Download The Battle of the Books: History and Literature in the by Joseph M. Levine PDF

By Joseph M. Levine

Joseph M. Levine presents a witty and erudite account of 1 of the main celebrated chapters in English cultural historical past, the acrimonious quarrel among the "ancients" and the "moderns" which Jonathan speedy dubbed "the conflict of the Books." The dispute that amused and excited the English global of letters from 1690 until eventually the 1730s used to be, Levine indicates, an installment within the long-standing debate concerning the courting of classical studying to fashionable lifestyles.

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Download The Life of Bishop Wilfrid by Eddius Stephanus PDF

By Eddius Stephanus

The lifetime of Wilfrid deals us a picture portrait of 1 of the main forceful characters within the heritage of the English Church: a guy brave and vigorous but whilst litigious, ostentatious and overbearing, his lifestyles punctuated through stressed travels and the main violent quarrels. Of noble start, Wilfrid (c.634-709) won his first adventure of monastic existence as a boy at Lindisfarne. Thereafter we discover him at quite a few instances, crossing Gaul, staying in Lyons, traveling Rome, again in England at York, Ripon or Hexham, preaching to heathens in Sussex or Frisia, quarrelling with kings and bishops, imprisoned in Northumbria, back in Rome looking papal help for his claims, founding monasteries within the Midlands and eventually, in his previous age, reconciled to these with whom he had previous quarrelled so bitterly. Partisan yet hugely designated, the lifestyles was once most likely written inside of a decade of the saint's demise. it's a striking account of a strong character who aroused affection and dislike in virtually equivalent proportions.

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Download Novel Violence: A Narratography of Victorian Fiction by Garrett Stewart PDF

By Garrett Stewart

Victorian novels, Garrett Stewart argues, hurtle ahead in prose as violent because the brutal human life they chronicle. In Novel Violence, he explains how such language attacks the norms of written expression and the way, in doing so, it counteracts the narratives it concurrently propels.

            Immersing himself within the troubling plots of Charles Dickens, Anne Brontë, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy, Stewart makes use of his great new approach to narratography to track the microplots of language as they spread syllable through syllable. by means of pinpointing the place those linguistic narratives collide with the tales that supply them context, he makes a strong case for the centrality of verbal clash to the adventure of analyzing Victorian novels. He additionally maps his finely wrought argument at the spectrum of influential theories of the novel—including these of Georg Lukács and Ian Watt—and checks it opposed to Edgar Allan Poe’s antinovelistic innovations. within the method, Stewart shifts severe concentration towards the grain of narrative and clear of extra summary analyses of constitution or cultural context, revealing how novels in achieving their semantic and psychic results and unearthing, in prose, whatever similar to poetry.

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Download The Textual Life of Dickens’s Characters by James A. Davies PDF

By James A. Davies

This ebook translates a few Dickens' works during the special research of a unmarried characterization in every one. it really is frequently excited about the textual capabilities of characters, i.e., with how analyses of Dickens's equipment of characterization support us comprehend what characters do inside his texts.
The writer offers a selective number of significant and minor characters. incorporated are examples from the 3 major classes of Dickens's profession, from his non-fiction in addition to fiction, and from the mix of either that's Sketches through Boz. there's an emphasis at the later books and especially on Our Mutual Friend.
Contents: IntroductionóSome Sketches by means of Boz; enhancing SummariesóThe fats Boy in The Pickwick Papers; younger Bailey in Martin Chuzzlewit; Gaffer Hexam in Our Mutual Friend; NarratorsóSome Epistolary Personae; The afflicted visitor in Pictures From Italy; The Sentimental Paternalist in A Christmas Carol; Extending the Interface: The 3rd Narrator in Bleak House; The Middle-aged Businessman: The Narrator of Great Expectations; Sexism and sophistication Bias: The Narrator of Our Mutual Friend; Re-readersóKnowing What occurs in Our Mutual Friend; Droodiana and The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Characterisation and concepts in Little Dorrit: Clennam and Calvinism; Characterisation and constitution: John Harmon in Our Mutual pal; tale and Text.

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Download Palimpsests and the Literary Imagination of Medieval by Raeleen Chai-Elsholz, Leo Carruthers, Tatjana Silec PDF

By Raeleen Chai-Elsholz, Leo Carruthers, Tatjana Silec

Witnesses to the disappearance of a textual content, palimpsest manuscripts undergo the marks in their personal genesis, with their unique inscription rubbed out and written over at the similar parchment. This assortment explores analogies of erasure and rewriting saw in editorial and literary practices underlying the construction of texts from medieval England.

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Download A Short History of English Literature by Harry Blamires PDF

By Harry Blamires

`It is sweet to determine a reprint and whole updating of this famous historic travel de strength, with its facts of immense analyzing and actually hundreds of thousands of worthwhile facts.' - instances academic complement

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    Download The Passion of Meter: A Study of Wordsworth's Metrical Art by Brennan O'Donnell PDF

    By Brennan O'Donnell

    The eagerness of Meter is the 1st prolonged severe learn of Wordsworth's metrical concept and his perform within the paintings of versification. previously, particularly little awareness has been paid to the connection among Wordsworth's try to comprise into his poetry the language of "common lifestyles" and the hugely advanced and decidedly traditional metrical varieties during which he provides this language. O'Donnell presents a close remedy of what Wordsworth calls the "innumerable trivia" that the paintings of the poet will depend on and of the wider imaginative and prescient to which these trivia give a contribution. starting with a reassessment of Wordsworth's usually misrepresented prose reviews approximately meter, O'Donnell argues that those comments-considered in mild of Wordsworth's perform and inside of their 18th-century context are extra unorthodox and demanding than formerly proposal. In emphasizing the actual physique of the poem because the web site of a dynamic pressure among conflicting passions - "the ardour of experience" and "the ardour of meter." Wordsworth locations problems with metrical shape and versification within the foreground of his thought of poetry. The middle of this booklet is devoted to a detailed exam of the weather of Wordsworth's craft. It units forth intimately the foundations and conventions that govern the poet's conduct of metrical composition, determining the idiosyncrasies that distinguish his perform from these of his predecessors and contemporaries. It additionally bargains an in depth studying of a considerable physique of Wordsworth's poetry, with cautious awareness paid to complicated relationships among the trivialities of its sensuous varieties (metrical shape, rhythm, rhyme, assonance, alliteration) and bigger thematic, aesthetic, and sophic matters. As a departure from a lot modern feedback that has a tendency to regard poetry completely as textual content, the fervour of Meter demonstrates some great benefits of learning the main points of versecraft. O'Donnell sizes the significance of listening to Wordsworth's poems as sonic performances in time in addition to seeing them at the web page.

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    Download The Hermit in the Garden From Imperial Rome to Ornamental by Gordon Campbell PDF

    By Gordon Campbell

    Tracing its far away origins to the villa of the Roman emperor Hadrian within the moment century advert, the eccentric phenomenon of the decorative hermit loved its heyday within the England of the eighteenth century It was once at the present that it turned hugely trendy for proprietors of kingdom estates to fee architectural follies for his or her panorama gardens. those follies usually integrated hermitages, lots of which nonetheless continue to exist, frequently in a ruined nation.

    Landowners peopled their hermitages both with imaginary hermits or with actual hermits - on occasion the landowner even grew to become his personal hermit. those that took employment as backyard hermits have been in most cases required to chorus from slicing their hair or washing, and a few have been dressed as druids. in contrast to the hermits of the center a while, those have been absolutely secular hermits, items of the eighteenth century fondness for 'pleasing melancholy'.

    Although the style for them had fizzled out by way of the tip of the eighteenth century, that they had left their indelible mark on either the literature in addition to the gardens of the interval. And, as Gordon Campbell indicates, they live to tell the tale within the paintings, literature, and drama of our personal day - in addition to within the determine of the modern day backyard gnome.

    This attractive and generously illustrated publication takes the reader on a trip that's without delay illuminating and eccentric, either during the background of the decorative hermit and in addition round the websites of a few of the surviving hermitages themselves, which stay scattered all through England, Scotland, and eire. And for the genuine fanatic, there's even a complete list, permitting avid hermitage-hunters to find their prey.

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