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Daniel Varisco

Varisco’s Culture Still Matters: Notes from the Field is on the relationship between ethnographic fieldwork and the culture concept in the ongoing debate over the future of anthropology, drawing on the history of both concepts. Despite being the major social science that offers a methodology and tools to understand diverse cultures worldwide, scholars within and outside anthropology have attacked this field for all manner of sins, including fostering colonialism and essentializing others. This book revitalizes constructive debate of this vibrant field’s history, methods and contributions, drawing on the author’s ethnographic experience in Yemen. It covers complicated theoretical concepts about culture and their critiques in readable prose, accessible to students and interested social scientists in other fields.
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Postcolonial Past & Present

Negotiating Literary and Cultural Geographies

In Postcolonial Past & Present twelve outstanding scholars of literature, history and visual arts look to those spaces Epeli Hau’ofa has insisted are full not empty, asking what it might mean to Indigenise culture. A new cultural politics demands new forms of making and interpretation that rethink and reroute existing cultural categories and geographies. These ‘makers’ include Mukunda Das, Janet Frame, Xavier Herbert, Tomson Highway, Claude McKay, Marie Munkara, Elsje van Keppel, Albert Wendt, Jane Whiteley and Alexis Wright. Case studies from Canada to the Caribbean, India to the Pacific, and Africa, analyse the productive ways that artists and intellectuals have made sense of turbulent local and global forces.

Contributors: Bill Ashcroft, Debnarayan Bandyopadhyay, Anne Brewster, Diana Brydon, Meeta Chatterjee—Padmanabhan, Anne Collett, Dorothy Jones, Kay Lawrence, Russell McDougall, Tekura Moeka’a, Tony Simões da Silva, Teresia Teaiwa, Albert Wendt, Lydia Wevers, Diana Wood Conroy
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Earth and Mind: Dreaming, Writing, Being

Nine Contemporary French Poets - Yves Bonnefoy, Jacqueline Risset, Salah Stétié, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Tahar Ben Jelloun, André Velter, Marie-Claire Bancquart, Jean-Claude Pinson, Jacques Dupin

Michael Bishop

In Earth and Mind : Dreaming, Writing, Being Michael Bishop examines the very recent work of nine major contemporary French and Francophone writers : Yves Bonnefoy, Jacqueline Risset, Salah Stétié, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Tahar Ben Jelloun, André Velter, Marie-Claire Bancquart, Jean-Claude Pinson and Jacques Dupin. The issue of writing’s complex relation to the experience of the earth is of central pertinence, involving questions of dreaming, voice, figurativity, emotion, desire, revolt, metaphysics, meaning, poiein and being. Discussion entails close reading of works as well as broad contextualisation and a sensitivity to interrelevancies from writer to writer. Bishop’s book is intended as a companion to his 2014 Dystopie et poïein, agnose et reconnaissance. Seize études sur la poésie française et francophone contemporaine.
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Gewalt und Unmaking in Lucans Bellum Civile

Textanalysen aus narratologischer, wirkungsästhetischer und gewaltsoziologischer Perspektive

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Hans-Peter Nill

In Gewalt / Unmaking in Lucans Bellum Civile entwickelt Hans-Peter Nill einen theoretischen Zugang zu zentralen Gewaltdarstellungen in Lucans Bürgerkriegsepos. Hierfür verknüpft er narratologische, wirkungsästhetische und soziologische Theorien und Methoden. Im Zentrum der Analysen stehen die Formen und Modalitäten der narrativ repräsentierten Gewalt. Ziel ist, ‚Lucanische Gewalt‘ als vielschichtiges, offenes Gebilde herauszustellen und sich von einer Reduzierung auf vermeintlich ‚typische‘ Partien zu distanzieren. Die Studie unternimmt den Versuch aufzuzeigen, dass über den Hebel der Gewalt erzählte Welt ( fabula) und narrative Repräsentation ( story) in eine dynamische Wechselwirkung treten, und so illusionsdurchbrechende Wirkung erzeugt wird. Insgesamt wird Unmaking an Aspekten wie Ästhetik und Zerstückelung, Verdichtung, Tension, Suspense und Exzess exemplarisch aufgezeigt. In Gewalt / Unmaking in Lucans Bellum Civile Hans-Peter Nill offers a theoretical approach to essential narrative representations of violence in Lucan’s civil war epic, combining theories and methods of narratology, reception aesthetics, and sociology. The focus of the analyses lies on the configurations and modes of violence as represented in the text. The objective is to present ‘Lucanesque violence’ as a multifaceted, open structure, instead of reducing it to allegedly ‘typical’ scenes. The study aims to demonstrate that the narrated world ( fabula) and its narrative representation ( story) become dynamically intertwined by means of violence, which has a disturbing effect on narrative immersion. Altogether, Unmaking is exemplified by aspects such as aesthetics and mutilation, densification, tension, suspense,and excess.
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Teaching Modernist Anglophone Literature features fresh classroom approaches to teaching modernism, with an emphasis on pedagogy grounded in educational theory and contemporary digital media tools. It offers techniques for improving students’ close reading, critical thinking/writing, and engagement with issues of gender, race, class, and social justice. Discussions are raised of subjectivity, perception, the nature of language, and the function of art. Innovative project ideas, assignments, and examples of student work are offered in a special annex. This volume fills a gap in higher education pedagogy uniquely suited to the experimental nature of modernism. Madden and McKenzie’s inspiring volume can steer the teaching of modernist literature in creative, new directions that benefit both teachers and students.

Contributors are: Susan Hays Bussey, William A. Johnsen, Benjamin Johnson, Mary C. Madden, Laci Mattison, Precious McKenzie, Susan Rowland, and Kelsey Squire.

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Intertextualité surréaliste dans la poésie de René Char

Apparitions et réapparitions de l’image d’Artine

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Julie S. Kleiva

Dans Intertextualité surréaliste dans la poésie de René Char, Julie S. Kleiva montre comment la figure d’Artine, initialement une représentante du surréalisme charienne, se transforme en une image complexe, polymorphe et considérablement présente à travers l’œuvre de René Char (1907-1988). En adoptant une approche intertextuelle, Kleiva soutient que la figure d’Artine représente la force déroutante au cœur de l’imagination poétique charienne. L’image revenante d’Artine favorise l’idée d’une continuité dans l’œuvre poétique de Char malgré la rupture articulée au milieu des années 30.

Dans Intertextualité surréaliste dans la poésie de René Char, Julie S. Kleiva montre comment la figure d’Artine, initialement une représentante du surréalisme charienne, se transforme en une image complexe, polymorphe et considérablement présente à travers l’œuvre de René Char (1907-1988). En adoptant une approche intertextuelle, Kleiva soutient que la figure d’Artine représente la force déroutante au cœur de l’imagination poétique charienne. L’image revenante d’Artine favorise l’idée d’une continuité dans l’œuvre poétique de Char malgré la rupture articulée au milieu des années 30.
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The Major Works of John Cotta

The Short Discovery (1612) and The Trial of Witchcraft (1616)

Todd H.J. Pettigrew, Stephanie M. Pettigrew and Jacques A. Bailly

This volume presents, for the first, time, a critical edition of the works of the early modern English physician John Cotta. No mere country doctor, Cotta spoke out eloquently and courageously against what he saw as abuses in medicine and injustices in the prosecution of witchcraft. Read by important thinkers like Robert Burton in England, and by colonial administrators in New England, Cotta helped shape two of the most important debates of his time. Included are the full texts of Cotta’s Short Discovery and Trial of Witchcraft, both books painstakingly edited and annotated. Also included is a detailed introduction dealing with Cotta’s medical and religious contexts, his extensive learning and much more.
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Legibility in the Age of Signs and Machines offers a compelling reflection on what the notion of legibility entails in a machinic world in which any form of cultural expression – from literary texts, films, artworks and museum exhibits to archives, laws, computer programs and algorithms – necessarily partakes in ever-more complex processes of (mass) mediation. Divided over four clusters focusing on desire, justice, machine and heritage, the chapters in the volume explore what makes something legible or illegible to whom or, indeed, what; the kinds of reading, processing or navigating such il/legibility facilitates or forecloses; and the role critical (media) theory, literary studies and the Humanities in general can play in tackling these and related issues.

Contributors: Ernst van Alphen, Anke Bosma, Siebe Bluijs, Sean Cubitt, Colin Davis, Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, David Gauthier, Giovanna Fossati, Isabel Capeloa Gil, Pepita Hesselberth, Yasco Horsman, Janna Houwen, Looi van Kessel, Esther Peeren, Seth Rogoff, Roxana Sarion, Frederik Tygstrup, Inge van de Ven, Ruby de Vos, Peter Verstraten, Tessa de Zeeuw
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Nathalie Kremer

En tant que spectateurs de peinture, Diderot et Baudelaire furent aussi toujours et d’abord créateurs. Ce livre montre comment leurs écrits ouvrent la voie à une approche moderne de l’art, où les œuvres sont recréées librement par l’imagination du spectateur.
Ce que nous appelons la « traversée » de la peinture consiste en une approche émotive de l’image, qui se montre sensible aux effets puissants des lignes et des couleurs, dans ce qu’elles incitent à penser ou à rêver. La critique d’art naît ainsi autant de l’adhésion empathique que du détachement du regard à l’œuvre contemplée.
Le lecteur découvrira ici alors la façon dont Diderot et Baudelaire ont traversé la peinture de leur temps pour donner à lire de nouvelles images, inépuisables, à rêver, méditer et savourer en tous temps.

Diderot and Baudelaire were viewers of paintings, but they were first and foremost artistic creators. This book shows how their writings open the way to a modern conception of art, where the works of art are freely recreated in the imagination of the viewer.
What we can call ‘traversing the painting’ consists of an emotional approach to the image, an approach which is sensitive to the powerful effects of line and colour, and the thoughts and dreams that they inspire. Art criticism thus springs as much from empathetic engagement with the artwork as it does from detachment from it.
The reader of this book will discover the way in which Diderot and Baudelaire traversed the painting of their times, proposed new, timeless and inexhaustible visions to meditate on and marvel at.
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The Organization of Distance

Poetry, Translation, Chineseness

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Lucas Klein

What makes a Chinese poem “Chinese”? Some call modern Chinese poetry insufficiently Chinese, saying it is so influenced by foreign texts that it has lost the essence of Chinese culture as known in premodern poetry. Yet that argument overlooks how premodern regulated verse was itself created in imitation of foreign poetics. Looking at Bian Zhilin and Yang Lian in the twentieth century alongside medieval Chinese poets such as Wang Wei, Du Fu, and Li Shangyin, The Organization of Distance applies the notions of foreignization and nativization to Chinese poetry to argue that the impression of poetic Chineseness has long been a product of translation, from forces both abroad and in the past.