Reba Freeman has loved two men in her life. Her current husband, Carl, has supported her through their twenty-year marriage and given her all the material wealth a suburban wife could hope for. Reba is comfortable, if not necessarily content, in her life with Carl and their blossoming teenage daughter, Marisa, until she learns that her first love and first husband, Joseph Thomas, has been detained by the World Court of Human Rights. Joseph, a peaceful, gifted Liberian student, had dreams of returning to his native land and educating his people for the betterment of his country. Reba respected his strength and wanted to support his cause, but didn't accompany Joseph to Liberia after graduation due to mysterious circumstances. Now, twenty years later, she must decide if finding out what has happened to her first husband is worth the risk of losing Carl and turning her comfortable world inside out. Alternating between present-day action and a series of flashbacks, Accident of Birth creates an intricate tapestry of suspense, drama, and romance, while also looking at the moral and cultural differences between African Americans and Africans. Neff boldly exposes the rift between American comforts and the traumas of the world we choose to ignore, creating a moving and memorable story of courage and hope that readers will talk about for a long time. From the Trade Paperback edition.
A NOVEL ABOUT RICHARD OF GLOUCESTER,LATER KING RICHARD 111 AND HENRY TUDOR
Author: MARGARET W PRICE
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
GEORGE OF CLARENCE.THE TOWER OF LONDON. SUMMER 1477. "------I- HAVE GONE TOO FAR THIS TIME.I KNOW IT! I WILL BE LUCKY TO ESCAPE WITH MY LIFE! I DO NOT THINK I WILL----- ---------I FEEL I WILL NOT BE LONG HERE.EDWARD WILL EITHER RELEASE ME SOON OR HAVE ME EXECUTED---AND SOMETHING TELLS ME IT WILL BE THE LATTER---- --------WILL RICHARD PERSUADE THE KING TO LET ME LIVE? I THINK THE KING WILL BE ADAMANT. HE IS AFRAID OF ME,YOU SEE,AFRAID OF WHAT HE SUSPECTS I KNOW! HE WILL DO THIS BECAUSE I HAVE A SECRET ABOUT HIM THAT I FOUND OUT BY ACCIDENT! IF REVEALED,IT WOULD BLOW HIS WORLD APART AND THAT OF HIS VICIOUS QUEEN--WHO IS NO QUEEN IN TRUTH---AND THAT OF HIS CHILDREN! -------THE WHOLE SUCCESSION WOULD BE PUT IN JEOPARDY! HE IS TERRIFIED THAT I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH AND TELL WHAT I KNOW! SO HE CANNOT LET ME LIVE,FEARING WHAT I COULD DO WITH THIS KNOWLEDGE! I AM TO DIE,NOT FOR MY MANY INDISCRETIONS,MY JEALOUSY OF HIM,OR MY PAST TREACHERY-HE FORGAVE ME THAT-BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT I KNOW AND COULD REVEAL AT ANY TIME!---I COULD DESTROY THEM ALL! "
This book investigates the critical importance of women to the eighteenth-century debate on property as conducted in the fiction of the period. April London argues that contemporary novels advanced several, often conflicting, interpretations of the relation of women to property, ranging from straightforward assertions of equivalence between women and things to subtle explorations of the self-possession open to those denied a full civic identity. Two contemporary models for the defining of selfhood through reference to property structure the book, one historical (classical republicanism and bourgeois individualism), and the other literary (pastoral and georgic). These paradigms offer a cultural context for the analysis of both canonical and less well-known writers, from Samuel Richardson and Henry Mackenzie to Clara Reeve and Jane West. While this study focuses on fiction from 1740–1800, it also draws on the historiography, literary criticism and philosophy of the period, and on recent feminist and cultural studies.
Studies in the Russian Novel from Eugene Onegin to War and Peace
Author: Richard Freeborn
Publisher: CUP Archive
Category: Literary Criticism
This introduction to the study of the Russian novel demonstrates how the form evolved from imitative beginnings to the point in the 1860s when it reached maturity and established itself as part of the European tradition. Professor Freeborn considers selected novels by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. Extended introductory sections to the studies of Dostoyevsk and Tolstoy deal with their earlier works. A final chapter summarises the principal points of contrast between Crime and Punishment and War and Peace, and argues that in certain specific ways, they represent the peaks in the evolution of the form of the Russian novel. Quotations are translated, but key passages are also given in the original. Professor Freeborn treats the novel as a literary form and avoids the overworked formulae on which much historical writing on Russian literature has been based. He is concerned with the literary development of a great form.
According to Sprague, doubling in Lessing's novels is a perfect correlative for the complexity and contradiction Lessing perceives as central to the private and collective human experience. Her doubles and multiples not only indicate the fracturing or the formation of identity but they also are among the several strategies used to project complex private and societal concerns. This study of Lessing's dialectical imagination extends and revises earlier feminist approaches. Originally published in 1987. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.
In this challening book, Firdous Azim, provides a feminist critique of orthodox accounts of the `rise of the novel' and exposes the underlying orientalist assumptions of the early English novel. Whereas previous studies have emphasized the universality of the coherent and consistent subject which found expression in the novels of the eighteenth century, Azim demonstrtes how certain categories: women and people of colour, were silenced and excluded. The Colonial Rise of the Novel makes an important and provocative contribution to post-colonial and feminist criticism. It will be essential reading for all teachers and students of English literature, women's studies, and post-colonial criticism.