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Stories of violence — such as the account in Genesis of Cain's jealousy and murder of Abel — have been with us since the time of the earliest recorded texts. Undeniably, the scourge of violence fascinates, confounds, and saddens. What are its uses in literature — its appeal, forms, and consequences? Anchored by Alice Kaplan's substantial contribution, the thirteen articles in this volume cover diverse epochs, lands, and motives. One scholar ponders whether accounts of Huguenot martyrdom in the sixteenth-century might suggest more pride than piety. Another assesses the real versus the true with respect to a rape scene inThe Heptameron. Female violence in fairy tales by Madame d'Aulnoy points to gender politics and the fragility of female solidarity, while another article examines similar issues in the context of Ananda Devi's works in present-day Mauritius. Other studies address the question of sadism in Flaubert, the unstable point of view of Emmanuel Carrère'sL'Adversaire, the ambivalence toward violence in Chamoiseau's Texaco, the notions of “terror” and “tabula rasa” in the writings of Blanchot, the undoing of traditions of narrative continuity and authority in the 1998 film,À vendre, and consequences of the power differential in a repressive Haiti as depicted in the filmVers le Sud (2005). Paradoxes emerge in several studies of works where victims may become perpetrators, or vice versa.
This second enlarged edition of Gérard Tougas' Checklist is essentially a primary bibliography of French-Canadian literature from the nineteenth century to 1968. The Checklist, containing over 2800 titles, represents the holdings of the University of British Columbia Library. The UBC collection comprises a substantial portion of the total body of work published in this field. Included are books, pamphlets and microfilms. In this bibliography, the term literature has been interpreted to include separately published chronicles, literary criticism, biographies, and folklore as well as novels, poetry, drama and short stories. The second edition has been expanded to include bibliographies and theses.
Les insectes et apparentes occupent une place considerable dans la vie de l'homme et les liens tisses entre ces deux partenaires depuis plusieurs millions d'annees se sont traduits en une multitude de dires, de techniques, de representations, d'attitudes culturelles, de comportements sociaux, de faits politiques, de pratiques rituelles, de conduites religieuses.Cet ouvrage aborde la relation homme - "insectes" dans le monde, depuis les premiers hominides jusqu'a l'epoque actuelle. Les contributions sont regroupees en six parties qui permettent d'aborder une grande diversite de societes "traditionnelles" mais aussi "occidentales", de langues et de cultures, de taxons scientifiques, de zones geographiques, de milieux naturels, de temps et lieux de vie, de problematiques, etc.: 1: Lexiques, taxonomies; 2. "Insectes" utiles: art, agrement, agriculture, etc.; 3. "Insectes" comestibles; 4. Les "insectes" en therapeutique; 5. Les "insectes" dans la vie sociale; 6. Contes et mythes.A travers ces etudes sont proposees de nouvelles perspectives de reflexion sur de nombreux problemes concrets, actuels et mondiaux touchant la gestion de l'environnement, le developpement durable, la propriete intellectuelle ou encore l'evaluation des savoirs et les paradigmes scientifiques determinant la conception de la "realite".
Literature examines the declining influence of the literary arts in America particularly during the last half century and attempts to analyze the problem by calling attention to four particular threats which appear to be besieging them. They are: (1) the replacing of the authority of the imagination by the authority of the sciences; (2) the rise of certain literary and critical theories in recent decades which have seriously weakened the study of literature in both the schools and the colleges; (3) problems in producing fully literate high school graduates, largely as a result of faulty methods of teaching reading and doubtful philosophical principles which have seriously weakened the study of literature in the schools; and (4) the threat of the electronic age to the preservation of the printed page upon which literature depends for its very survival. All of these forces have served to trivialize literature and are on their way to destroying it as a major cultural force in modern America. This book also attempts to redeem literature, and to help restore literature as a major discipline, superior in importance to other disciplines, by offering a theory of literature which will demonstrate that literature is in fact, as Sir Philip Sidney insisted, "the highest form of earthly learning."
Understanding Literature is an innovative anthology and technology package representing the next generation of literary pedagogy for introduction to literature and literature for composition courses. Built on a balanced foundation of canonical and nontraditional reading selections, this text includes discussions of the formal literary elements--and then goes a step further to integrate relevant and accessible coverage of contemporary criticism within each genre. This unique, integrated coverage of contemporary critical approaches (such as feminist theory, psychoanalytic theory, and postcolonial theory) offers students a richer, more engaging introduction to reading critically and writing about literature. Other anthologies offer minimal theoretical coverage in a separate chapter or appendix, typically sidestepping the larger issues the theories raise.The integrated technology package, complete with CD-ROM and accompanying web site, takes advantage of multimedia resources to enhance the study of literature with visual aids, audio and video files, additional primary and secondary texts, and other materials that help place literature within the broader contexts of history and culture. Engaging, creative table of contents balances familiar authors and literary works with more adventurous and diverse selections, exposing students to a broad range of literature and providing instructors with great flexibility in designing their courses.Critical Perspectives offer concise, insightful discussions of how literary and cultural theories are used to explore meaning in literature. Throughout the anthology casebooks, excerpts from classic and contemporary critical essays, and in-textdiscussions offer students accessible yet critical perspectives into how literary theory can facilitate a deeper understanding of literary texts. The fiction and drama sections feature brief in-text discussions and excerpts from literary critics. Critical Perspectives can also be used as a springboard for class discussion and writing.In-depth treatment of Featured Writers in each section allows more focused study of a single writer. This feature includes multiple reading selections showing the range of the writer' s work, more extensive biographical information, and additional materials on the CD-ROM and web site. Writers highlighted include James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Salman Rushdie, John Keats, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anne Sexton, and William Shakespeare.Two unique interdisciplinary chapters (The Beat Movement and Performative Poetics) focus on the spoken and performed aspects of literature. Coverage includes several works from key writers in both movements as well as discussions of how these movements use a mixture of media--language, film, jazz, photography, and art--to showcase their work and provide social and political commentary.Unique poetry casebooks allow students to explore certain themes or topics in depth, such as Poetry and Social Activism Between the Wars, Poetry, Trauma, and Testimony: Holocaust Verses, Postmodern Poetics, Chicano/a Poetry, and Native American Poetry.Emphasis on cultural perspectives reflects the increased desire to view the study of literature through the lens of culture. Reading selections, section introductions, questions for discussion, writing assignments, and other apparatus encourage students to view literature from differentcultural perspectives.Thorough coverage of reading and writing about literature shows students how to read each genre and craft effective essays. Annotated student papers serve as models of good student writing, and a separate section teaches students how to conduct research and incorporate other sources into their writing.An abundance of visual text--such as photos, art, and drawings--help students place literary works in broader contexts.