English Literature

Alterations of State by Richard McCoy

By Richard McCoy

Conventional notions of sacred kingship turned either extra grandiose and extra tricky in the course of England's turbulent 16th and 17th centuries. The reformation introduced via Henry VIII and his claims for royal supremacy and divine correct rule resulted in the suppression of the Mass, because the host and crucifix have been overshadowed by way of royal iconography and pageantry. those adjustments begun a spiritual controversy in England that might result in civil conflict, regicide, recovery, and eventually revolution. Richard McCoy indicates that, amid those occasionally cataclysmic adjustments of country, writers like John Skelton, Shakespeare, John Milton, and Andrew Marvell grappled with the assumption of kingship and its symbolic and great energy. Their creative representations of the crown demonstrate the fervour and ambivalence with which the English considered their royal leaders. whereas those writers differed at the primary questions of the day -- Skelton used to be a staunch defender of the English monarchy and conventional faith, Milton was once an intensive opponent of either, and Shakespeare and Marvell have been extra equivocal -- they shared an abiding fascination with the royal presence or, occasionally extra tellingly, the royal absence. starting from regicides actual and imagined -- with the very actual specter of the slain King Charles I haunting the rustic like a revenant of the king's ghost in Shakespeare's Hamlet -- from the royal sepulcher at Westminster Abbey to Peter Paul Reubens's Apotheosis of King James at Whitehall, and from the Elizabethan compromise to the wonderful Revolution, McCoy plumbs the depths of English attitudes towards the king, the country, and the very thought of holiness. He finds how older notions of sacred kingship improved in the course of the political and non secular crises that reworked the English kingdom, and is helping us comprehend why the conflicting feelings engendered via this enlargement have confirmed so power.

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Women, Murder, and Equity in Early Modern England (Routledge by Randall Martin

By Randall Martin

This e-book offers the 1st entire learn of over one hundred twenty published information experiences of murders and infanticides dedicated via early smooth girls. It deals an interdisciplinary research of lady murder in post-Reformation information codecs starting from ballads to newspapers. person situations are illuminated on the subject of altering felony, spiritual, and political contexts, in addition to the dynamic development of industrial crime-news and readership.

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The Routledge History of Literature in English by Ronald Carter, John McRae

By Ronald Carter, John McRae

This new consultant to the most advancements within the background of British and Irish Literature uniquely charts a few of the major positive factors of literary language improvement and highlights key language themes. sincerely dependent and hugely readable, it spans over one thousand years of literary background from advert six hundred to the current day. It emphasizes the expansion of literary writing, its traditions, conventions and altering characters but additionally comprises literature from the margins, either geographical and culturally. Key gains of the textbook comprise: * an updated advisor to the key classes of literature in English in Britain and eire * large insurance of post-1945 literature * language notes spanning advert six hundred to the current * broad quotations from poetry, prose and drama * a timeline of the $64000 historic and political occasions * a distinct textual content layout to reinforce its usefulness * a foreword via novelist Malcolm Bradbury The Routledge heritage of Literature in English will curiosity scholars and academics of literature and language around the world.

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Ethical Joyce by Marian Eide

By Marian Eide

Marian Eide argues that the imperative drawback of James Joyce's writing was once the construction of a literary ethic. Eide examines Joyce's moral preoccupations all through his paintings, rather the stress among his dedication as an artist and his social responsibilities as a father and citizen in the course of a tumultuous interval of ecu background. this is often the 1st examine dedicated to Joyce's moral philosophy because it emerges in his writing.

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The Body and the Book, Writings on Poetry and Sexuality (DQR by Glennis Byron, Andrew J. Sneddon

By Glennis Byron, Andrew J. Sneddon

The stimulating mixture of lecturers and working towards poets that experience contributed to this quantity presents an strange and illuminating integration of serious and inventive perform and a vibrantly assorted method of questions of poetry and sexuality. every one component to essays is complemented through poems which creatively illustrate or strengthen the subject with which the essays significantly interact. instead of being restricted to a particular style, culture, time or position, this assortment seeks to make a advantage of distinction, comparability and juxtaposition. the gathering is prepared into sections that variety generally around the thematic floor of dichotomies, traditions and revisions, microscopic and macroscopic views, ladies and embodiment, and the inspiration of play and function. Positioning eighteenth-century tinkers ballads along medieval Hebrew lyrics and the Blues of lovely Puddin', or making Dionysus rub shoulders with Sharon Olds and Mrs Rochester offers new views on regular fabric and precious insights into extra vague paintings and the character of sensual poetry as a method of expression. because the editors recommend, the essays and poems offered jointly argue that writings approximately sexuality are constantly already in regards to the manner poets see and symbolize bodies, the realm and poetic language itself.

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Kipling's Imperial Boy: Adolescence and Cultural Hybridity by D. Randall

By D. Randall

Kipling's Imperial Boy opens by means of interpreting the importance of boyhood within the evolution of ecu modernity. the 1st bankruptcy exhibits how heavily the determine of the adolescent (the "boy") is linked to questions of imperial growth and consolidation. The chapters that persist with soak up Rudyard Kipling's fiction of the imperial boy, emphasizing the creative hyperlink among formative years and cultural hybridity and providing distinct readings of The Jungle e-book, Stalky & Co., and Kim.

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Disasters and Heroes: On War, Memory and Representation by Angus Calder

By Angus Calder

Images of battle and its commemoration are a daily presence in modern tradition, from the embedded reporter within the box to the final put up on the Menin Gate.  Disasters and Heroes: On warfare, reminiscence and Representation revisits campaigns from the plains of Troy to fresh occasions within the Balkans, analyzing how wars are represented and remembered.  Angus Calder exhibits how the 'facts'of battle are reworked into myths that situation later responses to battle, and the way the development of reminiscence starts off with wartime occasions themselves.
 
Beginning with a piece dedicated to conflict memorials and the general public remembrance of battle, akin to D-Day commemorations, the essays accrued in Disasters and Heroes then examine the lived adventure of warfare for 'ordinary' humans, whereas the ultimate part bargains with literary illustration of warfare, from The Iliad to T.E. Lawrence and directly to Christa Wolf's CassandraDisasters and Heroes is a thought-provoking assortment facing problems with significant value which fresh occasions have made painfully topical.

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