Fifty Years of Criticism and Commentary, 1933-1982
Author: Keneth Kinnamon
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
View: 6715Any future biographical work on Richard Wright will find this bibliography a necessity; academic or public libraries supporting a program of black culture will find it invaluable; and it belongs in any library supporting American literature studies. Richard Wright has truly been well served. Choice The most comprehensive bibliography ever compiled for an American writer, this book contains 13,117 annotated items pertaining to Richard Wright. It includes almost all published mentions of the author or his work in every language in which those mentions appear. Sources listed include books, articles, reviews, notes, news items, publishers' catalogs, promotional materials, book jackets, dissertations and theses, encyclopedias, biographical dictionaries, handbooks and study guides, library reports, best seller charts, the Index Translationum, playbills and advertisements, editorials, radio transcripts, and published letters and interviews. The bibliography is arranged chronologically by year. Each entry includes bibliographical information, an annotation by the authors, and information about all reprintings, partial or full. The index is unusually complete and contains the titles of Wright's works, real and fictional characters in the works, entries relating to significant places and events in the author's life, important literary terminology, and much additional information.
Author: Négar Djavadi
View: 2388In ihrem fulminanten, komisch-tragischen, autobiographischen Debütroman erzählt Négar Djavadi aus der Sicht ihres Alter Egos Kimiâ Sadr die Geschichte ihrer Familie, die aus Iran stammt. Ein zweiter Erzählstrang betrifft Kimiâ selbst und ihre Schwangerschaft. Die klappt nur mit Hilfe der Medizin und der Mann dazu ist auch nur geliehen – Kimiâ liebt eher Frauen. In Teheran geboren und seit zehn Jahren im Pariser Exil, hat Kimiâ stets versucht, ihr Land, ihre Kultur, ihre Familie auf Abstand zu halten. Doch die Geister der Vergangenheit holen sie wieder ein, um in einem überwältigenden Bilderreigen die Geschichte der Familie Sadr in drei Generationen vor ihr abzuspulen: die Drangsale im Leben der Ahnen, ein Jahrzehnt der politischen Revolution, die Winkelgassen der Adoleszenz, berauschende Rockmusik, das schelmische Lächeln einer blonden Bassistin. Und dann gibt es, im dunklen Kern dieses atemberaubenden Romans über den Iran von gestern und das Frankreich von heute, noch eine furchtbare Geschichte zu erzählen
Authors, Publishers and the Shaping of Taste
Author: J. Spiers
Category: Literary Criticism
View: 2640This volume focuses on the publisher's series as a cultural formation - a material artefact and component of cultural hierarchies. Contributors engage with archival research, cultural theory, literary and bibliometric analysis (amongst a range of other approaches) to contextualize the publisher's series in terms of its cultural and economic work.
Volume Three: A Legacy in Review
Author: Benjamin Lefebvre
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Literary Criticism
View: 5841The final volume of The L.M. Montgomery Reader, A Legacy in Review examines a long overlooked portion of Montgomery’s critical reception: reviews of her books. Although Montgomery downplayed the impact that reviews had on her writing career, claiming to be amused and tolerant of reviewers’ contradictory opinions about her work, she nevertheless cared enough to keep a large percentage of them in scrapbooks as an archive of her career. Edited by leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre, this volume presents more than four hundred reviews from eight countries that raise questions about and offer reflections on gender, genre, setting, character, audience, and nationalism, much of which anticipated the scholarship that has thrived in the last four decades. Lefebvre’s extended introduction and chapter headnotes place the reviews in the context of Montgomery’s literary career and trace the evolution of attitudes to her work, and his epilogue examines the reception of Montgomery’s books that were published posthumously. A comprehensive account of the reception of Montgomery’s books, published during and after her lifetime, A Legacy in Review is the illuminating final volume of this important new resource for L.M. Montgomery scholars and fans around the world.
Author: Judith Claudia Joos
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 5583Britische Buchverlage im Spannungsfeld von intellektueller Selbstandigkeit, wirtschaftlichem Interesse und patriotischer Verpflichtung im Vorfeld und wahrend des Zweiten Weltkriegs In Zeiten des Krieges gerat verlegerische Praxis unvermeidbar ins Spannungsfeld politischer, ideologischer und okonomischer Auseinandersetzungen. Die Studie zeigt am Beispiel des britischen Verlagsbuchhandels, in welcher Weise sich vor und wahrend des Zweiten Weltkriegs die Einstellungsmuster und Werteordnungen der Verleger gewandelt haben und in welch enger, oft problematischer Beziehung damals die Produktion von Buchern und Zeitschriften zu Staat und Gesellschaft stand. Indem neben der Rolle der Verleger auch Programmplanung und Publikationspraxis ausgewahlter Verlage genauen Analysen unterzogen werden, schliesst die Untersuchung eine Forschungslucke nicht nur der internationalen Verlagsgeschichtsschreibung, sondern auch der Geschichte Grossbritanniens im 20. Jahrhundert: Die Ergebnisse dokumentieren die besonderen Umstande, unter denen das Buch zum Medium des kollektiven Gedachtnisses einer Nation wird.
Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control
Author: Ted Striphas
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Social Science
View: 3634Ted Striphas argues that, although the production and propagation of books have undoubtedly entered a new phase, printed works are still very much a part of our everyday lives. With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and a host of other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead. From the rise of retail superstores to Oprah's phenomenal reach, Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon.com have established new routes of traffic in and around books, and pop sensations like Harry Potter and the Oprah Book Club have inspired the kind of brand loyalty that could only make advertisers swoon. At the same time, advances in digital technology have presented the book industry with extraordinary threats and unique opportunities. Striphas's provocative analysis offers a counternarrative to those who either triumphantly declare the end of printed books or deeply mourn their passing. With wit and brilliant insight, he isolates the invisible processes through which books have come to mediate our social interactions and influence our habits of consumption, integrating themselves into our routines and intellects like never before.
All Books, by Author, on the Lists of Publishers Weekly and the New York Times Through 1990
Author: Keith L. Justice
Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub
View: 2121The Publishers Weekly bestseller list started on May 3, 1919; the New York Times Book Review list began on October 6, 1935. Though the lists do not always reflect the best in American publishing, they do offer a myriad of insights into popular culture. All books that have appeared on any of the Publishers Weekly or New York Times lists are included in this comprehensive reference work. Arranged alphabetically by author and then by book, each entry includes the book's title, publisher, lists on which it appeared and dates it debuted thereon, peak position, and total number of weeks on the lists. Information is provided for hardcover, paperback, and other special editions when appropriate.
Author: James L. Cambias
Publisher: Cross Cult
View: 5457Rob Freeman und eine Gruppe Wissenschaftler beobachten auf dem fernen Planeten Ilmatar eine intelligente Spezies blinder Meereskreaturen, die in einem Ozean unter einer einen Kilometer dicken Eisschicht lebt. Keinesfalls dürfen die Kreaturen von ihrer Anwesenheit erfahren. Die terranischen Entdecker haben ein wackliges Abkommen mit den Sholen, ihrem ersten extraterrestrischen Kontakt, geschlossen. Solange die Menschen in dem ilmataranischen Habitat keine Unruhe stiften, dürfen sie ihre Forschungen unbehelligt durchführen. Doch die ganze Mission geht vor die Hunde, als der leichtsinnige Abenteurer Henri Kerlerec entdeckt und von den neugierigen Kreaturen seziert wird. Die Spannungen zwischen Terranern und Sholen eskalieren und es kommt zu einer diplomatischen Katastrophe, die sich zu einem Krieg auszuweiten droht. In den Tiefen des Ozeans prallen fremde Kulturen aufeinander. Beide Seiten werben um die Unterstützung der gerade erst kontaktierten Ilmataraner. Doch was der Kampf für dieses Volk und die Zukunft menschlicher Erkundungen bedeutet, steht längst noch nicht fest.
The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire
Author: Janice A. Radway
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Category: Literary Criticism
View: 2793Deftly melding ethnography, cultural history, literary criticism, and autobiographical reflection, A Feeling for Books is at once an engaging study of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential role as a cultural institution and a profoundly personal meditation about the experience of reading. Janice Radway traces the history of the famous mail-order book club from its controversial founding in 1926 through its evolution into an enterprise uniquely successful in blending commerce and culture. Framing her historical narrative with writing of a more personal sort, Radway reflects on the contemporary role of the Book-of-the-Month Club in American cultural history and in her own life. Her detailed account of the standards and practices employed by the club's in-house editors is also an absorbing story of her interactions with those editors. Examining her experiences as a fourteen-year-old reader of the club's selections and, later, as a professor of literature, she offers a series of rigorously analytical yet deeply personal readings of such beloved novels as Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird. Rich and rewarding, this book will captivate and delight anyone who is interested in the history of books and in the personal and transformative experience of reading.
Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878
Author: Emily Satterwhite
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Category: Literary Criticism
View: 3996Much criticism has been directed at negative stereotypes of Appalachia perpetuated by movies, television shows, and news media. Books, on the other hand, often draw enthusiastic praise for their celebration of the simplicity and authenticity of the Appalachian region. Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878 employs the innovative new strategy of examining fan mail, reviews, and readers' geographic affiliations to understand how readers have imagined the region and what purposes these imagined geographies have served for them. As Emily Satterwhite traces the changing visions of Appalachia across the decades, from the Gilded Age (1865--1895) to the present, she finds that every generation has produced an audience hungry for a romantic version of Appalachia. According to Satterwhite, best-selling fiction has portrayed Appalachia as a distinctive place apart from the mainstream United States, has offered cosmopolitan white readers a sense of identity and community, and has engendered feelings of national and cultural pride. Thanks in part to readers' faith in authors as authentic representatives of the regions they write about, Satterwhite argues, regional fiction often plays a role in creating and affirming regional identity. By mapping the geographic locations of fans, Dear Appalachia demonstrates that mobile white readers in particular, including regional elites, have idealized Appalachia as rooted, static, and protected from commercial society in order to reassure themselves that there remains an "authentic" America untouched by global currents. Investigating texts such as John Fox Jr.'s The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1908), Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker (1954), James Dickey's Deliverance (1970), and Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain (1997), Dear Appalachia moves beyond traditional studies of regional fiction to document the functions of these narratives in the lives of readers, revealing not only what people have thought about Appalachia, but why.
Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America
Author: Erin A. Smith
Publisher: UNC Press Books
View: 5547Since the late nineteenth century, religiously themed books in America have been commercially popular yet scorned by critics. Working at the intersection of literary history, lived religion, and consumer culture, Erin A. Smith considers the largely unexplored world of popular religious books, examining the apparent tension between economic and religious imperatives for authors, publishers, and readers. Smith argues that this literature served as a form of extra-ecclesiastical ministry and credits the popularity and longevity of religious books to their day-to-day usefulness rather than their theological correctness or aesthetic quality. Drawing on publishers' records, letters by readers to authors, promotional materials, and interviews with contemporary religious-reading groups, Smith offers a comprehensive study that finds surprising overlap across the religious spectrum--Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish, liberal and conservative. Smith tells the story of how authors, publishers, and readers reconciled these books' dual function as best-selling consumer goods and spiritually edifying literature. What Would Jesus Read? will be of interest to literary and cultural historians, students in the field of print culture, and scholars of religious studies.
Author: Deborah Halverson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
View: 9505Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors likeJ.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiringYA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested inwriting a young adult novel, but aren't sure how to fit the stylethat appeals to young readers? Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies gives you tricksof the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book,from developing an idea to publication. Unique writing exercises to help you find your own authenticteen voice Tips to avoid when submitting manuscripts How to break into the flourishing young adult market With the help of this step-by-step guide, you'll have all theskills to write an inspiring and marketable young adult novel.
Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success
Author: Entrepreneur Press,Cheryl Kimball
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
Category: Business & Economics
View: 3174Profits from Pages Self-publishing is a fast-growing industry, and bookstores and consumers alike now acknowledge the value of self-published books. In this valuable guide, industry experts coach you in becoming a player in the self-publishing arena—whether it is self-publishing your own book or providing professional services for others who want to self-publish. Our experts reveal the tricks of the self-publishing trade: how to evaluate book ideas and recognize a hot-seller; how to develop an effective marketing plan; getting books reviewed and landing great publicity; getting books into traditional and non-traditional sales channels; tapping into the potential of online publishing, and more. Addresses dramatic game-changers including print-on-demand and ebooks Reviews industry player offerings including Ingram and Amazon Covers critical marketing tools including author websites and social media marketing Features interviews with industry insiders and practicing self-published authors Plus, a quick-reference guide to every step in the publishing process helps you along your way.
The Search for Yield in a Disintermediated World
Author: Albert N. Greco
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 5471Books, scholarly journals, business information, and professional information play a pivotal role in the political, social, economic, scientific, and intellectual life of nations. While publications abound on Wall Street and financial service companies, the relationship between Wall Street’s financial service companies and the publishing and information industries has not been explored until now. The Economics of the Publishing and Information Industries utilizes substantive historical, business, consumer, economic, sociological, technological, and quantitative and qualitative methodologies to understand the people, trends, strengths, opportunities, and threats the publishing industry and the financial service sector have faced in recent years. Various developments, both economic and demographic, contributed to the circumstances influencing the financial service sector’s investment in the publishing and information industries. This volume identifies and analyzes those developments, clearly laying out the forces that drove the marriage between the spheres of publishing and finance. This book offers insight and analysis that will appeal to those across a wide variety of fields and occupations, including those in financial service firms, instructors and students in business, communications, finance, or economics programs, business and financial reporters, regulators, private investors, and academic and major public research libraries.