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    Lange, Karen
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    Nevermore brings one of America's most enigmatic writers to the attention of a new generation of children. This intriguing photobiography examines the life and times of the author and poet who would have a huge influence on future generations of writers, poets, artists, and even songwriters. Poe pioneered the psychological horror story, the detective story, and the emerging genre of science fiction. Through his dark tales and unforgettable verse, as well as his literary criticism, he made major contributions to the development of the modern short story and modern poetry in America. Thanks to the translations of the French writer Charles Baudelaire, Poe also gained a wide audience throughout Europe. His work influenced not only writers, but also avant-garde artists, who saw in him a kindred soul.Karen Lange's gripping narrative combines with the book's vivid illustrations of Poe's various haunts to create an atmospheric account of America's most famous Romantic writer. The story shifts from his birth in Boston to Richmond, from Hampton Roads to Philadelphia, from New York City to his mysterious death in Baltimore. Nevermore is a rich appreciation of an American master, whose macabre tales of mystery took shape in tandem with his own strange and ultimately tragic life story.

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    Barnett, Colleen
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    Many bibliographers focus on women who write. Lawyer Barnett looks at women who detect, at women sleuths and at the evolving roles of women in professions and in society. Excellent for all women's studies programs, as well as for the mystery hound.

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    Offutt, Chris
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    When Andrew Offutt died, his son, Chris, inherited a desk, a rifle, and eighteen hundred pounds of pornographic fiction. Andrew had been considered the "king of twentieth-century smut," with a writing career that began as a strategy to pay for his son's orthodontic needs and soon took on a life of its own, peaking during the 1970s when the commercial popularity of the erotic novel reached its height. With his dutiful wife serving as typist, Andrew wrote from their home in the Kentucky hills, locked away in an office no one dared intrude upon. Here he wrote more than four hundred pornographic novels. The more he wrote, the more intense his ambition became and the more difficult it was for his children to be part of his world. Over the long summer of 2013, Chris returned to his hometown to help his widowed mother move out of his childhood home. As he began to examine his father's manuscripts, memorabilia, journals, and letters, he realized he finally had an opportunity to gain insight into the difficult, mercurial, sometimes cruel man he'd loved and feared in equal measure. Only in his father's absence could he truly make sense of the man and his legacy. Contains mature themes.

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    Fraser, Antonia
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    Biographer Antonia Fraser recounts her 33 years with husband Harold Pinter--a Nobel Prize winner and one of the most acclaimed modern-day playwrights. Here Antonia draws an intimate portrait of her marriage to Pinter--and reveals him to be a staggering dramatist, a complex mind, and a loving husband lost to cancer much too soon.

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    Crummey, Michael
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    "Most of What Follows Is True is an examination of the complex relationship between fact and fiction, between the "real world" and the stories we tell to explain the world to ourselves. Drawing on his own experience appropriating historical characters to fictional ends, Michael Crummey brings forward important questions about how writers use history and real-life figures to animate fictional stories. Is there a limit to the liberties a writer can take with the real world? Is there a point at which a fictionalization of history becomes a falsification of history? What responsibilities do writers have to their readers, and to the historical and cultural materials they exploit as sources? Crummey offers thoughtful, witty views on the deep and timely conversation around appropriation."--

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    De Hamel, Christopher
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    Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts is a remarkable examination of twelve illuminated manuscripts from the medieval period. Noted authority Christopher de Hamel invites the listener into intimate conversations with these texts to explore what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history-and sometimes about the modern world too. In so doing, de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, and collectors. He traces the elaborate journeys which these exceptionally precious artifacts have made through time, shows us how they have been copied, who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell), how they have been embroiled in politics, how they have been regarded as objects of supreme beauty and as symbols of national identity. From the earliest book in medieval England to the incomparable Book of Kells to the oldest manuscript of The Canterbury Tales, these encounters tell a narrative of intellectual culture and art over the course of a millennium. Two of the manuscripts visited are now in libraries of North America, the Morgan Library in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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    Carrière, Marie
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    Le mythe de l’infanticide Médée a toujours connu une fortune littéraire et la littérature féminine contemporaine ne fait pas exception. L’analyse comparée de huit textes de femmes de divers horizons tente de cerner les enjeux de cette figure irréductible pour une pensée féministe actuelle sur la maternité, le sujet et l’écriture mythique. En s’interrogeant sur la pertinence particulière de la tragédie d’Euripide aux reprises médéennes, explicites ou sous-entendues, des femmes, cette étude comparée se penche sur des textes du théâtre de Marie Cardinal, Deborah Porter, Franca Rame et Cherríe Moraga, et des romans de Monique Bosco, Christa Wolf, Bessora et Marie-Célie Agnant. À travers ses incarnations transculturelles, le mythe de Médée éclaire les affres de l’exil et de l’exclusion, ainsi que certaines visions du maternel qui préféreraient peut-être rester dans l’ombre de nos présuppositions et de nos règles sociales. Bien qu’il n’y ait pas plus monstrueux ou fou que l’acte infanticide, Médée, elle, n’est pas monstre, pas folle, mais lucide, humaine à part entière, comme la voulait Euripide, alors qu’elle s’en prend à ses enfants, à la culture défectueuse, à l’histoire des hommes. La réécriture au féminin de Médée force aussi une conception du sujet qui ne revêt pas facilement sa cohérence. Mais la poétique même de cette Médée retranscrite au féminin fait preuve de sa flexibilité, son indétermination, son pouvoir de transcender la simple répétition de son mythe, vu ici autrement et différemment.

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    Haig-Brown, Roderick L.
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    Roderick L. Haig-Brown welcomes us onto his lush farm for a year of insights and observations. In this eloquently written account, Haig-Brown, his wife Ann and their four children tour us through each season, and teach us the ways in which the Earth governs the events in our lives. Haig-Brown observes salmon, blue grouse, blacktail deer and robins, with a soft eye and gentle appreciation for their trials. He discerns how the weather interacts with the land, and how the land interacts with our attempts at civilization. Haig-Brown also discusses his work at a magistrate, and the challenges of marriage, amateur book collecting, the craft of the writer, and the meaning of community. A snap shot of rural BC in the 1950s, Measure of the Year is a country story, told by a man happy in his chosen way of life.

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    Shutt, Timothy Baker
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    In this course, Kenyon College professor Dr. Timothy B. Shutt discusses the historical and cultural context of some of the greatest works of medieval literature.

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    Noble, Jean Bobby
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    Conventional ideas about gender and sexuality dictate that people born with male bodies naturally possess both a man’s identity and a man’s right to authority. Recent scholarship in the field of gender studies, however, exposes the complex political technologies that construct gender as a supposedly unchanging biological essence with self-evident links to physicality, identity, and power. In Masculinities without Men? Jean Bobby Noble explores how the construction of gender was thrown into crisis during the twentieth century, resulting in a permanent rupture in the sex/gender system, and how masculinity became an unstable category, altered across time, region, social class, and ethnicity.

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    Wheen, Francis
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    In this brilliant book, Francis Wheen, the author of the most successful biography of Karl Marx, tells the story of Das Kapital and Marx's twenty-year struggle to complete his unfinished masterpiece. Born in a two-room flat in London's Soho amid political squabbles and personal tragedy, the first volume of Das Kapital was published in 1867 to muted praise. But after Marx's death, the book went on to influence thinkers, writers, and revolutionaries, from George Bernard Shaw to V. I. Lenin, changing the direction of twentieth-century history. Wheen shows that, far from being a dry economic treatise, Das Kapital is like a vast Gothic novel whose heroes are enslaved by the monster they created: capitalism. Furthermore, Wheen argues, as long as capitalism endures, Das Kapital demands to be read and understood.

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    Margaret Laurence and Jack McClelland-one of Canada's most beloved writers and one of Canada's most significant publishers-enjoyed an unusual rapport. In this collection of annotated letters, readers gain rare insight into the private side of these literary icons. Their correspondence reveals a professional relationship that evolved into deep friendship over a period of enormous cultural change. Both were committed to the idea of Canadian writing; in a very real sense, their mutual and separate work helped bring "Canadian Literature" into being. With its insider's view of the book business from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s, Margaret Laurence and Jack McClelland, Letters presents a valuable piece of Canadian literary history curated and annotated by Davis and Morra. This is essential reading for all those interested in Canada's literary culture.

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    Ouellet, Éric, Pahlavi, Pierre, Chapnick, Adam, Stone, Craig
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    Le Manuel de rédaction à l’usage des militaires est un guide de rédaction qui s’adresse aux membres des forces armées appelés à rédiger des textes de qualité dans un style soutenu pour un lectorat militaire averti. Au-delà de l’art de rédiger de manière précise et convaincante, ce manuel fait valoir auprès des militaires gradés qu’une bonne compréhension des rudiments de la rédaction contribue à leur propre efficacité dans leur fonction, tout particulièrement lorsqu’ils accèdent aux rangs supérieurs de l’institution. Le Manuel de rédaction à l’usage des militaires a été développé de manière à habiliter les militaires gradés à aller au-delà de la simple rédaction d’une note de service pour réussir une rédaction plus élaborée qui intègre les règles « universelles » des travaux universitaires. Il aborde divers aspects de la rédaction : l’importance de parfaire ses connaissances et ses habiletés en rédaction; le processus de rédaction et les différences selon le style adopté et les lectorats visés; la méthodologie et la recherche; les questions éthiques comme le plagiat; et les difficultés et les pièges les plus courants. Le dernier chapitre s’avère novateur dans la mesure où il porte sur la façon dont les membres des forces armées peuvent s’inspirer de leur expérience militaire comme élément porteur d’un exercice de rédaction. Des exemples précis, toujours avec un lectorat militaire à l’esprit, complètent le texte. Le Manuel de rédaction à l’usage des militaires est unique en son genre puisqu’il a été conçu spécifiquement à l’intention du personnel des forces armées. Les auteurs Éric Ouellet et Pierre Pahlavi et les collaborateurs Adam Chapnik et Craig Stone sont des professeurs chevronnés qui enseignent au Collège des Forces canadiennes de Toronto. Ce livre, taillé sur mesure pour répondre à un besoin précis, est donc appelé à devenir une référence incontournable dans ce milieu, à l’instar de sa version originale en langue anglaise, Academic Writing for Military Personnel, d’Adam Chapnik et Craig Stone.

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    Sayed, Asma
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    This collection was born of a conviction that Vassanji's contributions to the global literary scene merit more in-depth scholarly notice. The articles herein, most of which are comparative in focus, provide various interpretations of Vassanji's writings through a diversity of theoretical frameworks. The fulcrum of much of this research comes back to issues of globalization, transnationalism, identity, post-colonialism, cosmopolitanism and diaspora. It should also be noted that, while many critics have tried to fit Vassanji and his writing into national perimeters identifying him as Canadian, others as African or Indian, or all of these, none of the writers in this book argue that Vassanji, or his works, belong to any particular national paradigm. Rather, the articles recognize Vassanji's engagement with transnational issues and his preoccupation with history and politics, and concerns of home, migration, exile, loss, belonging, dislocation, violence, trauma, and identity as central to his writing. Included are a new and detailed interview with Vassanji and a previously unpublished article, authored by Vassanji himself. Among the contributors: Annie Cottier, Jonathan Hart, Jonathan Rollins, Warris Vianni, Amin Malak, and Nancy E. Batty.

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    Shteyngart, Gary
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    Traces the author's experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits, and his initial forays into a literary career.

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    Laurence, Patricia Ondek
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    Lily Briscoe's Chinese Eyes traces the romance of Julian Bell, nephew of Virginia Woolf, and Ling Shuhua, a writer and painter Bell met while teaching at Wuhan University in China in 1935. Relying on a wide selection of previously unpublished writings, Patricia Laurence places Ling, often referred to as the Chinese Katherine Mansfield, squarely in the Bloomsbury constellation. In doing so, she counters East-West polarities and suggests forms of understanding to inaugurate a new kind of cultural criticism and literary description.Laurence expands her examination of Bell and Ling's relationship into a study of parallel literary communities—Bloomsbury in England and the Crescent Moon group in China. Underscoring their reciprocal influences in the early part of the twentieth century, Laurence presents conversations among well-known British and Chinese writers, artists, and historians, including Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, G. L. Dickinson, Xu Zhimo, E. M. Forster, and Xiao Qian. In addition, Laurence's study includes rarely seen photographs of Julian Bell, Ling, and their associates as well as a reproduction of Ling's scroll commemorating moments in the exchange between Bloomsbury and the Crescent Moon group.While many critics agree that modernism is a movement that crosses national boundaries, literary studies rarely reflect such a view. In this volume Laurence links unpublished letters and documents, cultural artifacts, art, literature, and people in ways that provide illumination from a comparative cultural and aesthetic perspective. In so doing she addresses the geographical and critical imbalances—and thus the architecture of modernist, postcolonial, Bloomsbury, and Asian studies—by placing China in an aesthetic matrix of a developing international modernism.

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    Twain, Mark
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    Twain grew up on the river, achieved his boyhood dream of being a river pilot, and then had the good sense to write about it.

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    Irvine, Andrew David, Rivère, Edmond, Tolman, Stephanie
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    Une bibliographie incontournable des Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général du Canada Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Antonine Maillet, Carol Shields, Marie-Claire Blais, Michael Ondaatje, Gilles Vigneault…  Les écrivains canadiens sont depuis longtemps encensés sur la scène nationale comme à l’échelle mondiale, et les Prix du Gouverneur général jouent un rôle clé dans la reconnaissance de certains de nos meilleurs auteurs, illustrateurs et traducteurs. La liste est impressionnante : ce prestigieux prix a récompensé 705 oeuvres entre 1936 et 2017.   Avec un souci minutieux au détail, Andrew Irvine présente l’histoire et l’évolution des Prix et vante leurs vertus indispensables à la carrière des écrivains et des traducteurs ainsi que dans l’élaboration d’une littérature nationale au Canada. Cette bibliographie est la toute première recension complète des Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général et donne des renseignements détaillés au sujet des cérémonies, des adaptations cinématographiques, des membres des jurys ainsi que d’autres informations clés. Le livre présente aussi une copie exhaustive et exacte de données bibliographiques tirées d’archives, une première dans le monde de l’édition. En somme, une référence incontournable.

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    La naissance et l'évolution d'un genre littéraire : le roman historique, en Europe et ailleurs. Cet essai dégage les formes premières des romans historiques, autour des nouvelles et des romans mémoires de l'âge classique, montre comment l'époque romantique théorise le genre de manière éclatante, et s'interroge sur les multiples recompositions de la fiction historique au XXe siècle.

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    Córdoba Serrano, María Sierra
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    Comment une « petite nation » peut-elle exister et subsister dans l’espace culturel mondialisé actuel ? Par quels mécanismes une culture minoritaire peut-elle être exportée et se tailler un créneau dans un marché culturel central surchargé ? L’ouvrage examine les transferts culturels du Canada vers l’Espagne en analysant un corpus de 77 traductions d’œuvres littéraires québécoises traduites en Espagne, en espagnol et en catalan, entre 1975 et 2004. Les assises théoriques de cette étude reposent sur la sociologie des champs de Pierre Bourdieu appliquée à la traduction et s’appuient, d’une part, sur les études de réseaux et, d’autre part, sur la recherche dans le domaine de la diplomatie culturelle.  L’auteure montre comment les intérêts propres à chacun des champs culturels concernés – source (canadienne et québécoise) et cible (espagnole et catalane) – se traduisent par des stratégies politiques, commerciales, éditoriales et textuelles différentiées. L’ouvrage porte en outre un regard inédit sur le rôle déterminant (mais non déterministe) des acteurs institutionnels, ici canadiens et québécois : ceux-ci développent des stratégies et des structures visant à promouvoir et à accueillir la littérature québécoise en Espagne et en Catalogne. L’auteure se penche aussi sur l’action d’autres agents (éditeurs, directeurs de collection, traducteurs, professeurs de littérature, etc.) qui jouent un rôle central dans le transfert concerné.

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