Summary Book Review Excess and Embodiment in Contemporary Women's Writing by Zeynep Zeren Atayurt:
Download or read book Excess and Embodiment in Contemporary Women's Writing written by Zeynep Zeren Atayurt and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2011-08-01 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The 'obese' female body has often been portrayed as the 'other' to the slender body. However, this process of 'othering', or viewing as different, has created a repressive discourse, where 'excess' has increasingly come to be studied as a 'physical abnormality' or a signifier of a 'personality defect' in contemporary Western society. This book engages with the multifarious re-imaginings of the 'excessive' embodiment in contemporary women's writing, drawing specifically on the construction of this form of embodiment in the works of Fay Weldon, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood, Claude Tardat, and Judith Moore, whose texts offer a distinct literary response to the rigidly homogeneous and limiting representations of fatness, while prompting heterogeneous approaches to reading the 'excessive' female embodiment.
Summary Book Review Women's Utopian and Dystopian Fiction by Sharon R. Wilson:
Download or read book Women's Utopian and Dystopian Fiction written by Sharon R. Wilson and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2014-07-18 with total page 220 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Women’s Utopian and Dystopian Fiction explores the genres of utopian and dystopian recent fiction. It is about how this literature of both imagined perfection and disaster creates new worlds and critiques gender roles, traditions, and values. Essays range in subject matter from Charlotte Perkins Gilman, P. D. James, Joanna Russ, and Marge Piercy, to Ursula Le Guin, Fay Weldon, and Toni Morrison. Two of the three sections focus on Doris Lessing and Margaret Atwood. Examining especially the twentieth century, including second-wave feminism, writers from Tunisia, Turkey, Italy, Korea, the US, and England give both an historical and a global perspective. Utopian and dystopian elements are explored in the Nobel-Prize-winning Doris Lessing’s Memoirs of a Survivor, the little-known Mara and Dann, and The Cleft; and new perspectives are offered on Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Summary Book Review Willful Girls by Emily Jeremiah:
Download or read book Willful Girls written by Emily Jeremiah and published by Boydell & Brewer. This book was released on 2017-12-19 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Explores the process of "becoming woman" through an analysis of the depiction of girls and young women in contemporary Anglo-American and German literary texts.
Summary Book Review The Rhetoric of Women’s Humour in Barbara Pym’s Fiction by Naghmeh Varghaiyan:
Download or read book The Rhetoric of Women’s Humour in Barbara Pym’s Fiction written by Naghmeh Varghaiyan and published by BoD – Books on Demand. This book was released on 2021-04-20 with total page 234 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this study of three of Barbara Pym’s novels, Naghmeh Varghaiyan, drawing on examinations of women’s humour by Eileen Gillooly, Regina Barreca, and others, shows how the humorous female discourse in Some Tame Gazelle, Excellent Women, and Jane and Prudence undermines patriarchal culture and subverts both female and male stereotypes such as that of the spinster and of the Byronic hero. Varghaiyan reveals how the rhetoric of women’s humour enables Pym’s female characters to survive in the patriarchal culture and to unsettle it.
Download or read book Writing Home written by David Ellis and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2007-05-21 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When the SS Empire Windrush berthed at Tilbury docks in 1948 with 492 ex-servicemen from the Caribbean, it marked the beginning of the post-war migrations to Britain that would form part of modern, multi-cultural Britain. A significant role in this social transformation would be played by the literary and non-literary output of writers from the Caribbean. These writers in exile were responsible not just for the establishment of the West Indian novel, but, by virtue of their location in the Mother Country, were also the pioneers of black writing in Britain. Over the next fifty years, this writing would come to represent an important body of work intimately aligned to the evolving and contentious notions of 'home' as economic migration became a permanent presence. In this book, David Ellis provides in-depth analyses of six key figures whose writing charts the establishment of black Britain. For Sam Selvon, George Lamming, and E. R. Braithwaite, writing home represents a literature of reappraisal as the myths of empire -- the gold-paved streets of London -- conflict with the harsh realities of being designated an immigrant. The unresolved consequences of this reappraisal are made evident in the works of Andrew Salkey, Wilson Harris, and Linton Kwesi Johnson where radicalism in both political and literary terms can be read as a response to the rejection of the black communities by an increasingly divided Britain in the 1970s. Finally, the novels of Caryl Phillips, Joan Riley, and David Dabydeen mark an increasingly reflective literature as the notion of home shifts more explicitly from the Caribbean to Britain itself. Containing both contextual and biographical information throughout, "Writing Home" represents a literary and social history of the emergence of black Britain in the second half of the twentieth century.
Summary Book Review Writing Within / Without / About Sri Lanka by Paolo Brusasco:
Download or read book Writing Within / Without / About Sri Lanka written by Paolo Brusasco and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2010-12-01 with total page 218 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Paola Brusasco's study offers an original insight into Sri Lankan literature in English and an exploration of cultural, social, and linguistic issues at the basis of the country's ethnic conflict. By focussing on two distinctive and representative writers, both Burghers, yet with different personal histories, Brusasco confronts issues of cartography, history, and language, all contributing to a specific definition of identity. Both Ondaatje and Muller are outsiders, the former because of his diasporic existence, the latter because of his excentricity within the reality of a divided country where the legacy of British colonialism and the process of redefinition following independence in 1948, as well as matters of geography and history, become crucial to writers.
Summary Book Review Decapitation and Disgorgement. The Female Body's Text in Early Modern English Drama and Poetry by Melanie A Hanson:
Download or read book Decapitation and Disgorgement. The Female Body's Text in Early Modern English Drama and Poetry written by Melanie A Hanson and published by ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press. This book was released on 2012-02-13 with total page 180 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book brings the ideas of French feminist Hélène Cixous to bear on a number of Early Modern English texts. The female characters of Mariam from Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam, Lavinia from William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus as well as John Milton’s Eve in Paradise Lost and the poetic voice of Isabella Whitney are investigated through the application of Cixous’s theories of figurative decapitation and disgorgement. The author examines the creation of a unique discourse through the blending of what is stereotypically referred to as “female text” with “male discourse,” which results in what Cixous would call “bisexual discourse.”
Summary Book Review Decadences - Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature by Paul Fox:
Download or read book Decadences - Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature written by Paul Fox and published by ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press. This book was released on 2014-05-01 with total page 430 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This revised and expanded volume examines the intersections of aesthetics and morality and asks what Decadence means to art and society at various moments in British literature. As time passes, the definition of what it takes to be D/decadent changes. The decline from a higher standard, social malaise, aesthetic ennui – all these ideas presume certain facts about the past, the present, and the linear nature of time itself. To reject the past as a given, and to relish the subtleties of present nuance, is the beginning of Decadence. The conflict underlying the contributions to this collection is that of society's moral contempt vis-a-vis the focus on the fleeting present on part of the purportedly decadent artists; who in turn thought the truly decadent to be the stranglehold society maintained on individual interpretation and the interpretation of oneself.
Summary Book Review Formal Investigations: Aesthetic Style in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Detective Fiction by Paul Fox:
Download or read book Formal Investigations: Aesthetic Style in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Detective Fiction written by Paul Fox and published by ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press. This book was released on 2014-05-01 with total page 286 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The essays in this revised and expanded volume explore a variety of structuring taxonomies, the relationships between the aesthetic forms, styles and methodologies of detective and crime fiction in the late-Victorian and Edwardian period. The influences on the artists in the genre are as varied as the interests of the period in scientific method, forensics, archaeology, aesthetics, medicine, and the paranormal. But the formalizing tendencies of investigative process remain, and it is this adherence, in artist and detective alike, to seeing crime and its resolution as a stylistic imposition of structure on disorder that is under examination.
Summary Book Review Ob-scene Spaces in Australian Narrative. An Account of the Socio-topographic Construction of Space in Australian Literature by Pablo Armellino:
Download or read book Ob-scene Spaces in Australian Narrative. An Account of the Socio-topographic Construction of Space in Australian Literature written by Pablo Armellino and published by ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press. This book was released on 2012-02-27 with total page 290 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ob-scene Spaces in Australian Narrative is an exhaustive survey of Australian literature proposing itself as a journey through time and space. With a careful selection of texts which recount Australian history from the early days of white colonization to the present, this study endeavours to cast light on the process of socio-topographic construction that the settlers imposed upon the continent.As suggested by the title, the textual inquiry conducted in this book is driven by the stimulating ambiguity that lies between physical space and its discursive construction. A selection of canonical and non-canonical texts by authors ranging from Henry Lawson to Christos Tsiolkas aims to reveal the relationship between the space of the city (the scene) and the outback (the ob-scene space beyond the metropolitan area) and its role in the process of spatial construction that, through the last two centuries, has shaped Australia.Pablo Armellino’s distinctive approach to Australian literature makes Ob-scene Spaces in Australian Narrative a very interesting work. Using a carefully selected range of novels, linked together using social and literary theory, it recounts the history of colonization in Australia in a particularly approachable manner. Through the analysis of each text the reader seamlessly learns about the expansion of the frontier, the creation of an ob-scene space beyond it and the use the Discourse makes of this mechanism. These characteristics would appeal to both an academic audience, which would appreciate the detailed text analysis, and a general audience, which would enjoy the historical and thematic aspect of the book.– Professor Carmen Concilio and Professor Pietro Deandrea, Facoltà di Lingue, Università di Torino
Summary Book Review Dealing with Evils by Annie Gagiano:
Download or read book Dealing with Evils written by Annie Gagiano and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2014-10-01 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Summary Book Review History and Race in Caryl Phillips’s The Nature of Blood by Maria Festa:
Download or read book History and Race in Caryl Phillips’s The Nature of Blood written by Maria Festa and published by BoD – Books on Demand. This book was released on 2020-10-20 with total page 196 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This monograph examines Caryl Phillips’s The Nature of Blood (1997), a novel exploring recurring expressions of exclusion and discrimination throughout history with particular focus on Jewish and African diasporas and the storytelling of its migrant characters. Particular attention is given to the analysis of characters revealing different facets of the Jewish question. Maria Festa also provides a historical excursus on the notion of race and considers another character alluding to Shakespeare’s Othello to expose the paradoxes of the relationship between subjugator and subjugated. The study makes the case that among the novel’s most remarkable achievements is Phillips’s effort to redress the absence of the Other from our history, that by depicting experiences of displacement, and by confronting readers with seemingly disconnected narrative fragments, The Nature of Blood is a reminder of the missing stories, the voices—marginalised and often racialized—that Western history has consistently failed to include in its accounts of the past and arguably its present.
Summary Book Review James Joyce: Developing Irish Identity by Thomas Halloran:
Download or read book James Joyce: Developing Irish Identity written by Thomas Halloran and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2009-01-23 with total page 168 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "James Joyce: Developing Irish Identity" follows the increasing focus on Irish identity in Joyce's major works of prose. This book traces the development of the idea of Ireland, the concept of Irishness, the formation of a national identity and the need to deconstruct a nationalistic self-conception of nation in Joyce's work. Through close reading of "Dubliners", "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", "Stephen Hero" and "Ulysses", Joyce articulates the problems that colonialism poses to a nation-state that cannot create its identity autonomously. Furthermore, this reading uncovers Joyce's conception of national identity as increasingly sophisticated and complicated after Irish independence was won. From here, Halloran argues that Joyce presents his readers with ideas and suggestions for the future of Ireland. As Irish studies become increasingly imbricated with postcolonial discourse, the need for re-examination of classic texts becomes necessary."James Joyce: Developing Irish Identity" provides a new approach for understanding the dramatic development of Joyce's oeuvre by providing a textual analysis guided by postcolonial theory.
Summary Book Review The Biographer and the Subject by Rana Tekcan:
Download or read book The Biographer and the Subject written by Rana Tekcan and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2010-03-01 with total page 178 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A good biography is a well-staged illusion. It creates -- on paper -- a vivid, rounded, and immediate sense of lived life. In contrast to purely fictional forms, biography writing does not allow total freedom to the biographer in the creative act. Ideally, a biography's backbone is formed by accurate historical facts. But its soul lies elsewhere. Since the concern is life, something more is needed: Nothing dry, cold or dead, but a vibrant impression of life that is left in the air after one turns over the last page. But how does a biographer do it? The way a biographer creates a subject is largely dictated by the historical distance between them. There are three types of distance in biographical writing: First, where the biographer and the subject personally know one another; second, where the biographer is a near contemporary of the subject; and third, where biographer and subject are distinctly separated, in some cases by hundreds of years. Tekcan explores how some of the most accomplished biographers manage to "recreate life" across time and space. She closely examines Samuel Johnson's "Life of Mr. Richard Savage", James Boswell's "Life of Samuel Johnson", Lytton Strachey's "Eminent Victorians", Michael Holroyd's "Lytton Strachey", Park Honan's "Jane Austen", and Andrew Motion's "Keats".
Summary Book Review Aspects of the Orange Revolution I by Paul D'Anieri:
Download or read book Aspects of the Orange Revolution I written by Paul D'Anieri and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2007-11-22 with total page 246 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ukraine's 2004 presidential election was falsified, spurring the Orange Revolution. To many observers, the Orange Revolution was a shock, and the stolen election a recent development. However, both the election fraud and the effort to topple the government of Leonid Kuchma emerged from political dynamics that had appeared in earlier Ukrainian elections.In this path breaking volume, leading scholars place Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution in the longer perspective of Ukraine's post-Soviet electoral politics. Covering both presidential and parliamentary elections over the entire post-Soviet period, the chapters clarify the manner in which earlier elections had emerged as part of the battle for power in Ukraine well before 2004. The opposition that came to power in 2004 had also won the 2002 elections and had developed its strategies during opposition protests that had been catalyzed by the Kuchmagate crisis in 2000. The evolution of the dynamics that led to the fraudulent 2004 election reveals that the events of 2004 represented continuity as well as change. By placing the 2004 elections within a longer trajectory, the volume enriches our understanding of the Orange Revolution and helps us to understand the difficulties faced in consolidating Ukraine's democratic breakthrough following the Orange Revolution.The volume contains an introduction to "Aspects of the Orange Revolution I-VI" by Andreas Umland, followed by eight chapters by Robert K. Christensen, Edward R. Rakhimkulov and Charles Wise, Paul D'Anieri, Robert Kravchuk and Victor Chudowsky, Paul Kubicek, Taras Kuzio, Lucan Way, and Anna Makhorkina. These authors bring complex and varied perspectives that situate Ukraine's post-Soviet elections in economic reforms, constitutional law, foreign policy objectives of integrating into Europe, as well as in the broader context of the rough and tumble competition for political control of Ukraine.
Summary Book Review New Readings in the Literature of British India, c. 1780-1947 by Shafquat Towheed:
Download or read book New Readings in the Literature of British India, c. 1780-1947 written by Shafquat Towheed and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2007-10-01 with total page 340 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The contributions to this book amply demonstrate the richness, vitality, and complexity of the colonial transactions between Britain and India over the last two centuries, and they do so by approaching the topic from a specific perspective: by interpreting the rubric 'new readings' as broadly, creatively, and productively as possible. They cover a wide range of literary responses and genres: eighteenth-century drama, the gothic novel, verse, autobiography, history, religious writing, journalism, women's memoirs, travel writing, popular fiction, and the modernist novel. Brought together in one volume, these essays offer a small, but representative sample of the multifaceted literary and cultural traffic between Britain and India in the colonial period. In the richness and diversity of the various contributors' strategies and interpretations, these new readings urge us to return once again to texts that we think we know, as well as to explore those that we do not, with a freshly renewed sense of their complexity, immediacy, and relevance.
Summary Book Review Time, History, and Philosophy in the Works of Wilson Harris by Gianluca Delfino:
Download or read book Time, History, and Philosophy in the Works of Wilson Harris written by Gianluca Delfino and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2016-05-31 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Gianluca Delfino’s study of one of the Caribbean’s most controversial authors paves the way for looking at Wilson Harris’s body of work in a new light. Harris’s imaginative approach to reality is discussed in relation to the categories of history and time with reference to several novels, with a special focus on The Infinite Rehearsal, Jonestown, and The Dark Jester, spanning more than forty years of his vast literary production. Delfino’s analysis, encompassing critical perspectives ranging from African philosophy to Jungian readings through historiography and anthropology, demonstrates that Harris’s works as a whole show a remarkable unity of thought rooted in their author’s complex imagination. As a result, the cross-cultural quality of Harris’s thought emerges as a healing outcome of the traumatic colonial encounter, bringing together elements of Amerindian, African, and European origin in an ongoing dialogue with time, nature, and the psyche.