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Baby No-eyes

By Patricia Grace
  • ISBN Code: : 1742288146
  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
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This major novel merges contemporary headlines with stories of a heartfelt family history. 'Do you hear the people calling?' 'No.' 'See there, dummy, you're nowhere near dead.' 'Well, I don't believe you. How would you know?' 'Of course I know, I do, I do, I know all about it . . .' Tawera and his sister are inseparable, in a relationship that is impossible for others to share. In fact his whole whanau is bonded by secrets, a genealogy stitched together by shame, joy, love and sometimes grief. This is an account of the mysteries that operate at many levels between generations, where the present is the pivot, the centre of the spiral, looking outward to the past and future that define it. There's a way the older people have of telling a story, a way where the beginning is not the beginning, the end is not the end . . .

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  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Book Code : 1742287174
  • Total of Pages : 264
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 608
  • Pdf File: collected-stories.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
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  • Total of Pages : 40
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  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Book Code : 1742288197
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 205
  • Pdf File: small-holes-in-the-silence.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Book Code : 0393245950
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 442
  • Pdf File: smoke-gets-in-your-eyes.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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  • Publisher : Graphic Arts Books
  • Book Code : 1513285793
  • Total of Pages : 156
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 139
  • Pdf File: a-child-of-the-jago.pdf

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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Book Code : 1250025990
  • Total of Pages : 384
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  • Pdf File: don-t-go.pdf

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  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Book Code : 0143775626
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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  • Pdf File: from-the-centre.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Book Code : 1742539718
  • Total of Pages : 98
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  • Pdf File: electric-city.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Book Code : 1742288219
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 341
  • Pdf File: tu.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Three brothers, one war and multiple secrets. Tu is proud of his name: it belongs to the Maori god of war. But for the returned soldier there's a shadow over his war experience with the Maori Battalion in Italy. Three young men from the one family went to war, but only one returned – Tu is the sole survivor. Now, when his young niece and nephew come looking for answers, Tu is brought face to face with the past. What really happened to the three brothers as the Maori Battalion fought in the hills and valleys of Italy is contained in the pages of his war journal, and this he now decides to give to his niece and nephew. The time for revelations has come. Patricia Grace has drawn on the war experiences of her father and other relatives and ventured into new territory. The result is a prize-winning novel of great authenticity and drama from one of our finest storytellers.

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  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Book Code : 1743486871
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 462
  • Pdf File: chappy.pdf

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  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Book Code : 1742288162
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 373
  • Pdf File: dogside-story.pdf

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  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Book Code : 1742288189
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 753
  • Pdf File: sky-people.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9042023341
  • Total of Pages : 459
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 267
  • Pdf File: bodies-and-voices.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The articles investigate representations in literature, both by the colonizers and colonized. Many deal with the effect the dominant culture had on the self image of native inhabitants. They cover areas on all continents that were colonized by European countries.

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  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Book Code : 1438453639
  • Total of Pages : 354
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 857
  • Pdf File: the-testimonial-uncanny.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Examines how colonial and postcolonial violence is understood and conceptualized through Indigenous storytelling. Through the study of Indigenous literary and artistic practices from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, Julia V. Emberley examines the ways Indigenous storytelling discloses and repairs the traumatic impact of social violence in settler colonial nations. She focuses on Indigenous storytelling in a range of cultural practices, including novels, plays, performances, media reports, Internet museum exhibits, and graphic novels. In response to historical trauma such as that experienced at Indian residential schools, as well as present-day violence against Indigenous bodies and land, Indigenous storytellers make use of Indigenous spirituality and the sacred to inform an ethics of hospitality. They provide uncanny configurations of political and social kinships between people, between the past and the present, and between the animate and inanimate. This book introduces readers to cultural practices and theoretical texts concerned with bringing Indigenous epistemologies to the discussion of trauma and colonial violence. Julia V. Emberley is Professor of English at Western University in London, Ontario, and the author of several books, including Defamiliarizing the Aboriginal: Cultural Practices and Decolonization in Canada.

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By Christian Mair
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9789042008762
  • Total of Pages : 497
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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  • Pdf File: the-politics-of-english-as-a-world-language.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The complex politics of English as a world language provides the backdrop both for linguistic studies of varieties of English around the world and for postcolonial literary criticism. The present volume offers contributions from linguists and literary scholars that explore this common ground in a spirit of open interdisciplinary dialogue. Leading authorities assess the state of the art to suggest directions for further research, with substantial case studies ranging over a wide variety of topics - from the legitimacy of language norms of lingua franca communication to the recognition of newer post-colonial varieties of English in the online OED. Four regional sections treat the Caribbean (including the diaspora), Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Australasia and the Pacific Rim. Each section maintains a careful balance between linguistics and literature, and external and indigenous perspectives on issues. The book is the most balanced, complete and up-to-date treatment of the topic to date.

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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 940120697X
  • Total of Pages : 298
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 106
  • Pdf File: narrating-indigenous-modernities.pdf

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  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Book Code : 0231526350
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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  • Pdf File: haunting-legacies.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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A History of the Modern British Ghost Story

By S. Hay
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230316832
  • Total of Pages : 253
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 616
  • Pdf File: a-history-of-the-modern-british-ghost-story.pdf

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Ghost stories are always in conversation with novelistic modes with which they are contemporary. This book examines examples from Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, Henry James and Rudyard Kipling, amongst others, to the end of the twentieth century, looking at how they address empire, class, property, history and trauma.

The Circle & the Spiral

By Eva Rask Knudsen
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9789042010581
  • Total of Pages : 380
  • Category : History
  • Members : 568
  • Pdf File: the-circle-the-spiral.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In Aboriginal and Māori literature, the circle and the spiral are the symbolic metaphors for a never-ending journey of discovery and rediscovery. The journey itself, with its indigenous perspectives and sense of orientation, is the most significant act of cultural recuperation. The present study outlines the fields of indigenous writing in Australia and New Zealand in the crucial period between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s - particularly eventful years in which postcolonial theory attempted to 'centre the margins' and indigenous writers were keen to escape the particular centering offered in search of other positions more in tune with their creative sensibilities. Indigenous writing relinquished its narrative preference for social realism in favour of traversing old territory in new spiritual ways; roots converted into routes. Standard postcolonial readings of indigenous texts often overwrite the 'difference' they seek to locate because critical orthodoxy predetermines what 'difference' can be. Critical evaluations still tend to eclipse the ontological grounds of Aboriginal and Māori traditions and specific ways of moving through and behaving in cultural landscapes and social contexts. Hence the corrective applied in Circles and Spirals - to look for locally and culturally specific tracks and traces that lead in other directions than those catalogued by postcolonial convention. This agenda is pursued by means of searching enquiries into the historical, anthropological, political and cultural determinants of the present state of Aboriginal and Māori writing (principally fiction). Independent yet interrelated exemplary analyses of works by Keri Hulme and Patricia Grace and Mudrooroo and Sam Watson (Australia) provided the 'thick description' that illuminates the author's central theses, with comparative side-glances at Witi Ihimaera, Heretaunga Pat Baker and Alan Duff (New Zealand) and Archie Weller and Sally Morgan (Australia).

Ghostly Alterities. Spectrality and Contemporary Literatures in English

By Bianca DelVillano
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  • Publisher : ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press
  • Book Code : 3838257146
  • Total of Pages : 190
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 111
  • Pdf File: ghostly-alterities-spectrality-and-contemporary-literatures-in-english.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Ghostly Alterities analyses the meaning of ghostliness in contemporary Anglophone novels – Patricia Grace’s Baby No-Eyes (1998), Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987), J. M. Coetzee’s Foe (1986), Vivienne Cleven’s Her Sister’s Eye (2002), Ben Okri’s The Famished Road (1991), Pat Barker’s The Ghost Road (1995) – in which the figure of the ghost is often entrusted with the task of questioning Western culture and history. After an introductory chapter which investigates Freud’s concept of the uncanny along with theoretical issues raised by Iain Chambers and Jacques Derrida, Ghostly Alterities discusses the novels from different critical orientations (postcolonialism, poststructuralism and psychoanalysis), presenting ghostliness as intersecting with three major themes: the problem of the spectre’s visibility and “bodily” nature; the particular melancholic state of mind the ghost can trigger which brings about a very special kind of (g)hospitality; the spectral nature of history and its relationship with the characters’ personal memory.

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By Jane Gallop
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135873488
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 809
  • Pdf File: polemic.pdf

Book Short Summary:

These new essays by leading scholars examine some famous and less well-known instances of polemical encounters. The essays are enhanced by an interview with Gayatri Spivak, specially conducted by Jane Gallop for this volume Historically rigorous, theoretically astute, and sometimes wickedly funny, Polemic makes criticism a critical issue.

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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Book Code : 019152798X
  • Total of Pages : 296
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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The Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures series offers stimulating and accessible introductions to definitive topics and key genres and regions within the rapidly diversifying field of postcolonial literary studies in English. The first book of its kind, Pacific Islands Writing offers a broad-ranging introduction to the postcolonial literatures of the Pacific region. Drawing upon metaphors of oceanic voyaging, Michelle Keown takes the reader on a discursive journey through a variety of literary and cultural contexts in the Pacific, exploring the Indigenous literatures of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia, and also investigating a range of European or Western writing about the Pacific, from the adventure fictions of Herman Melville, R. L. Stevenson, and Jack London to the Päkehä (European) settler literatures of Aotearoa/New Zealand. The book explores the relevance of 'international' postcolonial theoretical paradigms to a reading of Pacific literatures, but it also offers a region-specific analysis of key authors and texts, drawing upon indigenous Pacific literary theories, and sketching in some of the key socio-historical trajectories that have inflected Pacific writing. Well-established Indigenous Pacific authors such as Albert Wendt, Witi Ihimaera, Alan Duff, and Patricia Grace are considered alongside emerging writers such as Sia Figiel, Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, and Dan Taulapapa McMullin. The book focuses primarily upon Pacific literature in English - the language used by the majority of Pacific writers - but also breaks new ground in examining the growing corpus of francophone and hispanophone writing in French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Easter Island/Rapa Nui.

Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women's Writing

By Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo,Gina Wisker
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9042029358
  • Total of Pages : 307
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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This volume brings a variety of new approaches and contexts to modem and contemporary women's writing. Contributors include both new and well-established scholars from Europe, Australia, the USA , and the Caribbean. Their essays draw on, adapt, and challenge anthropological perspectives on rites of passage derived from the work of Arnold van Gennep and Victor Turner. Collectively, the essays suggest that women's writing and women's experiences from diverse cultures go beyond any straightforward notion of a threefold structure of separation, transition, and incorporation. Some essays include discussion of traditional rites of passage such as birth, motherhood, marriage, death, and bereavement; others are interested in exploring less traditional, more fluid, and/or problematic rites such as abortion, living with HI V/AIDS, and coming into political consciousness. Contributors seek ways of linking writing on rites of passage to feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic theories which foreground margins, borders, and the outsider. The three opening essays explore the work of the Zimbabwean writer Yvonne Vera, whose groundbreaking work explored taboo subjects such as infanticide and incest. A wide range of other essays focus on writers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. including Jean Rhys, Bharati Mukherjee, Arundhati Roy, Jean Arasanayagam, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, and Eva Sallis. Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women's Writing will be of interest to scholars working in the fields of postcolonial and modern and contemporary women's writing, and to students on literature and women's studies courses who want to study women's writing from a cross-cultural perspective and from different theoretical positions. Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo is Head of Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focus is on African literature (particularly Zimbabwean), contemporary women's writing, and postcolonial cinemas. Gina Wisker is Professor of Higher Education and Contemporary Literature at the University of Brighton, where she teaches literature, is the head of the centre for learning and teaching, and pursues her research interests in postcolonial women's writing.

The Non-literate Other

By Helga Ramsey-Kurz
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  • Book Code : 904202240X
  • Total of Pages : 506
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Public debates on the benefits and dangers of mass literacy prompted nineteenth-century British authors to write about illiteracy. Since the early twentieth century writers outside Europe have paid increasing attention to the subject as a measure both of cultural dependence and independence. So far literary studies has taken little notice of this.The Non-Literate Other: Readings of Illiteracy in Twentieth-Century Novels in English offers explanations for this lack of interest in illiteracy amongst scholars of literature, and attempts to remedy this neglect by posing the question of how writers use their literacy to write about a condition radically unlike their own. Answers to this question are given in the analysis of nineteen works featuring illiterates yet never before studied for doing so. The book explores the scriptlessness of Neanderthals in William Golding, of barbarians in Angela Carter, David Malouf, and J.M. Coetzee, of African natives in Joseph Conrad and Chinua Achebe, of Maoris in Patricia Grace and Chippewas in Louise Erdrich, of fugitive or former slaves and their descendants in Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, and Ernest Gaines, of Untouchables in Mulk Raj Anand and Salman Rushdie, and of migrants in Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa, and Amy Tan. In so doing it conveys a clear sense of the complexity and variability of the phenomenon of non-literacy as well as its fictional resourcefulness.

Transcultural Graffiti

By Russell West-Pavlov
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  • Book Code : 9042019352
  • Total of Pages : 243
  • Category : Education
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Transcultural Graffitireads a range of texts - prose, poetry, drama - in several European languages as exemplars of diasporic writing. The book scrutinizes contemporary transcultural literary creation for the manner in which it gives hints about the teaching of literary studies in our postcolonial, globalizing era. Transcultural Graffitisuggest that cultural work, in particular transcultural work, assembles and collates material from various cultures in their moment of meeting. The teaching of such cultural collage in the classroom should equip students with the means to reflect upon and engage in cultural 'bricolage' themselves in the present day. The texts read - from Césaire's adaptation of Shakespeare's Tempest, via the diaspora fictions of Marica Bodrozic or David Dabydeen, to the post-9/11 poetry of New York poets - are understood as 'graffiti'-like inscriptions, the result of fleeting encounters in a swiftly changing public world. Such texts provide impulses for a performative 'risk' pedagogy capable of modelling the ways in which our constitutive individual and social narratives are constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed today.

Better Britons

By Nadine Attewell
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  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Book Code : 1442667079
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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In 1932, Aldous Huxley published Brave New World, his famous novel about a future in which humans are produced to spec in laboratories. Around the same time, Australian legislators announced an ambitious experiment to “breed the colour” out of Australia by procuring white husbands for women of white and indigenous descent. In this study, Nadine Attewell reflects on an assumption central to these and other policy initiatives and cultural texts from twentieth-century Britain, Australia, and New Zealand: that the fortunes of the nation depend on controlling the reproductive choices of citizen-subjects. Better Britons charts an innovative approach to the politics of reproduction by reading an array of works and discourses – from canonical modernist novels and speculative fictions to government memoranda and public debates – that reflect on the significance of reproductive behaviours for civic, national, and racial identities. Bringing insights from feminist and queer theory into dialogue with work in indigenous studies, Attewell sheds new light on changing conceptions of British and settler identity during the era of decolonization.

The Time of the Giants

By Anne Kennedy
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  • Publisher : Auckland University Press
  • Book Code : 1775582086
  • Total of Pages : 96
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Affectionate yet satirical, this sequence of poems focuses on a family of giants and, in particular, on a young giant woman and her efforts to conceal from her normally sized lover how tall she truly is. The witty verses are infused with warmth and transcend a reader's everyday reality and experiences. As disturbing and fabulous as a classic fairy tale, this gathering of work showcases the fanciful aspects of contemporary manners.

Antipodean Childhoods

By Helga Ramsey-Kurz,Ulla Ratheiser
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1527551245
  • Total of Pages : 215
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Though obvious, the productiveness of combining the three concepts of childhood, otherness and the postcolonial has not inspired much academic inquiry so far. The essays assembled in this book make up for this omission and address aspects of growing up in Australia and New Zealand from various angles. They base their argument on the premise that, whether in settler, migrant or indigenous communities, children tend to be ascribed a space of their own, mostly outside but never independent of that of adults. How adults configure this space both practically and imaginatively, for instance in the arts, in adult and children’s literature, in film and photography, or in historical documents, is one of the questions answered in the process. How these configurations have developed with time and under the influence of specific historical circumstances is another. Thus, the individual papers are more than a contribution to the current (re-)discovery of the theme of childhood in European cultures in that Antipodean Childhoods remains centrally concerned with the cultural specificity of childhoods lived in Australia and New Zealand and with the theoretical relevance of this specificity to postcolonial literary, cultural and historical studies.

Missions of Interdependence

By Gerhard Stilz
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9789042014299
  • Total of Pages : 424
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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At the beginning of the twenty-first century it is necessary to combine into a productive programme the striving for individual emancipation and the social practice of humanism, in order to help the world survive both the ancient pitfalls of particularist terrorism and the levelling tendencies of cultural indifference engendered by the renewed imperialist arrogance of hegemonial global capital. In this book, thirty-five scholars address and negotiate, in a spirit of learning and understanding, an exemplary variety of intercultural splits and fissures that have opened up in the English-speaking world. Their methodology can be seen to constitute a seminal field of intellectual signposts. They point out ways and means of responsibly assessing colonial predicaments and postcolonial developments in six regions shaped in the past by the British Empire and still associated today through their allegiance to the idea of a Commonwealth of Nations. They show how a new ethic of literary self-assertion, interpretative mediation and critical responsiveness can remove the deeply ingrained prejudices, silences and taboos established by discrimination against race, class and gender.

The Encyclopedia of the Gothic

By David Punter,William Hughes,Andrew Smith
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1119210461
  • Total of Pages : 880
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE GOTHIC “Well written and interesting [it is] a testament to the breadth and depth of knowledge about its central subject among the more than 130 contributing writers, and also among the three editors, each of whom is a significant figure in the field of gothic studies ... A reference work that’s firmly rooted in and actively devoted to expressing the current state of academic scholarship about its area.” New York Journal of Books “A substantial achievement.” Reference Reviews Comprehensive and wide-ranging, The Encyclopedia of the Gothic brings together over 200 newly-commissioned essays by leading scholars writing on all aspects of the Gothic as it is currently taught and researched, along with challenging insights into the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture. The A-Z entries provide comprehensive coverage of relevant authors, national traditions, critical developments, and notable texts that continue to define, shape, and inform the genre. The volume’s approach is truly interdisciplinary, with essays by specialist international contributors whose expertise extends beyond Gothic literature to film, music, drama, art, and architecture. From Angels and American Gothic to Wilde and Witchcraft, The Encyclopedia of the Gothic is the definitive reference guide to all aspects of this strange and wondrous genre. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature is a comprehensive, scholarly, authoritative, and critical overview of literature and theory comprising individual titles covering key literary genres, periods, and sub-disciplines. Available both in print and online, this groundbreaking resource provides students, teachers, and researchers with cutting-edge scholarship in literature and literary studies.