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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 18 June 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.40 / 5
3 reviews

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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 June 2019 onward  

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
107 reviews

Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

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Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 731 pages
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Rating: 1.60 / 5
6 reviews

Game Of Thrones: The Complete Game Of Thrones Character Description Guide (Game of Thrones Books)

by George McDowell

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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Epic, Fiction, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education, Literary Criticism & Theory, TV, Movie, Game Adaptations
Size: 38 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 June 2019 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 17 June 2019 onward  

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, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 5085 pages
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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 17 June 2019 onward  

What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England? (Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature (SPELL) Book 34)

by Bevan Zlatar, Antoinina

The premise that Western culture has undergone a pictorial turn (W.J.T. Mitchell) has prompted renewed interest in theorizing the visual image. In recent decades researchers in the humanities and social sciences have documented the function and status of the image relative to other media, and have traced the history of its power and the attempts to disempower it. What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England? engages in this debate in two interrelated ways: by focusing on the (visual) image during a period that witnessed the Reformation and the invention of the printing press, and by exploring its status in relation to an array of texts including Arthurian romance, saints lives, stage plays, printed sermons, biblical epic, pamphlets, and psalms. This interdisciplinary volume includ...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
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American Communities: Between the Popular and the Political (Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature (SPELL) Book 35)

by Lukas Etter

Given the political relevance of the topic of community and the apparent volatility of its meanings, it is necessary to take time and create spaces for contemplation. How can theories of community be usefully applied to various forms of cultural production? How do notions of communitas affect representations as well as critiques of society and social developments? Based on a selection of papers given at the biennial conference of the Swiss Association for North American Studies in late 2016, this collection approaches discourses on literary texts and other cultural products from such angles as age studies, popular seriality, sustainability, and ecocriticism. While focused on community in contemporary American Studies, the articles in this collection also take into account some of the devel...

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
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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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 June 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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 June 2019 onward  

Thomas Hardy : The Complete Works (Illustrated)

by Thomas Hardy

This collection gathers together the works by Thomas Hardy in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume! This book contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure!NovelsDesperate Remedies [1871]Under the Greenwood Tree [1872]A Pair of Blue Eyes [1873]Far from the Madding Crowd [1874]The Hand of Ethelberta [1876]The Return of the Native [1878]The Trumpet-Major John Loveday [1880]A Laodicean [1881]Two on a Tower [1882]The Mayor of Casterbridge [1886]The Woodlanders [1887]Tess of the d'Urbervilles [1891]Jude the Obscure [1895]The Well–Beloved [1897]StoriesWessex Tales [1888]: The Three Strangers; A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four; The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion; The Withered Arm; Fellow-Townsmen; Interlo...

Genre: Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
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Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 June 2019 onward  

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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 June 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.50 / 5
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A Stable for Nightmares

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was one of the foremost writers of ghost stories in the Victorian era, penning such renowned works as Uncle Silas and In a Glass Darkly. This collection of spine-tingling short stories is sure to please fans of gothic tales from the golden age of horror writing....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Teen & Young Adult, Horror
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Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 June 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.50 / 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 15 June 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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 15 June 2019 onward  

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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Rating: 4.40 / 5
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A Room of One’s Own (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

by Virginia Woolf

ROOM OF ONE'S OWN is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women's colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled "Women and Fiction," which was published in Forum March 1929, and hence the essay, are considered non-fiction. The essay is generally seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figurative space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by men. (more on www.wisehouse-publishing.com)...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
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Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 June 2019 onward  

Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India (Myth and Poetics)

by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

In Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes six representative Indian folklore genres from a single regional repertoire to show the influence of their intertextual relations on the composition and interpretation of artistic performance. Placing special emphasis on women’s rituals, she looks at the relationship between the framework and organization of indigenous genres and the reception of folklore performance. The regional repertoire under examination presents a strikingly female-centered world. Female performers and characters are active, articulate, and frequently challenge or defy expectations of gender. Men also confound traditional gender roles. Flueckiger includes the translations of two full performance texts of narratives sung by fem...

Genre: Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 424 pages
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The Complete Works of Rudyard Kipling

by Rudyard Kipling

discover or rediscover all the classics of literature.Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML)This book contains the Complete Works of Rudyard KiplingActions and Reactions 1909American Notes 1891Barrack-Room Ballads 1892The Bridge-Builders 1889"Captains Courageous" 1896The Day's Work - Part I 1898Departmental Ditties and Barrack Room Ballads 1886A Diversity of Creatures 1917The Eyes of Asia 1917France At War 1917Indian Tales 1898The Jungle Book 1894Just So Stories 1902Kim 1902The Kipling Reader 1900Letters of Travel (1892-1913) 1899Life's Handicap 1891The Light That Failed 1891The Man Who Would Be King 1888The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories 1888Plain Tales from the Hills 1888Puck of Pook's Hill 1906Rewards and Fairies 1910Sea Warfare 1916The Second Jungle Book 1895The Seven Seas...

Genre: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Poetry, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 June 2019 onward  

In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7]

by Marcel Proust

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Genre: Fiction, Drama, Fiction Classics, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
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Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 June 2019 onward  

The Medieval Saga

by Carol J. Clover

Written in the thirteenth century, the Icelandic prose sagas, chronicling the lives of kings and commoners, give a dramatic account of the first century after the settlement of Iceland—the period from about 930 to 1050. To some extent these elaborate tales are written versions of traditional sagas passed down by word of mouth. How did they become the long and polished literary works that are still read today?The evolution of the written sagas is commonly regarded as an anomalous phenomenon, distinct from contemporary developments in European literature. In this groundbreaking study, Carol J. Clover challenges this view and relates the rise of imaginative prose in Iceland directly to the rise of imaginative prose on the Continent. Analyzing the narrative structure and composition of the s...

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 219 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 June 2019 onward  

The Brontë Sisters: The Complete Novels

by Anne Brontë

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Genre: Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 2886 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 June 2019 onward  

Rating: 1.00 / 5
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The Man Charles Dickens: A Victorian Portrait

by Edward Wagenknecht

Charles Dickens is one of Britain’s best loved authors.But who was the man behind The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist.Edward Wagenknecht’s widely acclaimed “psychograph” of Charles Dickens answers those questions.The Dickens who emerges is a man of many parts — author, husband, father, editor, social reformer, businessman, and, last but not least, a man who was a man regardless of the criteria used to judge him. The completed portrait is that of genius, its varied interests, its abounding energy, and its achievements.“As The Man Charles Dickens leaves my typewriter for the second time,” says the author, “it says what I now wish to say about its subject as well as I am able to say it … Nor can I say good-bye to Dickens a second time without recording my present judgment t...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Arts & Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 268 pages
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500 Eternal Masterpieces Of Fairy Tales: Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp...

by Aleksander Chodźko

Here you will find more than 1500 fairy tales, such as "Aladdin", "Sinbad the Sailor", "The Ugly Ducking", "Little Tin Soldier", "The Little Match Girl", "Blue Beard", "Beauty and the Beast", "Puss in Boots", "The Happy Prince", "The Little Mermaid", "Cinderella", "Rapunzel", and "The Sleeping Beauty"....

Genre: Children's eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Fairy Tales, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 7042 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 12 June 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Awake I: by an elephant in the room

by Greg Hoey

An auto-bio soooo bad it's good!! The old out-back town of Kalgoorlie has never before been so richly-strangely or so poignantly transcribed by way of prose as it undoubtedly deserves to be, and indeed has been so done in this wonderful memoir of a childhood once lived!-The Age -"Powerful. Compelling. Great prose, Great story-telling abilities, Dramatic. Complex and acutely intelligent are the words best used to convey the breadth and majesty of this undoubted classic!" -Carey Holbourn-Armfield, editor of Atlantic Times Monthly....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, Biography & True Accounts, Ethnic, Professionals & Academics, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
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Exotic Nations: Literature and Cultural Identity in the United States and Brazil, 1830–1930

by Renata Wasserman

In this highly original and critically informed book, Renata R. Mautner Wasserman looks at how, during the first decades following political independence, writers in the United States and Brazil assimilated and subverted European images of an "exotic" New World to create new literatures that asserted cultural independence and defined national identity. Exotic Nations demonstrates that the language of exoticism thus became part of the New World’s interpretation of its own history and natural environment....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
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The Life and Work of Charles Dickens: Critical Study, Biography, Appreciations & Criticisms of the Works by Charles Dickens

by G. K. Chesterton

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Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 345 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 12 June 2019 onward  

The Complete Collection of H. P. Lovecraft

by H. P. Lovecraft

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Genre: Fiction, Anthologies, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Health & Fitness, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
Size: 1343 pages
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