By Jonathan Gibson,Victoria E. Burke
By Regina Hewitt
The essays during this quantity research Galt’s paintings in gentle of the convergence of literature, historical past, and social conception in Scottish Enlightenment and Romantic-era tradition and in our personal interdisciplinary atmosphere. Discussing Galt’s paintings and importance within the many components, genres, and contexts within which he figures, they expand the circle of contacts with whom we affiliate Galt, relocating from anticipated comparisons with contemporaries Walter Scott and James Hogg to unforeseen hyperlinks with such later authors and social thinkers as George Douglas Brown and Harriet Martineau. in addition, those essays extend the repertoire of works studied, providing the 1st prolonged analyses of Eben Erskine, Rothelan, and the Travels and Observations of Hareach, the Wandering Jew along with new readings of Annals of the Parish, Bogle Corbet, and Ringan Gilhaize. total, the essays draw out the consequences of Galt’s practices and kinfolk as a journalist, dramatist, critic, biographer, and novelist, constructing grounded conjectures approximately their value in Galt’s time and our own.
By Gillian Piggott
By Amanda Bailey
The past due sixteenth-century penal debt bond, which allowed an unhappy creditor to grab the physique of his debtor, set in movement a chain of precedents that might form the felony, philosophical, and ethical factor of property-in-person in England and the US for hundreds of years. concentrating on this old juncture at which debt litigation used to be now not basically a side of society yet appeared to engulf it thoroughly, Of Bondage examines a tradition that understood cash and the physique of the borrower as similar varieties of estate that impinged on each other in the mean time of default.
Amanda Bailey indicates that the early glossy theater, itself depending on debt bonds, used to be good situated to level the advanced moral concerns raised by way of a procedure of forfeiture that registered as a physically occasion. whereas performs approximately debt like The service provider of Venice and The customized of the Country didn't use the language of political philosophy, they have been artistically and financially invested in exploring freedom as a functionality of ownership. by means of revealing dramatic literature's heretofore unacknowledged contribution to the constructing narrative of possessed folks, Amanda Bailey not just deepens our realizing of creditor-debtor kinfolk within the interval but additionally sheds new gentle at the conceptual stipulations for the associations of indentured servitude and African slavery. Of Bondage is essential not just for college students and students of English literature but in addition for these attracted to British and colonial criminal background, the heritage of human rights, and the sociology of economics.
By Lucy Le-Guilcher,Lucy, Dr Le-Guilcher,Phyllis B, Dr Lassner
From 1929 to 1997, Rumer Godden released greater than 60 books, together with novels, biographies, kid's books, and poetry; this can be the 1st assortment dedicated to this significant transnational author. targeting Godden's writing from the Thirties onward, the participants discover the breadth and diversity of the literary panorama on exhibit in works resembling Black Narcissus, the girl and the Unicorn, A Fugue in Time, and The River.
Often drawing on her personal stories residing in India and Britain, Godden establishes a various narrative topography that enables her to interact with matters on the topic of her personal doubtful place as an writer representing such nomadic Others as gypsies, or taking on the displacements led to via overseas clash. spotting that stories of the transnational needs to think about the of enforced and elected exile in the altering political and cultural borders of postcolonial international locations, the individuals place Godden with recognize to diversified and overlapping fields of inquiry: smooth literary background; colonial, postcolonial, and transnational experiences; inter-media stories; and kid's literature. Taken jointly, the essays during this quantity display the richness and diversity of Godden's writing and render the myriad ways that Godden is a vital severe presence in mid-twentieth-century fiction.
By Manushag N. Powell
By Daniel E. O'Sullivan
The online game of chess was once wildly well known within the heart a while, rather a lot in order that it turned a tremendous idea paradigm for thinkers and writers who applied its vocabulary and imagery for commentaries on battle, politics, love, and the social order. during this selection of essays, students examine chess texts from various traditions – English, French, German, Latin, Persian, Spanish, Swedish, and Catalan – and argue that wisdom of chess is key to knowing medieval tradition. Such wisdom, even if, can't depend upon the trendy video game, for today’s principles weren't constructed till the past due 15th century. basically via familiarity with prior incarnations of the sport can one absolutely savour the complete import of chess to medieval society. The cautious scholarship contained during this quantity presents not just perception into the importance of chess in medieval eu tradition but in addition opens up avenues of inquiry for destiny paintings during this wealthy field.
By Michael Pierse
By Juliet John
This quantity positions Dickens as either a literary and a cultural icon with acomplex dating to the cultural panorama in his personal interval and because. It seeks to illustrate that oppositions that have pervaded techniques to Dickens - Victorian vs glossy, artist vs entertainer, tradition vs trade - are fake, by way of exploring the variety and multiplicity of Dickens's textual and extra-textual lives. A specifically commissioned Afterword through Florian Schweizer, Director of theDickens 2012 celebrations, bargains a desirable perception into the shaping of this year-long public programme of commemoration of Dickens. just like the quantity as an entire, it asks us to think about the natureof our reference to "this quintessentially Victorian author" and what it really is approximately Dickens that also appeals to humans round the world.
Professor Juliet John holds the Hildred Carlile Chair of English Literature, Royal Holloway, college of London.
participants: Jay Clayton, Holly Furneaux, John Drew, Michaela Mahlberg, Juliet John, Michael Hollington, Joss Marsh, Carrie Sickmann, Kim Edwardes Keates, Dominic Rainsford, Florian Schweizer
By Paul Cefalu