Download E-books The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon PDF

By Lana A. Whited

During this quantity, members from nice Britian, the U.S. and Canada supply a major severe exam of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books from a vast diversity of views, together with literature, folklore, psychology, sociology, and pop culture. an important percentage of the publication explores the Harry Potter sequence' literary ancestors, comparable to magic and delusion works by way of Ursula okay. LeGuin, Monica Furlong, and Jill Murphy, or even prior works approximately such subject matters because the British boarding college. Rowling's use of folkloric units is tested intimately, rather when it comes to how those parts bring up the books' attraction for kids. Language concerns reminiscent of translation and the dealing with of British slang in US and foreign-language variants of the books also are addressed. The books' charm for adolescent boys, who've no longer lately been a presence within the interpreting marketplace, is explored from a cultural body of reference, and gender dynamics are mentioned from the perspective of latest feminist literary conception, targeting the nature of Hermione Granger. The concluding essays survey spiritual objections to the booklet, in addition to the ethical oder provided through Rowling in the sequence. Written to make sure its accessibility not just to critical literary students but additionally to the final Potter reader, this quantity may still entice a huge viewers.

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Download E-books The Role of Translators in Children's Literature: Invisible Storytellers (Children's Literature and Culture) PDF

By Gillian Lathey

This publication deals a old research of key classical translated works for kids, reminiscent of writings through Hans Christian Andersen and Grimms’ stories. Translations dominate the earliest heritage of texts written for kids in English, and tales translated from different languages have endured to form its path to the current day. Lathey lines the function of the translator and the effect of translations at the historical past of English-language children’s literature from the 9th century onwards. Discussions of well known texts in each one period exhibit fluctuations within the reception of translated children’s texts, in addition to circumstances of cultural mediation via translators and editors. Abridgement, edition, and alteration through translators have usually been seen in a unfavourable mild, but a more in-depth exam of ancient translators’ prefaces finds a much more diverse photo than that of faceless conduits or wilful censors. From William Caxton’s commitment of his translated historical past of Jason to younger Prince Edward in 1477 (‘to thentent/he may perhaps begynne to lerne learn Englissh’), to Edgar Taylor’s justification of the 1st translation into English of Grimms’ stories as a method of selling children’s imaginations in an age of cause, translators have recorded in prefaces and different writings their didactic, spiritual, aesthetic, monetary, or even political reasons for translating children’s texts.

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Download E-books W.H. Auden: Towards A Postmodern Poetics PDF

This research reads Auden's poetry and performs throughout the shifts from modernism to postmodernism. It analyses the experiments in Auden's writings for his or her engagement with an important modern difficulties: that of the person on the subject of others, household, neighborhood, society, but in addition transcendental truths. It exhibits that instead of offering enterprise solutions, Auden's poetry emphasises the absence of certainties. but faraway from turning into nihilistic, it generates wish, affection, and most significantly a moral problem of accountability out of its discoveries.

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Download E-books Chaucer and His English Contemporaries: Prologue and Tale in The Canterbury Tales PDF

By W. A. Davenport

Modern methods of featuring Chaucer have usually made his paintings appear "normal," in order that The Canterbury Tales and its much-studied General Prologue are visible as archetypes of narrative and prologue. the writer of this e-book argues that research of Chaucer's significant paintings along modern English poems finds the extraordinary and severe points of Chaucer's writing in addition to the bold and experimental characteristics in his paintings. the focal point of the ebook is on concepts of narrative and discourse, however it contains dialogue of recognized center English poems--Confessio Amantis, Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the fairway Knight, --and a few much less standard romances, comparable to Gamelyn and Emaré, in addition to the assumption of the tale-collection.

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Download E-books Fanged Fan Fiction: Variations on Twilight, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries PDF

By Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, Malin Isaksson

Twilight, real Blood and The Vampire Diaries have sparked severe fan task and generated a wide volume of fan fiction: tales which attempt the boundaries of an already present fictional paintings and discover gaps and discrepancies inside of it. operating from the concept texts represent documents, accelerated and adjusted through each one addition, shut readings of a range of fanfics illustrate specific transformative practices within the on-line setting. The primary determine of the vampire is learn during the lens of fanfic authors' contributions to the documents, relatively relating to how figuratively or actually refanged types of the trope are used to subvert norms validated within the resource texts referring to depictions of sexuality, sexual practices, and monstrosity. advanced relationships among authorial energy and subversion, among mainstream messages and person interpretations, are tested via fanfic analyses, the findings contributing to discussions approximately modern literary creativity.

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Download E-books The Life of Reason or The Phases of Human Progress: Reason in Religion, Volume VII, Book Three (The Works of George Santayana) (Volume 7) PDF

By George Santayana

Santayana's Life of Reason, released in 5 books from 1905 to 1906, ranks as one of many maximum works in glossy philosophical naturalism. Acknowledging the normal fabric bases of human existence, Santayana lines the advance of the human capability for appreciating and cultivating the appropriate. it's a capability he indicates as he articulates a continuity working via animal impulse, functional intelligence, and excellent concord in cause, society, artwork, faith, and technology. The paintings is an exquisitely rendered imaginative and prescient of human existence lived sanely. during this 3rd booklet, Santayana bargains a naturalistic interpretation of faith. He believes that faith is ignoble if considered as a fair depiction of genuine beings and occasions; yet considered as poetry, it would be the best resource of knowledge. Santayana analyzes 4 attribute spiritual matters: piety, spirituality, charity, and immortality. he's at his such a lot profound in his dialogue of immortality, arguing for a fantastic immortality that doesn't get rid of the terror of dying yet bargains a manner for mortal guy to percentage in immortal issues and stay in a way that may bestow on his successors the imprint of his soul.

This serious variation, quantity VII of The Works of George Santayana, contains notes, textual statement, lists of editions and emendations, bibliography, and different instruments important to Santayana students. the opposite 4 books of the quantity contain cause in good judgment, cause in Society, cause in Art, and Reason in Science.

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Download E-books Transition, Reception And Modernism In W. B. Yeats PDF

During this learn of Yeats' poetry among 1902 and 1916, Greaves strongly reacts to the tendency in literary feedback to categorize Yeats' paintings as 'modernist', in its place, Greaves provide a special means of taking a look at the transition in Yeats' paintings during this interval, by means of interpreting the poems within the context of Yeats' existence. for this reason, the determine of Yeats the poet is resurrected from the exhaustive type of 'modernism' and the complicated connections among the determine of Yeats in the poems and its dating with the Yeats who exists outdoors them is printed.

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Download E-books American Crime Fiction: Studies in the Genre PDF

This quantity deals serious and theoretical views on probably the most renowned and enduring literary genres: American crime fiction. There are essays on Edgar Allan Poe, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, James M.Cain, Mickey Spillane, George V.Higgins and Jerome Charyn, masking the interval from 1840 to 1980. Hammett and Chandler have essays each one, reflecting their value, and lasting effect at the style. every one essay offers with an important point or notion linked to crime fiction. numerous analyzing innovations are hired to interrogate those texts, illustrating either the variety of methods to be had and the truth that glossy literary thought can usefully be utilized to any textual content or style. scholars of crime fiction looking new readings, and readers attracted to sleek ways to literature, resembling psychoanalytic theories, Marxist conception, semiotics, and linguistic thought, will locate this ebook helpful and informative. The essays are all new, and feature been particularly written for Insights through major teachers.

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Download E-books Running to Paradise: Yeats's Poetic Art PDF

By M.L. Rosenthal

In Running to Paradise, M.L. Rosenthal, hailed via the Times Literary Supplement as "one of crucial critics of twentieth-century poetry," leads us in the course of the lyric poetry and poetic drama of our century's maximum poet in English. His readings shed new, vibrant gentle on Yeats's bold makes use of of culture, his love poetry, and how he confronted the customarily tragic realities of revolution and civil battle. Running to Paradise describes Yeat's complete effort--sometimes leavened via wild humor--to exhibit, with excessive poetic integrity, his passionate experience of his personal existence and of his chaotic era.
Himself a famous poet, Rosenthal stresses Yeats's artistry and mental candor. The booklet levels from his early beautiful lyrical poems and folklore-rooted performs, throughout the tougher-minded, extra confessional mature paintings (including the elegant success of The Tower), after which to the occasionally "mad" but usually extraordinary tragic or comedian writing of his final years. Quoting greatly from Yeats, Rosenthal charts the collection strength with which the poet faced his significant life-issues: his art's calls for, his chronic yet hopeless love for one lady, the complexities of marriage to a different lady at age fifty two, and his misery in the course of Ireland's "Troubles." Yeats's deep absorption in lady sensibility, within the cycles of heritage and human suggestion, and in supernaturalism and "the useless" comes strongly into play besides.

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Download E-books Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema, and the Cultural Work of Artificial People PDF

By Despina Kakoudaki

Why will we locate synthetic humans interesting? Drawing from a wealthy fictional and cinematic culture, Anatomy of a robotic explores the political and textual implications of our perennial projections of humanity onto figures equivalent to robots, androids, cyborgs, and automata. In an attractive, subtle, and obtainable presentation, Despina Kakoudaki argues that, of their narrative and cultural deployment, man made humans demarcate what it capability to be human. They practice this functionality by means of providing us a non-human model of ourselves as a domain of research. synthetic humans educate us that being human, being an individual or a self, is a continuing technique and sometimes an issue of criminal, philosophical, and political struggle.

By reading quite a lot of literary texts and movies (including episodes from Twilight Zone, the fiction of Philip ok. Dick, Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never permit Me move, city, The Golem, Frankenstein, The Terminator, Iron guy, Blade Runner, and that i, Robot), and going again to alchemy and to Aristotle’s Physics and De Anima, she tracks 4 foundational narrative components during this centuries-old discourse— the delusion of the unreal start, the fable of the mechanical physique, the tendency to symbolize man made humans as slaves, and the translation of artificiality as an existential trope. What unifies those investigations is the go back of all 4 parts to the query of what constitutes the human.

This concentrated method of the subject of the factitious, developed, or mechanical individual permits us to think again the production of synthetic life.  through targeting their historic provenance and textual versatility, Kakoudaki elucidates man made people’s major cultural functionality, that is the political and existential negotiation of what it skill to be a person.

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