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Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice

by Susan Sniader Lanser

Drawing on narratological and feminist theory, Susan Sniader Lanser explores patterns of narration in a wide range of novels by women of England, France, and the United States from the 1740s to the present. She sheds light on the history of "voice" as a narrative strategy and as a means of attaining social power. She considers the dynamics in personal voice in authors such as Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jamaica Kincaid. In writers who attempt a "communal voice"—including Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Gaskell, Joan Chase, and Monique Wittig—she finds innovative strategies that challenge the conventions of Western narrative....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 304 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 October 2019 onward  

Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature

by Simon Gikandi

In Simon Gikandi’s view, Caribbean literature and postcolonial literature more generally negotiate an uneasy relationship with the concepts of modernism and modernity—a relationship in which the Caribbean writer, unable to escape a history encoded by Europe, accepts the challenge of rewriting it. Drawing on contemporary deconstructionist theory, Gikandi looks at how such Caribbean writers as George Lamming, Samuel Selvon, Alejo Carpentier, C. L. R. James, Paule Marshall, Merle Hodge, Zee Edgell, and Michelle Cliff have attempted to confront European modernism....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 274 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
4823 reviews

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

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Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 373 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 October 2019 onward  

Complete Works of Ambrose Bierce

by Ambrose Bierce

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Religion & Spirituality, Occult
Size: 3628 pages
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Rating: 4.20 / 5
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Crime and Punishment (With Preface) (Feathers Classics)

by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky

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Genre: Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Education & Reference, Foreign Languages, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
Size: 3.85 mb
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The Supplement of Reading: Figures of Understanding in Romantic Theory and Practice

by Tilottama Rajan

Tilottama Rajan illuminates a crisis of representation within romanticism, evident in the proliferation of stylistically and structurally unsettled literary texts that resist interpretation in terms of a unified meaning. The Supplement of Reading investigates the role of the reader both in romantic literary texts and in the hermeneutic theory that has responded to and generated such texts. Rajan considers how selected works by Coleridge, Wordsworth, Blake, Shelley, Godwin, and Wollstonecraft explore the problem of understanding in relation to interpretive difference, including the differences produced by gender, class, and history....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 376 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 October 2019 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
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Rating: 3.40 / 5
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50 Masterpieces of Gothic Fiction Vol. 1: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Picture Of Dorian Gray...

by Bram Stoker

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Genre: Fiction, Fiction Classics, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 3988 pages
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Anna Karenina (Annotated)

by leo tolsoy

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Genre: Fiction, Anthologies, Fiction Classics, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 1107 pages
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

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Genre: Fiction, Fiction Classics, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
Size: 731 pages
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Father Brown (Complete Collection): 53 Murder Mysteries: The Scandal of Father Brown, The Donnington Affair & The Mask of Midas…

by G. K. Chesterton

Content :- The Innocence of Father Brown- The Wisdom of Father Brown- The Donnington Affair- The Incredulity of Father Brown- The Secret of Father Brown- The Scandal of Father Brown- The Mask of Midas...

Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Mystery, Fiction, Religious Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 1000 pages
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Rating: 3.80 / 5
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Mrs Dalloway (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

by Virginia Woolf

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Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 1014 kb
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Reading Breath in Literature (Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine)

by Arthur Rose

This open access book presents five different approaches to reading breath in literature, in response to texts from a range of historical, geographical and cultural environments. Breath, for all its ubiquity in literary texts, has received little attention as a transhistorical literary device. Drawing together scholars of Medieval Romance, Early Modern Drama, Fin de Siècle Aesthetics, American Poetics and the Postcolonial Novel, this book offers the first transhistorical study of breath in literature. At the same time, it shows how the study of breath in literature can contribute to recent developments in the Medical Humanities.  ...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 134 pages
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The Complete works of William Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare

This collection gathers together the works by William Shakespeare in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume! It comes with 150 original illustrations which are the engravings John Boydell commissioned for his Boydell Shakespeare GalleryThis book contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure!The Comedies of William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night's DreamAll's Well That Ends WellAs You Like ItLove's Labour 's LostMeasure for MeasureMuch Ado About NothingThe Comedy of ErrorsThe Merchant of VeniceThe Merry Wives of WindsorThe Taming of the ShrewThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaTwelfth Night; or, What you willThe Romances of William ShakespeareCymbelinePericles, Prince of TyreThe TempestThe Winter's TaleThe Tragedies of William Sh...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Stage & Theatre, Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
Size: 5085 pages
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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 16 October 2019 onward  

Electronic Literature Communities (Computing Literature)

by Scott Rettberg

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 15 October 2019 onward  

The Literariness of Media Art

by Claudia Benthien

The beginning of the 20th century saw literary scholars from Russia positing a new definition for the nature of literature. Within the framework of Russian Formalism, the term ‘literariness’ was coined. The driving force behind this theoretical inquiry was the desire to identify literature—and art in general—as a way of revitalizing human perception, which had been numbed by the automatization of everyday life. The transformative power of ‘literariness’ is made manifest in many media artworks by renowned artists such as Chantal Akerman, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Nalini Malani, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler, and Lawrence Weiner. The authors use literariness as a tool to analyze the aesthetics of spoken or written language within experimental film, vi...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 332 pages
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The Idea of the Book in the Middle Ages: Language Theory, Mythology, and Fiction

by Jesse Gellrich

This book assess the relationship of literature to various other cultural forms in the Middle Ages. Jesse M. Gellrich uses the insights of such thinkers as Levi-Strauss, Foucault, Barthes, and Derrida to explore the continuity of medieval ideas about speaking, writing, and texts....

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
Size: 292 pages
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Not of Woman Born: Representations of Caesarean Birth in Medieval and Renaissance Culture

by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

"Not of woman born, the Fortunate, the Unborn"—the terms designating those born by Caesarean section in medieval and Renaissance Europe were mysterious and ambiguous. Examining representations of Caesarean birth in legend and art and tracing its history in medical writing, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski addresses the web of religious, ethical, and cultural questions concerning abdominal delivery in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Not of Woman Born increases our understanding of the history of the medical profession, of medical iconography, and of ideas surrounding "unnatural" childbirth.Blumenfeld-Kosinski compares texts and visual images in order to trace the evolution of Caesarean birth as it was perceived by the main actors involved—pregnant women, medical practitioners, and artist...

Genre: Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths
Size: 224 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 15 October 2019 onward  

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The Iliad & The Odyssey

by Homer

While Homer's existence as a historical person is still a topic of debate, the writings attributed to the name have made their mark not only on Greek history and literature, but upon western civilization itself. Homer's epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, laid the foundation upon which Ancient Greece developed not only its culture, but its societal values, religious beliefs, and practice of warfare as well.This publication features the Samuel Butler translation, and while it strays from the poetic style reproduced by more well known translators like Robert Fagles and Robert Fitzgerald, the vision of the epics as if they were prose found in modern novels take their best form under Butler's most capable hand....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 655 pages
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Homer: The Poetry of the Past

by Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford here addresses, in a manner both engaging and richly informed, the perennial questions of what poetry is, how it came to be, and what it is for. Focusing on the critical moment in Western literature when the heroic tales of the Greek oral tradition began to be preserved in writing, he examines these questions in the light of Homeric poetry. Through fresh readings of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and referring to other early epics as well, Ford deepens our understanding of what poetry was at a time before written texts, before a developed sense of authorship, and before the existence of institutionalized criticism.Placing what is known about Homer's art in the wider context of Homer's world, Ford traces the effects of the oral tradition upon the development of the epic and addresse...

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 266 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 October 2019 onward  

William Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Illustrated)

by William Shakespeare

This collection gathers together the works by William Shakespeare in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume! It comes with 150 original illustrations which are the engravings John Boydell commissioned for his Boydell Shakespeare GalleryThis book contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure!The Comedies of William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night's DreamAll's Well That Ends WellAs You Like ItLove's Labour 's LostMeasure for MeasureMuch Ado About NothingThe Comedy of ErrorsThe Merchant of VeniceThe Merry Wives of WindsorThe Taming of the ShrewThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaTwelfth Night; or, What you willThe Romances of William ShakespeareCymbelinePericles, Prince of TyreThe TempestThe Winter's TaleThe Tragedies of William Sh...

Genre: Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
Size: 5074 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Idea of the Labyrinth from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages

by Penelope Reed Doob

Ancient and medieval labyrinths embody paradox, according to Penelope Reed Doob. Their structure allows a double perspective—the baffling, fragmented prospect confronting the maze-treader within, and the comprehensive vision available to those without. Mazes simultaneously assert order and chaos, artistry and confusion, articulated clarity and bewildering complexity, perfected pattern and hesitant process. In this handsomely illustrated book, Doob reconstructs from a variety of literary and visual sources the idea of the labyrinth from the classical period through the Middle Ages.Doob first examines several complementary traditions of the maze topos, showing how ancient historical and geographical writings generate metaphors in which the labyrinth signifies admirable complexity, while po...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 376 pages
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The Science Fiction Anthology

by Andre Norton

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Art, Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga, Home & Garden, Gardening & Horticulture, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 2539 pages
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Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (Reading Women Writing)

by Amanda Anderson

Prostitute, adulteress, unmarried woman who engages in sexual relations, victim of seduction—the Victorian "fallen woman" represents a complex array of stigmatized conditions. Amanda Anderson here reconsiders the familiar figure of the fallen woman within the context of mid-Victorian debates over the nature of selfhood, gender, and agency. In richly textured readings of works by Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, among others, she argues that depictions of fallen women express profound cultural anxieties about the very possibility of self-control and traditional moral responsibility....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 256 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

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Picture-Book Professors: Academia and Children's Literature (Elements in Publishing and Book Culture)

by Melissa Terras

How is academia portrayed in children's literature? This Element ambitiously surveys fictional professors in texts marketed towards children, who are overwhelmingly white and male, tending to be elderly scientists. Professors fall into three stereotypes: the vehicle to explain scientific facts, the baffled genius, and the evil madman. By the late twentieth century, the stereotype of the male, mad, muddlehead, called Professor SomethingDumb, is formed in humorous yet pejorative fashion. This Element provides a publishing history of the role of academics in children's literature, questioning the book culture which promotes the enforcement of stereotypes regarding intellectual expertise in children's media. This title is also available, with additional material, as Open Access....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Education & Reference, Publishing & Books, Teen & Young Adult
Size: 152 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.00 / 5
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Ulysses: Joyce's Yes! to Life: (A Commendation and Guide)

by Stephen D Morrison

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Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 155 pages
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Rating: 3.00 / 5
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A History of England

by Charles Oman

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Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 776 pages
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The Ethics of Criticism

by Tobin Siebers

Tobin Siebers asserts that literary criticism is essentially a form of ethics. The Ethics of Criticism investigates the moral character of contemporary literary theory, assessing a wide range of theoretical approaches in terms of both the ethical presuppositions underlying the critical claims and the attitudes fostered by the approaches. Building on analyses of the moral legacies of Plato, Kant, Nietzsche, and Freud, Siebers identifies the various fronts on which the concerns of critical theory impinge on those of ethics....

Genre: Business & Finance, Reference, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
Size: 264 pages
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Madame Bovary on Trial

by Dominick LaCapra

In 1857, following the publication of Madame Bovary, Flaubert was charged with having committed an "outrage to public morality and religion." Dominick LaCapra, an intellectual historian with wide-ranging literary interests, here examines this remarkable trial. LaCapra draws on material from Flaubert’s correspondence, the work of literary critics, and Jean-Paul Sartre’s analysis of Flaubert. LaCapra maintains that Madame Bovary is at the intersection of the traditional and the modern novel, simultaneously invoking conventional expectations and subverting them....

Genre: Fiction, History, Europe, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 224 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

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