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Smart Pop Preview 2014: Standalone Essays on Divergent, Zombies, the Hunger Games, Veronica Mars, and Fanfiction

by Debra Driza and Lauren Wilson

Get a sneak peak at Smart Pop's 2013 titles with this preview volume of standalone essays!Volume Includes:"Truth and Lies" – Debra DrizaDowntown Chicago Faction Map from "Mapping Divergent's Chicago" – V. ArrowFrom Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy, edited by Leah Wilson"Welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse" and "Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast" - Lauren WilsonFrom The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide"Crime of Fashion" - Terri ClarkFrom The Girl Who Was on Fire - Movie Edition, edited by Leah Wilson"Truly, My Name Is Cinna" - V. ArrowFrom The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, From Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays"Lawless Neptune" - Alafair BurkeFrom Neptune Noir:...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 137 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.80 / 5
13 reviews

How to Write a Children's Picture Book, Vol. I: Structure

by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock

Recommended by writing instructors and award-winning authors.This volume emphasizes an aspect of children's picture books that has not yet been thoroughly investigated: structure.Both concept books and picture storybooks employ very distinctive structures that, once mastered, can be applied to any picture book you wish to write.When so many of the best picture books employ the same structures, it is important to analyze these structures, understand why they work, and learn how to incorporate them into your own writing. This volume helps you do all that.You will see that no matter how carefully you labor over the tone, word choice, plot, character, setting, theme and style of your picture book, you must have a thorough grasp of its structure if you wish your book to succeed. Indeed, you wil...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Parenting & Relationships, Literature Guides, Education & Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Sexuality, Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Imagine Living The African Dream!: Thoughts On African Solutions To African Issues

by Kanyile Ka-Ngwenya

As an African, I find myself continually asking perplexing questions. What is the African Dream? Why is Africa still lagging behind? What is an African? And can we continue to play the blame game? I believe it is time, and past time, to look into the mirror and closely examine our present condition—while comparing it to our past circumstances and our future prospects. Colonialism and imperialism have dealt damaging blows to the continent, but I believe we must transcend this often brutal legacy and take responsibility for shaping our future. And the problems we face are ours to resolve: tribal conflict, genocide, xenophobia, illiteracy, poverty, disease, uprisings, and leadership issues. This book seeks to promote a greater understanding of these problems—their sources and their poten...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 185 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 3.30 / 5
9 reviews

Northanger Abbey (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

by Jane Austen

NORTHANGER ABBEY was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed for public¬cation, though she had previously made a start on Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. According to Cassandra Austen's Memorandum, Susan (as it was first called) was written circa 1798-99.Seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland is one of ten children of a country clergyman. Although a tomboy in her childhood, by the age of 17 she is "in training for a heroine" and is excessively fond of reading Gothic novels, among which Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho is a favourite. Catherine is invited by the Allens, her wealthier neighbours in Fullerton, to accompany them to visit the town of Bath and partake in the winter season of balls, theatre and other social delights. Although initially the excitement o...

Genre: History, Americas, United States, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Classics, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Romance, Literary, Criticism & Theory, Movements & Periods
Size: 140 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.40 / 5
9 reviews

The Accidental Author (The What, Why, Where, When, Who & How Book Promotion Series 1)

by Sarah Jane Butfield

The Accidental Author is book 1 in a new series of book marketing and promotion e-books based on the experiences of travel memoir author Sarah Jane Butfield.
The Accidental Author introduces the author and this series of self-help e-books for new or aspiring self-published authors. The introduction starts with how and why Sarah Jane came to write and self-publish Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure. Find out how an aspiring author aims to be discovered while learning on the job how to write, publish and launch a new career in writing. "A must read for any aspiring author or readers interested in the life of a self-published author. Sarah Jane's never give up approach to life and anything she turns her hand to is beyond admirable."
Book 2 The Amateur Authorpreneur will be...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Professionals & Academics, Specific Groups, Children's eBooks, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Women's Studies, Teen & Young Adult, Biography, Criticism & Theory
Size: 39 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Margherita's Recipes: Free Recipes from Daniela Sacerdoti's Bestselling Novel, Set Me Free

by Daniela Sacerdoti

Fresh from Nonna Ghita’s Notebook, Margherita’s Recipes is a charming little book of recipes which feature in Daniela Sacerdoti’s new bestseller Set Me Free.Recipes include Tortine di mele (Apple Tarts), Paste di meliga (Meliga biscuits), Amareti Biscuits, and many more. There’s also a free taster of Set Me Free for those that want to delve further into Margherita’s story.Daniela Sacerdoti is the Bestselling author of Watch Over Me and Take Me Home. Set Me Free is the latest novel to be set in Glen Avich.Margherita’s marriage is slowly falling apart. Getting pregnant after trying for so long may have been a fabulous surprise for her, but for her husband it was the last straw. When she needs him most, her husband is just not there for her or their children and she realises that ...

Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking, Regional & International, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Contemporary Fiction, Nonfiction, Romance, Contemporary, Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.80 / 5
8 reviews

Tribute to Sam Steward: The audacity to understand knowledge (The Tribute Projects Book 1)

by Oeishik M.G.C. and Oeishik MGC

This book is the first volume of The Tribute Projects, an inverse publishing project that started on May 26th 2011. It honors Samuel M. Steward and all those who overcome suffering with grace, pride and personal confirmation. In their trying journeys, suffering is just another bug on the windshield – finding happiness, their fertile crescent. This Second Edition is illustrated with color pictures and reformatted to be more reader-friendly....

Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Literary Criticism, History, Historical Study, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Humor, Criticism & Theory
Size: 229 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Interim (The Tribute Projects Book 2)

by Oeishik M.G.C.

Writing has become my nature. I convey better through writing; I write constantly, in all mediums, to give and receive virtually everything. After the Tribute to Sam Steward project, I thought my mind would rest; I stand corrected. I have not stopped; this conjunctive body of work will show. These pieces have no bearing; they have just come to me, sometimes in my dreams, sometimes from revelatory memories. At the same time, however, my constructions necessarily build from my knowing of my existence. So these pieces do have common threads with everything I have experientially learned. With that, I bring you these intimate secrets of my heart. Love,O....

Genre: Gay & Lesbian, Literary Criticism, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 80 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 2.00 / 5
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Smart Pop Preview 2015: Standalone Pieces on Zombies, Gilmore Girls, The Hunger Games, Mad Men, Star Wars, Munchkin...

by George Beahm

Get a sneak peak at Smart Pop's upcoming 2015 titles, as well as some of our favorite backlist titles, with this preview volume of standalone essays, excerpts, and recipes! Volume Includes: “I Remember Star Trek”—D.C. FontanaFrom Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles, And the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek “Whimsy Goes with Everything”—Heather SwainFrom Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest “Men and Monsters”—Alyssa RosenbergFrom Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons “From Factions to Fire Signs”—Rosemary Clement-MooreFrom Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy “Team Katniss”—Jennifer Lynn BarnesFrom Gir...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 169 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

The Navigating the Shadow World Reader: A Companion to Navigating the Shadow World by Liv Spencer

by Liv Spencer

A curated selection of the poems, plays, and works of fiction that Cassandra Clare quotes from in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. Liv Spencer highlights the specific text used in each volume of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, with selections from Hamlet, A Tale of Two Cities, Tennyson, Dante, and many more!This is the free companion reader to Navigating the Shadow World: The Unofficial Guide to Cassandra Clares The Mortal Instruments by Liv Spencer.
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Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 312 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

One-Volume Libraries: Composite and Multiple-Text Manuscripts (Studies in Manuscript Cultures)

by Michael Friedrich and Cosima Schwarke

Composite and multiple-text manuscripts are traditionally studied for their individual texts, but recent trends in codicology have paved the way for a more comprehensive approach: Manuscripts are unique artefacts which reveal how they were produced and used as physical objects. This collective volume assembles contributions from nine different fields, thus allowing for cross-cultural comparison for the first time. ...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 386 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.30 / 5
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Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone

by Nicole L Rivera

Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter by Nicole L. Rivera addresses each of the seven books of Harry’s story as guides to exploring life’s deepest truths. Discover wisdom about friendship, courage, loyalty, and love from the Boy-Who-Lived and his magical friends.
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Genre: Children's eBooks, Religions, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, Children's Nonfiction, Teen & Young Adult, Criticism & Theory
Size: 47 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.30 / 5
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Book Reviews: How to get reviews quickly with the methods used by publishers and professional writers

by Alex Foster

Book Reviews teaches you how to get more reviews following proven methods used by publishers and successful independent authors. These methods are approved by Amazon (and other book vendors) and don't violate terms of service.

Learn to avoid methods that get your account banned, and how to get some types of negative reviews removed....

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 28 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 10 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Harmony of disenchantment

by Rosario Di Petta

The look of a disenchanted neapolitan violinist is the thread that connects the nodes of its existence. The magic of Budapest as a backdrop to the sinking of his illusions; yet it is precisely the ability to react to any defeat will make him a kind of skillful surfer, able to ride the waves most impressive. In this eternal resume lies, perhaps, the harmony that governs his life....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, Performing Arts, Humor & Entertainment, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Mental Health, Psychology & Counseling, History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Horticulture, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Architecture, Travel, Europe, Criticism & Theory
Size: 62 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Humanities World Report 2015

by P. Holm and A. Jarrick

This book is open access under a CC BY license.The first of its kind, this 'Report' gives an overview of the humanities worldwide. Published as an Open Access title and based on an extensive literature review and enlightening interviews conducted with 90 humanities scholars across 40 countries, the book offers a first step in attempting to assess the state of the humanities globally. Its topics include the nature and value of the humanities, the challenge of globalisation, the opportunities offered by the digital humanities, variations in funding patterns around the world, and the interaction between humanities and society. Despite the stereotypical view of humanists as scholars locked away in their ivory towers, the picture that emerges from this report is that they are deeply committed t...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Social Sciences, Criticism & Theory
Size: 228 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.40 / 5
933 reviews

Thicker than Blood (Thicker than Blood series Book 1)

by C. J. Darlington

Two estranged sisters, one a rare book dealer, the other a cattle rancher, meet again after fifteen years.
Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. She could never imagine that a stolen first edition of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" would lead her back to the sister she abandoned fifteen years ago. With her life in danger, can May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven Christy’s searching for? Will the sisters realize before it’s too late that each possesses what the other desperately needs?
Thicker than Blood is Book #1 in the Thicker than Blood series.
All books stand alone entirely and can be read independently of each other, but for the best reading experienc...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Contemporary Fiction, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, Religious & Inspirational Fiction, Christian, Women's Fiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Size: 402 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.20 / 5
80 reviews

Confessions of a Wedding Planner (Bliss Series Book 1)

by Michelle Jo Quinn

He may be the best man, but he’s the worst man for her…

Wedding planner, Veronica Soto-Stewart believes everyone deserves a fairy tale–even her ex-boyfriend. Unable to refuse his request, and with the help of Bliss Events motley crew, she finds herself creating the most magical event for the perfect couple.

But nothing is ever perfect…

And not all happy ever afters can be planned…

Levi Laurent can’t believe his luck. Thanks to his best friend’s wedding, he finally has a shot at the woman he’s always wanted–Veronica. From San Francisco to Paris, and back, he pulls out all the stops, so she knows where she really belongs–with him. But Veronica wants nothing to do with the rich, sexy, irresistible playboy.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Contemporary Fiction, United States, Asian American, Nonfiction, Romance, Women's Fiction, Inspirational, Multicultural & Interracial, Romantic Comedy, Humor
Size: 212 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 3.90 / 5
688 reviews

Oakshot Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Illustrated, Inline Footnotes) (Classics Book 4)

by William Shakespeare and Oakshot Press

Ebook specifically formatted for kindle devices and tested with all Kindle 5 way navigation functions and Kindle table of contents button. Ebook comes with main table of contents and interlinked sub table of contents. •Each play Illustrated with Illustrations unique to this release, over 350 Illustrations in total. •Biography and literary critique includes annotated inline footnotes.The Plays.The Comedies of William Shakespeare.•All's Well That Ends Well. (Illustrated)•As You Like It. (Illustrated)•Comedy of Errors. (Illustrated)•Cymbeline. (Illustrated)•Love's Labour's Lost. (Illustrated)•Measure for Measure. (Illustrated)•Merchant of Venice. (Illustrated)•Merry Wives of Windsor. (Illustrated)•Midsummer Night's Dream. (Illustrated)•Much Ado about Nothing. (Illustra...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Drama & Plays, British, World Literature, Shakespeare, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.50 / 5
33 reviews

FLATLAND - A Romance of Many Dimensions (The Distinguished Chiron Edition)

by Edwin Abbott

This special edition is a distinguished vintage reproduction, of the 1884 satirical novella Flatland, by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott. Meticulously elaborated by the editorial team of Chiron Academic Press in collaboration with the renowned literature publisher Edition l'Aleph (www.l-aleph.com), this special edition, pays particular attention to the very authentic details of the editorial of text and images, fine type setting, mise-en-page, production, and print. The result is a revival of the vintage for the 21st century's reader. Thus a unique reading experience for the book lovers and collectors of this genre. A recommended edition to libraries.Writing pseudonymously as "A Square", the book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Vict...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Professional Science, Romance, Science & Math, Mathematics, Physics, Science Fiction, Criticism & Theory, Movements & Periods
Size: 138 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

The Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (Women in Print)

by Hrotsvitha and David H. Price

Historical assessments of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim are liberally adorned with the word "first." After all, she was the first major medieval woman author, the first German woman writer in print, the first post-classical playwright, as well as the first German to write a literary work on the Faust-theme, and she is sometimes said to have been the first woman historian.These are landmarks to be sure. Yet Hrotsvit's place in cultural history is even more significant than such an impressive number of firsts might indicate, for she has reemerged to become a living part of European literature, a singular phenomenon for a tenth-century author. She is not only the earliest writer, of either gender, to have a secure place in the German literary canon, but also the only author from her period whose li...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Women's Studies, Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Some Reflections Upon Marriage (Women in Print)

by Mary Astell and John A. Dussinger

"If all Men are born Free, how is it that all Women are born Slaves?" For many parts of the world such a bold protest resonates as tellingly today as it did three hundred years ago in England when Mary Astell (1666-1731) confronted the appalling moral and legal subordination of women, rich and poor alike, who entered into matrimony with the cards stacked heavily in the husband's favor. It is Astell's unstinting recognition of the arbitrary restraints imposed on women and her vigorous writing on their behalf that make her one of the earliest English feminists in history. Although prominent in her lifetime as the author of a number of treatises on women's education as well as on theological, philosophical, and political subjects, Astell was nearly forgotten by the nineteenth century. Howeve...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Women's Studies, Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

The First Class: Transits of Brazilian Literature Abroad

by Pedro Meira Monteiro and Carola Saavedra

What does a professor – Brazilian or otherwise – think and do on the first day of class, standing before a group of “foreign” students to talk about Brazilian literature? This apparently simple question that gave rise to the essays gathered in this book opens a series of other questions: Who is this professor? How did he or she go about planning that first class? What challenges do professors face when teaching the literature of a country different from that of their students, and in a language which is, in most cases, likewise unfamiliar to them? The result is not just an excellent sampling of experiences and reflections – it is also an homage, an elegy to those who have transformed Brazilian literature itself into a globetrotting, thought-provoking literary character.que trata ...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Schools & Teaching, Criticism & Theory
Size: 132 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 04 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

The Institution of Criticism

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl

German radicals of the 1960s announced the death of literature. For them, literature both past and present, as well as conventional discussions of literary issues, had lost its meaning. In The Institution of Criticism, Peter Uwe Hohendahl explores the implications of this crisis from a Marxist perspective and attempts to define the tasks and responsibilities of criticism in advanced capitalist societies. Hohendahl takes a close look at the social history of literary criticism in Germany since the eighteenth century. Drawing on the tradition of the Frankfurt School and on Jürgen Habermas's concept of the public sphere, Hohendahl sheds light on some of the important political and social forces that shape literature and culture. The Institution of Criticism is made up of seven essays origina...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 287 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 02 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Getting Past Coetzee

by Hedley Twidle

Ten years ago, I was commissioned by a famous poet-editor to write a profile of Coetzee for a London review. At the time, the offer was a big break, and could have led to great things. I was fresh out of university and the editor was high-up at Faber and Faber, a talent scout for The New Yorker. But it never got written.Instead of providing a controlled and judicious survey of the oeuvre, I found myself obsessed by minor details on the outskirts of his work. The grim memoir Youth (2002) had just appeared and I wrote at length about the stockings full of clotting cheese that young "John" hangs up in his kitchen - proof of his extreme thriftiness, in life as in prose. The fish fingers that he fries in olive oil in a London garret, trying to emulate the Mediterranean diet of Ford Madox Ford: ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Specific Groups, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 15 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 01 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Smart Pop Preview 2013: Standalone Essays and Exclusive Extras on the Hunger Games, Ender's Game, Percy Jackson...

by David Brin and David Brin

Get a sneak peak at Smart Pop's 2013 titles with this preview volume of standalone essays and exclusive book extras!Volume includes:“Anne McCaffrey, Believer in Us” – David BrinFrom Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern, edited by Todd McCaffreyExclusive Extra: "Painting the Dragonwriter Cover" - Michael WhelanExcerpts from “Munchkin: Hollywood” – Liam McIntyreFrom The Munchkin Book: The Official Companion, edited by James Lowder“Percy Jackson and the Gods of Death” – J&P VoelkelFrom Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians, edited by Rick Riordan"Why the Best Friend Never Gets the Girl" - Kami GarciaFrom Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader, edited by C...

Genre: Children's eBooks, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 143 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 01 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Reappraisals: Shifting Alignments in Postwar Critical Theory

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Reappraisals is a provocative account of the development of modern critical theory in Germany and the United States. Focusing on the period since World War II, Peter Uwe Hohendahl explores key debates on the function of critical theory, illuminating the diverse positions and alliances among the participants. Bringing together six essays, as well as new introductory and concluding chapters, Hohendahl interprets and subjects to critical scrutiny many of the central ideas of the Frankfurt School. He first maps the trajectory of neomarxist criticism in Germany to the 1980s. Individual chapters then focus on the work of Georg Lukacs, Theodor W. Adorno, and Jürgen Habermas, and on such issues as the politicization of German criticism after 1965 under the influence of the Frankfurt School....

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory, Movements & Periods
Size: 247 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 01 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Building a National Literature: The Case of Germany, 1830 - 1870

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl and Renate Baron Franciscono

Building a National Literature boldly takes issue with traditional literary criticism for its failure to explain how literature as a body is created and shaped by institutional forces. Peter Uwe Hohendahl approaches literary history by focusing on the material and ideological structures that determine the canonical status of writers and works. He examines important elements in the making of a national literature, including the political and literary public sphere, the theory and practice of literary criticism, and the emergence of academic criticism as literary history. Hohendahl considers such key aspects of the process in Germany as the rise of liberalism and nationalism, the delineation of the borders of German literature, the idea of its history, the understanding of its cultural funct...

Genre: History, Europe, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 373 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 01 February 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Shylock on Trial: The Appellate Briefs (Chicago Shorts)

by Richard A. Posner and Charles Fried

William Shakespeare is inextricably linked with the law, his plays rich in its terms, settings, and thought processes. In Shylock on Trial: The Appellate Briefs, the Hon. Richard A. Posner and Charles Fried rule on Shakespeare’s classic drama The Merchant of Venice. Framed as a decision argued by two appellate judges of the period in a trial following Shylock’s sentencing by the Duke of Venice, these essays playfully walk the line between law and culture, dissecting the alleged legal inconsistencies of Shylock’s trial while engaging in an artful reading of the play itself. The resultant opinions shed fresh light on the relationship between literary and legal scholarship, demonstrating how Shakespeare’s thinking about legal concepts and legal practice points to a deep and sometimes ...

Genre: Professional & Technical, Law, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, World Literature, British, Shakespeare, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 23 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 31 January 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Literary Transcendentalism: Style and Vision in the American Renaissance (Cornell Paperbacks)

by Lawrence Buell

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Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 336 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 31 January 2017 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Nabokov: The Mystery of Literary Structures

by Leona Toker

Vladimir Nabokov described the literature course he taught at Cornell as "a kind of detective investigation of the mystery of literary structures." Leona Toker here pursues a similar investigation of the enigmatic structures of Nabokov's own fiction. According to Toker, most previous critics stressed either Nabokov’s concern with form or the humanistic side of his works, but rarely if ever the two together. In sensitive and revealing readings of ten novels, Toker demonstrates that the need to reconcile the human element with aesthetic or metaphysical pursuits is a constant theme of Nabokov’s and that the tension between technique and content is itself a key to his fiction. Written with verve and precision, Toker’s book begins with Pnin and follows the circular pattern that is one of ...

Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory
Size: 283 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 31 January 2017 onward PDT/PST 

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