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Ælfric of Eynsham  

Andrew Scheil

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Sep 2014
This article introduces and surveys the life and writings of the Anglo-Saxon monk, Ælfric of Eynsham (c.955–c.1010). It provides a summary of the main scholarly work that has been done on ... More

Aestheticism and the Politics of Pleasure  

Ruth Livesey

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2015
The late nineteenth-century Aesthetic movement challenged many aspects of Victorian literature and culture. This chapter explores how the emphasis on pleasure within Aestheticism was ... More

Aesthetics  

Peter Stockwell

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
This chapter argues that the prescriptive turn in literary aesthetics over the last two centuries has marginalized science fiction, placing it in the category of the “Sublime” rather than ... More

Aesthetics  

G. Terence Wilson

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
For centuries, literary critics have made a division between poetry and prose, believing that poetry focuses on complex interactions between sound and sense, while prose centers on lucid ... More

The Affective Life in Shakespearean England  

Linda Pollock

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May 2016
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Jul 2016
Critiquing the amount of scholarly attention paid to the body and to intense, overwhelming feelings, this chapter examines how individuals, mainly the landed ranks, experienced and dealt ... More

Africa and its Diasporas  

Ato Quayson

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Sep 2013
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Dec 2013
In 2005 the African Union declared the diaspora ‘the sixth region of the continent’. While this was a welcome move, it was also clear that the AU’s understanding of the term ‘diaspora’ was ... More

Africa’s Colonial Present: Development, Violence, and Postcolonial Security  

Joanne Sharp

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Sep 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter draws on Derek Gregory’s idea of the ‘colonial present’ in an attempt both to politicize the postcolonial and to embed postcolonial concerns at the heart of geopolitics. It ... More

African American Drama, 1910–45  

Kathy A. Perkins

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay traces the efforts of African American women to establish new voices in the American theater during the period from 1910 to 1945. It discusses the role of the Federal Theatre ... More

African American Performance  

Soyica Diggs Colbert

This article explores the formation, expansion, and future of the field of African American performance studies, considering the cultural, social, and political contexts that brought the ... More

African American Writers and Naturalism  

John Dudley

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article examines the features of African American naturalism. As a literary approach, naturalism attempts to represent and explore the themes, questions, and tensions associated with ... More

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