Monstrous Imaginaries

Author: Maaheen Ahmed
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1496825306
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Monsters seem inevitably linked to humans and not always as mere opposites. Maaheen Ahmed examines good monsters in comics to show how Romantic themes from the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries persist in today’s popular culture. Comics monsters, questioning the distinction between human and monster, self and other, are valuable conduits of Romantic inclinations. Engaging with Romanticism and the many monsters created by Romantic writers and artists such as Mary Shelley, Victor Hugo, and Goya, Ahmed maps the heritage, functions, and effects of monsters in contemporary comics and graphic novels. She highlights the persistence of recurrent Romantic features through monstrous protagonists in English- and French-language comics and draws out their implications. Aspects covered include the dark Romantic predilection for ruins and the sordid, the solitary protagonist and his quest, nostalgia, the prominence of the spectacle as well as excessive emotions, and above all, the monster’s ambiguity and rebelliousness. Ahmed highlights each Romantic theme through close readings of well-known but often overlooked comics, including Enki Bilal's Monstre tetralogy, Jim O'Barr's The Crow, and Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, as well as the iconic comics series Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and Mike Mignola's Hellboy. In blurring the otherness of the monster, these protagonists retain the exaggeration and uncontrollability of all monsters while incorporating Romantic characteristics.

Journeys In Persia And Kurdistan Volume 1

Author: Isabella Lucy Bird
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108014690
Size: 72.11 MB
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Volume 1 of Isabella Bird's account introduces the region's difficulties and fascinations for a nineteenth-century traveller.

Facsimiles Of Time

Author: Eric Linn Ormsby
Publisher: The Porcupine's Quill
ISBN: 9780889842267
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Eric Ormsby is a poet who writes prose that is both graceful and hard-headed. With an outspoken contempt for cant and literary persiflage, Ormsby ranges over a surprising array of writers and literatures. Each essay involves a new and sometimes startling viewpoint, whether on Hart Crane's homosexuality and its effect on his poems or the strange and twisted, yet redeeming, place which Shakespeare held in his own family history. From American and Canadian poetry to Classical Arabic literature Ormsby brings a fresh slant and incisive expression to his prose. What was Franz Kafka doing at a ski resort in the last years of his life and what did he do there besides tobogganing? Everyone knows that Jorge Luis Borges was bookish, but did you know he was bloodthirsty as well? How is Pat Lowther's posthumous reputation as a poet connected with the brutal circumstances of her murder? These and other mysteries are explored in the 17 elegant essays that make up Eric Ormby's new book.

Dictionary Of American Biography

Author: American Council of Learned Societies
Publisher: Charles Scribners Sons/Reference
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The 20-vol. set records the lives of 19,173 celebrated women and men who have made significant contributions to American life. Explorers, artists, scientists, inventors, business leaders, criminals, political figures, diplomats and outstanding individuals from more than 700 fields of endeavor are chronicled in signed biographies by specialists. More than 19,000 biographies covering people who died through 1980, are provided in 10 base vols. and 10 supplements. In addition, a comprehensive index to the entire set is available. Published under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies.