In A Leg Up on the Canon, author Jim McGahern provides an extensive biography of Shakespeare and offers an introductory guide to his histories, comedies, tragedies, romances, and poems. McGahern presents summaries of the texts, explanations of difficult passages, extensive historical context, and glossaries of terms no longer in use. In each volume, he outlines the plot of plays in that category and then delivers a one-act play with inclusive commentary. McGahern includes pertinent remarks and important speeches and soliloquies interlaced with brief explanations and descriptions of the actions on stage as well as plot developments.
A Leg Up on the Canon, a four-volume series, provides insights into the word music of the talented man from Stratford.
There were deep suspicions and restrictions surrounding the education of women during this period, and thus the contributions of women to literature, and to the print industry itself, are largely unknown. This wide-ranging examination of the genres of early modern women's writing embraces translation (from Latin, Greek, and French) in the fields of theological discourse, romance and classical tragedy, original meditations and prayers, letters and diaries, poetry, closet drama, advice manuals, and prophecies and polemics. A close study of six major authors – Mary Sidney, Aemilia Lanyer, Elizabeth Tanfield Cary, Lady Mary Wroth, Margaret Cavendish, and Katherine Philips – explores their work as poets, dramatists, and romantic fiction writers. Demers invites readers to savour the subtlety and daring with which these women authors made writing an expressly social craft.
Involuntary Confessions of the Flesh in Early Modern France was inspired by the observation that small slips of the flesh (involuntary confessions of the flesh) are omnipresent in early modern texts of many kinds. These slips (which bear similarities to what we would today call the Freudian slip) disrupt and destabilize readings of body, self, and text—three categories whose mutual boundaries this book seeks to soften—but also, in their very messiness, participate in defining them. Involuntary Confessions capitalizes on the uncertainty of such volatile moments, arguing that it is instability itself that provides the tools to navigate and understand the complexity of the early modern world. Rather than locate the body within any one discourse (Foucauldian, psychoanalytic), this book argues that slips of the flesh create a liminal space not exactly outside of discourse, but not necessarily subject to it, either. Involuntary confessions of the flesh reveal the perpetual and urgent challenge of early modern thinkers to textually confront and define the often tenuous relationship between the body and the self. By eluding and frustrating attempts to contain it, the early modern body reveals that truth is as much about surfaces as it is about interior depth, and that the self is fruitfully perpetuated by the conflict that proceeds from seemingly irreconcilable narratives.
Interdisciplinary in its scope, Involuntary Confessions of the Flesh in Early Modern France pairs major French literary works of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (by Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne, Madame de Lafayette) with cultural documents (confession manuals, legal documents about the application of torture, and courtly handbooks). It is the first study of its kind to bring these discourses into thematic (rather than linear or chronological) dialog. In so doing, it emphasizes the shared struggle of many different early modern conversations to come to terms with the body's volatility.
The volume’s originality and value lies not only in the innovative theoretical approaches proposed, but also in the practical application of the concept of utopia to a variety of phenomena which have been neglected in the utopian studies paradigm, especially to the rarely discussed Central European texts and ideologies.
Diviso in cinque sezioni (Filosofia, Semiotica e teoria dei linguaggi, Cinema, Teoria delle arti e Tecnica e media), che sono altrettante articolazioni di analisi e di riflessione sul presente e la contemporaneità, il libro si avvale della partecipazione di illustri studiosi italiani e internazionali: Alberto Abruzzese, Leonardo Amoroso, Francesco Antinucci, Gianfranco Bettetini, Piero Boitani, Silvana Borutti, Romeo Bufalo, Mauro Carbone, Massimo Carboni, Giovanni Careri, Francesco Casetti, Stefano Catucci, Claudia Cieri Via, Antonio Costa, Massimo De Carolis, Roberto De Gaetano, Pina De Luca, Georges Didi-Huberman, Giuseppe Di Giacomo, Roberto Diodato, Ruggero Eugeni, Edoardo Ferrario, Maurizio Ferraris, Richard Grusin, Tarcisio Lancioni, Enrica Lisciani Petrini, Herman Parret, Isabella Pezzini, Giovanna Pinna, Andrea Pinotti, Massimo Prampolini, Antonio Somaini, Elena Tavani, Valentina Valentini, Stefano Velotti.
Ogni sezione è inoltre chiusa da una conversazione con un artista: Franco Maresco, Roberto Perpignani, Alfredo Pirri, Costanza Quatriglio e Mario Sasso.
Il volume è curato da Daniele Guastini e Adriano Ardovino.
Topics addressed include:
* the nature of the canon
* the poetics of language
* the representation of women and the notion of nationalism in post-colonial literature.
The significance of this volume lies not only in the quality of the individual contributions but also in the fact that it marks an important turning point in the history of English studies in Europe.