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The View from the Cheap Seats Selected Nonfiction

The View from the Cheap Seats Selected Nonfiction

Author: Neil Gaiman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

The View from the Cheap Seats draws together myriad non-fiction writing by international phenomenon and Sunday Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman. From Make Good Art, the speech that went viral, to pieces on artists and legends including Terry Pratchett and Lou Reed, the collection offers a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. 'If this book came to you during a despairing night, by dawn, you would believe in ideas and hope and humans again' Caitlin Moran 'Literature does not occur in a vacuum. It cannot be a monologue. It has to be a conversation' This collection will draw you in to exchanges on making good art and Syrian refugees, the power of a single word and playing the kazoo with Stephen King, writing about books, comics and the imagination of friends, being sad at the Oscars and telling lies for a living. Here Neil Gaiman opens our minds to the people he admires and the things he believes might just mean something - and welcomes us to the conversation too.

Rereading the Sophists Classical Rhetoric Refigured

Rereading the Sophists Classical Rhetoric Refigured

Author: Susan C. Jarratt Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2019

This book is a critically informed challenge to the traditional histories of rhetoric and to the current emphasis on Aristotle and Plato as the most significant classical voices in rhetoric. In it, Susan C. Jarratt argues that the first sophists--a diverse group of traveling intellectuals in the fifth century B.C.--should be given a more prominent place in the study of rhetoric and composition. Rereading the ancient sophists, she creates a new lens through which to see contemporary social issues, including the orality/literacy debate, feminist writing, deconstruction, and writing pedagogy. The sophists' pleasure in the play of language, their focus on historical contin-gency, and the centrality of their teaching for democratic practice were sufficiently threatening to their successors Plato and Aristotle that both sought to bury the sophists under philosophical theories of language. The censure of Plato and Aris-totle set a pattern for historical views of the sophists for centuries. Following Hegel and Nietzsche, Jarratt breaks the pattern, finding in the sophists a more progressive charter for teachers and scholars of reading and writing, as well as for those in the adjacent disciplines of literary criticism and theory, education, speech communication, and ancient history. In tracing the historical interpretations of sophistic rhetoric, Jarratt suggests that the sophists themselves provide the outlines of an alternative to history-writing as the discovery and recounting of a set of stable facts. She sees sophistic use of narrative in argument as a challenge to a simple division between orality and literacy, current discussions of which virtually ignore the sophists. Outlining similarities between criture f minine and sophistic style, Jarratt shows that contemporary feminisms have more in common with sophists than just a style; they share a rhetorical basis for deployment of theory in political action. In her final chapter, Jarratt takes issue with accounts of sophistic pedagogy focusing on technique and the development of the individual. She argues that, despite its employment by powerful demagogues, sophistic pedagogy offers a resource for today's teachers interested in encouraging minority voices of resistance through language study as the practice of democracy.

Life and Works Vol. 98

Life and Works Vol. 98

Author: Gregory Thaumaturgus Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2019

Born of an aristocratic pagan family at Neocaesarea in Pontus at the beginning of the 3rd century, St Gregory received his early training in literature and rhetoric in his birthplace. While visiting Caesarea in Palestine, he chanced to hear the Christian philosopher and theologian Origen and remained there for five years as his pupil. Deeply influenced by Origen, Gregory returned to Pontus a convinced Christian and became the first bishop of Neocaesarea. His dedication greatly influenced his people, and he became known as Gregory the Great , the Teacher or the Wonderworker . St Gregory's influence is clear from the many Lives (or narrations) that circulated in the 4th and 5th centuries, the prayers and invocations that asked for his patronage, and his place in Eastern canon law. Of his life, however, not much is known. No manuscript collection of his writings was made in antiquity. This volume presents the earliest Life of Gregory Thaumaturgas, preached by St. Gregory of Nyssa, and all the works that can be attributed to Gregory Thaumaturgas himself. It includes his Address of Thanksgiving to his teacher Origen; his Christian adaptation and interpretation of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes; his regulations restoring order in the Christian community after an invasion by the Goths; a treatise on God's ability to suffer and another on the Trinity; and two small texts that may or may not have been written by him.

Recognitions Doctors and Their Stories - a Collection of Original Works in Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Center for Literature, Medicine and the Health Care Professions

Recognitions Doctors and Their Stories - a Collection of Original Works in Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Center for Literature, Medicine and the Health Care Professions

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

Carol Donley and Martin Kohn believe that physicians stand at a unique vantage point as observers of the human condition . In this text, contributors attempt to prove this assertion through their prose on topics as diverse as the clashes between forces of creation and destruction, institutional economic survival, conflicts between genders and generations, balancing of primary care with specialization, issues of race and class, cultural displacement and the influence of William Carlos Williams on doctors and writing. The stories and essays in the collection provide a deeper understanding of the complex emotions and feelings of the men and women who, every day, hold life in their hands.

The Papers v. 25; 1847-48

The Papers v. 25; 1847-48

Author: John C. Calhoun Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2019

A complete presentation of Calhoun's extant documents from December 1847 to August 1848, this volume brings the statesman to within a year and a half of his death in Washington, DC. These papers reveal his primary concerns during the first session of the 30th Congress.

On Indignation

On Indignation

Author: Don Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2019

In my own childhood someone was always trying to get a rise, and someone was always stalking off in tears and slamming doors behind her; or marching out of the cowshed and down the hill as if determined that the rest of us would never see her again. Huffs , they were called, or scots . But the indignant very often walk into a void. They need resistance. And sooner or later they have to come in for tea. What then? What does it profit a man to throw his only bowl of custard at the wall? With characteristic wit, Don Watson explores indignation through generations of his family and their Old Testament rages. He asks why wounded pride or a sense of injustice unleashes the furies and whether there is ever virtue in it. Dazzling in its humour and eloquence, Watson turns to George W Bush the figure who most excites his own indignation. MUP's Little Books on Big Themes series pairs leading Australian thinkers and cultural figures with some of the big themes in life.

Epoch and Artist

Epoch and Artist

Author: David Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

This collection of occasional writing 'reveals a consistency, a subtlety, a creativeness springing from tradition . . . For David Jones every sentence is wrought with artistry; and as compared with the arid conceptual approach of so much academic criticism, his imaginative testing and touching of every theme is nothing less than life-giving.' Kathleen Raine, New Statesman Written between the late 1930s and the late 1950s, Epoch and Artist represents those essays that David Jones wished to see preserved in his lifetime. Beginning with his most personal reflections upon Welsh culture, the selection turns next to Jones's thoughts on the position of art and the artist in the twentieth century, concluding with writings on the nature of epoch and European culture and history. As 'unclassifiable' as his other writings, the volume encompasses a mixture of styles and modes - from prose-essays and reviews, to radio broadcasts and letters to periodicals - where each item has been carefully revised by the author.

Mothers and Strangers Global Motherhood in the American South

Mothers and Strangers Global Motherhood in the American South

Author: Samia Serageldin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

In this anthology of creative nonfiction, twenty-eight writers set out to discover what they know, and don't know, about the person they call Mother. Celebrated writers Lee Smith and Samia Serageldin have curated a diverse and insightful collection that challenges stereotypes about mothers and expands our notions of motherhood in the South. The mothers in these essays were shaped, for good and bad, by the economic and political crosswinds of their time. Whether their formative experience was the Great Depression or the upheavals of the 1970s, their lives reflected their era and influenced how they raised their children. The writers in Mothers and Strangers explore the reliability of memory, examine their family dynamics, and come to terms with the past. In addition to the editors, contributors include Belle Boggs, Marshall Chapman, Hal Crowther, Clyde Edgerton, Marianne Gingher, Jaki Shelton Green, Sally Greene, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Eldridge Redge Hanes, Lynden Harris, Randall Kenan, Phillip Lopate, Michael Malone, Frances Mayes, Jill McCorkle, Melody Moezzi, Elaine Neil Orr, Steven Petrow, Margaret Rich, Omid Safi, James Seay, Alan Shapiro, Bland Simpson, Sharon K. Swanson, and Daniel Wallace.

Tales from Georgia's Gnat Line Essays

Tales from Georgia's Gnat Line Essays

Author: Larry Walker Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2019

Tales From Georgia's Gnat Line is about the South-the Deep South; Larry Walker's part of the world. It's about good people, and some not so good. It's about a part of the United States that was, and is, somewhat different from the rest. And it's about cotton, because in many ways cotton caused Southerners to do some of the things that otherwise good people would not have done. It's never been easy to be a Southerner, black or white. But it's worth holding on to, and we must. Walker promises to do his part. He uses y'all and does it often. It's not just the way he speaks, but the way he thinks, y'all means everyone. Yes, the road is long and narrow. It's wider down in the South than it used to be, and it is getting wider all the time, but there have been recent problems which will need to be addressed. We can't afford to fight the Civil War again--either here in the South or elsewhere in this country. This book is about the South of the past, the present, and, if read carefully, of the future.

Dahlia's Iris Secret Autogiography and Fiction

Dahlia's Iris Secret Autogiography and Fiction

Author: Leslie Scalapino Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

Detectives are investigating the death of Dahlia Winter's husband and also looking into the mysterious deaths of young boys who are imported for labor in a future-time San Francisco. Citing the plots of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Terminator 2, and Blade Runner as proof that our sense of inner and outer is tied to rebellion and slavery, the novel appears at first to be a detail of these films all at once, like a colonization of them from the inside. But almost immediately the plot assumes its own life. Based on a conception of the Tibetan written form called Secret Autobiography--which is not the chronological events or actions of a life, but an individual's seeing outside any frames--the novel makes a time-space in which sensation, actions, and thought-memory are occurring alongside our present-day space.

Love & Revolution

Love & Revolution

Author: People Opposing Women Abuse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

Written by a talented and diverse group of South African women, this collection conveys love in its various forms: romantic love, love of family, love of friends, and love of community-all of which have the power to transform, like revolution, in ways never imagined. Candid and touching, it bares the personal accounts of abuse and survival experienced by the contributors through poetry, short stories, and essays. As it celebrates creative writing as a healing tool, this record gives the women of South Africa a voice.

Approaches to Teaching Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde

Approaches to Teaching Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde

Author: Modern Language Association Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

This Approaches to Teaching volume aims to provide students with a vision of Chaucer that highlights the great variety, breadth, and depth of his entire body of work. Although Chaucerians recognize that Troilus and Criseyde and the shorter poems are as entertaining and complex as the more familiar Canterbury Tales, teachers of medieval English do not readily include these texts in their courses. The materials collected here offer instructors ideas and strategies for making Chaucer's lesser-taught works as memorable and engrossing for students as any of the narrative gems in Canterbury Tales. Part 1, Materials, discusses available teaching resources, focusing not only on the many editions of Chaucer's works in Middle English but also on translations for teachers whose students turn to modern English as a study aid. The essays in part 2, Approaches, begin by exploring the poetry's backgrounds, including sources and genre; the growth of the English vernacular as a literary language; Chaucer's conception of history in its Christian, classical, and English political senses; the role of manuscript study in illuminating the historical record; and Chaucer's representation of gender. The section on teaching the poems features essays that offer suggestions for overcoming students' difficulties with Middle English, consider the relation between Chaucer and his readers, assess various theoretical models, and show how a wide range of visual imagery can be used in the classroom. A final section on course contexts includes essays on teaching these poems for the first time, as well as designing classes for nonmajors and graduate students. The volume concludes with an appendix on reading Chaucer aloud with students.