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Six weeks after her fortieth birthday, Harriet is struck by a rare and life-threatening illness. What follows is a long and arduous stay at Charing Cross Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit. From the first day in Critical Care, whenever she tries to sleep, the backs of her eyes come alive with soul-sucking gargoyles; she remains awake for the entire six weeks. Such wakefulness produces its own hallucinations: the gargoyles become metaphors for lurking demons, fear of death, the relationship she had with her late father, and her dream of having a family. A stunning blend of poetic memoir and explorative essays, Gargoyles explores the effects of illness, grief, love, and loss, but also memory; what we learn from our parents; seeking to understand pitfalls; and most of all, celebrating that which is in front of us, not taking our lives and health for granted. Sometimes, we have to learn to live with the gargoyles.
'The best book ever written' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Robert Burton's labyrinthine, beguiling, playful masterpiece is his attempt to 'anatomize and cut up' every aspect of the condition of melancholy, from which he had suffered throughout his life. Ranging over beauty, digestion, the planets, alcohol, goblins, kissing, poetry and the restorative power of books, among many other things, The Anatomy of Melancholy has fascinated figures from Samuel Johnson to Jorge Luis Borges since the seventeenth century, and remains an incomparable examination of the human condition in all its flawed, endless variety. Edited with an introduction by Angus Gowland
A new collection of Shaw's major political writings presents an opportunity to reflect on his influential role as a public intellectual. At the forefront of economic and political debate from the 1880s to the 1950s, George Bernard Shaw was once the most widely read socialist writer in the English language, and his lifelong crusade against inequality and exploitation is far from irrelevant today. The thorough interpenetration of Shaw's literary and political engagements is an unusual story in modern literature, and this volume offers a portrait of Shaw as a political artist in the purest possible sense: that is, as a writer of essays, articles, pamphlets, and books with explicitly and expressly political aims. The selected writings in this volume showcase Shaw's most influential and most accomplished political work, but also provide a cross-section that is representative of the whole of his long career. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
A provocative letter from a prominent eighteenth-century British noblewoman, Henrietta Howard, to her close friend Mary Hervey is a rare survivor of the informal, collaborative satires created by court women in this period. This particular June 1729 artifact contains a witty and light-hearted list of imaginary portraits, most of which refer to a notable political figure through references to specific paintings, sculptures, engravings, ceramics, textiles and book illustrations. Through a close reading of archival manuscripts, published correspondences and art historical treatises, Eric Weichel explores the cultural milieu and historical legacy of this remarkable text. Constrained by strict standards of moral propriety, the writer's overt discussions of sexuality in this letter are encoded through a system of embedded jokes and mythological references. Weichel argues that through Lady Hervey's mention of popular works of art, such as the Hampton Court tapestry cartoons by Raphael, the 'Jupiter and Ganymede' motif in country house decor, or the illustrated fables of Jean de La Fontaine, she alludes specifically to her wider circle's knowledge of adultery, queerness, sexual violence, and divorce among their peer group. In her imaginary portraits, Hervey also shows an interest in feminist education and literature, political and religious patronage, and contemporary news events.
'If you had asked me why I had joined the militia I should have answered: To fight against Fascism, and if you had asked me what I was fighting for, I should have answered: Common decency. ' Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell's account of the Spanish Civil War. It was the last and most mature of Orwell's documentary books and it is a sharp, focused and angry account of the fighting in Spain. The discomforts of trench warfare, his near-death experience of being shot, and his painful and disorientating medical treatment all contribute to the book's gripping immediacy. At the same time, Orwell was aware that he was producing a work of art: 'Beware of my partisanship,' he warns his readers, 'my mistakes of fact, and the distortion inevitably caused by my having seen only one corner of events.' Lisa Mullen's introduction examines how the book straddles the divide between literature and history, and provides readers and students with a concise explanatory account of the controversies which have grown up around the book since its publication.
Music, Memory and Memoir provides a unique look at the contemporary cultural phenomenon of the music memoir and, leading from this, the way that music is used to construct memory. Via analyses of memoirs that consider punk and pop, indie and dance, this text examines the nature of memory for musicians and the function of music in creating personal and cultural narratives. This book includes innovative and multidisciplinary approaches from a range of contributors consisting of academics, critics and musicians, evaluating this phenomenon from multiple academic and creative practices, and examines the contemporary music memoir in its cultural and literary contexts.
Explores Katherine Mansfield's engagement in the periodical culture of the early twentieth century Katherine Mansfield's contemporaries knew her primarily as a contributor to magazines and periodicals. In 1922, for instance, Wyndham Lewis described her as 'the famous New Zealand Mag.-story writer'. This book provides the first in-depth study of Mansfield's engagement in periodical culture, examining her contributions to the political weekly The New Age, the avant-garde little magazine Rhythm and the literary journal The Athenaeum. Reading these writings against the editorial strategies and professional cultures of each periodical, Chris Mourant situates Mansfield's work within networks of production and uncovers the many ways in which she engaged with the writings of others and responded to the political, aesthetic and social contexts of early twentieth-century periodical culture. By examining Mansfield's ambivalent position as a colonial woman writer working both within and against the London literary establishment, in particular, this book provides a new perspective on Mansfield as a 'colonial-metropolitan modernist' and proto-postcolonial writer. Key Features Foregrounds the original material contexts in which Mansfield produced the majority of her work, emphasising a dialogic or 'conversational' model for modernism Interrogates Mansfield's ambivalent self-positioning within English literary circles as a 'colonial-metropolitan modernist' and 'outsider' Integrates ideas of the recent 'transnational turn' across literary studies into the field of periodical scholarship Examines new archival findings