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  • Writing Scienceby Markus Asper; Anna-Maria Kanthak

    De Gruyter 2013; US$ 168.00

    Scientific and technological texts have not played a significant role in modern literary criticism. This collection, focusing mostly on medical and mathematical texts from ancient Greece, aims at approaching ancient Greek science from the cross-disciplinary perspective of authorship. Among the questions addressed are: How does scientific writing differ... more...

  • Conceptions of Happinessby Ignacio L. Götz

    University Press of America 2009; US$ 38.99

    This book presents the thesis that happiness does not mean just one thing but many, and that these many meanings have been studied, described, argued, and practiced throughout the centuries in many climes and places. This book explores many views of happiness as espoused by their original founders and developers. more...

  • Staging the Blazon in Early Modern English Theaterby Deborah Uman; Sara Morrison

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 104.95

    Offering the first sustained and comprehensive scholarly consideration of the dramatic potential of the blazon, this volume complicates what has become a standard reading of the Petrarchan convention of dismembering the beloved through poetic description. At the same time, it contributes to a growing understanding of the relationship between the material... more...

  • Classical Literatureby William Allan

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    From popular histories through to reworkings of classical subject matter by contemporary poets, dramatists, and novelists, the classical world and the masterpieces of its literature continue to fascinate readers and audiences in a huge variety of media. In this Very Short Introduction, William Allan explores what the 'classics' are and why... more...

  • The Last Days of Troyby Simon Armitage

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 18.94

    Simon Armitage is rightly celebrated as one of the country's most original and engaging poets; but he is also an adaptor and translator of some of our most important epics, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Death of King Arthur and Homer's Odyssey . The latter, originally a commission for BBC Radio, rendered the classical tale with all... more...

  • Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worldsby Marina Warner

    Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 31.99

    Metamorphosis is a dynamic principle of creation, vital to natural processes of generation and evolution, growth and decay, yet it also threatens personal identity if human beings are subject to a continual process of bodily transformation. Shape-shifting also belongs in the landscape of magic, witchcraft, and wonder, and enlivens classical mythology,... more...

  • Pindar's Mythmakingby Charles Segal

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Combining historical and philological method with contemporary literary analysis, this study of Pindar's longest and most elaborate victory ode, the Fourth Pythian, traces the underlying mythical patterns, implicit poetics, and processes of mythopoesis that animate his poetry Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the... more...

  • Penelope's Renownby Marylin A. Katz

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Noted for her contradictory words and actions, Penelope has been a problematic character for critics of the Odyssey, many of whom turn to psychological explanations to account for her behavior. In a fresh approach to the problem, Marylin Katz links Penelope closely with the strategies that govern the overall design of the narrative. By examining its... more...

  • Chaucerby Geoffrey Chaucer; Steve Ellis

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 71.95

    This new addition to the Longman Critical Readers Series provides an overview of the various ways in which modern critical theory has influenced Chaucer Studies over the last fifteen years. There is still a sense in the academic world, and in the wider literary community, that Medieval Studies are generally impervious to many of the questions that... more...

  • Apologizing for Socratesby Gabriel Danzig

    Lexington Books 2012; US$ 89.99

    Apologizing for Socrates places some of the Platonic and Xenophontic writings in the context of contemporary controversies over Socrates, providing a perspective in which many of the philosophic and literary features of the text can be explained. In addition, it sheds light on the apologetic techniques used by Plato and Xenophon. more...