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A Poetry Handbook
A Poetry Handbook
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0156724006
Offers advice on reading and writing poetry, and discusses imitation, sound, the line, poem forms, free verse, diction, imagery, revision, and workshops
The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain
The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain
Hardcover      ISBN: 0198226845
Examines political, economic, social, and culture changes in Great Britain from Roman times to the present
Selected Writings of Guillaume Apollinaire
Selected Writings of Guillaume Apollinaire
Paperback      ISBN: 0811200035
When Guillaume Apollinaire died in 1918 at the age of thirty-eight, as the result of a war wound, he was already known as one of the most original and important poets of his time. He had led the migration of Bohemian Paris across the city from Montmartre to Montparnasse; he had helped formulate the principles of Cubism, having written one of the first books on the subject, and coined the word "Surrealist"; and he had demonstrated in his own work those innovations we have come to associate with the most vital investigations of the avant-garde. This bilingual, illustrated edition of The Selected Writings of Apollinaire, the only representative collection in English translation, begins with a comprehensive critical Introduction by the translator, Roger Shattuck. The next section is devoted to poetry. Included here are almost half of Apollinaire’s two best-known volumes, Alcools and Calligrammes, as well as a selection from five other books, and the long love poem La Chanson du Mal-Aimé in its entirety. The prose section leads off with "L’Esprit Nouveau et les Poetes", a seminal discussion of modern poetry that anticipates such movements as Dada and Futurism. This is followed by Apollinaire’s almost unobtainable "Introduction to Baudelaire and Oneirocriticism", an early experimental work composed in a style prophetic of Surrealist automatic writing. There are, in addition, two stories, a passage from Anecdotiques, and a section from the novel Le Poete Assassiné.
Modernism: 1890-1930/A Guide to European Literature
Modernism
1890-1930/A Guide to European Literature
Paperback      ISBN: 0140138323
An exploration of the ideas, groupings and the social tensions that shaped the transformation of life caused by the changes of modernity in art, science, politics and philosophy
Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
Paperback      ISBN: 0521426103
The text of Shakepeare's comedy is accompanied by background information on the plot, language, costumes, and themes of the play
Living by Fiction
Living by Fiction
Paperback      ISBN: 0060915447
A discussion of how contemporary fiction reflects contemporary thought and attitudes draws on the works of Nabokov, Barth, Pynchon, Borges, Garcia Marquez, Beckett, Calvino, and others
The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration
The Rhetoric of Empire
Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration
Paperback      ISBN: 0822313170
The white man's burden, darkest Africa, the seduction of the primitive: such phrases were widespread in the language Western empires used to talk about their colonial enterprises. How this language itself served imperial purposes--and how it survives today in writing about the Third World--are the subject of David Spurr's book, a revealing account of the rhetorical strategies that have defined Western thinking about the non-Western world. Despite historical differences among British, French, and American versions of colonialism, their rhetoric had much in common. The Rhetoric of Empire identifies these shared features—images, figures of speech, and characteristic lines of argument—and explores them in a wide variety of sources. A former correspondent for the United Press International, the author is equally at home with journalism or critical theory, travel writing or official documents, and his discussion is remarkably comprehensive. Ranging from T. E. Lawrence and Isak Dineson to Hemingway and Naipaul, from Time and the New Yorker to the National Geographic and Le Monde, from journalists such as Didion and Sontag to colonial administrators such as Frederick Lugard and Albert Sarraut, this analysis suggests the degree to which certain rhetorical tactics penetrate the popular as well as official colonial and postcolonial discourse. Finally, Spurr considers the question: Can the language itself—and with it, Western forms of interpretation--be freed of the exercise of colonial power? This ambitious book is an answer of sorts. By exposing the rhetoric of empire, Spurr begins to loosen its hold over discourse about—and between—different cultures.
I, Pierre Riviere, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister, and My Brother ...: A Case of Parricide in the Nineteenth Century
I, Pierre Riviere, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister, and My Brother ...
A Case of Parricide in the Nineteenth Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0803268572
To free his father and himself from his mother's tyranny, Pierre Rivière decided to kill her. On June 3,1835, he went inside his small Normandy house with a pruning hook and cut to death his mother, his eighteen-year-old sister, and his seven-year-old brother. Then, in jail, he wrote a memoir to justify the whole gruesome tale. Michel Foucault, author of Madness and Civilization and Discipline and Punish, collected the relevant documents of the case, including medical and legal testimony, police records. and Rivière's memoir. The Rivière case, he points out, occurred at a time when many professions were contending for status and power. Medical authority was challenging law, branches of government were vying. Foucault's reconstruction of the case is a brilliant exploration of the roots of our contemporary views of madness, justice, and crime.
The Virginia Woolf Reader
The Virginia Woolf Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 0156935902
Presents five short stories, essays, correspondence, and selections from four novels by the prominent British author
The Book of Questions: The Book of Questions/the Book of Yukel/Return to the Book/3 Books in 1
The Book of Questions
The Book of Questions/the Book of Yukel/Return to the Book/3 Books in 1
Paperback      ISBN: 0819562475
A meditative narrative of Jewish Experience and man's relation to the world.