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For Love and Money: the Literary Art of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance By Laura Vivanco
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Laura Vivanco’s study challenges the idea that Harlequin Mills & Boon romances are merely mass-produced commodities, churned out in accordance with a strict and unchanging formula. She... More > argues that many are well-written, skilfully crafted works, and that some are small masterpieces. For Love and Money demonstrates the variety that exists beneath the covers of Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. They range from paranormal romances to novels resembling chick lit, and many have addressed serious issues, including the plight of post-Second World War refugees, threats to marine mammals, and HIV/AIDS. The genre draws inspiration from Shakespearean comedies and Austen’s novels, as well as from other forms of popular culture. “Laura Vivanco’s For Love and Money is an impressive study of the popular fiction of Harlequin Mills and Boon that is a must read for any student of popular fiction and for those who write and love the genre” — Liz Fielding, author of over 50 Harlequin Mills & Boon romances.< Less
Portuguese American Literature By Reinaldo Francisco Silva
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Literature written in English by American writers of Portuguese descent has come of age with the acclaimed work of Frank Gaspar and Katherine Vaz. This study attempts to explore America’s... More > understanding of its ethnic minorities, and the writers’ own ethnic pride and celebration of their roots. It includes a full length analysis of works by Thomas Braga, Julian Silva, Alfred Lewis, Charles Felix and other voices. Born in Portugal in 1961, Reinaldo Francisco Silva emigrated to America in 1967 at age 6, settling in Newark, New Jersey. He has lectured at Rutgers University, New York University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Seton Hall University, and is currently Assistant Professor of English at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. His book, Representations of the Portuguese in American Literature was published by the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2008. This title is available as a PDF ebook from Humanities-Ebooks.co.uk and for libraries from Ebrary, EBSCO and Ingram.< Less
History at the End of the World By Mark Levene, Rob Johnson, Penny Roberts
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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
Metaethics Explored By Paul Davis
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The book begins with an overview of metaethics and a rejection of the metaethics/normative ethics distinction, and discusses the strengths and limitations of the popular idea that morality is a set... More > of rules for how we treat one another. It then explains subjectivist, intersubjectivist, and objectivist accounts of the truth conditions of moral statements,. It considers Divine Command Theory and Kant's categorical imperatives, in his Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, along with David Hume’s arguments in A Treatise of Human Nature and Enquiry Concerning the Principals of Morals, and A. J. Ayer's ‘emotivism’. The Final chapter sketches a naturalist objectivism and suggests that the obstacles to its acceptance are typically grounded on spurious asymmetries between ethics and other disciplines. The author is tutor in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.< Less
Reading 'Catch-22' By Paul McDonald
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Comic novelist and critic, Paul McDonald, provides an accessible, revealing guide to Joseph Heller’s seminal anti-war novel, Catch-22. McDonald succinctly contextualises the book both in... More > relation to the author’s life, and key developments in modern American literature. The book offers a thorough summary and analysis of the plot, addresses important characters such as Colonel Cathcart, Milo Minderbinder, Major Major, and Doc Daneeka, and explains the various ways in which Yossarian’s hilarious predicament has been interpreted. Among other things it considers Yossarian’s status as a mythic hero, an individualist hero, and a postmodern hero, assessing his relevance to contemporary America, and his re-emergence in the sequel to Catch-22, Closing Time, published in 1994. It also offers a descriptive bibliography of important secondary sources, and links to useful online texts. Paul McDonald is Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Course Leader for Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton.< Less
Reading Toni Morrison's 'Beloved' By Paul McDonald
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Toni Morrison’s ground-breaking novel, 'Beloved', is one of the most successful novels of all time, selling millions of copies internationally and inspiring critical commentary from scholars of... More > the highest distinction. Its influence is such that it is studied by students of literature around the world and is often cited as one of the most significant books of modern times. However, its popularity belies its difficulty: many find the novel hard to read, struggling with its structure and occasionally fragmented style. This guide accessible, illuminating guide is designed to help readers engage with this complex work and achieve a deeper understanding of its context, the literary strategies it employs, and the various ways in which it has been interpreted since its publication in 1987. Paul McDonald is Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Course Leader for Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton, and is the author of eleven books, including three poetry collections and three comic novels.< 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
Contemporary Philosophy of Religion By Steven Duncan
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Among the questions that have exercised philosophers of the last sixty years, that of the existence of God has been one of the most hotly contested. That question is the subject of this book. Its... More > chapters cover: What is the Philosophy of Religion? Three Competing Paradigms in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion; Deductivism (Neo-Thomism, Analytic Philosophy, Analytic Atheism, etc); Inductivism (Mitchell’s Inductivist Proposal, Swinburne’s various arguments, the Future of Inductivism); Post-Deductivism (the Ethics of Belief, The Post-Deductivists on Evil, Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology, Plantinga and Wolterstorff: Christian Philosophy); and Recent Work on the Traditional Arguments for God’s Existence. "An excellent introduction to the subject area. It offers clear concise coverage of recent developments and is written in an accessible way. Newcomers to the philosophy of religion as well as those with a background in the field would profit from consulting it." -- Sarah Harrison< 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
Analytic Philosophy of Religion: Its History Since 1955 By Steven Duncan
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This book is a reconstruction and interpretation of the development of analytic philosophy of religion in Britain and the United States, with special reference to the debate over the existence of God... More > and the problem of evil, during the last fifty years. It discusses Theism and Atheism; Neo-Thomism; The Problem of Religious Language; The Argument from Evil and the Origins of Inductivism; The Inductivist Paradigm; The Ontological, Cosmological Argument and Teleological Arguments; Post-Deductivism; and The Philosophy of Religion Today. Steven M. Duncan’s other publications include A Primer of Modern Virtue Ethics (UPA, 1995) and The Proof of the External World (Wipf and Stock, 2008). "A concise yet rigorous and substantive review of most of the important work that has been done in analytic philosophy of religion during the past half century. It should prove valuable both to the professional philosopher and the student of philosophy. This is a wonderful book!"--Professor Paul Herrick< Less