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Curious Encounters

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ISBN: 9781487503673 9781487531546 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Toronto Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102814
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Curious Encounters uncovers a rich history of global voyaging, collecting, and scientific exploration in the long eighteenth century. Voyagers from Greenland to the Ottoman empire crossed paths with French, British, Polynesian, and Spanish travelers across the world, trading objects and knowledge for diverse ends. The essays in this collection restore our understanding of the encounters between European and Indigenous people. To do this, the essays consider diverse agents of historical change, both human and inanimate: commodities, curiosities, texts, animals, and specimens moved through their own global circuits of knowledge and power. The dynamic contact zones of these curious encounters include the ice floes of the Arctic, the sociable spaces of the tea table, the hybrid material texts and objects in imperial archives, and the collections belonging to key figures of the Enlightenment.

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A World of Fiction: Digital Collections and the Future of Literary History

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Book Series: Digital Humanities ISBN: 9780472900831 9780472130856 Year: Pages: 261 DOI: 10.3998/mpub.8784777 Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Subject: Computer Science --- Languages and Literatures
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During the 19th century, throughout the Anglophone world, most fiction was first published in periodicals. In Australia, newspapers were not only the main source of periodical fiction, but the main source of fiction in general. Because of their importance as fiction publishers, and because they provided Australian readers with access to stories from around the world—from Britain, America and Australia, as well as Austria, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, and beyond—Australian newspapers represent an important record of the transnational circulation and reception of fiction in this period. Investigating almost 10,000 works of fiction in the world’s largest collection of mass-digitized historical newspapers (the National Library of Australia’s Trove database), A World of Fiction reconceptualizes how fiction traveled globally, and was received and understood locally, in the 19th century. Katherine Bode’s innovative approach to the new digital collections that are transforming research in the humanities are a model of how digital tools can transform how we understand digital collections and interpret literatures in the past.

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A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-First Century

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ISBN: 9780814214121 9780814277348 Year: Language: English
Publisher: The Ohio State University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103733
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Story, in the largest sense of the term, is arguably the single most important aspect of narrative. But with the proliferation of antimimetic writing, traditional narrative theory has been inadequate for conceptualizing and theorizing a vast body of innovative narratives. In A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-First Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives, Brian Richardson proposes a new model for evaluating literature—returning to the basis of narrative theory to illuminate how authors play with and help clarify the boundaries of narrative theory. While he focuses on late modernist, postmodern, and contemporary narratives, the study also includes many earlier works, spanning from Aristophanes and Shakespeare through James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to Salman Rushdie and Angela Carter.

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Ethics, Politics and Justice in Dante

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ISBN: 9781787352278 Year: Pages: 192 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787352278 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Ethics, Politics and Justice in Dante presents new research by international scholars on the themes of ethics, politics and justice in the works of Dante Alighieri, including chapters on Dante’s modern ‘afterlife’. Together the chapters explore how Dante’s writings engage with the contemporary culture of medieval Florence and Italy, and how and why his political and moral thought still speaks compellingly to modern readers. The collection’s contributors range across different disciplines and scholarly traditions – history, philology, classical reception, philosophy, theology – to scrutinise Dante’s Divine Comedy and his other works in Italian and Latin, offering a multi-faceted approach to the evolution of Dante’s political, ethical and legal thought throughout his writing career.

Reading Breath in Literature

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Book Series: Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine ISBN: 9783319999487 Year: Pages: 134 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-99948-7 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This open access book presents five different approaches to reading breath in literature, in response to texts from a range of historical, geographical and cultural environments. Breath, for all its ubiquity in literary texts, has received little attention as a transhistorical literary device. Drawing together scholars of Medieval Romance, Early Modern Drama, Fin de Siècle Aesthetics, American Poetics and the Postcolonial Novel, this book offers the first transhistorical study of breath in literature. At the same time, it shows how the study of breath in literature can contribute to recent developments in the Medical Humanities.

Brand Postcolonial. ‘Third World’ Texts and the Global

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ISBN: 9783110625660 Year: Pages: 150 DOI: 10.1515/9783110625660 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This book studies the making of the postcolonial author and text as a brand. It examines specific themes, wherein the postcolonial text acquires global visibility, even determining the nature of global debates: the authenticity of representing ‘native’ cultures, subalternity, indigeneity, and humanism. It studies the circulation of the postcolonial as literary-ethnic chic and the author as a globally mobile celebrity.

George Perec’s Geographies

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ISBN: 9781787354418 Year: Pages: 276 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787354418 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Georges Perec, novelist, filmmaker and essayist, was one of the most inventive and original writers of the twentieth century. A fascinating aspect of his work is its intrinsically geographical nature. With major projects on space and place, Perec’s writing speaks to a variety of geographical, urban and architectural concerns, both in a substantive way, including a focus on cities, streets, homes and apartments, and in a methodological way, experimenting with methods of urban exploration and observation, classification, enumeration and taxonomy.

Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern Hemisphere

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Book Series: New Directions in Book History ISBN: 9783030204266 Year: Pages: 159 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-20426-6 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This open access Pivot book is a comparative study of six early colonial public libraries in nineteenth-century Australia, South Africa, and Southeast Asia. Drawing on networked conceptualisations of empire, transnational frameworks, and ‘new imperial history’ paradigms that privilege imbricated colonial and metropolitan ‘intercultures’, it looks at the neglected role of public libraries in shaping a programme of Anglophone civic education, scientific knowledge creation, and modernisation in the British southern hemisphere. The book’s six chapters analyse institutional models and precedents, reading publics and types, book holdings and catalogues, and regional scientific networks in order to demonstrate the significance of these libraries for the construction of colonial identity, citizenship, and national self-government as well as charting their influence in shaping perceptions of social class, gender, and race. Using primary source material from the recently completed ‘Book Catalogues of the Colonial Southern Hemisphere’ digital archive, the book argues that public libraries played a formative role in colonial public discourse, contributing to broader debates on imperial citizenship and nation-statehood across different geographic, cultural, and linguistic borders.

Because of You

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Book Series: Lettre ISBN: 9783839445372 9783837645378 Year: Pages: 256 DOI: 10.14361/9783839445372 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Second-person storytelling is a continually present and diverse technique in the history of literature that appears only once in the oeuvre of an author. Based on key narratives of the post-war period, Evgenia Iliopoulou approaches the phenomenon in an inductive way, starting out from the essentials of grammar and rhetoric, and aims to improve the general understanding of second-person narrative within literature. In its various forms and typologies, the second person amplifies and expands the limits of representation, thus remaining a narrative enigma: a small narrative gesture – with major narrative impact.

The Persianate World

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ISBN: 9780520972100 9780520300927 Year: Pages: 366 DOI: 10.1525/luminos.64 Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press
Subject: History --- Languages and Literatures
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A world historical exercise in examining ‘out of Asia’ forms of cosmopolitanism, The Persianate World traces the reach and limits of Persian’s usage as a Eurasian lingua franca. From the Balkans via the Caucasus to Bengal, and beyond to the imperial capitals of London, Saint Petersburg and Beijing, the chapters ask how Persian gained its status, maintained it, and finally surrendered it to its many linguistic competitors. Capturing the ‘Persianate’ as process, fourteen essays place transregional Persian in relation to such regional languages as Bengali, Chinese, Turkic, and Punjabi, to trace the expansion and retraction of written ‘Persographia’ between 1400 and 1900.

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