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The Avant-Garde Imperative:

The Visionary Quest for a New Language
Willard Bohn
ISBN: 9781604978353

As the twentieth century dawned, artists and writers became convinced that there was more to reality than physical appearance and turned their gaze inward and adopted a number of unconventional approaches. Paradoxically, considering that they strove to give a more faithful impression of reality, their experiments were overwhelmingly anti-realistic. This book illuminates this period of modern aesthetics. It will appeal not only to scholars of twentieth-century literature but also to those working in the field of modern art. Read More..

Rethinking Chineseness:

Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World
E. K. Tan
ISBN: 9781604978407

This is the first book devoted to Sinophone Southeast Asian literature in the English-speaking world. Conceptually innovative and flawlessly written, this book makes an important contribution ... Anyone interested in questions of identity calibrated through such vectors as language, culture, history, geography, and nationality will find this book to be extremely valuable. This is an impressive accomplishment.” – Professor Shu-mei Shih, University of California at Los Angeles Read More..

Sexuality and Contemporary Literature

Joel Gwynne and Angelia Poon
ISBN: 9781604978247

As the first critical collection of essays to consider the representation of sexuality across such a wide variety of contemporary writing, Sexuality and Contemporary Literature analytically foregrounds insights into the historical and current arrangements of sexuality that contemporary literature provides, while also inviting the reader to imagine other possibilities for the future that literary texts open up. Read More..

A Study of Two Classics:

A Cultural Critique of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and The Water Margin
Liu Zaifu
ISBN: 9781604978278

This is the first book that focuses exclusively on the cultural values of the two classics in Chinese literature. Liu Zaifu, the renowned Chinese critic, also examines how traditional commentators like Jin Shengtan and Li Zhi promoted the cultural values embedded in the two classics and how these harmful values are received and reinforced in contemporary China. He draws inspiration from May Fourth intellectuals, particularly Lu Xun, and from a wide range of works by Western scholars. Read More..

The Films of Ousmane Sembène:

Discourse, Politics, and Culture
Amadou Fofana
ISBN: 9781604978315

Ousmane Sembène was a Senegalese film director, producer, and writer whom the Los Angeles Times considered one of the greatest authors of Africa. Often called the "father of African film," Sembène strongly believed that African films should be geared primarily toward educating the masses. This study examines the artistry of Sembène’s films and interprets the meaning conveyed by images through their placement and function within the films. It also contributes new insights into Sembène’s interpretations of cultural practices and the meanings he ascribes to social behaviors. Read More..

Gao Xingjian:

Aesthetics and Creation
Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 9781604978360

Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian is amongst the most challenging writers of the present era. He has probed the dynamics of Chinese and European literature and developed unique strategies for the writing of seventeen plays, two novels, a collection of short stories and a collection of poems. He has also written two collections of criticism. The present collection takes the title "Aesthetics and Creation" from the name of the Chinese collection from which most of these essays are drawn, but it also includes some of Gao’s most recent unpublished essays. Read More..

English Journeys:

National and Cultural Identity in 1930s and 1940s England
Peter Lowe
ISBN: 9781604978131

This book is concerned with the period in which the discussion of English identity assumed such importance because it could not be assumed that the nation itself would survive. The debate over the country’s identity, structure, and future direction was very real, and many of the issues it stimulated are very much a part of the ongoing discussion of England’s identity today. As such, this book is a valuable addition to collections in literature and history. Read More..

Shirley Hazzard:

Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist
Brigitta Olubas
ISBN: 9781604978049

"As the first book on Hazzard, Olubas’s monograph makes an important contribution to contemporary literary scholarship. Yet the book’s achievement far exceeds its initiatory work ... out of bounds – in the best sense. This book extends far beyond any national, aesthetic, or ideological disciplinary categories. – Contemporary Women’s Writing Read More..

Cultures of Addiction

Jason Lee
ISBN: 9781604977998

While there has been a great deal of debate about addiction utilizing the discourse of individual and often competing disciplines such as biology and psychology, little attention has been paid to the cultural aspects of addiction. The innovative approach taken by this book is to offer insights into this complex area through a contemporary methodology that covers diverse interrelated areas. This comprehensive analysis traverses cultures across the globe, including Asia, Central America, as well as Europe and America, and opens up the debate in addiction studies and cultural studies. Read More..

The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail

Michael Ackland
ISBN: 9781604978100

"As Ackland leads us through Bail's formative experience and the fiction born out of those experiences, we witness the development of a major Australian talent ... Bail was long overdue for an extended study. The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail has addressed that need with a thorough overview of this major Australian artist ... in The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail, readers have a sound guide to the Bail oeuvre, one that should aid in reading or rereading. - JASAL Read More..

 

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