A Christmas Carol

  • Full Title : A Christmas Carol
  • Author :
  • Publisher : Random House
  • ISBN Code : 1448155398
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

'Bah! Humbug!' Mr Scrooge is a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, miserable old man. Nobody stops him in the street to say a cheery hello; nobody would dare ask him for a favour. And I hope you'd never be so foolish as to wish him a 'Merry Christmas'! Scrooge doesn't believe in Christmas, charity, kindness - or ghosts. But one cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unusual visitors who show him just how very mistaken he's been... BACKSTORY: Learn all about how the author Charles Dickens invented Christmas!


The Tales of Mother Goose

By Charles Perrault
  • Full Title : The Tales of Mother Goose
  • Author : Charles Perrault
  • Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : N.A
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

What virtues do these stories possess that have kept them alive for so long a time? They have to some degree stimulated and nourished qualities of supreme worth in individual and social life. With the young the struggle against greed and falsehood and pride and cowardice is a very real one, and situations in which these homely, fundamental traits are involved are full of interest and seriousness. Again, to mature people the reward of well-doing and the punishment of evil conduct portrayed in these stories are apt to seem too realistic, too much also on the cut-and-dried pattern; but it is far different with children. They have a very concrete sense of right and wrong, and they demand a clear, explicit, tangible outcome for every sort of action. They must have concrete, living examples, with the appropriate outcome of each, set before them.


Private Peaceful

By Michael Morpurgo
  • Full Title : Private Peaceful
  • Author : Michael Morpurgo
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 1849435715
  • Pages : 96
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by the third Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, award-winning author of War Horse. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War. This edition also includes introductory essays by Michael Morpurgo, Associate Director of Private Peaceful production Mark Leipacher, as well as an essay from Simon Reade, adaptor & director of this stage adaptation of Private Peaceful.


Questioning the Canon

By Christine Meyer
  • Full Title : Questioning the Canon
  • Author : Christine Meyer
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • ISBN Code : 3110674424
  • Pages : 354
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

To what extent do minority writers feel represented by the literary canon of a nation and its body of "great works"? To what extent do they adhere to, or contest, the supposedly universal values conveyed through those texts and how do they situate their own works within the national tradition? Building on Edward W. Said’s contrapuntal readings and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s reflections on the voice of the subaltern, this monograph examines the ways in which Rafik Schami, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, and Feridun Zaimoglu have re-read, challenged, and adapted the German canon. Similar to other writers in postcolonial contexts, their work on the canon entails an inquiry into history and a negotiation of their relation to the texts and representations that define the "host" nation. Through close analyses of the works of these non-native German authors, the book investigates the intersection between politics, ethics, and aesthetics in their work, focusing on the appropriation and re-evaluation of cultural legacies in German-language literature. Opening up a rich critical dialogue with scholars of German Studies and Postcolonial Theory, Christine Meyer provides a fresh perspective on German-language minority literature since the reunification.


Why Fairy Tales Stick

By Jack Zipes
  • Full Title : Why Fairy Tales Stick
  • Author : Jack Zipes
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1135204349
  • Pages : 352
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

In his latest book, fairy tales expert Jack Zipes explores the question of why some fairy tales "work" and others don't, why the fairy tale is uniquely capable of getting under the skin of culture and staying there. Why, in other words, fairy tales "stick." Long an advocate of the fairy tale as a serious genre with wide social and cultural ramifications, Jack Zipes here makes his strongest case for the idea of the fairy tale not just as a collection of stories for children but a profoundly important genre. Why Fairy Tales Stick contains two chapters on the history and theory of the genre, followed by case studies of famous tales (including Cinderella, Snow White, and Bluebeard), followed by a summary chapter on the problematic nature of traditional storytelling in the twenty-first century.


New Football Coach

By Dominique Demers
  • Full Title : New Football Coach
  • Author : Dominique Demers
  • Publisher : Alma Books
  • ISBN Code : 1846884527
  • Pages : N.A
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

Miss Charlotte - the new coach of a children's football team - has some odd methods to prepare them for the big match, including talking to the ball and drinking a special potion, smalalamiam. Also, she teaches them how to lose! And to have fun. Incredibly, it seems to work - but will their hopes of victory be dashed when their star player decides to join the other team?The latest instalment in Dominique Demers's popular Adventures of Miss Charlotte series, The New Football Coach, brilliantly illustrated by Tony Ross, is a marvellous tale about believing in yourself and beating the odds.


A Pocket History of Human Evolution

By Silvana Condemi,Franois Savatier
  • Full Title : A Pocket History of Human Evolution
  • Author : Silvana Condemi,Franois Savatier
  • Publisher : The Experiment
  • ISBN Code : 1615196056
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

Why aren’t we more like other apes? How did we win the evolutionary race? Find out how “wise” Homo sapiens really are. Prehistory has never been more exciting: New discoveries are overturning long-held theories left and right. Stone tools in Australia date back 65,000 years—a time when, we once thought, the first Sapiens had barely left Africa. DNA sequencing has unearthed a new hominid group—the Denisovans—and confirmed that crossbreeding with them (and Neanderthals) made Homo sapiens who we are today. A Pocket History of Human Evolution brings us up-to-date on the exploits of all our ancient relatives. Paleoanthropologist Silvana Condemi and science journalist François Savatier consider what accelerated our evolution: Was it tools, our “large” brains, language, empathy, or something else entirely? And why are we the sole survivors among many early bipedal humans? Their conclusions reveal the various ways ancient humans live on today—from gossip as modern “grooming” to our gendered division of labor—and what the future might hold for our strange and unique species.


Beauty and the Beast

By Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
  • Full Title : Beauty and the Beast
  • Author : Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN Code : 160977521X
  • Pages : 18
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

Beauty and the Beast is a magical tale of love, understanding, and triumph. Late one night a merchant becomes lost in the woods and stumbles upon a seemingly deserted castle. Hungry and tired, he enters the castle and finds a feast laid out on a grand table. Finding no one else in the castle, he eats the food himself. In the morning as he leaves he finds a beautiful rose bush in the garden and picks a single flower for his daughter Belle. Suddenly a beast appears and tells him he must die for abusing his hospitality. The merchant explains that he only picked the rose for his daughter. The Beast makes a deal with him that he can take the rose and other riches back to his daughter but only if he agrees to return and does not tell his daughter of the deal. The merchant agrees and makes his way home. He is unable to keep this terrible secret from Belle and when she finds out she returns to the Castle in his place. This is a wonderfully enchanting story, from the opening Once Upon a Time until the final Happily Ever After. A story your children will cherish for years.


The Ladies' Paradise

By Émile Zola
  • Full Title : The Ladies' Paradise
  • Author : Émile Zola
  • Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof
  • ISBN Code : 8726647672
  • Pages : 164
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

Silk dresses, sparkling jewellery and finest textiles: the glamour of the 19th century French department store can make anyone's head spin. When the 20-year-old Denise Baudu comes to Paris to work at "The Ladies' Paradise", little does she know of the corrupted values that lie beneath the layer of shining showcases. The eleventh novel in Émile Zola's "Rougon-Macquart" cycle captures the spirit of the budding capitalism in Europe. Discover the changes in consumer culture, the bourgeois family and the construction of the modern city through the eyes of the main characters in this capturing narration. Émile Zola (1840 – 1902) was awas an influential French novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, and a major figure in the political liberalization of France. Zola was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902.


Close Range

By Annie Proulx
  • Full Title : Close Range
  • Author : Annie Proulx
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN Code : 1416588892
  • Pages : 288
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of The Shipping News and Accordion Crimes comes one of the most celebrated short story collections of our time. Annie Proulx's masterful language and fierce love of Wyoming are evident in these breathtaking tales of loneliness, quick violence, and the wrong kinds of love. Each of the stunning portraits in Close Range reveals characters fiercely wrought with precision and grace. These are stories of desperation and unlikely elation, set in a landscape both stark and magnificent -- by an author writing at the peak of her craft.


Languages – Cultures – Worldviews

By Adam Głaz
  • Full Title : Languages – Cultures – Worldviews
  • Author : Adam Głaz
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • ISBN Code : 303028509X
  • Pages : 440
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

This edited book explores languages and cultures (or linguacultures) from a translation perspective, resting on the assumption that they find expression as linguacultural worldviews. Specifically, it investigates how these worldviews emerge, how they are constructed, shaped and modified in and through translation, understood both as a process and a product. The book’s content progresses from general to specific: from the notions of worldview and translation, through a consideration of how worldviews are shaped in and through language, to a discussion of worldviews in translation, both in macro-scale and in specific details of language structure and use. The contributors to the volume are linguists, linguistic anthropologists, practising translators, and/or translation studies scholars, and the book will be of interest to scholars and students in any of these fields.


Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women's Rewriting

By L. Plate
  • Full Title : Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women's Rewriting
  • Author : L. Plate
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 0230294634
  • Pages : 239
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

Including topics as diverse as feminism and its relationship to the marketplace, plagiarism and copyright, silence and forgetting, and myth in a digital age, this book explores the role of rewriting within feminist literature from the 1970s onwards in relation to the theme of cultural memory.


Practices of Comparing

By Angelika Epple,Walter Erhart,Johannes Grave
  • Full Title : Practices of Comparing
  • Author : Angelika Epple,Walter Erhart,Johannes Grave
  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • ISBN Code : 3839451663
  • Pages : 406
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

Practices of comparing shape how we perceive, organize, and change the world. Supposedly innocent, practices of comparing play a decisive role in forming categories, boundaries, and hierarchies; but they can also give an impetus to question and change such structures. Like almost no other human practice, comparing pervades all social, political, economic, and cultural spheres. This volume outlines the program of a new research agenda that places comparative practices at the center of an interdisciplinary exploration. Its contributions combine case studies with overarching systematic considerations. They show what insights can be gained and which further questions arise when one makes a seemingly trivial practice - comparing - the subject of in-depth research.


The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity.

By Jan M. Ziolkowski
  • Full Title : The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity.
  • Author : Jan M. Ziolkowski
  • Publisher : Open Book Publishers
  • ISBN Code : 178374524X
  • Pages : 492
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English

This ambitious and vivid study in six volumes explores the journey of a single, electrifying story, from its first incarnation in a medieval French poem through its prolific rebirth in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Juggler of Notre Dame tells how an entertainer abandons the world to join a monastery, but is suspected of blasphemy after dancing his devotion before a statue of the Madonna in the crypt; he is saved when the statue, delighted by his skill, miraculously comes to life. Jan Ziolkowski tracks the poem from its medieval roots to its rediscovery in late nineteenth-century Paris, before its translation into English in Britain and the United States. The visual influence of the tale on Gothic revivalism and vice versa in America is carefully documented with lavish and inventive illustrations, and Ziolkowski concludes with an examination of the explosion of interest in The Juggler of Notre Dame in the twentieth century and its place in mass culture today. Volume 3: The American Middle Ages hinges upon two figures influenced by the juggler: Henry Adams, scion of Presidents and distinguished cultural historian whose works contributed to the rise of medievalism in America during the Gilded Age, and Ralph Adams Cram, the architect whose vision of Gothic accounts directly or indirectly for the campuses of West Point, Princeton, Yale, Chicago, Notre Dame, and many other universities across America. The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity is a rich case study for the reception of the Middle Ages in modernity. Spanning centuries and continents, the medieval period is understood through the lens of its (post)modern reception in Europe and America. Profound connections between the verbal and the visual are illustrated by a rich trove of images, including book illustrations, stained glass, postage stamps, architecture, and Christmas cards. Presented with great clarity and simplicity, Ziolkowski's work is accessible to the general reader, while its many new discoveries will be valuable to academics in such fields and disciplines as medieval studies, medievalism, philology, literary history, art history, folklore, performance studies, and reception studies.