiting the significant function Carver’s pursuit of poetry performed in his profession as a author. Carver built his personal natural literary method of 'autopoetics,' an idea attached to a paradigm shift in our knowing of the inter-relatedness of organic and cultural platforms. this concept is visible as informing Carver’s complete creation, and a distinguishing characteristic of Kleppe’s e-book is its contextualization of Carver’s poetry in the advanced literary and clinical platforms that prompted his improvement as a author. Kleppe addresses the typical issues and intertextual hyperlinks among Carver’s poetry and brief tale careers, situates Carver’s poetry in the love poem culture, explores the connections among neurology and poetic thoughts, and examines Carver’s use of the elegy style in the context of his terminal disorder. Tellingly, Carver’s poetry, which has aroused mild curiosity between literary students, is often taught to scientific scholars. This testimony to the interdisciplinary implications of Carver’s paintings indicates the appropriateness of Kleppe’s culminating dialogue of Carver’s paintings as a bridge among the fields of literature and drugs.

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Suicide and Contemporary Science Fiction

Suicide and modern technological know-how Fiction examines the fascination with suicidal crises obvious in a variety of technological know-how fiction. Carlos Gutiérrez-Jones argues that the topic of artistic self-destruction is invoked through H. G. Wells as a way of negotiating Victorian anxieties relating to evolutionary concept, through Stanislaw Lem as he wrestles with the possibility of nuclear self-destruction on the sunrise of the distance age, by means of William Gibson as he considers the advance of man-made intelligence, by way of Christopher Nolan as he explores the cybernetic colonization of the subconscious, by way of Rian Johnson as he hyperlinks features of video gaming to the neoliberal militarization of associations, and through Margaret Atwood as she considers approaching ecological catastrophe and the increase of bioterrorism. those authors usually depict such medical and technological alterations in a way that calls for the significant characters to rework themselves in hopes of final proper in a greatly altered atmosphere.

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Carnival and Literature in Early Modern England

By Jennifer C. Vaught

'Carnival and Literature in Early sleek England' explores the elite and well known festive fabrics appropriated through authors through the English Renaissance in a variety of dramatic and non-dramatic texts. even if historic documents of rural, city, and courtly seasonal customs in early sleek England exist simply in fragmentary shape, Jennifer Vaught lines the sustained impression of fairs and rituals at the performs and poetry of 16th- and seventeenth-century English writers. She makes a speciality of the various ways that Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe, Dekker, Jonson, Milton and Herrick integrated the carnivalesque of their works. extra, she demonstrates how those early glossy texts have been used - and misused - through later writers, performers, and inventors of spectacles, particularly Mardi Gras krewes organizing parades within the American Deep South. The works featured right here frequently spotlight violent conflicts among contributors of other ranks, ethnicities, and religions, which the writer argues mirror the social realities of the time. those Renaissance writers replied to republican, egalitarian notions of liberty for the population with radical help, ambivalence, or conservative competition. eventually, the important, folkloric measurement of those performs and poems demanding situations the concept that canonical works by means of Shakespeare and his contemporaries belong simply to 'high' and never to 'low' tradition.

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Reading of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura

By Lee Fratantuono

Lucretius’ philosophical epic De Rerum Natura (On the character of items) is a long didactic and narrative get together of the universe and, particularly, the area of nature and production during which humanity reveals its domicile.

This earliest surviving complete scale epic poem from historical Rome used to be of monstrous impression and value to the advance of the Latin epic culture, and keeps to problem and hang-out its readers to the current day. A analyzing of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura bargains a accomplished statement in this nice paintings of Roman poetry and philosophy. Lee Fratantuono unearths Lucretius to be a poet with deep and abiding curiosity within the nature of the Roman identification because the young ones of either Venus (through Aeneas) and Mars (through Romulus); the results (both confident and adverse) of descent from the immortal powers of affection and struggle are explored in shiny epic narrative, because the poet progresses from his invocation to the mummy of the kids of Aeneas via to the burning funeral pyres of the plague at Athens.

Lucretius’ epic bargains the potential of serenity and peaceable mirrored image at the mysteries of the character of the realm, whilst it shatters any desire of immortality via its bleak imaginative and prescient of publish mortem oblivion. And within the means of defining what it potential either to be human and Roman, Lucretius deals a scary imaginative and prescient of the perils of over the top devotion either to the gods and our fellow males, a remark at the nature of pietas that might function a caution for Virgil in his later depiction of the Trojan Aeneas.

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Tentative Futures: Ethics and Sexuality in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

By Amy Hope Jamgochian

This dissertation takes the ubiquity of 19th century narratives approximately younger girls’
development as a tremendous signal, no longer of Victorian gender conformity or sexual unfreedom, yet quite of the presence of a different strength during this determine in flux. emblematic narratives of girl improvement that hinge on plots approximately marriage and inheritance, this dissertation reveals there articulated 3 units of percentages for queer futurity, certainly one of which each and every bankruptcy lays out. “Queer futurity,” a time period a lot bandied approximately in queer theoretical circles lately, is, in keeping with a few, very unlikely. This dissertation unearths in novels through Jane Austen, George Eliot, and Henry James makes an attempt at articulations of queer futurity, enabled via the determine of the woman, even amidst the seas of heteronormative trajectories within which characters in those novels are adrift. What at the floor turns out so vehemently straight—for instance a lady who reaches maturity via marriage, a line of inheritance that needs to continue—is truly something yet: in the middle of probably the most very important tropes of what Edelman calls “reproductive futurity”—Judith Halberstam’s
“family, inheritance, and baby rearing”—what emerge are queer kinship, complicated and refracted traces of hope. whereas others have additionally came upon large parts of attainable futures clear of normative sexual buildings, the tendency has uniformly been to imagine that such chances are unequivocally ethically optimistic, which this dissertation, in addition to the novels on which I concentration, name into query.
The introductory bankruptcy situates the matter of ethics and sexuality by way of surveying the
queer theoretical panorama that invests in “the future” such robust moral undercurrents. If for therefore many this present day the query of entry to futurity defines the guts of attainable switch, for both many 19th century novelists, apparently it used to be the determine of the lady that provided the main cogent probability for moral distinction. starting with a detailed analyzing of Henry James’s tale, “Maud-Evelyn,” this bankruptcy asks how gender, as imagined and represented through 3 of the 19th century’s novel-writing luminaries, may perhaps determine into the present debate, in addition to how the 19th century thinkers adumbrated the various moral difficulties of sexual radicalism, besides the guarantees, even inside of plots so adamantly all for marriage. The creation additionally situates the dissertation’s dating to queer conception, narrative, and the concept of turning into, from Nietzsche to psychoanalytic idea and past.

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Note Book

"The starvation for a sense of connection that informs so much every thing i have written flows from a standard holiday in a standard center, one I percentage with every body i have ever relatively known."--Note Book

Every unmarried morning due to the fact early 2007, Princeton English professor Jeff Nunokawa has published a quick essay within the Notes part of his fb web page. frequently quite a few sentences yet by no means quite a lot of paragraphs, those compelling literary and private meditations have raised the fb put up to an paintings shape, received hundreds of thousands of unswerving readers, and been featured within the New Yorker. In Note Book, Nunokawa has chosen a few 250 of the main strong and noteworthy of those essays, many followed by way of the snapshots initially published along them. the result's a brand new form of literary paintings for the age of electronic and social media, person who reimagines the essay's efforts, not less than on the grounds that Montaigne, to appreciate our universal by way of attempting to comprehend ourselves.

Ranging broadly, the essays frequently commence with a citation from one among Nunokawa's favourite writers--George Eliot, Henry James, Gerard Manley Hopkins, W. H. Auden, Robert Frost, or James Merrill, to call a number of. At different occasions, Nunokawa is simply as more likely to be discussing Joni Mitchell or Spanish football striker Fernando Torres.

Confessional and relocating, enlightening and wonderful, Note Book is finally a profound mirrored image on loss and loneliness--and at the compensations that may be came across via writing, literature, and connecting to others via social media.

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The rhetoric of victim and perpetrator: Austrian literature and film, 1986-1995

By Fatima Felicitas Naqvi-Peters

After Kurt Waldheim's election as president in 1986, Austria's "founding" fantasy grew to become the item of a lot feedback. whereas victimhood had previously served as an explanatory paradigm for the nation's historic improvement, complicity with Nazism unexpectedly seemed to be a extra persuasive version. Austrian paintings from the eighties and nineties bargains a extra nuanced viewpoint in this dramatic shift. rather than an inexorable chasm, a curious oscillation among viewing oneself as fascism's sufferer and its wrongdoer turns into obvious. In exposing the "victim-and-perpetrator" rhetoric with all its capability difficulties, the works lower than dialogue have created what might develop into the second one Republic's lasting cultural legacy.

The dissertation starts off with Thomas Bernhard's scandal-provoking Heldenplatz (1988). The play makes use of a court version: the Austrian viewers stands accused of fascist leanings through Jewish characters who themselves reveal authoritarian features. Wolfgang Murnberger's movie, Himmel oder Hölle (1990), examines the conflicting calls for of country and Heimat (one's neighborhood or neighborhood background), in addition to the transmission of an ethos of victimhood to later post-war generations. Robert Menasse's Selige Zeiten, brüchige Welt (1992) maintains this engagement with the native land via returning us to Austria's fin-de-siècle. the radical demonstrates how Freud's sufferer narratives, omnipresent in nationwide psycho-histories, determine within the gendering of Austria as a malevolent magna mater. Michael Haneke's movie, Benny's Video (1992), increases the difficulty of cultural imperialism and its violent side-effects in a society that represses the earlier. ultimately, Christoph Ransmayr's 1995 novel, Morbus Kitahara , drawing at the Vienna memorial debates, pessimistically assesses the act of commemoration and means that empathy with fascism's sufferers might be taken too a ways.

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Studying English Literature: A Practical Guide

By Tory Young

Learning English Literature is a distinct consultant for undergraduates starting to examine the self-discipline of literature and people who are taking into consideration doing so. not like books that offer a survey of literary heritage or non-subject particular manuals that supply inflexible directions on how you can write essays, learning English Literature invitations scholars to interact with the subject's background and concept when whilst delivering information regarding analyzing, learning and writing approximately literature in the context of a school. The booklet is functional but no longer patronizing: for instance, while the dialogue of plagiarism presents transparent instructions on how to not dedicate this offence, it additionally considers the problems scholars adventure discovering their very own 'voice' whilst writing and provokes mirrored image at the worth of originality and the suggestions of edition, appropriation and intertextuality in literature. in particular, the e-book prizes the belief of argument instead of insisting upon formulaic essay plans, and provides some ways of discovering whatever to claim as you learn and if you happen to write, in chapters on interpreting, Argument, Essays, Sentences and References.

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