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Friendship, Art and Erudition in the Network of Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598)
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Erudite Eyes explores the network of the Antwerp cartographer Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), a veritable trading zone of art and erudition. Populated by such luminaries as Pieter Bruegel, Joris Hoefnagel, Justus Lipsius and Benedictus Arias Montanus, among others, this vibrant antiquarian culture yielded new knowledge about local antiquities and distant civilizations, and offered a framework for articulating art and artistic practice. These fruitful exchanges, undertaken in a spirit of friendship and collaboration, are all the more astonishing when seen against the backdrop of the ongoing wars. Based on a close reading of early modern letters, alba amicorum, printed books, manuscripts and artworks, this book situates Netherlandish art and culture between Bruegel and Rubens in a European perspective.

An Insistence on Truth
In Fou Lei: An Insistence on Truth, Mingyuan Hu thinks through the life and work of one of modern China’s most significant public intellectuals, investigating his Shanghai-Paris trajectory and his resistance against cultural barbarism. Using hitherto undiscovered archival documents, Hu presents the first study of Fou Lei’s youth, particularly his formative years in Europe (1928–1931), and analyses the critic-translator’s identity vis-à-vis intercultural friendships and political predicaments. Bringing together previously untranslated material in French and Chinese, Fou Lei paints a man in dark times searching for illumination through words, and invites the reader to reconsider questions, unresolved and unspoken, about his tragic end.

This volume was originally published in hardback 25 May 2017.
Hybridity, Trade and the Eighteenth-Century Individual
What does the story of Robinson Crusoe have to do with understanding past and present women’s lives? The Female Crusoe: Hybridity, Trade and the Eighteenth-Century Individual investigates the possibility that Daniel Defoe’s famous work was informed by qualities attributed to trade, luxury and credit and described as feminine in the period. In this volume, Robinson Crusoe and the female castaway narratives published in its wake emerge as texts of social criticism that draw on neglected values of race and gender to challenge the dominant values of society. Such narratives worked to establish status and authority for marginalised characters and subjects who were as different, and as similar, as Defoe’s gentleman-tradesman and Wollstonecraft’s independent woman. The Female Crusoe goes on to address the twentieth-century engagement with the castaway tale, showing how three contemporary authors, in their complex and gendered negotiations of power and identity, echo, even while they challenge, the concerns of their eighteenth-century predecessors. This work will be of interest to students interested in literary engagements with individualism and women’s rights in the eighteenth and twentieth centuries.
Farce in Contemporary Irish and Irish-American Narratives
Goodbye Yeats and O’Neill is a reading of one or two books recently written by the following major authors: Roddy Doyle, Colm Tóibín, John McGahern, William Trevor, Seamus Deane, Nuala O’Faolain, Patrick McCabe, Colum McCann, Nick Laird, Gerry Adams, Claire Boylan, Frank McCourt, Tim O’Brien, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Alice McDermott, Edward J. Delaney, Beth Lordan, William Kennedy, Thomas Kelly, and Mary Gordon. The study argues that farce has been a major mode of recent Irish and Irish-American fiction and memoir—a primary indicator of the state of both Irish and Irish-American cultures in the early twenty-first century.
Aestheticism and New Zealand Short Fiction in the Twentieth Century
This retrospective study examines short fiction in the context of stylistic tradition in New Zealand’s literary history. By exploring the extent to which the major exponents of twentieth-century short fiction extend the traditions of realism and impressionism as initiated by Katherine Mansfield and Frank Sargeson, this study embraces the stylistic diversity of twentieth-century New Zealand short fiction in both Pakeha and Maori traditions.
Konstruktion, Bewegung, Politik
Raum ist konstitutives Element jeder sinnlichen Wahrnehmung und wird doch zugleich in den unterschiedlichen Künsten je unterschiedlich konzipiert, ja von jedem Kunstwerk eigentümlich konstruiert. Der Band versammelt Beiträge aus einer Vielzahl unterschiedlicher theoretisch- philosophischer und kunstwissenschaftlicher Disziplinen. Einer Vielzahl gegenwärtiger Positionen wird in durchaus unterschiedlichen Textgenres theoretisch Raum gegeben. Neben theoretischen Beiträgen stehen Essays, Interviews und nicht zuletzt auch künstlerische Beiträge selbst, die auf der dem Buch beigefügten DVD zu finden sind.
Hubert Spierling gehört zu den herausragenden Glasgestaltern des 20. Jahrhunderts. Seit den 1950er Jahren hat er einen gewichtigen Beitrag zum künstlerischen Weltruf der modernen deutschen Glasmalerei geleistet.
Der 1925 im sauerländischen Menden geborene, heute in Krefeld lebende und in ungebrochener Schaffenskraft arbeitende Künstler hat zahlreiche Verglasungen für bedeutende mittelalterliche Kirchen wie den Dom zu Limburg oder die Abteikirche Maria Laach geschaffen. Zugleich entwarf Hubert Spierling Glasfenster für Meisterwerke der modernen Architektur. Zum 85. Geburtstag Hubert Spierlings 2010 wird hiermit eine reich illustrierte Aufsatzsammlung mitsamt Werkverzeichnis vorgelegt.
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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