The Virtual Marshall McLuhan by Donald F. Theall

By Donald F. Theall

Donald Theall explores and explains the importance of the emergence of McLuhan as an incredible determine in North the USA within the improvement of an realizing of tradition, communique, and know-how. He unearths vital information regarding McLuhan and his relationships along with his earliest collaborator and life-long buddy, anthropologist Edmund wood worker, in addition to with Theall himself, McLuhan's first doctoral pupil. McLuhan emerges as a posh individual, instantly appealing, witty, egotistic, and exasperating. Theall examines McLuhan's many jobs - proponent of a poetic approach; pop guru followed through Tom Wolfe, Woody Allen and others; North American precursor of French thought (Baudrillard, Barthes, Derrida, Deleuze); artist; and shaman. advanced and highbrow, neither uncritical adulation nor demonization, The digital Marshall McLuhan does justice to a distinct determine stuck in a fight among culture and modernity, among religion and anarchy.

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A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary

By Beverly Cleary

Generations of youngsters have grown up with Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, and all in their pals, households, and various pets. for everybody who has loved the pranks and schemes, embarrassing moments, and the entire different poignant and colourful pictures of early life dropped at lifestyles in Beverly Cleary books, this is the interesting real tale of the striking girl who created them.

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Shakespeare and Biography by David Bevington

By David Bevington

Shakespeare and Biography isn't a brand new biography of Shakespeare. in its place, it's a research of what biographers have acknowledged approximately Shakespeare, from the 1st formal biography within the early 18th century by means of Nicholas Rowe to Stephen Greenblatt, James Shapiro, Jonathan Bate, Germaine Greer, Katherine Duncan-Jones, Park Honan, Rene Weis, and others who've written contemporary biographical bills of England's maximum author. The emphasis is on what kinds of concerns those biographers have stumbled on in particular attention-grabbing when it comes to intercourse and gender, politics, faith, pessimism, misanthropy, jealousy, getting older, kinfolk relationships, the top of a profession, the top of existence. How has Shakespeare's contemplation of those concerns replaced and grown, and in what methods do these alterations replicate new cultural advancements in our international because it keeps to reinterpret Shakespeare?

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A Devil in Paradise by Henry Miller

By Henry Miller

“A ideal expression of Miller’s ethical viewpoint in addition to certainly one of his impressive demonstrations of narrative ability. It presents a superb cinematic view of 2 indomitable egotists in lethal conflict.” ―The Nation

The satan in Henry Miller’s immense Sur paradise is Conrad Moricand: “A pal of his Paris days, who, having been financed and taken over from Europe as an act of mercy by means of Mr. Miller, seems as exacting, sponging, evil, crafty and ungrateful a visitor as are available in modern literature. Mr. Miller has consistently been a awesome writer of personality. Conrad Moricand is perhaps his masterpiece. . . .A satan in Paradise is the paintings of a good novelist manqué, a novelist who has no stricter feel of shape than the divine author. . . .Fresh and intoxicating, humorous and relocating. . .” ―The occasions Literary Supplement (London)

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My Poets by Maureen N. McLane

By Maureen N. McLane

A thrillingly unique exploration of a existence lived lower than poetry's uniquely seductive spell

"Oh! there are spirits of the air," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. during this stunningly unique ebook, Maureen N. McLane channels the spirits and voices that make up the song in a single poet's brain. Weaving feedback and memoir, My Poets explores a lifestyles analyzing and a lifestyles learn. McLane invokes now not inevitably the easiest poets, nor crucial poets (whoever those may well be), yet these writers who, in owning her, made her. "I am marking right here what so much marked me," she writes. starting from Chaucer to H.D. to William Carlos Williams to Louise Glück to Shelley (among others), McLane tracks the "growth of a poet's mind," as Wordsworth positioned it in The Prelude. In poetical prose either probing and incantatory, McLane has written an intensive publication of experimental feedback. Susan Sontag referred to as for an "erotics of interpretation": this can be it. half Bildung, half dithyramb, half exegesis, My Poets extends an implicit invitation to you, pricey reader, to contemplate who your "my poets," or "my novelists," or "my filmmakers," or "my pop stars," may well be.

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May, Lou and Cass: Jane Austen's Nieces in Ireland by Sophia Hillan

By Sophia Hillan

Marianne, Louisa, and Cassandra Knight (May, Lou, and Cass) have been Jane Austen's nieces. She knew the women good, examining and stitching with them as they grew up. usually the themes of her witty letters, they have been nonetheless younger women whilst Jane died in 1817. but, their lives mirrored the various conventions in their aunt's recognized novels. good-looking noblemen, rushing officials, and penurious monks sought her nieces' palms; similar to Austen's loved heroines, they knew good the trials of blighted love and the enjoyment of endurance rewarded and so they knew the sorrow of wasting their early life domestic. This publication tells the tale of ways 3 ladies discovered themselves faraway from their aunt's mannered Regency England, to finish their lives in eire, a land riven with famine and land wars.""Offers an elaborate vein of riches for Austenites.""-Library magazine, March 1, 2012

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Seeing in the Dark: The Poetry of Phyllis Webb by Pauline Butling

By Pauline Butling

Poet Phyllis Webb initiated new methods of seeing into the cultural “dark” of Western idea. by way of blurring the axis among “light” and “dark,” she redefined in optimistic phrases women’s subjectivity and sexuality, that are routinely assigned “dark” unfavourable values.

Seeing within the Dark contains perceptive discussions on a few Webb’s collections, particularly Naked Poems, Wilson’s Bowl, Water and Light and Hanging Fire. Butling exhibits how Webb makes use of techniques of subversion, reversal and re-vision of winning traditions and tropes to facilitate “seeing within the dark.” She additionally offers a desirable research of Webb feedback — tracing it during the last thirty years and revealing a shift in serious paradigms. A bankruptcy on biography comprises exciting archival fabric.

Pauline Butling bargains very important new methods of examining certainly one of Canada’s most interesting poets. Seeing within the Dark is key introductory fabric for the overall reader and offers provocative penetrating research for literary students.

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Something to Declare: Essays by Julia Alvarez

By Julia Alvarez

In her first booklet of nonfiction, Julia Alvarez takes us backstage and stocks the teachings she's realized on her approach to changing into an the world over acclaimed novelist. In 1960, while Alvarez was once ten years outdated, her relatives fled the Dominican Republic. Her father participated in a failed coup test opposed to the dictator Rafael Trujillo, and exile to the U.S. used to be the one method to retailer his existence. The relations settled in manhattan urban, the place Dr. Alvarez arrange a scientific perform within the Bronx whereas his spouse and 4 daughters set concerning the enterprise of assimilation--a lifelong fight. lack of her place of origin, language, tradition, and shaped the thematic foundation for 2 of Julia Alvarez's 3 best-selling novels--HOW THE GARCIA women misplaced THEIR ACCENTS and its sequel, YO! Her father's progressive ties encouraged throughout THE BUTTERFLIES, her ancient novel approximately one in every of Trujillo's such a lot notorious atrocities. whatever TO claim deals a unprecedented number of essays that care for the 2 immense problems with Alvarez's life--growing up with one foot in each one tradition and writing. The twelve essays that make up "Customs," the 1st of 2 components, research the explicit results of exile in this author. The essays are personal--how her maternal grandfather handed alongside his love of the humanities, how the nuclear family-in-exile snuggled down each year to observe the omit the US contest from the parental mattress, how Julia feared her kinfolk may well disown her upon e-book of her first novel. within the moment part, "Declarations," are twelve essays approximately writing that diversity from confession of Alvarez's technique of assisting her writing behavior to the gritty info of her genuine method. most of these essays is hot, open, sincere, and beneficiant. whatever TO claim will attraction not just to her many lovers, yet to scholars of writing in any respect degrees.

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