Download E-books Victorian Soundscapes PDF

By John M. Picker

Faraway from the hushed restraint we go together with the Victorians, their international pulsated with sound. This e-book indicates how, in additional methods than one, Victorians have been listening to issues. The representations shut listeners left in their soundscapes provided new meanings for silence, song, noise, voice, and echo that represent a big a part of the Victorian legacy to us at the present time. In chronicling the shift from Romantic to trendy configurations of sound and voice, Picker attracts upon literary and clinical works to recapture the feel of aural discovery figures equivalent to Babbage, Helmholtz, Freud, Bell, and Edison shared with the likes of Dickens, George Eliot, Tennyson, Stoker, and Conrad.

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Download E-books The Epistemological Perspective of the Pearl-Poet PDF

By Piotr Spyra

Unique and interesting, this learn offers the 4 nameless poems present in the Cotton Nero MS - Pearl, Cleanness, endurance, and Sir Gawain and the fairway Knight - as a composite textual content with a continual narrative. whereas it really is greatly accredited that the poems attributed to the Pearl-Poet needs to be learn jointly, this ebook demonstrates that rather than being analyzed as 4 specific, notwithstanding interconnected, textual entities, they should be studied as a unmarried literary unit that produces that means via its personal difficult inner constitution. Piotr Spyra defines the epistemological considered Saint Augustine as an interpretive key which, whilst utilized to the composite textual content of the manuscript, unearths a cloth of thematic continuity. This e-book eventually offers the reader with a transparent feel of the poet's standpoint at the nature of human wisdom in addition to its ethical implications and with a deeper figuring out of ways the poems carry the theological and philosophical difficulties of the center a while to endure at the person human event.

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Download E-books Art of Subversion in Inquisitional Spain (Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures) PDF

Rojas's Celestina (1499) could be the second one maximum paintings of Spanish literature, correct after Don Quixote , and Delicado sought to surpass it with los angeles Lozana andaluza (1530), a big precedent of the picaresque novel. either works have been written in the course of the peak of the Inquisition, while the single particularly secure method for brand spanking new Christian writers of Jewish extraction like Rojas and Delicado to specific what they felt concerning the discrimination they suffered and their doubts concerning the religion that were compelled upon their ancestors used to be in a covert, oblique demeanour. a few students have detected this subversive point in Rojas' and Delicado's corrosive view of the Christian societies during which they lived, yet this publication is going a long way past such impressionism, displaying via ample textual facts that those authors used superficial bawdiness and claims concerning the morality in their respective works as hide to encode assaults opposed to the vital dogmas of Christianity: the Annunciation, the Virgin delivery, the Incarnation, and the Holy Trinity. This booklet, with a view to generate controversy between Hispanists, a lot of whom have refused to check those works for non-Catholic perspectives, may be of curiosity not just to scholars and students of Spanish literature, but additionally to these inquisitive about Jewish reports, Medieval eu heritage, and cultural studies.

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Download E-books Skylark Meets Meadowlark: Reimagining the Bird in British Romantic and Contemporary Native American Literature PDF

By Thomas C. Gannon

A Native rereading of either British Romanticism and mainstream Euro-American ecocriticism, this cross-cultural transatlantic research of literary imaginings approximately birds units the schedule for a extra subtle and nuanced ecocriticism. Lakota critic Thomas C. Gannon explores how poets and nature writers in Britain and local the USA have included birds into their writings. He discerns an evolution in humankind’s representations—and attitudes toward—other species via reading the avian photographs and tropes in British Romantic and local American literatures, and by means of contemplating how such literary therapy succeeds from an ecological or animal-rights perspective.
Such depictions, Gannon argues, show a lot approximately underlying cultural and historic relationships with the Other—whether different species or different peoples. He elucidates the altering interconnections among birds and people in British Romanticism from Cowper to Clare, with specific realization to Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, and Keats. Gannon then considers how birds are imagined through local writers, together with early Lakota authors and modern poets reminiscent of Linda Hogan and pleasure Harjo. eventually he exhibits how the delicate and far-reaching connections with nature cast by way of local American writers inspire a extra holistic reimagining of humankind’s dating to different animals.

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Download E-books Stirring Age: Scott, Byron and the Historical Romance PDF

Comparisons of Scott and Byron, so normal to nineteenth century readers, are scarce these days. utilizing a number of serious and philosophical vocabularies illustratively, notwithstanding now not dependently, this learn offers a well timed and unique learn of 2 giants of nineteenth century ecu literature engaged in an experimental, mutually-informing act of genre-splicing, looking to go back background and romance to what either perceived was once their local complementarity. The publication exhibits how either writers utilise ancient examples to signify the ongoing relevance of romance versions, and the way they confront threats to that relevance, whether or not they derive from the linear belief of heritage or the 'romantic' misapprehension of it. The argument proceeds through analyzing these threats, after which weighing the revival of romance through, instead of contra, the ancient.

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Download E-books Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy PDF

By Geraldine Heng

Empire of Magic deals a genesis and family tree for medieval romance and the King Arthur legend in the course of the background of Europe's encounters with the East in crusades, go back and forth, missionizing, and empire formation. It additionally produces definitions of "race" and "nation" for the medieval interval and posits that the center a while and medieval fantasies of race and faith have lately returned.

Drawing on feminist and gender idea, in addition to cultural analyses of race, classification, and colonialism, this provocative booklet revises our realizing of the beginnings of the 9 hundred-year-old cultural style we name romance, in addition to the King Arthur legend. Geraldine Heng argues that romance arose within the 12th century as a cultural reaction to the trauma and horror of taboo acts―in specific the cannibalism devoted by means of crusaders at the our bodies of Muslim enemies in Syria through the First campaign. From such encounters with the East, Heng indicates, sprang the fantastical episodes that includes King Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth's chronicle The heritage of the Kings of England, a piece the place historical past and fable collide and merge, every one into the opposite, inventing the most important new examples and versions for romances to return.

After finding the increase of romance and Arthurian legend within the touch zones of East and West, Heng demonstrates the adaptability of romance and its key function within the genesis of an English nationwide id. Discussing Jews, girls, youngsters, and sexuality in works just like the romance of Richard Lionheart, tales of the saintly Constance, Arthurian chivralic literature, the legend of Prester John, and commute narratives, Heng indicates how fable enabled audiences to paintings via problems with communal id, race, colour, classification and replacement sexualities in socially sanctioned and secure modes of cultural dialogue within which excitement, no longer anxiousness, used to be paramount. Romance additionally engaged with the specter of modernity within the past due medieval interval, as financial, social, and technological modifications happened and information grew of a significantly enlarged international past Europe, one encompassing India, China, and Africa. eventually, Heng posits, romance locates England and Europe inside of an empire of magic and information that surveys the realm and makes it intelligible―usable―for the future.

Empire of Magic is expansive in scope, spanning the 11th to the 15th centuries, and unique in assurance, analyzing quite a few varieties of romance―historical, nationwide, renowned, chivalric, kin, and commute romances, between others―to see how cultural delusion responds to altering crises, pressures, and calls for in a few other ways. Boldly debatable, theoretically refined, and traditionally rooted, Empire of Magic is a dramatic restaging of the position romance performed within the tradition of a interval and international in ways in which recommend how cultural delusion nonetheless capabilities for us today.

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Download E-books Contemporary Gothic (Focus on Contemporary Issues (FOCI)) PDF

By Catherine Spooner

Modern Gothic tradition alternately fascinates, horrifies, or bewilders many people. We draw back at images of Marilyn Manson, cheer for Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and take a look at to not stare on the pierced and tattooed youth we move at the streets. yet what's it approximately this darkish and morbidly morose aesthetic that fascinates us this present day? In Contemporary Gothic, Catherine Spooner probes the explanations in the back of the superiority of the Gothic in pop culture and the way it has encouraged leading edge new paintings in movie, literature, track, and art. 

Spooner strains the emergence of the Gothic culture over the last few a long time and examines some of the features of up to date society that revolve round the gruesome, abject, and synthetic. The Gothic is consistently resituated in several spheres of tradition, she unearths, as she explores the transplantation of the “street” Goth variety to high fashion runway appears to be like through model designers. The Gothic additionally looks in a couple of strangely varied representations, and Spoonerconsiders all of them, from the creative excesses of Jake and Dinos Chapman to the models of Alexander McQueen, and from the mind-bending movies of David Lynch to the irregular postmodern topics of Joel-Peter Witkin’s photography.

In an attractive approach, Contemporary Gothic argues that this type eventually balances a couple of contradictions—the gruesome and incorporeal, genuine self-expression and campiness, mass acceptance and cult charm, convenience and outrage—and those contradictions make the Gothic a vital expression of latest cultural currents. no matter if trying to comprehend the tales in the back of the television express Supernatural or to extract deeper meanings from glossy literature, Contemporary Gothic is a full of life and nearly remarkable research of the fashionable Gothic sensibility that pervades pop culture today.

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Download E-books Image of the Sea: Oceanic Consciousness in the Romantic Century PDF

This publication explores the unheard of surge or oceanic feeling within the aesthetic expression of the romantic century. As secular idea started to displace the certainties of a sacral universe, the oceans that supply lifestyles to our planet provided an emblem of eternity, rooted within the event of nature instead of Biblical culture. photos of the ocean permeated the minds of the early Romantics, turned an important aspect of romantic expression, and persisted to emerge within the language, literature, artwork, and tune of the 19th century. those pages record the proof for this oceanic cognizance in the most artistic minds of that century.

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Download E-books The Tower of London in English Renaissance Drama: Icon of Opposition (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory) PDF

By Kristen Deiter

The Tower of London in English Renaissance Drama historicizes the Tower of London's evolving meanings in English tradition along its representations in twenty-four English background performs, 1579-c.1634, by way of William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and others. whereas Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I formed the Tower as a showplace of royal authority, beauty, and entertainment, many playwrights of the time revealed the Tower's instability as a royal image and represented it, as a substitute, as a symbol of competition to the crown and as a physically and non secular icon of non-royal English identity.

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