A Thousand Acres

Author: Jane Smiley
Editor: Anchor
ISBN: 0307787710
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This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. Ambitiously conceived and stunningly written, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride—and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.

Jane Smiley S A Thousand Acres

Author: Susan Elizabeth Farrell
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826452351
File Size: 27,59 MB
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Continuum Contemporaries will be a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration for members of book clubs and readings groups, as well as for literature students.The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, most acclaimed, and most influential novels of recent years. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question. The books in the series will all follow the same structure:a biography of the novelist, including other works, influences, and, in some cases, an interview; a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas; a summary of how the novel was received upon publication; a summary of how the novel has performed since publication, including film or TV adaptations, literary prizes, etc.; a wide range of suggestions for further reading, including websites and discussion forums; and a list of questions for reading groups to discuss.

A Study Guide For Jane Smiley S A Thousand Acres

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Editor: Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1410336638
File Size: 36,67 MB
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Novel History

Author: Mark C. Carnes
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684857669
File Size: 23,68 MB
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A collection of essays by twenty top historians on important works of historical fiction includes responses by the novelists themselves and considers how accurately events are reflected in each piece and the relationship between depicted and actual history. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Literature And Law

Author: Michael Meyer
Editor: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042016439
File Size: 58,41 MB
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In recent years, there has been a continuing and persistent world-wide interest in the interaction between the two disciplines of law and literature. Although there have been many collections of primary texts that combined these two areas, this volume presents literary analyses and criticism in an attempt to assess the varied relationships between law and justice, between lawyers and clients, and between readers' perceptions and authors' intent, hopefully suggesting why they have continually been yoked together. One similarity between the two is that lawyers, like writers, must catch their audience's attention by novelty of scene, distinctiveness of voice, and ingenuity of design. Furthermore, legal advocates must recreate a concrete sense of reality, developing vivid and valid pictures of a specific time and place. In short, both lawyers and writers attempt to provide a basis for juries / readers to judge defendants / characters by their motivations and their actions and to decide whether a favorable ruling / assessment is justified. Collectively, the essays in this book are designed to deal with themes of guilt and innocence, right and wrong, morality and legality. The essays also suggest that the world as it is delineated by lawyers is indeed a text that like its literary counterparts sometimes blurs the distinction between fact and fiction as it attempts to define “truth” and to establish criteria for “impartial” justice. By exploring interdisciplinary contexts, readers will surely be made more aware, more sensitive to the roles that stories play in the legal profession and to the dilemmas faced by legal systems that often succeed in maintaining the rights and privileges of a dominant societal group at the expense of a less powerful one.

Novel Shakespeares

Author: Julie Sanders
Editor: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719058165
File Size: 78,71 MB
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Much recent contemporary fiction by women has appropriated and adapted themes and plot structures found in Shakespearean drama. This is an innovative study of these texts. It considers novels by authors set in locations covering the globe.

Shakespeare And The Twentieth Century

Author: International Shakespeare Association. World Congress
Editor: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9780874136524
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In close to fifty sessions, the congress theme - "Shakespeare and the Twentieth Century" - allowed for critical approaches from many directions: through twentieth-century theater history on almost every continent; through a range of media representations from film to databases; through the changing theoretical models of the period that extend to the latest politically inflected readings; and through appropriations of the play-texts by modern art forms such as recent fiction.

Understanding King Lear

Author: Donna Woodford
Editor: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313319365
File Size: 76,68 MB
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Compiles selections from historical, modern, and literary sources to help students understand the play, the time in which it was written, and its relevance today, with questions at the end of each section.

Food Film And Culture

Author: James R. Keller
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 147660908X
File Size: 58,67 MB
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Culinary imagery, much like sexual and violent imagery, is a key cinematic device used to elicit a sensory response from an audience. In many films, culinary imagery is central enough to constitute a new subgenre, defined by films in which food production, preparation, service, and consumption play a major part in the development of character, structure, or theme. This book defines the food film genre and analyzes the relationship between cinematic food imagery and various cultural constructs, including politics, family, identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, and religion. Chapters examine these themes in several well-known food films, such as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Chocolat, Babette’s Feast, and Eat Drink Man Woman, and lesser-known productions, including Felicia’s Journey, Kitchen Stories, Magic Kitchen, and Chinese Feast. The work includes a filmography of movies within the food genre. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

The Extension Of Life

Author: R. A. York
Editor: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838639894
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Studies ten American novels from the later twentieth century in the light of theories of narration and of the recent debate on the nature of fiction. After an introduction to the theoretical background, it analyzes works by Malamud, Bellow, Capote, Barth, Doctorow, Morrison, Oates, Ford, Smiley, and Kingsolver, emphasizing the complementary tendencies in American fiction to documentation of historical conditions and to the free play of the creative writer, to factual record and to self-conscious fabulation. It argues that the tension between these two tendencies expresses an acute concern with the limitations of modern life, with the writer's drive to constitute a realm of freedom, and with the challenges of reconciling the two.

Pillar Of Salt

Author: Janice Haaken
Editor: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813528373
File Size: 64,81 MB
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Introduces the controversy over recollections of childhood sexual abuse as the window onto a broader field of ideas concerning memory, storytelling, and the psychology of women.

King Lear

Author: Alexander Leggatt
Editor: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719062254
File Size: 51,14 MB
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Study of various actors and directors presenting performances of Shakespeare's plays.

Shakespeare And Appropriation

Author: Christy Desmet
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134622619
File Size: 42,70 MB
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The vitality of our culture is still often measured by the status Shakespeare has within it. Contemporary readers and writers continue to exploit Shakespeare's cultural afterlife in a vivid and creative way. This fascinating collection of original essays shows how writers' efforts to imitate, contradict, compete with, and reproduce Shakespeare keep him in the cultural conversation. The essays: * analyze the methods and motives of Shakespearean appropriation * investigate theoretically the return of the repressed author in discussions of Shakespeare's cultural function * put into dialogue theoretical and literary responses to Shakespeare's cultural authority * analyze works ranging from nineteenth century to the present, and genres ranging from poetry and the novel to Disney movies.

Wounds And Words

Author: Christa Schönfelder
Editor: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839423783
File Size: 49,72 MB
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Trauma has become a hotly contested topic in literary studies. But interest in trauma is not new; its roots extend to the Romantic period, when novelists and the first psychiatrists influenced each others' investigations of the »wounded mind«. This book looks back to these early attempts to understand trauma, reading a selection of Romantic novels in dialogue with Romantic and contemporary psychiatry. It then carries that dialogue forward to postmodern fiction, examining further how empirical approaches can deepen our theorizations of trauma. Within an interdisciplinary framework, this study reveals fresh insights into the poetics, politics, and ethics of trauma fiction.

Contemporary Fiction A Very Short Introduction

Author: Robert Eaglestone
Editor: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191665150
File Size: 78,63 MB
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Contemporary fiction is a wide and diverse field, now global in dimension, with an enormous range of novels and writers that continues to grow at a fantastic speed. In this Very Short Introduction, Robert Eaglestone provides a clear and engaging exploration of the major themes, patterns, and debates of contemporary fiction. From genre, form, and experimentalism to the legacies of modernism and postmodernism, the relationship between globalization and terrorism, and the impact of technology, Eaglestone examines how works both reflect the world in which we live and the artistic concerns of writers and readers alike. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Contemporary American Novel In Context

Author: Andrew Dix
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441122974
File Size: 54,67 MB
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A critical introduction to the contemporary American novel focusing on contexts, key texts and criticism.

Summer Days A Fool S Gold Novel Book 7

Author: Susan Mallery
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 140899609X
File Size: 63,17 MB
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New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns with a new Fool’s Gold trilogy featuring three rugged cowboys who will find love in the unlikeliest of places.

Masterclass Developing Characters

Author: Irving Weinman
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1471804488
File Size: 55,68 MB
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LEARN HOW TO WRITE CHARACTERS THAT COME ALIVE ON THE PAGE. A guide to building characterization for writers who want - or need - to go further, this is an ideal course for the person who doesn't have the time or money to attend an advanced fiction writing workshop. It uses a unique interactive Workshop method to engage the writer with their material, editing and redrafting your characters and their contexts to take your work to the next level. With support, advice and inspiration from a leading and respected creative writing tutor, this is an essential book for you if you know you need to polish and hone your manuscript prior to attempting publication. With the help of this highly focused guide you'll create characters with depth and authenticity. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Christmas Pudding And Pigeon Pie

Author: Nancy Mitford
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0345806638
File Size: 21,13 MB
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Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie are two sparkling comedies from early in the career of Nancy Mitford, beloved author of The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, here published in one volume with a new introduction by Jane Smiley. In Christmas Pudding, an array of colorful characters converge on the hunt-obsessed Lady Bobbin’s country house, including her rebellious daughter Philadelphia, the girl’s pompous suitor, a couple of children obsessed with newspaper death notices, and an aspiring writer whose serious first novel has been acclaimed as the funniest book of the year, to his utter dismay. In Pigeon Pie, set at the outbreak of World War II, Lady Sophia Garfield dreams of becoming a beautiful spy but manages not to notice a nest of German agents right under her nose, until the murder of her maid and kidnapping of her beloved bulldog force them on her attention, with heroic results. Delivered with a touch lighter than that of Mitford’s later masterpieces but no less entertaining, these comedies combine glamour, wit, and fiendishly absurd plots into irresistible literary confections.

John Wilson Junior Novel Of The Northwestern Virginia Panhandle

Author: Billie Conner
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 146911979X
File Size: 30,77 MB
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There were many stories told about the Great Flood of April 5th, 1852, but few were as heartwarming and heartbreaking as the one about two brave men, Albert Sawyer and Tom Lewis. They were the two men who attempted to rescue a woman and two children they saw clinging to the rooftop of a house, floating down the Monongahela River.