Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Anglistik 2022.10

Impe­r­i­al para­dox­es: train­ing the sens­es and tast­ing the eigh­teenth cen­tu­ry
BuchcoverAt war for six­ty years, eigh­teenth-cen­tu­ry Britain and France expe­ri­enced demo­graph­ic, social, and eco­nom­ic exchanges despite their impe­r­i­al rival­ry. Para­dox­i­cal­ly, this rival­ry spurred their par­tic­i­pa­tion in sci­en­tif­ic and indus­tri­al devel­op­ments. Their shared inter­est in stan­dards of liv­ing and cul­tur­al prac­tices was fuelled by migra­tion and philo­soph­i­cal exchanges that rec­i­p­ro­cal­ly trans­mit­ted the val­ues of urban geog­ra­phy, med­i­cine, teach­ing, and the indus­tri­al and fine arts.
In Impe­r­i­al Para­dox­es Robert Mer­rett com­pares British and French lit­er­a­ture on those top­ics. He explains how food, wine, fash­ion, and tourism were chan­nels of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary rela­tions and shows why authors in both nations turned the notion of empire from com­mer­cial and mil­i­tary expan­sion into a metaphor for explor­ing self-knowl­edge and plea­sure. Although cog­ni­tive sci­ence has come to the fore only in the past two gen­er­a­tions, eigh­teenth-cen­tu­ry writ­ers test­ed prob­lems in the dual­ist and fac­ul­ty psy­chol­o­gy of West­ern ratio­nal­ism. Themes of embod­i­ment and embod­ied thought drawn from recent the­o­rists are applied through­out this book, along with dialec­tics and mod­els of the sens­es oper­at­ing togeth­er.
Impe­r­i­al Para­dox­es avoids the lim­i­ta­tions of strict chronol­o­gy, weav­ing togeth­er mul­ti­ple nar­ra­tives for a more com­plete pic­ture. Apply­ing major works in the fields of cog­ni­tive sci­ence, cog­ni­tive psy­chol­o­gy, and ped­a­gog­i­cal the­o­ry to prose, poet­ry, and dra­ma from the eigh­teenth cen­tu­ry, Mer­rett shows how atten­tion to eat­ing, drink­ing, dress­ing, and trav­el­ling gives impor­tant insights into indi­vid­ual lit­er­ary works and lit­er­ary his­to­ry.
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Women and Tem­po­ral­i­ty in Lit­er­a­ture and Cin­e­ma: Nego­ti­at­ing with Time­less­ness
BuchcoverWomen and Tem­po­ral­i­ty in Lit­er­a­ture and Cin­e­ma delves into the sub­ject of lit­er­ary and cin­e­mat­ic women char­ac­ters entrapped in tem­po­ral spaces and their pecu­liar com­mu­ni­ca­tion with vis­i­bil­i­ty, enclo­sure, space, and time in the con­text of sex­u­al and tem­po­ral dis­cord. It explores sub­jects such as youth, age­ing, remem­ber­ing, for­get­ting, and repeat­ing with­in the larg­er realm of gen­dered tem­po­ral­i­ties that are essen­tial­ly nuanced and affec­tive expe­ri­ences. Through­out, this book seeks to locate and spell out the dam­ag­ing as well as the heal­ing effects of tem­po­ral­i­ty upon women’s con­scious­ness.
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