This volume examines the various processes at work in expressing silence and excessive speech in contemporary novels in English, covering the whole spectrum from effusiveness to muteness. Even if in the postmodern episteme language is deemed inadequate for speaking the unspeakable, contemporary authors still rely on voice as a mode of representation and a performative tool, and exploit silence not only as a sign of absence, block or withdrawal, but also as a token of presence and resistance. Logorrhoea and reticence are not necessarily antithetical as compulsive verbosity may work as a smokescreen to sidestep the real issues, while silences and gaps may reveal more than they hide. By submitting their texts to both expansion and retention, hypertrophy and aphasia, writers persistently test the limits of language and its ability to make sense of individual and collective stories. The present volume analyses the complex poetics of silence and speech in fiction from the 1960’s to the present, with special focus on Will Self, Graham Swift, John Fowles, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jenny Diski, Lionel Shriver, Michèle Roberts, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Safran Foer, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Zadie Smith, Jamaica Kincaid, Ryhaan Shah and J.M. Coetzee.
A new series of bespoke, full-coverage resources developed for the 2015 A Level English qualifications. Endorsed for the AQA A/AS Level English Language and Literature specification for first teaching from 2015, this print Student Book offers stretch opportunities for the more able and additional scaffolding for those who need it. Providing full coverage of the specification, the unique three-part structure bridges the gap between GCSE and A Level and develops students' understanding of descriptive linguistics and literary and non-literary stylistics, together with support for the revised coursework component and new textual intervention task. An enhanced digital edition and free Teacher's Resource are also available.
Now a Hulu Original Series The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population. The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.
"Advanced Spanish Vocabulary" is a reference guide and revision aid for anyone studying Spanish at a higher level. It is suitable for students taking GCE AS/A Level and Higher, as well as those learning Spanish for business purposes. Contemporary words and phrases are arranged in topic based sections. Each section provides the user with an up-to-date collection of essential vocabulary. 'Como ampliar tu vocabulario' in each section encourages the development of vocabulary learning strategies. Also included are comprehensive lists of internet web sites for further research and study, a verb list and a section of general everyday phrases, including language for expressing opinions and talking about youth culture. This second edition provides an fully up-to-date version of the popular reference book for post-16 and adult learners of Spanish. It has been revised to incorporate all the topics specified for A level and to reflect contemporary issues and changes in today's society.