• 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.

    • Literature: history & criticism
      January 2019

      Servants and the Gothic, 1764-1831

      A half-told tale

      by Kathleen Hudson

      This volume examines a selection of the most complex and important servant characters and servant narratives in early Gothic literature. It defines servant narratives as a Gothic ‘performance’, and examines such servants’ impact on literary, social and personal identity.

    • 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’.

    • 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.

    • Literary studies: general
      July 2011

      Gothic Machine

      Textualities, Pre-Cinematic Media and Film in Popular Visual Culture, 1670-1910

      by David J. Jones (Author)

      Gothic Machine is a ground-breaking exploration of relations between Gothic literature, pre-cinematic media such as magic lanterns, phantasmagoria and dioramas and the first films 1670-1910. Starting with the earliest projections of horror images, continuing through the development of Gothic fiction and drama and closing with the first Frankenstein film, this study is a fascinating and pioneering evaluation of relations between these different media. As early as 1800, the Marquis de Sade identified Gothic novels such as The Monk and The Mysteries of Udolpho as ‘phantasmagoria’. This work explores the reasons why and, amongst the other mysteries broached en route is the reason that our first view of Dracula on English soil is described by Bram Stoker as a ‘diorama’. That doyen of tales of terror, Sheridan Le Fanu is revealed to be a literary magic lanternist, as is Robert Louis Stevenson. Symbolist visions of spectral automated chanteuses and demonic panoramas are discussed as are the darkest fantasies of J-K Huysmans and the earliest film-makers. This study, which moves between detailed study of the work of specific showmen and artists in relation to media histories and, elsewhere, much wider and more general surveys of cultural expression of these processes, is driven by historicist thought throughout. The author’s argument is audacious and bold, challenging critical orthodoxies on spectrality and the envisioning of ghosts. As the cultural detective who re-discovered the setting of E.G. Robertson’s convent Phantasmagoria, Dr. Jones is in a unique position to explore the performative aspects of this famous spectacle. The author explores five key periods in Germany, Britain, France and America over the designated span. Finally, the widely-ranging discussion crosses the line between pre-cinematic shows and cinema proper revealing how the new technology itself became a haunted, Gothic medium.

    • Literature: history & criticism
      November 2000

      Theatricality as Medium

      by Samuel Weber

      Ever since Aristotle's Poetics, both the theory and the practice of theater have been governed by the assumption that it is a form of representation dominated by what Aristotle calls the muthos, or the "plot." This conception of theater has subordinated characteristics related to the theatrical medium, such as the process and place of staging, to the demands of a unified narrative. This readable, thought-provoking, and multidisciplinary study explores theatrical writings that question this aesthetical-generic conception and seek instead to work with the medium of theatricality itself. Beginning with Plato, Samuel Weber tracks the uneasy relationships among theater, ethics, and philosophy through Aristotle, the major Greek tragedians, Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, Kafka, Freud, Benjamin, Artaud, and many others who develop alternatives to dominant narrative-aesthetic assumptions about the theatrical medium. His readings also interrogate the relation of theatricality to the introduction of electronic media.;The result is to show that, far from breaking with the characteristics of live staged performance, the new media intensify ambivalences about place and identity already at work in theater since the Greeks.

    • Literary studies: general
      February 2003

      Intrigues

      From Being to the Other

      by Gabriel Riera

    • Literary studies: general
      March 2008

      The Other Night

      Dreaming, Writing, and Restlessness in Twentieth-Century Literature

      by Herschel Farbman

    • Literary studies: general
      April 2005

      An Ethics of Betrayal

      The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture

      by Crystal Parikh

    • Literary studies: general
      January 2007

      Mourning Modernism

      Literature, Catastrophe, and the Politics of Consolation

      by Lecia Rosenthal

    • Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
      August 2007

      A Local Habitation and a Name

      Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance

      by Albert Russell Ascoli

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