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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of the Chinese collection from which most of these essays are drawn, but it also includes some of Gao’s most recent unpublished essays.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..

Are We What We Eat?

Food and Identity in Late Twentieth-Century American Ethnic Literature
William R. Dalessio
ISBN: 9781604978018

Over the last forty years, scenes that prominently feature acts of preparing and eating food have filled the pages of novels and memoirs written by American immigrants and their descendants because these writers understand that eating is more than a purely biological function but, instead, works to define who we are in the United States and abroad. This book critically analyzes eight of these pieces of ethnic American literature, which demonstrate the important role that cooking and eating play in the process of identity formation. Read More..

The Grotesque and the Unnatural

Markku Salmela and Jarkko Toikkanen
ISBN: 9781604977929

The book contributes to current discussions on the grotesque in contemporary literary and cultural theory from the perspective of one specific motif: the unnatural. Quite like the grotesque, observing the unnatural (and unnaturalness) reveals a resilient strain in critical thought, and the significance of this history gradually unfolds as the volume charts the progress of its main themes from the Renaissance to the present day. Read More..

Philosophy, Art, and the Specters of Jacques Derrida

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
ISBN: 9781604977882

Although there is a significant literature on the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, there are few analyses that address the deconstructive critique of phenomenology as it simultaneously plays across range of cultural productions including literature, painting, cinema, new media, and the structure of the university. Using the critical figures of “ghost” and “shadow”—and initiating a vocabulary of phantomenology—this book traces the implications of Derridean “spectrality” on the understanding of contemporary thought, culture, and experience. Read More..

 

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