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George Eliot's Religious Imagination

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ISBN: 9780810135895 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Northwestern University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101265
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In this study, Orr attributes to George Eliot an ‘incarnational aesthetic’ and reads her work in the light of it. Writing, she argues, might be said to have become the novelist’s religion and ‘its most recognizable tenet was the living out of incarnation’. Here, Orr examines Eliot’s works more or less chronologically because of the deeply evolutionary quality to Eliot’s career. In a personal sense, she is loathe to repeat herself and, while readers might recognize situations that she is revisiting, she always needs to believe in her own development as a writer. In her letters she repeatedly champions her first stories, for example, largely because they contain “ideas” that she doubts she “can ever embody again." In a broader sense this is an important idea, however, in that her philosophy was grounded in a belief in the idea of progress. Orr engages in close readings of Eliot's writings to demonstrate how deeply the novelist's religious imagination operate in her fiction and poetry.

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Spenserian Satire

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Book Series: The Manchester Spenser ISBN: 9780719088087 9781526125132 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100058
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Scholars of Edmund Spenser have focused much more on his accomplishments in epic and pastoral than his work in satire. Scholars of early modern English satire almost never discuss Spenser. However, these critical gaps stem from later developments in the canon rather than any insignificance in Spenser's accomplishments and influence on satiric poetry. This book argues that the indirect form of satire developed by Spenser served during and after Spenser's lifetime as an important model for other poets who wished to convey satirical messages with some degree of safety. The book connects key Spenserian texts in The Shepheardes Calender and the Complaints volume with poems by a range of authors in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, including Joseph Hall, Thomas Nashe, Tailboys Dymoke, Thomas Middleton and George Wither, to advance the thesis that Spenser was seen by his contemporaries as highly relevant to satire in Elizabethan England.

Literature and sustainability

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ISBN: 9780719099670 9781526107633 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100065
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Sustainability has become a key socio-political issue over recent years. However, whilst the literary-critical community has advanced enthusiastically on an exciting range of environmentally-based analyses (most obviously through the work of ecocriticism), its response specifically to sustainability—as an attempt to reconceptualise the way we live, as an idea with a particular history, and as a ubiquitous term driven through over-use to near meaninglessness—has been extremely limited. The basic idea of the volume is to make a start on filling this gap. Split into four sections: Historicising sustainability, Discourses of sustainability, The sustainability of literature, Sustainability in literature – it has some very good contributors, and starts off with an introduction about the history of the term, looks at its beginnings in the C19th, and goes onto show how contemporary authors are dealing with it including Jeanette Winterson, Michel Houellebecq, Margaret Atwood and Amitav Ghosh.

Biopunk Dystopias

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Book Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies ISBN: 9781781383766 9781781383322 Year: DOI: 10.26530/oapen_626391 Language: English
Publisher: Liverpool University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100393
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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'Biopunk Dystopias' contends that we find ourselves at a historical nexus, defined by the rise of biology as the driving force of scientific progress, a strongly grown mainstream attention given to genetic engineering in the wake of the Human Genome Project (1990-2003), the changing sociological view of a liquid modern society, and shifting discourses on the posthuman, including a critical posthumanism that decenters the privileged subject of humanism. The book argues that this historical nexus produces a specific cultural formation in the form of "biopunk", a subgenre evolved from the cyberpunk of the 1980s. Biopunk makes use of current posthumanist conceptions in order to criticize contemporary reality as already dystopian, warning that a future will only get worse, and that society needs to reverse its path, or else destroy all life on this planet.

Commercial Communication in the Digital Age

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ISBN: 9783110416503 9783110416794 9783110416831 Year: DOI: 10.26530/oapen_628402 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100159
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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In today’s digital age, online and mobile advertising are of growing importance, with advertising no longer bound to the traditional media industry. Although the advertising industry still has broader access to the different measures and channels, users and consumers today have more possibilities to publish, get informed or communicate – to “co-create” –, and to reach a bigger audience. There is a good chance thus that users and consumers are better informed about the objectives and persuasive tricks of the advertising industry than ever before. At the same time, advertisers can inform about products and services without the limitations of time and place faced by traditional mass media. But will there really be a time when advertisers and consumers have equal power, or does tracking users online and offline lead to a situation where advertisers have more information about the consumers than ever before? The volume discusses these questions and related issues.

"Harry - yer a wizard"

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ISBN: 9783828840355 9783828867512 9783828867529 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Tectum Wissenschaftsverlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101868
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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J. K. Rowling’s “ Harry Potter” series (1997–2007) has turned into a global phenomenon and her Potterverse is still expanding. The contributions in this volume provide a range of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to various dimensions of this multifacetted universe. The introductory article focuses on different forms of world building in the novels, the translations, the film series and the fandom. Part I examines various potential sources for Rowling’s series in folklore, the Arthurian legend and Gothic literature. Further articles focus on parallels between the “Harry Potter” series and Celtic Druidism, the impact Victorian notions of gender roles have had on the representation of the Gaunt family, the reception of (medieval and Early Modern) history in the series and the influence of Christian concepts on the world view expressed in the novels.

Diaspora, Law and Literature

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Book Series: Law & Literature ISSN: 2191-8457 ISBN: 9783110489255 Year: Volume: 12 Pages: 367 DOI: 10.1515/9783110489255 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The well-known challenges of international migration have triggered new departures in academic approaches, with 'diaspora studies' evolving as an interdisciplinary and even transdisciplinary field of study. Its emerging methodology shares concerns with another interdisciplinary field, the study of the relations between law and literature, which focuses on the ways in which the two cultural practices of law and literature mutually negotiate each other and on the question after the ontological commensurability of the domains. This volume offers, for the first time, an attempt to provide an interface between these overlapping interdisciplinary endeavours of literary studies, legal studies, and diaspora studies. In doing so, it explores new approaches and invites new perspectives on diasporas, migration and the disciplines that study them, hopefull also adding to the cultural resources of coping with a swiftly changing social landscape in a globalizing world.

Narratives of Kingship in Eurasian Empires, 1300-1800

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Book Series: Rulers & Elites ISBN: 9789004340541 Year: Pages: 288 DOI: 10.1163/9789004340541 Language: English
Publisher: Brill
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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An exploration of the constructions of authority in Eurasian empires in fictional texts of various genres, showing remarkable parallels, and the fluidity of literary material as a repository of cultural/political values. Readership: Scholars and students in the fields of history and literature of Eurasian empires, comparative literature, world literature, ideologies of power and authority.

From Orientalism to Cultural Capital

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ISBN: 9783034322034 9781787073944 Year: DOI: 10.3726/b11211 Language: English
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100658
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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From Orientalism to Cultural Capital presents a fascinating account of the wave of Russophilia that pervaded British literary culture in the early twentieth century. The authors bring a new approach to the study of this period, exploring the literary phenomenon through two theoretical models from the social sciences: Orientalism and the notion of «cultural capital» associated with Pierre Bourdieu. Examining the responses of leading literary practitioners who had a significant impact on the institutional transmission of Russian culture, they reassess the mechanics of cultural dialogism, mediation and exchange, casting new light on British perceptions of modernism as a transcultural artistic movement and the ways in which the literary interaction with the myth of Russia shaped and intensified these cultural views.

Le mythe Néron

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ISBN: 9782757417294 9782757428023 Year: DOI: 10.4000/books.septentrion.37662 Language: English
Publisher: Presses universitaires du Septentrion Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103219
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Dans l'imaginaire collectif, Néron est à jamais figé dans la posture du tyran dépravé, meurtrier, incendiaire : un mythe s'est forgé, éternel et persistant. C’est précisément cette mythologie que l’auteur se propose de décoder. Car parallèlement à l’effacement des traces visibles de la mémoire du prince, les auteurs antiques, tant païens que chrétiens, se sont employés à reconstruire son histoire, jusqu’à ce que Néron, dépouillant son enveloppe d’individu historique, devînt une figure emblématique, incarnation de la tyrannie et de la monstruosité elles-mêmes. Enquête sur les codes philosophiques, rhétoriques ou littéraires qui ont contraint la réécriture de l’histoire du dernier Julio-claudien, l’ouvrage se propose aussi de suivre les mutations de cette figure au cours de l’Antiquité, au gré des erreurs de lecture, des confusions, des manipulations narratives ou des tentatives d’adaptation de la geste néronienne aux préoccupations du temps. Toute une mythographie se fait jour.

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