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Mo Yan in Context

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Book Series: Comparative Cultural Studies ISBN: 9781557536815 9781557539670 Year: DOI: 10.26530/oapen_626983 Language: English
Publisher: Purdue University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100703
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This is the first English-language study of the Chinese writer’s work and influence, featuring essays from scholars in a range of disciplines, from both China and the United States. Its introduction, twelve articles, and epilogue aim to deepen and widen critical discussions of both a specific literary author and the globalization of Chinese literature more generally. The book takes the “root-seeking” movement with which Mo Yan’s works are associated as a metaphor for its organizational structure. The four articles of “Part I: Leaves” focus on Mo Yan’s works as world literature, exploring the long shadow his works have cast globally.

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Bluestocking Feminism and British-German Cultural Transfer, 1750-1837

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ISBN: 9780472119387 9780472120475 Year: DOI: 10.3998/mpub.6536705 Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100881
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Bluestocking Feminism and British-German Cultural Transfer, 1750–1837 examines the processes of cultural transfer between Britain and Germany during the Personal Union, the period from 1714 to 1837 when the kings of England were simultaneously Electors of Hanover. While scholars have generally focused on the political and diplomatic implications of the Personal Union, Alessa Johns offers a new perspective by tracing sociocultural repercussions and investigating how, in the period of the American and French Revolutions, Britain and Germany generated distinct discourses of liberty even though they were nonrevolutionary countries. British and German reformists—feminists in particular—used the period’s expanded pathways of cultural transfer to generate new discourses as well as to articulate new views of what personal freedom, national character, and international interaction might be.

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Creativity and Science in Contemporary Argentine Literature: Between Romanticism and Formalism

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Book Series: Latin American and Caribbean Studies ISSN: 14982366 ISBN: 9781552387702 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 304 Language: English
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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With a burgeoning academic interest in Latin American science fiction and cyberfiction and in representations of science and technology in Latin American literature and cinema, this book adds new understanding to the growing body of interdisciplinary work on the relationship between literature and science in postmodern culture.Joanna Page examines how contemporary fiction and literary theory in Argentina consistently employ theories and models from mathematics and science to probe the nature of innovation and evolution in literature. Theories of incompleteness, uncertainty, and chaos are often mobilized in European and North American literary and philosophical texts as metaphors for the inadequacy of our epistemological tools to probe the world's complexity. However, in recent Argentine fiction, these generalizations are put to very different uses: to map out the potential for artistic creativity and regeneration in times of crisis. Page focuses on texts by contemporary Argentine writers Ricardo Piglia, Guillermo Martínez and Marcelo Cohen, which draw on theories of formal systems, chaos, emergence, and complexity to counter proclamations of the end of philosophy or the exhaustion of literature in the postmodern era.This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how newness and creativity have been theorized, tracing often unexpected relationships between thinkers such as Nietzsche, Deleuze, and the Russian Formalists. It is also the first time that a major study in English has been published on the work of Martínez, Piglia, or Cohen.

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Literature --- Science

Involuntary Associations

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Book Series: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines ISBN: 9781781380253 9781781385982 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Liverpool University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100309
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The consequences of Englishes spread have become increasingly clear to its diverse speakers. Sometimes associated with a standardization leading to homogenization, often also with imperialism, English is increasingly understood to have no necessary connection with any country or group of countries. The willingness to accept that English has become Englishes might be less evident among so-called native speakers, but their authority is weaker than it seemed. This book puts examples from World Englishes into dialogue with postcolonial studies. The dialogue will correct misconceptions and misapprehensions in postcolonial studies, with World Englishes offering renewal for postcolonial studies. At the same time, the dialogue will also apply postcolonial studies' political and philosophical ideas to World Englishes, resulting in a postcolonial perspective on English today.

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Literature --- Postcolonial

Making and Unmaking in Early Modern English Drama - Spectators, Aesthetics and Incompletion

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ISBN: 9781847798916 Year: Pages: 240 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_469309 Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Exploring the significance of visual things that are 'under construction' in works by playwrights. Illustrated with examples, it opens up new interpretations of the place of aesthetic form in the early modern imagination. Why are early modern English dramatists preoccupied with unfinished processes of ‘making’ and ‘unmaking’? And what did ‘finished’ or ‘incomplete’ mean for spectators of plays and visual works in this period? Making and unmaking in early modern English drama is about the prevalence and significance of visual things that are ‘under construction’ in early modern plays. Contributing to challenges to the well-worn narrative of ‘iconophobic’ early modern English culture, it explores the drama as a part of a lively post-Reformation visual world. Interrogating the centrality of concepts of ‘fragmentation’ and ‘wholeness’ in critical approaches to this period, it opens up new interpretations of the place of aesthetic form in early modern culture. An interdisciplinary study, this book argues that the idea of ‘finish’ had transgressive associations in the early modern imagination. It centres on the depiction of incomplete visual practices in works by playwrights including Shakespeare, John Lyly, and Robert Greene. The first book of its kind to connect dramatists’ attitudes to the visual with questions of materiality, Making and Unmaking in Early Modern English Drama draws on a rich range of illustrated examples. Plays are discussed alongside contexts and themes, including iconoclasm, painting, sculpture, clothing and jewellery, automata, and invisibility. Asking what it meant for Shakespeare and his contemporaries to ‘begin’ or ‘end’ a literary or visual work, this book is invaluable for scholars and students of early modern English literature, drama, visual culture, material culture, theatre history, history and aesthetics. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

Literaturas compartidas

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Book Series: Colectivo crítico ISBN: 9789503411391 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 185 Language: Spanish
Publisher: Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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A diferencia de los años 60 y 70 cuando la literatura se conectaba con aquellos saberes legitimadores capaces de garantizar un método y una epistemología fiables, tal como ocurría con las díadas literatura y psicoanálisis, literatura y lingüística, u otras similares–lo que Carlos Altamirano denominó “ciencia piloto”-, la noción “literaturas compartidas” hace valer la conjunción y de un modo más radical y sin jerarquías. Pretendemos mostrar aquí cómo la experiencia de la literatura en la contemporaneidad, en un gesto democrático que juega con infinitas formas, es un compartir (convivir) los restos, las fronteras, las zonas liminares, las continuidades y discontinuidades con las distintas esferas de la cultura y con su propia tradición; pero también cómo esa experiencia es un volverse asimetría, sublevación contra lo idéntico, lenguaje todavía inaudible a la espera de una escucha que lo descifre y que lo ponga al día.

Changing the Victorian Subject

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ISBN: 9781922064745 Year: Pages: 292 DOI: 10.20851/victorian-subject Language: English
Publisher: University of Adelaide Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The essays in this collection examine how both colonial and British authors engage with Victorian subjects and subjectivities in their work. Some essays explore the emergence of a key trope within colonial texts: the negotiation of Victorian and settler-subject positions. Others argue for new readings of key metropolitan texts and their repositioning within literary history. These essays work to recognise the plurality of the rubric of the 'Victorian' and to expand how the category of Victorian studies can be understood.

Introduction to Paremiology. A Comprehensive Guide to Proverb Studies

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ISBN: 9783110410167 9783110456127 Year: Pages: 382 DOI: 10.2478/9783110410167 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Linguistics
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This handbook introduces key elements of the philological research area called paremiology (the study of proverbs). It presents the main subject area as well as the current status of paremiological research. The basic notions, among others, include defining proverbs, main proverb features, origin, collecting and categorization of proverbs. Each chapter is written by a leading scholar-specialist in their area of proverbial research. Since the book represents a measured balance between the popular and scientific approach, it is recommended to a wide readership including experienced and budding scholars, students of linguistics, as well as other professionals interested in the study of proverbs.

The Myths That Made America

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Book Series: American Culture Studies ISBN: 9783837614855 9783839414859 Year: DOI: 10.26530/oapen_627790 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100469
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This essential introduction to American studies examines the core foundational myths upon which the nation is based and which still determine discussions of US-American identities today. These myths include the myth of »discovery,« the Pocahontas myth, the myth of the Promised Land, the myth of the Founding Fathers, the melting pot myth, the myth of the West, and the myth of the self-made man. The chapters provide extended analyses of each of these myths, using examples from popular culture, literature, memorial culture, school books, and every-day life. Including visual material as well as study questions, this book will be of interest to any student of American studies and will foster an understanding of the United States of America as an imagined community by analyzing the foundational role of myths in the process of nation building.

Exploring Cultural Identities in Jean Rhys’ Writings

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ISBN: 9788376560687 9783110368123 Year: Pages: 140 DOI: 10.2478/9788376560687 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Using a theoretical approach and a critical summary, combining the perspectives in the postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis and narratology with the tools of hermeneutics and deconstruction, this book argues that Jean Rhys’ work can be subsumed under a poetics of cultural identity and hybridity. It also demonstrates the validity of the concept of hybridization as the expression of identity formation; the cultural boundaries variability; the opposition self-otherness, authenticity-fiction, trans-textuality; and the relevance of an integrated approach to multiple cultural identities as an encountering and negotiation space between writer, reader and work. The complexity of ontological and epistemological representation involves an interdisciplinary approach that blends a literary interpretive approach to social, anthropological, cultural and historical perspectives. The book concludes that in the author’s fictional universe, cultural identity is represented as a general human experience that transcends the specific conditionalities of geographical contexts, history and culture. The construction of identity by Jean Rhys is represented by the dichotomy of marginal identity and the identification with a human ideal designed either by the hegemonic discourse or metropolitan culture or by the dominant ideology. The identification with a pattern of cultural authenticity, of racial, ethnic, or national purism is presented as a purely destructive cultural projection, leading to the creation of a static universe in opposition to the diversity of human feelings and aspirations. Jean Rhys’s fictional discourse lies between “the anxiety of authorship” and “the anxiety of influence” and shows the postcolonial era of uprooting and migration in which the national ownership diluted the image of a “home” ambiguous located at the boundary between a myth of origins and a myth of becoming. The relationship between the individual and socio-cultural space is thus shaped in a dual hybrid position.

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