Published when Wallace was just twenty-four years old, The Broom of the System stunned critics and marked the emergence of an extraordinary new talent. At the center of this outlandishly funny, fiercely intelligent novel is the bewitching heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore’s great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho-babble, Auden, and the King James Bible. Ingenious and entertaining, this debut from one of the most innovative writers of his generation brilliantly explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.
The Social Lives of Books
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This project explores how changing models of literary production are blurring or erasing the divisions between authors, critics and readers. Millions of cultural consumers are participating in previously closed literary conversations and expressing forms of mass distinction through their purchases and reviews of books. These traces of popular reading choices constitute a fresh perspective on elusive audience reactions to literature and reveal evolving networks of conversation. Employing network analysis methodologies and 'distant reading' of book reviews, recommendations and other digital traces of cultural distinction, I develop a new model for literary culture in America today. Through readings of the fiction and reception of Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace and Junot Díaz, this model outlines the fundamental requirements for contemporary literary fame. My introduction outlines methodological tools I developed and situates them in the critical traditions of literary reception, cultural sociology and media theory before describing the digital ecologies that have emerged around literature online and their value. Chapter 1 explores the nature of literary fame through a case study of Thomas Pynchon, whose carefully guarded anonymity and ironic distance from capitalism are reflected in the networks his readers construct around his long, challenging books. In stark contrast, Toni Morrison, the subject of Chapter 2, has succeeded critically and commercially, tirelessly seeking out readers to form literary communities around her writing, most prominently through her collaboration with Oprah's Book Club. Chapter 3 considers David Foster Wallace and Junot Díaz and sets out a model for contemporary literary culture: a reading society that demands new forms of authorial reflexivity to mirror the collaborative, iterative nature of digital literary conversations. I conclude with a brief consideration of the exciting prospects and challenges for fiction in a world that reads more than ever but is growing disaffected with the material realities of literary production.
Bowker s Guide to Characters in Fiction 2007
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Bazaar Exchange and Mart and Journal of the Household
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Brohm, J-M. (1978) Sport: a Prison ofMeasured Time. London: Ink Links. Broom, E.F. (1986) 'The role of Canadian provincial governments in sport' ... Harmondsworth: Penguin. Davis, J.P. (1966) 'The Negro in American sport', in J.P. Davis ...
Now available in paperback, this vital handbook marks the development of sports studies as a major new discipline within the social sciences. Edited by the leading sociologist of sport, Eric Dunning, and Jay Coakley, author of the best selling textbook on sport in the USA, it both reflects and richly endorses this new found status. Key aspects of the Handbook include: an inventory of the principal achievements in the field; a guide to the chief conflicts and difficulties in the theory and research process; a rallying point for researchers who are established or new to the field, which sets the agenda for future developments; a resource book for teachers who wish to establish new curricula and develop courses and programmes in the area of sports studies. With an international and inter-disciplinary team of contributors the Handbook of Sports Studies is comprehensive in scope, relevant in content and far-reaching in its discussion of future prospect.
Sport and Modern Social Theorists
Release on 2004-08-03 | by Richard Giulianotti
Berger, P. (1963) Invitation to Sociology, Garden City, NY: Anchor Books. ... Brohm, J.-M. (1978) Sport: a prison of measured time, London: Ink Links. ... Hobsbawm, E. (1968) Industry and Empire, Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books.
Sport and Modern Social Theorists is an innovative and exciting new collection. The chapters are written by leading social analysts of sport from across the world, and examine the contributions of major social theorists towards our critical understanding of modern sport. Social theorists under critical examination include Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Adorno, Gramsci, Habermas, Merton, C.Wright Mills, Goffman, Giddens, Elias, Bourdieu and Foucault. This book will appeal to students and scholars of sport studies, cultural studies, modern social theory, and to social scientists generally.
Release on 2021-08-16 | by Class of 2020
It isn't a separate power dynamic that functions as an external system to all others. ... Some involve the overspilled ink we rush ourselves to scrawl onto the nearest piece of paper to us, ... [5th Ed.] Penguin Books: London.
A lot of people know a lot of stuff, and most of us don't get to share the best bits with other people. So this book gets together twenty-one recent graduates to share something they think you should know. Among other things you can learn: Why you should care about Japan's ageing population How a baby is made (after the fun bit) How the English and Scottish dealt with 'witches' Why we should think about disasters a bit differently How performance analysis works in sport Our editors graduated from university in 2008, during the last once in a lifetime financial armageddon. The idea behind this book was to allow recent graduates (who are hitting the real world a full twelve years after it went wrong last time) an opportunity to do something interesting with their time. Our experience tells us the next few years’ worth of graduates will spend a long time being called lazy and stupid for the crime of being born about twenty-one years before it all went pear-shaped. So, for our authors, at least, they will have something to point at that they have achieved to disprove that. But mostly we just wanted to get together twenty-one chapters worth of stuff we didn’t know before.
Achieve 100 Reading Revision
Release on 2017-11-27 | by Laura Collinson
Reprinted by permission of Disney Hyperion Books, and imprint of Disney Book Group, LLC. ... Partnership Illustrations by John Storey Text design and typeset by the Pen and Ink Book Company Ltd Printed by the Gutenberg Press, ...
The Study Books are designed to be used in conjunction with the core books of the Cambridge Latin Course. Student's Study Book II has been developed for use by teachers, students and independent learners. It is designed to be used in conjunction with Cambridge Latin Course Book II and provides
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-05-01 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The Study Books are designed to be used in conjunction with the core books of the Cambridge Latin Course. Student's Study Book II: Answer Key provides informative and comprehensive answers to the exercises in Student Study Book II. The Key will be of use to teachers, students and independent learners.