Literature

Download E-books Politeness and Politics in Cicero's Letters PDF

By Jon Hall

Politeness and Politics in Cicero's Letters provides a clean exam of the letters exchanged among Cicero and correspondents, reminiscent of Pompey, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony throughout the ultimate turbulent many years of the Roman Republic. Drawing upon sociolinguistic theories of politeness, it argues that formal relationships among robust individuals of the elite have been restricted by means of distinctive conventions of courtesy and etiquette. by way of reading intimately those linguistic conventions of politeness, Jon corridor offers new insights into the social manners that formed aristocratic relationships.

The e-book starts with a dialogue of the function of letter-writing in the Roman aristocracy and using linguistic politeness to show admire to fellow contributors of the elite. corridor then analyzes the deployment of conventionalized expressions of love and goodwill to domesticate alliances with formidable competitors and the diplomatic exploitation of "polite fictions" now and then of political pressure. The e-book additionally explores the recommendations of politeness hired via Cicero and his correspondents whilst making requests and allotting suggestion, and whilst accomplishing epistolary disagreements. (His exchanges with Appius Claudius Pulcher, Munatius Plancus, and Mark Antony obtain specific emphasis.) Its special research of particular letters locations the reader on the very center of past due Republican political negotiations and gives a brand new severe method of Latin epistolography.

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Download E-books The Egyptians: A Radical Story PDF

By Jack Shenker

From award-winning journalist Jack Shenker, The Egyptians is the basic ebook approximately Egypt and radical politics In early 2011, Cairo's Tahrir sq. in brief commanded the eye of the area. part a decade later, the overseas media has mostly moved on from Egypt's explosive cycles of revolution and counter-revolution - however the Arab World's such a lot populous country is still as unstable as ever, its turmoil in detail certain up with different types of authoritarian energy and grassroots resistance that reach correct around the globe. within the Egyptians: an intensive tale, Jack Shenker uncovers the roots of the rebellion that succeeded in toppling Hosni Mubarak, one of many center East's such a lot entrenched dictators, and explores a rustic now divided among irreconcilable political orders. tough traditional analyses that depict modern Egypt as a conflict among Islamists and secular forces, The Egyptians illuminates different, way more very important fault strains: the far-flung groups waging battle opposed to transnational organizations, the boys and girls scuffling with to subvert normal gender norms, the staff dramatically seizing regulate in their personal factories, and the cultural manufacturers (novelists, graffiti artists and illicit bed room DJs) appropriating public house in defiance in their repressive and more and more violent western-backed regime. Situating the Egyptian revolution in its right context - now not as an remoted occasion, yet as an ongoing well known fight opposed to a definite version of country authority and financial exclusion that's replicated in numerous varieties world wide - The Egyptians explains why the occasions of the previous 5 years have proved so threatening to elites either within Egypt and overseas. As Egypt's rulers search to do away with all sorts of dissent, seeded in the rebellious politics of Egypt's younger new release are sizeable principles approximately democracy, sovereignty, social justice and resistance which could but swap the realm.

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Download E-books Open City: A Novel PDF

By Teju Cole

A New York Times amazing booklet • One of the 10 best novels of the year —Time and NPR
 
NAMED A top publication ON greater than TWENTY END-OF-THE-YEAR LISTS, together with The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe EconomistNewsweek/The day-by-day Beast • The New Republic • ny Daily information • la TimesThe Boston GlobeThe Seattle Times • Minneapolis Star Tribune • GQ • Salon • Slate • New York journal • The Week • The Kansas urban StarKirkus Reviews

A haunting novel approximately identification, dislocation, and background, Teju Cole’s Open City is a profound paintings by means of a major new writer who has a lot to assert approximately our nation and our world.
 
alongside the streets of long island, a tender Nigerian surgeon named Julius wanders, reflecting on his relationships, his fresh breakup along with his female friend, his current, his earlier. He encounters humans from diversified cultures and periods who will supply perception on his journey—which takes him to Brussels, to the Nigeria of his formative years, and into the main unrecognizable points of his personal soul.

“[A] prismatic debut . . . appealing, refined, [and] original.”—The New Yorker
 
“A mental hand grenade.”—The Atlantic
 
“Magnificent . . . a remarkably resonant feat of prose.”—The Seattle Times
 
“A detailed and poetic meditation on love, race, identification, friendship, reminiscence, [and] dislocation.”—The Economist

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Download E-books Pym: A Novel PDF

By Mat Johnson

“THE SHARPEST AND most original tale I learn final 12 months . . . [Mat] Johnson’s satirical imaginative and prescient roves as freely as Kurt Vonnegut’s and is coloured with an identical kind of passionate humanitarianism.”—Maud Newton, New York occasions Magazine

NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE 12 months through The Washington submit • Vanity reasonable • Houston Chronicle • The Seattle occasions • Salon • National Post The A.V. Club
 
Recently canned professor of yankee literature Chris Jaynes has simply made a startling discovery: the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that confirms the truth of Edgar Allan Poe’s unusual and basically novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. made up our minds to find Tsalal, the distant island of natural and utter blackness that Poe describes, Jaynes convenes an all-black workforce of six to keep on with Pym’s path to the South Pole, armed with little however the firsthand account from which Poe derived his seafaring story, a bag of bones, and a stash of Little Debbie snack truffles. therefore starts off an epic trip by means of an not likely band of adventurers lower than the permafrost of Antarctica, underneath the outside of yankee historical past, and in the back of certainly one of literature’s nice mysteries.
 
“Outrageously unique, [Pym] brilliantly re-imagines and extends Edgar Allan Poe’s enigmatic and unsettling Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. . . . half social satire, half meditation on race in the United States, half metafiction and, simply as vital, a rollicking fable experience . . . such as Philip Roth in its likely easy mix of the intense, comedian and fantastic.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“Blisteringly funny.”—Laura Miller, Salon

“Relentlessly entertaining.”—The big apple occasions booklet Review

“Imagine Kurt Vonnegut having a lager with Ralph Ellison and Jules Verne.”—Vanity Fair

“Screamingly humorous . . . interpreting Pym is like commencing an important can of whoop-ass after which marveling—gleefully—at all of the mayhem that ensues.”—Houston Chronicle

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Download E-books The Blue Flowers (New Directions Paperbook) PDF

By Raymond Queneau

Only a pataphysician nurtured lovingly on surrealist extra can have get a hold of The Blue plant life, Queneau's 1964 novel.

At his loss of life in 1976, Raymond Queneau was once one among France's most outstanding males of letters––novelist, poet, essayist, editor, scientist, mathematician, and, extra to the purpose, pataphysician. And just a pataphysician nurtured lovingly on surrealist extra may have get a hold of The Blue vegetation, Queneau's 1964 novel, now reissued as a brand new instructions Paperbook. To a pataphysician all issues are equivalent, there's no development or development within the human , and a "message" is an invention of the benighted reader, under no circumstances the writer or his confusing creations––the candy, fennel-drinking Cidrolin and the rampaging Duke d'Auge. background is usually what the duke rampages through––700 years of it at 175-year clips. He refuses to campaign, clobbers his king with the "in" toy of 1439––the cannon––dabbles in alchemy, and comes to a decision that these musty caves down at Altamira want a little bit of polishing up. in the meantime, Cidrolin within the Sixties lolls on his barge moored alongside the Seine, sips essence of fennel, and ineffectually attempts to trap the graffitist who nightly defiles his fence. yet in most cases he naps. Is it only a accident that the duke seems in basic terms while Cidrolin is sound asleep? And vice versa? within the culture of Villon and Céline, Queneau tried to deliver the language of the French streets into universal literary utilization, and his mad word-plays, undesirable puns, bawdy jokes, and anachronistic wackiness were saved amazingly and glitteringly intact by way of the incomparable translator Barbara Wright.

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Download E-books The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science PDF

Half I: Literatures and sciences
1 AI and ALife-JOHN JOHNSTON
2 Alchemy-MARK S. MORRISSON
3 Biology-SABINE SIELKE
4 Chaos and complexity theory-IRA LIVINGSTON
5 Chemistry-JAY LABINGER
6 weather science-ROBERT MARKLEY
7 Cognitive science-JOSEPH TABBI
8 Cybernetics-SØREN BRIER
9 Ecology-STACY ALAIMO
10 Evolution-DAVID AMIGONI
11 Genetics-JUDITH ROOF
12 Geology-STEPHEN A. NORWICK
13 details theory-PHILIPP SCHWEIGHAUSER
14 Mathematics-BRIAN ROTMAN
15 Medicine-GEORGE ROUSSEAU
16 Nanotechnology-COLIN MILBURN
17 Physics-DIRK VANDERBEKE
18 Psychoanalysis-ARKADY PLOTNITSKY
19 platforms theory-BRUCE CLARKE
20 Thermodynamics-JOHN BRUNI

PART II: Disciplinary and theoretical approaches
21 Agricultural studies-SUSAN M. SQUIER
22 Animal studies-RICHARD NASH
23 paintings connections-ROBERT PEPPERELL
24 Cultural technology studies-MAUREEN MCNEIL
25 Deconstruction-VICKI KIRBY
26 E-literature-JOSEPH TABBI
27 Feminist technological know-how studies-SUSAN M. SQUIER AND MELISSA M. LITTLEFIELD
28 video game studies-GORDON CALLEJA AND IVAN CALLUS
29 background of science-HENNING SCHMIDGEN
30 Media studies-MARK B.N. HANSEN
31 Philosophy of science-ALFRED NORDMANN
32 Posthumanism-NEIL BADMINGTON
33 technological know-how fiction-LISA YASZEK
34 Semiotics-PAUL COBLEY

PART III: classes and cultures
35 Greece and Rome-EMMA GEE
36 heart a while and early Renaissance-ARIELLE SAIBER
37 clinical “revolution” I: Copernicus to Boyle-ALVIN SNIDER
38 medical “revolution” II: Newton to Laplace-LUCINDA COLE
39 Romanticism-NOAH HERINGMAN
40 Industrialism-VIRGINIA RICHTER
41 Russia-KENNETH J. KNOESPEL
42 Japan-THOMAS LAMARRE
43 Modernism-T. HUGH CRAWFORD
44 Postmodernism-STEFAN HERBRECHTER

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Download E-books Sunjata: Gambian Versions of the Mande Epic (Penguin Classics) PDF

Sunjata Keita used to be the founding father of one of many maximum empires of Western Africa. those epic debts of his existence painting a grasping, slow-witted baby - acknowledged to have crawled till the age of 7 - who grew up as prophecy foretold to develop into a powerful warrior, popular for his bravery and superhuman power. They describe how, with assistance from his sister, who seduced their arch-enemy Sumanguru into revealing his mystery powers, Sunjata defeated the Susu overlords and created the Mali Empire which might final for 2 centuries. in line with occasions from the early 13th century, those stories of heroism and magic are nonetheless celebrated throughout West Africa as a part of a dwelling epic oral culture.

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Download E-books Barcelona Calling: A Novel PDF

By Jane Kirkpatrick

From bestselling writer Jane Kirkpatrick comes this relational tale a couple of close-knit workforce of 5 girls and their pursuit of existence ambitions. You’ll be inspired and entertained! within the culture of Neta Jackson’s Yada Yada Prayer crew sequence, Kirkpatrick invitations you into the lives of 5 girls pals who promise to aid one another in attaining their existence pursuits. Annie Shaw's objective is much from easy: develop into well-known. yet she’s in difficulty after quitting her day task to jot down full-time. Her moment novel tanked, and her new editor desires her to re-write the finishing of her most modern paintings to make sure this one is extra winning. in an effort to pursue status and an elusive bestseller, Annie travels to Chicago, acquires a rambunctious puppy, and participates in antics higher suited for a tv truth express than actual existence. Can Annie’s most sensible pals support her in attaining her objectives with no destroying her destiny? Award-winning writer Jane Kirkpatrick, identified for her exceptional ancient novels, writes this daring, clean, modern tale she constantly threatened she’d someday “put down on paper to make humans snort and view the genuine treasures in their hearts.”

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Download E-books Loving Frank: A Novel PDF

By Nancy Horan

I were status at the aspect of existence, gazing it drift via. i need to swim within the river. i would like to believe the current.

So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. 4 years previous, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the popular architect to layout a brand new domestic for them. in the course of the development of the home, a robust appeal built among Mamah and Frank, and in time the fanatics, each one married with young children, launched into a direction that may surprise Chicago society and perpetually swap their lives.

In this formidable debut novel, truth and fiction combination jointly brilliantly. whereas students have mostly relegated Mamah to a footnote within the lifetime of America’s maximum architect, writer Nancy Horan offers complete weight to their dramatic love tale and illuminates Cheney’s profound effect on Wright.

Drawing on years of study, Horan weaves little-known evidence right into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a lady pressured to select from the jobs of mom, spouse, lover, and highbrow. Horan’s Mamah is a girl trying to locate her personal position, her personal artistic calling on this planet. Mamah’s is an unforgettable trip marked by means of offerings that reshape her notions of affection and accountability, major inexorably eventually result in this novel’s beautiful end.

Elegantly written and remarkably wealthy intimately, Loving Frank is a becoming tribute to a brave girl, a countrywide icon, and their undying love story.

Advance compliment for Loving Frank:

Loving Frank is a kind of novels that takes over your existence. It’s captivating and fascinating–filled with advanced characters, deep passions, tactile descriptions of magnificent structure, and the colourful immediacy of way of life 100 years ago–all accumulated right into a tale that unfolds with riveting urgency.”
–Lauren Belfer, writer of City of Light

“This sleek, guaranteed first novel tells the striking tale of the long-lived affair among Frank Lloyd Wright, a passionate and most unlikely determine, and Mamah Cheney, a married girl whom Wright beguiled and led past the restraint of conference. it's engrossing, provocative reading.”
——Scott Turow

“It takes nice braveness to put in writing a unique approximately ancient humans, and particularly to offer voice to somebody as mythic as Frank Lloyd Wright. This superbly written novel approximately Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright’s love affair is brilliant and clever, unsentimental and compassionate.”
——Jane Hamilton

“I recognize this novel, adore this novel, for therefore many purposes: The intelligence and lyricism of the prose. the eye to interval aspect. The epic proportions of this so much attention-grabbing love tale. Mamah Cheney has been in my head and center and soul on the grounds that interpreting this booklet; I doubt she’ll ever leave.”
–Elizabeth Berg

From the Hardcover edition.

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