Literature in the Digital Age

A Critical Introduction

Author: Adam Hammond

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107041902

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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This book guides readers through the most salient theoretical and creative possibilities opened up by the shift to digital literary forms.

The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism

Author: Pericles Lewis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316224309

Category: Literary Criticism

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More than a century after its beginnings, modernism still has the power to shock, alienate or challenge readers. Modernist art and literature remain thought of as complex and difficult. This introduction explains in a readable, lively style how modernism emerged, how it is defined, and how it developed in different forms and genres. Pericles Lewis offers students a survey of literature and art in England, Ireland and Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. He also provides an overview of critical thought on modernism and its continuing influence on the arts today, reflecting the interests of current scholarship in the social and cultural contexts of modernism. The comparative perspective on Anglo-American and European modernism shows how European movements have influenced the development of English-language modernism. Illustrated with works of art and featuring suggestions for further study, this is the ideal introduction to understanding and enjoying modernist literature and art.

The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment

Author: Timothy Clark

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113949516X

Category: Literary Criticism

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The degrading environment of the planet is something that touches everyone. This 2011 book offers an introductory overview of literary and cultural criticism that concerns environmental crisis in some form. Both as a way of reading texts and as a theoretical approach to culture more generally, 'ecocriticism' is a varied and fast-changing set of practices which challenges inherited thinking and practice in the reading of literature and culture. This introduction defines what ecocriticism is, its methods, arguments and concepts, and will enable students to look at texts in a wholly new way. Boxed sections explain key critical terms and contemporary debates in the field with 'hands-on' examples and comparisons. Timothy Clark's thoughtful approach makes this an ideal first encounter with environmental readings of literature.

The Cambridge Introduction to Edward Said

Author: Conor McCarthy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139491402

Category: Literary Criticism

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One of the most famous literary critics of the twentieth century, Edward Said's work has been hugely influential far beyond academia. As a prominent advocate for the Palestinian cause and a noted music critic, Said redefined the role of the public intellectual. In his books, as scholarly as they are readable, he challenged conventional critical demarcations between disciplines. His major opus, Orientalism, is a key text in postcolonial studies that continues to influence as well as challenge scholars in the field. Conor McCarthy introduces the reader to Said's major works and examines how his work and life were intertwined. He explains recurring themes in Said's writings on literature and empire, on intellectuals and literary theory, on music and on the Israel/Palestine conflict. This concise, informative and clearly written introduction for students beginning to study Said is ideally set up to explain the complexities of his work to new audiences.

Oral Literature in the Digital Age

Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities

Author: Mark Turin,Claire Wheeler,Eleanor Wilkinson

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 1909254304

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

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Thanks to ever-greater digital connectivity, interest in oral traditions has grown beyond that of researcher and research subject to include a widening pool of global users. When new publics consume, manipulate and connect with field recordings and digital cultural archives, their involvement raises important practical and ethical questions. This volume explores the political repercussions of studying marginalised languages; the role of online tools in ensuring responsible access to sensitive cultural materials; and ways of ensuring that when digital documents are created, they are not fossilised as a consequence of being archived. Fieldwork reports by linguists and anthropologists in three continents provide concrete examples of overcoming barriers -- ethical, practical and conceptual -- in digital documentation projects. Oral Literature In The Digital Age is an essential guide and handbook for ethnographers, field linguists, community activists, curators, archivists, librarians, and all who connect with indigenous communities in order to document and preserve oral traditions.

A Critical Introduction to Law and Literature

Author: Kieran Dolin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139461516

Category: Literary Criticism

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Despite their apparent separation, law and literature have been closely linked fields throughout history. Linguistic creativity is central to the law, with literary modes such as narrative and metaphor infiltrating legal texts. Equally, legal norms of good and bad conduct, of identity and human responsibility, are reflected or subverted in literature's engagement with questions of law and justice. Law seeks to regulate creative expression, while literary texts critique and sometimes openly resist the law. Kieran Dolin introduces this interdisciplinary field, focusing on the many ways that law and literature have addressed and engaged with each other. He charts the history of the shifting relations between the two disciplines, from the open affiliation between literature and law in the sixteenth-century Inns of Court to the less visible links of contemporary culture. Originally published in 2007, this book provides an accessible guide to one of the most exciting areas of interdisciplinary scholarship.

The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature

Author: M. O. Grenby,Andrea Immel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139828045

Category: Literary Criticism

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Some of the most innovative and spell-binding literature has been written for young people, but only recently has academic study embraced its range and complexity. This Companion offers a state-of-the-subject survey of English-language children's literature from the seventeenth century to the present. With discussions ranging from eighteenth-century moral tales to modern fantasies by J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, the Companion illuminates acknowledged classics and many more neglected works. Its unique structure means that equal consideration can be given to both texts and contexts. Some chapters analyse key themes and major genres, including humour, poetry, school stories, and picture books. Others explore the sociological dimensions of children's literature and the impact of publishing practices. Written by leading scholars from around the world, this Companion will be essential reading for all students and scholars of children's literature, offering original readings and new research that reflects the latest developments in the field.

Twenty-First-Century Fiction

A Critical Introduction

Author: Peter Boxall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107244498

Category: Literary Criticism

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The widespread use of electronic communication at the dawn of the twenty-first century has created a global context for our interactions, transforming the ways we relate to the world and to one another. This critical introduction reads the fiction of the past decade as a response to our contemporary predicament – one that draws on new cultural and technological developments to challenge established notions of democracy, humanity, and national and global sovereignty. Peter Boxall traces formal and thematic similarities in the novels of contemporary writers including Don DeLillo, Margaret Atwood, J. M. Coetzee, Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy, W. G. Sebald and Philip Roth, as well as David Mitchell, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dave Eggers, Ali Smith, Amy Waldman and Roberto Bolaño. In doing so, Boxall maps new territory for scholars, students and interested readers of today's literature by exploring how these authors narrate shared cultural life in the new century.

The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry

Author: Linda K. Hughes

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521856248

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

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An overview of British poetry from 1830 to 1901, with a glossary of literary terms and guide to further reading.

The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism

Author: Steven Connor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521648400

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 237

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The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism offers a comprehensive introduction to postmodernism. The Companion examines the different aspects of postmodernist thought and culture that have had a significant impact on contemporary cultural production and thinking. Topics discussed by experts in the field include postmodernism's relation to modernity, and its significance and relevance to literature, film, law, philosophy, architecture, religion and modern cultural studies. The volume also includes a useful guide to further reading and a chronology. This is an essential aid for students and teachers from a range of disciplines interested in postmodernism in all its incarnations. Accessible and comprehensive, this Companion addresses the many issues surrounding this elusive, enigmatic and often controversial topic.

Radical Change

Books for Youth in a Digital Age

Author: Eliza T. Dresang

Publisher: H. W. Wilson

ISBN: 9780824209537

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

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Offers a conceptual framework for understanding and evaluating books that appeal to today's youth

The Cambridge Introduction to Robert Frost

Author: Robert Faggen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521854113

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 189

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An engaging and informative way to start studying and understanding one of America's most popular poets.

The Cambridge Companion to Narrative

Author: David Herman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521856965

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 310

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A unique and valuable overview of current approaches to narrative study, first published in 2007.

Narrative Theory

Author: Kent Puckett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107033667

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 260

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Narrative Theory offers an introduction to the field's critical and philosophical approaches towards narrative throughout history.

A Critical Introduction to Mao

Author: Timothy Cheek

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113978904X

Category: History

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Mao Zedong's political career spanned more than half a century. The ideas he championed transformed one of the largest nations on earth and inspired revolutionary movements across the world. Even today Mao lives on in China, where he is regarded by many as a near-mythical figure, and in the West, where a burgeoning literature continues to debate his memory. In this book, leading scholars from different generations and around the world offer a critical evaluation of the life and legacy of China's most famous - some would say infamous - son. The book brings the scholarship on Mao up to date, and its alternative perspectives equip readers to assess for themselves the nature of this mercurial figure and his significance in modern Chinese history.

The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature

Author: Edward James,Farah Mendlesohn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107493730

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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Fantasy is a creation of the Enlightenment, and the recognition that excitement and wonder can be found in imagining impossible things. From the ghost stories of the Gothic to the zombies and vampires of twenty-first-century popular literature, from Mrs Radcliffe to Ms Rowling, the fantastic has been popular with readers. Since Tolkien and his many imitators, however, it has become a major publishing phenomenon. In this volume, critics and authors of fantasy look at its history since the Enlightenment, introduce readers to some of the different codes for the reading and understanding of fantasy, and examine some of the many varieties and subgenres of fantasy; from magical realism at the more literary end of the genre, to paranormal romance at the more popular end. The book is edited by the same pair who produced The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (winner of a Hugo Award in 2005).

The Cambridge Introduction to Comedy

Author: Eric Weitz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521832608

Category: Drama

Page: 243

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A 'how to' guide on reading comic texts, covering comedy's origins and characteristics with reference to literature, film and television.

The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell

Author: John Rodden,John Rossi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107376874

Category: Literary Criticism

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Arguably the most influential political writer of the twentieth century, George Orwell remains a crucial voice for our times. Known world-wide for his two best-selling masterpieces Nineteen Eighty-Four, a gripping portrait of a dystopian future, and Animal Farm, a brilliant satire on the Russian Revolution, Orwell has been revered as an essayist, journalist and literary-political intellectual, and his works have exerted a powerful international impact on the post-World War Two era. This Introduction examines Orwell's life, work and legacy, addressing his towering achievement and his ongoing appeal. Combining important biographical detail with close analysis of his writings, the book considers the various genres in which Orwell wrote: the realistic novel, the essay, journalism and the anti-utopia. Ideally suited for readers approaching Orwell's work for the first time, the book concludes with an extended reflection on why George Orwell has enjoyed a literary afterlife unprecedented among modern authors in any language.

Open Standards and the Digital Age

Author: Andrew L. Russell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107039193

Category: History

Page: 326

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This book answers how openness became the defining principle of the information age, examining the history of information networks.

Analog Fictions for the Digital Age

Literary Realism and Photographic Discourses in Novels After 2000

Author: Julia Breitbach

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 1571135405

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 239

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Shows how current photographic discourse can illuminate the analysis of recent literary realism and proposes a truly original photographic hermeneutics for literary study.