All kinds of writing are covered in this useful and inspiring guide for students and aspiring writers.
A lively, practical guide to creative writing as discipline and craft, ideal for students and teachers.
The literature of French-speaking countries forms a distinct body of work quite separate from literature written in France itself, offering a passionate creative engagement with their postcolonial cultures. This book provides an introduction to the literatures that have emerged in the French-speaking countries and regions of the world in recent decades, illustrating their astonishing breadth and diversity, and exploring their constant state of tension with the literature of France. The study opens with a wide-ranging discussion of the idea of francophonie. Each chapter then provides readers with historical background to a particular region and identifies the key issues that have influenced the emergence of a literature in French, before going on to examine in detail a selection of the major writers. These case studies tackle many of the key authors of the francophone world, as well as authors writing today.
An introductory study into tragedy in drama and literature, and in the real world.
An overview of how modernism emerged, how it is defined, and how it developed in different forms and genres.
Russian literature arrived late on the European scene. Within several generations, its great novelists had shocked - and then conquered - the world. In this introduction to the rich and vibrant Russian tradition, Caryl Emerson weaves a narrative of recurring themes and fascinations across several centuries. Beginning with traditional Russian narratives (saints' lives, folk tales, epic and rogue narratives), the book moves through literary history chronologically and thematically, juxtaposing literary texts from each major period. Detailed attention is given to canonical writers including Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bulgakov and Solzhenitsyn, as well as to some current bestsellers from the post-Communist period. Fully accessible to students and readers with no knowledge of Russian, the volume includes a glossary and pronunciation guide of key Russian terms as well as a list of useful secondary works. The book will be of great interest to students of Russian as well as of comparative literature.
Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time, 1913–27) changed the course of modern narrative fiction. This Introduction provides an account of Proust's life, the socio-historical and cultural contexts of his work and an assessment of his early works. At its core is a volume-by-volume study of In Search of Lost Time, which attends to its remarkable superstructure, as well as to individual images and the intricacies of Proust's finely-stitched prose. The book reaches beyond stale commonplaces of madeleines and memory, alerting readers to Proust's verbal virtuosity, his preoccupations with the fleeting and the unforeseeable, with desire, jealousy and the nature of reality. Lively, informative chapters on Proust criticism and the work's afterlives in contemporary culture provide a multitude of paths to follow. The book charges readers with the energy and confidence to move beyond anecdote and hearsay and to read Proust's novel for themselves.
Lively and accessibly written, this Introduction offers readers a guide to the complex and rewarding literature of Toni Morrison.
Introduces students to one of the greatest Romantic writers and thinkers.
Second edition of an innovative introduction explaining what students need to know about Austen's novels, life, context and reception.
Specially-commissioned essays explore key dimensions of Thomas Mann's writing and life.
Collects essays, based on the works of William Blake, that reflect upon such recurrent themes as art, religion, and politics.
An overview for students and readers of the work, career and international context of the author of Disgrace.
„Als ich herkam“, sagt Florens, die Erzählerin dieses Romans, „war ich, nach meinen Zähnen zu urteilen, sieben oder acht. Seither haben wir achtmal Pflaumenmarmelade gekocht. Also muss ich sechzehn sein.“ Milton, Delaware, 1682: Den Sklavenhandel gibt es noch nicht lange. Jacob Vaark, Farmer und Geldverleiher, nimmt Florens gegen seine Überzeugung von einem Pflanzer in Zahlung für eine nicht einbringbare Schuld. Doch bald stirbt er an den Blattern. Neben Florens bleiben drei Frauen zurück und bilden eine kuriose Familie: Rebekka, Jacobs in England gekaufte Frau, nur nominell die Gutsherrin; Lina, ihre indianische Dienerin und heimliche Drahtzieherin; und das kranke Waisenkind Sorrow, das ein Schiffbruch dorthin verschlagen hat. Zusammen kämpfen sie gegen die Rückkehr der Wildnis auf die Farm. Alle vier haben ihre eigene Geschichte, und alle werden verfolgt von den Geistern ihrer Vergangenheit... Verschiedene Formen von Abhängigkeit und Unterdrückung, aber auch von Liebe und gesellschaftlichem Zusammenhalt werden hier in einer Sprache beleuchtet, die reine Poesie ist. Und über allem glänzt das Erbarmen der Autorin mit den Menschen in diesem großen Roman, der von der US-Kritik neben ihren Welterfolg „Menschenkind“ gestellt wurde.
This book provides thirteen introductory essays on every aspect of the work of Samuel Beckett, paying particular attention to his most famous plays (e.g. Waiting for Godot and Endgame) and his prose fictions (e.g. the "trilogy" and Murphy). Further essays tackle his radio and television drama, his theater directing and his poetry, followed by more general issues such as Beckett's bilingualism and his relationship to the philosophers. A chronology of Beckett's life, a list of French and English titles and a list for further reading provide additional reference material.
Die provozierende Vision eines totalitären Staats, in dem Frauen keine Rechte haben: Die Dienerin Desfred besitzt etwas, was ihr alle Machthaber, Wächter und Spione nicht nehmen können, nämlich ihre Hoffnung auf ein Entkommen, auf Liebe, auf Leben ... Margaret Atwoods »Report der Magd« wurde zum Kultbuch einer ganzen Generation und von Volker Schlöndorff unter dem Titel »Die Geschichte der Dienerin« verfilmt.
This book deals with the historical context of ancient Greek tragic performances, with the plays themselves, and with later adaptation and re-performance, down to modern times.
This book guides readers through the most salient theoretical and creative possibilities opened up by the shift to digital literary forms.
A revised, updated edition of Jean Franco's "Introduction to Spanish-American Literature", first published in 1969.