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Unlike many recent Joyce studies, De-familiarizing Readings eschews the theoretical and ideological and instead plants itself on firmer ground. Its seven outstanding Joyce scholars share a love of the “stuff” of texts, contexts, and intertexts: data and dates, food and clothing, letters and journals, literary allusions, and other quotidian desiderata. Their inductive approaches - whether to Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist, Ulysses, or Finnegans Wake - are thoroughly researched, argued with meticulous, even nit-picking, precision, and offer the pleasurable reading experience of forensic analysis. And in the end they provide the satisfaction of reaching persuasive conclusions that seem both striking and inevitable.
Domestic Politics and the American Novel of World War I
Embattled Home Fronts is an inquiry into the highly conflicted US American experience of World War I as it plays itself out in the diverse body of novelistic works to which it has given rise and by which it has been, in turn, shaped and commemorated. As such, this book naturally concerns itself with the formal aspects of artistic war representation. But rather than merely endeavoring to illustrate how American writers from various backgrounds chose to depict World War I, the present work seeks to uncover the particular ideologies and political practices that inform these representational choices.
To this end, Embattled Home Fronts examines both canonized and marginalized US American World War I novels within the context of contemporaneous debates over shifting class, gender, and race relations. The book contends that American literary representations of the Great War are shaped less by universal insights into modern society’s self-destructiveness than by concerted efforts to fashion class-, gender-, and race-specific experiences of warfare in ways that stabilize and heighten political group identities. In moving beyond the customary focus on ironic war representations, Embattled Home Fronts illustrates that the representational and ideological battles fought within American World War I literature not only shed light on the emergence of powerful identity-political concepts such as the New Woman and the New Negro, but also speak to the reappearance of utopian, communitarian, and social protest fictions in the early 1930s.
This study Embattled Home Fronts provides a new understanding of the relationship between war literature and home front politics that should be of interest to students and scholars working from a variety of disciplines and perspectives
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The apparent self-sufficiency of joie de vivre means that, despite the widespread use of the phrase since the late nineteenth century, the concept has rarely been explored critically. Joie de vivre does not readily surrender itself to examination, for it is in a sense too busy being what it is. However, as the essays in this collection reveal, joie de vivre can be as complex and variable a state as the more negative emotions or experiences that art and literature habitually evoke. This volume provides an urgently needed study of an intriguing and under-explored area of French literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era. While the range and content of contributions embraces linguistics, literature, art, sport and politics, the starting point is, like that of the term joie de vivre itself, in French language and culture.
This volume will be of special interest to researchers across the full range of French studies, from literature and language to cultural studies. It will be of direct appeal to specialist readers, university libraries, graduate and undergraduate students, and general readers with a lively interest in French literature and culture of the medieval, early modern and broad modern periods. This book’s fresh perspectives on the theme of joie de vivre and its relation to questions of privacy, contemplation, voyeurism, feasting and nationhood will also be of relevance to researchers in comparative and cognate disciplines.
Best known as the author of The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Magus, John Fowles achieved both critical and popular success as a writer of profound and provocative fiction. In this innovative new study, Brooke Lenz reconsiders Fowles’ controversial contributions to feminist thought. Combining literary criticism and feminist standpoint theory, John Fowles: Visionary and Voyeur examines the problems that women readers and feminist critics encounter in Fowles’ frequently voyeuristic fiction.
Over the course of his career, this book argues, Fowles progressively created women characters who subvert voyeuristic exploitation and who author alternative narratives through which they can understand their experiences, cope with oppressive dominant systems, and envision more authentic and just communities. Especially in the later novels, Fowles’ women characters offer progressive alternative approaches to self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, and social reform – despite Fowles’ problematic idealization of women and even his self-professed “cruelty” to the women in his own life. This volume will be of interest to critics and readers of contemporary fiction, but most of all, to men and women who seek a progressive, inclusive feminism.
Offspring Fictions: Salman Rushdie’s Family Novels is the first book-length study that examines families and especially the parent-child relationship in Rushdie’s core works. It argues that Sigmund Freud’s concept of the family and the author’s variations thereon are central to a full understanding of the four novels Midnight’s Children, Shame, the controversial The Satanic Verses and The Moor’s Last Sigh, a quasi-sequel to Rushdie’s first success. Through close readings that make use of a variety of critical approaches, Offspring Fictions provides a sustained examination of how the parents and children that people Rushdie’s fictions reflect the larger issues his work is concerned with: nationalism, religion, history and authorship. Aimed primarily at academics and students, but also of interest to the general reader, Offspring Fictions provides a clear and insightful analysis of Rushdie’s family tetralogy.
Fourteen Hard Questions and Straight Answers about a Baltic Country
What do we know about Latvia and the Latvians? A Baltic (not Balkan) nation that emerged from fifty years under the Soviet Union – interrupted by a brief but brutal Nazi-German occupation and a devastating war – now a member of the European Union and NATO. Yes, but what else? Relentless accusations keep appearing, especially in Russian media, often repeated in the West: “Latvian soldiers single-handedly saved Lenin’s revolution in 1917”, “Latvians killed Tsar Nikolai II and the Royal family”, “Latvia was a thoroughly anti-Semitic country and Latvians started killing Jews even before the Germans arrived in 1941”, “Nazi revival is rampant in today's Latvia”, “The Russian minority is persecuted in Latvia...”
True, false or in-between? The Finnish journalist and author Jukka Rislakki examines charges like these and provides an outline of Latvia's recent history while attempting to separate documented historical fact from misinformation and deliberate disinformation. His analysis helps to explain why the Baltic States (population 7 million) consistently top the enemy lists in public opinion polls of Russia (143 million). His knowledge of the Baltic languages allows him to make use of local sources and up-to-date historical research. He is a former Baltic States correspondent for Finland's largest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and the author of several books on Finnish and Latvian history. As a neutral, experienced and often critical observer, Rislakki is uniquely qualified for the task of separating truth from fiction.
The various Christian, Muslim, traditional (African), and secular (Western) ways of imagining and coping with evil collected in this volume have several things in common. The most crucial perhaps and certainly the most striking aspect is the problem of defining the nature or characteristics of evil as such. Some argue that evil has an essence that remains constant, whereas others say its interpretation depends on time and place.
However much religious and secular interpretations of evil may have changed, the human search for sense and meaning never ends. Questions of whom to blame and whom to address—God, the devil, fate, bad luck, or humans—remain at the center of our explanations and our strategies to comprehend, define, counter, or process the evil we do and the evil done to us by people, God, nature, or accident. Using approaches from cultural anthropology, religious studies, theology, philosophy, psychology, and history, the contributors to this volume analyze how several religious and secular traditions imagine and cope with evil.
Eine Produktion in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Projekt Jüdische Schriftstellerinnen und Schriftsteller in Westfalen
Von jüdischen Dichtern und Denkern Gelesen und zitiert von Imo Moszkowicz Musik: Irina Ungureanu Eine Produktion in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Projekt Jüdische Schriftstellerinnen und Schriftsteller in Westfalen. ISBN 978-3-89785-429-1 14,80 Euro In seinen Erinnerungen Der grauende Morgen (neu erschienen im mentis Verlag) ist die Lebensgeschichte des Auschwitz-Überlebenden Imo Moszkowicz nachzulesen. Diese CD widmet sich seiner Suche nach der eigenen Jüdischkeit, die er im KZ verloren hat. Seine Wiederbegegnung mit jüdischen Dichtern und Denkern macht diesen Konflikt, dem er sich mit aller erdenklichen Leidenschaft aussetzt, deutlich. Seine Lesung umfasst Gedichte und Gedanken aus alttestamentarischen bis hin zu heutigen israelischen Quellen. (…) Imo Moszkowicz führt uns mit bewundernswerter Energie durch Grenzbereiche menschlicher Existenz und steht mittendrin, klagt zwar mit an, wenn die Gerechtigkeit ins Kreuzverhör genommen wird, trotzdem ist er in einer Geduld und Sanftheit gefasst, die zutiefst bewegt. (…). Ebenfalls erschienen: Iris Nölle-Hornkamp (Reihen-Hrsg.) 'Über wackelige Stege' - Erinnerungen an Ahlen Geschrieben und gelesen von Imo Moszkowicz, Musikalische Akzente von Marius Unguranu. Reihe: Jüdische Schriftsteller in Westfalen 2006, CD-ROM, EUR 11,80 ISBN: 978-3-89785-428-4 Mit 'Über wackelige Stege…' bewahrt Imo Moszkowicz die Erinnerungen an seine Ahlener Kindheit in fünf anrührenden Erzählungen voller Wehmut, Humor und Klugheit. ////////////////////////////////////////////// Imo Moszkowicz (Hrsg.), Iris Nölle-Hornkamp (Hrsg.) 'Schlussklappe' Ein Protokoll von Hoffnung und Verzagen Reihe: Jüdische Schriftsteller in Westfalen 2007, 334 S., kart. ISBN: 978-3-89785-427-7 EUR 28,80 sFr 47,50 In diesem Buch mit dem Titel Schlussklappe dokumentiert Imo Moszkowicz seine gut 25 Jahre währenden intensiven Bemühungen darum, die Film- und Fernsehbranche davon zu überzeugen, dass das Buch von Marga Spiegel Retter in der Nacht unbedingt verfilmt werden sollte. In diesem Buch schildert Marga Spiegel, wie ihre Familie von münsterländischen Bauern in den Jahren 1943 bis 1945 versteckt und so vor der Vernichtung bewahrt wurde. - (.) Und der neueste Stand: Selbst Hollywood hat bereits Interesse an dem Stoff angemeldet. ///////////// siehe