Cultural Difference and Material Culture in Middle English by Dominique Battles

By Dominique Battles

This ebook explores how the cultural differences and conflicts among Anglo-Saxons and Normans originating with the Norman Conquest of 1066 prevailed good into the fourteenth century and are occur in an important variety of heart English romances together with King Horn, Havelok the Dane, Sir Orfeo, Sir Gawain and the fairway Knight, and others. in particular, the learn seems to be at how the fabric tradition of those poems (architecture, conflict tactic, landscapes) systematically and many times distinguishes among Norman and Anglo-Saxon cultural id. also, it examines the impact of the English Outlaw culture, itself grounded in Anglo-Saxon resistance to the Norman Conquest, as expressed in particular ordinary scenes (disguise and infiltration, wooded area exile) present in many heart English romances. within the broadest feel, an important variety of center English romances, together with the most well-read and often-taught, manage a dichotomy of 2 ruling homes headed by way of a robust lord, who compete for energy and impression. This publication examines the cultural background at the back of every one of those pairings to teach how poets many times distinction basically Norman and Anglo-Saxon values and ruling styles.


 

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William Wordsworth - The Prelude (Readers"e; Guides to by Tim Milnes

By Tim Milnes

The Prelude is William Wordsworth's nice autobiographical poem. started out in 1798, and periodically elevated and revised all through Wordsworth's existence, it was once released in 1850 after the poet's death.

This Reader's Guide:

• starts with a dialogue of the complicated textual heritage of The Prelude
• covers the total variety of severe responses surrounding the poem, from the 1st Victorian reviewers to Modernist polemicists, and from the 'theory wars' of the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties to the emergence of modern 'green' criticism
• identifies and gathers major severe views, interpretations and debates attached with the paintings, contextualising and explaining the cloth below discussion.

Comprehensive and approachable, this can be a useful advent to a widely-studied paintings which has come to imagine a valuable position in Wordsworth's literary output.


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Romanticism and Slave Narratives: Transatlantic Testimonies by Helen Thomas

By Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas's research opens a brand new road for Romantic literary reports by means of exploring connections with literature produced by way of slaves, slave vendors, abolitionists and radical dissenters among 1770 and 1830. within the first significant try and relate canonical Romantic texts to the writings of the African diaspora, she investigates English literary Romanticism within the context of a transatlantic tradition, and African tradition within the context of eighteenth-century Britain. In so doing, the booklet unearths an intertextual discussion among varied but both wealthy cultural spheres, and their corresponding structures of idea, epistemology and expression. displaying how marginalised slaves and alienated radical dissenters contributed to transatlantic debates over civil and non secular liberties, Helen Thomas remaps Romantic literature in this broader canvas of cultural exchanges, geographical migrations and identity-transformation, within the years earlier than and after the abolition of the slave trade.

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Romance and the Erotics of Property: Mass-Market Fiction for by Jan Cohn

By Jan Cohn

Romance and the Erotics of estate examines modern well known romance from a couple of diverse issues of view, probing for codes and subtexts that usually take advantage of and occasionally contradict its floor story of romantic charm, frustration, longing, and success. Cohn argues complete figuring out of the modern romance calls for an research of its literary and ancient resources and analogues. 3 primary resources are tested within the context of women's background in bourgeois society. delight and Prejudice, Jane Erye, and long gone With the Wind exhibit the improvement of romance fiction's topics, but in all 3 the primary love tale is advanced by way of problems with estate, the signal of male energy. Jan Cohn additional considers the improvement of the style n the fictions of Harriet Lewis and should Agnes Fleming, prolific and renowned American romance writers of the past due 19th century who built the function of the villain, thereby bringing into concentration the sexual and monetary struggles confronted through the heroine.

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Damnation in Matthew Lewis's the Monk: A by Becky Lee Meadows

By Becky Lee Meadows

whilst nineteen-year-old Matthew Lewis crafted The Monk in 1796, he had no inspiration what hideous progeny he had created. The textual content plagued Lewis all through his lifestyles to the purpose the place he earned the nickname "Monk" Lewis, symbolic of feedback he and the textual content acquired equating Lewis without delay with the information in his notorious gothic novel. The Monk rose to the head of recognition in an England fed on through its love for Gothic romances and enswathed within the language of political, social, and spiritual turmoil. additionally, Lewis's novel has persisted centuries of feedback to develop into a part of the twenty-first century's love affair with the Gothic. components in Lewis's novel have spoken to humankind around the a long time, basically via his precept personality, the fallen monk, Ambrosio. Why do The Monk and Ambrosio enwrap imaginations within the dichotomy among charm and repulsion? What does Ambrosio event in his psychological and actual Lifeworlds as he catapults himself into damnation within the textual content, and what can humankind acceptable from his fall? This e-book takes a brand new method of literary reports of The Monk through turning hermeneutic phenomenology in a brand new course - into the minds of the characters themselves. The reader enters the brain of Ambrosio and event the area and the symbols surrounding him, together with his intersubjective structure with different characters, as he reports them. whereas using phenomenology to a fictive textual content isn't new, focusing hermeneutic phenomenology solely at the recognition of the characters in a literary textual content is. the writer takes this daring step thoughtfully and analytically, explaining step-by-step how Ambrosio takes himself down a route to damnation in his personal cognizance earlier than devil ever throws him off of a mountain, in impact explaining how salvation for Ambrosio is most unlikely by means of the tip of the unconventional. whereas past techniques have analyzed the reader's event throughout the lens of phenomenology, this paintings examines a character's adventure in the course of the lens of hermeneutic-phenomenology, examining symbols found in the monk's awareness and the way they impact his psychological route to damnation, in place of reading the reader's event via that very same lens. by way of relocating a layer deeper than conventional methods, this paintings opens new nation-states of hazard in literary criticism.

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Polish Romantic Drama: Three Plays in English Translation by Harold B. Segel

By Harold B. Segel

this is often the 1st quantity in English to be dedicated completely to shine Romantic drama. It comprises translations of 3 significant performs: Forefathers; Eve, half III, via Adam Mickiewics; The Un-Divine Comedy via Zygmunt Krasinski; and Fantazy by way of Juliusz Slowacki. In his hugely informative advent, Professor Segel discusses the performs opposed to the historical past of the Romantic flow in Poland and issues out their ideological and creative significance. As items of a progressive Poland; they have been written and released in Paris through writers who both resettled there after the rebellion of 1830 or in a different way pointed out with the nice Emigration; they're permeated with the spirit of Romantic uprising, with pleas for universial justice, and with queries in regards to the position of the poet in society. Brillant productions of the performs in Poland within the overdue 19th and early twentieth-centuries gave impetus to a whole culture of recent Polish theatrical experimentation in addition to dramatic writing which extends to the current day.

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The Literature of Terror: Volume 2: The Modern Gothic by David Punter

By David Punter

The Literature of Terror: the fashionable Gothic is the second one quantity in David Punter's extraordinary survey of gothic writing overlaying over centuries. This lengthy awaited moment variation has been extended take into consideration the most recent serious learn, and is now released in volumes. Volume One covers the interval from 1765 to the Edwardian age whereas Volume Two discusses smooth gothic, beginning with the 'decadent' gothic writing of Oscar Wilde and carrying on with throughout the 20th century.

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Thomas De Quincey: British Rhetoric's Romantic Turn by Lois Peters Agnew

By Lois Peters Agnew

This wide-ranging quantity supplies right realization to the perspectives on rhetoric and magnificence set forth via British literary determine Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859), whose contributions to the background of rhetoric are frequently missed. Lois Peters Agnew provides an outline of this theorist’s lifestyles and offers cultural context for his time and position, with specific emphasis at the value of his rhetoric as either an alternate pressure of rhetorical heritage and a formerly unrealized instance of rhetoric’s transformation in nineteenth-century Britain. 

Agnew offers an in depth dialogue of De Quincey’s rules on rhetoric, his conception and perform of dialog, his conception of fashion and its position in attaining rhetoric’s dialogic capability, and his strategic use of humor and irony in such works as Confessions of an English Opium Eater. Synthesizing prior remedies of De Quincey’s rhetoric and connecting his strange views on language to the biographical info of his lifestyles, Agnew is helping readers comprehend his highbrow improvement whereas bringing to gentle the cultural contexts that triggered radical alterations within the methods nineteenth-century British intellectuals conceived of the position of language and the mind's eye in private and non-private discourse.

Agnew provides another imaginative and prescient of rhetoric that departs from many universal assumptions approximately rhetoric’s civic objective and gives insights into the subject of rhetoric and technological switch. the result's an obtainable and thorough rationalization of De Quincey’s complicated principles on rhetoric and the 1st paintings to completely convey the succeed in of his principles throughout a number of texts written in the course of his lifetime.

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Transformations of Electricity in Nineteenth-Century by Stella Pratt-Smith

By Stella Pratt-Smith

during the 19th century, practitioners of technological know-how, writers of fiction and reporters wrote approximately electrical energy in ways in which defied epistemological and disciplinary limitations. Revealing electrical energy as a domain for severe and inventive Victorian hypothesis, Stella Pratt-Smith lines the synthesis of nineteenth-century electrical energy made attainable by way of the robust mix of technological know-how, literature and the preferred mind's eye. With electrical energy resisting transparent description, even via these resembling Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell who knew it top, Pratt-Smith argues that electrical energy was once either metaphorically suggestive and open to inventive hypothesis. Her publication engages with Victorian clinical texts, well known and expert periodicals and the paintings of major midcentury novelists, together with Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, William Makepeace Thackeray and Wilkie Collins. analyzing the paintings of William Harrison Ainsworth and Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Pratt-Smith explores how Victorian novelists attributed magical features to electrical energy, imbuing it with either the romance of the prior and the joys of the longer term. She concludes with a case research of Benjamin Lumley’s one other international, which provides an attractive delusion of electricity’s capability according to modern advancements. eventually, her publication contends that writing and interpreting approximately electrical energy appropriated and improved its ingenious scope, remodeled its actual origins and functions and contravened the boundaries of literary genres and disciplinary constraints.

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