Download E-books Al-Mutanabbi: The Poet of Sultans and Sufis (Makers of the Muslim World) PDF

By Margaret Larkin

This exhaustive and but mesmerizing examine considers the lifestyles and paintings of al-Mutanabbi (915-965), frequently considered as the best of the classical Arab poets. A innovative at middle and infrequently imprisoned or compelled into exile all through his tumultuous lifestyles, al-Mutanabbi wrote either debatable satires and whilst hired by way of one in all his many shoppers, laudatory panegyrics. using an ornate variety and use of the ode, al-Mutanabbi used to be one of many first to effectively circulation clear of the characteristically inflexible kind of Arabic verse, the ‘qasida’.

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Download E-books The Spenser Encyclopedia PDF

'This masterly paintings needs to be The Elizabethan Encyclopedia, and no less.' - Cahiers Elizabethains
Edmund Spenser continues to be one in every of Britain's most famed poets. With approximately seven hundred entries this Encyclopedia offers a entire one-stop reference software for:
* appreciating Spenser's poetry within the context of his age and our own
* knowing the language, issues and characters of the poems
* effortless to discover entries prepared by means of topic.

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Download E-books Why We Read What We Read: A Delightfully Opinionated Journey through Contemporary Bestsellers PDF

By John Heath, Lisa Adams

What do weight-loss, evil emperors and stories of redemption have in universal? We readers have many soiled little secrets—and our bestselling books are spilling all of them. We can't withstand conspiratorial crooks or the quantity 7. we've acquired thousands of books approximately cheese. And over 1000000 people learn greater than 50 approximately exact books each yr. In Why We learn What We learn, Lisa Adams and John Heath take an insightful and infrequently hilarious travel via approximately two hundred bestselling books, ferreting out their power issues and selecting what these say approximately what we think and the way we relate to each other. a few of our favourite (and revealing) issues comprise: —Repeating the most obvious: vitamin, Wealth, and notion —Black and White and skim in every single place: solid and Evil in Bestselling event Novels and Political Nonfiction —Soul educate: faith and Spirituality —Hopefully Ever After: Love, Romance and Relationships —Reading for Redemption: Trials and Triumphs in Literary Fiction and Nonfiction —Controversy and Conspiracy within the Da Vinci Code discover the character of what and the way we read—and what it capacity for our psyches, our society and our destiny.

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Download E-books The Age of the Poets: And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose PDF

The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old challenge of the relation among literature and philosophy, arguing opposed to either Plato and Heidegger’s recognized arguments. Philosophy neither has to prohibit the poets from the republic nor abdicate its personal powers to the only good thing about poetry or paintings. as a substitute, it needs to claim the top of what Badiou names the “age of the poets,” which stretches from Hölderlin to Celan. Drawing on rules from his first ebook at the topic, “The Autonomy of the cultured Process,” Badiou deals an illuminating set of readings of up to date French prose writers, giving us attention-grabbing insights into the idea of the unconventional whereas additionally accounting for the explicit place of literature among technological know-how and beliefs.

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Download E-books Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction PDF

S. T. Joshi is among the best specialists on bizarre fiction, and during this global fable Award-winning examine he presents a accomplished heritage and research of the full diversity of strange fiction from antiquity to the current day. For the 1st time, the entire contents of either print volumes can be found jointly in one digital booklet dossier.

As Joshi’s landmark survey of supernatural literature starts off, the point of interest is on bizarre fiction from the Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 1700 B.C.E.) to the top of the 19th century. Joshi specializes in key works of Greek and Latin literature that brought many long-enduring motifs in bizarre literature. relocating on down via Dante, Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Milton, Joshi presents a compact assessment of different varied strands of Gothic fiction, starting with Horace Walpole’s The fort of Otranto (1764) and culminating with Charles Robert Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer (1820), with distinctive discussions of Ann Radcliffe, M. G. Lewis, Mary Shelley, and others.

Edgar Allan Poe was once a watershed within the background of peculiar fiction, and his fusion of mental and supernatural horror was once pioneering. He was once by way of the prolific Irish author J. Sheridan Le Fanu, various practitioners of the English ghost tale (including Henry James and Edith Wharton), and the cynical Ambrose Bierce. towards the top of the 19th century, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, and others made bizarre fiction a style that fused renowned allure with aesthetic richness.

As S. T. Joshi’s landmark heritage of supernatural fiction keeps, the point of interest is put on a huge efflorescence of peculiar writing on the flip of the 20th century—a interval that many students have often called the Golden Age of strange fiction. Such figures as Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, and H. P. Lovecraft increased bizarre fiction to a degree of excessive artistry by no means visible sooner than, and their paintings keeps to motivate writers as much as the current day. different authors reminiscent of Walter de l. a. Mare, L. P. Hartley, and William desire Hodgson additionally contributed vital novels and stories. Lovecraft’s impact prolonged to such of his contemporaries and successors as Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, Robert Bloch, and Fritz Leiber.

In the years following Lovecraft’s demise, a brand new crop of writers—led through Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Shirley Jackson, and Charles Beaumont—brought horror all the way down to earth and into the area of standard existence. Their paintings laid the foundation for the intense emergence of peculiar fiction as a best-selling phenomenon within the paintings of Ira Levin, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, etc. whilst, extra literate figures corresponding to Ramsey Campbell, T. E. D. Klein, and Thomas Ligotti endured to extend the limits of the unusual in paintings of the top literary polish. this present day, such writers as Caitlín R. Kiernan, Dennis Etchison, and so on proceed to probe new instructions in bizarre fiction.

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Download E-books The Engines of the Night: Science Fiction to 1980 PDF

By Barry N. Malzberg

Aspiring technology fiction writers, take heed! so that it will comprehend the place the sphere has been and the place it's going--if you will want a career--you desire this e-book. In The Engines of the Night, Malzberg experiences his personal ambivalent courting with technology fiction as much as 1980 and gauges its prior and destiny potentials. may technological know-how fiction were with out Hugo Gernsback and the pulp-literature stigma with which he cursed it? What are the seminal works of technology fiction? Can technological know-how fiction kill you? His solutions are significant, unequivocal, and excellent. up-to-date with a 2001 advent, this award-winning assortment continues to be a vital and enduring historical past and critique of a desirable and complex style.

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Download E-books Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto Classics) PDF

C. S. Lewis's experiences in Medieval and Renaissance Literature is a suite of fourteen interesting essays, half that have been by no means released in Lewis's lifetime. the 1st 3 supply a basic creation to medieval literature while the remainder essays flip to the works of significant writers equivalent to Dante (The Divine Comedy), Malory (Le Morte d'Arthur), Spenser (The Faerie Queene) and Milton (Comus). Lewis's insightful but obtainable writing will captivate an individual with an curiosity in medieval and Renaissance literature.

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Download E-books The Child Poet PDF

Homero Aridjis has continuously stated that he used to be born two times. the 1st time used to be to his mom in April 1940 and the second one time used to be as a poet, in January 1951. His lifestyles used to be rather cleaved in by means of an coincidence. prior to that fateful Saturday he was once carefree and assured, the youngest of 5 brothers becoming up within the small Mexican village of Contepec, Michoacán. After the coincidence - within which he approximately died at the working desk after taking pictures himself with a shotgun his brothers had left propped opposed to the bed room wall - he turned a shy, introspective baby who spent afternoons examining Homer and writing poems and tales on the eating room desk rather than taking part in football together with his classmates. After the coincidence his early early life grew to become like a locked backyard. yet in 1971, while his spouse grew to become pregnant with their first daughter, the thoughts stumbled on a fashion out. Visions from this elusive interval all started coming again to him in astonishingly bright goals, giving form to what might develop into The baby Poet.

Aridjis is joyously ingenious. The baby Poet has urgency yet nonetheless takes its time, celebrating photos and emotions and the strangeness of early life. Readers will love being on this planet he has created. Aridjis paints the pueblo of Cotepec -- the panorama, the campesinos, the Church, the legacy of the Mexican Revolution -- in the course of the eyes of a delicate baby.

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Download E-books Changing Women, Changing Nation: Female Agency, Nationhood, and Identity in Trans-Salvadoran Narratives (SUNY Series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture) PDF

By Yajaira M. Padilla

Analyzes the literary representations of ladies in Salvadoran and US-Salvadoran narratives in view that 1980. altering ladies, altering country explores the literary representations of ladies in Salvadoran and US-Salvadoran narratives throughout the span of the final thirty years. This exploration covers Salvadoran texts produced in the course of El Salvador’s civil struggle (1980–1992) and the present postwar interval, in addition to US-Salvadoran works of the final twenty years that have interaction the subject of migration and second-generation ethnic incorporation into the U.S.. instead of consider those units of texts as constituting separate literatures, Yajaira M. Padilla conceives of them as a part of an identical corpus, what she calls “trans-Salvadoran narratives”—works that discussion with one another and draw recognition to El Salvador’s burgeoning transnational truth. via depictions of ladies in trans-Salvadoran narratives, Padilla elucidates a “story” of girl organization and nationhood that extends past El Salvador’s nationwide borders and imaginings. “Changing ladies, altering country is a undertaking of highbrow value. Evidencing nice mastery of thought, whereas prioritizing the concrete research of particular texts, Padilla reframes our knowing of the impression of the crucial American imaginary not just as a substitute of starting place, but in addition inside mainstream US culture.” — Arturo Arias, writer of Taking Their note: Literature and the indicators of vital the US Yajaira M. Padilla is affiliate Professor of relevant American and US Latina/o Literatures and Cultures on the collage of Kansas.

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