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  • Download E-books Columbarium (Phoenix Poets) PDF

    By Susan Stewart

    Winner of the 2003 nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award within the type of poetry.

    In her long-awaited fourth booklet of poetry, Susan Stewart supplies us a chain of most suitable, numinous poems approximately truths realized with the brain yet let loose throughout the senses. Modeled at the seventeenth-century perform of century varieties, or books of 1 hundred pages, Columbarium expresses the bond among the dwelling and the useless in voices of mother or father to baby, lover to loved, and mortal to the gods. The publication arrives as a meditative present from one in all our most dear poet-critics.

    Stewart frames her Columbarium with 4 poems reminiscent of the elements-to their damaging and inventive facets and to their roles within the human and greater than human worlds. either nest and crypt, the book's middle holds an alphabet of "shadow georgics," poems of guide and doubt that hyperlink wisdom and the subconscious. Questions of mortality, of goodness and anguish, and of the fragility and tool of reminiscence animate those poems. in a single poem an apple calls the narrator again from the lifeless to get pleasure from the echoes of its forms in fantasy and literature. In one other, the seeds of a pear tree exhibit the fundamental solidarity that makes the variety of life possible.

    Stewart's Columbarium is either a memorial to the lifeless and a testomony to life.

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  • Download E-books American Post-Modernist Novels (Introduction to Literary Context) PDF

    The advent to Literary Context sequence offers introductory overviews of a few of the world's best-known works of literature, together with novels, brief tales, novellas, and poems, putting them in old, societal, clinical and non secular context in their time to deepen figuring out and inspire dialogue. This quantity introduces literary contexts as they observe to American novels written publish 1960, via American and Canadian authors, delivering highschool and undergraduate scholars a operating beginning of literary context designed to organize them for extra severe literary research, corresponding to in serious Insights. br> This new sequence - advent to Literary Context -- presents richly precise essays on major American post-modernist novels which are studied through top highschool and undergraduate students. It comprises post-modern works by way of either American and Canadian authors. This quantity contains dialogue of 36 novels, together with: How the Garcia ladies misplaced Their accessory (Julia Alverez); Libra (Don DeLillo); lady, Interrupted (Susana Kaysan); The pink Tent (Anita Diamant); The Handmaid's story (Margaret Atwood); Neruomancer (William Gibson); The bare and the lifeless (Norman Mailer); loved (Toni Morrison); Zombie (Joyce Carol Oates); Rabbit Run (John Updike); and Jailbird (Kurt Vonnegut). each one essay examines those novels during the following different types: content material Synopsis; Societal Context; medical & Technological Context; and Biographical Context. Designed to introduce highschool and undergraduate scholars to those literary innovations, this quantity is a invaluable forerunner to the extra rigorous severe research supplied in Salem's serious Insights sequence. certainly, the various novels, authors, and topics coated in advent to Literary Context have a better half severe perception quantity for endured examine. The essays in advent to Literary Context: American Post-Modernist Novels additionally comprise an inventory of Complementary Texts, dialogue Questions, and Essay inquiries to support scholars get the main out in their research of those novels.

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  • Download E-books American Modernism's Expatriate Scene: The Labour of Translation (Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures EUP) PDF

    By Daniel Katz

    This learn takes as its aspect of departure an important premise: that the common phenomenon of expatriation in American modernism is much less a flight from the fatherland than a dialectical go back to it, yet one that renders uncanny all tropes of familiarity and immediacy which 'fatherlands' and 'mother tongues' are typically visible as offering. during this framework, equally totalising notions of cultural authenticity are noticeable to control either exoticist mystification and 'nativist' obsessions with the purity of the 'mother tongue.' whilst, cosmopolitanism, translation, and multilingualism develop into frequently eroticised tropes of violation of this version, and as a result, concurrently courted and abhorred, in a flow which, if crystallised in expatriate modernism, persevered to make its presence felt beyond.

    Beginning with the overdue paintings of Henry James, this booklet is going directly to research at size Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein, to finish with the uncanny regionalism of mid-century San Francisco Renaissance poet Jack Spicer, and the deterritorialised aesthetic of Spicer's peer, John Ashbery. via an emphasis on modernism as an area of generalized interference, the perform and trope of translation emerges as primary to the entire writers involved, whereas the publication continues to be in consistent discussion with key contemporary works on transnationalism, transatlanticism, and modernism.

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  • Download E-books Manifesting America: The Imperial Construction of U.S. National Space PDF

    By Mark Rifkin

    The growth of the U.S. within the antebellum interval trusted the declare that the nation's barriers have been either self-evident and depending on the consent of these enclosed inside of them. whereas the removing of yankee Indians and racism towards former Mexicans has been well-documented, little consciousness has been paid to the criminal rhetorics by which the incorporation of those peoples and their territories was once justified, portraying them as actively agreeing to come back lower than the authority of the U.S. but while the production and extension of U.S. jurisdiction functioned as an imperial procedure, it didn't cross unchallenged via ruled populations. In Manifesting America, Mark Rifkin explores how writings via local american citizens and previous Mexicans protested the criminal narratives that will normalize their absorption into U.S. nationwide area.

    Focusing on Indian elimination within the southeast and western nice Lakes areas in addition to the annexation of Texas and California, the monograph tracks the disagreement among U.S. legislation and the self-representations of once-alien peoples newly subjected to it. associations within the U.S. legitimized conquest via growing kinds of respectable reputation for ruled teams that strengthened the common sense and justice of U.S. mappings. however the imposed mappings persevered to be haunted by means of the endurance of past political geographies. analyzing various nonfictional writings (including memorials, autobiographies, and histories) produced through imperially displaced populations, Rifkin illustrates how those texts contest the phrases and dynamics of U.S. coverage through highlighting particular types of collectivity and placemaking disavowed in reliable money owed. Persuasively argued and anchored with really apt learn, Manifesting America offers an past due bankruptcy within the background of resistance to U.S. imperialism.

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  • Download E-books Impersonality: Seven Essays PDF

    By Sharon Cameron

    Philosophers have lengthy debated the themes of individual and personhood. Sharon Cameron ushers this debate into the literary realm by means of contemplating impersonality within the works of significant American writers and figures of foreign modernism—writers for whom own id is inconsequential or even imaginary. In essays on William Empson, Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, T. S. Eliot, and Simone Weil, Cameron examines the impulse to hole out the center of human strong point, to build a voice that's no one’s voice, to type a personality with no significant attributes, a being that's nearly anonymous.

    “To consent to being anonymous,” Weil wrote, “is to endure witness to the reality. yet how is that this appropriate with social existence and its labels?” all through those essays Cameron examines the friction, even violence, set in movement from such incompatibility—from a “truth” that has no social beginning. Impersonality investigates the uncompromising nature of writing that suspends, eclipses, or even destroys the individual as a social, political, or person entity, of writing that engages with own id in the interim whilst its ordinary markers vanish or dissolve.

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  • Download E-books The Gun and the Pen: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and the Fiction of Mobilization PDF

    By Keith Gandal

    Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner stand because the American voice of the good warfare. yet was once it battle that drove them to write down? now not in accordance with Keith Gandal, who argues that the authors' well-known postwar novels have been influenced no longer via their reports of the horrors of battle yet fairly via their failure to have these reports. those 'quintessential' male American novelists of the Twenties have been all, for various purposes, deemed mistaken as applicants for complete army carrier or command. consequently, Gandal contends, they felt themselves emasculated--not, because the traditional tale is going, because of their encounters with trench war, yet simply because they bought nowhere close to the genuine motion. Bringing to mild formerly unexamined military files, together with new information regarding the intelligence exams, The Gun and the Pen demonstrates that the authors' pissed off army objectives happened within the forgotten context of the unparalleled U.S. mobilization for the nice battle, a thorough attempt to remodel the military right into a meritocratic establishment, detached to ethnic and sophistication distinction (though to not racial difference). For those misplaced new release writers, the humiliating failure vis-à-vis the military intended a humiliation ahead of ladies and an lack of ability to compete effectively in a emerging social order, opposed to a brand new set of individuals. The Gun and the Pen restores those seminal novels to their right old context and provides a huge revision of our knowing of America's postwar literature.

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  • Download E-books James A. Michener - A Critical Companion (Critical Companions To Popular Contemporary Writers Series) PDF

    By Marilyn S. Severson

    In a profession writing fiction that spans greater than forty years, James A. Michener has sophisticated the paintings of telling an engrossing tale whereas providing enormous quantities of authentic details. His narratives are characterised by way of an acute experience of position and critical subject matters reminiscent of human tolerance, the connection among humans and their setting, and the price of human braveness and tough paintings. This examine is the 1st to evaluate and learn his fictional paintings in additional than ten years and discusses his contemporary fiction, in addition to his very important old fiction. The paintings contains a biographical bankruptcy, an outline of his fictional works, and shut, serious readings of 9 of his such a lot famous novels in order to be of particular curiosity to scholars of yank history.

    An commencing bankruptcy discusses his existence, together with his adolescence, schooling, travels, and the trail that led him to develop into a ultimate storyteller. The assessment bankruptcy examines the features of his fiction and normal thematic matters and gives short attention of the novels now not analyzed in indivual chapters. the rest 8 chapters specialise in person novels: The Fires of Spring, Hawaii, Centennial, Chesapeake, The Covenant, Space, Texas, Alaska, and Miracle in Seville. every one novel is analyzed for plot constitution, characterization, and thematic parts. additionally, Severson defines and applies replacement serious views from which to learn the radical. an entire, up to date bibliography of Michener's fiction and bibliography of experiences and feedback whole the paintings. This up to date critique of Michener's paintings will supercede the out-of-date works at the public library shelf and may aid the secondary university interdisciplinary American history/literature curriculum.

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  • Download E-books Signs of Life: Six Comedies of Menace PDF

    By Joan M. Schenkar

    Joan Schenkar, generally considered as America's most unusual lady modern playwright, is the writer of various experimental performs which she refers to as "comedies of menace." Bristling with wit and intelligence, the gathering positive factors symptoms of existence, Cabin Fever, The common Wolf, Burning wishes, The final of Hitler, and gratifying Koch's Postulate. those performs discover problems with feminism and gender politics, heritage and reminiscence, sexuality and violence, bringing to existence such figures as Gertrude Stein and Marlene Dietrich, Hitler and Eva Braun, P. T. Barnum and Henry and Alice James, Claude Levi-Strauss and Roland Barthes. Schenkar's charged language and evocative degree instructions invite the reader to turn into either performer and viewers, and the adventure is more advantageous either by means of richly evocative level instructions and illustrations from productions of the performs. first and foremost written to be learn like novels in addition to staged, the performs offer a distinct theatrical event, an event that may in basic terms be accessed by means of laughter.

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  • Download E-books The Trial of Curiosity: Henry James, William James, and the Challenge of Modernity PDF

    By Ross Posnock

    During this vital revisionist research, Posnock integrates literary and mental feedback with social and cultural thought to make an enormous improve in our figuring out of the existence and considered nice American figures, Henry and William James. demanding canonical pictures of either brothers, Posnock is the 1st to put them in a wealthy internet of cultural and highbrow affiliations produced from a number of yankee and ecu theorists of modernity. A startlingly new Henry James emerges from a cross-disciplinary discussion, which beneficial properties Veblen, Santayana, Bourne, and Dewey, in addition to Weber, Simmel, Benjamin, and Adorno.

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  • Download E-books American Theorists of the Novel: Henry James, Lionel Trilling and Wayne C. Booth (Routledge Critical Thinkers) PDF

    By Peter Rawlings

    The American theorists: Henry James, Lionel Trilling and Wayne C. sales space have revolutionized our knowing of narrative and feature each one championed the radical as an artwork shape. suggestions from their paintings became a part of the material of novel feedback at the present time, influencing theorists, authors and readers alike.

    Emphasizing the an important dating among the works of those 3 critics, Peter Rawlings explores their knowing of the unconventional shape, and investigates their principles on:

    • realism and representation
    • authors and narration
    • point of view and centres of consciousness
    • readers, analyzing and interpretation
    • moral intelligence.

    Rawlings demonstrates the significance of James, Trilling and sales space for modern literary concept and obviously introduces serious ideas that underlie any examine of narrative. American Theorists of the Novel is priceless studying for a person with an curiosity in American severe concept, or the style of the novel.

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