The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics is the first collection of academic essays that regards songs as literature and that identifies intersections between the literary histories of poems and songs. The essays by well-known poets and scholars including Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson, Peter Guralnick, Adam Bradley, David Kirby, Kevin Young, and many others, locate points of synthesis and separation so as to better understand both genres and their crafts. The essayists share a desire to write on lyrics in a way that moves beyond sociological, historical, and autobiographical approaches and explicates songs in relation to poetics. Unique to this volume, the essays focus not on a single genre but on folk, rap, hip hop, country, rock, indie, soul, and blues. The first section of the book provides a variety of perspectives on the poetic history and techniques within songs and poems, and the second section focuses on a few prominent American songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Stipe. Through conversational yet in-depth analyses of songs, the essays discuss sonnet forms, dramatic monologues, Modernism, ballads, blues poems, confessionalism, Language poetry, Keatsian odes, unreliable narrators, personas, poetic sequences, rhythm, rhyme, transcription methods, the writing process, and more. While the strategies of explication differ from essay to essay, the nexus of each piece is an unveiling of the poetic history and poetic techniques within songs. Charlotte Pence of Knoxville, Tennessee, is the author of The Writer's Path: Creative Exercises for Meaningful Essays. She is also the winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition for her poetry chapbook The Branches, the Axe, the Missing.

A New Kind of Bleak

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A New Kind of Bleak by Owen Hatherley Summary

In A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, Owen Hatherley skewered New Labour’s architectural legacy in all its witless swagger. Now, in the year of the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, he sets out to describe what the Coalition’s altogether different approach to economic mismanagement and civic irresponsibility is doing to the places where the British live. In a journey that begins and ends in the capital, Hatherley takes us from Plymouth and Brighton to Belfast and Aberdeen, by way of the eerie urbanism of the Welsh valleys and the much-mocked splendour of modernist Coventry. Everywhere outside the unreal Southeast, the building has stopped in towns and cities, which languish as they wait for the next bout of self-defeating austerity. Hatherley writes with unrivalled aggression about the disarray of modern Britain, and yet this remains a book about possibilities remembered, about unlikely successes in the midst of seemingly inexorable failure. For as well as trash, ancient and modern, Hatherley finds signs of the hopeful country Britain once was and hints of what it might become.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture by Bill C. Malone Summary

Southern music has flourished as a meeting ground for the traditions of West African and European peoples in the region, leading to the evolution of various traditional folk genres, bluegrass, country, jazz, gospel, rock, blues, and southern hip-hop. This much-anticipated volume in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture celebrates an essential element of southern life and makes available for the first time a stand-alone reference to the music and music makers of the American South. With nearly double the number of entries devoted to music in the original Encyclopedia, this volume includes 30 thematic essays, covering topics such as ragtime, zydeco, folk music festivals, minstrelsy, rockabilly, white and black gospel traditions, and southern rock. And it features 174 topical and biographical entries, focusing on artists and musical outlets. From Mahalia Jackson to R.E.M., from Doc Watson to OutKast, this volume considers a diverse array of topics, drawing on the best historical and contemporary scholarship on southern music. It is a book for all southerners and for all serious music lovers, wherever they live.

Concepts of Culture

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Concepts of Culture by Adam Muller Summary

How do we define 'culture?' In this volume, Adam Muller brings together contributions from established and emerging scholars in a number of different disciplines who each examine the concept of culture as it is understood and deployed within their respective fields.

Mountain Meditations and Some Subjects of the Day and the War

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Mountain Meditations and Some Subjects of the Day and the War by Lizzy Lind-af-Hageby Summary

Download or read Mountain Meditations and Some Subjects of the Day and the War book by clicking button below to visit the book download website. There are multiple format available for you to choose (Pdf, ePub, Doc).

Ainoi, Logoi, Mythoi

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Ainoi, Logoi, Mythoi by G. J. Van Dijk Summary

The first intertextual study of all (allusions to) fables occuring in Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greek literature, examining both modern and ancient fable theory as well as Greaco-Roman terminology of the genre.

Posthuman Blues

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Posthuman Blues by Mac Tonnies Summary

Posthuman Blues, Vol. I is first volume of the edited version of the popular weblog maintained by author Mac Tonnies from 2003 until his tragic death in 2009. Tonnies’ blog was a pastiche of his original fiction, reflections on his day-to-day life, trenchant observations of current events, and thoughts on an eclectic range of material he culled from the Internet. What resulted was a remarkably broad portrait of a thoughtful man and the complex times in which he lived, rendered with intelligence, imagination, and a wickedly absurdist sense of humor.

History of the Graeco-Latin Fable

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History of the Graeco-Latin Fable by Francisco Rodríguez Adrados Summary

Spanning from Sumer to the present day few literary genres show greater continuity throughout their history than the fable. Historical evidence reaching as far back as Antiquity, supports the study of more than 500 works considered to be fables. This translation of the original Spanish, standard work on the fable, traces the history of the Graeco-Latin fable, investigates its origins, reconstructs lost collections from the Hellenistic Age, and establishes relationships between the fablist of the Imperial Age and the study of Medieval, Greek and Latin fables. Supplements at the end of each chapter have been added, giving information on a new bibliography and some new data, together with references to subsequent studies.

No Surrender

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No Surrender by Dave Bowler Summary

The unauthorised biography of the world's most entertaining - and Britain's most successful - cricketing all-rounder In his prime, year in, year out, Ian Botham provided the most memorable moments of the cricketing season. Yet there has always been more to Botham than just cricket, and this biography examines why he inspires both admiration and fury in his fans. Primarily a celebration of Botham and cricket, NO SURRENDER explores the life and times of the most important cricketer of the past quarter century.

Essential Cinema

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Essential Cinema by Jonathan Rosenbaum Summary

A cogent and provocative argument about the art of film, Essential Cinema is a fiercely independent reference book of must-see movies for film lovers everywhere.

Towards a Transcultural Future

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Towards a Transcultural Future by Geoffrey V. Davis Summary

This second collection, complementing ASNEL Papers 9.1, covers a similar range of writers, topics, themes and issues, all focusing on present-day transcultural issues and their historical antecedents.Topics treated: Preparing for post-apartheid in South African fiction; Maori culture and the New Historicism; Danish-New Zealand acculturation; linguistic approaches to 'void'; women's overcoming in Southern African writing; new post-apartheid approaches to literary studies; Afrikanerdom; postmodern psychoanalytic interpretations of Indian religion and identity; transcultural identity in the encounter with London: Malaysian, Nigerian, Pakistani; hypertextual postmodernism; fictionalized multiculturalism and female madness in Australian fiction; myopia and double vision in colonial Australia; Native-American fiction and poetry; Chinese-Canadian and Japanese-Canadian multiculturalism; the postcolonial city; African-American identity and postcolonial Africa; Johannesburg as locus of literary and dramatic creativity; theatre before and after apartheid; the black experience in England.Writers discussed: Lalithambika Antherjanam; Ayi Kwei Armah; J.M. Coetzee; Tsitsi Dangarembga; Helen Darville; Lauris Edmond; Buchi Emecheta; Yvonne du Fresne; Hiromi Goto; Patricia Grace; Rodney Hall; Joy Harjo; Bessie Head; Gordon Henry Jr.; Christopher Hope; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; Hanif Kureishi; Keri Hulme, Lee Kok Liang; Bill Manhire; Zakes Mda; Mike Nicol; Michael Ondaatje; Alan Paton; Ravinder Randhawa; Wendy Rose; Salman Rushdie; Sipho Sepamla; Atima Srivastava; Meera Syal; Marlene van Niekerk; Yvonne Vera; Fred WahContributions by Ken Arvidson; Thomas Brückner; David Callahan; Eleonora Chiavetta; Marc Colavincenzo; Gordon Collier; John Douthwaite; Dorothy Driver; Claudia Duppé; Robert Fraser; Anne Fuchs; John Gamgee; D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke; Konrad Gross; Bernd Herzogenrath; Susanne Hilf; Clara A.B. Joseph; Jaroslav Kušnír; Chantal Kwast–Greff; M.Z. Malaba; Sigrun Meinig; Michael Meyer; Mike Nicol; Obododimma Oha; Vincent O'Sullivan; Judith Dell Panny; Mike Petry; Jochen Petzold; Norbert H. Platz; Malcolm Purkey; Stéphanie Ravillon; Anne Holden Rønning; Richard Samin; Cecile Sandten; Nicole Schröder; Joseph Swann; André Viola; Christine Vogt–William; Bernard Wilson; Janet Wilson; Brian Worsfold. Creative writing by Katherine Gallagher; Peter Goldsworthy; Syd Harrex; Mike Nicol

Crazy diamond: Syd Barret e o surgimento do Pink Floyd

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Crazy diamond: Syd Barret e o surgimento do Pink Floyd by Mike Watkinson, Pete Anderson Summary

“Um relato preciso e doloroso sobre o surgimento, a queda e a reclusão de Syd... A história de Syd é contada com empatia e compreensão.” – Vox “Resultado de uma excelente pesquisa, Crazy Diamond mergulha na dolorosa desintegração de Syd pós-Pink Floyd.”- New Musical Express Crazy Diamond é a biografia mais vendida de Syd Barrett, o lendário fundador do Pink Floyd, cujo breve lampejo de uma errática genialidade tornou-se um dos maiores enigmas do rock. Cantor original do Pink Floyd, guitarrista e principal compositor, Barrett deixou o grupo em 1968 em meio a boatos de ter desenvolvido uma loucura induzida pelo uso de ácido. Após dois álbuns lançados em carreira solo, que se tornaram clássicos Cult, desapareceu, o que fez surgir inúmeras especulações sobre seu paradeiro. Para relatar uma tragédia do mundo do rock de proporções épicas, Crazy Diamond baseia-se em anos de pesquisa e inúmeras entrevistas com a família de Syd e seus amigos. Esta edição do livro foi atualizada depois da morte de Barrett em 2006. Inclui numerosas fotos raras, discografia completa e prefácio de Julian Cope." “Um relato preciso e doloroso sobre o surgimento, a queda e a reclusão de Syd... A história de Syd é contada com empatia e compreensão.” – Vox “Resultado de uma excelente pesquisa, Crazy Diamond mergulha na dolorosa desintegração de Syd pós-Pink Floyd.”- New Musical Express Crazy Diamond é a biografia mais vendida de Syd Barrett, o lendário fundador do Pink Floyd, cujo breve lampejo de uma errática genialidade tornou-se um dos maiores enigmas do rock. Cantor original do Pink Floyd, guitarrista e principal compositor, Barrett deixou o grupo em 1968 em meio a boatos de ter desenvolvido uma loucura induzida pelo uso de ácido. Após dois álbuns lançados em carreira solo, que se tornaram clássicos Cult, desapareceu, o que fez surgir inúmeras especulações sobre seu paradeiro. Para relatar uma tragédia do mundo do rock de proporções épicas, Crazy Diamond baseia-se em anos de pesquisa e inúmeras entrevistas com a família de Syd e seus amigos. Esta edição do livro foi atualizada depois da morte de Barrett em 2006. Inclui numerosas fotos raras, discografia completa e prefácio de Julian Cope." “Um relato preciso e doloroso sobre o surgimento, a queda e a reclusão de Syd... A história de Syd é contada com empatia e compreensão.” – Vox “Resultado de uma excelente pesquisa, Crazy Diamond mergulha na dolorosa desintegração de Syd pós-Pink Floyd.”- New Musical Express Crazy Diamond é a biografia mais vendida de Syd Barrett, o lendário fundador do Pink Floyd, cujo breve lampejo de uma errática genialidade tornou-se um dos maiores enigmas do rock. Cantor original do Pink Floyd, guitarrista e principal compositor, Barrett deixou o grupo em 1968 em meio a boatos de ter desenvolvido uma loucura induzida pelo uso de ácido. Após dois álbuns lançados em carreira solo, que se tornaram clássicos Cult, desapareceu, o que fez surgir inúmeras especulações sobre seu paradeiro. Para relatar uma tragédia do mundo do rock de proporções épicas, Crazy Diamond baseia-se em anos de pesquisa e inúmeras entrevistas com a família de Syd e seus amigos. Esta edição do livro foi atualizada depois da morte de Barrett em 2006. Inclui numerosas fotos raras, discografia completa e prefácio de Julian Cope."

Nick Drake

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Nick Drake by Patrick Humphries Summary

Nick Drake was barely 26 years old when he died in 1974. The British singer-songwriter made only three albums during his short life time: "Five Leaves Left", "Bryter Layer" and "Pink Moon". All are now recognized as classics.;Since his death, Nick has been cited as a seminal influence by stars as diverse as REM, Elton John, Paul Weller, Jackson Brown, Everything But the Girl, Tom Verlaine and Matt Johnson of The The.;This biography includes extensive interviews with friends, colleagues and musicians who knew and worked with Nick. It provides an insight into the life and work of Nick Drake, and also the music scene of the 1960s that formed his backdrop.;The author's lifelong appreciations of and interest in Nick Drake were further fuelled when he discovered that his uncle Dr James Lusk actually delivered Nick into the world and remained a friend of the Drake family. In the book, he draws on a long letter from Nick's father to Dr Lusk, in which he describes how Nick's mother, discovered Nick's body during the morning of 25 November 1974, following an accidental overdose of prescribed drugs.

The Promise of the New South

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The Promise of the New South by Edward L. Ayers Summary

At a public picnic in the South in the 1890s, a young man paid five cents for his first chance to hear the revolutionary Edison talking machine. He eagerly listened as the soundman placed the needle down, only to find that through the tubes he held to his ears came the chilling sounds of a lynching. In this story, with its blend of new technology and old hatreds, genteel picnics and mob violence, Edward Ayers captures the history of the South in the years between Reconstruction and the turn of the century. Ranging from the Georgia coast to the Tennessee mountains, from the power brokers to tenant farmers, Ayers depicts a land of startling contrasts. Ayers takes us from remote Southern towns, revolutionized by the spread of the railroads, to the statehouses where Democratic Redeemers swept away the legacy of Reconstruction; from the small farmers, trapped into growing nothing but cotton, to the new industries of Birmingham; from abuse and intimacy in the family to tumultuous public meetings of the prohibitionists. He explores every aspect of society, politics, and the economy, detailing the importance of each in the emerging New South. Central to the entire story is the role of race relations, from alliances and friendships between blacks and whites to the spread of Jim Crows laws and disfranchisement. The teeming nineteenth-century South comes to life in these pages. When this book first appeared in 1992, it won a broad array of prizes and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The citation for the National Book Award declared Promise of the New South a vivid and masterfully detailed picture of the evolution of a new society. The Atlantic called it "one of the broadest and most original interpretations of southern history of the past twenty years.

The Shahnama of Firdausi:

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The Shahnama of Firdausi: by Arthur George Warner,Edmond Warner Summary

First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

A Renegade History of the United States

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A Renegade History of the United States by Thaddeus Russell Summary

Popular historian Thaddeus Russell offers a highly provocative and absorbing new perspective on America's history that will turn convention on its head and is sure to elicit as much controversy as it does support. Russell shows that drunkards, laggards, prostitutes, and pirates were the real heroes of the American Revolution. Slaves worked less and had more fun than free men. Prostitutes, not feminists, won women's liberation. White people lost their rhythm when they became good Americans. Without organized crime, we might not have Hollywood, Las Vegas, labour unions, legal alcohol, birth control, or gay rights. Zoot-suiters and rock-and-rollers, not Ronald Reagan or the peace movement, brought down the Soviet Union. And Britney Spears will win the war on terror. The more that 'bad' people existed, resisted, and won, the greater was our common good. In A RENEGADE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, Russell introduces us to the origins of America's identity as we have never seen it before.

Essays on the Art of Pheidias

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Essays on the Art of Pheidias by Charles Waldstein Summary

Originally published in 1885, this book examines the extant works of the Greek sculptor Pheidias, best known as the creator of the Parthenon Marbles and the gold and ivory statue of Zeus at Olympia, which was considered to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Waldstein examines the Parthenon Marbles with particular scrutiny and charts the relationship between Pheidias' school and the development of later Greek art, particularly sepulchral reliefs. Four earlier papers by Waldstein on the topic of Pheidias are also reprinted here. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in ancient Greek sculpture.

Reconstruction

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Reconstruction by G. M. Lupo Summary

Nine stories set in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring characters undergoing personal transformations. Each must examine their choices and, in some instances, confront their demons to rise from the ashes and move forward.