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New Perspectives on the Sacred and the Secular in Old French and Old Provençal Poetry

This book delves into the question of the coexistence, convergence, and opposition between the sacred and the secular as reflected in Old French and Old Provençal poetry from the early to the late central Middle Ages, that is from the end of the ninth century until the thirteenth century. It breaks the boundaries between the intrat...

Comparative Literature in Europe

Thanks to its historical, theoretical, and methodological dimensions, this book is unique, both in Europe and in the USA. It brings together researchers from across Europe to explain how comparative literature works, both on an institutional and a technical level, in the country in which they teach. The contributions also define th...

Empedocles of Acragas

Empedocles of Acragas is known as philosopher, healer, excellent orator, miracle-maker, and engineer. This book shows that the careful study of extant fragments of his writings confirms that he was a multi-faceted thinker. In a period when most thinkers were monists, he was a pluralist and the first to introduce the principle of th...

The Failure of Augustus

Augustus did not mean to become the “Founder of the Roman Empire”. We only say this to make sense of what happened later. At the time, there were indeed suspicions. However, Augustus plugged on with his propaganda, with a proud and clear aim in mind. In the end, though, his own persistence defeated him.In all history, we must first...

Fatal Attractions, Abjection, and the Self in Literature from the Restoration to the Romantics

This book examines Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection in several works by early British writers from the Restoration to the Romantic era. This period saw an increased emphasis on understanding the self. Poems with anxious speakers or narratives featuring characters with considerable psychic pressures emerged as writers responded ...

Gendered Ways of Transnational Un-Belonging from a Comparative Literature Perspective

As the outcome of an international conference held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, this book provides a collection of productive texts on, and novel critical approaches to, comparative literature for young scholars. The wide range of analytical approaches employed here allow for the opening up of texts to new readings. The c...

A History of Alcman’s Early Reception

This book constructs a history of Alcman’s early reception from the Archaic times until the Hellenistic period, from the composition of his poetry until its first attested systematic edition, taking into consideration the existence of a tradition of partheneia and its implications. Can it be suggested that the emerging book culture...

Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene

Defined as an ecological epoch in which humans have the most impact on the environment, the Anthropocene poses challenging questions to literary and cultural studies. If, in the Anthropocene, the distinction between nature and culture increasingly collapses, we have to rethink our division between historiography and natural history...

Imaging Malgudi

R.K. Narayan (1906-2001) is one of the most influential and respected Indian writers. This book is a critical study of Narayan’s novels of the common people, their aspirations and struggles, their pieties and rituals, their myths and superstitions. The fictional town of Malgudi in pre-industrial Southern India is the setting for th...

Perspectives on Ecocriticism

This volume gathers together papers presented at the conference “Ecocriticism in the Nordic Countries; Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” held in Västerås, Sweden, in 2017, organized by the research group Ecocritical Forum at Mälardalen University. The conference, which was an attempt to survey local ecocritical activities, transcended No...

Philosophy in Late Antiquity

Late Antiquity seems to retreat in silence. However, Nietzsche drew attention to the fact that what we know about antique philosophy are not the voices of Plato or Aristotle that once sounded in Athens, nor those of Cicero or Seneca in Rome. They have come to us as perceived by the authors of the waning of the classical world, the ...

Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World

Until the 1980s, historical treatments of ancient religion focused mainly on myth, cult and ritual as a way to interpret the mental structures or primary emotions of ancient peoples, but, in the last few decades, a “political turn” in the study of religion has taken hold. This volume serves to diversify our understanding of the pol...
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