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Elevating Humanity via Africana Womanism

Elevating Humanity via Africana Womanism

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By Clenora Hudson (Weems)
September 30, 2024

Elevating Humanity via Africana Womanism is a short and powerful book, advocating unity/collectivity as a panacea for all societal ills. It discusses the theory of Africana Womanism - an authentic family centered concept for all women of African descent - as a grid upon which to erect the private ...

Margaret Wise Brown’s Experimental Art The Modernist Picture Book

Margaret Wise Brown’s Experimental Art: The Modernist Picture Book

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By Julia Pond
September 17, 2024

In this study, the engaging art created by children’s author Margaret Wise Brown receives the critical attention it deserves as a lasting contribution to American children’s literature. Through analysis of her dozens of titles published during the height of western Modernism, this scholarly text ...

Tolkien and the Kalevala

Tolkien and the Kalevala

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By Jyrki Korpua
August 29, 2024

This book explores J. R. R. Tolkien’s unique and warm relationship to the Kalevala, a poem usually hailed as the Finnish and Karelian national epic, combiled, edited and partly revisioned from older folk poetry by Finnish scholar Elias Lönnrot in the 19th century. J. R. R. Tolkien, an Oxford ...

Orality, Form, and Lyric Unity Poetics of Michael Donaghy and Don Paterson

Orality, Form, and Lyric Unity: Poetics of Michael Donaghy and Don Paterson

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By Beverley Nadin
August 26, 2024

Orality, Form, and Lyric Unity examines the poetic works of Michael Donaghy and Don Paterson and their advancement of a poetics of sound and sense. Observing Donaghy’s critical perspectives on orality, tradition, and memory, and Don Paterson’s systems of collective relation and “lyric unity”, this ...

Essays on The Glass Menagerie Truth in the Pleasant Disguise of Illusion

Essays on The Glass Menagerie: Truth in the Pleasant Disguise of Illusion

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By Tania Chakravertty
July 25, 2024

This volume traces the growth of Tennessee Williams from being a fragile child to becoming one of America’s greatest playwrights, also highlighting the playwright’s deep indebtedness to the Southern literary conventions. The book analyses Williams’s wonderful play with the sense of time and shows ...

Digital Culture and the Hermeneutic Tradition Suspicion, Trust, and Dialogue

Digital Culture and the Hermeneutic Tradition: Suspicion, Trust, and Dialogue

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By Inge van de Ven, Lucie Chateau
July 02, 2024

In our information age, deciding what sources and voices to trust is a pressing matter. There seems to be a surplus of both trust and distrust in and on platforms, both of which often amount to having your mindset remain the same. Can we move beyond this dichotomy toward new forms of ...

Remapping Energopolitics Blue Humanities, Geophilosophy and Sri Lankan Minor Writings

Remapping Energopolitics: Blue Humanities, Geophilosophy and Sri Lankan Minor Writings

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By Abhisek Ghosal
June 17, 2024

Emerging concerns and contexts of geological thinking seek to bring out how energopolitical interventions into the geokinetic "unfolding" of the Earth assume new dimensions and directions, owing to the complex and evolving intersections between "folds" and "fluxes" of energy in the context of ...

Colonial Philippines in Italian Travel Writing “Italians” Interpreting Difference

Colonial Philippines in Italian Travel Writing: “Italians” Interpreting Difference

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By Jillian Loise Melchor
June 11, 2024

The first comprehensive review of all extant "Italian" chronicles set in the Philippine Islands, this book juxtaposes "Filipino" Otherness with the unique condition of "Italian" ambivalence and alterity within Europe. This book's contribution to the critical studies of travel is the opening of an ...

Dreams in Chinese Fiction Spiritism, Aestheticism, and Nationalism

Dreams in Chinese Fiction: Spiritism, Aestheticism, and Nationalism

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By Johannes D. Kaminski
June 07, 2024

This book considers the contemporary political formula of the “Chinese Dream” in the light of the treatment of dreams in Chinese literary history since antiquity. Sinic literary and philosophical texts document an extensive spectrum of dream possibilities: starting with Zhuangzi’s eminent butterfly...

Creative Writing and the Experiences of Others Strategies for Outsiders

Creative Writing and the Experiences of Others: Strategies for Outsiders

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By Nandita Dinesh
May 28, 2024

In times that are rife with complex manifestations of identity politics, writing classrooms across the world are hosting heated debates about what it means for authors to write about experiences outside their own. This book focuses on writing as the act of witnessing when the writers themselves ...

A Glimpse at the Travelogues of Baghdad

A Glimpse at the Travelogues of Baghdad

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By Iman Al-Attar
May 27, 2024

The history of Baghdad in the 18th and 19th centuries had predominantly been written by two groups. The first group is Baghdadi scholars, and the second group is travellers. These two resources complement each other; while the literature of Baghdadi scholars provides insights from inside, ...

Literature, Education, and Society Bridging the Gap

Literature, Education, and Society: Bridging the Gap

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By Charles F. Altieri
May 27, 2024

In today’s classrooms, educators specializing in literature and the arts have found themselves facing an escalating crisis. Most obviously, they encounter serious budget cuts, largely because students tend in increasing numbers to prefer majoring in disciplines that provide clear, practical ...

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