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The Lion's Share: A History of British Imperialism 1850-2011 by Bernard Porter

By Bernard Porter

As good as providing a full of life narrative of occasions, Bernard Porter explores a couple of wide analytical issues, not easy extra traditional and well known interpretations.  He sees imperialism as a symptom no longer of Britain's energy on the earth, yet of her decline; and he argues that the empire itself either irritated and obscured deep-seated malaise within the British economy.

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Bodies and Things in Nineteenth-Century Literature and by K. Boehm

By K. Boehm

This ebook offers clean views at the item international, embodied adventure and materiality in nineteenth-century literature and tradition. participants discover canonical works through Austen, Brontë, Dickens and James, along less-familiar texts and more than a few items together with nineteenth-century automata, scrapbooks, museum shows and antiques.

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The Lives of the Poets: A Selection (Oxford World's by Samuel Johnson,Roger Lonsdale,John Mullan

By Samuel Johnson,Roger Lonsdale,John Mullan

'If a guy is to put in writing A Panegyrick, he may perhaps hold vices out of sight; but when he professes to write down A existence, he needs to signify it rather because it was.'

In the final of his significant writings, Samuel Johnson appeared again over the former centuries of English Literature so as to describe the personalities in addition to the achievements of the prime English poets. the main Lives - of Milton, Dryden, speedy, and Pope - are memorable cameos of the lifetime of writing within which Johnson is as conscious of human frailty as to literary prowess. The shorter Lives defend a few of Johnson's so much piercing, severe judgements.
Unsentimental, opinionated, and quotable, The Lives of the Poets maintains to persuade the reputations of the writers involved. it really is one of many maximum works of English feedback, but in addition essentially the most humanly diverting.

This collection of the Lives of ten of an important poets attracts its textual content from Roger Lonsdale's authoritative whole edition.
ABOUT THE sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the widest variety of literature from around the world. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, delivering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative important positive factors, together with professional introductions through prime gurus, priceless notes to elucidate the textual content, updated bibliographies for extra examine, and masses more.

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To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss: William Morris's by Michelle Weinroth,Paul Leduc Browne

By Michelle Weinroth,Paul Leduc Browne

to construct a Shadowy Isle of Bliss casts new gentle at the political radicalism and social considered nineteenth-century artist, writer, and progressive, William Morris. status at the cusp of a brand new wave of scholarship, this publication provides an exhilarating convergence of perspectives between the world over popular students within the box of Victorian Studies.

Balancing type and solidarity, this assortment reappraises Morris’s notion of social swap and asks how we would imagine past the associations and epistemologies of our time. although the political importance of Morris’s artistic paintings is frequently underestimated, the essays during this quantity exhibit its subtlety and class. each one bankruptcy discerns the ability and novelty of Morris’s radicalism inside his aesthetic creations and demonstrates how his such a lot compelling political rules bloomed at any place his dexterous hand were at paintings - in wallpapers, floral borders, medievalist romances, and verse. Morris's thought and perform of aesthetic construction could be obvious because the crucible of his complete philosophy of social switch.

In situating Morris's radicalism on the middle of his artistic legacy, and in reanimating debates approximately nineteenth-century paintings and politics, to construct a Shadowy Isle of Bliss demanding situations and expands bought notions of the unconventional, the classy, and the political.

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Picturing the Human: The Moral Thought of Iris Murdoch by Maria Antonaccio

By Maria Antonaccio

Iris Murdoch has lengthy been referred to as essentially the most deeply insightful and morally passionate novelists of our time. This cognizance has frequently eclipsed Murdoch's refined and influential paintings as a thinker, which has had a wide-ranging effect on thinkers in ethical philosophy in addition to non secular ethics and political thought. but it hasn't ever been the topic of a book-length research in its personal correct.

Picturing the Human seeks to fill this hole. during this groundbreaking booklet, writer Maria Antonaccio offers the 1st systematic and finished therapy of Murdoch's ethical philosophy. not like literary severe reports of her novels, it deals a basic philosophical framework for assessing Murdoch's proposal as a complete. Antonaccio additionally indicates a brand new interpretive technique for analyzing Murdoch's philosophy and descriptions the importance of her notion within the context of present debates in ethics. This important research will attract these attracted to ethical philosophy, spiritual ethics, and literary feedback, and promises those that have lengthy enjoyed Murdoch's novels a more in-depth examine her impressive philosophy.

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The French Queen’s Letters: Mary Tudor Brandon and the by E. Sadlack

By E. Sadlack

A clean biography of Mary Tudor which demanding situations traditional perspectives of her as a weeping hysteric and love-struck romantic, offering as an alternative the portrait of a queen who drew on assets of authority to extend the ability of her place: epistolary conventions and the rhetoric of chivalry that imbued the French and English courts.

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Early Modern Drama and the Bible: Contexts and Readings, by A. Streete

By A. Streete

Early smooth drama is steeped in biblical language, imagery and tales. This assortment examines the pervasive presence of scripture at the early glossy level. Exploring performs by means of writers equivalent to Shakespeare, Marlowe, Middleton, and Webster, the participants show how theatre deals a domain of public and communal engagement with the Bible.

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Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

By Frances Wilson

'Life for De Quincey was once both angels ascending on vaults of cloud or vagrants shivering at the urban streets.'

Thomas De Quincey - opium-eater, star journalist, doppelgänger – is embedded in our tradition. Modelling his personality on Coleridge and his sensibility on Wordsworth, De Quincey took over the poet's former cottage in Grasmere and became it into an opium den. the following, more and more indifferent from the realm, he nurtured his turning out to be hatred of his former idols and his obsession with homicide as one of many superb arts.

De Quincey may well by no means have felt the equivalent of the giants of the Romantic Literature he so worshipped however the writing kind he pioneered – scripted and sculptured emotional memoir – was once to motivate generations of writers: Dickens, Dostoevsky, Virginia Woolf. James Joyce knew complete pages of his paintings off through center and he used to be arguably the daddy of what we now name psychogeography.

This astounding biography, the produce of meticulous scholarship and fantastically supple prose, tells the riches-to-rags tale of a determine of amazing complexity and wonderful originality, whose rackety existence was once lived at the run, and either brings De Quincey and his martyred yet wild soul triumphantly to existence and firmly establishes Frances Wilson within the entrance rank of latest biographers.

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The Prose Literature of the Gaelic Revival, 1881–1921: by Philip O'Leary

By Philip O'Leary

The Gaelic Revival has lengthy involved students of political background, nationalism, literature, and theater background, but stories of the interval have overlooked an important size of Ireland's evolution into nationhood: the cultural crusades fixed by means of those that believed within the centrality of the Irish language to the emergent Irish state.

This e-book makes an attempt to treatment that deficiency and to give the full of life debates in the language move of their complete complexity, mentioning records akin to editorials, columns, speeches, letters, and literary works that have been influential on the time yet all too frequently have been released purely in Irish or have been tough to entry. carefully making use of the phrases "nativist" and "progressive" for the turnings inward and towards the eu continent manifested in numerous authors, this learn examines the strengths and weaknesses of contrasting positions at the significant concerns confronting the language circulation. relocating from the early gathering or retelling of folklore during the look for heroes in early Irish historical past to the transforming of old Irish literary fabrics through retelling it in glossy vernacular Irish, O'Leary addresses the various debates and questions pertaining to Irish writing of the interval. His learn is a version for inquiries into the type of linguistic-literary circulate that arises in the course of excessive nationalism.

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Court Politics, Culture and Literature in Scotland and by Mr Robinson Jon

By Mr Robinson Jon

The concentration of this learn is court docket literature in early sixteenth-century England and Scotland. writer Jon Robinson examines courtly poetry and drama within the context of a fancy process of leisure, schooling, self-fashioning, dissimulation, propaganda and patronage. He locations chosen works less than shut serious scrutiny to discover the symbiotic dating that existed among courtroom literature and critical socio-political, financial and nationwide contexts of the interval 1500 to 1540.

The first chapters talk about the pervasive impression of patronage upon court docket literature via an research of the panegyric verse that surrounded the coronation of Henry VIII. The rhetorical suggestions followed via courtiers inside of their literary works, notwithstanding, differed, counting on even if the author was once, on the time of writing the verse or drama, excluded or incorporated from the environs of the courtroom. different, frequently complicated rhetorical suggestions are, via shut readings of chosen verse, delineated and mentioned in bankruptcy 3 on David Lyndsay and bankruptcy 4 on Thomas Wyatt and Thomas Elyot.

Wyatt's integrity, his sincere personality is, even though, in bankruptcy 5, proven to were a façade intentionally and adroitly crafted through the poet that allowed him to outlive and flourish inside of an international of political intrigue on the Henrician court docket. Literature every now and then may be appropriated by means of the sovereign and particularly crafted on his behalf to additional nationwide and private political goals. the probabilities of this appropriation are explored within the ultimate bankruptcy via a scholarly educated inventive research of the works of Buchanan, Dunbar and Wyatt.

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