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  1. Staging a Cultural Paradigm

    Staging a Cultural Paradigm

    The conflict between the political and the personal, an opposition which pervades the whole of American Literature, informs the essays on twentieth-century American theater gathered in this volume. Prominent theater scholars from Europe and America address the cultural paradigm created by the clash of private needs with public expectations. The difficulty of reconciling the two has led many dramatists to turn to the complexities of intertextuality in order to express their rebellions and rejections of inherited cultural values and myths. Essays on Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Susan Glaspell, H.M. Koutoukas, Dolores Prida, or Suzan Lori-Parks (to name but a few of the dramatists discussed here) reflect the vibrancy of American drama and the depth of the interaction of the political with the personal.
    ISBN : 9789052019901
    Format : Softcover
    € 59.95
  2. Shakespeare and Canada

    Shakespeare and Canada

    This book brings together essays on the Stratford Festival, on Shakespeare in Quebec, and on Canadian dramatic adaptations of Hamlet and Othello by Ric Knowles, one of Canada’s leading drama and theatre scholars. The essays discuss such major figures as Robert Lepage, Ann Marie MacDonald, Djanet Sears, Michael O’Brien, Ken Gass, Robin Phillips, Marco Micone, and Martine Beaulne. Taken together they explore both the role that Canada has played in contemporary understandings of Shakespeare, and the role that Shakespeare has played in the constitution of postcolonial Canadian subjectivity and nationhood.
    ISBN : 9789052019895
    Author : Ric Knowles
    Format : Softcover
    € 39.95
  3. Crucible of Cultures

    Crucible of Cultures

    The dawn of a new millennium offers an opportunity to reappraise the achievements of contemporary English-language theatre and drama in an increasingly cross-cultural age. New multicultural voices are gaining access to the international English stage, which today more than ever is becoming a crucible of cultures. The many challenging essays gathered in this volume reflect this developing mosaic. Written by prominent theatre scholars from Europe, the United States, Canada, Asia, and Australia, these contributions explore recent drama not only in the United Kingdom and the United States, but also in such countries of the former British Empire as Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Focusing on major Anglophone dramatists of the past few decades, these essays provide a fascinating survey of the myriad ways in which English-language drama in transition transcends traditional aesthetic and cultural boundaries.
    ISBN : 9789052019826
    Format : Softcover
    € 45.95
  4. Central Man

    Central Man

    Central Man traces the evolving dialectic of heroism in modern American drama in the light of the epic tension between the white and the black races. The emergence and subsequent waning of the New England Transcendentalist movement in the nineteenth century provides an apt context for a reappraisal of the heroic impulse in the narrative and dramatic forms that developed in the modern age of American enterprise. Drawing on these theoretical assumptions, this book examines the paradoxical genesis of an indigenous, multicultural and self-reliant voice on the American stage, starting from the beginning of the twentieth century, moving across the tumult of two World Wars and then proceeding on to the Vietnam era in the Sixties. In its refreshingly new approach, Central Man not only demystifies the classical and continental notions of heroism in American drama, but also demonstrates the ironic symbiosis of the historically unequal races of a great nation through and beyond the latter’s inherent conflicts on the stage. The idea of the ‘heroic’ thus vindicates a pragmatic and natural discourse of transcendence at the fundamental level of humanity.
    ISBN : 9789052019789
    Author : Rupendra Guha Majumdar
    Format : Softcover
    € 55.95
  5. The Myth of War in British and Polish Poetry

    The Myth of War in British and Polish Poetry

    In recent decades, there has been a marked tendency to look at war literature from a perspective that reaches beyond the experiences of particular nations. Characteristically, though poetry and prose from Poland, Hungary and former Czechoslovakia are included in multi-national anthologies, the war literatures of Eastern Europe seem to have been ignored in critical studies. The Myth of War in British and Polish Poetry. 1939-1945 aims to fill in this critical vacuum. This study concentrates on the processes through which British and Polish poetry contributed to the shaping of myths of war, each offering creative interpretations of historical facts and developments. Both poetic traditions are analysed in the context of their national literary heritage and historical background in order to explain the discrepancies characterising these imaginative versions of war. Yet, the ultimate objective is to discover spheres of convergence within a network of differences. This comparative analysis of British and Polish war poetry paves the way for discussions about the relationships between national and individual experiences of history, inviting consideration of how seemingly unsurpassable borders can be crossed.
    ISBN : 9789052019628
    Author : Marzena Sokolowska-Paryz
    Format : Softcover
    € 47.95
  6. Graphies and Grafts

    Graphies and Grafts

    This study provides a close reading and a critical analysis of four novels by contemporary Canadian women writing in English: Joy Kogawa's Obasan (1983), Sky Lee's Disappearing Moon Cafe (1990), Kristjana Gunnars's The Prowler (1989), and Aritha van Herk's No Fixed Address (1987). The analysis draws on a combination of post-structuralist, post-colonial and feminist working concepts and perspectives. It is predicated on the assumption of the fundamental interconnectedness of all aspects of human knowledge, and partakes of the process of intertextuality affecting our own contemporary experience of the world. Recent fiction by women, but also feminist and postcolonial theories of meaning and textuality, have had an important share in changing our views of the world/text from a closed structure to a constant process of cultural/textual interaction between two or more cultures/texts. The novels examined here provide rich sites for the exploration of these changing paradigms and their exegesis will offer alternative ways of dealing with language, history, gender, fiction, text and reality in Canada and elsewhere.
    ISBN : 9789052019611
    Author : Eva Darias Beautell
    Format : Softcover
    € 54.95
  7. Narration, Navigation, and Colonialism

    Narration, Navigation, and Colonialism

    The texts collected in this book are all produced and located within the converging fields of navigation and displacement. The connection between navigation and narration becomes clear when we realise that most of the authors and heroes of the accounts discussed by the author were, in one way or another, involved in shipping and navigation and that their accounts were produced within fluid and floating spaces and in the course of intriguing voyages and long cruises. In all cases, these narratives start with the narrators on board ships and end with them once again taking charge of their ships and sailing back home. In this book, the author argues that the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English narratives of adventure and captivity were not produced within clearly demarcated territories and on dry land, but within spaces of indeterminacy, struggle, and transition.
    ISBN : 9789052019581
    Author : Jamal Eddine Benhayoun
    Format : Softcover
    € 49.95
  8. Ireland: Looking East

    Ireland: Looking East

    If Ireland’s relations with the Western world have been the object of numerous scientific publications, its links with the East have been neglected by research. The aim of this book is to redress that imbalance by proposing studies of various aspects of Ireland’s interactions with the East. It is a multidisciplinary publication, dealing with some of the historical, political, religious, cultural, demographic and sociological connections between Ireland – both North and South – and the East. The chapters, which offer novel perspectives for the field of Irish studies, are organised in a chronological sequence, from the mid-19th century to the present. They focus on three main areas: the links between Ireland and the Asian continent, notably India, China and Turkey; its interactions with the Jewish people and the state of Israel; and its relations with Eastern European countries, in particular Poland and Lithuania.
    ISBN : 9789052016528
    Format : Softcover
    € 37.95
  9. Resurgence in Jane Urquhart’s Œuvre

    Resurgence in Jane Urquhart’s Œuvre

    This groundbreaking volume of critical essays revolving around the concept of resurgence maps the modes of conservation, transformation, and invention of the literary, visual, and cultural expressions which Jane Urquhart’s singular voice has brought about on the Canadian but also international scene. Taking resurgence as the informing principle of investigation, the volume as a whole focuses on the rewriting and reconstruction of the past, on the modalities of its resurfacing or of its erasure. It raises questions about the explicit or implicit ideological repercussions of such concealment and disclosure, such rupture and resilience. Through the prism of this concept, through surveys, close textual scrutiny and comparative analyses, the book explores Urquhart’s discursive practices, the way they hinge on intertextuality or citation, at the same time as upon intratextuality or self-citation. It brings to the fore the extratextual and metatextual quality of her writing together with the transmediality, the transcoding or intersemioticity which characterize the interaction between literature and the visual arts in her fictional and poetic works. The volume engages with Urquhart’s entire literary œuvre, opening with a thoughtprovoking, previously unpublished address by Urquhart herself and concluding with a discussion with the author. Special emphasis has been given to A Map of Glass, with the third chapter entirely dedicated to its specific or comparative examination, but her collections of poetry and the other five novels have also garnered single or comparative critical attention from the present contributors. From The Whirlpool to A Map of Glass, the uncanny array of Urquhart’s resurgent colours makes us see «through the power of the written word» that there is a genuine mystery in art and a real place for wonder. It is the resurgence of such innermost forces, in the creative and critical landscapes of contemporaneity, that the present collection aims at bringing forth.
    ISBN : 9789052016344
    Format : Softcover
    € 42.95
  10. Canada Exposed / Le Canada à découvert

    Canada Exposed / Le Canada à découvert

    To what extent does Canada need to be reappraised? «Canada Exposed», the 6th biennial conference of the International Council for Canadian Studies, aimed to establish a better understanding of Canada. In this collection of papers from the conference, Canadian and international scholars examine little-studied or lesser-known aspects of Canadian culture, economics, politics, history and sociology, thus revealing the strengths and weaknesses of a society grappling with issues shared by many other contemporary societies. Découvrir le Canada ? Mieux le découvrir ! Tel était l’objectif du 6e colloque biennal du Conseil international d’études canadiennes « Le Canada à découvert ». En examinant certains éléments peu connus ou peu traités dans les domaines de la culture, de l’économie, de la politique, de l’histoire et de la sociologie, des chercheurs canadiens et internationaux révèlent les forces et les faiblesses d’une société aux prises avec des problèmes et des situations que partagent de nombreuses sociétés contemporaines. Ce volume rassemble et présente les fruits de leurs réflexions.
    ISBN : 9789052015484
    Format : Softcover
    € 52.95

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