• Plays, playscripts
      July 2012

      Debussy Was My Grandfather

      The Madness of Vivien Leigh

      by Garry O’Connor

      Under the one title are brought together two plays by the critically acclaimed Garry O’Connor, Debussy Was My Grandfather and The Madness of Vivien Leigh. A theme common to both is the emotional and psychological turmoil underneath the veil of public careers, with an uncompromising look at the undercurrents: the dysfunction of domestic/family life, in all its anguish and floridity. There’s a nicely judged balance between art in its moments of transcendence, and the reality underpinning it, with a flawed humanity put to the service of art. It’s a theme O’Connor has explored in a substantial body of work as novelist, biographer and playwright…

    • Poetry
      October 2013

      The Gift

      Revelations from the Heart

      by Horner, Christine

      It is in your darkest moments that you discover a candle burning brightly within, illuminating your way. If you sit quietly, you realize that the Universe is speaking to you; your sacred, two-way dialogue the breath of life. As humanity's Grand Awakening continues, dormant gifts and treasures once only bestowed upon masters, saints and sages are materializing in the everyday experience of ordinary lives. In this inspirational pictorial, you are invited to explore your vast nature as the Infinite. The exquisite images and accompanying poem meet you wherever you are, imparting wisdom, encouraging you to open your heart wider than you ever thought possible into the realm of unconditional love and acceptance, for yourself and the world… www.ChristineHorner.com

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      February 2015

      Sweet Rosa

      by Kingsley Osei, David Asimeng

      Sweet Rosa is a picture book which details the brave stance of a young African-American woman named Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a white person on bus in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. Ms. Parks' actions led to the infamous Montgomery bus boycott and helped establish the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The bold and courageous act of Ms. Parks, Dr. King and thousands of boycotters and civil rights advocates eventually pushed the Supreme Court to declare segregation on buses unconstitutional, helping to put racial discrimination to rest. This book takes young readers on an historic, illustrious journey through this staple event and how it has forever shaped the racial outlook of equality for adults and children alike in today's society.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      December 2008

      Krishna Charitra

      by Alo Shome

      Krishna Charitra is a famous Bengali classic where Bankim Chandra endeavours to discover Sri Krishna, the real person, behind centuries of myths and legends. Written in 1886, this was the first instance where the character of Krishna is studied from a pragmatic and questioning perspective. Like his novel Ananda Math, Krishna Charitra originates from Bankim Chandra's passionate feeling of patriotism. He wanted to uphold Sri Krishna as not just a mythological figure, but an ideal Indian character, whom other Indians could look up to. Sri Aurobindo says, Bankim Chandra poured over the Bhagavad Gita and the Vedas striving to catch the deeper and sacred sense of those profound writings. To give that to his countrymen was the strenuous aim of Krishna Charitra. In this translation of Krishna Charitra, several passages of Bankim's academic discussions have been omitted, so as to make it easier for the common reader. Also deleted are the criticisms on the European people that Bankim Chandra includes in his book from time to time. Otherwise, the text strictly follows the structure and the content of the original dissertation.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      July 2016

      K. V. Dominic Essential Readings and Study Guide

      Poems about Social Justice, Women's Rights, and the Environment

      by K. V. Dominic

      K. V. Dominic Essential Readings gathers for the first time the three most important works of poetry from this shining new light of contemporary Indian verse in English: Winged Reason, Write Son, Write andMulticultural Symphony. A fourth collection of 22 previously unpublished poems round out a complete look at the first 12 years of Dominic’s prolific and profound verse. Each poem includes unique Study Guide questions suitable for South Asian studies curricula.Written in free verse, each of his poems makes the reader contemplate on intellectual, philosophical, spiritual, political, and social issues of the present world. Themes range from multiculturalism, environmental issues, social mafia, caste-ism, exploitation of women and children, poverty, and corruption to purely introspective matters. From the observation of neighborhood life to international events, and everyday forgotten tragedies of India, nothing escapes the grasp of Dominic’s keen sense of the fragility of life and morality in the modern world.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      July 2016

      Saris and a Single Malt

      by Sweta Srivastava Vikram

      Saris and a Single Malt is a moving collection of poems written by a daughter for and about her mother. The book spans the time from when the poet receives a phone call in New York City that her mother is in a hospital in New Delhi, to the time she carries out her mother's last rites. The poems chronicle the author’s physical and emotional journey as she flies to India, tries to fight the inevitable, and succumbs to the grief of living in a motherless world. This collection will move you, astound you, and make you hug your loved ones."There are few books like Saris and a Single Malt in which the loss of a mother, a homeland, and the self come together in a sustained elegy."--Justen Ahren, Director Noepe Center, Author of A Strange Catechism"In life, as in poetry, one must come from the heart. Sweta Vikram has done both with touching eloquence. Her work resonates deeply within one's deepest emotional sacristy."--Sharon Kapp, Owner & Founder, Houston Yoga & Ayurvedic Wellness Center"Saris and a Single Malt is a fitting and delightful tribute of a writer daughter to her affectionate mother which goes deep into the minds of all children who love their moms."--K. V. Dominic, English language poet, critic, short-story writer, and editor from Kerala, IndiaSweta Srivastava Vikram, featured by Asian Fusion as "one of the most influential Asians of our time," is an award-winning writer, Pushcart Prize nominee, author of ten books, and a wellness practitioner. A graduate of Columbia University, Sweta performs her work, teaches creative writing workshops, and gives talks at universities and schools across the globe.

    • Literary essays
      November 2017

      Drawn From Life

      Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne

      by Michel de Montaigne, Tim Parks

      A new selection of Montaigne's essays that explore themes of fear, courage, mortality and personal freedom. In his vivid introduction, Tim Parks sheds new light on this enduringly popular figure whose essays are 'so engaging, so seductive, that many readers will revel in their intimacy and irreverence without entirely grasping the challenge they throw down to us.'

    • Literary essays
      November 2017


      Writers on Truth, Lies and Fiction

      by Joanna Kavenna, Benjamin Markovits, Gabriel Josipivici, Partou Zia, Anakana Schofield

      A collection of inspiring essays by Joanna Kavenna, Benjamin Markovits, Gabriel Josipivici, Partou Zia and Anakana Schofield, introduced by Iain Sinclair. Works of art, novels, films are frequently bolstered by reference to the autobiography of the creator, or to underlying 'fact'. Where does that leave the imagination? Are fictions no longer relevant in our age of scientific materialism? Must we all 'get real' and become 'realistic'? Notting Hill Editions has commissioned five authors and artists to consider these questions as they relate to their own work, and to the work of those who have influenced and insptired them. They ask how life events - momentous or humdrum - process themselves inwardly and come out transformed into writing or art or music.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      November 2016

      The Mystery of Being Human

      God, Freedom and the NHS

      by Raymond Tallis

      In his latest collection of essays, author, physician and humanist philosopher Raymond Tallis meditates on the complexity of human consciousness, free will, mathematics, God and eternity. The philosophical reflections are interrupted by the fiercely polemical essay 'Lord Howe's Wicked Dream', in which Tallis exposes the 'institutionally corrupt' deception intended to destroy the NHS.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      May 2016

      Naked Woman

      Semmelweis: De Raptu Meo

      by Garry O'Connor

      Under the one title Naked Woman are brought together two plays by the critically acclaimed Garry O’Connor. The first, Semmelweis, is a victim play in the Tennessee Williams tradition, and the second, De Raptu Meo, is a theatrical re-creation of English poet Geoffrey Chaucer and his times. Semmelweis is from the start in a trap set by his own character and his overriding passion for truth. But his is a story of crushing disappointment, having parallels today, especially in medicine. To see flaws in the system, and to speak out against cover-ups and vested interest, invites pariah status and a ruthless sweeping aside in the relentless drive for conformity and profit. De Raptu Meo, as Libby Purves pointed out in her review, exposes the relativity of truth we find in contemporary culture, which she has contrasted with events surrounding English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who faced, in Richard II’s reign, the accusation of rape. Present society is awash with stories of sexual abuse as no other age has been. Here is a take on that subject, with the audience asked to participate in Chaucer’s trial as if the jury, and at the end give a verdict as to whether or not he was guilty of the crime. Semmelweis was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival, and De Raptu Meo had its first reading in Inner Temple, with Derek Jacobi in the part of Geoffrey Chaucer, and its first full performance in the same venue with Ian Hogg in the lead role.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2017


      Poems of Love, Loss and Rivalry

      by Peter Cowlm

      A sequence of poems whose terrain is love, loss and lovers’ rivalries. ‘His poems have an epic feel…painting vivid pictures with the fewest words possible. This new collection gathers together threads of irony, self-deprecating nostalgia, and linguistic playfulness in one powerful skein of sharp, imagistic one-liners.’ Jane Holland, author of Disreputable ‘His spare poems brilliantly unfold an inner landscape on a complex journey of the heart that feels both personal and universal.’ Rachel Blum, author of The Doctor of Flowers ‘I am reminded of T. E. Hulme’s imagist poems I discovered as a teenager through Herbert Read’s The True Voice of Feeling. Laurel is a distillation of mood, atmosphere, feeling, expressed in a direct and surprising way, with the infinite – sky, sea, moon, sun – brought close to us and homely.’ Garry O’Connor, author of The Vagabond Lover The wholefrangible cosmos is this focusof indifference here on this empty bench where sometimes we sat.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      July 2016

      A Pomegranate Tree Bears Cherries

      by Li Er

      The story of A Pomegranate Tree Bears Cherries begins with the election of a new village committee. A very prestigious “iron lady” Fan Hua is both capable and confident that she will continue to serve as the village secretary. Unfortunately, at this critical moment, something goes wrong with the family planning work of the village. One woman with unplanned pregnancy disappears from the village, and this brings chaos to the otherwise peaceful village committee …

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      December 2015

      A History of Chinese and Foreign Literature Exchanges

      (17 Volumes)

      by Qian Linsen, Zhou Ning

      Based on the macro vision of world literature and world culture, the seriesshows the process of two-way multi-level communication between Chineseand foreign literature and culture. In the context of cross-cultural dialogues,global integration and cultural diversification, it helps to grasp the spiritualessence in the collision and blending of Chinese and foreign cultures. Theseries will comprehensively clarify the vivid and rich communicationbetween our literature and the world’s major literary systems, fully showingthe historical significance of Chinese culture. It will also provide valuableexperience for comparative literature studies at all levels of theory and practice.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      June 2018


      by Arturo Larcati, Klemens Renoldner, Martina Wörgötter

      Stefan Zweig (1881–1942) hat als Verfasser erotischer Novellen und feiner Seismograph der "Verwirrung der Gefühle" Weltruhm erlangt. Als repräsentativer Vertreter des kosmopolitischen Wiener Judentums verstand er die Einheit Europas als seine Mission. Im Exil trauerte er seiner "Welt von Gestern" nach.Dieses Handbuch bringt die Forschung auf den neuesten Stand und präsentiert erstmals Leben, Werk und Wirkung Zweigs in einer kulturgeschichtlichen Einheit. Die historischen, philosophischen und ästhetischen Koordinaten seines Œuvre bilden den Rahmen für detaillierte Werkanalysen. Auch die Biographie wird um neue Fakten bereichert und durch die Darstellung des Freundeskreises ergänzt. Besondere Beachtung finden unbekannte Aspekte des Werks (z.B. Dramen, Gedichte) sowie Zweigs Tätigkeit als Übersetzer, Herausgeber und Sammler von Autographen. Die Darstellung der außergewöhnlichen Wirkungsgeschichte seines Werkes – Stefan Zweig war Anfang der dreißiger Jahre der meistübersetzte deutschsprachige Autor – bildet einen Schwerpunkt dieses Handbuchs. Ein Verzeichnis über die Forschungsliteratur, Register und eine Zeittafel runden den Band ab.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2017

      The Proletarian Dream

      Socialism, Culture, and Emotion in Germany, 1863–1933

      by Sabine Hake

      The proletariat never existed—but it had a profound effect on modern German culture and society. As the most radicalized part of the industrial working class, the proletariat embodied the critique of capitalism and the promise of socialism. But as a collective imaginary, the proletariat also inspired the fantasies, desires, and attachments necessary for transforming the working class into a historical subject and an emotional community. This book reconstructs this complicated and contradictory process through the countless treatises, essays, memoirs, novels, poems, songs, plays, paintings, photographs, and films produced in the name of the proletariat. The Proletarian Dream reads these forgotten archives as part of an elusive collective imaginary that modeled what it meant—and even more important, how it felt—to claim the name "proletarian" with pride, hope, and conviction. By emphasizing the formative role of the aesthetic, the eighteen case studies offer a new perspective on working-class culture as a oppositional culture. Such a new perspective is bound to shed new light on the politics of emotion during the main years of working-class mobilizations and as part of more recent populist movements and cultures of resentment.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2018

      4 Baruch

      Paraleipomena Jeremiou

      by Dale C. Allison

      This is the first full-scale, verse-by-verse commentary on 4 Baruch. The pseudepigraphon, written in the second century, is in large measure an attempt to address the situation following the destruction of the temple in 70 CE by recounting legends about the first destruction of the temple, the Babylonian captivity, and the return from exile. 4 Bruch is notable for its tale about Jeremiah's companion, Abimelech, who sleeps through the entire exilic period. This tale lies behind the famous Christian legend of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus and is part of the genealogy of Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle." Allison's commentary draws upon an exceptionally broad range of ancient sources in an attempt to clarify 4 Baruch's original setting, compositional history, and meaning.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2018

      The Enemy in Contemporary Film

      by Martin Löschnigg, Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż

      Culture and conflict unavoidably go together. The very idea of culture is marked by the notion of difference and creative, i.e. conflictual, interaction that inevitably support the key themes of the study of culture such as identity and diversity, memory and trauma, the translation of cultures and globalization, dislocation and emplacement, mediation and exclusion. This series publishes theoretically informed original scholarshipfrom the fields of literary and cultural studies as well as media, visual and film studies, fostering a plural disciplinary dialogue on the multiple ways in which conflict supports and constrains the production of meaning in modernity, how the representation of conflict works, how it relates to the past and projects the present and how it frames scholarship within the humanities. Editors:Isabel Capeloa Gil, Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal; Catherine Nesci, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Editorial Board: Arjun Appadurai, New York University, Claudia Benthien, Universität Hamburg, Elisabeth Bronfen, Universität Zürich, Joyce Goggin, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University, Ansgar Nünning, Universität Gießen, Naomi Segal, University of London, Birkbeck College, Márcio Seligmann-Silva, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, António Sousa Ribeiro, Universidade de Coimbra, Roberto Vecchi, Universita di Bologna, Samuel Weber, Northwestern University, Liliane Weissberg, University of Pennsylvania, Christoph Wulf, FU Berlin

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      September 2018

      The Iliad - the Poem of Zeus

      by Pietro Pucci

      The scholarly tendency has too often weakened the conspicuous novelty and originality that characterizes Zeus in the Iliad. This book remedies that tendency and depicts the extraordinary figure of Zeus: lord (or impersonation) of lightning and thunders, exclusive master of human destiny --and therefore of human history—and chief of Olympus. This unique personality endowed with polyvalent powers represents itself the conflict between superhuman moral indifference for mortal destiny and anthropomorphic feelings for human beings: he both preordains the death of his son and weeps on his demise. Zeus embodies the Mysterium tremendum. This new Zeus cannot glance at the past image that the tradition painted of him without smiling at its simplicity and disrespect: a parodic or amusing tone surrounds him as he refers or is referred to aspects of his traditional image. The great characters of the Poem give two wise responses to Zeus, lord of destiny: "heroic death" or serene acceptance. We, the readers, are expected to react in the same way.

    • Literature & Literary Studies

      A Brief History of Tang Poetry

      by Li bo

      Covering various poetry schools and poets of Tang Dynasty, and interpreting main themes and literary characteristics of great works with the selected fifty-two Tang poems from fifty-two well-known Tang poets, this book is intended to systematically show you the overall status of the social and cultural life of ancient Chinese and inner world of the spirit in the Tang Dynasty. This book is outstanding both in professionalism and readability with its in-depth explanation and exquisite writing style, and good enough to be an introductory book on poetry, culture, and history of Tang Dynasty.

    • Literature: history & criticism
      October 2014

      Wang Yangming's Breaking through All the Six Encirclements

      by Xu Baoyun

      This is an excellent piece of writing about the history of Ming Dynasty. It is regarded as an entergate of Yangming psychology after after Fifteen Years of Wanli and Seven faces in Grand Ming Dynasty. This book elaborates the pith and marrow of Yanfming psychology and its developing course by decribing what happened in the six most important periods of Wang Yangming: "be trown into prison", "comprehen male homo sexuality", "suppress bandits in south Jiangxi", "catch Wang Ping by Strategy", "snipe at the emperor" and "teastfy the truth at Tianquan. It also explains the complex periodical situation."

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