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Diana Wynne Jones: The Fantastic Tradition and Children's Literature
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Diana Wynne Jones: The Fantastic Tradition and Children's LiteratureThis much needed book will be an invaluable companion to those who are already enthusiastic about the work of Diana Wynne Jones, as well as being a more than useful guide to those as yet relatively unfamiliar with her novels. Mendelsohn's emphasis is on Jones as a writer of critical fantasy, and the distinctions she draws between different varieties of fantasy (such as portal-quest and immersive) are particularly helpful in the light they throw on her claim that Jones's novels are in effect teaching young readers how to read the fantastic intelligently and critically.
 
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Tags: Children, Literature, Tradition, Fantastic, Wynne, Jones, Diana, novels, fantasy
Why is English Literature?: Language and Letters for the Twenty-First Century
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Why is English Literature?: Language and Letters for the Twenty-First CenturyWhy is English synonymous with literature in the United States? At the turn of the twentieth century, literature courses were taught in the original language, and English did not signify literature any more than did French, Italian, or other modern languages. Fifty years later, English had colonized literature, and non-English literatures became configured as "foreign language study." This timely and important intervention into an on-going debate shows how the multilingual population of American faculty and students became progressively more monoglot, as did the configuration of literary studies.
 
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Philosophies of Crime Fiction
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Philosophies of Crime FictionA fresh analysis of both the hidden and explicit philosophical ideas to be found in crime literature
Josef Hoffmann covers influences and inspirations in crime writing with references to a stellar cast of crime writers including Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, Dashiell Hammett, Albert Camus, Borges, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, and Ted Lewis. Hoffmann examines why crime literature may provide stronger consolation for readers than philosophy. In so doing, he demonstrates the truth of Wittgenstein's claim that more wisdom is contained in the best crime fiction than in philosophical essays.
 
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An Abundance of Katherines
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An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines  is a young adult novel by John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska.

Released in 2006, it was a finalist for the Michael L. Printz Award.

Genres: Fiction, Young adult literature, Mathematics, Children's literature

 
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Looking for Alaska
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Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska Looking for Alaska is a young adult novel by John Green, published in March 2005 Green was awarded the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award for Looking for Alaska. It is taught in many high school and college curricula and has been published in more than fifteen languages. Genres: Fiction, Young adult literature, Children's literature
 
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Asian American Women's Popular Literature: Feminizing Genres and Neoliberal Belonging
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Asian American Women's Popular Literature: Feminizing Genres and Neoliberal BelongingPopular genre fiction written by Asian American women and featuring Asian American characters gained a market presence in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. These “crossover” books—mother-daughter narratives, chick lit, detective fiction, and food writing—attempt to bridge ethnic audiences and a broader reading public. In Asian American Women's Popular Literature, Pamela Thoma considers how these books both depict contemporary American-ness and contribute critically to public dialogue about national belonging.
 
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Cognitive Science, Literature, and the Arts: A Guide for Humanists
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Cognitive Science, Literature, and the Arts: A Guide for HumanistsThe rise cognitive science has been one of the most important intellectual developments of recent years, stimulating new approaches to everything from philosophy to film studies. This is an introduction to what cognitive science has to offer the humanities and particularly the study of literature. Hogan suggests how the human brain works and makes us feel in response to literature. He walks the reader through all of the major theories of cognitive science that are important for the humanities in order to understand the production and reception of literature.
 
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