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Ancient & Classical

  • An Ecology of World Literatureby Alexander Beecroft

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 29.95

    What constitutes a nation?s literature? How do literatures of different countries interact with one another? In this groundbreaking study, Alexander Beecroft develops a new way of thinking about world literature. Drawing on a series of examples and case studies, the book ranges from ancient epic to the contemporary fiction of Roberto Bolaño and Amitav... more...

  • Antike Mythologie in christlichen Kontexten der Spätantikeby Hartmut Leppin

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 154.00

    It is well known that classical mythology outlasted the Christianization of the Roman Empire. This volume undertakes a new investigation of the complex conditions under which it continued to exist and thrive in Late Antiquity. Particular attention is devoted to the polemical and educational contexts in which classical mythology was often used, and... more...

  • Irritationenby Ramona Früh; Therese Fuhrer; Marcel Humar; Martin Vöhler

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 154.00

    Irritation and destabilization can unsettle established opinions, attitudes, and behaviors. The contributions in this volume seek to study this phenomenon further by examining a range of literary and vernacular texts, with particular attention to topics related to rhetoric and literary theory, as well as pedagogical and linguistic issues. Essays investigate... more...

  • Sophocles: Four Tragedies: Oedipus the King, Aias, Philoctetes, Oedipus at Colonusby Oliver Taplin

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 49.99

    Sophocles stands as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, influencing a vast array of artists and thinkers over the centuries. Disturbing and unrelenting, his tragedies portray what Matthew Arnold referred to as 'the turbid ebb and flow of human misery', allowing the audience to stand on the verge of the abyss and confront the waste and... more...

  • Vom Text zum Textby Julija Boguna; Jürgen Joachimsthaler; Jouko Nikkinen; Ewald Reuter; Detlef Wilske

    Frank & Timme 2015; US$ 65.04

    Der Wissenschaftler und Schriftsteller Andreas F. Kelletat ist eine Ausnahmeerscheinung. Sein Talent zum kritischen sowie produktiven Umgang mit Sprache, Worten und Zeichen hat er in zahlreichen Vorträgen und Publikationen unter Beweis gestellt. Nun schreiben andere für und über ihn. Kollegen, Wegbegleiter und Freunde aus Deutschland, Finnland und... more...

  • Shifting Genres in Late Antiquityby Geoffrey Greatrex; Hugh Elton; the assistance of Lucas McMahon

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 129.95

    This volume examines the transformation that took place in a wide range of genres in Late Antiquity. Aspects of sacred and secular literature are discussed, alongside chapters on technical writing, monody, epigraphy, epistolography and visual representation. What emerges is the flexibility of genres in the period: late antique authors were not slavish... more...

  • Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literatureby Larissa Tracy

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2015; US$ 29.15

    An ugly subject, but one that needs to be treated thoroughly and comprehensively, with a discreet wit and no excessive relish. These needs are richly satisfied in Larissa Tracy's bold and important book. DEREK PEARSALL, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University. Torture - that most notorious aspect of medieval culture and society - has evolved into... more...

  • Translating Beowulf: Modern Versions in English Verseby Hugh Magennis

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2015; US$ 29.15

    "A senior scholar writing here at the height of his powers and bringing experience and insight to an important topic... the second chapter is one of the best short, general introductions to the artistry of the poem I have read... A dizzying and engaging narrative." Dr Chris Jones, Senior Lecturer in English Poetry, Department of English, University... more...

  • Medievalism: a Critical Historyby David Matthews

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2015; US$ 72.92

    The field known as "medievalism studies" concerns the life of the Middle Ages after the Middle Ages. Originating some thirty years ago, it examines reinventions and reworkings of the medieval from the Reformation to postmodernity, from Bale and Leland to HBO's Game of Thrones . But what exactly is it? An offshoot of medieval studies? A version... more...

  • The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragonsby Liu Hsieh; Vincent Yu-Chung Shih; Vincent Yu-Chung Shih

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 19.95

    The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons is the first comprehensive work of literary criticism in Chinese, and one that has been considered essential reading for writers and scholars since it was written some 1,500 years ago. A vast compendium of all that was known about Chinese literature at the time, it is simultaneously a taxonomy... more...