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    • Literature & Literary Studies
      February 2020

      New Theoretical Perspectives on Dylan Thomas

      “ A writer of words, and nothing else”?

      by Kieron Smith and Rhian Barfoot

      Dylan Thomas’s reputation precedes him. In keeping with his claim that he held ‘a beast, an angel, and a madman in him’, interpretations of his work have ranged from solemn adoration to dubious mythologising. His many voices continue to reverberate across culture and the arts: from poetry and letters, to popular music and Hollywood film. However, this wide and sometimes controversial renown has occasionally hindered serious analysis of his writing. Counterbalancing the often-misleading popular reputation, this book showcases eight new critical perspectives on Thomas’s work. It is the first to provide in one volume a critical overview of the multifaceted range of his output, from the poetry, prose and correspondence to his work for wartime propaganda filmmaking, his late play for voices Under Milk Wood, and his reputation in letters and wider society. The whole proves that Thomas was much more than his own self-characterisation as a ‘writer of words, and nothing else’.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      December 2008

      Krishna Charitra

      by Alo Shome

      Krishna Charitra is a famous Bengali classic where Bankim Chandra endeavours to discover Sri Krishna, the real person, behind centuries of myths and legends. Written in 1886, this was the first instance where the character of Krishna is studied from a pragmatic and questioning perspective. Like his novel Ananda Math, Krishna Charitra originates from Bankim Chandra's passionate feeling of patriotism. He wanted to uphold Sri Krishna as not just a mythological figure, but an ideal Indian character, whom other Indians could look up to. Sri Aurobindo says, Bankim Chandra poured over the Bhagavad Gita and the Vedas striving to catch the deeper and sacred sense of those profound writings. To give that to his countrymen was the strenuous aim of Krishna Charitra. In this translation of Krishna Charitra, several passages of Bankim's academic discussions have been omitted, so as to make it easier for the common reader. Also deleted are the criticisms on the European people that Bankim Chandra includes in his book from time to time. Otherwise, the text strictly follows the structure and the content of the original dissertation.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      May 2018

      The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829

      by Christina Morin

      The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760-1829 offers a compelling account of the development of gothic literature in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Ireland. Countering traditional scholarly views of the 'rise' of 'the gothic novel' on the one hand, and, on the other, Irish Romantic literature, this study persuasively re-integrates a body of now overlooked works into the history of the literary gothic as it emerged across Ireland, Britain, and Europe between 1760 and 1829. Its twinned quantitative and qualitative analysis of neglected Irish texts produces a new formal, generic, and ideological map of gothic literary production in this period, persuasively positioning Irish works and authors at the centre of a new critical paradigm with which to understand both Irish Romantic and gothic literary production.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      April 2020

      A Century of Weird Fiction, 1832-1937

      Disgust, Metaphysics, and the Aesthetics of Cosmic Horror

      by Jonathan Newell

      A Century of Weird Fiction, 1832–1937 explores the aesthetics of the unthinkable in weird fiction, tracing a twisted entanglement of ontology and aesthetics. Drawing on recent speculative philosophy and affect theory, the study argues that weird fiction exploits the viscerality of disgust to confront readers with the intertwinement of the human and nonhuman.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      May 2020

      Plants in Science Fiction: Speculative Vegetation

      by Katherine E. Bishop, David Higgins, Jerry Määttä

      Plants have played key roles in science fiction novels, graphic novels, and film. John Wyndham’s triffids, Algernon Blackwood’s willows, and Han Kang’s sprouting woman are just a few examples. Plants surround us, sustain us, pique our imaginations, and inhabit our metaphors – but in many ways they remain opaque. The scope of their alienation is as broad as their biodiversity. And yet, literary reflections of plant-life are driven, as are many threads of science fictional inquiry, by the concerns of today. Plants in Science Fiction is the first-ever collected volume on plants in science fiction. Its original essays argue that plant-life in SF is transforming our attitudes toward morality, politics, economics, and cultural life at large; questioning and shifting our understandings of institutions, nations, borders, and boundaries; erecting – and dismantling – new visions of utopian and dystopian futures.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      August 2020

      Women’s Authorship and the Early Gothic

      Legacies and Innovations

      by Dr Kathleen Hudson

      This edited collection examines Gothic works written by women authors in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with a specific focus on the novels and chapbooks produced by less widely commercially and critically popular writers. Bringing these authors to the forefront of contemporary critical examinations of the Gothic, chapters in this collection examine how these works impacted the development of ‘women’s writing’ and Gothic writing during this time. Offering readers an original look at the literary landscape of the period and the roles of the creative women who defined it, the collection argues that such works reflected a female-centred literary subculture defined by creative exchange and innovation, and one that still shapes perceptions of the Gothic mode today. This collection presents an alternative understanding of the legacy of women Gothic authors, anchoring this understanding in complex historical and social contexts and providing a new world of Gothic literature for readers to explore.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      June 2017

      Virginia Woolf and the Aesthetics of Vision

      by Claudia Olk

      The category of vision is significant for Modernist texts as well as for the unfolding discourse of Modernism itself. Within the general Modernist fascination with the artistic and experimental possibilities of vision and perception this study looks at Virginia Woolf’s novels and her critical writings and examines the relation between visuality and aesthetics. An aesthetics of vision, as this study argues, becomes a productive principle of narrative. The visual is not only pertinent to Woolf’s processes of composition, but her works create a kind of vision that is proper to the text itself – a vision that reflects on the experience of seeing and renegotiates the relation between the reader and the text. The study investigates key dimensions of aesthetic vision. It addresses vision in the context of theories of aesthetic experience and identifies a semantics of seeing. It analyses functions of symbolic materiality in the presentation of boundaries of perception, modes of temporality and poetic potentialities. In exploring the connections between vision and language, it seeks to provide new perspectives for a reassessment of what occurs in Modernism's relation to vision.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      September 2018

      Christian Krachts Weltliteratur

      Eine Topographie

      by Stefan Bronner, Björn Weyand

      Mit jedem neuen Text des Schweizer Schriftstellers Christian Kracht weitet sich die Topographie seiner literarischen Schauplätze aus und erstreckt sich nach und nach über den gesamten Globus. Damit schreibt Krachts Werk Weltliteratur in einem zeitgemäßen, aufregenden Sinn: Jeder Ort bildet darin einen vorübergehenden Aufenthalt im ästhetischen Dazwischen. Der Band widmet sich den topographischen und poetologischen Dimensionen dieses Schreibens.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2018

      Brigitte Kronauer

      Narrationen von Nebensächlichkeiten und Naturdingen

      by Tanja Hoorn

      Brigitte Kronauers kunstvoll komponierte Prosa ist inhaltlich durch eine offensive Lust am Alltäglichen und - durchaus im Sinne einer neuen politischen Literatur - ein ästhetisches Engagement für die Belange einer bedrohten Natur charakterisiert. Der Band beleuchtet, wie Kronauer Nebensächlichkeiten und Naturdinge in multiperspektivischen Narrationen zusammenführt. Worin bestehen sie also, die "Tricks der Diva"?

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      August 2013

      Missing Lu Xun

      by Liu Chunjie

      Gathering all the wooden engraving works on Missing Lu Xun which conveys the memory of Lu Xun and the comprehension on Lu Xun's thought, the author of the book displays the great devotion by Lu Xun to the historical development of the modern culture and wooden engrave. It recalls the simple waving life of Lu Xun and the influence to the coming generations. The book was completed in the continuation of multi-ten articles about the friendly and harmonous life between Lu Xun and common people. Everything is clear and instructive.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2019

      Gothic Remains

      Corpses, Terror and Anatomical Culture, 1764–1897

      by Laurence Talairach

      Gothic Remains: Corpses, Terror and Anatomical Culture, 1764–1897 traces anatomical culture in Gothic texts from Horace Walpole to Bram Stoker. It shows how the Gothic developed and evolved alongside the medical profession, highlighting intellectual lineages and proposing a genealogy of some of the Gothic texts that marked the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      February 2020

      They Have Bodies

      by Gregory Betts

      Sexy, saucy, and unsparingly satirical, Barney Allen’s They Have Bodies is the most experimental book written by a Canadian until well into the 1960s. Gregory Betts reintroduces this censored “realistic novel in eleven chapters and three acts.”

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      February 2020

      Robert Kroetsch

      Essayist, Novelist, Poet

      by David Staines

      Robert Kroetsch: Essayist, Novelist, Poet brings together an international cast of critics, scholars, and writers to examine the immense significance that Kroetsch holds in the twenty-first-century.

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      June 2019

      Divided Highways

      Road Narrative and Nationhood in Canada

      by Heather Macfarlane

      The road trip genre, well established in the literatures of Canada, is a natural outcome of the nation’s obsession with geography. Divided Highways examines road trip works by Anglophone, Québécois and Indigenous authors and these communities’ sense of place and nationhood.

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      April 2019

      Man Should Rejoice, by Hugh MacLennan

      A Critical Edition

      by Colin Hill

      This work is a scholarly, critical edition of Man Should Rejoice, a previously unpublished novel by major 20th-century Canadian author Hugh MacLennan.

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      June 2018

      Les fables canadiennes de Jules Verne

      Discorde et concorde dans une autre Amérique

      by Gérard Fabre

      Gérard Fabre propose une brillante analyse socio-littéraire de trois romans canadiens de Jules Verne et nous convie, entre texte et contexte, à partir à la découverte d’une épique histoire franco-britannique et d’un monde de grandes épopées aventurières.

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      February 2017

      Alice Munro’s Miraculous Art

      Critical Essays

      by Janice Fiamengo; Gerald Lynch

      Alice Munro’s Miraculous Art is a collection of sixteen original essays on Nobel laureate Alice Munro’s writings.

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      May 2016

      Meet Me on the Barricades

      by Charles Yale Harrison

      Meet Me on the Barricades is a hallucinatory, comic novel about leftism, modernism, and the Spanish Civil War. It features a “guileless” protagonist whose weak heart means that, instead of fighting on the battlefields of Spain, he daydreams about life as a soldier.

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      May 2016

      Double-Voicing the Canadian Short Story

      Canadian Literature Collection

      by Laurie Kruk

      The short story occupies a prominent place in Canadian literature and never more so than since Alice Munro’s 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. Kruk’s work is a singularly original exploration of the layered “double-voicing” in the short fiction of eight acclaimed Canadian writers.

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      October 2015

      The 1940 Under the Volcano

      A Critical Edition

      by Malcolm Lowry

      Malcolm Lowry 1940 Under the Volcano has been regarded too often as little more than Lowry’s blueprint – though a tentative one at best – for his 1947 masterwork, Under the Volcano. It has never been adequately considered in terms of Lowry’s work that preceded it, or been fully critically edited on its own terms.

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