• Literature & Literary Studies
      May 2018

      The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829

      by Christina Morin

      The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760-1829 offers a compelling account of the development of gothic literature in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Ireland. Countering traditional scholarly views of the 'rise' of 'the gothic novel' on the one hand, and, on the other, Irish Romantic literature, this study persuasively re-integrates a body of now overlooked works into the history of the literary gothic as it emerged across Ireland, Britain, and Europe between 1760 and 1829. Its twinned quantitative and qualitative analysis of neglected Irish texts produces a new formal, generic, and ideological map of gothic literary production in this period, persuasively positioning Irish works and authors at the centre of a new critical paradigm with which to understand both Irish Romantic and gothic literary production.

    • 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.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2018

      Hans-Fallada-Handbuch

      by Gustav Frank, Stefan Scherer

      Der professionelle Medienarbeiter Hans Fallada (1893-1947) gehört zu den repräsentativen Autoren der Synthetischen Moderne, die kulturelle Kontinuitäten von der Weimarer Republik über das Dritte Reich bis in die frühe Nachkriegszeit hinein bezeichnet. Dargestellt wird Falladas gesamtes Werk im literatur-, medien- und sozialgeschichtlichen Zusammenhang auch für die NS-Zeit, unter deren Zensur er weiterhin publizieren wollte. Dies geschieht in Werkartikeln zu allen Romanen, in Überblicksartikeln zu Falladas Erzählungen, zu seinen Unterhaltungsromanen, Märchen und Kinderbüchern, schließlich in Grundlagenartikeln zur Poetologie dieses populären Schreibens in der neuartigen ‚middlebrow culture’. Erstmals werden auch die literarischen Verfahrensweisen aus allen Phasen dieses Werks im Verhältnis zu den umfassend dokumentierten journalistischen Arbeiten Falladas analysiert. Der Band schließt mit Beiträgen zur Wirkung und aktuellen weltweiten Resonanz. Die Gesamtbibliographie weist alle ermittelbaren Publikationen Falladas auch in Zeitungen und Zeitschriften nach. Das Handbuch erschließt erstmals Falladas Gesamtwerk.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      December 2018

      After 69 CE - Writing Civil War in Flavian Rome

      by Lauren Donovan Ginsberg, Darcy A. Krasne

      Trends in Classics, a series and journal edited by Franco Montanari and Antonios Rengakos, publishes innovative, interdisciplinary work which brings to the study of Greek and Latin texts the insights and methods of related disciplines such as narratology, intertextuality, reader-response criticism, and oral poetics. Both publications seek to publish research across the full range of classical antiquity. The series Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes welcomes monographs, edited volumes, conference proceedings and collections of papers; it provides an important forum for the ongoing debate about where Classics fits in modern cultural and historical studies. The journal Trends in Classics is published twice a year with approx. 160 pp. per issue. Each year one issue is devoted to a specific subject with articles edited by a guest editor.

    • The Arts
      October 2018

      Handbook of International Futurism

      by Günter Berghaus

      The Handbook of International Futurism is the first reference work ever to presents in a comparative fashion all media and countries in which the movement, initiated by F.T. Marinetti in 1909, exercised a particularly noteworthy influence. The handbook offers a synthesis of the state of scholarship regarding the international radiation of Futurism and its influence in some fifteen artistic disciplines and thirty-eight countries. While acknowledging the great achievements of the movement in the visual and literary arts of Italy and Russia, it treats Futurism as an international, multidisciplinary phenomenon that left a lasting mark on the manifold artistic manifestations of the early twentieth-century avant-garde. Hundreds of artists, who in some phase in their career absorbed Futurist ideas and stylistic devices, are presented in the context of their national traditions, their international connections and the media in which they were predominantly active. The handbook acts as a kind of multi-disciplinary, geographical encyclopaedia of Futurism and gives scholars with varying levels of experience a detailed overview of all countries and disciplines in which the movement had a major impact.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      July 2018

      Der Reformator und Aufklärer Martin Opitz (1597–1639)

      Ein Humanist im Zeitalter der Krisis

      by Klaus Garber

      Hundert Jahre nach der Reformation ging ein zündendes Manifest für eine neue Literatur in deutscher Sprache gemäß den Standards der europäischen Renaissance hinaus in die Welt. Es war das Jahr, da die ‚Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft‘ als namhafteste kulturpolitische Vereinigung auf deutschem Boden noch vor der ‚Académie Française‘ gegründet wurde. Das Jahr 1617 ist ein Schlüsseldatum der deutschen Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte. Martin Opitz lieferte ihm die Stichworte. Zwischen Conrad Celtis und Johann Christoph Gottsched nimmt er die entscheidende Mittelstellung ein. Als ‚Vater der deutschen Dichtung‘ ist er in die Literaturgeschichte eingegangen, aber er war mehr als das. An der Wende vom 16. zum 17. Jahrhundert erlebte er mit seinen wachen späthumanistischen Weggefährten in Europa den Zusammenbruch der ‚una societas christiana‘ und die Wehen der neuen Zeit. Als unermüdlicher Streiter für religiöse Toleranz, für patriotische Versöhnung über die Konfessionsgrenzen hinweg und für eine den Nachbarländern ebenbürtige deutsche Sprache und Poesie wirkte er an vorderster Stelle mit an dem Brückenschlag vom Humanismus zur Aufklärung, wie er um 1600 allenthalben erfolgte. Klaus Garber entfaltet in zwanzig Kapiteln ein neues und unverändert aktuelles Bild des großen Autors.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2018

      Moses und Homer

      Griechen, Juden, Deutsche: Eine andere Geschichte der deutschen Kultur

      by Bernd Witte

      Das Buch befragt die deutsche Literatur- und Geistesgeschichte nach der Verdrängung der jüdischen Tradition und markiert die Lücken, die durch die Vertreibung der geistigen Repräsentanten des Judentums aus dem deutschen Sprachraum gerissen worden sind. Als in Deutschland gegen Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts uneingeschränkte Bewunderung für das antike Griechentum aufkam, wurde gleichzeitig das sich gerade der europäischen Aufklärung öffnende Judentum auf dem Schauplatz der Religionskritik vehement bekämpft. In diesem Kontext ist der aggressive Antijudaismus zu verstehen, mit dem sich Goethe und Schiller gegen die Sinai-Offenbarung und deren legendären Mittler Moses wandten. Beginnend mit Winckelmann hat die deutsche Klassik einen neuen Legitimationsdiskurs geschaffen, der unter Rückgriff auf den antiken Polytheismus das ‚produktive Individuum‘ und die ‚wachsende Natur‘ zu seinen zentralen Kategorien machte und damit den geltenden Monotheismus zu verdrängen suchte. Im Gegensatz dazu suchten Mendelssohn und Heine die Position einer deutsch-jüdischen Moderne zu etablieren. Das Buch verfolgt, wie der ‚Weltanschauungskampf‘ gegen den Monotheismus zum ‚völkischen‘ Antisemitismus des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts führte und in der Shoa mündete, was die Verdrängung der jüdischen Tradition aus dem kulturellen Gedächtnis der Deutschen zur Folge hatte.

    • Literature: history & criticism
      October 2018

      The Algerian War in French/Algerian Writing

      Literary Sites of Memory

      by Jonathan Lewis

      This book analyses representations of the Algerian War of Independence (1954–62) in the literary output of French authors of Algerian origin, problematising the extent to which these literary ‘sites of memory’ provide appropriate spaces of consensus for hitherto competing memories of the war.

    • Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
      December 2018

      Ecstasy in the Classroom

      Trance, Self, and the Academic Profession in Medieval Paris

      by Even-Ezra, Ayelet

      Can ecstatic experiences be studied with the academic instruments of rational investigation? What kinds of religious illumination are experienced by academically minded people? And what is the specific nature of the knowledge of God that university theologians of the Middle Ages enjoyed compared with other modes of knowing God, such as rapture, prophecy, the beatific vision, or simple faith? Ecstasy in the Classroom explores the interface between academic theology and ecstatic experience in the first half of the thirteenth century, formative years in the history of the University of Paris, medieval Europe’s “fountain of knowledge.” It considers little-known texts by William of Auxerre, Philip the Chancellor, William of Auvergne, Alexander of Hales, and other theologians of this community, thus creating a group portrait of a scholarly discourse. It seeks to do three things. The first is to map and analyze the scholastic discourse about rapture and other modes of cognition in the first half of the thirteenth century. The second is to explicate the perception of the self that these modes imply: the possibility of transformation and the complex structure of the soul and its habits. The third is to read these discussions as a window on the predicaments of a newborn community of medieval professionals and thereby elucidate foundational tensions in the emergent academic culture and its social and cultural context. Juxtaposing scholastic questions with scenes of contemporary courtly romances and reading Aristotle’s Analytics alongside hagiographical anecdotes, Ecstasy in the Classroom challenges the often rigid historiographical boundaries between scholastic thought and its institutional and cultural context.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      May 2019

      Women and the City in French Literature and Culture

      Reconfiguring the Feminine in the Urban Environment

      by Siobhán McIlvanney, Gillian Ni Cheallaigh

      This collection of essays contains critical analysis, from a female perspective, of a selection of films, journals and novels from the French medieval period to the Franco-Algerian present, and gives us a strikingly original view of the relationship between women and the cities that they increasingly call ‘home’.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      July 2019

      Horror and Religion

      New literary approaches to Theology, Race and Sexuality

      by Eleanor Beal, Jonathan Greenaway

      Horror and Religion is an edited collection of essays offering structured discussions of spiritual and theological conflicts in horror from the late-sixteenth to the twenty-first century. Contributors explore the various ways that horror and religion have interacted over themes of race and sexuality.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      September 2019

      Introducing the Medieval Dragon

      by Thomas Honegger

      It is the aim of this short study to explore the characteristics of the medieval dragon, to describe its pedigree in antiquity and beyond, to discuss the different and sometimes differing views on the dragon in the relevant medieval text types – notably encyclopaedias, religious texts, and secular poems and tales – and briefly to outline the development of the dragon in post-medieval literature and culture.

    • Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
      November 2019

      Middle English Devotional Compilations

      Composing Imaginative Variations in Late Medieval England

      by Diana Denissen

      Middle English Devotional Compilations approaches compiling as a literary activity and as an active way of shaping the medieval text. This monograph examines three major but understudied Middle English devotional compilations in depth: the Pore Caitif, The Tretyse of Love and A Talkyng of the Love of God.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      November 2019

      John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic

      Poetry, Documentary, Nation

      by Kieron Smith

      In a uniquely dualistic creative career spanning five decades, John Ormond made major contributions to both English-language poetry and documentary filmmaking. Born in Swansea, he learned to ‘think in terms of pictures’ while working as a journalist in London, where he secured a job at the celebrated photojournalist magazine Picture Post. Employed later by the BBC in Cardiff during the early days of television, Ormond went on to become a pioneer in documentary film. This book is the first in-depth examination of the fascinating correspondences between Ormond’s twin creative channels; viewing his work against the backdrop of a changing Wales, it constitutes an important case study in the history of documentary filmmaking, in the history of British television, and in the cultural history of Wales.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      February 2020

      New Theoretical Perspectives on Dylan Thomas

      “ A writer of words, and nothing else”?

      by Kieron Smith and Rhian Barfoot

      Dylan Thomas’s reputation precedes him. In keeping with his claim that he held ‘a beast, an angel, and a madman in him’, interpretations of his work have ranged from solemn adoration to dubious mythologising. His many voices continue to reverberate across culture and the arts: from poetry and letters, to popular music and Hollywood film. However, this wide and sometimes controversial renown has occasionally hindered serious analysis of his writing. Counterbalancing the often-misleading popular reputation, this book showcases eight new critical perspectives on Thomas’s work. It is the first to provide in one volume a critical overview of the multifaceted range of his output, from the poetry, prose and correspondence to his work for wartime propaganda filmmaking, his late play for voices Under Milk Wood, and his reputation in letters and wider society. The whole proves that Thomas was much more than his own self-characterisation as a ‘writer of words, and nothing else’.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      April 2018

      Looking up at the stars in the abyss: the humbleness and pride of celebrities in Wei and Jin Dynasty

      by Bei Mingyu

      This book is a celebrity biography of Wei Jin Dynasties. The stories are authentic, which take us to review the Wei Jin Dynasties, and appreciate those interesting stories and souls

    • Literary studies: general

      Ceinciau'r Mabinogi

      by Brinley Rees

    • Literary studies: general
      January 2012

      The Queer Uncanny

      New Perspectives on the Gothic

      by Paulina Palmer (Author)

      The Queer Uncanny: New Perspectives on the Gothic investigates the diverse roles that the uncanny, as defined by Sigmund Freud, Helene Cixous and other theorists, plays in representing lesbian and male gay sexualities and transgender in a selection of contemporary British, American and Caribbean fiction published 1980-2007. Novels by Christopher Bram, Alan Hollinghurst, Randall Kenan, Shani Mootoo, James Purdy, Sarah Schulman, Ali Smith, Sarah Waters, Jeanette Winterson and other writers are discussed in the context of queer theory and gothic critical writing. The notion of the uncanny as ‘tangential and to one side’ and ‘appearing on the fringe of something else’, as defined by Cixous and Rosemary Jackson, appropriately evokes the situation of the queer individual living in a minority sub-culture and existing in oblique relation to hetero- normative society. Motifs with uncanny connotations discussed include secrets that society would prefer to remain hidden but come to light, spectral visitation, the emergence of repressed fears and desires, the double, and the homely/ unhomely house. Writers employ them to explore topics integral to queer existence. These include secrets relating to the closet and AIDS; homosexual panic; lesbian social invisibility; transgender subjectivity; the intersection between sexuality and race; the vilification of the queer subject as ‘monstrous Other’; the domestic life of the gay couple destabilised by homophobic influences from the public world; and the heterosexual family disrupted by homosexual secrets from within. The queer recasting of gothic motifs, such as the haunted house, the uncanny city, the grotesque body, and the breakdown of the family due to paternal incest, receives attention.

    • Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
      September 2012

      The Holy Grail

      History and Legend

      by Juliette Wood (Author)

      The Holy Grail is one of the most fascinating themes in medieval literature. It was described as the vessel used by Jesus to celebrate the first Eucharist and it became the object of the greatest quest undertaken by King Arthur’s knight. This book examines the traditions attached to the Holy Grail from its first appearance in medieval romance through its transformation into an object of mystical significance in modern literature and film. It is a journey filled with knightly quests, mystics and holy relics, poets and novelists, outlandish speculation and serious thought.

    • Literary studies: general
      June 2009

      Postcolonialism Revisited

      Writing Wales in English

      by Kirsti Bohata (Author)

      Postcolonialism Revisited is a ground-breaking book, the first to explore and analyse Anglophone Welsh writing, both literary and otherwise, in the context of contemporary thinking about colonial and post-colonial cultures. Kirsti Bohata considers how far the paradigms of postcolonial theory may be usefully adopted and adapted to provide an illuminating exploration of Welsh writing in English, while simultaneously considering the challenges that such writing might offer to the field of postcolonial theory.

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