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Lit­er­ary ono­mas­tics
BuchcoverLit­er­ary Ono­mas­tics sur­veys dif­fer­ent meth­ods of study­ing names in works of lit­er­a­ture and offers rep­re­sen­ta­tive works of lit­er­ary ono­mas­tic analy­sis. Includ­ed in this vol­ume are qual­i­ta­tive stud­ies that exam­ine select names as well as quan­ti­ta­tive stud­ies that exam­ine entire sys­tems of names. These stud­ies of lit­er­ary names strad­dle cen­turies, cross gen­res, and defy sim­ple cat­e­go­riza­tion. Lead­ing and emerg­ing schol­ars in this field pro­vide insight into the name­craft of William Shake­speare, Philip Sid­ney, John Donne, Julia Alvarez, Ursu­la K. Le Guin, Zadie Smith, George R. R. Mar­tin, and Britain’s Rebel Writ­ers. The the­o­ries and meth­ods they employ are asso­ci­at­ed with cul­tur­al, lin­guis­tic, rhetor­i­cal, fem­i­nist, and eth­nic stud­ies. Col­lec­tive­ly, these schol­ars demon­strate the many approach­es avail­able to the study of names and nam­ing prac­tices in lit­er­ary works. Addi­tion­al­ly, they con­sid­er how names func­tion in a vari­ety of gen­res and medi­ums, includ­ing poet­ry, nov­els, sci­ence fic­tion, and fan­ta­sy.
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Wife­dom: Mrs. Orwell’s invis­i­ble life
BuchcoverAt the end of sum­mer 2017, Anna Fun­der found her­self at a moment of peak over­load. Fam­i­ly oblig­a­tions and house­hold respon­si­bil­i­ties were crush­ing her soul and tak­ing her away from her writ­ing dead­lines. She need­ed help, and George Orwell came to her res­cue.
“I’ve always loved Orwell,” Fun­der writes, “his self-dep­re­cat­ing humour, his laser vision about how pow­er works, and who it works on.” So after reread­ing and savor­ing books Orwell had writ­ten, she devoured six major biogra­phies trac­ing his life and work. But then she read about his for­got­ten wife, and it was a rev­e­la­tion.
Eileen O’Shaughnessy mar­ried Orwell in 1936. O’Shaughnessy was a writer her­self, and her lit­er­ary bril­liance not only shaped Orwell’s work, but her prac­ti­cal com­mon sense saved his life. But why and how, Fun­der won­dered, was she writ­ten out of their sto­ry? Using new­ly dis­cov­ered let­ters from Eileen to her best friend, Fun­der re-cre­ates the Orwells’ mar­riage, through the Span­ish Civ­il War and the Sec­ond World War in Lon­don. As she peeks behind the cur­tain of Orwell’s pri­vate life she is led to ques­tion what it takes to be a writer—and what it is to be a wife.
A breath­tak­ing­ly inti­mate view of one of the most impor­tant lit­er­ary mar­riages of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry, Wife­dom speaks to our present moment as much as it illu­mi­nates the past. Genre-bend­ing and utter­ly orig­i­nal, it is an ode to the unsung work of women every­where.
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