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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
Modern Feminist Theory By Jennifer Rich
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This explication of the major contributions to feminist theory in the late Twentieth Century covers initial articulations of the ‘Woman’ Problem by Virginia Woolf; and Simone de Beauvoir,... More > Radical Feminism (Kate Millett; Shulamith Firestone; Radicalesbians; Mary Daly), Black Feminism (Audre Lorde; Alice Walker; Patricia Hill Collins), French Feminism (Luce Irigaray; Hélène Cixous; Monique Wittig; Julia Kristeva), Materialist Feminism (Gayle Rubin; Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak), and Queer Theory (Adrienne Rich; Judith Butler; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick; Wayne Koestenbaum). Jennifer A. Rich is an Associate Professor at Hofstra Uiversity where she offers course in the rhetoric of feminism, theories and history of rhetoric and contemporary understandings of rhetoric. She has published widely in the areas of writing studies, rhetoric, film studies, and Shakespeare, and is the author of An Introduction to Critical Theory in the Humanities Insights series.< Less
The Subject of Politics: Slavoj Žižek’s Political Philosophy By Henrik Jøker Bjerre & Carsten Bagge Laustsen
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A study of Slavoj Žižek’s political philosophy. Focusing on the combination of psychoanalytic theory and philosophy, the book offers an overview of Žižek’s analysis of... More > contemporary society. In five chapters, the reader is introduced to Žižek’s method, his view of the political impasse in the postmodern world, and his suggestion for a way ahead to renewed action and political invention. Rich in examples, the book gives an engaging and entertaining tour around the landscape of Žižek’s political endeavour, while at the same time insisting on a more systematic and piecemeal approach than the Slovenian tends to offer himself.< Less
Vanished Lives: A True Tale of Old Manchester By Alan Richardson
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In 1813, when John and Margaret Richardson arrived in Manchester, it was the world’s first great industrial city. To contemporaries it was an almost frightening spectacle that attracted... More > visitors from every nation on earth. As the years passed, the Richardsons' descendants became part of Disraeli’s “two nations,” the super rich and the working class, their lives marked by stoic endeavours, love affairs, grudges, feuds, tragedies and melodramas. Here we meet thrusting entrepreneurs, black sheep, clowns and heroines, hard-won prosperity and sudden misfortune. Author Alan Richardson qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1963 and pursued a career in veterinary research. He has also taken a serious interest in certain aspects of Roman archaeology and has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers on Roman roads, military camps, forts, surveys and field systems. In 1985 he was awarded the Reginald Taylor Prize by the British Archaeological Association for his work on the Roman penetration of East Cheshire.< Less
The Holocaust: Events, Motives and Legacy By Martyn Housden
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The Holocaust has proved a defining event in German, European and even world history. It has left moral, legal and political legacies which shape the global community we live in today. This text is... More > designed to introduce readers to the most important debates about the event. It discusses the origins and course of the Holocaust, as well as the motives of its perpetrators and the reactions of bystanders and victims alike. In the process, the study makes clear why ‘history’ is not just about the past. Martyn Housden is Reader in History at the University of Bradford. His books include "Hans Frank: Lebensraum and the Holocaust" (Palgrave, 2003),"Hitler: Study of a Revolutionary?" (Routledge, 2000) and "Resistance and Conformity in the Third Reich" (Routledge, 1997). He has written and lectured widely for student audiences. "An excellent introduction to the topic, geared to senor pupils and undergraduates, but also of value to the general reader." History Teaching Review< Less
Romantic Dialogues: Anglo-American Continuities, 1776-1862 By Richard Gravil
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Part 1 of this book examines the English contribution to the 'American Revolution', and the various models of relationship between Britain and America that existed for writers in the 'American... More > Renaissance'. Part 2 considers the politics of James Fenimore Cooper, and the inspirational role of the English Romantics in the thinking of Emerson and the art of Bryant, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Poe, Melville, Whitman and Dickinson. An epilogue explores how Dickinson and Whitman responded to the seductive music of Alfred Lord Tennyson. “How this study is received will say as much about the recovery of serious interest in literary history as about the work’s quality. Learned, rigorous in testing its assertions, mordant and spirited in its expression, Romantic Dialogues makes one wonder how one ever read the American text at all without the British context. …. An extraordinary achievement” —Robert Weisbuch, New England Quarterly< 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
History at the End of the World By Mark Levene et al.
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This collection of essays proposes that climate change means serious peril. Our argument, however, is not about the science per se. It is about us, our deep and more recent history, and how we... More > arrived at this calamitous impasse. With contributions from academic activists and independent researchers, History at the End of the World challenges advocates of ‘business as usual’ to think again. But in its wide-ranging assessment of how we transcend the current crisis, it also proposes that the human past could be our most powerful resource in the struggle for survival. Our approaches begin from archaeology, literature, religion, psychology, sociology, philosophy of science, engineering and sustainable development, as well as ‘straight’ history. Mark Levene is Reader in Comparative History at the University of Southampton, Rob Johnson is a historian at All Souls College, Oxford, and Penny Roberts is Associate Professor in History at the University of Warwick.< Less
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
Francis Jeffrey's Highland and Continental Tours By Pamela Perkins
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Newly transcribed from manuscript, Francis Jeffrey's Highland Tour of 1800 and Continental Tour of 1823 offer a revealing insight into the sensibility of the arch critic of the Lake Poets. 244 pages,... More > with an introduction by Pamela Perkins.< Less