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  • Reading Jean Toomer's Cane

    Carlin, Gerry (2014)
  • Information overload in literature

    Groes, Sebastian; English and Creative Writing, University of Roehampton, London, UK (2016-01-20)
  • "({})": Raunch Culture, Third Wave Feminism and The Vagina Monologues

    Halligan, Benjamin (John Hopkins University Press, 2014)
  • Theatre and Performance

    Black, Daisy (Routledge, 2018)
  • Small Screen and Big Screen : Mobile Filmmaking in Australasia

    Schleser, Max R.C.; Wilson, Gavin.; Keep, Dean. (2013)
    Over the past decade, technological advances have enabled the transformation of mobile phones with built-in cameras into sophisticated digital media tools (smartphones), capable of recording, editing and sharing high definition video content across global communication networks. Advances in smartphone technologies, and in particular increased lens quality, data memory and improved camera functionality, have arguably contributed to the emergence of a new kind of film-maker who recognizes and exploits the creative potential presented by camera phones. In this article, the authors will examine the challenges and perceived opportunities for film-makers using camera phones in an Australasian media context, including the ways in which camera phones may facilitate innovative practices around the production, sharing and viewing of digital films. The subsequent emergence of dedicated festivals for the screening of video content captured on camera phones is driving interest in new forms, new genres and new practices in film-making. We outline ways in which these festivals provide ‘amateur’ and independent film-makers, along with audiences, with a vital platform to initiate discussion, debate and the sharing of video content produced by film-makers from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • The Place of Scripture in the Trajectories of a Distinct Religious Identity among Ravidassias in Britain: Guru Granth Sahib or Amritbani Guru Ravidass

    Takhar, Opinderjit Kaur (Taylor and Francis, 2014-01-09)
    This article highlights narratives, collected as informant testimonies, relating to trajectories of a distinct religious identity among the Ravidassia community in Britain. Current tensions surround the replacement of the Guru Granth Sahib with the Amritbani Guru Ravidass in Ravidassia places of worship. This is primarily in response to cartographies of the Ravidassia identity as distinct from Sikh identity. The opinions of Ravidassia individuals, from a varied age range, expressed in interviews conducted at various periods during 2010–2012, are considered in relation to dominant discourses emphasising the importance of one hegemonic ‘Ravidassia’ scripture. The interview data highlight three main positions among the followers of Guru Ravidass: (1) Ravidassias seeking a distinct identity but preferring to retain the Guru Granth Sahib in Ravidassia places of worship, (2) Ravidassias demanding a distinct identity by installing the Amritbani Guru Ravidass, (3) Ravidassias wanting to maintain their link with the Panth as Sikhs or as Ravidassi Sikhs.
  • Cuckoo's eggs in the bureaucratic nest: Brigitte Reimann's Siberia diaries

    Steinke, Gabriela (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2003)
    Cross-Cultural Travel presents the proceedings of a major international conference on literature and travel held in November 2002 at the National University of Ireland, under the auspices of the Royal Irish Academy. The contributors, including such leading scholars as Joep Leerssen and Luigi Monga, illustrate the remarkable scope and vitality of work currently undertaken in the field. Cross-Cultural Travel is a multidisciplinary crossroads where literature, cultural studies and history engage with a variety of other disciplines. Topics range from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century and from constructions in fiction and poetry to the testimonies of explorers, diplomats, servants of Empire, journalists, artists, tourists, or established writers. Among the authors featured are Rousseau, Heine, Hugo, Sand, Svevo, Cela, Ingeborg Bachmann, Barthes, Tabucchi, Chatwin, Allende, and Sebald. Taken together, these fifty essays illuminate the processes of identity formation, whether the great lines of national identity or the personal edges of awareness. They explore over time differing relationships to the physical world, experiences of cultural difference, and the interplay between the subject's mobility and its textualization.
  • Fiction from the Furnace: A Hundred Years of Black Country Writing

    McDonald, Paul (Sheffield Hallam University Press, 2002)
  • Student Guide to Philip Roth

    McDonald, Paul (Greenwich Exchange Publishing, 2003)
    Philip Roth's career has spanned more than 40 years, in which he has produced more than 20 books and wom almost major literary award. The Jewish-American writer's work is a search for form that takes him from social realism, through comedy and fantasy, to pseudo-confessional and a postmodern aesthetic. Paul McDonald explores each of Roth's works in turn, from his first book "Goodbye Columbus" to "The Dying Animal". He shows that although Roth writes about the human condition in often provocative and unusual ways, his treatment is witty and always based on values.Paul McDonald lectures in English and has a special interest in modern American literature.
  • Shelley's Eye: Travel Writing and Aesthetic Vision

    Colbert, Benjamin (Aldershot, Ashgate Publishing, 2005)
    Percy Bysshe Shelley joined the deluge of sightseers that poured onto the Continent after Napoleon's defeat in 1814, and over the next eight years Shelley followed major travelling trends, visiting Switzerland in 1816 and Italy from 1818. Shelley's Eye is the first study to address Shelley's participation in the travel culture of Post-Napoleonic Europe, and the first to consider Shelley as an important travel writer in his own right. This book is informed by original research on a wide range of period travel writings, including Mary Shelley and Shelley's neglected collaboration, History of a Six Weeks' Tour (1817), in which 'Mont Blanc' first appeared. Fully responsive to the culture of travel, Shelley's travel prose and poetry form fascinating conversations with major Romantic travellers like Byron, Wollstonecraft, and Wordsworth, as well as lesser-known but widely read travel writers of the day, including Morris Birkbeck, Charlotte Eaton, and John Chetwode Eustace. In this provocative study, Benjamin Colbert demonstrates how the Grand Tour remains a vital cultural metaphor for Shelley and his contemporaries, under pressure from mass travel and popular culture. Shelley's travel prose and 'visionary' poetry explore motives of perception underlying travel discourse and posit an authentic 'aesthetic vision' that reconfigures social, historical, and political meanings of 'sights' from the perspective of an ideal tourist-observer. Shelley's Eye offers a new perspective on Shelley's intellectual history. It is also a timely and important contribution to recent interdisciplinary scholarship that aims to re-evaluate Romantic idealism in the context of physical, experiential, or material cultural practices. (Ashgate Publishing)
  • Bibliography of British Travel Writing, 1780 - 1840: The European Tour, 1814 - 1818 (excluding Britain and Ireland)

    Colbert, Benjamin (Cardiff University: Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, 2004)
    The acquisition in 1997 by Cardiff University of the English language version of the Corvey Microfiche Edition (CME) presented a significant opportunity for research into English literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 'Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840' is a twice-yearly journal that is committed to foregrounding innovative Romantic-studies research into bibliography, book history, intertextuality, and textual studies. INTRODUCTION TO THIS ARTICLE: "In 1826, Mary Shelley recalled the Summer of 1814 as ‘incarnate romance’, when ‘a new generation’ of youthful travellers with ‘time and money at command’, yet heedless of ‘dirty packets and wretched inns’, ‘poured, in one vast stream, across the Pas de Calais into France’. It is estimated that some 15,512 British tourists and residents were present in Paris alone during 1815, while, at home, accounts began appearing in print. By 1817, the Edinburgh Review commented: The restoration of peace has, as might have been foreseen, produced a vast number of Books of Travels."
  • Popular Romanticism? Publishing, Readership and the Making of Literary History

    Colbert, Benjamin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)
    This book: These essays explore the remarkable expansion of publishing from 1750 to 1850 which reflected the growth of literacy and the diversification of the reading public. Experimentation with new genres, methods of advertising, marketing and dissemination, forms of critical reception and modes of access to writing are also examined in detail. This collection represents a new wave of critical writing extending cultural materialism beyond its accustomed concern with historicizing the words on the page into the economics of literature and the investigation of neglected areas of print culture. (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Collected Satires III: Complete Longer Satires

    Colbert, Benjamin (London: Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 2008)
    British Satire, 1785–1840 is published in a 5 volume set. Despite the fact that Romantic period literary satire has received much critical attention, there has up to now been no scholarly collection devoted to this body of work. This set provides one, offering a representative collection of the verse satire published between the mid-1780s and the mid-1830s. It makes available a wealth of fascinating, rare and hitherto unedited material and provides the annotation necessary to a full appreciation of the complexities of the period's satire. The set also includes two important single-author volumes, the first scholarly editions of the satires of William Gifford and Thomas Moore, as well as lesser known and anonymous works.
  • Shadows in Plato's Cave

    Fullen, Michael A. (, 2007)

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