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A Room of One's Own

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ISBN10 : 3986479074

Publisher : Phoemixx Classics Ebooks

Number of Pages : 222

Category : Art

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Book Summary: A Room of Ones Own Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf, first published in September 1929. The work is based on two lectures Woolf delivered in October 1928 at Newnham College and Girton College, women's constituent colleges at the University of Cambridge.In her essay, Woolf uses metaphors to explore social injustices and comments on women's lack of free expression. Her metaphor of a fish explains her most essential point, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction". She writes of a woman whose thought had "let its line down into the stream". As the woman starts to think of an idea, a guard enforces a rule whereby women are not allowed to walk on the grass. Abiding by the rule, the woman loses her idea. Here, Woolf describes the influence of women's social expectations as mere domestic child bearers, ignorant and chaste.

A Passionate Apprentice

Author : Virginia Woolf

ISBN10 : 1448182697

Publisher : Random House

Number of Pages : 512

Category : Biography & Autobiography

Viewed : 964


Book Summary: A Passionate Apprentice comprises the first years of Virginia Woolf's Journal - from 1879 to 1909. Beginning in early January, when Woolf was almost fifteen, the pages open at a time when she was slowly recovering from a period of madness following her mother's death in May 1895. Between this January and the autumn of 1904, Woolf would suffer the deaths of her half-sister and of her father, and survive a summer of madness and suicidal depression. Behind the loss and confusion, however, and always near the surface of her writing is a constructive force at work - a powerful impulse towards health. It was an urge, through writing, to bring order and continuity out of chaos. Putting things into words and giving them deliberate expression had the effect of restoring reality to much that might otherwise have remained insubstantial. This early chronicle represents the beginning of the future Virginia Woolf's apprenticeship as a novelist. These pages show that rare instance when a writer of great importance leaves behind not only the actual documents of an apprenticeship, but also a biographical record of that momentous period as well. In Woolf's words, 'Here is a volume of fairly acute life (the first really lived year of my life).'

In Praise of Risk

Author : Anne Dufourmantelle

ISBN10 : 0823285464

Publisher : Fordham University Press

Number of Pages : 196

Category : Philosophy

Viewed : 1733


Book Summary: A philosophical critique of how society encourages us to avoid risk when we should instead accept it. When Anne Dufourmantelle drowned in a heroic attempt to save two children caught in rough seas, obituaries around the world rarely failed to recall that she authored In Praise of Risk, implying that her death confirmed the ancient adage that to philosophize is to learn how to die. Now available in English, this magnificent book indeed offers a trenchant critique of the psychic work that the modern world devotes to avoiding risk. Yet this is not a book on how to die but on how to live. For Dufourmantelle, risk entails an encounter not with an external threat to life but with something hidden in life that conditions our approach to such ordinary risks as disobedience, passion, addiction, leaving family, and solitude Keeping jargon to a minimum, Dufourmantelle weaves philosophical reflections together with clinical case histories. The everyday fears, traumas, and resistances that therapy addresses brush up against such broader concerns as terrorism, insurance, addiction, artistic creation, and political revolution. Taking up a project than joins the work of many French thinkers, such as Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Hélène Cixous, Giorgio Agamben, and Catherine Malabou, Dufourmantelle works to dislodge Western philosophy, psychoanalysis, ethics, and politics from the redemptive logic of sacrifice. She discovers the kernel of a future beyond annihilation where one might least expect to find it, hidden in the unconscious. In an era defined by enhanced security measures, border walls, trigger warnings, and endless litigation, Dufourmantelle’s masterwork provides a much-needed celebration of the risks that define what it means to live. Praise for In Praise of Risk “Dufourmantelle’s beautiful book places us on the side of life and love, showing us the power of psychoanalytic reflection on those moments when we are asked to find the courage to risk ourselves on behalf of the other.” —Jamieson Webster, author of Conversion Disorder “Magisterial. Dufourmantelle shows how life is universalized in risk and how recognizing this fact means enlisting in a fraternity among humans.” —Antonio Negri “This very rich book will have enormous appeal for readers interested in the intersection of philosophy, psychology, psychoanalysis, and humanistic inquiry. It productively challenges the assumptions of all these disciplines in novel ways and offers, in the final analysis, a redemptive path through that which matters to us most: living and dying well. Highly recommended.” —Choice

Killing Trail

Author : Margaret Mizushima

ISBN10 : 1629533823

Publisher : Crooked Lane Books

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1634


Book Summary: NOMINATED FOR RT BOOK REVIEW'S REVIEWER'S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST FIRST MYSTERY When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, life-long resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town. With the help of Cole Walker, local veterinarian and a single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many secrets her hometown holds. And the key may be Cole's daughter, who knows more than she's saying. The murder was just the beginning, and if Mattie isn't careful, she and Robo could be next. Suspenseful and smart, Killing Trail is a gripping read that will have readers clamoring for more Mattie and Robo for years to come. Fans of Nevada Barr and C.J. Box will love this explosive debut.

Moon Palace

Author : Paul Auster

ISBN10 : 1101563818

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1816


Book Summary: The “beautiful and haunting” (San Francisco Chronicle) tale of an orphan’s search for love, for his unknown father, and for the key to the elusive riddle of his fate, from the author of the forthcoming 4 3 2 1: A Novel Marco Stanley Fogg is an orphan, a child of the sixties, a quester tirelessly seeking the key to his past, the answers to the ultimate riddle of his fate. As Marco journeys from the canyons of Manhattan to the deserts of Utah, he encounters a gallery of characters and a series of events as rich and surprising as any in modern fiction. Beginning during the summer that men first walked on the moon, and moving backward and forward in time to span three generations, Moon Palace is propelled by coincidence and memory, and illuminated by marvelous flights of lyricism and wit. Here is the most entertaining and moving novel yet from an author well known for his breathtaking imagination. From New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy).


Author : George Sand

ISBN10 : 1513284541

Publisher : Graphic Arts Books

Number of Pages : 248

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 690


Book Summary: Indiana, a young woman stuck in a loveless marriage, is seduced by a charming neighbor who is not as polished and pure as he appears. She embarks on a journey to find real love, leading to an unexpected discovery about the object of her affection. Indiana is a young woman from French Louisiana who’s married to the much older Colonel Delmare. Their union is strict and often oppressive, leaving her unfulfilled. Indiana shares their home with her cousin Ralph and her loyal maid, Noun. One evening they encounter a handsome young man, Raymon de Ramière, who becomes interested in Indiana. Yet, prior to their meeting, Raymon had already seduced Noun who is pregnant with his child. This complicated dynamic forces Indiana to decide what she really wants: passion or stability? Indiana is a bold commentary on the institution of marriage in France. It examines the implied gender roles and responsibilities pushed upon women. Sand champions the need for passion and true love, regardless of social convention. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Indiana is both modern and readable.

Suite Francaise

Author : Irene Nemirovsky

ISBN10 : 0307371204

Publisher : Vintage Canada

Number of Pages : 448

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 353


Book Summary: Suite Française is both a brilliant novel of wartime and an extraordinary historical document. An unmatched evocation of the exodus from Paris after the German invasion of 1940, and of life under the Nazi occupation, it was written by the esteemed French novelist Irène Némirovsky as events unfolded around her. This haunting masterpiece has been hailed by European critics as a War and Peace for the Second World War. Though she conceived the book as a five-part work (based on the form of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony), Irène Némirovsky was able to write only the first two parts, Storm in June and Dolce, before she was arrested in July 1942. She died in Auschwitz the following month. The manuscript was saved by her young daughter Denise; it was only decades later that Denise learned that what she had imagined was her mother’s journal was in fact an invaluable work of art. Storm in June takes place in the tumult of the evacuation from Paris in 1940, just before the arrival of the invading German army. It moves vividly between different levels of society–from the wealthy Péricand family, whose servants pack up their possessions for them, to a group of orphans from the 16th arrondissement escaping in a military truck. Némirovsky’s immense canvas includes deserting soldiers and terrified secretaries, cynical bank directors and hapless priests, egotistical writers and hardscrabble prostitutes–all thrown together in a chaotic attempt to escape the capital. Moving between them chapter by chapter, this thrilling novel describes a journey hampered and in some cases abandoned because of confusion, shelling, rumour, lack of supplies, bad luck and ordinary human weakness. Cars break down or are stolen; relatives are forgotten; friends are divided; but there are also moments of love and charity. Throughout, whether depicting saintly forbearance or the basest selfishness, Storm in June neither sweetens nor demonizes its characters; unsentimentally, with stunning perceptiveness, Némirovsky shows the complexities that mean no-one is simply a hero or villain. The second volume, Dolce, is set in the German-occupied village of Bussy. Again, Némirovsky switches seamlessly between social strata, from tenant farmers to the local aristocracy. The focus, however, is on the delicate, secret love affair between a German soldier and the French woman in whose house he has been billeted; the passion, doubts and deceits of their burgeoning relationship echo the complex mixture of hostility and acceptance felt by the occupied community as a whole. Némirovsky is amazingly sensitive in her depiction of changing, often contradictory emotions, but her attention to the personal is matched by her sharp-eyed discussion of small-town life and the politics of occupation. In this myth-dissolving book, the French villagers see the Germans as oppressive warriors, but also as handsome young men, and occupation does nothing to remedy the condescension and envy that bedevil relations between rich and poor. Quite apart from the astonishing story of its survival, Suite Française is a novel of genius and lasting artistic value. Subtle, often fiercely ironic, and deeply compassionate, it is both a piercing record of its time and a humane, profoundly moving novel.

The Art of Joy

Author : Goliarda Sapienza

ISBN10 : 0141972866

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 400

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 657


Book Summary: Goliarda Sapienza's The Art of Joy was written over a nine year span, from 1967 to 1976. At the time of her death in 1996, Sapienza had published nothing in a decade, having been unable to find a publisher for what was to become her most celebrated work, due to its perceived immorality. One publisher's rejection letter exclaimed: 'It's a pile of iniquity.' The manuscript lay for decades in a chest finally being proclaimed a "forgotten masterpiece" when it was eventually published in 2005. This epic Sicilian novel, which begins in the year 1900 and follows its main character, Modesta, through nearly the entire span of the 20th century, is at once a coming-of-age novel, a tale of sexual adventure and discovery, a fictional autobiography, and a sketch of Italy's moral, political and social past. Born in a small Sicilian village and orphaned at age nine, Modesta spends her childhood in a convent raised by nuns.Through sheer cunning, she manages to escape, and eventually becomes a princess. Sensual, proud, and determined, Modesta wants to discover the infinite richness of life and sets about destroying all social barriers that impede her quest for the fulfilment of her desires. She seduces both men and women, and even murder becomes acceptable as a means of removing an obstacle to happiness and self-discovery. Goliarda Sapienza (1924-1996) was born in Catania, Sicily in 1924, in an anarchist socialist family. At sixteen, she entered the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome and worked under the direction of Luchino Visconti, Alessandro Blasetti and Francesco Maselli. She is the author of several novels published during her lifetime: Lettera Aperta (1967), Il Filo Di Mezzogiorno (1969), L'Università di Reibbia (1983), Le Certezze Del Dubbio (1987). L'Arte Della Gioia is considered her masterpiece.

Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory

Author : Derek Ryan

ISBN10 : 0748676457

Publisher : Edinburgh University Press

Number of Pages : 232

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: Derek Ryan demonstrates how materiality is theorised in Woolf's writings by focusing on the connections she makes between culture and nature, embodiment and environment, human and nonhuman, life and matter.


Author : Anne Hébert

ISBN10 : 1770892680

Publisher : House of Anansi

Number of Pages : 232

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 332


Book Summary: A classic of Canadian literature by the great Quebecoise writer, Kamouraska is based on a real nineteenth-century love-triangle in rural Quebec. It paints a poetic and terrifying tableau of the life of Elisabeth d'Aulnieres: her marriage to Antoine Tassy, squire of Kamouraska; his violent murder; and her passion for George Nelson, an American doctor. Passionate and evocative, Kamouraska is the timeless story of one woman's destructive commitment to an ideal love. Translated into seven languages, Kamouraska won the Paris book prize and was made into a landmark feature film by Claude Jutra. This edition features a brilliant new introduction by Noah Richler.

The Metamorphosis (Legend Classics)

Author : Franz Kafka,David Wyllie

ISBN10 : 1787198987

Publisher : Legend Press

Number of Pages : 76

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1546


Book Summary: Part of the Legend Classics seriesAs Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.The Metamorphosis - the masterpiece of Franz Kafka - was first published in 1915 and is one of the seminal works of fiction of the twentieth century. The novel is cited as a key influence for many of today’s leading authors; as Auden wrote: "Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man".Traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes to find himself transformed into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Gregor's transformation is never revealed, and as he attempts to adjust to his new condition he becomes a burden to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become.A harrowing, yet strangely comic, meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosishas taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction.The Legend Classics series:Around the World in Eighty DaysThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Importance of Being EarnestAlice's Adventures in WonderlandThe MetamorphosisThe Railway ChildrenThe Hound of the BaskervillesFrankensteinWuthering HeightsThree Men in a BoatThe Time MachineLittle WomenAnne of Green GablesThe Jungle BookThe Yellow Wallpaper and Other StoriesDraculaA Study in ScarletLeaves of GrassThe Secret GardenThe War of the WorldsA Christmas CarolStrange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeHeart of DarknessThe Scarlet LetterThis Side of ParadiseOliver TwistThe Picture of Dorian GrayTreasure IslandThe Turn of the ScrewThe Adventures of Tom SawyerEmmaThe TrialA Selection of Short Stories by Edgar Allen PoeGrimm Fairy Tales

Du corps des femmes

Author : Sylvie Frigon,Michèle Kérisit

ISBN10 : 2760305023

Publisher : University of Ottawa Press

Number of Pages : 307

Category : Aging

Viewed : 890


Book Summary: Peint et chanté, voilé ou dévoilé, usé et abusé, le corps féminin est depuis toujours au centre de la création artistique occidentale. Qu’en est-il, cependant, de sa place dans les sciences sociales ? Comment le corps des femmes a-t-il été pensé et représenté en sociologie, en criminologie, en travail social ou en gérontologie, par exemple ? Cet ouvrage collectif a pour premier objectif d’amorcer ce travail critique en débusquant les logiques patriarcales qui dominent les discours savants développés dans les différentes disciplines des sciences sociales et mettant en scène le corps des femmes. Ce faisant, il montre également comment se sont historiquement construites, et se construisent encore, des représentations de corps de femmes illégitimes ou transgresseurs ou dangereux. Le second objectif de cet ouvrage est de repenser cette image en mettant en lumière les multiples façons que les femmes peuvent utiliser pour subvertir ces représentations dominantes et pour se poser comme sujets tant dans l’élaboration des savoirs que dans la sphère du politique.

De l'abandon

Author : Éric Baret

ISBN10 :

Publisher : Les Deux Océans

Number of Pages : 208

Category : Self-Help

Viewed : 1947


Book Summary: Nourri de la tradition non-dualiste du shivaïsme cachemirien, Éric Baret renvoie les auditeurs à l'observation du ressenti de leurs émotions, à l'écoute. La vision libératrice qui en découle, que l'origine de nos souffrances est illusoire, nous mène à l'abandon de nos prétentions à savoir. Les entretiens consignés dans ce livre sont une invitation à célébrer la vie dans l'instant, sans la peur d'un imaginaire futur.


Author : Bret Taylor

ISBN10 : 1988009111

Publisher : WMH109 Corporation

Number of Pages : 221

Category : Body, Mind & Spirit

Viewed : 1292


Book Summary: Quel est le sens de la vie? Avons-nous une mission ou un but? Nous cherchons tous une réponse à ces questions. Zeus Sensor est basé sur le Zi Wei Dou Shu ou système de l’astrologie chinoise ancienne. Sa principale composante est le Tableau de Vie, semblable à la fois à une carte routière et à une prévision météorologique. Ce tableau vous aidera à découvrir pratiquement tout ce que vous avez besoin de savoir sur vous. L’information est tirée de plus de 100 points du ciel céleste connu sous le nom «d’étoiles» et de leurs emplacements au moment précis de votre naissance. Par conséquent, Zeus Sensor est un système complexe et détaillé d’interprétation qui nous permet d’avoir un aperçu sur le tracé de notre vie par la description précise de notre passé, présent et futur. Contrairement à d’autres systèmes basés sur l’astrologie chinoise, les interprétations de Zeus Sensor ont été mises à jour afin de correspondre à notre style de vie moderne. Toutes les étoiles possèdent des noms anglais et des descriptions; les quatorze étoiles primaires ont adopté le nom de personnalités de la mythologie grecque. Le monde moderne est pris en compte par l’intégration du véritable temps solaire avant que le moment exact de la naissance ne soit converti à l’équivalent du calendrier lunaire chinois. Nos vies sont influencées sur tous points de vue par la théorie des cinq éléments qui est donc fortement incorporée dans le système Zeus Sensor. Afin d’aider à la compréhension de nos instincts naturels, ce système les dépeint comme des animaux préhistoriques. Grâce à Zeus Sensor, vous comprendrez mieux votre personnalité, vos relations pourront être prédites et des évènements de vie bien précis pourront ainsi être prévus. Comprendre la théorie des cinq éléments peut aussi aider à améliorer votre équilibre de vie. Utiliser la sagesse de Zeus Sensor peut transformer de façon positive tous les aspects de votre vie.

New Perspectives on Gender and Translation

Author : Eleonora Federici,José Santaemilia

ISBN10 : 1000467724

Publisher : Routledge

Number of Pages : 232

Category : Language Arts & Disciplines

Viewed : 1224


Book Summary: This collection expands the body of research on the intersection of gender and translation to highlight perspectives across different countries in Europe, showcasing developments in the field from its origins in the emergence of feminist translation in Quebec over the last thirty years. Building off seminal work on feminist translation by scholars in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s, the book explores the evolution of the discipline in shifting translation practices and research across a range of European countries, with a focus on underrepresented areas such as Malta, Serbia, and Poland. The different chapters examine key developments such as the critical reframing of gender and identity, the viewing of historical translation activity by women through the lens of ideological and political motivations, and the analysis of socio-political contexts where feminist or gender-inspired translation has impacted translators’ practices. The volume looks concurrently at the European context and beyond it, putting the spotlight on new voices in translation and gender research in the region but also encouraging transnational dialogues on key issues in the discipline, pushing the field further into new directions. This book will be of particular interest to scholars in translation studies, gender studies, and European literature.

L'institution éventrée

Author : Marcelo Otero,Audrey-Anne Dumais Michaud,Romain Paumier

ISBN10 : 2760548392

Publisher : PUQ

Number of Pages : 284

Category : Social Science

Viewed : 1113


Book Summary: Qu’est-ce qu’une institution aujourd’hui? Les conceptions théoriques de l’institution sont aussi variées que les représentations mobilisées par les intervenants sociaux dans le feu de l’action. Dans le présent ouvrage, théoriciens et intervenants du domaine social tentent de mettre en lumière, de comprendre et de problématiser le «nouvel esprit» de l’institution.

Double je

Author : François de Singly

ISBN10 : 2200620640

Publisher : Armand Colin

Number of Pages : 224

Category : Social Science

Viewed : 979


Book Summary: Pour caractériser la modernité occidentale, on oublie presque toujours de nommer ce qu’on peut nommer la révolution de l’identité. Les rôles sociaux, les appartenances deviennent des apparences, masquant une identité cachée, la vraie. Ce livre montre qu’on ne peut comprendre les individus contemporains sans la prise en compte de cette identité personnelle qu'ils revendiquent, au-delà de ses rôles sociaux. Quels sont les mécanismes par lesquels chacun cherche à s’affirmer comme unique? Quelles sont les conséquences de cette "double" identité sur le fonctionnement du couple et de la famille? Pourquoi la sociologie doit-elle aussi penser le « Je » et ses conséquences? François de Singly nous livre des repères pour comprendre clairement les transformations du lien social dans une société moderne où s'affirme le primat de l'individu. Un livre bilan par l’un des grands sociologues de notre temps.

Chat va le faire !

Author : Julie Taupiac

ISBN10 : 2280423979

Publisher : Harlequin

Number of Pages : 373

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 751


Book Summary: Les êtres humains ont parfois besoin d’un petit coup de pouce... ou de patte ! En apparence, Charles est un vieil homme bourru et solitaire qui ne sort jamais sans Trompette, sa chienne. En apparence, Lucia est une septuagénaire qui a toujours une pâtisserie au four ou une tasse de thé fumante à offrir à ses invités. En apparence, Morgan est un musicien qui fait défiler les filles dans son appartement et dont les mélodies tristes résonnent dans l’immeuble ; Camille, une jeune femme souriante qui n’accorde pas facilement sa confiance et ne laisse pas entrer n’importe qui dans sa vie. Tous sont voisins mais ne font que se croiser dans l’immeuble de la rue des Filatiers. Jusqu’à ce que la découverte d’une portée de chatons vienne chambouler leur vie... et les oblige à voir au-delà des apparences. Originaire du sud de la France, Julie Taupiac vit désormais en Bretagne, où elle brave le mauvais temps en portant des vêtements à paillettes et en buvant du thé, son chat sur les genoux. Elle aime raconter des histoires d’amour où il est question de nouveaux départs et de secondes chances.

History as the Story of Freedom

Author : Clark Butler

ISBN10 : 9789042001398

Publisher : Rodopi

Number of Pages : 266

Category : Feminism and literature

Viewed : 335


Book Summary: Définir de façon univalente la notion de mythe et celle d'utopie semble en soi une entreprise tout à fait utopique. Par ailleurs, jumeler les deux notions, celle du mythe et celle d'utopie, reléve d'un processus de réflexion qui peut facilement être à double tranchant: le mythe, construction par excellende de l'imaginaire humain, ne se situe-t-il pas ailleurs que dans un non-lieu? -- et l'utopie, quant à elle, ne fait-elle pas écho au mythe, à la fois s'en inspirant, le niant et le transformant? Redondance possible, et aussi, parfois, refus des deux domaines à admettre leur interdépendance, cheninement parallèle surtout et création commune de ce qui, en fin de compte, s'avère mythe transformé, utopie revistée. Toutefois, mythes et utopies quels que soient la position choisie, le point de vue défendu, semblent faire bon ménage, à en juger par ce projet, mavec dix-neuf textes couvrant principalement la littérature contemporaine des femmes, mais puisant parfois aux oeuvres antérieures qui ont déjà préparé le terrain, en offrant des visions d'existences idylliques -- ne serait-ce que littéraires.