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Shylock on Trial: The Appellate Briefs (Chicago Shorts)

by Richard A. Posner and Charles Fried

William Shakespeare is inextricably linked with the law, his plays rich in its terms, settings, and thought processes. In Shylock on Trial: The Appellate Briefs, the Hon. Richard A. Posner and Charles Fried rule on Shakespeare’s classic drama The Merchant of Venice. Framed as a decision argued by two appellate judges of the period in a trial following Shylock’s sentencing by the Duke of Venice, these essays playfully walk the line between law and culture, dissecting the alleged legal inconsistencies of Shylock’s trial while engaging in an artful reading of the play itself. The resultant opinions shed fresh light on the relationship between literary and legal scholarship, demonstrating how Shakespeare’s thinking about legal concepts and legal practice points to a deep and sometimes ...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 23 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.30 / 5
2 reviews

Literary Transcendentalism: Style and Vision in the American Renaissance (Cornell Paperbacks)

by Lawrence Buell

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Genre: Fiction, History, Americas, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 336 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 September 2018 onward  

Transfigured World: Walter Pater's Aesthetic Historicism

by Carolyn Williams

Exploring the intricacy and complexity of Walter Pater’s prose, Transfigured World challenges traditional approaches to Pater and shows precise ways in which the form of his prose expresses its content. Carolyn Williams asserts that Pater’s aestheticism and his historicism should be understood as dialectically interrelated critical strategies, inextricable from each other in practice. Williams discusses the explicit and embedded narratives that play a crucial role in Pater’s aesthetic criticism and examines the figures that compose these narratives, including rhetorical tropes, structures of argument such as genealogy, and historical or fictional personae....

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Arts & Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 356 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 September 2018 onward  

Seductive Reasoning: Pluralism as the Problematic of Contemporary Literary Theory

by Ellen Rooney

Seductive Reasoning takes a provocative look at contemporary Anglo-American literary theory, calling into question the critical consensus on pluralism's nature and its status in literary studies. Drawing on the insights of Marxist and feminist critical theory and on the works of Althusser, Derrida, and Foucault, Rooney reads the pluralist’s invitation to join in a "dialogue" as a seductive gesture. Critics who respond find that they must seek to persuade all of their potential readers. Rooney examines pluralism as a form of logic in the work of E. D. Hirsch, as a form of ethics for Wayne Booth, as a rhetoric of persuasion in the books of Stanley Fish. For Paul de Man, Rooney argues, pluralism was a rhetoric of tropes just as it was, for Fredric Jameson, a form of politics....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
Size: 254 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
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Bread and Circuses: Theories of Mass Culture As Social Decay

by Patrick Brantlinger

Lively and well written, Bread and Circuses analyzes theories that have treated mass culture as either a symptom or a cause of social decadence. Discussing many of the most influential and representative theories of mass culture, it ranges widely from Greek and Roman origins, through Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Ortega y Gasset, T. S. Eliot, and the theorists of the Frankfurt Institute, down to Marshall McLuhan and Daniel Bell. Brantlinger considers the many versions of negative classicism and shows how the belief in the historical inevitability of social decay—a belief today perpetuated by the mass media themselves—has become the dominant view of mass culture in our time. While not defending mass culture in its present form, Brantlinger argues that the view of culture implicit in negative ...

Genre: Fiction, History, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 312 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 September 2018 onward  

Russian Formalism: A Metapoetics

by Peter Steiner

Russian Formalism, one of the twentieth century's most important movements in literary criticism, has received far less attention than most of its rivals. Examining Formalism in light of more recent developments in literary theory, Peter Steiner here offers the most comprehensive critique of Formalism to date. Steiner studies the work of the Formalists in terms of the major tropes that characterized their thought. He first considers those theorists who viewed a literary work as a mechanism, an organism, or a system. He then turns to those who sought to reduce literature to its most basic element—language—and who consequently replaced poetics with linguistics. Throughout, Steiner elucidates the basic principles of the Formalists and explores their contributions to the study of poetics, ...

Genre: Fiction, History, Russia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 278 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.60 / 5
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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

by E. T. A. Hoffmann

"The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" is a Christmas Classic written in 1816, by E. T. A. Hoffmann on which the famous ballet "The Nutcracker" is based. In the story young Marie Stahlbaum's favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. The story begins on Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house. Marie, seven, and her brother, Fritz, eight, sit outside the parlor speculating about what kind of present their godfather, Drosselmeyer, who is a clockmaker and inventor, has made for them. They are at last allowed in, where they receive many splendid gifts…E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and ca...

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Anthologies, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, Romance, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
Size: 138 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
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Living with Disfigurement in Early Medieval Europe (The New Middle Ages)

by Patricia Skinner

This book is open access under a CC-BY 4.0 license. This book examines social and medical responses to the disfigured face in early medieval Europe, arguing that the study of head and facial injuries can offer a new contribution to the history of early medieval medicine and culture, as well as exploring the language of violence and social interactions. Despite the prevalence of warfare and conflict in early medieval society, and a veritable industry of medieval historians studying it, there has in fact been very little attention paid to the subject of head wounds and facial damage in the course of war and/or punitive justice. The impact of acquired disfigurement —for the individual, and for her or his family and community—is barely registered, and only recently has there been any atte...

Genre: Fiction, History, Europe, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Poverty, Science & Maths
Size: 383 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Creativity: the Actor in Performance

by Helen Trenos

Creativity: the Actor in Performance focuses on becoming a creative performer. Many stage-actors succeed in rehearsals, yet under-perform where it counts – on stage. However, as actors know, performance is a thing unto itself - something that will happen out there, beyond anything that had happened in rehearsals. This book provides actors, their teachers and directors with insights into the creativity of the actor in performance....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Stage & Theatre, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
Size: 93 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 September 2018 onward  

Tales of Research Misconduct: A Lacanian Diagnostics of Integrity Challenges in Science Novels (Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy)

by Hub Zwart

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Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Science & Maths
Size: 263 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 September 2018 onward  

Theories in and of Mathematics Education: Theory Strands in German Speaking Countries (ICME-13 Topical Surveys)

by Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs and Andreas Vohns

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Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 51 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 September 2018 onward  

Semiotics in Mathematics Education (ICME-13 Topical Surveys)

by Norma Presmeg and Luis Radford

This volume discusses semiotics in mathematics education as an activity with a formal sign system, in which each sign represents something else. Theories presented by Saussure, Peirce, Vygotsky and other writers on semiotics are summarized in their relevance to the teaching and learning of mathematics. The significance of signs for mathematics education lies in their ubiquitous use in every branch of mathematics. Such use involves seeing the general in the particular, a process that is not always clear to learners. Therefore, in several traditional frameworks, semiotics has the potential to serve as a powerful conceptual lens in investigating diverse topics in mathematics education research. Topics that are implicated include (but are not limited to): the birth of signs; embodiment, gestur...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 40 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.80 / 5
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Fashion Figures: How Missy the Mathlete Made the Cut

by Melissa A. Borza

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Genre: Business & Finance, Management & Leadership, Computing, Microsoft, Fiction, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education, Literary Criticism & Theory, Parenting & Families, Literature Guides, Science & Maths, Teen & Young Adult
Size: 109 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Book Pricing and Promotion: How to Market and Promote Your Kindle Book. A Self-Publisher’s Guide to Writing Books That Sell. (Write Free Book Series)

by Alex Foster

Book Pricing and Promotion teaches you how to price your books for optimal results. You’ll see data from personal tests in different book categories showing you how to price your book to balance high volume sales, to maintain high page listings, as well as the best profits possible.

The book also looks at my results from popular marketing and promotional sites, both free and paid marketing. Learn how to use marketing and promotion sites for the best possible outcomes and how to correctly publish a new book for improved long term outcomes....

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Memoirs, Specific Groups, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 25 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 September 2018 onward  

Fear and Loathing in the North: Jews and Muslims in Medieval Scandinavia and the Baltic Region

by Cordelia Heß and Jonathan Adams

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Genre: Fiction, History, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Religion & Spirituality
Size: 402 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.00 / 5
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Internet Kids - Road Trip

by Alex Blake

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Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Parenting & Families, Literature Guides, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 26 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde)

by Alan H. Sommerstein and Isabelle C. Torrance

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Genre: Fiction, History, Ancient, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Civil Rights & Liberties, Freedom & Security, Religion & Spirituality, Religious Studies
Size: 463 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.60 / 5
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Mystery, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 1202 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.00 / 5
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Fifteen Poems of Anna Akhmatova (Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam Book 2)

by Graeme Davis

Anna Akhmatova, Russian Symbolist and Acmeist poet, is introduced through this selection of fifteen of her poems in an English translation:• Song of the Last Meeting • I see the faded flag over the customs house • A Room at Evening • The Prayer • Verses about St Petersburg • When in suicidal depression • How is this century worse than those which went before? • We thought that we were poor • The Memory of the 19th July 1914 • May Snow • Comfort • Petrograd 1919 • In the Evening • All has been looted, betrayed, sold • July 1914...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 21 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Constituent, Confederate, and Conquered Space: The Emergence of the Mittani State (Topoi – Berlin Studies of the Ancient World/Topoi – Berliner Studien der Alten Welt)

by Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum and Nicole Brisch

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Genre: Fiction, History, Ancient, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 290 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 September 2018 onward  

Exploring Cultural Identities in Jean Rhys’ Fiction

by Cristina-Georgiana Voicu

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Fiction, History, Ancient, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Literary Criticism & Theory, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 140 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Academic Book of the Future

by Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha Rayner

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence.What makes a book 'academic'? What spaces, physical and digital, can they be found in? How are they made, bought, and read? These questions are tackled by a cross-section of thirteen experts from the fields of bookselling, publishing, university libraries, and academic research in this volume of essays, which was produced in conjunction with the team from the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project as an accelerated publishing challenge for the first ever Academic Book Week. The topics include campus bookshops and bookselling, the role of national libraries, Open Access, the Research Excellence Framework, and publishing innovation. The approaches explore the realities of the present and venture all the way through to possible ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Stage & Theatre, Fiction, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education, Literary Criticism & Theory, Publishing & Books, Science & Maths
Size: 120 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England: Ravenous Natures (Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine)

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 19 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Andrew Ollett

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Language of the Snakes traces the history of the Prakrit language as a literary phenomenon, starting from its cultivation in courts of the Deccan in the first centuries of the common era. Although little studied today, Prakrit was an important vector of the kavya movement and once joined Sanskrit at the apex of classical Indian literary culture. The opposition between Prakrit and Sanskrit was at the center of an enduring “language order” in India, a set of ways of thinking about, naming, classifying, representing, and ultimately using languages. As a language of classical literature that nevertheless retained its as...

Genre: Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 290 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Garrett Field

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.   The study of South Asian music falls under the purview of ethnomusicology, whereas that of South Asian literature falls under South Asian studies. As a consequence of this academic separation, scholars rarely take notice of connections between South Asian song and poetry. Modernizing Composition overcomes this disciplinary fragmentation by examining the history of Sinhala-language song and poetry in twentieth-century Sri Lanka. Garrett Field describes how songwriters and poets modernized song and poetry in response to colonial and postcolonial formations. The story of this modernization is significant in that it shi...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Music, Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Political History & Theory
Size: 171 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Rajeev Kinra

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Writing Self, Writing Empire examines the life, career, and writings of the Mughal state secretary, or munshi, Chandar Bhan “Brahman” (d. c.1670), one of the great Indo-Persian poets and prose stylists of early modern South Asia.  Chandar Bhan’s life spanned the reigns of four different emperors, Akbar (1556-1605), Jahangir (1605-1627), Shah Jahan (1628-1658), and Aurangzeb ‘Alamgir (1658-1707), the last of the “Great Mughals” whose courts dominated the culture and politics of the subcontinent at the height of the empire’s power, territorial reach, and global influence.  As a high-caste H...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 394 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Rebirth (Real Illusions Book 2)

by Tanya R. Taylor

HOLD ONTO YOUR SEATS!!!

'REBIRTH' - the sequel to Real Illusions I: 'The Awakening' is going to BLOW YOU AWAY!!! Trent Matheson is not out of the woods yet -- literally! He now has a new problem to deal with of very old origin. How will he handle it this time? Only time will tell.

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Her blood-curdling scream permeated the air. The woods behind the mansion was eerily quiet and paid no attention to her desperate cry for help. Tina Sheffield was staring at the thing that had just slid out of her -- still attached to the other end of the umbilical cord. She wanted to get up and run out of there as fast as her legs could take her, but her physical connection to the one that shared her DNA prevented her from being able to do so. Furthermore, blood ...

Genre: Children's eBooks, Historical Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Mystery, Thrillers, Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Epic, Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Religious Fiction, War, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Romance, Science Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Children's Fiction, Fairy Tales, Urban, Time Travel, Teen & Young Adult, Religious, Paranormal
Size: 163 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 September 2018 onward  

The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing (Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine)

by Martina Zimmermann

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This is the first book-length exploration of the thoughts and experiences expressed by dementia patients in published narratives over the last thirty years. It contrasts third-person caregiver and first-person patient accounts from different languages and a range of media, focusing on the poetical and political questions these narratives raise: what images do narrators appropriate; what narrative plot do they adapt; and how do they draw on established strategies of life-writing. It also analyses how these accounts engage with the culturally dominant Alzheimer’s narrative that centres on dependence and vulnerability, and addresses how they relate to discourses of gender and aging. Linking literary scholarship to the medico-scientific und...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 167 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.40 / 5
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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 17 September 2018 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, Microsoft, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 265 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 September 2018 onward  

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