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Grasmere 2009 By Richard Gravil
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A selection of keynote lectures and conference papers from the 2009 Wordsworth Summer Conference, including Gillian Beer's remarkable address on Darwin and Romanticism, Richard Cronin on Wordsworth... More > and the Press, Paul H Fry on Wordsworth and Coleridge, Claire Lamont on the Romantic Cottage, and Nicholas Roe's illustrated talk on Keats and the Elgin marbles. Other essays address 'Tintern Abbey', the 'Intimations Ode', 'Peter Bell', Wordsworth on human suffering, matters of patronage, the editing of her father's 'Biographia' by Sara Coleridge and an 1850 journal by Wordsworth's niece, Sarah Hutchinson the younger.< Less
Grasmere 2012: Selected Papers from the Wordsworth Summer Conference By Richard Gravil
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In this selection of twelve specially chosen Lectures and Papers from the 41st Wordsworth Summer Conference, Heather Glen writes on 'We are Seven' in the context of population studies in the 1790s,... More > Judith W. Page on Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, Anthony Harding on the Reading Public, Pamela Woof and Suzanne Stewart on Dorothy Wordsworth's writing, Peter Swaab on Sara Coleridge's criticism of Wordsworth, Heidi Thomson on Wordworth and Auden, Judyta Frodyma on Bishop Lowth and 'Home at Grasmere', Stacey McDowell on Keats and Indolence, Catherine Redford on 'The Last Man' and Romantic Archaeology, Paul Whickman on Shelley's revisions, and Jason Goldsmith on 'picturesque travel, or viewing landscape by painting it. There are 13 monochrome illustrations (full colour in the PDF version from Humanities-Ebooks).< Less
Grasmere 2013 By Richard Gravil
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This selection of three lectures and eight papers from the 42nd Wordsworth Summer Conference, opens with Heidi Thomson's fresh approach to Wordsworth's Salisbury Plain narrative, and closes with... More > Deirdre Coleman's exploration of the Keats Circle's interest in Indian culture. Christopher Simons contributes a rare full-length treatment of Ecclesiastical Sketches vis-a-vis Wordsworth's oeuvre. The book also includes papers on Wordsworth by Peter Larkin, Tom Clucas, Simon Swift, Daniel Robinson, Rowan Boyson and Richard Gravil, and by Kimiyo Ogawa on Godwin and Hazlitt, Alexandra Paterson on Shelley, and by Richard Lansdown on 'Coralline history' in James Montgomery's remarkable 'Pelican Island'.< Less
Grasmere, 2011 By Richard Gravil
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This Selection from the 40th Wordsworth Summer Conference includes Stephen Gill on Wordsworth's 'revisitings' of his poems, Ann Wroe on the bicentenary of Shelley's 'Necessity of Atheism', Mark J... More > Bruhn on Wordsworth's Dualism and Jacob Risinger on his Stoicism, Jessica Fay on Wordsworth's hermits and Matthew Rowney on his peripatetics, Daniel Robinson on Wordsworth's sonnets and newspaper verse, Gregory Leadbetter on the 'Lucy Poems', Madeleine Callaghan on Shelley's Idealism, Monika Class on Coleridge and Phrenology, Mary Favret on the cultural practice of 'The General Fast and Humiliation', Stacey McDowell on Keats's 'Otho the Great', Felicity James on Mary Hays and the life-writing of religious Dissent, Richard Gravil on John Thelwall's hitherto unknown analysis of the prosody of Wordsworth's Excursion. This is the fourth paperback collection from this prestigious ten-day conference, created by Richard Wordsworth in 1970, and now run by an educational charity, the Wordsworth Conference Foundation.< Less
Grasmere 2008 By Richard Gravil
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A selection of thirteen lectures and papers from the 2008 Wordsworth Summer Conference. Contents include four keynote lectures - on Wordsworth and Coleridge by John Beer, on Byron by Angela... More > Esterhammer and Kasahara Yorimichi, and on Harriet Martineau by Anthony John Harding - together with Judith Thompson's 'Bindman Lecture' on John Thelwall. In shorter papers, Monika Class writes on Coleridge and Kant; Laurent Folliot, Mandy Swann, Timothy Michael, Martina Domines Veliki, Patrick Vincent and Yu Xiao on Wordsworth; and Madeleine Callaghan on Shelley. A Feature of the book is five 'new' poems by the famous agitator John Thelwall, transcribed from the recently discovered Derby MS.< Less
Grasmere 2010 By Richard Gravil
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A Selection of lectures and papers from the 40th Anniversary Wordsworth Summer Conference including keynote lectures by Simon Bainbridge, Gary Harrison, Kenneth Johnston, Anthony Harding, Nahoko... More > Miyamoto Alvey and Seamus Perry, and papers by Peter Spratley, James Castell, Saeko Yoshikawa, Daniel Robinson, Erica McAlpine and Fay Yao.< Less
Wordsworth's 'Thanksgiving Ode' in Context By Richard Gravil
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Wordsworth’s ‘Thanksgiving Ode’ expresses the poet’s sentiments on the final outcome of the Napoleonic Wars. It is possibly Wordsworth’s most notorious poem, widely... More > criticized for its alleged bellicosity and for one line in particular, addressed to God: ‘Yea, Carnage is thy Daughter’. Richard Gravil argues that the poem is a strenuous exercise in Christian Thanksgiving, appropriate to the close of two decades of global war. Its tone is reflective and self-searching, not bellicose, as befits a poet who called the Battle of Waterloo ‘a hideous rout’. Its thought is grounded in the Old Testament, as were the numerous sermons preached on the morning of 18 January 1816, a ‘Day Appointed for a General Thanksgiving’. The booklet explicates the poem’s demanding argument, and places it alongside a range of sermons offered by the Bishop of London, Anglican vicars, a Canadian rector, a Vicar Apostolic and a Unitarian Minister, united in thanksgiving at the close of what was, in reality, the first World War.< Less
Shakespeare's History Plays: Richard II to Henry V, the Making of a King By C W R D Moseley
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This book, first published by Penguin in 1988, provides an excellent introduction to the world and action of Shakespeare's history plays. Part I examines the context for Shakespeare's history plays,... More > including the a treatment of Elizabethan cosmology and its relevance to political order. Part 2 explores the 'Ricardian' plays, under the following headings: Mirrors of our Fickle State; Hawks and Handsaws: Modes and Genres of the Plays; This Blessed Plot: Husbandry and the Garden; Passing Brave to be a King: Richard II; This Royal Throne of Kings: Henry IV, parts 1 and 2; This Sceptred Isle: Henry V; A Trim Reckoning: Language, Poetics and Rhetoric. This title is also available as a searchable ebook from Humanities-Ebooks.co.uk and for libraries from Ebrary, EBSCO and Ingram. "Interesting, articulate and accessible this is a very good introduction. Ideal for anyone seeking an overview of the plays."--by Tom Wright< Less
Giorgio Agamben: Political Philosophy By Rasmus Ugilt
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Giorgio Agamben is one of the most hotly debated political philosophers today. His works on the political and legal paradigm of the West has caught the attention of philosophers, sociologists,... More > political scientists and jurists alike. This book seeks to dispel the most unhelpful myths arising from the politically controversial nature of his work and to defend the most pertinent of his arguments in political philosophy. It also seeks to show how Agamben’s philosophy can be useful for analyses of contemporary political and social phenomena. The book discusses centrepieces of Agamben’s political philosophy, focusing on Homo Sacer, State of Exception, and The Kingdom and the Glory, and it tackles some of the most pressing issues discussed by Agamben including sovereignty, law, religion, profanation and messianism. Rasmus Ugilt is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark, and author of The Metaphysics of Terror (2012).< Less
Landscapes of Language: the Achievement and Context of Richard Brautigan's Fiction By John Tanner
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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Richard Brautigan was a counter-cultural celebrity, a writer that the would-be hip just had to read. The problem was that his fame did not rest on the considerable... More > literary virtues of his work but, to a great extent, on a mediated image of cool hippie, which fell out of fashion in the mid-70s. This is the first book-length study of Brautigan in English for 30 years. Its purpose is to reclaim Brautigan’s reputation. Dr. John Tanner analyses Brautigan’s fiction against the background of the cultural and literary upheavals from which it emerged and demonstrates that Brautigan is no mere Sixties curio but an innovative and vibrant American voice ignored for far too long. John Tanner teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at Bangor University. He is an elected member of the Welsh Academy of writers and his poetry has appeared in various magazines, in the anthology The Lie of the Land, and in the collected volume of his verse, Pieces, both published by Cinnamon Press.< Less