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Download E-books Rumi -- Past and Present, East and West: The Life, Teachings, and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi PDF

By Franklin D. Lewis

Painstakingly researched via a number one specialist, this new anniversary variation of the award-winning biography examines the heritage, the legacy, and the ongoing importance of Jalâl al-Din Rumi, 800 years after he used to be born. Containing a number of new poems and an up to date advent, it'll make an ideal present for Rumi fanatics all over the place. Drawing on an enormous array of assets, from writings of the poet himself to the newest scholarly literature, this distinctive e-book is the definitive exploration of Rumi's existence and paintings. as well as providing clean views at the philosophical and religious context during which Rumi was once writing, Lewis can pay specific cognizance to why Rumi is the bestselling poet within the usa at the present time. The benchmark in Rumi reviews, this landmark paintings includes new translations of over fifty of Rumi's poems, in addition to never-before-seen prose, large commentaries, and a whole annotated bibliography.

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Download E-books A Brief Guide to Stephen King PDF

Stephen King’s identify has develop into synonymous with horror due to classics like The Shining, Salem’s Lot, and Carrie. during this short advisor, Simpson strains the writer’s existence from his tough youth via his preliminary books below the pseudonym Richard Bachman, to the luck of his early works within the Nineteen Seventies and past into mainstream acclaim.

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Download E-books Scenes from the Drama of European Literature PDF

By Erich Auerbach

Scenes from the Drama of ecu Literature was once first released in 1984. Minnesota Archive versions makes use of electronic expertise to make long-unavailable books once more obtainable, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press editions.

In his foreword to this reprint of Erich Auerbach's significant essays, Paolo Valesio can pay tribute to the writer with an outdated asserting that he feels continues to be the simplest metaphor for the genesis of a literary critic: the critic is born of the wedding of Mercury and Philology. The German-born Auerbach was once a student who really good in Romance philology, a practice rooted in German historicism—the conviction that artistic endeavors needs to be judged as items of variable locations and occasions, now not from the attention of eternity, nor by way of a unmarried unchanging aesthetic regular. The mercurial aspect in Auerbach's paintings is important, for in a lifetime of motion—of exile from Hitler's Germany—he got here to think that literary historical past was once evolutionary, ever-changing—a view mirrored within the name of his booklet, which implies existence and literature are historic drama.

Auerbach is better identified for his magisterial research Mimesis: The illustration of truth in Western Literature, written in the course of the warfare, in Istanbul, while he used to be faraway from his personal tradition and from the books that he more often than not trusted. In 1957, ahead of his dying, he prepared for the book in English of his six most vital essays, in a quantity known as Scenes from the Drama of ecu Literature.As in Mimesis,Auerbach's clean insights convey to the disparate matters of the essays a coherence that displays the cohesion of Western, humanistic culture, even whereas they trace on the deepening pessimism of his later years.

In the 1st essay, "Figura," Auerbach develops his idea of the figural interpretation of fact; utilized the following to Dante's Divine Comedy,it additionally served as basis for his remedy of realism in Mimesis. A moment essay on Dante's examines the poet's depiction of St. Francis of Assisi. the following 3 essays care for the paradoxical nature of Pascal's political proposal; the merging of l. a. cour and los angeles ville—the king's entourage and the bourgeoisie—chiefly relating to the seventeenth-century French theater; and Vico's formula suggestions by means of the German Romantics. within the ultimate essay Auerbach confers upon Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal the designation "aesthetic dignity" simply because, now not even with, the hideous truth of the peoms.

"A significant number of vital essays on eu literature, just about all classics, and just about all required interpreting for his or her a variety of centuries—thus the booklet is critical for the medieval period,the 17th and 19th centuries; moreover, the 'Figura' and the Vico essays are very major theoretical statements. The publication is lucid and much extra obtainable for undergraduates than, say, present excessive concept. Nor has Auerbach's personal paintings elderly . . . All of his assorted strengths are facts during this assortment, that is a greater approach into his paintings than Mimesis." –Fredric Jameson, collage of California, Santa Cruz.

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Download E-books CliffsNotes on O'Brien's The Things They Carried PDF

By Jill Colella

The unique CliffsNotes research courses provide specialist observation on significant topics, plots, characters, literary units, and ancient historical past. the most recent iteration of titles during this sequence additionally characteristic glossaries and visible components that supplement the vintage, known format.

In CliffsNotes at the issues They Carried, you find Tim O'Brien's robust and leading edge novel in regards to the reviews of foot infantrymen in the course of and after the Vietnam struggle. Drawing principally on his personal studies throughout the struggle, the writer creates a fictional protagonist who stocks the author's personal identify, and permits this fictional "Tim O'Brien" to narrate traumatic battle tales as he creates an indictment opposed to the wastefulness of war.

Chapter summaries and commentaries take you thru Tim O'Brien's very own trip. serious essays offer you perception into the novel's old context, the novel's narrative constitution, and the subject of lack of innocence. different positive aspects that assist you examine include

  • Character analyses of the most characters
  • A personality map that graphically illustrates the relationships one of the characters
  • A part at the existence and history of Tim O'Brien
  • A assessment part that checks your knowledge
  • A source middle choked with books, articles, movies, and web sites

Classic literature or smooth modern day treasure — you are going to are aware of it all with specialist info and perception from CliffsNotes learn guides.

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Download E-books Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart PDF

By Claire Harman

On the 2 hundredth anniversary of her start, a landmark biography transforms Charlotte Brontë from a sad determine right into a glossy heroine.
Charlotte Brontë famously lived her complete lifestyles in an remoted parsonage on a distant English moor with a hard father and siblings whose miraculous youth creativity used to be a heavily held mystery. The genius of Claire Harman’s biography is that it transcends those depression evidence to bare a lady for whom responsibility and piety gave technique to quiet uprising and fierce ambition.

Drawing on letters unavailable to prior biographers, Harman depicts Charlotte’s internal existence with soaking up, virtually novelistic depth. She seizes upon a second in Charlotte’s early life that ignited her decision to reject poverty and obscurity: whereas operating at a women’ university in Brussels, Charlotte fell in love together with her married professor, Constantin Heger, a guy who taken care of her as “nothing exact to him at all.” She channeled her torment into her first makes an attempt at a singular and resolved to convey it to the world's attention.

Charlotte helped strength her sisters’ paintings to ebook, too. yet Emily’s Wuthering Heights was once eclipsed by way of Jane Eyre, which set London abuzz with hypothesis: Who was once this fiery writer challenging love and justice for her simple and insignificant heroine? Charlotte Brontë’s blazingly clever girls brimming with hidden passions may rework English literature. and he or she savored her literary good fortune whilst a heartrending sequence of non-public losses followed.

Charlotte Brontë
is a groundbreaking view of the cherished author as a tender lady prior to her time. formed via Charlotte’s lifelong fight to say love and artwork for herself, Harman’s richly insightful biography deals readers some of the pleasures of Brontë’s personal paintings.

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Download E-books After Darwin: Animals, Emotions, and the Mind (Clio Medica) PDF

'What is emotion?' contemplated the younger Charles Darwin in his notebooks. How have been the sentiments to be positioned in an evolutionary framework? And what mild may possibly they shed on human-animal continuities? those have been one of the questions Darwin explored in his examine, assisted either by way of an acute feel of commentary and a unprecedented capability for fellow feeling, not just with people yet with all animal existence. After Darwin: Animals, feelings, and the brain explores questions of brain, emotion and the ethical feel which Darwin unfolded via his examine at the actual expression of feelings and the human-animal relation. It additionally examines the level to which Darwin's principles have been taken up via Victorian writers and pop culture, from George Eliot to the Daily News. Bringing jointly students from biology, literature, historical past, psychology, psychiatry and paediatrics, the quantity offers a useful reassessment of Darwin's contribution to a brand new realizing of the ethical experience and emotional lifestyles, and considers the pressing clinical and moral implications of his principles at the present time.

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Download E-books The Fabulous Imagination: On Montaigne's Essays PDF

By Lawrence D. Kritzman

"This is among the few books on Montaigne that fuses analytical ability with humane understanding of why Montaigne matters."—Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University

"In this exhilarating and realized e-book on Montaigne's essays, Lawrence D. Kritzman contemporizes the good author. examining him from modern-day deconstructive the US, Kritzman discovers Montaigne continuously already deep right into a discussion with Jacques Derrida and psychoanalysis. One can't yet recognize this tremendous act of translation."—Hélène Cixous

"Throughout his occupation, Lawrence D. Kritzman has verified an intimate wisdom of Montaigne's essays and an engagement with French philosophy and significant thought. The impressive Imagination sheds beneficial new gentle on one of many founders of recent individualism and on his the most important quest for self-knowledge."—Jean Starobinski, professor emeritus of French literature, collage of Geneva

Michel de Montaigne's (1533-1592) Essais was once a profound research of human subjectivity. greater than 300 years sooner than the arrival of psychoanalysis, Montaigne launched into a amazing quest to determine and picture the self from numerous vantages. throughout the questions How shall I reside? How am i able to be aware of myself? he explored the importance of monsters, nightmares, and disturbing thoughts; the terror of impotence; the fragility of gender; and the act of watching for and dealing with demise. during this ebook, Lawrence D. Kritzman lines Montaigne's improvement of the Western notion of the self. For Montaigne, mind's eye lies on the center of an inner universe that affects either the physique and the brain. mind's eye is key to human event. even though Montaigne well-known that the mind's eye can confuse the person, "the impressive mind's eye" could be healing, permitting the mind's "I" to maintain itself within the face of hassle.

Kritzman starts with Montaigne's research of the fragility of gender and its dating to the peripatetic flow of a superb mind's eye. He then follows with the essayist's exam of the act of mourning and the ability of the mind's eye to beat the terror of demise. Kritzman concludes with Montaigne's perspectives on philosophy, adventure, and the relationship among self-portraiture, ethics, and oblivion. His studying demonstrates that the mind's I, as Montaigne predicted it, sees via imagining that which isn't obvious, hence providing an alternative choice to the logical positivism of our age.

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Download E-books Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms PDF

By Carmela Ciuraru

MaryAnne Evans. Charles Dodgson. Eric Blair. William Sydney Porter. Or, as they aremore usually remembered, George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, George Orwell, and O.Henry. For those writers etc, from Mark Twain to Stan Lee to RobertJordan, the invocation of a nom de plume has been a vital half inthe production of an authorial identification. Now, in a charming sequence ofbiographical snapshots exploring the lives of well-known authors and their pennames, writer Carmela Ciuraru grants a distinct literaryhistory and a penetrating exam of id, creativity, andself-creation, revisiting the iconic question—what’s in a name?

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Download E-books Fairy Tales, Myth, and Psychoanalytic Theory: Feminism and Retelling the Tale PDF

While that Nineteen Seventies feminist psychoanalytic theorists like Jean Baker Miller and Nancy Chodorow have been tough past versions that assumed the masculine psyche because the norm for human improvement and mental/emotional wellbeing and fitness, writers reminiscent of Anne Sexton, Olga Broumass, and Angela Carter have been launched into their very own revisionist venture to respire new lifestyles into fairy stories and classical myths in keeping with conventional gender roles. equally, within the Nineteen Nineties, second-wave feminist clinicians endured the paintings started by means of Chodorow and Miller, whereas writers of myth that come with Terry Windling, Tanith Lee, Terry Pratchett, and Catherynne M. Valente took their suggestion from revisionist authors of the Nineteen Seventies. As Schanoes exhibits, those 20 years have been either really fruitful eras for artists and psychoanalytic theorists serious about concerns on the topic of the improvement of women's experience of self. placing apart the constraints of either traces of feminist psychoanalytic conception, their impression is indisputable. Schanoes's e-book posits a brand new version for knowing either feminist psychoanalytic idea and feminist retellings, person who emphasizes the interdependence of concept and artwork and demanding situations the inspiration that literary revision comprises a masculinist fight with the writer's inventive forbearers.

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