New The Vampyre and other British stories of the Romantic era
Ed. Henry M. Wallace
The Vampyre and other British stories of the Romantic era includes the best short fiction published in Britain during the first decades of the 19th century. The period, associated with the “rise of the tale,” saw every year the arrival of new periodicals dedicated, entirely or partially, to the publication of short stories. Many authors, in all corners of the kingdom, also regularly published their own short-story collections, often in a series of volumes.
The period between 1800 and 1832, from which the stories in this volume have been selected, is especially associated with the great English Romantic poets, as well as with their aesthetic creeds, their predilection for leaps of fantasy, larger-than-life characters and uncanny situations. This is also one of the two important trends in the production of short stories at the time. Authors like Joseph William Polidori, John Galt, William Harrison Ainsworth and Walter Scott (all included here) incorporated Gothic elements into their own take on Romanticism, in which Byronic heroes become vampires and travel to Greece or become immortal and condemned to eternal peregrination; in which characters are buried alive or forced to face the ghost of someone who died centuries before.
For the student of the Romantic era in British literature, this is an indispensable instrument, as it allows a synchronic view of a period in which Romanticism coexisted both with earlier traditions and with the realistic and naturalistic trends from which would emerge the great British novels of the mid- and late 19th century.
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New The Trail of the Serpent
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Victorian England’s best-selling woman novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon still captivates readers with this chilling story of murder, betrayal, and friendship. Hailed as the first detective novel, The Trail of the Serpent is enjoying a much deserved revival. The Trail is both a sensation novel and a detective novel. It has all of the usual elements of a sensation novel, including family secrets, crime, and adultery (a ruse, in this case), and it depicts these as features of middle- and upper-class life. Yet The Trail’s role as a detective novel is arguably more important, for while it is an early example of both genres, it has the distinction of being the first British detective novel. It predates, and, in many respects, influenced Wilkie Collins’s Moonstone and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock series, but unlike these works, The Trail’s place in the history of detective fiction has often been overlooked.
“Readers will find a great deal of social criticism, some subtle and some not so subtle, in Braddon’s fearless first novel. There are attacks on hypocrisy, the permanency of marriage, and other topics, but The Trail is especially progressive in its portrayal of physical difference (or “disability”) and hand-based communication. In this respect, it stands out against other Victorian novels, many of which have acquired a dismal reputation for contributing to the creation of “disability” as a concept that stigmatizes and marginalizes real-life people.
In The Trail, Braddon often represents her female characters in ways that defy typical Victorian gender norms. Unlike some of Dickens’s novels, there are no doll-like women or perfect Angel-in-the-House heroines. Today, it continues to be as fascinating in its social commentary as it is entertaining to read.” (Catherine M. Welter, Introduction to The Trail of the Serpent)
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New Journey to the Center of the Mind
Life, Health and Happiness through the Eyes of a World-Renowned Neurosurgeon
Alexandru-Vlad Ciurea & Tudor Artenie
Journey to the Center of the Mind, a best selling book of interviews published in Romania a few years ago, is now available to English-speaking readers. The interviews with world-renowned neurosurgeon, university professor, and inventor of a drain system for the brain Alexandru Vlad Ciurea are a window into a life lived with humility, always in the best interest of the patient and of the fellow man.
Despite adverse historical conditions, which include a world war and the tough communist regime, Professor Ciurea’s life story is one filled with joy, optimism, and life lessons for all of us.
In this series of interviews with writer and journalist Tudor Artenie, the professor talks about what constitutes a good childhood and education; about good habits and health issues; about the benefits of a glass of red wine and of a good book. His honest take on what and how people can get the most out of their lives comes at a critical moment, when competing discourses are drowning us in noise and we do not know where to look for guidance anymore.
Take the journey with him and learn from a neurosurgeon who has operated on over twenty-three thousand patients and has never lost one.
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Queering Visual Cultures: Re-Presenting Sexual Politics on Stage and Screen
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It is imperative that analyses of popular cultural depictions and presentations of the queer are performed with the extensive intent towards encouraging a politics of inclusion and towards deterring the abjection of the queer subject in popular cultural portrayals.
The contemporary popular cultural space has leveraged the queer in the same format of representation as its presentation in the 1990s. Although the queer is portrayed in a less perverse light than a decade ago, popular cultural representations of the queer in the visual culture genres are still on the level of the banal. While popular culture has become more encouraging towards the queer, the broader cultural opinion about the queer has been progressively more skeptical, compromised by the idea that the queer is encroaching on spaces reserved exclusively for heteronormative recreation. The essays in this volume look closely at how the queer is portrayed across media and throughout the world. Retail price: 38 CAD Our price: 40% off
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“American Notes for General Circulation was published shortly after Dickens’s return from his six-month trip to North America. While his intention to publish a travel narrative was not publicly disclosed before or during his trip, it was widely assumed that he would write a travel book. After all, many European visitors, especially authors, had written such books in the past. In 1842 Dickens was arguably the most famous novelist in the world, so, naturally, English and American readers eagerly anticipated a book based on his visit.
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Short stories, as this anthology demonstrates, can help just as much, if not more, than novels and poems, to get a sense of the 18th century. They feature the same adventures of the body, the mind, or the soul that one finds in Robinson Crusoe, Pamela, or Tristram Shandy.
47 stories, some of them never before anthologized. Authors include: Ned Ward, Daniel Defoe, Richard Steele, Delarivier Manley, Joseph Addison, Thomas Gordon, Jonathan Swift, Eliza Haywood, Matthew Concanen, Erasmus Philips, Elizabeth Singer Rowe, Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson, Christopher Smart, John Hawkesworth, Edward Moore, John Boyle, George Colman the Elder, Bonnell Thornton, Thomas Warton, Oliver Goldsmith, Alexander Kellet, Isaac Bickerstaff, Thomas Chatterton, John Aikin, Elizabeth Griffith, Henry Mackenzie, Leonard McNally, Horace Walpole, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Nathan Drake, Robert Burns, Mary Hays, Maria Edgeworth, Hannah More. Retail Price: 35 CAD Our Price: 40% off
These Immortal Creations: An Anthology of British Romantic Poetry
Ed. Sylvia Hunt
With its over 120 poems arranged in chronological order, the present anthology follows very closely the development of Romantic poetry in Britain from its beginnings in the 1780s to the early years of Victoria’s reign. This is also the most diverse anthology of Romantic literature: out of twenty-seven authors, fifteen are male and twelve female. The reader will be able to see how the female poets of the Romantic Movement found self-empowerment in the construction, articulation and publication of a feminized poetic identity.
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The ubiquitous presence of the monstrous on screen evokes myriad interpretations. In certain cases, we love to love the monster. In others, we bond over mutual desire to see it conquered, vanquished.
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