The Epic Gaze: Vision, Gender and Narrative in Ancient Epic
PDF
The Epic Gaze: Vision, Gender and Narrative in Ancient Epic

The epic genre has at its heart a fascination with the horror of viewing death. Epic heroes have active visual power, yet become objects, turned into monuments, watched by two main audiences: the gods above and the women on the sidelines. This stimulating, ambitious study investigates the theme of vision in Greek and Latin epic from Homer to Nonnus, bringing the edges of epic into dialogue with celebrated moments (the visual confront...

Language and the Modern State: The Reform of Written Japanese
PDF
Language and the Modern State: The Reform of Written Japanese

Originally published in 1991, this book examines the process whereby a modern colloquial style of written Japanese was developed in the context of the overall modernization of Japan. The book examines the process whereby this strategic simplification took place in Japan, beginning with a discussion of the backgroundto the problem and the reasons why change was indicated. The history, characteristics and spheres of the four major styl...

Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature
PDF
Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature

The Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature presents a comprehensive overview of Chinese literature from the 1910s to the present day. Featuring detailed studies of selected masterpieces, it adopts a thematic-comparative approach. By developing an innovative conceptual framework predicated on a new theory of periodization, it thus situates Chinese literature in the context of world literature, and the forces of globalization....

Figures of a Changing World: Metaphor and the Emergence of Modern Culture
PDF
Figures of a Changing World

In Figures of a Changing World, Harry Berger, Jr. distills into brief scope a masterful review and critique of a major topic in twentieth century critical theory: the post-Nietszchean theory of tropes. Berger’s work is always welcomed by scholars in his fields (plural), but this little book on a big topic has the potential to be among the most widely read and appreciated of his many volumes because the subject is of interest to so ma...

Crisis of Gender and the Nation in Korean Literature and Cinema: Modernity Arrives Again
PDF
Crisis of Gender and the Nation in Korean Literature and Cinema: Modernity Arrives Again

Crisis of Gender and the Nation in Korean Literature and Cinema: Modernity Arrives Again compellingly reveals the shifting historicity of patriarchy and masculinism as centrally intersecting with the very processes of colonial and postcolonial modernization and nation-building. The book's acute analysis of the cultural representations of genders and sexualities forcefully engages us with the most complex and challenging historical pe...

Soluzioni: A Practical Grammar of Contemporary Italian, Ed 4
PDF
Soluzioni: A Practical Grammar of Contemporary Italian, Ed 4

Soluzioni: A Practical Grammar of Contemporary Italiancombines an engaging reference and practice grammar explained in clear and concise language with numerous supporting exercises. Aimed at keen students of all levels, Soluzioni offers: a complete grammar review in tabular form for easy navigation and at-a-glance comprehension;   650 graded practice exercises with an answer key for self-assessment;     extensive examp...

Imagining the Future of Climate Change : World-Making Through Science Fiction and Activism
PDF
Imagining the Future of Climate Change (American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present)

"Incredibly well-researched and notably conversant with the intricacies of both key sf writing and activism from the inception of environmentalism movements and their related speculative contemplations to those in the present day, Streeby’s Imagining the Future of Climate Change is an indispensable text in working to turn the dystopian now toward more positive and inclusive means of fostering world community-building as we labor toge...

The Empires of the Near East and India: Source Studies of the Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal Literate Communities
PDF
The Empires of the Near East and India

This is the first accessible, high quality, English language sourcebook on medieval and post-classical Islamic empires. Thirty-three original commentaries and translations enrich our understanding of life under the most powerful global empires of the day: The Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals. The book tells the story of diverse peoples: poets and painters, kings and conquerors, scientists and Sufis, and more. For students of world lite...

London's Urban Landscape: Another Way of Telling
PDF
London's Urban Landscape: Another Way of Telling

London’s Urban Landscape is the first major study of a global city to adopt a materialist perspective and stress the significance of place and the built environment to the urban landscape. Inspired by phenomenological thinking, the book presents fine-grained ethnographies of the practices of everyday life in London. In doing so, it offers a unique perspective on the city that integrates ethnographies of daily life with an analysis of...