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Proust at the Movies

Proust at the Movies

Martine Beugnet, Marion Schmid
May 22, 2017

Film established itself as an artistic form of expression at the same time that Proust started work on his masterpiece, A la recherche du temps perdu. If Proust apparently took little interest in what he described as a poor avatar of reductive, mimetic representation, the resonances between his own...

Tourism and Identity in Scotland, 1770–1914: Creating Caledonia

Tourism and Identity in Scotland, 1770–1914: Creating Caledonia

Katherine Haldane Grenier
May 16, 2017

In the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, legions of English citizens headed north. Why and how did Scotland, once avoided by travelers, become a popular site for English tourists? In Tourism and Identity in Scotland, 1770-1914, Katherine Haldane Grenier uses published and unpublished travel...

Travels and Translations in the Sixteenth Century: Selected Papers from the Second International Conference of the Tudor Symposium (2000)

Travels and Translations in the Sixteenth Century: Selected Papers from the Second International Conference of the Tudor Symposium (2000)

Mike Pincombe
March 31, 2017

In recent years the twin themes of travel and translation have come to be regarded as particularly significant to the study of early modern culture and literature. Traditional notions of 'The Renaissance' have always emphasised the importance of the influence of continental, as well as classical,...

Theater and Nation in Eighteenth-Century Germany

Theater and Nation in Eighteenth-Century Germany

Michael J. Sosulski
March 02, 2017

In 1767, more than a century before Germany was incorporated as a modern nation-state, the city of Hamburg chartered the first Deutsches Nationaltheater. What can it have meant for a German playhouse to have been a national theater, and what did that imply about the way these theaters operated?...

Perspectives on Travel Writing

Perspectives on Travel Writing

Glenn Hooper, Tim Youngs
February 27, 2017

Ranging from the early modern to the postcolonial, and dealing mainly with encounters in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, Perspectives on Travel Writing is a collection of new essays by international scholars that examines some of the various contexts of travel writing, as well as its...

Philosemitism, Antisemitism and 'the Jews': Perspectives from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century

Philosemitism, Antisemitism and 'the Jews': Perspectives from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century

Tony Kushner, Nadia Valman
February 27, 2017

Philosemitism, Antisemitism and 'the Jews' both honours and carries on the work of The Rev. Dr. James Parkes (1896-1981), a pioneer in the many different fields involving the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations. The collection is designed to examine both the specific and broader themes of Parkes'...

Authority, State and National Character: The Civilizing Process in Austria and England, 1700–1900

Authority, State and National Character: The Civilizing Process in Austria and England, 1700–1900

Helmut Kuzmics, Roland Axtmann
November 30, 2016

This book presents a cross-disciplinary and methodologically innovative study, combining historical macro-sociology and a sociology of emotions with historical anthropology and cultural studies. Drawing on the concepts and theories of Norbert Elias on the Civilizing Process, it sets out to pin down...

We Europeans? Mass-Observation, Race and British Identity in the Twentieth Century: Mass-Observation, Race and British Identity in the Twentieth Century

We Europeans? Mass-Observation, Race and British Identity in the Twentieth Century: Mass-Observation, Race and British Identity in the Twentieth Century

Tony Kushner
November 28, 2016

We Europeans is the first book-length study of the original mass observation project. It is also the first detailed historical study of the formation of ordinary people's 'racial' attitudes in Britain. Drawing upon historical, literary, cultural and anthropological approaches, this book examines...

Romancing Decay: Ideas of Decadence in European Culture

Romancing Decay: Ideas of Decadence in European Culture

Michael St John
November 17, 2016

This collection of fifteen essays looks at the theme of decadence and its recurring manifestations in European literature and literary criticism from medieval times to the present day. Various definitions of the term are explored, including the notion of decadence as physical decay. Some of the...

Writing Russia in the Age of Shakespeare

Writing Russia in the Age of Shakespeare

Daryl W. Palmer
November 15, 2016

This study commences with a simple question: how did Russia matter to England in the age of William Shakespeare? In order to answer the question, the author studies stories of Lapland survival, diplomatic envoys, merchant transactions, and plays for the public theaters of London. At the heart of...

Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology

Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology

Jeff Persels, Russell Ganim
November 11, 2016

Feces, urine, flatus, phlegm, vomitus - unlike ourselves, our most educated forebears did not disdain these functions, and, further, they employed scatological references in all manner of works. This collection of essays was provoked by what its editors considered to be a curious lacuna: the...

Literary Sociability and Literary Property in France, 1775–1793: Beaumarchais, the Société des Auteurs Dramatiques and the Comédie Française

Literary Sociability and Literary Property in France, 1775–1793: Beaumarchais, the Société des Auteurs Dramatiques and the Comédie Française

Gregory S. Brown
October 26, 2016

The first full-length, scholarly study of the Société des auteurs dramatiques (SAD), this book describes the form, the meaning, the achievements, and the failures of the first professional association for creative writers in European history. Founded by the well-known playwright Pierre-Augustin...

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