Understanding Contemporary American Science Fiction

It is as if he is too literary an author for the general SF readership and , by virtue of his association with science fiction and fantasy , not literary enough for readers of mainstream literary fiction . Additionally , he has not been ...

Author: Darren Harris-Fain

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570035857

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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The acclaimed international bestseller in a fresh new jacket.Axis has fled to Talon Spike, the home of the Icarii, where he must learn to wield his Enchanter powers to fulfil the Prophecy. Somehow he must lead the Icarii and the Avar back into Achar, defeat his half-brother, Borneheld, and reunite the former kingdom of Tencendor under his rule.Meanwhile, Gorgrael waits impatiently for winter, to continue his destructive drive into the heart of Achar.Douglass skilfully moves her characters through this fantastic world where family ties can be deadly and love does not always conquer all.'.Sara Douglass makes her mark with this vivid, gritty saga brimming with treachery, action, bravery, and dark magic' - Elizabeth Haydon, author of Destiny.'This is storytelling at its best, with fast-paced action, gritty realism, powerful characters, magic and romance' - Romantic Times.'Epic storytelling on a par with Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan' - Library Journal.

Understanding Pornographic Fiction

In Fifty Shades of Grey this element is more pronounced: y we are given to understand that Christian Grey was ... and read romance fiction of any type are contributing to their own silencing by preventing successful uptake of their own ...

Author: Charles Nussbaum

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137556769

Category: Philosophy

Page: 178

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This work defends two main theses. First, modern Western pornographic fiction functions as a self-deceptive vehicle for sexual or blood-lustful arousal; and second, that its emergence owes as much to Puritan Protestantism and its inner- or this-worldly asceticism as does the emergence of modern rationalized capitalism.

Understanding Contemporary Irish Fiction and Drama

In the fiction based on their experiences, the decaying, destroyed, or abandoned house symbolizes a “broken world,”14 and “the image of the collapsing great house” became a “metaphor for loss and ruin.”15 Lost and ruined in Big House ...

Author: Margaret Hallissy

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611176636

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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In Understanding Contemporary Irish Fiction and Drama, Margaret Hallissy examines the work of a cross-section of important Irish writers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries who are representative of essential issues and themes in the canon of contemporary Irish literature. Included are early figures John Millington Synge and James Joyce; dramatists Brian Friel, Conor McPherson, and Tom Murphy; and prize-winning contemporary fiction writers such as Edna O’Brien, Joseph O’Connor, William Trevor, Roddy Doyle, and Colum McCann. Each chapter focuses on one significant representative piece of contemporary Irish fiction or drama by filling in its cultural, historical, and literary background. Hallissy identifies a key theme or key event in the Irish past essential to understanding the work. She then analyzes earlier literary compositions with the same theme and through a close reading of the contemporary work provides context for that background. The chapters are organized chronologically by relevant historical events, with thematic discussions interspersed. Background pieces were chosen for their places in Irish literature and the additional insight they provide into the featured works.

Understanding Novels

The novels may be hilarious or heartbreaking—often both—yet the interaction between fictional creation and the forces of history are undeniable and inescapable. We see much the same thing in any ethnic American fiction, although most ...

Author: Thomas C. Foster

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408111062

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Literature and Understanding

Understanding as discerning the layers of meaning to be found in a given utterance in a literary fiction (pp. 74 – 75). b. Arrangement of data from literary fiction and application of knowledge accrued from literary fiction to similar ...

Author: Jon Phelan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000201147

Category: Education

Page: 182

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Literature and Understanding investigates the cognitive gain from literature by focussing on a reader’s close analysis of a literary text. It examines the meaning of ‘literature’, outlines the most prominent positions in the literary cognitivism debate, explores the practice of close reading from a philosophical perspective, provides a fresh account of what we mean by ‘understanding’ and in so doing opens up a new area of research in the philosophy of literature. This book provides a different reply to the challenge that we can’t learn anything worthwhile from reading literary fiction. It makes the innovative case that reading literary fiction as literature rather than as fiction stimulates five relevant senses of understanding. The book uses examples of irony, metaphor, play with perspective and ambiguity to illustrate this contention. Before arguing that these five senses of understanding bridge the gap between our understanding of a literary text and our understanding of the world beyond that text. The book will be of great interest for researchers, scholars and post-graduate students in the fields of aesthetics, literary theory, literature in education and pedagogy.

Primary English Knowledge and Understanding

Children's early reading experiences have traditionally been in the area of fiction. ... Almost overnight, it seems, they are expected to read and understand non-fiction books, textbooks, and specialist information books about science, ...

Author: Jane Medwell

Publisher: Learning Matters

ISBN: 9781526413758

Category: Education

Page: 320

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The is the essential subject knowledge text for primary English that will secure the knowledge and understanding needed for confident, creative and effective teaching.

How Students Understand the Past

Reading Preference and Misconceptions Prefers Prefers Likes Fiction and Level of Understanding Fiction Nonfiction Nonfiction Equal/y Misconceptions 10 (43%) 3 (25%) 3i (66%) No Misconceptions 13 (57%) 9 (75%) 16 (34%) Total 23 12 47 ...

Author: M. Elaine Davis

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759114944

Category: Education

Page: 200

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M. Elaine Davis presents a useful text that demonstrates the importance of contemporary learning theory and educational research to the development of effective programs in both formal and informal history and archaeology education. Chapters cover teaching and history education theory, and apply this to various case studies and program examples. A valuable tool for school teachers, museum educators, archaeologists, and historians.

Philosophy Literature and Understanding

Lamarque, P. (2012), 'Thought Theory and Literary Cognition', in J. Daiber, Eva-Maria Konrad and Thomas Petraschka (eds), Understanding Fiction: Knowledge and Meaning in Literature, 67–80. Münster: Mentis.

Author: Jukka Mikkonen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350163973

Category: Philosophy

Page: 190

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Challenging existing methodological conceptions of the analytic approach to aesthetics, Jukka Mikkonen brings together philosophy, literary studies and cognitive psychology to offer a new theory on the cognitive value of reading fiction. Philosophy, Literature and Understanding defends the epistemic significance of narratives, arguing that it should be explained in terms of understanding rather than knowledge. Mikkonen formulates understanding as a cognitive process, which he connects to narrative imagining in order to assert that narrative is a central tool for communicating understanding. Demonstrating the effects that literary works have on their readers, he examines academic critical analysis, responses of the reading public and nonfictional writings that include autobiographical testimony to their writer's influences and attitudes to life. In doing so, he provides empirical evidence of the cognitive benefits of literature and of how readers demonstrate the growth of their understanding. By drawing on the written testimony of the reader, this book is an important intervention into debates on the value of literature that incorporates understanding in new and imaginative ways.

Wittgenstein on Aesthetic Understanding

other, previous works of fiction and that these allusions inform our reception of those works. The allusion to the careers of stars is part of a larger problem for Carroll, who says that, “ ...in order to understand any fiction, ...

Author: Garry L. Hagberg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319409108

Category: Philosophy

Page: 394

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This book investigates the significance of Wittgenstein’s philosophy for aesthetic understanding. Focusing on the aesthetic elements of Wittgenstein’s philosophical work, the authors explore connections to contemporary currents in aesthetic thinking and the illuminating power of Wittgenstein’s philosophy when considered in connection with the interpretation of specific works of literature, music, and the arts. Taken together, the chapters presented here show what aesthetic understanding consists of and the ways we achieve it, how it might be articulated, and why it is important. At a time of strong renewal of interest in Wittgenstein’s contributions to the philosophy of mind and language, this book offers insight into the connections between philosophical-psychological and linguistic issues and the understanding of the arts.

Understanding James Understanding Modernism

He deploys a similar strategy toward the same end in “Notes toward a Supreme Fiction”: That's it, the more than rational distortion, The fiction that results from feeling. Yes, that. They will get it straight one day at the Sorbonne.

Author: David H. Evans

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501302763

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Psychologist, philosopher, teacher, writer-William James stood closer than any other thinker to the center of the confluence of intellectual and artistic forces that defined the culture of modernism. The outstanding feature of this volume lies in its intent to investigate James's influence on both American and International Modernism. It provides, on the one hand, a multifaceted introduction to students of history, philosophy, and culture, and on the other, a compendium of some of the most up-to-date thinking on this central figure. James's first book, Principles of Psychology (1890) immediately established James as the leading psychologist of his time, at a moment in history when psychology seemed to offer the promise of finding some definitive answers to eternal philosophical conundra. James's innovations would register a clear effect on much modernist art, most evidently in the stylistic prose experiments of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and their imitators. James's tentative skepticism concerning the concept of consciousness as such, and the post-Cartesian ego that was its foundation, also anticipates the questioning of the subject that would be the theme of much modern, and indeed postmodern thought. The contributors to this volume explore James's most essential texts as well as his influence on contemporary writers, artists, and thinkers. The final section is a glossary of James's key terms, with entries written by leading experts.

Understanding and Teaching Holocaust Education

example, the graphic novel Maus, a twovolume biography of the author's father who survived the Holocaust (Spiegelman, 1987, 1992), was moved in 1991 from the Times bestseller fiction category to nonfiction, and the Pulitzer Prize ...

Author: Paula Cowan

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781473988026

Category: Education

Page: 192

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The Holocaust is a controversial and difficult teaching topic that needs to be approached sensitively and with an awareness of the complex and emotive issues involved. This book offers pragmatic pedagogical and classroom-based guidance for teachers and trainee teachers on how to intelligently teach holocaust education in a meaningful and age-appropriate way. Key coverage includes: Practical approaches and useful resources for teaching in schools Holocaust education and citizenship Holocaust remembrance as an educational opportunity How to explore the topic of anti-semitism in the classroom Exploring international perspectives on holocaust education

Understanding Paul West

CHAPTER FOUR The Experimental Novels With his fictions of the 1970s — Caliban's Filibuster ith his fictions of the 1970s - Caliban's Filibuster ( 1970 ) , Colonel Mint ( 1972 ) , Bela Lugosi's White Christmas ( 1972 ) , and Gala ( 1976 ) ...

Author: David W. Madden

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 0872498867

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 171

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Offers an analytical introduction to the fiction of Paul West, charting the writer's daring experiments with narrative structure & form as well as his unceasing commitment to stylistic virtuosity.

Understanding Non Monogamies

Fiction. Esther Saxey Literary criticism since the 1960s has pointed out a series of elephants in the room: ways in ... fiction offers models for selfconception—characters with which to identify, plots by which we can understand our own ...

Author: Meg Barker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135196295

Category: Psychology

Page: 312

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Most social scientific work on intimate relationships has assumed a monogamous structure, or has considered anything other than monogamy only in the context of 'infidelity'. Yet, in recent years there has been a growing interest among researchers and the public in exploring various patterns of intimacy that involve open non-monogamy. This volume gathers contributions from academics, activists, and practitioners throughout the world to explore non-monogamous relationships. Featuring both empirical and theoretical pieces, contributors examine the history and cultural basis of various forms of non-monogamy, experiences of non-monogamous living, psychological understandings of relationship patterns, language and emotion, the discursive construction of mono-normativity as well as issues of race, class, disability, sexuality and gender. This volume will be of interest to academics and practitioners working in the social sciences and anyone who is seeking greater insight into the intricacies of non-monogamous relationships.

Understanding Religion and Popular Culture

Using examples from popular science fiction films and television, discuss how this agreement is established and reinforced. How does this help us understand the process of religious belief off-screen? To answer this, you may need to ...

Author: Terry Ray Clark

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415781046

Category: Religion

Page: 216

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An introductory textbook which provides students with a variety of approaches for analysing religion and popular culture, covering areas such as food, violence, music, television and videogames.

Understanding The Old Man and the Sea

Examining the narration of the first day and night on land, the reader obtains those facts needed to understand what will come. This is where the exposition — the presentation of the introductory material of a work of fiction — occurs ...

Author: Patricia Dunlavy Valenti

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313316319

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 198

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A companion to the Hemingway classic discusses such topics as the story's formal characteristics, historical background to life in Cuba, and sports featured in the story.

Understanding Chang rae Lee

Lee's efforts to mitigate the novel's reception as dystopian may also serve to undercut the criticism of his ... Neglect of such literal, rational questions in imaginative fiction is often excused, even legitimized, as literary licence.

Author: Amanda M. Page

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611177831

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

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In Understanding Chang-rae Lee, Amanda M. Page provides the first critical survey of the work of one of America's most acclaimed contemporary novelists. Chang-rae Lee, the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English at Stanford University, has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, an American Book Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Lee is the author of five novels, including The Surrendered, which was a named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011. In considering the novelist's oeuvre, Page examines Lee's evolving use of narrative perspective and how it attests to the power of voice by showing that storytelling can reveal hidden truths—whether intended or not. After a brief biography, an overview of Lee's critical reception, and a discussion of his nonfiction essays, Page traces the trajectory of Lee's career to illustrate the ways his work continues to push against formal and thematic boundaries with each new novel. In her exploration of Lee's first and best-known novel, Native Speaker, Page introduces many of Lee's recurring themes, including the pains of cultural assimilation, the significant role of language in identity, and emotional alienation as a result of constructs of masculinity. Page then argues that Lee's second novel, A Gesture Life, uses evasive narration and the guise of a suburban novel to conceal a meditation on war trauma and contemporary isolation. Aloft, the last of Lee's novels told in the first person, plays with expected conventions of American suburban fiction to critique the white privilege at the heart of this familiar form. Page also explores The Surrendered, Lee's ambitious historical epic that deploys third-person perspective to show the variety of ways historical trauma reverberates in the present. Page's final chapter focuses on Lee's dystopian novel On Such a Full Sea. In his most bold experiment with narrative voice to date, this novel is told from the collective perspective of an entire community, reflecting on the experiences of a lone girl as she navigates a highly stratified social hierarchy. Page argues that this work shows the culmination of Lee's interest in the relationship between the individual and the community and the power of a single voice to speak truth.

Varieties of Understanding

Understanding. Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei Literary theorists for half a century have debated the problem of literary ... 2 See Wolfgang Huemer, “Cognitive Dimensions of Achieving (and Failing) in Literature,” in Understanding Fiction: ...

Author: Stephen R. Grimm

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190860974

Category: Philosophy

Page: 300

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What does it mean to understand something? What is the essence of understanding, when compared across multiple domains? Varieties of Understanding offers new and original work on the nature of understanding, raising questions about what understanding looks like from different perspectives and exploring how ordinary people use the notion of understanding. According to a long historical tradition, understanding comes in different varieties. In particular, it is said that understanding people has a different epistemic profile than understanding the natural world-that it calls on different cognitive resources and brings to bear distinctive normative considerations. Thus, in order to understand people we might need to appreciate, or in some way sympathetically reconstruct, the reasons that led a person to act in a certain way. By comparison, when it comes to understanding natural events, like earthquakes or eclipses, no appreciation of reasons or acts of sympathetic reconstruction is arguably needed-mainly because there are no reasons on the scene to even be appreciated, and no perspectives to be sympathetically pieced together. This volume brings together some of the world's leading philosophers, psychologists, and theologians in order to shed light on the various ways in which we understand the world, pushing debates on this issue to new levels of sophistication and insight.

Understanding Rhetoric

The readings run the gamut of all the commonplace genres in English classrooms: non-fiction narrative, essay, poetry, prose fiction, and even film. You'll notice some of the readings are presented singularly to spotlight a specific ...

Author: Eamon M. Cunningham

Publisher: BrownWalker Press

ISBN: 9781627347051

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 468

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Understanding Rhetoric: A Guide to Critical Reading and Argumentation is a composition textbook that outlines three essential skills – rhetoric, argument, and source-based writing – geared towards newcomers and advanced students alike. Though comprehensive in its coverage, the book’s focus is a simple one: how to move beyond a "gut reaction" while reading to an articulation of what is effective and what is not, while explicitly answering the most important question of "Why?" This text gets at this central concern in two fundamental ways. First, the text teaches composition as a cumulative process, coaching you how to question, challenge, and expand on not just the readings you hold in your hands, but also how to interrogate the internal processes of writing and thinking. The book's blend of composition methods detail the cross-point of product and process to turn reading and writing from a matter of coming up with answers to questions to learning what type of questions need to be asked in the first place. The "right" questions, the text argues, are fundamentally rhetorical in nature. Second, the content of the practice-based chapters is framed into a larger mesh of intellectual history to show how the writing and thinking you are doing today is continuous with a long history of writing instruction that goes back to the ancient world. This book provides equal representation from classical and contemporary theory with the recognition that theory cannot be fully grasped without practice, and practice cannot be fully understood without its theoretical antecedent. After all, you can’t write "outside the box" until you know where the box is and what it looks like.

Understanding Children s Literature

In the midst of all this, unresolved conflicts remain between those who want to retain or re-negotiate some literary criteria for judging the quality of children's fiction and those who are more sceptical of such judgements.

Author: Peter Hunt

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415375474

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

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Edited by Peter Hunt, a leading figure in the field, this book introduces the study of children's literature, addressing theoretical questions as well as the most relevant critical approaches to the discipline. The fourteen chapters draw on insights from academic disciplines ranging from cultural and literary studies to education and psychology, and include an essay on what writers for children think about their craft. The result is a fascinating array of perspectives on key topics in children's literature as well as an introduction to such diverse concerns as literacy, ideology, stylistics, feminism, history, culture and bibliotherapy. An extensive general bibliography is complemented by lists of further reading for each chapter and a glossary defines critical and technical terms, making the book accessible for those coming to the field or to a particular approach for the first time. In this second edition there are four entirely new chapters; contributors have revisited and revised or rewritten seven of the chapters to reflect new thinking, while the remaining three are classic essays, widely acknowledged to be definitive. Understanding Children's Literature will not only be an invaluable guide for students of literature or education, but it will also inform and enrich the practice of teachers and librarians.