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The Spell of Italy: Vacation, Magic, and the Attraction of Goethe

Wearied by his life as an administrator at the Duke’s court in Weimar, in 1786 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe departed unannounced in the middle of the night for what had been the destination of his imagination since childhood: Italy. His extended stay there dramatically affected his views of art, architecture, prose, poetry, and science. When he returned to Germany and Weimar, Goethe’s experiences translated into his life and work in wa...

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Gender, Sex and Translation: The Manipulation of Identities

Gendered and sexual identities are unstable constructions which reveal a great deal about the ideologies and power relatinships affecting individuals and societies. The interaction between gender/sex studies and translation studies points to a fascinating arena of discursive conflict in which our intimate desires and identities are established or rejected, (re)negotiated or censored, sanctioned or tabooed. This volume explores divers...

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Easter, Passover, and Other Spring Festivals

Four festivals in particular are widely observed in the spring: the Christian Easter celebration, the Hindu celebration of Holi, the Jewish observance of Passover, and the Persian festival of Navruz. This book discusses how these holidays encourage individuals to gather, and honour the sacrifices others have made.

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Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture

“The second ‘Track’ (chapter) of this wild, hilarious, learned, irreverent, energetic, nasty, and touching book is called ‘How a Former Professional Engineer Becomes a Former English Professor.’ And that’s what Industrial Poetics is all about: working-class aspirants for middle-class ‘professional’ goodies, academic and journalistic hypocrisies, community failures, and the general all-around mayhem we experience at the turn of the tw...

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Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing

'Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing' seeks to ascertain the relationship obtaining between the specific form postmodernism assumes in a given culture, and the "national narrative" in which that culture traditionally recognizes itself. Theo D'haen provides a general introduction to the issue of "cultural identity and postmodern writing." Jos Joosten and Thomas Vaessens take a look at Dutch literature, and particular Dutch poetry...

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Their Other Side: Six American Women and the Lure of Italy

With her splendidly interesting and well-written book of essays, Helen Barolini proves fully that Italy was not only a man's dream, but also hers, and the dream of great or liberated women of America who found in her the emotional articulacy or artistic perspicuity that they had longed for. (―The Montserrat Review)

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Transnational Cervantes

This ambitious work aims to utterly change the way Don Quixote and Cervantes' other works are read, particularly the posthumous The Trial of Persiles and Sigismunda. William Childers sets out to free Cervantes' work from its context within the histories of the European national literatures. Instead, he examines early modern Spanish cultural production as an antecedent to contemporary postcolonial literature, especially Latin American...

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Between Science and Literature: An Introduction to Autopoetics

Between Literature and Science follows through to its emerging 21st-century future the central insight of 20th-century literary and cultural theory: that language and culture, along with their subsystems and artifacts, are self-referential systems. The book explores the workings of self-reference (and the related performativity) in linguistic utterances and assorted texts, through examples of the more open social-discursive systems o...

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Woman Critiqued: Translated Essays on Japanese Women's Writing

The significance of literary translation cannot be overstated, awakening readers to the universal appeal of fine literature the world over while at the same time opening the door to specifically distinctive and particular worlds of human experience otherwise locked away behind a linguistic barrier. Then, understanding how literary works were received and understood within their own initial cultural context takes one through that open...

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Swords, Oaths, and Prophetic Visions

"Swords, Oaths, and Prophetic Visions" investigates some of the most historically important political and social issues raised by the Genpei War (1180-1185). This epic civil conflict, which ushered in Japan's age of the warriors, is most famously articulated in the monumental narrative "Heike monogatari" ("The Tale of the Heike"). Elizabeth Oyler's ambitious work lays out the complex interconnections between the numerous variant text...