Signs Taken for Wonders

On the Sociology of Literary Forms

Author: Franco Moretti

Publisher: Verso

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Category: Literary Collections

Page: 273

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A compelling analysis of the relations between high and mass culture, from tragedy and horror to detective fiction and classical realism.

The One vs. the Many

Minor Characters and the Space of the Protagonist in the Novel

Author: Alex Woloch

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 408

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Does a novel focus on one life or many? Alex Woloch uses this simple question to develop a powerful new theory of the realist novel, based on how narratives distribute limited attention among a crowded field of characters. His argument has important implications for both literary studies and narrative theory. Characterization has long been a troubled and neglected problem within literary theory. Through close readings of such novels as Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, and Le Père Goriot, Woloch demonstrates that the representation of any character takes place within a shifting field of narrative attention and obscurity. Each individual--whether the central figure or a radically subordinated one--emerges as a character only through his or her distinct and contingent space within the narrative as a whole. The "character-space," as Woloch defines it, marks the dramatic interaction between an implied person and his or her delimited position within a narrative structure. The organization of, and clashes between, many character-spaces within a single narrative totality is essential to the novel's very achievement and concerns, striking at issues central to narrative poetics, the aesthetics of realism, and the dynamics of literary representation. Woloch's discussion of character-space allows for a different history of the novel and a new definition of characterization itself. By making the implied person indispensable to our understanding of literary form, this book offers a forward-looking avenue for contemporary narrative theory.

Film and the Holocaust

New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films

Author: Aaron Kerner

Publisher: A&C Black

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Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

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A sweeping survey of how global filmmakers have treated the subject of the Holocaust.

The Dread of Difference

Gender and the Horror Film

Author: Barry Keith Grant

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 560

View: 191

"The Dread of Difference is a classic. Few film studies texts have been so widely read and so influential. It's rarely on the shelf at my university library, so continuously does it circulate. Now this new edition expands the already comprehensive coverage of gender in the horror film with new essays on recent developments such as the Hostel series and torture porn. Informative and enlightening, this updated classic is an essential reference for fans and students of horror movies."—Stephen Prince, editor of The Horror Film and author of Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality "An impressive array of distinguished scholars . . . gazes deeply into the darkness and then forms a Dionysian chorus reaffirming that sexuality and the monstrous are indeed mated in many horror films."—Choice "An extremely useful introduction to recent thinking about gender issues within this genre."—Film Theory

The Transnational Fantasies of Guillermo del Toro

Author: A. Davies

Publisher: Springer

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

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Offering a multifaceted approach to the Mexican-born director Guillermo del Toro, this volume examines his wide-ranging oeuvre and traces the connections between his Spanish language and English language commercial and art film projects.

Animalia Americana

Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity

Author: Colleen Glenney Boggs

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN:

Category: Nature

Page: 312

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Consulting a diverse archive of literary texts, Coleen Glenney Boggs places animal representation at the centre of the making of the liberal American subject.

Dracula

Author: Bram Stoker

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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'it was butcher work...the horrid screeching as the stake drove home; the plunging of writhing form, and lips of bloody foam' Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic shocker introduced Count Dracula to the world, an ancient creature bent on bringing his contagion to London, the very heart of the British Empire. Only a handful of men and women stand between Dracula and his long-cherished goal, but they are vulnerable and weak against the cunning and supernatural powers of the Count and his legions. As the horrifying story unfolds in the diaries and letters of young Jonathan Harker, Lucy, Mina, and Dr Seward, Dracula will be victorious unless his nemesis Professor Van Helsing can persuade them that monsters still lurk in the era of electric light. The most famous of all vampire stories, Dracula is a mirror of its age, its underlying themes of race, religion, science, superstition, and sexuality never far from the surface. A compelling read, rattling along at break-neck speed, it is a modern classic. This new edition includes Stoker's companion piece, 'Dracula's Guest'. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 19301970

The Getting of Bookselling Wisdom

Author: Jason D. Ensor

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 268

View: 600

‘Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930–1970’ traces the history of the printed book in Australia, particularly the production and business context that mediated Australia’s literary and cultural ties to Britain for much of the twentieth century. This study focuses on the London operations of one of Australia’s premier book publishers of the twentieth century: Angus & Robertson. The book argues that despite the obvious limitations of a British-dominated market, Australian publishers had room to manoeuvre in it. It questions the ways in which Angus & Robertson replicated, challenged or transformed the often highly criticised commercial practices of British publishers in order to develop an export trade for Australian books in the United Kingdom. This book is the answer to the current void in the literary market for a substantial history of Australia’s largest publisher and its role in the development of Australia’s export book trade.

Transgressions of the Feminine

Tragedy, Enlightenment and the Figure of Woman in Classical German Drama

Author: Catherine E. Rigby

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: German drama (Tragedy)

Page: 270

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