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C. S. Lewis's stories in Medieval and Renaissance Literature is a suite of fourteen attention-grabbing essays, half which have been by no means released in Lewis's lifetime. the 1st 3 offer a basic creation to medieval literature while the rest essays flip to the works of significant writers akin to Dante (The Divine Comedy), Malory (Le Morte d'Arthur), Spenser (The Faerie Queene) and Milton (Comus). Lewis's insightful but obtainable writing will captivate a person with an curiosity in medieval and Renaissance literature.

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Download E-books The Impotency Poem from Ancient Latin to Restoration English Literature PDF

By Hannah Lavery

The 1st e-book size research of the motif of impotency in poetry from early antiquity via to the past due recovery, this publication explores the impotency poem as a recognisable kind of poetry within the longer culture of erotic elegy. Hannah Lavery’s crucial declare is that the impotency motif is followed by means of poets in acceptance of its strength to indicate sarcastically via its use as image and allegory. by way of drawing jointly research of works within the culture, Lavery indicates how the impotency motif is used to interact with anxieties as to what it skill to enact ’service’ inside of political and social contexts. She demonstrates that impotency poems should be visible on one point to symbolize bawdy escapism, yet at the different to provide positions of resistance and competition to social and political matters modern to a selected time. while the hyperlink among the 'Imperfect leisure' poems via Ovid and Rochester is widely known, Lavery the following appears extra again to the origins of the idea that of male impotency as degradation within the works of prior Roman poets. this can be a major context for contemplating how the impotency poem then first looks within the French and English vernaculars throughout the 16th century, resulting in translations and diversifications during the 17th century. Lavery's shut readings of the poems think about either the character of the literary shape, and the political and social contexts in which the works look, so that it will chart the intertextual improvement of the impotency poem as a unique kind of writing within the early sleek interval.

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Download E-books Streams of History: The Renaissance and Reformation (Yesterday's Classics) PDF

Offers 3 nice routine that introduced Europe out of the center a long time and into Modernity: The Renaissance; the expansion of the English structure and, in particular, the expansion of the English Parliament; and The Reformation. makes a speciality of the clash among the primary of self-government and the primary of despotic executive to figure out which should still rule and direct the lives of guys. quantity five within the 7-volume Streams of historical past sequence, which offers a bright photograph of the expansion of Western Civilization from the early resource of the ancient circulate again within the Nile, the Tigro-Euphrates and the Indus valleys, after which its widening and deepening because it strikes westward. The sequence highlights the contributions of every tradition to the circulation of historical past and exhibits how its contributions are stuck up and carried directly to destiny peoples and countries. the coed is ended in see how each one grows out of that which precedes, and shadows forth what follows, and that the invention of the United States, and its next institutional improvement was once the fruitage of a seed which lay deep within the ancient soul of Europe.

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Download E-books Shostakovich and His World (The Bard Music Festival) PDF

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) has a name as one of many top composers of the 20 th century. however the tale of his debatable position in heritage continues to be being informed, and his complete degree as a musician nonetheless being taken. This selection of essays is going a ways in increasing the conventional purview of Shostakovich's global, exploring the composer's creativity and artwork when it comes to the expectations--historical, cultural, and political--that cast them.

The assortment includes files that seem for the 1st time in English. Letters that younger "Miti" wrote to his mom provide a glimpse into his goals and targets on the outset of his profession. Shostakovich's solutions to a 1927 questionnaire display a lot approximately his formative tastes within the arts and how he skilled the inventive strategy. His formerly unknown letters to Stalin shed new gentle on Shostakovich's place in the Soviet inventive elite.

The essays delve into missed features of Shostakovich's bold legacy. Simon Morrison presents an in-depth exam of the choreography, costumes, décor, and tune of his ballet The Bolt and Gerard McBurney of the musical references, parodies, and quotations in his operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki. David Fanning seems at Shostakovich's actions as a pedagogue and the mark they left on his scholars' and his personal song. Peter J. Schmelz explores the composer's late-period adoption of twelve-tone writing within the context of the distinctively "Soviet" perform of serialism. different participants contain Caryl Emerson, Christopher H. Gibbs, Levon Hakobian, Leonid Maximenkov, and Rosa Sadykhova. In a provocative concluding essay, Leon Botstein displays at the other ways listeners strategy the tune of Shostakovich.

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Download E-books Culture and Society in the Stuart Restoration: Literature, Drama, History PDF

Tradition and Society within the Stuart recovery indicates how the recovery produced the concept that of a countrywide literature an important to a brand new nationalist cultural company: questions of nationwide identification and distinction, of what it intended to be English or British or either, got here to be framed when it comes to overseas alternate and imperial ambition; and non secular and royal authority gave manner ahead of the improvement of a mundane literary tradition geared to the calls for of a constructing advertisement and imperial country.

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Download E-books The Roman Inquisition: A Papal Bureaucracy and Its Laws in the Age of Galileo (Haney Foundation Series) PDF

By Thomas F. Mayer

While the Spanish Inquisition has laid the best declare to either scholarly cognizance and the preferred mind's eye, the Roman Inquisition, verified in 1542 and a key tool of papal authority, was once extra robust, vital, and long-lived. based via Paul III and initially aimed to get rid of Protestant heresy, it medieval antecedents yet went past them via turning into a hugely articulated centralized organ at once depending on the pope. through the overdue 16th century the Roman Inquisition had built its personal detailed approaches, felony approach, and body of workers, the congregation of cardinals and a pro employees. Its felony approach grew out of the means of inquisitio formulated via blameless III within the early 13th century, it grew to become the main precocious papal paperwork at the highway to the 1st "absolutist" state.

As Thomas F. Mayer demonstrates, the Inquisition underwent consistent amendment because it multiplied. the hot establishment modeled its case administration and different systems on these of one other medieval ancestor, the Roman excellent court docket, the Rota. With remarkable cognizance to archival assets and element, Mayer portrays a hugely articulated company forms with the pope at its head. He profiles the Cardinal Inquisitors, together with those that could play an important position in Galileo's trials, and information their social and geographical origins, their schooling, financial prestige, past careers within the Church, and networks of patronage. on the aspect this research ends, circa 1640, Pope city VIII had made the Roman Inquisition his own tool and ruled it to some extent none of his predecessors had approached.

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Download E-books Aesthetics and Marxism: Chinese Aesthetic Marxists and Their Western Contemporaries (Post-Contemporary Interventions) PDF

By Kang Liu

Although chinese language Marxism—primarily represented via Maoism—is often visible via Western intellectuals as monolithic, Liu Kang argues that its practices and initiatives are as various as these in Western Marxism, fairly within the quarter of aesthetics. during this comparative examine of eu and chinese language Marxist traditions, Liu unearths the level to which chinese language Marxists contain principles approximately aesthetics and tradition of their theories and practices. In doing so, he constructs a unconditionally new figuring out of chinese language Marxism.
Far from being secondary concerns in chinese language Marxism, aesthetics and tradition are in truth significant issues. during this admire, such Marxists are just like their Western opposite numbers, even if Europeans have had little knowing of the chinese language adventure. Liu lines the family tree of aesthetic discourse in either smooth China and the West because the period of classical German idea, displaying the place conceptual transformations and divergences have happened within the traditions. He examines the paintings of Mao Zedong, Lu Xun, Li Zehou, Qu Qiubai, and others in China, and from the West he discusses Kant, Schiller, Schopenhauer, and Marxist theorists together with Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, and Marcuse. whereas stressing the variety of Marxist positions inside of China in addition to within the West, Liu explains how rules of tradition and aesthetics have provided a optimistic imaginative and prescient for a postrevolutionary society and feature affected a large box of matters concerning the issues of modernity.
Forcefully argued and theoretically refined, this ebook will entice scholars and students of latest Marxism, cultural reviews, aesthetics, and smooth chinese language tradition, politics, and ideology.

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Download E-books Nuptial Arithmetic: Marsilio Ficino's Commentary on the Fatal Number in Book VIII of Plato's Republic PDF

The newest of Michael Allen's amazing reviews of the Renaissance Neoplatonist, Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), offers a tough, interesting textual content. past due in his occupation, Ficino wrote a remark at the intractable passage in publication VIII of Plato's Republic that issues the mysterious geometric or "fatal" quantity. He was once hence the 1st sleek interpreter of this recognized passage, and Allen is the 1st in our period to translate and elucidate his awesome commentary.

Allen's severe translation of Ficino's research of the deadly quantity passage exhibits the way it develops philosophical, mental, numerological, astrological, and prophetic issues that had a specific resonance on the finish of the 15th century.

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Download E-books Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries PDF

By Eric S. Christianson

Over the centuries, Ecclesiastes has inspired a variety of and numerous points of existence and concept. Ecclesiastes during the Centuries assesses the results of the e-book at the tradition of a number of the occasions in spiritual, inventive, and social contexts.

  • Presents an leading edge, reception historical past method of the research of Ecclesiastes, via tracing its impact on faith, tradition, literature, artwork, and social thought
  • Explores a desirable variety of Jewish and Christian readings
  • Features enticing and weird examples from artwork, tune, literature and historical past: from Thackeray and Orwell, to Salvador Dali’s Illustrated Bible, to the inflammatory exposition of Ecclesiastes on the funeral of Queen Mary
  • Published within the leading edge Blackwell Bible Commentaries sequence; for additional details stopover at the sequence web site at www.bbibcomm.net

 

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Download E-books Waterborne Pageants and Festivities in the Renaissance: Essays in Honour of J.R. Mulryne (European Festival Studies: 1450-1700) PDF

Because the first book-length learn of waterborne festivities in Renaissance and early smooth Europe, this selection of essays attracts on a wealthy array of assets, many formerly un-researched, to discover elements of scenography, choreography, tune, type, portray, sculpture, structure, stage-and personnel-management and concrete making plans as evinced in spectacles staged on water. our bodies of water in all their kind are explored right here: seas, rivers, fountains, lakes and canals and flooded improvised destinations inside of or adjoining to nice structures all supplied levels for complicated and dear performances, employing the actual characteristics of water to mirror mild and warp sound. the quantity encompasses fairs marking quite a lot of events from the election of civic officers, the welcome of a monarch, an investiture or coronation, to ambassadorial visits or the arriving of a royal or ducal bride or bridegroom. frequently taking the shape of re-enactments of naval battles or mythical seaborne quests, those fairs search to buttress civic and nationwide delight, make claims to mastery over the ocean and panorama, and discover the ingenious in addition to functional lifetime of functionality area which has been an indicator of the study and booklet of this volume's honorand, J.R. (Ronnie) Mulryne.

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