Category: English Literature

Discovering the Subject in Renaissance England by Elizabeth Hanson

By Elizabeth Hanson

While Hamlet complains that Guildenstern "would pluck out the guts of my mystery," he imagines an come across that recurs insistently within the discourses of early glossy England: the fight through one guy to find the secrets and techniques in another's center. Elizabeth Hanson examines the documents of country torture, performs by way of Shakespeare and Jonson, "cony-catching" pamphlets and Francis Bacon's philosophical writing to illustrate a reconceptualizing of the "subject" in either the political and philosophical experience of the time period.

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Sisters in Time: Imagining Gender in Nineteenth-Century by Susan Morgan

By Susan Morgan

Asking why the 19th-century British novel positive factors heroines, and the way and why it gains ''feminine heroism,'' Susan Morgan lines the connection among fictional depictions of gender and Victorian rules of heritage and growth. Morgan methods gender in chosen 19th-century British novels as an resourceful classification, obtainable to authors and characters of both intercourse. Arguing that traditional definitions of heroism supply a set and history-denying standpoint on lifestyles, the publication strains a literary culture that represents social growth as a technique of feminization. The capacities for flexibility, mercy, and self-doubt, conventionally devalued as female, could make it attainable for characters to go into background. She exhibits that Austen and Scott supply innovative definitions of female heroism, and the culture is elaborated and remodeled by way of Gaskell, Eliot, Meredith, and James (partly via certainly one of his final ''heroines,'' the getting older hero of The Ambassadors.) in the course of the learn, Morgan considers how gender features either in person novels and extra largely as a way of tracing higher styles and pursuits, in particular these curious about the redemptive probabilities of a temporal and ancient point of view.

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Fictions of British Decadence: High Art, Popular Writing, by Kirsten MacLeod

By Kirsten MacLeod

Fictions of British Decadence is a clean account of the emergence, improvement and legacy of fiction written within the period of Oscar Wilde. It examines a large variety of texts via a various array of Decadent writers, from normal figures resembling Ernest Dowson and John Davidson to lesser-known innovators similar to Arthur Machen and M.P. Shiel.

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The Destruction of Jerusalem in Early Modern English by Beatrice Groves

By Beatrice Groves

This publication explores the autumn of Jerusalem and restores to its rightful position one of many key explanatory tropes of early glossy English tradition. displaying the significance of Jerusalem's destruction in sermons, ballads, puppet indicates and provincial drama of the interval, Beatrice Groves brings a brand new viewpoint to works by means of canonical authors resembling Marlowe, Nashe, Shakespeare, Dekker and Milton. the quantity additionally bargains a traditionally compelling and wide-ranging account of significant shifts in cultural attitudes in the direction of Judaism via situating texts of their wider cultural and theological context. Groves examines the continuities and transformations among medieval and early smooth theatre, London as an imagined group and how that narratives approximately Jerusalem and Judaism trained notions of English id within the wake of the Reformation. Adopting an interdisciplinary technique, this quantity will curiosity researchers and upper-level scholars of early smooth literature, spiritual experiences and theatre.

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Philosophy of Nonsense: The Intuitions of Victorian Nonsense by Jean-Jacques Lecercle

By Jean-Jacques Lecercle

'Jean-Jacques Lecercle's outstanding Philosophy of Nonsense bargains a sustained and demanding account of a space that's frequently swiftly pushed aside. utilizing the assets of up to date philosophy - significantly Deleuze and Lyotard - he manages to deliver out the significance of nonsense' - Andrew Benjamin, college of Warwick Why are we, and particularly why are philosophers and linguists, so excited about nonsense? Why do Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear seem in such a lot of in a different way boring and dry educational books? This fun, but rigorous new publication through Jean-Jacques Lecercle indicates how the style of nonsense used to be developed and why it has proved so enduring and enlightening for linguistics and philosophy.

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A Vindication of the Rights of Men A Vindication of the by Mary Wollstonecraft

By Mary Wollstonecraft

This quantity brings jointly the main political writings of Mary Wollstonecraft within the order during which they seemed within the innovative 1790s. It strains her passionate and angry reaction to the buzz of the early days of the French Revolution after which her uneasiness at its later bloody part. It finds her constructing realizing of women's involvement within the political and social lifetime of the kingdom and her starting to be know-how of the connection among politics and economics and among political associations and the person. In own phrases, the works express her suffering from a trust within the perfectibility of human nature via rational schooling, a doctrine that turned weaker below the onslaught of her personal depressing event and the progressive massacres. Janet Todd's advent illuminates the growth of Wollstonecraft's notion, displaying analyzing of all 3 works permits her to come to be a extra gigantic political author than a learn of The Rights of lady on my own can exhibit.

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The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot (Cambridge by George Levine

By George Levine

This quantity of especially commissioned essays presents available introductions to all elements of George Eliot's writing via essentially the most individual new and demonstrated students and critics of Victorian literature. The essays are accomplished, scholarly and lucidly written, and while provide unique insights into the paintings of 1 of crucial Victorian novelists, and into her advanced and infrequently scandalous occupation. With its supplementary fabric, together with a chronology and a advisor to additional analyzing, this spouse is a useful instrument for students and scholars alike.

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