Approaching The Hunger Games Trilogy

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Author: Tom Henthorne
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786468645
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Approaching The Hunger Games Trilogy by Tom Henthorne

Original Title: Approaching The Hunger Games Trilogy

"This book addresses Suzanne Collins's work from a number of literary and cultural perspectives in an effort to better understand both its significance and appeal. Assuming that readers are familiar with all three volumes of The Hunger Games, the book also avoids plot summary and character analysis, instead focusing on the significance of the story and its characters"--Provided by publisher.

William Gibson

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Author: Tom Henthorne
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786486937
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William Gibson by Tom Henthorne

Original Title: William Gibson

"William Gibson, founding father of cyberpunk, is one of today's most popular science fiction writers. This companion provides literary and cultural context from Gibson's first short story, 'Fragments of a Hologram Rose' (1977), to his seminal cyberpunk classic Neuromancer (1984), to his best-selling novel Zero History (2010), and commentary on Gibson's subjects, themes, and approaches"--Provided by publisher.

Conrad S Trojan Horses

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Author: Tom Henthorne
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Conrad S Trojan Horses by Tom Henthorne

Original Title: Conrad S Trojan Horses

"Examines Conrad's efforts to cloak his political leanings with a Trojan horse strategy and other postcolonial techniques, in order to satisfy conservative publishers and ensure himself a larger imperial audience. Analyzes both major and early works, as well as Conrad's influence on modernist and postcolonial writers"--Provided by publisher.

A Political Genealogy Of Joseph Conrad

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Author: Richard Ruppel
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739178253
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A Political Genealogy Of Joseph Conrad by Richard Ruppel

Original Title: A Political Genealogy Of Joseph Conrad

Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, who gradually transformed himself into the English writer, Joseph Conrad, was a mercurial personality. He left Poland for the sea, though he had no experience with salt water. He left the Polish language for French, and then for English. He attempted suicide at the age of twenty. He invested in various schemes and lost his inheritance. He married an English typist nearly sixteen years younger than himself with whom he had nothing in common. He worked as a writer though he made no money through all the years of his most important work and though he experienced terrible psychological breakdowns after completing each novel. He was warm with his friends, ingratiating with influential strangers, but also intensely irritable and easily offended. His work is as varied and changeable as his personality, from his first two, emotionally intense Malay novels, to the stolid and confident Nigger of the “Narcissus” and “Typhoon”; from the coldly ironic “Outpost of Progress” to the nightmarishly subjective Heart of Darkness; from the leisurely, panoramic visions of Nostromo to the tautly nervous, claustrophobic ironies in The Secret Agent. Despite the extraordinary thematic and tonal range of his work, critics have imposed a stable political perspective on his fiction—most often an organic conservatism, influenced by his Polish background. This is understandable; until recently, a critic’s role has been to impose order on an artist’s creations. The approach in this book is different. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault and Jean-Francois Lyotard, especially on the latter’s critique of what he called “the grand narrative,” A Political Genealogy of Joseph Conrad shows how Conrad’s politics were always radically contingent on audience, contemporary events, and, especially, genre. While the political perspective in each of his stories and novels may be more-or-less coherent and consistent, there is no consistency throughout his work. A Political Genealogy of Joseph Conrad is the first book devoted exclusively to Conrad’s politics since the 1960s.

Mother Queens And Princely Sons

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Author: S. Ray
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137003804
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Mother Queens And Princely Sons by S. Ray

Original Title: Mother Queens And Princely Sons

This study explores representations of the Madonna and Child in early modern culture. It considers the mother and son as a conceptual, religio-political unit and examines the ways in which that unit was embodied and performed. Of primary interest is the way mothers derived agency from bearing incipient rulers.

Early Modern Women S Writing And The Rhetoric Of Modesty

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Author: Patricia Pender
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230362249
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Early Modern Women S Writing And The Rhetoric Of Modesty by Patricia Pender

Original Title: Early Modern Women S Writing And The Rhetoric Of Modesty

An in-depth study of early modern women's modesty rhetoric from the English Reformation to the Restoration. This book provides new readings of modesty's gendered deployment in the works of Anne Askew, Katharine Parr, Mary Sidney, Aemilia Lanyer and Anne Bradstreet.

The Medieval Hero On Screen

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Author: Martha W. Driver
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786427035
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The Medieval Hero On Screen by Martha W. Driver

Original Title: The Medieval Hero On Screen

Few figures have captured Hollywood's and the public's imagination as completely as have medieval heroes. Cast as chivalric knight, warrior princess, "alpha male in tights," or an amalgamation, and as likely to appear in Hong Kong action flicks and spaghetti westerns as films set in the Middle Ages, the medieval hero on film serves many purposes. This collection of essays about the medieval hero on screen, contributed by scholars from a variety of disciplines, draws upon a wide range of movies and medieval texts. The essays are grouped into five sections, each with an introduction by the editors: an exploration of historic authenticity; heroic children and the lessons they convey to young viewers; medieval female heroes; the place of the hero's weapon in pop culture; and teaching the medieval movie in the classroom. Thirty-two film stills illustrate the work, and each essay includes notes, a filmography, and a bibliography. There is a foreword by Jonathan Rosenbaum, and an index is included.

Surveillance Cinema

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Author: Catherine Zimmer
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 147985848X
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Surveillance Cinema by Catherine Zimmer

Original Title: Surveillance Cinema

In Paris, a static video camera keeps watch on a bourgeois home. In Portland, a webcam documents the torture and murder of kidnap victims. And in clandestine intelligence offices around the world, satellite technologies relentlessly pursue the targets of global conspiracies. Such plots represent only a fraction of the surveillance narratives that have become commonplace in recent cinema. Catherine Zimmer examines how technology and ideology have come together in cinematic form to play a functional role in the politics of surveillance. Drawing on the growing field of surveillance studies and the politics of contemporary monitoring practices, she demonstrates that screen narrative has served to organize political, racial, affective, and even material formations around and through surveillance. She considers how popular culture forms are intertwined with the current political landscape in which the imagery of anxiety, suspicion, war, and torture has become part of daily life. From Enemy of the State and The Bourne Series to Saw, Caché and Zero Dark Thirty, Surveillance Cinema explores in detail the narrative tropes and stylistic practices that characterize contemporary films and television series about surveillance.

Shaping Shakespeare For Performance

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Author: Catherine Loomis
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1611477859
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Shaping Shakespeare For Performance by Catherine Loomis

Original Title: Shaping Shakespeare For Performance

Shaping Shakespeare for Performance: The Bear Stage collects significant work from the 2013 Blackfriars Conference. The conference, sponsored by the American Shakespeare Center, brings together scholars, actors, directors, dramaturges, and students to share important new work on the staging practices used by William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The volume’s contributors range from renowned scholars and editors to acclaimed directors, highly-trained actors, and budding researchers. The topics cover a similarly wide range: a close reading of an often-cut scene from Henry V meets an account of staging pregnancy; a meticulous review of early modern contract law collides with an analysis of an actor in a bear costume; an account of printed punctuation from the 1600s encounters a study of audience interaction and empowerment in King Lear; the identification of candid doubling in A Comedy of Errors meets the troubling of gender categories in The Roaring Girl. The essays focus on the practical applications of theory, scholarship, and editing to performance of early modern plays.

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