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The Heather Blazing

Author : Colm Toibin
ISBN : 9781476704470
Genre : Fiction
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Colm Tóibín’s second “lovely, understated” novel that “proceeds with stately grace” (The Washington Post Book World) about an uncompromising judge whose principles, when brought home to his own family, are tragic. Eamon Redmond is a judge in Ireland’s high court, a completely legal creature who is just beginning to discover how painfully unconnected he is from other human beings. With effortless fluency, Colm Tóibín reconstructs the history of Eamon’s relationships—with his father, his first “girl,” his wife, and the children who barely know him—and he writes about Eamon’s affection for the Irish coast with such painterly skill that the land itself becomes a character. The result is a novel of stunning power, “seductive and absorbing” (USA Today).

The Heather Blazing

Author : Colm Tóibín
ISBN : 0330321250
Genre : Domestic fiction
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Eamon Redmond is a judge in Irelandâe(tm)s high court, a man remote from his wife, his son and daughter and, at least outwardly, from his own childhood. The life he has built for himself, between his work in Dublin and his familyâe(tm)s retreat by the sea at Cush, is distinguished by order and by achievement. When, like his beloved coastline, it begins to slip away, he is pulled sharply into the present, and finds himself revisiting his past. âe~Proceeds with stately grace from past to present, incident to incident, slowly forming, as it moves, the full shape of a manâe(tm)s public and private lifeâe(tm) Washington Post âe~If Colm Tóibín were a singer you would say he had perfect pitchâe(tm) Spectator

Why Does Literature Matter

Author : Frank B. Farrell
ISBN : 0801441803
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Literature matters because... it allows for experiences important to the living out of a sophisticated and satisfying human life; because other arenas of culture cannot provide them to the same degree; and because a relatively small number of texts carry out these functions in so exceptional a manner that we owe it to past and future members of the species to keep such texts alive in our cultural traditions."--from Chapter One Frank B. Farrell defends a rich conception of the space of literature that retains its links to issues of self-formation and metaphysics and does not let that space collapse into just another reflection of social space. He maintains that recent literary theory has badly misread findings in the philosophy of language and the theory of subjectivity. That misreading, Farrell says, has tended to endorse ways of understanding literature that make one question why it matters at all. Farrell here opposes some recent theoretical trends and, through a mix of philosophical and literary studies, tells us why in his view literature does truly matter. Among the writers Farrell discusses are John Ashbery, Samuel Beckett, Amit Chaudhuri, Cormac McCarthy, James Merrill, Marcel Proust, Thomas Pynchon, Salman Rushdie, W. G. Sebald, and John Updike. The philosophers important to his arguments include Donald Davidson, Daniel Dennett, and Bernard Williams; G. W. F. Hegel, Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Ludwig Wittgenstein play roles as well. Among the literary theorists addressed are Stephen Greenblatt, Paul de Man, and Marjorie Perloff. In addition to his close readings of literary, philosophical, and critical texts, Farrell considers cultural studies and postcolonial studies more generally and speculates on the possible contributions of object-relations theory in psychology to the study of literature.

Hear Us Out

Author : Richard Canning
ISBN : 0231128665
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East contains twenty-four essays, each concerning an individual film from Morocco all the way to Iran. The volume explores not only the established film cultures of Turkey, Egypt, and Israel, but also the nascent cinemas of Palestine and Syria. Selected films include Cairo Station (Egypt, 1958), The Runner (Iran, 1989), Once Upon a Time, Beriut (Lebanon, 1994), Ten (Iran, 2002), and Uzak (Turkey, 2003). With a preface by Cannes Palme d'Or-winning director Abbas Kiarostami, The Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East unveils a diverse region of filmmaking.

Confessions Of A Guilty Freelancer

Author : William O'Rourke
ISBN : 9780253001856
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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William O’Rourke’s singular view of American life over the past 40 years shines forth in these short essays on subjects personal, political, and literary, which reveal a man of keen intellect and wide-ranging interests. They embrace everything from the state of the nation after 9/11 to the author’s encounter with rap, from the masterminds of political makeovers to the rich variety of contemporary American writing. His reviews illuminate both the books themselves and the times in which we live, and his personal reflections engage even the most fearful events with a special humor and gentle pathos. Readers will find this richly rewarding volume difficult to put down.

Caregiving

Author : Suzanne Gordon
ISBN : 0812215826
Genre : Medical
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Looks not only at the financial, emotional, and physical demands of giving and receiving care but also at the strengths and rewards inherent in the world of caregiving.

Reading The Contemporary Irish Novel 1987 2007

Author : Liam Harte
ISBN : 9781118502235
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Reading the Contemporary Irish Novel 1987–2007 isthe authoritative guide to some of the most inventive andchallenging fiction to emerge from Ireland in the last 25 years.Meticulously researched, it presents detailed interpretations ofnovels by some of Ireland’s most eminent writers. This is the first text-focused critical survey of the Irishnovel from 1987 to 2007, providing detailed readings of 11 seminalIrish novels A timely and much needed text in a largely uncharted criticalfield Provides detailed interpretations of individual novels by someof the country’s most critically celebrated writers,including Sebastian Barry, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, PatrickMcCabe, John McGahern, Edna O’Brien and ColmTóibín Investigates the ways in which Irish novels have sought to dealwith and reflect a changing Ireland The fruit of many years reading, teaching and research on thesubject by a leading and highly respected academic in thefield

Redefinitions Of Irish Identity

Author : Irene Gilsenan Nordin
ISBN : 3039115588
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This collection of essays aims to provide new insights into the debate on postnationalism in Ireland from the perspective of narrative writing.

Critical Narrative As Pedagogy

Author : Ivor Goodson
ISBN : 9781623565404
Genre : Education
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Ivor Goodson and Scherto Gill analyse and discuss a series of trans-disciplinary case studies from diverse cultures and argue that narrative is not only a rich and profound way for humans to make sense of their lives, but also in itself a process of pedagogical encounter, learning and transformation. As pedagogic sites, life narratives allow the individual to critically examine their 'scripts' for learning which are encapsulated in their thought processes, discourses, beliefs and values. Goodson and Gill show how narratives can help educators and students shift from a disenfranchised tradition to one of empowerment. This unique book brings together case studies of life narratives as an approach to learning and meaning-making in different disciplines and cultural settings, including teacher education, adult learning, (auto)biographical writing, psychotherapy, intercultural learning and community development. Educators, researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines will find the case studies collected in this book helpful in expanding their understanding of the potential of narrative as a phenomenon, as methodology, and as pedagogy.

The Famine Plot

Author : Tim Pat Coogan
ISBN : 9781137045171
Genre : History
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During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, Ireland experienced the worst disaster a nation could suffer. Fully a quarter of its citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated, with so many dying en route that it was said, "you can walk dry shod to America on their bodies." In this grand, sweeping narrative, Ireland''s best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, gives a fresh and comprehensive account of one of the darkest chapters in world history, arguing that Britain was in large part responsible for the extent of the national tragedy, and in fact engineered the food shortage in one of the earliest cases of ethnic cleansing. So strong was anti-Irish sentiment in the mainland that the English parliament referred to the famine as "God's lesson." Drawing on recently uncovered sources, and with the sharp eye of a seasoned historian, Coogan delivers fresh insights into the famine's causes, recounts its unspeakable events, and delves into the legacy of the "famine mentality" that followed immigrants across the Atlantic to the shores of the United States and had lasting effects on the population left behind. This is a broad, magisterial history of a tragedy that shook the nineteenth century and still impacts the worldwide Irish diaspora of nearly 80 million people today.

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