The Case of Peter Pan, or the Impossibility of Children's by Jacqueline Rose

By Jacqueline Rose

Peter Pan, Jacqueline Rose contends, forces us to question what it truly is we're doing within the unending creation and dissemination of kid's fiction. In a preface, written for this version, Rose considers a few of Peter Pan's new guises and their implications. From Spielberg's Hook, to the lesbian construction of the play on the London Drill corridor in 1991, to debates within the English condominium of Lords, to a newly claimed prestige because the icon of transvestite tradition, Peter Pan keeps to illustrate its strange renewability as a cultural fetish of our times.

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Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis by John McLeod

By John McLeod

London's histories of migration and cost and the ensuing various, hybrid groups have engendered new sorts of social and cultural task mirrored in a wealth of novels, poems, movies and songs. Postcolonial London explores the imaginitive transformation of the town through African, Asian, Caribbean and South Pacific writers because the 1950s.
John McLeod engages freshly with the paintings of either recognized and emergent writers, together with Sam Selvon, Doris Lessing, V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi, Colin MacInnes, Bernardine Evaristo, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Fred D'Aguiar. In examining a choose physique of writing in its social contexts and exploring contrasting attitudes to London's diasporic transformation, he lines a thrilling heritage of resistance to the unfairness and racism that experience not less than partially characterized the postcolonial urban. Rewritings of London, he argues, undergo witness to the choice, mind's eye and creativity of the city's migrants and their descendants.
it is a fantastic examine of the ways that 'imperial centre' could be rewritten as postcolonial city. It represents crucial examining for these attracted to British or postcolonial literature, or in theorisations of town and metropolitan tradition.

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Victorian Identities: Social and Cultural Formations in by Ruth Robbins, Julian Wolfreys

By Ruth Robbins, Julian Wolfreys

The Victorian interval was once certainly one of huge, immense cultural variety with locations for figures as diversified as Alfred Tennyson and Oscar Wilde. Victorian Identities concurrently celebrates that range while drawing out the connections among disparate voices. With essays at the 'Greats' of the interval - Dickens, Tennyson, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins and Wilde - in addition to at the much less famous sensation author, Rhoda Broughton, and at the formation of kid's voices in Victorian literature - the gathering rejects slender definitions of the interval and its values, and exposes its texts to readings knowledgeable by means of modern literary concept.

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Bella Caledonia: Woman, Nation, Text. (Scroll: Scottish by Kirsten Stirling

By Kirsten Stirling

Bella Caledonia: girl, state, Text seems to be on the common culture of utilizing a feminine determine to symbolize the state, concentrating on twentieth-century Scottish literature. The woman-as-nation determine emerged in Scotland within the 20th century, yet as a literary determine instead of an institutional icon like Britannia or France's Marianne. Scottish writers utilize wide-spread features of the trope corresponding to the protecting mom state and the lady as fertile land, that are evidently complex from a feminist standpoint. yet darker implications, buried within the lengthy heritage of the determine, upward thrust to the skin in Scotland, reminiscent of woman/nation as sufferer, and woman/nation as deformed or massive. because of Scotland's strange prestige as a state in the better entity of significant Britain, the literary figures into consideration listed below are by no means easily incarnations of a convinced and whole state nurturing her warrior sons. quite, they mirror a extra smooth anxiousness in regards to the inspiration of the country, and include a and divided nationwide identification. Kirsten Stirling strains the advance of the twentieth-century Scotland-as-woman determine via readings of poetry and fiction through female and male writers together with Hugh MacDiarmid, Naomi Mitchison, Neil Gunn, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Willa Muir, Alasdair grey, A.L. Kennedy, Ellen Galford and Janice Galloway.

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Crafting the Witch: Gendering Magic in Medieval and Early by Heidi Breuer

By Heidi Breuer

This book analyzes the gendered transformation of magical figures taking place in Arthurian romance in England from the 12th to the 16th centuries.

In the sooner texts, magic is predominantly a masculine pursuit, garnering its person status and tool, yet within the later texts, magic turns into a essentially female task, person who marks its person as depraved and heretical. This undertaking explores either the literary and the social motivations for this modification, looking a solution to the query, 'why did the witch develop into wicked?'

Heidi Breuer traverses either the medieval and early sleek classes and considers the way the illustration of literary witches interacted with the tradition at huge, finally arguing sequence of financial crises within the fourteenth century created a labour scarcity met by way of girls. As ladies moved into the formerly male-dominated economic system, literary backlash got here within the type of the witch, and social backlash quickly after within the kind of Renaissance witch-hunting. The witch determine serves an identical functionality in glossy American tradition simply because late-industrial capitalism demanding situations gender conventions in comparable methods because the fiscal crises of the medieval period.

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British Children's Fiction in the Second World War by Owen Dudley Edwards

By Owen Dudley Edwards

What kids learn within the moment global struggle had a massive impression on how they got here of age as they confronted the hot global. This time was once precise for British children--parental controls have been usually comfortable if now not absent, and the radio and examining assumed better importance for many youngsters than that they had within the extra dependent previous or have been to do within the extra crowded future.

Owen Dudley Edwards discusses interpreting, kid's radio, comics, movies and book-related play-activity with regards to price platforms, the kid's point of view as opposed to the adult's standpoint, the advance of class, retention and lack of pre-war attitudes and their post-war destiny. British literature is put in a much wider context via a attention of what British writing reached the us, and vice versa, and likewise via an exploration of wartime Europe because it used to be proven to British young children. Questions of management, authority, individualism, neighborhood, conformity, urban-rural department, ageism, classification, race, and gender expertise are explored.

In this highly broad-ranging publication, overlaying over a hundred writers, Owen Dudley Edwards appears to be like on the literary inheritance whilst the conflict broke out and asks no matter if kid's literary vitamin was once altered within the struggle briefly or completely. fascinated about the results of the battle as a complete on what kids may learn through the struggle and what they made from it, he unearths the results of this for the realm they'd come to inhabit.

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The Religious Life of Samuel Johnson by Charles Pierce

By Charles Pierce

Samuel Johnson used to be a deeply spiritual guy and he got here to rely on his Christian religion because the relevant ability through which to suffer the discomfort of lifestyles. He sought all through his lifestyles to render himself priceless of salvation, however the problems which he ecperienced in attempting to keep a excessive measure of reigious self-discipline - in addition to his doubts approximately God's final difficulty for guy and his fears of his personal religious unworthiness - led him in to classes of insanity and a perpetual dread of damnation. Charles Pierce examines the impact of Johnson's non secular issues upon the formation of his advanced personality, and at the nice ethical writing that begun with the conceit of Human needs and ended with Rasselas. He explores the ambiguity of a lifestyles which used to be devoted to the Christian perfect and stricken by that very same excellent. earlier works on Johnson's spiritual ideals were occupied with ascertaining no matter if what these ideals have been, and never with their influence. the most subject matter of this learn is the significance of Johnson's beleifs within the formation of his personality and their impact at the ethical values expressed in his maximum writing and at the behavior of his lifestyles. it is going to be necessary to someone attracted to the lifestyles and regarded one of many maximum English literary figures. Charles E. Pierce, Jr., is affiliate Professor of English at Vassar collage, N.Y.

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Writers on the Spectrum: How Autism and Asperger Syndrome by Julie Brown

By Julie Brown

From Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale characters to Lewis Carroll's Wonderland and Emily Dickinson's poetic imagery, the writings and lives of a few of the world's so much celebrated authors point out symptoms of autism and Asperger's Syndrome. via research of biographies, autobiographies, letters and diaries, Professor Julie Brown identifies literary abilities who demonstrate features of Autistic Spectrum sickness (ASD) and uncovers the similarities of their writing that recommend ordinary, autistic brains.

delivering shut readings of authors' works, Brown explores writing tactics, content material, subject, constitution and writing sort to bare the underlying autistic features that experience motivated their writing. The publication presents an outline of ASD and customary threads in autistic writing by way of an illuminating exploration of ways those threads are obvious within the literature of either recognized and lesser identified authors.

This groundbreaking research of autism in literature could be of curiosity to an individual with a qualified or own curiosity in literature or the autistic mind.

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