• 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 A fourth collection of 22 previously unpublished poems round out a complete look at the first 12 years of Dominic’s prolific and profound verse.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.

    • 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 & Literary Studies
      July 2010

      French Fiction into the Twenty-First Century

      The Return to the Story

      by Simon Kemp

      Explores the state of French fiction through an examination of the work of five major French writers, Annie Ernaux, Pascal Quignard, Marie Darrieussecq, Jean Echenoz and Patrick Modiano. This book deals with some of the writers on British and American university French courses.

    • Literature & Literary Studies

      The Shakespearean Ethic

      by John Vyvyan

      ‘… the most original book about Shakespeare I have ever read'Christopher BookerOriginally published by Chatto & Windus in 1959, this book has long been out of print and largely neglected by Shakespearean scholars. It offers a viewpoint seldom considered: an unusual and exceptionally clear insight into Shakespeare’s philosophy. It does so with freshness, modesty and conviction.Appreciating the danger Shakespeare faced in writing at a time of major religious intolerance, Vyvyan shows how subtly the plays explore aspects of the perennial philosophy allegorically. In doing so, Shakespeare raises the fundamental question of ethics: What ought we to do?‘Shakespeare,’ says the author, ‘is never ethically neutral. He is never in doubt as to whether the souls of his characters are rising or falling.’ There is a constant pattern in the tragedies: ‘first the hero is untrue to his own self, then he casts out love, then conscience is gone – or rather inverted – and the devil enters into him.’ Vyvyan shows us this pattern of damnation, or its counterpart – a pattern of regeneration – working out in certain plays, contrasting Hamlet with Measure for Measure and Othello with The Winter’s Tale, where a similar dilemma and choice confront the hero. His intuitive insights also illumine Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Titus Andronicus which focus on the fall, whereas The Tempest explores most fully the pattern of regeneration and creative mercy.Here is a book, both thought-provoking and persuasive, which will send many readers back to Shakespeare’s plays with fresh vision and clearer understanding. To assist such readers, this edition cross-references the quotations in the text to the relevant place in the play. The text has been completely reset and the index expanded.

    • Literature & Literary Studies

      Hel Dail Gwyrdd

      by Menna Elfyn

    • Literature & Literary Studies

      Canu'n Iach!

      by T. Llew Jones

    • Literature & Literary Studies

      Rocky Mountain Mammals

      A Handbook of Mammals of Rocky Mountain National Park & Vicinity: 3rd Edition

      by David M Armstrong

      Revised, updated, and with more than 50 new colour photographs, ROCKY MOUNTAIN MAMMALS is a non-technical guide to the mammals of the Southern Rocky Mountains and their foothills, with special emphasis on Rocky Mountain National Park and vicinity. In seventy-two species accounts, David M. Armstrong describes each animal and its signs, habits, habitat, and natural history, noting times when seasonal events such as elk sparring occur. Introductory materials and appendices offer rich context and wildlife-watching support, including a checklist with page numbers for quick field reference, an identification key, a glossary, derivations of scientific names, and advice on how, when, and where to watch mammals. Armstrong introduces mammalian evolution, anatomy, and distribution and offers perspective on how the local fauna fits into its geographical setting and into past and potential future faunas of the region.

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