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Rating: 4.50 / 5
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Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England: Ravenous Natures (Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and...

by Alanna Skuse

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Cancer is perhaps the modern world's most feared disease. Yet, we know relatively little about this malady's history before the nineteenth century. This book provides the first in-depth examination of perceptions of cancerous disease in early modern England. Looking to drama, poetry and polemic as well as medical texts and personal accounts, it contends that early modern people possessed an understanding of cancer which remains recognizable to us today. Many of the ways in which medical practitioners and lay people imagined cancer – as a 'woman's disease' or a 'beast' inside the body – remain strikingly familiar, and they helped to make this disease a byword for treachery and cruelty in discussions of religion, culture and politics. Equal...

Genre: Fiction, History, Europe, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 240 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

It Came From Beneath the Slush Pile: 20 Kinds of Stupid: An Anthology of Idiot Heroes and Ridiculous Heroines

by Holly Lisle and Katharina Gerlach

twenty fatally flawed flash stories by Holly Lisle and studentsIf there’s one thing more fun than writing awesome stories, it’s occasionally indulging in the worst excesses and writing awesomely bad stories. Holly Lisle and a group of her students put all of the most clichéd, badly formed, and just plain wrong techniques into as few words as they could, and gathered them together as a way of leading by (horrific) example and illustrating why sometimes, the rules really are there to help (and yes, run-on sentences are bad too).For learning should always be fun.This anthology contains stories by Holly Lisle, Bill Bush, Erica Damon, Danger Dave, DB Eldridge, Ava Fairhall, Peg Fisher, Katharina Gerlach, Gloria Hanlon, Madison Keller, K.V. Moffet, Ruth Sard, Laura Thurston, Tom Vetter...

Genre: Fiction, Humour, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 97 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 February 2017 onward  

Electronic Literature Communities (Computing Literature)

by Scott Rettberg and Patricia Tomaszek

This is a diverse collection on the role and function of community in the contemporary practice of electronic literature, with ten essays by thirteen leading authors, providing wide-ranging perspectives and approaches. The collection offers historical narratives of institutions in the field, examples of how particular platforms or genres can inspire community, and stories of how ad hoc communities can form around specific creative projects. These case studies are histories of creative affiliations in electronic literature—snapshots of consensus-based communities in their process of formation—and offer a starting point for broader theoretical analyses of network-based creative community.  ...

Genre: Computing, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 265 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 February 2017 onward  

Yann Martel Deconstructed

by Mark Gaboury

In the year 2017, we are in the abyss of a literary downgrade that began over one hundred years ago. Nowhere is this more evident than in the country of Canada. It could be convincingly argued that not one single novelist of genuine merit has ever surfaced between the borders of this enormous nation. “But many winners of major awards, both national and international, have been Canadian!” Yes, many winners over the past few decades have been Canadian. But we should not commit the sin of inferring merit on the sole basis of awards. The novels that are chosen to be read by the judges, then nominated, and then awarded—may be likened to small fishes of comparatively equal size in a tiny sea. In the not-so-literate derby of literary awards, a few of these tagged fishes are caught, their si...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 65 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 February 2017 onward  

Complete Works Of Henry James (ShandonPress)

by Henry James and Shandonpress

This ebook collects the complete writings of Henry James: 23 novels, 112 stories and novellas, 12 plays, 6 books with travelogues, 10 with critical essays and 3 autobiographies.THE NOVELSWatch and Ward, Roderick Hudson, The American, The Europeans, Confidence, Washington Square, The Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, The Princess Casamassima, The Reverberator, The Tragic Muse, The Other House, The Spoils of Poynton, What Maisie Knew, The Awkward Age, The Sacred Fount, The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors, The Golden Bowl, The Outcry, The Whole Family, The Ivory Tower, The Sense of the PastTHE TALESA Tragedy of Error, The Story of a Year, A Landscape-Painter, A Day of Days, My Friend Bingham, Poor Richard, The Story of a Masterpiece, The Romance of Certain Old Clothes, A Most Extraordina...

Genre: Fiction, Fiction Classics, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
4 reviews

Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves

by Jill Walker Rettberg

This book is open access under a CC BY license.Selfies, blogs and lifelogging devices have become important ways in which we understand ourselves. Jill Walker Rettberg analyses these and related genres as three intertwined modes of self-representation: visual, written and quantitative. Rettberg explores topics like the meaning of Instagram filters, smartphone apps that write your diary for you, and the ways in which governments and commercial entities create their own representations of us from the digital traces we leave behind as we go through our lives....

Genre: Business & Finance, Industries & Professions, Children's eBooks, Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Parenting & Families, Literature Guides, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Teen & Young Adult, Education & Reference
Size: 120 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.50 / 5
10 reviews

Celtic Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Sagas and Beliefs

by Hourly History

★ Celtic Mythology ★The gifted W.B. Yeats wrote of his own people “...even a newspaperman, if you entice him into a cemetery at midnight, will believe in phantoms, for everyone is a visionary if you scratch him deep enough. But the Celt, unlike any other, is a visionary without scratching.” This introduction to Celtic Mythology will serve the novice well – for it is a complicated history with the earliest written records destroyed by the marauding Vikings. Inside you will read about...✓ The Arrival of the Tuatha dé Danann✓ Hibernia✓ The Main Gods of the Celtic Pantheon✓ Celtic Life and Rituals✓ Sources of Celtic Mythology✓ The Effect of Christianity and Beliefs and SuperstitionsThe oral tradition harks back to 4000BCE and is a compilation of myths and cultures of man...

Genre: Fiction, History, Europe, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 52 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Zombie Coloring Book: Coloring Books for Kids (Art Book Series)

by Speedy Publishing LLC

IMPORTANT - KINDLE & EBOOK edition of this coloring book is an ART BOOK and is NOT intended to be used as an APPLICATION that is capable of coloring on any device. THIS BOOK IS A PREVIEW – The sole purpose of this preview is to show the designs that are available in the physical copy of the book. Teach your children to conquer their fear of zombie by encouraging them to color this coloring book! Coloring helps a child better absorb information. It is active learning in its finest. Coloring also helps your child master colors, shapes, forms, lines and perspectives. The best news is, your child is having so much fun they won't mind learning at all!...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, Photography, Children's eBooks, Arts, Music & Photography, Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Home & Garden, Crafts & Hobbies, Humour, Nonfiction, Children's Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education, Literary Criticism & Theory, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Puzzles & Games, Children's Fiction, Arts & Music, Early Learning
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
1 review

Getting Past Coetzee

by Hedley Twidle

Ten years ago, I was commissioned by a famous poet-editor to write a profile of Coetzee for a London review. At the time, the offer was a big break, and could have led to great things. I was fresh out of university and the editor was high-up at Faber and Faber, a talent scout for The New Yorker. But it never got written.Instead of providing a controlled and judicious survey of the oeuvre, I found myself obsessed by minor details on the outskirts of his work. The grim memoir Youth (2002) had just appeared and I wrote at length about the stockings full of clotting cheese that young "John" hangs up in his kitchen - proof of his extreme thriftiness, in life as in prose. The fish fingers that he fries in olive oil in a London garret, trying to emulate the Mediterranean diet of Ford Madox Ford: ...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 15 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 February 2017 onward  

Smart Pop Preview 2013: Standalone Essays and Exclusive Extras on the Hunger Games, Ender's Game, Percy Jackson...

by David Brin and David Brin

Get a sneak peak at Smart Pop's 2013 titles with this preview volume of standalone essays and exclusive book extras!Volume includes:“Anne McCaffrey, Believer in Us” – David BrinFrom Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern, edited by Todd McCaffreyExclusive Extra: "Painting the Dragonwriter Cover" - Michael WhelanExcerpts from “Munchkin: Hollywood” – Liam McIntyreFrom The Munchkin Book: The Official Companion, edited by James Lowder“Percy Jackson and the Gods of Death” – J&P VoelkelFrom Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians, edited by Rick Riordan"Why the Best Friend Never Gets the Girl" - Kami GarciaFrom Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader, edited by C...

Genre: Children's eBooks, Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Literature & Fiction
Size: 143 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 February 2017 onward  

The Navigating the Shadow World Reader: A Companion to Navigating the Shadow World by Liv Spencer

by Liv Spencer

A curated selection of the poems, plays, and works of fiction that Cassandra Clare quotes from in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. Liv Spencer highlights the specific text used in each volume of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, with selections from Hamlet, A Tale of Two Cities, Tennyson, Dante, and many more!This is the free companion reader to Navigating the Shadow World: The Unofficial Guide to Cassandra Clares The Mortal Instruments by Liv Spencer.

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 312 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 February 2017 onward  

How to Add a Gift Card to My Amazon Account: 3 Easy Steps in few minutes (with Screenshots)

by Jack Dempsey

Add a Gift Card to your Amazon AccountGift Cards offers a safe and easy way to add funds to your Amazon Account. This short and to-the-point guide will show you how to add a gift card to your Amazon account in 3 easy steps.This book will also show you a neat little trick that saves you time while adding a gift card to your account.You will find screenshots for each step to guide you through the process.Get this book now to add a gift card to your account in few minutes and enjoy shopping on Amazon!...

Genre: Computing, Microsoft, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 20 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 February 2017 onward  

Imagine Living The African Dream!: Thoughts On African Solutions To African Issues

by Kanyile Ka-Ngwenya

As an African, I find myself continually asking perplexing questions. What is the African Dream? Why is Africa still lagging behind? What is an African? And can we continue to play the blame game? I believe it is time, and past time, to look into the mirror and closely examine our present condition—while comparing it to our past circumstances and our future prospects. Colonialism and imperialism have dealt damaging blows to the continent, but I believe we must transcend this often brutal legacy and take responsibility for shaping our future. And the problems we face are ours to resolve: tribal conflict, genocide, xenophobia, illiteracy, poverty, disease, uprisings, and leadership issues. This book seeks to promote a greater understanding of these problems—their sources and their poten...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 185 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.30 / 5
6 reviews

Northanger Abbey (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

by Jane Austen

NORTHANGER ABBEY was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed for public¬cation, though she had previously made a start on Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. According to Cassandra Austen's Memorandum, Susan (as it was first called) was written circa 1798-99.Seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland is one of ten children of a country clergyman. Although a tomboy in her childhood, by the age of 17 she is "in training for a heroine" and is excessively fond of reading Gothic novels, among which Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho is a favourite. Catherine is invited by the Allens, her wealthier neighbours in Fullerton, to accompany them to visit the town of Bath and partake in the winter season of balls, theatre and other social delights. Although initially the excitement o...

Genre: Fiction, Fiction Classics, Literary Fiction, History, Americas, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Romance
Size: 140 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 February 2017 onward  

Smart Pop Preview 2014: Standalone Essays on Divergent, Zombies, the Hunger Games, Veronica Mars, and Fanfiction

by Debra Driza and Lauren Wilson

Get a sneak peak at Smart Pop's 2013 titles with this preview volume of standalone essays!Volume Includes:"Truth and Lies" – Debra DrizaDowntown Chicago Faction Map from "Mapping Divergent's Chicago" – V. ArrowFrom Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy, edited by Leah Wilson"Welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse" and "Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast" - Lauren WilsonFrom The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide"Crime of Fashion" - Terri ClarkFrom The Girl Who Was on Fire - Movie Edition, edited by Leah Wilson"Truly, My Name Is Cinna" - V. ArrowFrom The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, From Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays"Lawless Neptune" - Alafair BurkeFrom Neptune Noir:...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 137 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
10 reviews

The Accidental Author (The What, Why, Where, When, Who & How Book Promotion Series 1)

by Sarah Jane Butfield

The Accidental Author is book 1 in a new series of book marketing and promotion e-books based on the experiences of travel memoir author Sarah Jane Butfield.
The Accidental Author introduces the author and this series of self-help e-books for new or aspiring self-published authors. The introduction starts with how and why Sarah Jane came to write and self-publish Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure. Find out how an aspiring author aims to be discovered while learning on the job how to write, publish and launch a new career in writing. "A must read for any aspiring author or readers interested in the life of a self-published author. Sarah Jane's never give up approach to life and anything she turns her hand to is beyond admirable."
Book 2 The Amateur Authorpreneur will be...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Professionals & Academics, Specific Groups, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Teen & Young Adult, Biographies
Size: 39 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.90 / 5
13 reviews

Margherita's Recipes: Free Recipes from Daniela Sacerdoti's Bestselling Novel, Set Me Free

by Daniela Sacerdoti

Fresh from Nonna Ghita’s Notebook, Margherita’s Recipes is a charming little book of recipes which feature in Daniela Sacerdoti’s new bestseller Set Me Free.Recipes include Tortine di mele (Apple Tarts), Paste di meliga (Meliga biscuits), Amareti Biscuits, and many more. There’s also a free taster of Set Me Free for those that want to delve further into Margherita’s story.Daniela Sacerdoti is the Bestselling author of Watch Over Me and Take Me Home. Set Me Free is the latest novel to be set in Glen Avich.Margherita’s marriage is slowly falling apart. Getting pregnant after trying for so long may have been a fabulous surprise for her, but for her husband it was the last straw. When she needs him most, her husband is just not there for her or their children and she realises that ...

Genre: Fiction, Food & Drink, Baking, Regional & International, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Romance, Contemporary
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 February 2017 onward  

"The War as it Should Have Been": Metaphor and Mental Spaces in David Jones' In Parenthesis

by Keely Kiczenski

In this comprehensive essay, I re-frame David Jones' modern First World War epic poem In Parenthesis while deploying theories of conceptual metaphor, mental spaces, and perception of time, much as Jones re-framed the War within his distinct style of form and narrative. Rich with illustrated figures, my argument is not only built from the careful consideration of ideas put forth by literary critics like T.S. Eliot, but it is also grounded with work by renowned cognitive scientists like George Lakoff and (monk riddle teller) Gilles Fauconnier. The ability to analyze literature systematically and in bio-psychological context is a true innovation, much like David Jones’ exquisite poem itself.
The field of cognitive poetics encourages us to experiment in literary criticism. Psycho...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 70 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 15 February 2017 onward  

One-Volume Libraries: Composite and Multiple-Text Manuscripts (Studies in Manuscript Cultures)

by Michael Friedrich and Cosima Schwarke

Composite and multiple-text manuscripts are traditionally studied for their individual texts, but recent trends in codicology have paved the way for a more comprehensive approach: Manuscripts are unique artefacts which reveal how they were produced and used as physical objects. This collective volume assembles contributions from nine different fields, thus allowing for cross-cultural comparison for the first time. ...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 386 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 February 2017 onward  

Smart Pop Preview 2015: Standalone Pieces on Zombies, Gilmore Girls, The Hunger Games, Mad Men, Star Wars, Munchkin...

by George Beahm

Get a sneak peak at Smart Pop's upcoming 2015 titles, as well as some of our favorite backlist titles, with this preview volume of standalone essays, excerpts, and recipes! Volume Includes: “I Remember Star Trek”—D.C. FontanaFrom Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles, And the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek “Whimsy Goes with Everything”—Heather SwainFrom Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest “Men and Monsters”—Alyssa RosenbergFrom Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons “From Factions to Fire Signs”—Rosemary Clement-MooreFrom Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy “Team Katniss”—Jennifer Lynn BarnesFrom Gir...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 169 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 February 2017 onward  

Harmony of disenchantment

by Rosario Di Petta

The look of a disenchanted neapolitan violinist is the thread that connects the nodes of its existence. The magic of Budapest as a backdrop to the sinking of his illusions; yet it is precisely the ability to react to any defeat will make him a kind of skillful surfer, able to ride the waves most impressive. In this eternal resume lies, perhaps, the harmony that governs his life....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Art, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Health & Fitness, Mental Health, Travel, Continental Europe
Size: 62 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 February 2017 onward  

Humanities World Report 2015

by P. Holm and A. Jarrick

This book is open access under a CC BY license.The first of its kind, this 'Report' gives an overview of the humanities worldwide. Published as an Open Access title and based on an extensive literature review and enlightening interviews conducted with 90 humanities scholars across 40 countries, the book offers a first step in attempting to assess the state of the humanities globally. Its topics include the nature and value of the humanities, the challenge of globalisation, the opportunities offered by the digital humanities, variations in funding patterns around the world, and the interaction between humanities and society. Despite the stereotypical view of humanists as scholars locked away in their ivory towers, the picture that emerges from this report is that they are deeply committed t...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference
Size: 228 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 February 2017 onward  

Oakshot Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Illustrated, Inline Footnotes) (Classics Book 4)

by William Shakespeare and Oakshot Press

Ebook specifically formatted for kindle devices and tested with all Kindle 5 way navigation functions and Kindle table of contents button. Ebook comes with main table of contents and interlinked sub table of contents. •Each play Illustrated with Illustrations unique to this release, over 350 Illustrations in total. •Biography and literary critique includes annotated inline footnotes.The Plays.The Comedies of William Shakespeare.•All's Well That Ends Well. (Illustrated)•As You Like It. (Illustrated)•Comedy of Errors. (Illustrated)•Cymbeline. (Illustrated)•Love's Labour's Lost. (Illustrated)•Measure for Measure. (Illustrated)•Merchant of Venice. (Illustrated)•Merry Wives of Windsor. (Illustrated)•Midsummer Night's Dream. (Illustrated)•Much Ado about Nothing. (Illustra...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.20 / 5
6 reviews

FLATLAND - A Romance of Many Dimensions (The Distinguished Chiron Edition)

by Edwin Abbott

This special edition is a distinguished vintage reproduction, of the 1884 satirical novella Flatland, by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott. Meticulously elaborated by the editorial team of Chiron Academic Press in collaboration with the renowned literature publisher Edition l'Aleph (www.l-aleph.com), this special edition, pays particular attention to the very authentic details of the editorial of text and images, fine type setting, mise-en-page, production, and print. The result is a revival of the vintage for the 21st century's reader. Thus a unique reading experience for the book lovers and collectors of this genre. A recommended edition to libraries.Writing pseudonymously as "A Square", the book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Vict...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Romance, Science & Maths, Mathematics, Physics, Science Fiction
Size: 138 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.70 / 5
22 reviews

No Shades of Grey: A Six-Word Story

by Rosen Trevithick

Protest the glamorisation of domestic abuse in Fifty Shades of Grey by downloading this SIX-WORD story for free from 13th to 17th February.

A tale of love, respect and domination, No Shades of Grey depicts the plight of a worthy romantic lead when the object of his affections turns out to be not quite the girl he’s looking for.

Warning: this story is only six words long. The remainder is padded with different translations.

All proceeds made from sales of this book before the free promotion will be shared between Women’s Aid and Respect to support men and women who are affected by domestic abuse....

Genre: Fiction, Humour, Political, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 27 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 February 2017 onward  

The Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (Women in Print)

by Hrotsvitha and David H. Price

Historical assessments of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim are liberally adorned with the word "first." After all, she was the first major medieval woman author, the first German woman writer in print, the first post-classical playwright, as well as the first German to write a literary work on the Faust-theme, and she is sometimes said to have been the first woman historian.These are landmarks to be sure. Yet Hrotsvit's place in cultural history is even more significant than such an impressive number of firsts might indicate, for she has reemerged to become a living part of European literature, a singular phenomenon for a tenth-century author. She is not only the earliest writer, of either gender, to have a secure place in the German literary canon, but also the only author from her period whose li...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 February 2017 onward  

Some Reflections Upon Marriage (Women in Print)

by Mary Astell and John A. Dussinger

"If all Men are born Free, how is it that all Women are born Slaves?" For many parts of the world such a bold protest resonates as tellingly today as it did three hundred years ago in England when Mary Astell (1666-1731) confronted the appalling moral and legal subordination of women, rich and poor alike, who entered into matrimony with the cards stacked heavily in the husband's favor. It is Astell's unstinting recognition of the arbitrary restraints imposed on women and her vigorous writing on their behalf that make her one of the earliest English feminists in history. Although prominent in her lifetime as the author of a number of treatises on women's education as well as on theological, philosophical, and political subjects, Astell was nearly forgotten by the nineteenth century. Howeve...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
1 review

The First Class: Transits of Brazilian Literature Abroad

by Pedro Meira Monteiro and Carola Saavedra

What does a professor – Brazilian or otherwise – think and do on the first day of class, standing before a group of “foreign” students to talk about Brazilian literature? This apparently simple question that gave rise to the essays gathered in this book opens a series of other questions: Who is this professor? How did he or she go about planning that first class? What challenges do professors face when teaching the literature of a country different from that of their students, and in a language which is, in most cases, likewise unfamiliar to them? The result is not just an excellent sampling of experiences and reflections – it is also an homage, an elegy to those who have transformed Brazilian literature itself into a globetrotting, thought-provoking literary character.que trata ...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 132 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 03 February 2017 onward  

The Institution of Criticism

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl

German radicals of the 1960s announced the death of literature. For them, literature both past and present, as well as conventional discussions of literary issues, had lost its meaning. In The Institution of Criticism, Peter Uwe Hohendahl explores the implications of this crisis from a Marxist perspective and attempts to define the tasks and responsibilities of criticism in advanced capitalist societies. Hohendahl takes a close look at the social history of literary criticism in Germany since the eighteenth century. Drawing on the tradition of the Frankfurt School and on Jürgen Habermas's concept of the public sphere, Hohendahl sheds light on some of the important political and social forces that shape literature and culture. The Institution of Criticism is made up of seven essays origina...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 287 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 02 February 2017 onward  

Reappraisals: Shifting Alignments in Postwar Critical Theory

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Reappraisals is a provocative account of the development of modern critical theory in Germany and the United States. Focusing on the period since World War II, Peter Uwe Hohendahl explores key debates on the function of critical theory, illuminating the diverse positions and alliances among the participants. Bringing together six essays, as well as new introductory and concluding chapters, Hohendahl interprets and subjects to critical scrutiny many of the central ideas of the Frankfurt School. He first maps the trajectory of neomarxist criticism in Germany to the 1980s. Individual chapters then focus on the work of Georg Lukacs, Theodor W. Adorno, and Jürgen Habermas, and on such issues as the politicization of German criticism after 1965 under the influence of the Frankfurt School....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 247 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 01 February 2017 onward  

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