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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
The Prose Works of William Wordsworth Volume 1 By W J B Owen
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Volume 1 of The Prose Works of William Wordsworth, as edited by W J B Owen and Jane W Smyser. This is a print version of the new, searchable, navigable, electronic edition of this standard work.... More > Compared with the original Clarendon edition, this one has two advantages: textual notes are more clearly separated and are columnized; and the existence of editorial commentary is indicated by marginal symbols in the text (in the ebook, of course, these symbols are hyperlinked to the commentary). While colour is used in the preview, as in the ebook, the print in the paperback is black and white. The Contents include Wordsworth's famous poetical manifesto, the 'Preface to Lyrical Ballads', his Jacobinical defence of political terror in 'A Letter to the Bishop of Llandaff; and an impassioned intervention in the peninsular wars, protesting at British betrayal of Portuguese and Spanish allies at the Convention of Cintra.< Less
Reading Jean Toomer's 'Cane' By Gerry Carlin
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Jean Toomer’s Cane (1923) is regarded by many as a seminal work in the history of African American writing. It is generally called a novel, but it could more accurately be described as a... More > collection of short stories, poems and dramatic pieces whose stylistic indeterminacy is part of its unique appeal. The ambiguities and seeming oddities of Toomer’s text make Cane a difficult work to understand, which is why this lucid, accessible guide is so valuable. Exploring some of the difficulties that both the writer and his work embody, Gerry Carlin offers an enthralling account of Toomer’s eloquent and exquisite expression of the African American experience. The Author Dr Gerry Carlin is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Wolverhampton. He teaches, researches and has published in the areas of modernism, critical theory, and the literature and culture of the 1960s.< Less
The Philosophy of Humour By Paul McDonald
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Comic novelist and critic Paul McDonald explores the philosophy of humour in a book that will appeal to philosophers and creative writers alike. One aim of this book is to assess theories of humour... More > and laughter. It concentrates mainly on philosophical approaches to humour— including those of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Descartes, Hobbes, Bergson, Kant, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Freud and Bakhtin, but also explores such fields as cultural studies, literary theory, religion, psychoanalysis, and psychology; this broad focus makes for a richer account of humour, its relationship with philosophical thought, and its bearing on the human condition. Readers are invited to engage in creative writing exercises designed to exploit this crucial facet of humour, and to help them explore relevant issues imaginatively. In this way they will deepen their understanding of those issues, whilst at the same time cultivating their own creative skills.< Less
Shakespeare and the Art of Physiognomy By Sibylle Baumbach
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This book deals with the poetics of the human face, the art of physiognomy, and strategies of nonverbal communication in Shakespeare’s plays. It offers new insight into Shakespeare’s... More > modes of characterisation, and his art of performance. In Shakespeare’s plays, the human face is a focal point. As an area where expression and impression meet (and, ideally, correspond), its reliability and trustworthiness are frequently put to the test, sparking off a controversy which serves as a significant and highly challenging subtext to the overall plot. Professor Baumbach studied at Heidelberg, Cambridge and Munich, and has taught at the universities of Warwick, Giessen, and Stanford. She is now at the University of Innsbruck. Her publications include "'Let me behold thy face'-- Physiognomik und Gesichtslektueren in Shakespeares Tragoedien" (2007), "An Introduction to the Study of Plays and Drama" (as co-author, 2009), and "Literature and Fascination" (2015.< Less
Modernism, History and the First World War By Trudi Tate
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Drawing upon medical journals, newspapers, propaganda, military histories, and other writings of the day, Modernism, History and the First World War reads such writers as Woolf, HD, Ford, Faulkner,... More > Kipling, and Lawrence alongside fiction and memoirs of soldiers and nurses who served in the war. This ground breaking blend of cultural history and close readings shows how modernism after 1914 emerges as a strange but important form of war writing, and was profoundly engaged with its own troubled history. Trudi Tate s a Fellow and Tutor of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and author of The Silent Morning: Culture and Memory After the Armistice (2013). ‘Essential reading for anyone interested in modernist fiction and war writing.’—Jane Potter, Oxford Brookes University. ‘This superb book opened up literary studies of the conflict to a range of issues and approaches that have since become crucial to the field’—Santanu Das, King’s College London.< Less
The Fenwick Notes of William Wordsworth By Jared Curtis
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In 1843 William Wordsworth dictated invaluable notes on his life's work to his friend Isabella Fenwick. In 1993 Jared Curtis published his invaluable edition of these notes (which are not included in... More > The Prose Works of William Wordsworth). This revised and corrected edition of The Fenwick Notes was published 2008. To receive a free accompanying Ebook please send proof of purchase of the paperback to Humanities-Ebooks. Please note that while colour is used in the preview, as in the ebook, the print in the paperback is black and white.< 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
Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Study of Selected Poems By John Gilroy
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the book offers a detailed commentary on the poetry of Hopkins, exploring the significance of contemporary cultural issues and the poet's life as Catholic convert and Jesuit priest. Part 1 traces... More > Hopkins's life from his early schooldays, his undergraduate years at Oxford and conversion to Catholicism, to his work as a Jesuit scholar and poet-priest. Part 2, explains the core principles of Hopkins's innovative and challenging poetry, including sections on inscape, instress and sprung rhythm. Part 3, provides a detailed critical commentary on most of the major poems, including The Wreck of the Deutschland, God's Grandeur, The Windhover, Pied Beauty, The Caged Skylark, Hurrahing in Harvest, Felix Randal, Spring and Fall, Inversnaid, the six 'Terrible Sonnets', and That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire. Part 4, explores the history of Hopkins criticism from that of his own contemporaries to twentieth century and current critical approaches. John Gilroy is also the author of Reading Philip Larkin: Selected Poms< Less
D H Lawrence: Poet By Keith Sagar
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D. H. Lawrence wrote over a thousand poems. Though much has been written about Lawrence's poetry, there have been few full length studies. This book deals with the whole range of his poetry from his... More > earliest poems, such as 'To Campions' and 'To Guelder Roses', to the mature achievement, in free verse forms inspired by Walt Whitman, of Birds, Beasts and Flowers, Pansies and Last Poems. There are new interpretations of his most memorable poems, such as 'The Wild Common', 'Piano', 'Song of a Man Who Has Come Through', Tortoises, 'Peach', 'Pomegranate', 'Snake', 'Bavarian Gentians' and 'The Ship of Death'. "D. H. Lawrence: Poet, the fruit of forty years' reflection, is the most accessible introduction to Lawrence's poetry currently available. Supplemented by an extensive checklist of decades of critical writing, this highly entertaining book is a valuable resource, and makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the development of modem poetry." Karl Orend, Times Literary Supplement< Less