The William Makepeace Thackeray Library

Author: Richard Pearson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315471639
Format: PDF
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First published in 1996, The William Makepeace Thackeray Library is a collection of works written by and about the novelist. This sixth volume contains the work of Lewis Melville, one of the most productive biographers and critics of Thackeray at the turn of the 20th century. Richard Pearson’s helpful introduction not only provides additional information on the biographer himself, but also analyses the text and tracks its development over time. This book will be of interest to those studying Thackeray and nineteenth-century literature.

Actions and Objects from Hobbes to Richardson

Author: Jonathan Kramnick
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804770522
Format: PDF, ePub
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How do minds cause events in the world? How does wanting to write a letter cause a person's hands to move across the page? Actions and Objects examines the literature and philosophy of action during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, when philosophers, novelists, poets, and scientists were all concerned with the place of the mind in the world. They wondered whether belief, desire, and emotion were part of nature—and thus subject to laws of cause and effect—or in a special place outside the natural order. The book emphasizes writers who tried to make actions compatible with external determination and to blur the boundary between mind and matter. This kind of externalism has often been overlooked in the effort to make psychological depth and interiority arise in the eighteenth century. Kramnick follows a long tradition of examining the close relation between literary and philosophical writing, but he fundamentally revises the terrain, situating literature alongside philosophy as jointly interested in discovering how minds work.

Cultivating Political and Public Identity

Author: Rodney Barker
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526114585
Format: PDF, ePub
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Throughout the twentieth century, everyone from Marxists to economic individualists assumed that social and political activity was driven by the rational pursuit of material gain. Today, the fundamental importance of the cultivation and preservation of identity is finally re-emerging. In this book, Rodney Barker explores the rich fabric of speech, dress, diet and the built environment from which human identity is made. The colour of a scarf or the accent of a conversation can unite people or divide them, and the smallest detail can play its part in signalling who are allies and who are enemies. Identity simultaneously generates equality and inequality - it is both the engine of public life and the cause of its confusion and conflict - and a better understanding of its subtleties is crucial if we are to confront the tensions that it produces in society. Synthesising methods and ideas from numerous disciplines - including history, political science, anthropology, law and sociology - Barker presents a picture of human life as more than just a collection of material interests. His ultimate aim is to show that no human activity is trivial or meaningless, that everything counts and plumage matters.

The Other House

Author: Henry James
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9780940322325
Format: PDF
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"Three women seek to secure the affections of one man, while he, in turn, tries to satisfy them all."--Cover.

The Art of Fiction

Author: David Lodge
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448137799
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this entertaining and enlightening collection David Lodge considers the art of fiction under a wide range of headings, drawing on writers as diverse as Henry James, Martin Amis, Jane Austen and James Joyce. Looking at ideas such as the Intrusive Author, Suspense, the Epistolary Novel, Magic Realism and Symbolism, and illustrating each topic with a passage taken from a classic or modern novel, David Lodge makes the richness and variety of British and American fiction accessible to the general reader. He provides essential reading for students, aspiring writers and anyone who wants to understand how fiction works.