Literary Criticism

A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf

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"But, you may say, we asked you to speak about women and fiction—what has that got to do with a room of one's own? I will try to explain." So begins what is widely regarded as the foundation text of feminist literary criticism, Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. Probably Woolf's most readable and entertaining book, it was based on papers delivered at Newnham and Girton Colleges—the two women's colleges at Cambridge University. Never losing sight of her undergraduate audience, Woolf provides a brief history of women's writing in English, a scathing account of the subtle and not so subtle ways in which women have been discouraged from writing, and a recommendation for how to change matters: "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." In the process, Woolf takes on women's economic disadvantages, the underfunding of women's education, the discouragement of women from certain kinds of (lucrative) work, the ways in which women are socialized into suspicion of each other, and how women participate in their own systemic oppression. Yet, in spite of these weighty subjects, A Room of One's Own remains throughout funny, light-hearted, engaging for the novice reader while still offering "nuggets" to the worldy-wise. It is, above and beyond all else, a very model of essay writing. This Broadview edition provides a reliable text at a very reasonable price. It contains textual notes but no appendices or introduction..

Fiction

Tout s'effondre | Chinua Achebe

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Ce formidable roman qui a marqué son époque – au point que le monde anglophone a fêté en 2008 le cinquantenaire de sa parution – a immédiatement inscrit Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) au rang des écrivains d’Afrique les plus lus et étudiés. Riche et dense, il brasse des thèmes tels que la destruction de la vie tribale à la fin du XIXe siècle à la suite de l’arrivée des Européens, la conversion au christianisme, la vie quotidienne des femmes et des enfants d’un village de forêt....

Religion

La joie de l'Évangile | Pape François

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Édition officielle de la Conférence des évêques de France "La joie de l'Évangile remplit le cœur et toute la vie de ceux qui rencontrent Jésus. Je désire m'adresser aux fidèles chrétiens, pour les inviter à une nouvelle étape évangélisatrice marquée par cette joie et indiquer des voies pour la marche de l'Église dans les prochaines années" : dès les premières lignes de l'exhortation apostolique Evangelii gaudium (la joie de l'Évangile), le pape François entend donner le ton à un texte auquel il reconnaît lui-même "une signification programmatique". Ce texte empli de tout l'élan missionnaire du pape François invite chaque chrétien à "entrer dans ce fleuve de joie" et à laisser cette joie déborder largement sur le monde..

Literary Collections

Essais choisis | Virginia Woolf

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Biography & Autobiography

Le Chemin parcouru | Ishmael BEAH

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" Lisez ce témoignage et vous resterez hanté à jamais. " Newsweek Sierra Leone. Il s'appelle Ishmael Beah. Hier encore, c'était un enfant qui jouait à la guerre. Aujourd'hui, il la fait. Un jour de 1993, sa vie bascule brusquement dans le chaos. Ishmael a douze ans lorsqu'il quitte son village pour participer, dans la ville voisine, à un spectacle de jeunes talents. Il ne reverra plus jamais ses parents. Après plusieurs mois d'errance et de privations, dans un pays ravagé par la guerre, il tombe avec ses compagnons entre les mains de l'armée. Faute de troupes, les deux camps - armée gouvernementale et groupes rebelles - enrôlent de force les enfants des villages capturés et leur apprennent à égorger, à torturer, à mutiler. Drogué au brown brown, mélange de cocaïne et de poudre à fusil, Ishmaël a pour seul compagnon son AK-47. Privé de tout repère moral - ou tout simplement humain - dans un monde qui s'est effondré, il devient insensible, incapable de réfléchir, transformé en machine à tuer. A seize ans, une mission humanitaire va lui permettre de quitter l'armée et, lentement, de se réhabiliter. Il ira à New York, aux Nations unies, et son existence se trouvera une nouvelle fois bouleversée... Ce premier livre, récit fascinant d'une traversée de l'enfer à l'aube de la vie, est une leçon de courage et d'humanité..

Fiction

Été | Edith WHARTON

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Le village de North Dormer, en Nouvelle Angleterre, abrite une communauté puritaine et étriquée au sein de laquelle la belle Charity vit et, surtout, s'ennuie. Adoptée enfant par le notable du village, le vieux Royall, Charity est née dans la " montagne ", un endroit dont on parle tout bas et en se signant, un lieu sauvage qui a dû la marquer de son empreinte. Son insaisissable différence attire immédiatement l'attention de Lucius Harney, jeune architecte de la ville venu se perdre à North Dormer pour croquer des habitats traditionnels. Très vite, Charity s'éprend passionnément de lui... Admiré par Henry James, considéré par Joseph Conrad comme le plus beau roman d'Edith Wharton, parfois comparé à Madame Bovary, Été fit scandale à sa parution, en 1917..

Drama

Une maison de poupée | Henrik Ibsen

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En Norvège, dans 'une maison confortable et de bon goût', une famille se prépare à fêter Noël. Mais le douillet et rassurant cocon se fissure quand le secret de Nora, la jeune et joyeuse épouse, menace soudain d'être dévoilé à son mari. Dès lors, toute allégresse recule, et les enfants aux joues rouges s'effacent devant des personnages qui surgissent tour à tour amie de jeunesse, médecin, créancier , semant le doute et l'inquiétude. En ébranlant ainsi la certitude lisse de son héroïne qui pensait avoir toujours agi comme elle le devait, Ibsen crée l'une des grandes figures du théâtre nordique, dont on continue d'interroger la volte-face et la destinée..

Fiction

La Chambre de Jacob | Virginia Woolf

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Betty Flanders, veuve, trois enfants, Archer, le second Jacob, le dernier au berceau. Virginia Woolf écrit la vie de Jacob par petites touches légères successives, comme pour une aquarelle. Les portraits de l'entourage de Jacob au long de sa vie viennent éclairer sa personnalité..

Fiction

L'homme au complet gris | Sloan WILSON

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Dans la lignée de La Fenêtre panoramique de Richard Yates, un best-seller d'après-guerre aux États-Unis, oublié ensuite car jugé trop bourgeois par la vague hippie et enfin salué dans les années 80 comme une œuvre majeure. Traduit dans plus de vingt-cinq langues, adapté au cinéma en 1956, source d'inspiration de la série Mad Men, L'Homme au complet gris retrace l'émouvante trajectoire d'un homme tiraillé entre amour familial et ambition sociale, dans le Manhattan des années 50. Un livre culte. A New York, dans les années 1950 " Le complet gris ", c'est l'uniforme de l'Américain moyen, celui qui arrive tous les jours de sa banlieue pour travailler dans un quelconque gratte-ciel. Il est jeune encore, il a une femme et trois enfants, son travail ne l'intéresse pas beaucoup et la grande aventure de sa vie a été la guerre. Il a de l'ambition pourtant et en Amérique ambition égale argent ; il faut gagner beaucoup d'argent pour être un homme. Il accepte la situation d'avenir que lui offre un magnat de la télévision, mais cela veut dire de longues heures de travail, des absences, presque plus de vie de famille. Alors, non. L'homme s'aperçoit que son ambition, c'est de vivre en paix avec sa conscience et de vivre heureux auprès des siens. Et le destin lui donnera l'un et l'autre, une réussite qui ne sera pas une réussite sociale, mais une réussite humaine. Un livre bouleversant de tendresse, de vérité, d'émotion, un livre qui rend un son nouveau et inattendu dans la littérature américaine et que toute l'Amérique a salué comme un des meilleurs romans contemporains..

Fiction

Jouir | Catherine Cusset

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Une femme rencontre un homme. Elle ne veut pas lui faire l'amour. Elle a terriblement envie de lui. Elle livre sa vie amoureuse et charnelle, crûment, de A. à Z., de six à trente-deux ans. Avec un désir : que l'histoire ne se répète pas..

Fiction

Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets | J.K. Rowling

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Une rentrée fracassante en voiture volante, une étrange malédiction qui s’abat sur les élèves, cette deuxième année à l’école des sorciers ne s’annonce pas de tout repos! Entre les cours de potions magiques, les matches de Quidditch et les combats de mauvais sorts, Harry et ses amis Ron et Hermione trouveront-ils le temps de percer le mystère de la Chambre des Secrets? Le deuxiè me volume des aventures de Harry Potter : un livre magique pour sorciers confirmés..

Literary Collections

Street Haunting and Other Essays | Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf began writing reviews for the Guardian 'to make a few pence' from her father's death in 1904, and continued until the last decade of her life. The result is a phenomenal collection of articles, of which this selection offers a fascinating glimpse, which display the gifts of a dazzling social and literary critic as well as the development of a brilliant and influential novelist. From reflections on class and education, to slyly ironic reviews, musings on the lives of great men and 'Street Haunting', a superlative tour of her London neighbourhood, this is Woolf at her most thoughtful and entertaining..

Biography & Autobiography

Moments Of Being | Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf's only autobiographical writing is to be found in this collection of five unpublished pieces. Despite Quentin Bell's comprehensive biography and numerous recent studies of her, the author's own account of her early life holds new fascination - for its unexpected detail, the strength of its emotion, and its clear-sighted judgement of Victorian values. In 'Reminiscences' Virginia Woolf focuses on the death of her mother, 'the greatest disaster that could happen', and its effect on her father, the demanding patriarch who took a high toll of the women in his household. She surveys some of the same ground in 'A Sketch of the Past', the most important memoir in this collection, which she wrote with greater detachment and supreme command of her art shortly before her death. Readers will be struck by the extent to which she drew on these early experiences for her novels, as she tells how she exorcised the obsessive presence of her mother by writing To the Lighthouse. The last three papers were composed to be read to the Memoir Club, a postwar regrouping of Bloomsbury, which exacted absolute candour of its members. Virginia Woolf's contributions were not only bold but also original and amusing. She describes George Duckworth's passionate efforts to launch the Stephen girls; gives her own version of 'Old Bloomsbury'; and, with wit and some malice, reflects on her connections with titled society..

Literary Criticism

Liberty | Virginia Woolf

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Why should one half be free to live, while the other is doomed to watch silently from the sidelines? In this visionary collection, Virginia Woolf leads us on a transformative journey through the liberating powers of the mind. From an exploration of why women were barred from writing and under what conditions they might break free, to the solace derived from haunting London's streets, these essays and stories present Woolf at her most impassioned, rendering the pursuit of liberty one of life's most poetic adventures. Selected from the books A Room of One's Own, The Waves and Street Haunting and Other Essays by Virginia Woolf VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series: Love by Jeanette Winterson Home by Salman Rushdie Language by Xiaolu Guo Race by Toni Morrison.

Political Science

The Encyclopedia of Housing, Second Edition | Andrew T. Carswell

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Since publication of the groundbreaking Encyclopedia of Housing in 1998, many issues have assumed special prominence within this field and, indeed, within the global economy. For instance, the global economic meltdown was spurred in large part by the worst subprime mortgage crisis we’ve seen in our history. On a more positive note, the sustainability movement and “green” development has picked up considerable steam and, given the priorities and initiatives of the current U.S. administration, this will only grow in importance, and increased attention has been given in recent years to the topic of indoor air quality. Within the past decade, as well, the Baby Boom Generation began its march into retirement and senior citizenship, which will have increasingly broad implications for retirement communities and housing, assisted living facilities, aging in place, livable communities, universal design, and the like. Finally, within the last twelve years an emerging generation of young scholars has been making significant contributions to the field. For all these reasons and more, we are pleased to present a significantly updated and expanded Second Edition of The Encyclopedia of Housing..

Fiction

Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf

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A stunning new edition of Virginia Woolf's engulfing portrait of one day in a woman's life, featuring a new foreword by Jenny Offill, the New York Times bestselling author of Weather and Dept. of Speculation A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself." It's one of the most famous opening lines in literature, that of Virginia Woolf's beloved masterpiece of time, memory, and the city. In the wake of World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic, Clarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party and remembering those she once loved. In another part of London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax. In a novel in which she perfects the interior monologue and recapitulates the life cycle in the hours of the day, from first light to the dark of night, Woolf achieves an uncanny simulacrum of consciousness, bringing past, present, and future together, and recording, impression by impression, minute by minute, the feel of life itself. This edition is collated from all known proofs, manuscripts, and impressions to reflect the author's intentions, and includes a catalog of emendations, an illuminating introduction and endnotes by the distinguished feminist critic Elaine Showalter, and a map of Mrs. Dalloway's London..

Fiction

To the Lighthouse (Collins Classics) | Virginia Woolf

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Education

Critical Encounters in Secondary English | Deborah Appleman

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Because of the emphasis placed on nonfiction and informational texts by the Common Core State Standards, literature teachers all over the country are re-evaluating their curriculum and looking for thoughtful ways to incorporate nonfiction into their courses. They are also rethinking their pedagogy as they consider ways to approach texts that are outside the usual fare of secondary literature classrooms. The Third Edition of Critical Encounters in Secondary English provides an integrated approach to incorporating nonfiction and informational texts into the literature classroom. Grounded in solid theory with new field-tested classroom activities, this new edition shows teachers how to adapt practices that have always defined good pedagogy to the new generation of standards for literature instruction. New for the Third Edition: A new preface and new introduction that discusses the CCSS and their implications for literature instruction. Lists of nonfiction texts at the end of each chapter related to the critical lens described in that chapter. A new chapter on new historicism, a critical lens uniquely suited to interpreting nonfiction and informational sources. New classroom activities created and field-tested specifically for use with nonfiction texts. Additional activities that demonstrate how informational texts can be used in conjunction with traditional literary texts. “What a smart and useful book!” —Mike Rose, University of California, Los Angeles “[This book] has enriched my understanding both of teaching literature and of how I read. I know of no other book quite like it.” —Michael W. Smith, Temple University, College of Education “I have recommended Critical Encounters to every group of preservice and practicing teachers that I have taught or worked with and I will continue to do so.” —Ernest Morrell, director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME), Teachers College, Columbia University.

Art

Contemporary Revolutions | Susan Stanford Friedman

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Returning to revolution's original meaning of 'cycle', Contemporary Revolutions explores how 21st-century writers, artists, and performers re-engage the arts of the past to reimagine a present and future encompassing revolutionary commitments to justice and freedom. Dealing with histories of colonialism, slavery, genocide, civil war, and gender and class inequities, essays examine literature and arts of Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, and the United States. The broad range of contemporary writers and artists considered include fabric artist Ellen Bell; poets Selena Tusitala Marsh and Antje Krog; Syrian artists of the civil war and Sana Yazigi's creative memory web site about the war; street artist Bahia Shehab; theatre installation artist William Kentridge; and the recycles of Virginia Woolf by multi-media artist Kabe Wilson, novelist W. G. Sebald, and the contemporary trans movement..

Literary Criticism

Hearts of Darkness | Jane Marcus

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In this book, one of modernism's most insightful critics, Jane Marcus, examines the writings of novelists such as Virginia Woolf, Nancy Cunard, Mulk Raj Anand, and Djuna Barnes-artists whose work coincided with the end of empire and the rise of fascism before the Second World War. All these writers delved into the "dark hearts" of imperialism and totalitarianism, thus tackling some of the most complex cultural issues of the day. Marcus investigates previously unrecognized ways in which social and political tensions are embodied by their works. The centerpiece of the book is Marcus's dialogue with one of her best-known essays, "Britannia Rules The Waves." In that piece, she argues that The Waves makes a strong anti-imperialist statement. Although many already support that argument, she now goes further in order to question the moral value of such a buried critique on Woolf's part. In "A Very Fine Negress" she analyzes the painful subject of Virginia Woolf's racism in A Room of One's Own. Other chapters traverse the connected issues of modernism, race, and imperialism. In two of them, we follow Nancy Cunard through the making of the Negro anthology and her appearance in a popular novel of the freewheeling Jazz Age. Elsewhere, Marcus delivers a complex analysis of A Passage to India, in a reading that interrogates E. M. Forster's displacement of his fear of white Englishwomen struggling for the vote. Marcus, as always, brings considerable gifts as both researcher and writer to this collection of new and reprinted essays, a combination resulting in a powerful interpretation of many of modernism's most cherished figures..