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Demonic History

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ISBN: 9780810129764 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Northwestern University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101389
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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In this ambitious book, Kirk Wetters traces the genealogy of the demonic in German literature from its imbrications in Goethe to its varying legacies in the work of essential authors, both canonical and less well known, such as Gundolf, Spengler, Benjamin, Lukács, and Doderer. Wetters focuses especially on the philological and metaphorological resonances of the demonic from its core formations through its appropriations in the tumultuous twentieth century. Propelled by equal parts theoretical and historical acumen, Wetters explores the ways in which the question of the demonic has been employed to multiple theoretical, literary, and historico-political ends. He thereby produces an intellectual history that will be consequential both to scholars of German literature and to comparatists.

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Shakespeare and Hate

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ISBN: 9781138850873 9781315724508 Year: Pages: 176 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100748
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This book studies how the tirades and unrestrained villainy of Shakespeare’s art explode the decorum and safety of our sanitized lives and challenge the limits of selfhood. The literary criticism of anger and hate provides a vision of the experience of Shakespeare’s theater as an intensification of human experience that goes beyond traditional contexts of character, culture, and ethics. The book, alive to the judgmental character of emotions, transforms the way we see the rancorous passions and the disorderly and disobedient demands of anger and hatred.

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Literature --- Literature --- Shakespeare

Translating Chinese Tradition and Teaching Tangut Culture

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Book Series: Studies in Manuscript Cultures ISSN: 2365-970X ISBN: 9783110453959 9783110453164 Year: Volume: 6 Pages: viii, 318 DOI: 10.1515/9783110453959 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
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This book is about Tangut translations of Chinese literary texts. Although most of the extant Tangut material comprises Buddhist texts, there are also many non-religious texts, which are mostly translations from Chinese. The central concern is how the Tanguts appropriated Chinese written culture through translation and what their reasons for this were. Of the seven chapters, the first three provide background information on the discovery of Tangut material, the emergence of the field of Tangut studies, and the history of the Tangut state. The following four chapters are devoted to different aspects of Tangut written culture and its connection with the Chinese tradition. The themes discussed here are the use of Chinese primers in Tangut education; the co-existence of manuscript and print; the question how faithful Tangut translators remained to the original texts or whether they at times adapted those to the needs of Tangut readership; the degree of translation consistency and the preservation of the intertextual elements of the original works. The book also intends to draw attention to the significant body of Chinese literature that exists in Tangut translation, especially since the originals of some of these texts are now lost.

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Asia, Literature

Quarks and Letters. Natural Sciences in Contemporary Literature and Culture

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Book Series: Literatur- und Naturwissenschaften ISSN: 2365-3949 ISBN: 9783110406542 9783110417609 Year: Volume: 2 Pages: vi, 370 DOI: 10.1515/9783110406542 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Issues and insights from the fields of brain research, quantum mechanics, and evolutionary theory have passed into novels, and physicists and biologists often use rhetorical metaphors to communicate and even evoke their discoveries. The essays in this volume examine natural scientific themes in literary texts – such as the novels of Richard Powers, Can Hue, and Raoul Schrott – and the use of rhetoric and metaphor in the natural sciences.

Physik und Poetik. Produktionsästhetik und Werkgenese. Autorinnen und Autoren im Dialog

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Book Series: Literatur- und Naturwissenschaften ISSN: 2365-3949 ISBN: 9783110440362 9783110417883 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: vi, 314 DOI: 10.1515/9783110440362 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Physics (General)
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Physics and literature are two forms of knowing the world that are both complementary and contingent. Poetical-physical ways of writing and metaphors in physical theories are two sides of a coin. Interviews with Ulrike Draesner, Durs Grünbein, Michael Hampe, Jens Harder, Reinhard Jirgl, Thomas Lehr, Ulrich Woelk, and Juli Zeh enrich our knowledge of these two cultures through voices familiar with both sides.

Imagining Human Rights

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ISBN: 9783110376616 9783110387292 Year: Pages: viii, 227 DOI: 10.1515/9783110376616 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Philosophy --- Law
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Why is it that human rights are considered inviolable norms of justice at local and global scales although the number of their violations has steadily increased in modern history? On the surface, this paradox seems to be reducible to a straightforward discrepancy between idealism and reality in humanitarian affairs, but Imagining Human Rights complicates the picture by offering interdisciplinary perspectives on the imaginary status of human rights. By that the contributors mean not merely subject to imagination, open to interpretation or far too abstract, but also formative of a social imaginary with emphatic identifications and shared values. From a variety of disciplinary perspectives, they explore critical ways of engaging in rigorous interdisciplinary conversations about the origin and language of human rights, personal dignity, redistributive justice, and international solidarity. Together, they show how and why a careful examination of the intersection between disciplinary investigations is essential for imagining human rights at large. Examples range from the legitimacy of land ownership rights and the inadequacy of human faculty to make sense of mass violence in visual representation to the stewardship of human rights promoters and the genealogy of human rights.

Kafka and Wittgenstein

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ISBN: 9780810131460 9780810131842 9780810131507 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Northwestern University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102830
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In Kafka and Wittgenstein, Rebecca Schuman undertakes the first ever book-length scholarly examination of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language alongside Franz Kafka’s prose fiction. In groundbreaking readings, she argues that although many readers of Kafka are searching for what his texts mean, in this search we are sorely mistaken. Instead, the problems and illusions we portend to uncover, the important questions we attempt to answer—Is Josef K. guilty? If so, of what? What does Gregor Samsa’s transformed body mean? Is Land-Surveyor K. a real land surveyor?— themselves presuppose a bigger delusion: that such questions can be asked in the first place. Drawing deeply on the entire range of Wittgenstein’s writings, Schuman cannily sheds new light on the enigmatic Kafka.

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Literature --- Kafka --- Wittgenstein

Sharon Pollock: First Woman of Canadian Theatre

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Book Series: The West ISSN: 19226519 ISBN: 9781552387900 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 336 Language: English
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Performing Arts --- Arts in general
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As playwright, actor, director, teacher, mentor, theatre administrator, and critic, Sharon Pollock has played an integral role in the shaping of Canada's national theatre tradition, and she continues to produce new works and to contribute to Canadian theatre as passionately as she has done over the past fifty years. Pollock is nationally and internationally respected for her work and support of the theatre community. She has also played a major role in informing Canadians about the "dark side" of their history and current events. This collection, comprised entirely of new and original assessments of her work and contribution to theatre, is both timely and long overdue. Includes a new play titled "Sharon's Tongue" by the Playing with Pollock CollectiveWith contributions by:Kathy K. Y. ChungDonna CoatesCarmen DerksenSherrill GraceMartin MorrowJeton NezirajWes PearceTanya SchaapShelley ScottJerry WassermanJason WeinsCynthia Zimmerman

Contemporary Australian Literature

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Book Series: Sydney Studies in Australian Literature ISBN: 9781743324363 9781743324783 Year: DOI: 10.26530/oapen_625670 Language: English
Publisher: Sydney University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100421
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Australia has been seen as a land of both punishment and refuge. Australian literature has explored these controlling alternatives, and vividly rendered the landscape on which they transpire. Twentieth-century writers left Australia to see the world; now Australia's distance no longer provides sanctuary. But today the global perspective has arrived with a vengeance. In Contemporary Australian Literature: A World Not Yet Dead, Nicholas Birns tells the story of how novelists, poets and critics, from Patrick White to Hannah Kent, from Alexis Wright to Christos Tsiolkas, responded to this condition. With rancour, concern and idealism, modern Australian literature conveys a tragic sense of the past yet an abiding vision of the way forward. Birns paints a vivid picture of a rich Australian literary voice - one not lost to the churning of global markets, but in fact given new life by it.

Contemporary Irish Women Poets

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Book Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies ISBN: 9781781381878 9781781384695 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Liverpool University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102610
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This study examines the intersection of private and public spheres through the representation of memory in contemporary poetry by Irish women. Collins explores how memory shapes creativity in the work of well-known poets such as Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Medbh McGuckian as well as in that of an exciting group of younger poets. This book analyses, for the first time, the complex responses to the past recorded by contemporary women poets in Ireland and the implications these have for the concept of a national tradition.

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Literature --- literary studies --- poetry --- women --- ireland

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