Butterfly's Sisters: The Geisha in Western Culture

By Yoko Kawaguchi

In this attention-grabbing and wide-ranging ebook, Yoko Kawaguchi explores the Western portrayal of jap women—and geishas in particular—from the mid-nineteenth century to the current day. She argues that during the West, eastern ladies have come to include definite rules approximately female sexuality, and she or he analyzes how those rules were expressed in different paintings kinds, starting from fiction and opera to the visible arts and tune movies. one of several works Kawaguchi discusses are the artwork feedback of Baudelaire and Huysmans, the opera Madama Butterfly, the sculptures of Rodin, the Broadway play Teahouse of the August Moon, and the foreign most sensible vendor Memoirs of a Geisha. Butterfly’s Sisters also examines the impression on early twentieth-century theatre, drama, and dance thought of the functionality forms of the actresses Madame Hanako and Sadayakko, either previously geishas.

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Shakespeare and the Book Trade

By Lukas Erne

Shakespeare and the booklet exchange follows on from Lukas Erne's groundbreaking Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist to envision the ebook, structure, dissemination and reception of Shakespeare's published performs and poems in his personal time and to argue that their attractiveness within the booklet exchange has been vastly underestimated. Erne makes use of facts from Shakespeare's publishers and the broadcast works to teach that during the ultimate years of the 16th century and the early a part of the 17th century, 'Shakespeare' grew to become a reputation from which cash might be made, a book-trade commodity within which publishers had major investments and an writer who used to be got, learn, excerpted and picked up on a shocking scale. Erne argues that Shakespeare, faraway from detached to his attractiveness in print, was once an and complicit witness to his upward push as a print-published writer. because of the e-book exchange, Shakespeare's authorial ambition began to turn into bibliographic truth in the course of his lifetime.

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Stanislaw Lem

By Richard E. Ziegfeld

The 1st full-length publication on Stanislaw Lem within the English Language. Its a lovely literary feedback research of his various works.

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Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (Contemporary American Literature)

By Bob Batchelor

In 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald produced his 3rd novel, a slender paintings for which he had excessive expectancies. regardless of such hopes, the radical obtained combined reports and lackluster revenues. Over the many years, even though, the attractiveness of the good Gatsby has grown and hundreds of thousands of copies were bought. one of many bestselling novels of all time, it's also one in all the main major achievements in twentieth century fiction. yet what makes Gatsby nice? Why will we nonetheless care approximately this booklet greater than eighty five years after it was once released? and the way does Gatsby aid us make feel of our personal lives and times?

In Gatsby: The Cultural heritage of the nice American Novel, Bob Batchelor explores the delivery, lifestyles, and enduring impact of the nice Gatsby—from the book’s e-book in 1925 via today’s headlines choked with megastar intrigue, company greed, and a roller-coaster financial system. A cultural historian, Batchelor explains why and the way the radical has turn into a part of the fiber of the yankee ethos and a big instrument in aiding readers to higher understand their lives and the wider international round them.

A “biography” of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, this booklet examines the good Gatsby’s evolution from a nearly-forgotten Twenties time pill to a respected cultural touchstone. Batchelor explores how this embodiment of the yank Dream has develop into an iconic a part of our nationwide folklore, how the important topics and concepts rising from the book—from the achievement of the yank Dream to the function of wealth in society—resonate with modern readers who fight with related uncertainties this present day. by way of exploring the undying parts of reinvention, romanticism, and constant pursuit of the impossible, Batchelor confirms the novel’s prestige as “The nice American Novel” and, extra importantly, explains to scholars, students, and lovers alike what makes Gatsby so nice.

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My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts

By N. Katherine Hayles

We reside in an international, in line with N. Katherine Hayles, the place new languages are always rising, proliferating, and fading into obsolescence. those are languages of our personal making: the programming languages written in code for the clever machines we name desktops. Hayles's most modern exploration presents a thrilling new approach of realizing the family among code and language and considers how their interactions have affected artistic, technological, and creative practices.

My mom was once a Computer explores how the influence of code on way of life has turn into equivalent to that of speech and writing: language and code have grown extra entangled, the strains that after separated people from machines, analog from electronic, and previous applied sciences from new ones became blurred. My mom was once a Computer provides us the instruments essential to make feel of those advanced relationships. Hayles argues that we are living in an age of intermediation that demanding situations our principles approximately language, subjectivity, literary items, and textuality. This strategy of intermediation occurs the place electronic media engage with cultural practices linked to older media, and the following Hayles sharply portrays such interactions: how code differs from speech; how digital textual content differs from print; the consequences of electronic media at the thought of the self; the consequences of digitality on revealed books; our conceptions of pcs as dwelling beings; the chance that human attention itself could be computational; and the subjective cosmology in which people see the universe in the course of the lens in their personal electronic age.

We are the youngsters of desktops in additional than one feel, and no critic has performed greater than N. Katherine Hayles to provide an explanation for how those applied sciences outline us and our tradition. Heady and provocative, My mom was once a Computer could be judged as her most sensible paintings yet.

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Horn! The Collected Reviews

By Kevin Thomas

Such a lot reviewers take millions of phrases to do what Kevin Thomas does in 9 exquisitely distinct black-and-white panels. utilizing his fascinating illustrations and not more than a handful of phrases, week by way of week Thomas decrypts probably the most interesting books of our day for readers of The Rumpus: now eighty-five of his favorites are gathered in a single volume.

Fiction and non-fiction, state-of-the-art and well known books; the only caliber those works have in universal is that they’ve attracted Thomas’ remarkably perceptive gaze and pen. it is a paean to studying by means of a completely unjaded, devoted novice of the artwork, heavily appreciative of every book’s distinct attributes. The works he selects are ones he admires: and he excels at conveying the thrill and appreciate they motivate in him. What an inventory he’s compiled: Jonathan Lethem, Jim Shepard, Rachel Kushner, Renata Adler, Georges Perec, David Graeber, Julian Assange, George Saunders, Hilton Als, Oliver Sacks, Cheryl Strayed, Dennis Cooper and Jennifer Egan are only the various authors whose paintings is the following brilliantly distilled.

Visual haikus toward meditative poetry than conventional feedback, Thomas’ unforgettable, evocative drawings frequently be capable to encapsulate the essence of a publication much better than a 2,000 observe essay in our major journals. have a look for your self.

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Joyce’s Nietzschean Ethics

By Sam Slote

This is often the 1st book-length remedy of James Joyce's multiplicity of kinds in the course of the paintings of Friedrich Nietzsche, the pre-eminent thinker of favor and perspectivism.

Sam Slote argues that the diversity of kinds Joyce deploys all through his works has a moral size. instead of a power learn, this booklet matters Joyce's engagement with matters and difficulties which are imperative all through Nietzsche's works.

Ultimately, the intersection among Joyce and Nietzsche increases questions of epistemology, aesthetics, ethics and the development of the 'Modern' and hence could be of curiosity to quite a lot of readers and students.

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The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

By Azar Nafisi

A passionate hymn to the ability of fiction to alter people’s lives, through the number one New York instances bestselling writer of Reading Lolita in Tehran

Ten years in the past, Azar Nafisi electrified readers along with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which instructed the tale of the way, opposed to the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The nice Gatsby and different classics to her keen scholars in Iran. during this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the publication her enthusiasts were expecting: an impassioned, beguiling, and completely unique tribute to the very important value of fiction in a democratic society. What interpreting Lolita in Tehran was once for Iran, The Republic of mind's eye is for America.

Taking her cue from a problem thrown to her in Seattle, the place a skeptical reader advised her that americans don’t care approximately books the best way they did again in Iran, she energetically responds to those that say fiction has not anything to coach us. mixing memoir and polemic with shut readings of her favourite American novels—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, and The center Is a Lonely Hunter, among others—she invitations us to affix her as voters of her “Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the single passport to access is a unfastened brain and a willingness to dream.

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The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things

In a sequence of playful and startling prose meditations, celebrated author Lorna Crozier brings her rapt realization to the small subject of loved ones gadgets: every thing from doorknobs, washing machines, rakes, and zips to the kitchen sink.

Operating as a type of literary detective, she examines the secret of the standard, looking the essence of every item. She bargains tantalizing glimpses of the household's population, too, probing hearts, brains, noses, and navels. Longing, exuberance, and grief colour her reflections, which now and then tackle the tenor of folktales or parables. all the brief photos in The e-book of Marvels stands on my own, however the connections are elaborate; as in lifestyles, each one item earnings which means from its juxtaposition with others. Crozier techniques her investigations with a childlike interest, an grownup bemusement, and an unfailing experience of metaphor and mischief. With either allure and mordant wit, she animates the panoply of wonders to be stumbled on in all places round us and within us.

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My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer

By Christian Wiman

Eight years in the past, Christian Wiman, a well known poet and the editor of Poetry journal, wrote a now-famous essay approximately having religion within the face of loss of life. My vibrant Abyss, composed within the tricky years given that and accomplished within the wake of a bone marrow transplant, is a relocating meditation on what a conceivable modern faith―responsive not just to trendy notion and technology but additionally to non secular tradition―might seem like.
Joyful, sorrowful, and wonderfully written, My shiny Abyss is destined to develop into a religious vintage, valuable not just to believers yet to someone whose adventure of existence and paintings turns out now and then to overbrim its barriers. How can we resolution this "burn of being"? Wiman asks. What could it suggest for our lives―and for our deaths―if we recognize the "insistent, power ghost" that a few of us name God?
One of Publishers Weekly's most sensible faith Books of 2013

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