Smile of Discontent

Humor, Gender, and Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

Author: Eileen Gillooly

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226294018

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

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Like sex, Eileen Gillooly argues, humor has long been viewed as a repressed feature of nineteenth-century femininity. However, in the works of writers such as Jane Austen, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, and Henry James, Gillooly finds an understated, wryly amusing perspective that differs subtly but significantly in rhetoric, affect, and politics from traditional forms of comic expression. Gillooly shows how such humor became, for mostly female writers at the time, an unobtrusive and prudent means of expressing discontent with a culture that was ideologically committed to restricting female agency and identity. If the aggression and emotional distance of irony and satire mark them as "masculine," then for Gillooly, the passivity, indirection, and sympathy of the humor she discusses render it "feminine." She goes on to disclose how the humorous tactics employed by writers from Burney to Wharton persist in the work of Barbara Pym, Anita Brookner, and Penelope Fitzgerald. The book won the Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Award given by the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.

Reaching Discontent

Author: Hagler

Publisher: Mirador Publishing

ISBN: 0956711146

Category: Fiction

Page: 380

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The line between right and wrong is often blurred in post apartheid Cape Town. Like the country he holds dear, former boxer and now English teacher Iron, is struggling to come to terms with a violent past. When students at the private school in which he teaches become involved in drugs, Iron is plunged headlong into a sequence of events that will change his life, and might just end it. Iron is no stranger to hard choices and the lessons of the struggle for freedom have tempered him. The reappearance of the shadowy Minister; a figure from his past, forces Iron to call on the help of his friend Heed to keep his loved ones safe. Corrupt police, psychotic drug dealers and gang leaders all want Iron consigned to an early grave. But he is not called 'Iron' for nothing. As the violence escalates he attracts the attention of Detective Walker an enigmatic man who might help Iron, or arrest him.

City of Discontent

An Interpretive Biography of Rachel Lindsay

Author: Mark Harris

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504023994

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 424

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Winner of the 1991 New American Writing Award. Originally published in 1952, this poignant, romantic biography of the poet Vachel Lindsay (1879–1931) is well worth a second chance. From early on, Lindsay was a wanderer, tramping hundreds of miles along country roads, visiting small towns, never holding a job, writing poems of uplift and defiance, and giving them, or his drawings, away on the streets, selling them for food or declaiming them on the lecture circuit. Always poor and, in later life, plagued by illness, Lindsay died at fifty-two, leaving a legacy of virile, jazzy poems that, although out of style with academics, continue to bring pleasure to readers.

The Smile

If You Can Do Nothing Else, You Can Smile,

Author: Samuel Silas Curry

Publisher: N.A


Category: Expression

Page: 150

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Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello

Her Life and Times

Author: Cynthia A. Kierner

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 080788250X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 376

View: 2433

As the oldest and favorite daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) was extremely well educated, traveled in the circles of presidents and aristocrats, and was known on two continents for her particular grace and sincerity. Yet, as mistress of a large household, she was not spared the tedium, frustration, and great sorrow that most women of her time faced. Though Patsy's name is familiar because of her famous father, Cynthia Kierner is the first historian to place Patsy at the center of her own story, taking readers into the largely ignored private spaces of the founding era. Randolph's life story reveals the privileges and limits of celebrity and shows that women were able to venture beyond their domestic roles in surprising ways. Following her mother's death, Patsy lived in Paris with her father and later served as hostess at the President's House and at Monticello. Her marriage to Thomas Mann Randolph, a member of Congress and governor of Virginia, was often troubled. She and her eleven children lived mostly at Monticello, greeting famous guests and debating issues ranging from a woman's place to slavery, religion, and democracy. And later, after her family's financial ruin, Patsy became a fixture in Washington society during Andrew Jackson's presidency. In this extraordinary biography, Kierner offers a unique look at American history from the perspective of this intelligent, tactfully assertive woman.

Discontent and its Civilizations

Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London

Author: Mohsin Hamid

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 069818503X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 240

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From the bestselling author of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, coming in March 2017, “a near-perfect essay collection, filled with insight, compassion, and intellect." (NPR) Mohsin Hamid’s brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a “master critic of the modern global condition” (Foreign Policy). His stories are at once timeless and of-the-moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity. Here he explores this terrain from a different angle in essays that deftly counterpoise the personal and the political, and are shot through with the same passion, imagination, and breathtaking shifts of perspective that gives his fiction its unmistakable electric charge. A “water lily” who has called three countries on three continents his home—Pakistan, the birthplace to which he returned as a young father; the United States, where he spent his childhood and young adulthood; and Britain, where he married and became a citizen—Hamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight. Whether he is discussing courtship rituals or pop culture, drones or the rhythms of daily life in an extended family compound, he transports us beyond the scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption, and helps to bring a dazzling diverse global culture within emotional and intellectual reach.

The Summer of Our Discontent: An Allegorical Satire - Chapter 2

Author: Edward C

Publisher: Edward C

ISBN: 1304572943

Category: Fiction

Page: 7

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In this second chapter of an exhilarating political satire, a powerful political strategist Will meets with the President and learns of a dark secret. Is the President telling the truth, or is he using Will as a tool to set up a presidential defense against the Summer of Our Discontent?

Smile when You Call Me a Hillbilly

Country Music's Struggle for Respectability, 1939-1954

Author: Jeffrey J. Lange

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820326221

Category: Music

Page: 313

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Today, country music enjoys a national fan base that transcends both economic and social boundaries. Sixty years ago, however, it was primarily the music of rural, working-class whites living in the South and was perceived by many Americans as “hillbilly music.” In Smile When You Call Me a Hillbilly, Jeffrey J. Lange examines the 1940s and early 1950s as the most crucial period in country music’s transformation from a rural, southern folk art form to a national phenomenon. In his meticulous analysis of changing performance styles and alterations in the lifestyles of listeners, Lange illuminates the acculturation of country music and its audience into the American mainstream. Dividing country music into six subgenres (progressive country, western swing, postwar traditional, honky-tonk, country pop, and country blues), Lange discusses the music’s expanding appeal. As he analyzes the recordings and comments of each of the subgenre’s most significant artists, including Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and Red Foley, he traces the many paths the musical form took on its road to respectability. Lange shows how along the way the music and its audience became more sophisticated, how the subgenres blended with one another and with American popular music, and how Nashville emerged as the country music hub. By 1954, the transformation from “hillbilly” music to country music was complete, precipitated by the modernizing forces of World War II and realized by the efforts of promoters, producers, and performers.

The Metropolitan

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English literature

Page: N.A

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Discontent and liberal opinion

non partisan readers' letters to British local newspapers since the late 1960's

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Dissenters

Page: 192

View: 4956


Divine Discontent

Pursuing the Peace Your Soul Longs for

Author: Michael Youssef

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

ISBN: 9781578565566

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 182

View: 9712

Your dissatisfaction with life can be a good thing. Do you have a feeling that you can’t shake–that life could deliver much more than you’re experiencing right now? The lack of peace might keep you up at night, or it could be a steady background hum that is not quieted by bigger accomplishments or more possessions. What you crave goes much deeper. You long for an end to the inner turmoil; you crave freedom from anxiety, guilt, anger, or fear. People have sought the answer in career advancement, recreation, relationships, even religious devotion. But God’s Word demonstrates that dissatisfaction with life is a spiritual problem. It’s an inner thirst that can be quenched only by God. Does contentment have to remain just out of reach, or can we arrive at a place of peace and rest? Let popular author and Bible teacher Michael Youssef introduce you to biblical characters whose lives demonstrate the redemptive power of Divine Discontent. These heroes of Scripture followed their inner restlessness back to God who, in his grace, invites all to enter his rest. Including you.

Fiction, Or The Language of Our Discontent

A Study of the Built-in Novelist in Novels by Angus Wilson, Lawrence Durrell, and Doris Lessing

Author: Guido Kums

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

View: 9698

This study concentrates on metafictional novels by Angus Wilson, Lawrence Durrell and Doris Lessing. The various methods and degrees of the built-in novelists' attempts to transform autobiographical experience into fiction are surveyed and followed by a discussion of the validity of mimetic presuppositions about fiction. The alternatives to realism are then discussed against the background of recent narratological theories.

The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy

A Pride and Prejudice Mystery

Author: Regina Jeffers

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 1612432042

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 7012

A THRILLING STORY OF MURDER AND BETRAYAL FILLED WITH THE SCANDAL, WIT AND INTRIGUE CHARACTERISTIC OF AUSTEN'S CLASSIC NOVELS Fitzwilliam Darcy is devastated. The joy of his recent wedding has been cut short by the news of the sudden death of his father's beloved cousin, Samuel Darcy. Elizabeth and Darcy travel to Dorset, a popular Regency resort area, to pay their respects to the well-traveled and eccentric Samuel. But this is no summer holiday. Danger bubbles beneath Dorset's peaceful surface as strange and foreboding events begin to occur. Several of Samuel's ancient treasures go missing, and then his body itself disappears. As Darcy and Elizabeth investigate this mystery and unravel its tangled ties to the haunting legends of Dark Dorset, the legendary couple's love is put to the test when sinister forces strike close to home. Some secrets should remain secrets, but Darcy will do all he can to find answers--even if it means meeting his own end in the damp depths of a newly dug grave. With malicious villains, dramatic revelations and heroic gestures, The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy will keep Austen fans turning the pages right up until its dramatic conclusion.

Lessons in sensuous discontent

the aesthetic mission to the British working classes, 1869-1914

Author: Diana Frances Maltz,Stanford University. Dept. of English

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: 676

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