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A Catalogue of Manuscripts Known to Contain Old English Dry-Point Glosses
Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000
Private Goes Public: Self-Narrativisation in Brian Friel's Plays
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This book provides a detailed linguistic analysis of the communication between highly proficient bilingual couples, each consisting of a native speaker of English and of Swiss German. Combining the accounts of ten couples on their language use with an analysis of their actual linguistic behaviour, several areas of the partners' speech and interaction were closely examined. These include their language choice and language mixing, attitudes, expression of emotions, swearing, as well as their humour and laughter. In addition, the influence of the bilinguals' mother tongue and gender on their language use was explored. Thus, the study provides valuable insights into the language practices of established bilingual couples, while also contributing to the fields of fluent late bilingualism and gender research.
SpracheEnglish
Erscheinungsdatum25. Nov. 2015
A Catalogue of Manuscripts Known to Contain Old English Dry-Point Glosses
Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000
Private Goes Public: Self-Narrativisation in Brian Friel's Plays

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  • Private Goes Public: Self-Narrativisation in Brian Friel's Plays
    Private Goes Public: Self-Narrativisation in Brian Friel's Plays
    Private Goes Public: Self-Narrativisation in Brian Friel's Plays

    In Brian Friel's writing, the distinction between public and private is closely linked to the concepts of home, family, identity and truth. This study examines the characters' excessive introspection and their deep-seated need to disclose their most intimate knowledge and private truths to define who they are and, thus, to oppose dominant discourse or avoid heteronomy. This study begins by investigating how a number of Anglo-Irish writers publicised their characters' private versions of truth thereby illustrating what they perceived to be the space of 'Irishness'. The book then focuses on Friel's techniques of sharing his character's private views to demonstrate how he adopted and adapted these practices in his own oeuvre. As the characters' superficial inarticulateness and their vivid inner selves are repeatedly juxtaposed in Friel's texts, his oeuvre, quintessentially, displays a great unease with the concepts of communication and absolute truth.

  • A Catalogue of Manuscripts Known to Contain Old English Dry-Point Glosses
    A Catalogue of Manuscripts Known to Contain Old English Dry-Point Glosses
    A Catalogue of Manuscripts Known to Contain Old English Dry-Point Glosses

    While quill and ink were the writing implements of choice in the Anglo-Saxon scriptorium, other colouring and non-colouring writing implements were in active use, too. The stylus, among them, was used on an everyday basis both for taking notes in wax tablets and for several vital steps in the creation of manuscripts. Occasionally, the stylus or perhaps even small knives were used for writing short notes that were scratched in the parchment surface without ink. One particular type of such notes encountered in manuscripts are dry-point glosses, i.e. short explanatory remarks that provide a translation or a clue for a lexical or syntactic difficulty of the Latin text. The present study provides a comprehensive overview of the known corpus of dry-point glosses in Old English by cataloguing the 34 manuscripts that are currently known to contain such glosses. A first general descriptive analysis of the corpus of Old English dry-point glosses is provided and their difficult visual appearance is discussed with respect to the theoretical and practical implications for their future study.

  • Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000
    Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000
    Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000

    This study aims to counter right-wing discourses of belonging. It discusses key theoretical concepts for the study of home, focusing in particular on Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic contributions. The book also maintains that postmodern celebrations of nomadism and exile tend to be incapable of providing an alternative to conservative, xenophobic appropriations of home. In detailed readings of one film and six novels, a view is developed according to which home, as a spatio-temporal imaginary, is rooted in our species being, and as such constitutes the inevitable starting point for any progressive politics.

  • Pastoral, Identity, and Memory in the Works of John Banville
    Pastoral, Identity, and Memory in the Works of John Banville
    Pastoral, Identity, and Memory in the Works of John Banville

    John Banvilles works waver indecisively between modernism and postmodernism. This study offers a hitherto unexplored vista on his works and argues that Banville is a post-/modern pastoralist. The pastoral lens opens new vistas to Banville's central concerns: the collusion of ethics and aesthetics, self-identification in narrative, and the topography of the troubled mind. Banvilles characters harbour an Arcadia of the unconscious conditioned by a subtext of nostalgia. Caught in a crisis, his characters explore, subvert and transform the pastoral mode into an ambiguous quest for a stable self.

  • Revisiting Renoir, Manet and Degas: Impressionist Figure Paintings in Contemporary Anglophone Art Fiction
    Revisiting Renoir, Manet and Degas: Impressionist Figure Paintings in Contemporary Anglophone Art Fiction
    Revisiting Renoir, Manet and Degas: Impressionist Figure Paintings in Contemporary Anglophone Art Fiction

    This work analyses the relationship between visual art and contemporary art fiction by addressing the problem of the ekphrastic re-presentation and re-interpretation of an Impressionist figure painting through its composition, selected details of the painting and allusion to specific techniques used in the process of creating the masterpiece based on the examples of the following novels: Luncheon of the Boating Party (LOTBP) by Susan Vreeland (2007), Mademoiselle Victorine (MV) by Debra Finerman (2007), With Violets (WV) by Elizabeth Robards (2008), Dancing for Degas (DFD) by Kathryn Wagner (2010) and The Painted Girls (TPG) by Cathy Marie Buchanan (2013).

  • The Production of Lateness: Old Age and Creativity in Contemporary Narrative
    The Production of Lateness: Old Age and Creativity in Contemporary Narrative
    The Production of Lateness: Old Age and Creativity in Contemporary Narrative

    This study examines how selected authors of the late 20th and early 21st centuries write about their creative processes in old age and thus purposefully produce a late style of their own. Late-life creativity has not always been viewed favourably. Prevalent "peak-and-decline" models suggest that artists, as they grow old, cease to produce highquality work. Aiming to counter such ageist discourses, the present study proposes a new ethics of reading literary texts by elderly authors. For this purpose, it develops a methodology that consolidates textual analysis with cultural gerontology.

  • One Great Family: Domestic Relationships in Samuel Richardson's Novels
    One Great Family: Domestic Relationships in Samuel Richardson's Novels
    One Great Family: Domestic Relationships in Samuel Richardson's Novels

    This study examines concepts of morality and structures of domestic relationships in Samuel Richardson's novels, situating them in the context of eighteenth-century moral writings and reader reactions. Based on a detailed analysis of Richardson's work, this book maintains that he sought both to uphold hierarchical concepts of individual duty, and to warn of the consequences if such hierarchies were abused. In his final novel, Richardson aimed at a synthesis between social hierarchy and individual liberty, patriarchy and female self-fulfilment. His work, albeit rooted in patriarchal values, paved the way for proto-feminist conceptions of female character.

  • Between Dream Houses and "God's Own Junkyard": Architecture and the Built Environment in American Suburban Fiction
    Between Dream Houses and "God's Own Junkyard": Architecture and the Built Environment in American Suburban Fiction
    Between Dream Houses and "God's Own Junkyard": Architecture and the Built Environment in American Suburban Fiction

    The American suburb is a space dominated by architectural mass production, sprawl, as well as a monotonous aesthetic eclecticism, and many critics argue that it has developed from a postwar utopia into a disorienting environment with which it is difficult to identify. The typical suburb has come to display characteristics of an atopia, that is, a space without borders or even a non-place, a generic space of transience. Dealing with the representation of architecture and the built environment in suburban literature and film from the 1920s until present, this study demonstrates that in its fictional representations, too, suburbia has largely turned into a place of non-architecture. A lack of architectural ethos and an abundance of "Junkspace" define suburban narratives, causing an increasing sense of disorientation and entropy in fictional characters.

  • Bilingual Couples in Conversation
    Bilingual Couples in Conversation
    Bilingual Couples in Conversation

    This book provides a detailed linguistic analysis of the communication between highly proficient bilingual couples, each consisting of a native speaker of English and of Swiss German. Combining the accounts of ten couples on their language use with an analysis of their actual linguistic behaviour, several areas of the partners' speech and interaction were closely examined. These include their language choice and language mixing, attitudes, expression of emotions, swearing, as well as their humour and laughter. In addition, the influence of the bilinguals' mother tongue and gender on their language use was explored. Thus, the study provides valuable insights into the language practices of established bilingual couples, while also contributing to the fields of fluent late bilingualism and gender research.

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