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Orientalism (78 Edition)
Orientalism (78 Edition)
by Edward W. Said
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Metaphors We Live by
Metaphors We Live by
by George Lakoff
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The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social... (read more)

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Arcades Project (99 Edition)
Arcades Project (99 Edition)
by Walter Benjamin
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"To great writers," Walter Benjamin once wrote, "finished works weigh lighter than those fragments on which they labor their entire lives." Conceived in Paris in 1927 and still in progress when Benjamin fled the Occupation in 1940, The Arcades Project... (read more)

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Introducing Postmodernism: A Graphic Guide to Cutting-Edge Thinking (Introducing)
Introducing Postmodernism: A Graphic Guide to Cutting-Edge Thinking (Introducing)
by Richard Appignanesi
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A controversial, complicated and difficult concept to grasp, postmodernism is nevertheless a thrilling intellectual adventure and Introducing Postmodernism provides the ideal guide. It helps unwravel and explain the ideas that have been used to definte... (read more)

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Illuminations
Illuminations
by Walter Benjamin
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Walter Benjamin was one of the most original cultural critics of the twentieth century. Illuminations includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's... (read more)

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Violence and the Sacred (77 Edition)
Violence and the Sacred (77 Edition)
by Rene Girard
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This brilliant study of good and evil examines the presence of ritual violence in sacred ceremony.... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #4: Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #4: Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
by Jonathan Culler
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What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is literature, and does it matter? These questions and more are addressed in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, a book which steers a clear path... (read more)

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Urn Burial (New Directions Pearls)
Urn Burial (New Directions Pearls)
by Thomas Browne
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Hydriotaphia, or Urn Burial, is one of the pinnacles of Renaissance scholarship and without doubt one of the great essays in English literature. Beginning with observations on the recent discovery of Roman antiquities in the form of burial urns, Browne... (read more)

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My 1980s & Other Essays
My 1980s & Other Essays
by Wayne Koestenbaum
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Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper-literate collection of personal and critical essays Wayne Koestenbaum has been described as “an impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between Joan Didion, Roland Barthes, and... (read more)

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Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays
Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays
by Camille Paglia
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Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds
Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds
by Harold Bloom
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What is genius? It is the trait, says Harold Bloom, of standing both of and above an age, the ancient principle that recognizes and hallows the God within us, and the gift of breathing life into what is best in every living person. Now, in a monumental... (read more)

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Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography (Harvest Book)
Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography (Harvest Book)
by Roger Shattuck
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In his “best achievement to date” (Harold Bloom), National Book Award- winner Roger Shattuck gives us a “deeply learned, highly intelligent, and beautifully written” (New York Times) study of human curiosity versus the taboo, from... (read more)

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Five Works by Octavio Paz: Conjunctions and Disjunctions / Marcel Duchamp: Appearance Stripped Bare / The Monkey Grammarian / On Poets and Others (Arcade Classics)
Five Works by Octavio Paz: Conjunctions and Disjunctions / Marcel Duchamp: Appearance Stripped Bare / The Monkey Grammarian / On Poets and Others (Arcade Classics)
by Octavio Paz
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One of the great thinkers of the twentieth century has some of his finest art, culture and literary criticism collected here for the first time. A Nobel laureate, Octavio Pazs lucid poetry has been translated by such luminaries as Mark Strand, Elizabeth... (read more)

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Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace
Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace
by Janet Murray
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Acclaimed by practitioners and theorists alike, this classic statement of the aesthetics of digital media shows how the computer is reshaping the stories we live by.... (read more)

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Kant and the Platypus : Essays on Language and Cognition (00 Edition)
Kant and the Platypus : Essays on Language and Cognition (00 Edition)
by Umberto Eco
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How do we know a cat is a cat? And why do we call it a cat? How much of our perception of things is based on cognitive ability, and how much on linguistic resources? Here, in six remarkable essays, Umberto Eco explores in depth questions of reality... (read more)

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The Kristeva Reader
The Kristeva Reader
by Julia Kristeva
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An easily accessible introduction to Kristeva's work in English. The essays have been selected as representative of the three main areas of Kristeva's writing--semiotics, psychoanalysis, and political theory--and are each prefaced by a clear, instructive... (read more)

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Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers
Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers
by Janet Malcolm
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A National Book Critics Circle Finalist for Criticism A deeply Malcolmian volume on painters, photographers, writers, and critics. Janet Malcolms In the Freud Archives and The Journalist and the Murderer, as well as her books about Sylvia Plath and... (read more)

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The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life
The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life
by Harold Bloom
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Praise for Harold Bloom:“Harold Bloom reminds us what matters. He is our most valuable critic.”—Boston Globe New York Times Book... (read more)

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Growing Up in Mississippi
Growing Up in Mississippi
by Judy H Tucker
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With contributions from Elizabeth Aydelott, Fred Banks, Jimmy Buffett, Edward Cohen, Maggie Wade Dixon, Ellen Douglas, W. Ralph Eubanks, Richard Ford, Gwendolyn Gong, Carolyn Haines, Lorian Hemingway, Samuel Jones, Robert Khayat, B. B. King, John Maxwell,... (read more)

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On Not Being Able to Sleep: Psychoanalysis and the Modern World
On Not Being Able to Sleep: Psychoanalysis and the Modern World
by Jacqueline Rose
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"Jacqueline Rose has no peer among critics of her generation. The brilliance of her literary insights, the lucidity of her prose, and the subtlety of her analyses are simply breathtaking. On Not Being Able to Sleep strikes me as a rare amalgam of her... (read more)

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