English Passengers

Author: Matthew Kneale

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241964229

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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'A big, ambitious novel with a rich historical sweep and a host of narrative voices. Its subject is a vicar's ludicrous expedition in 1857 to the Garden of Eden in Tasmania, [as] meanwhile, in Tasmania itself, the British settlers are alternately trying to civilise and eliminate the Aboriginal population ... The sort of novel that few contemporary writers have either the imagination or the stamina to sustain' - Daily Telegraph


Als wir Römer waren

Roman

Author: Matthew Kneale

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783630621265

Category: Glasgow Druckschrift - Mutter - Manisch-depressive Krankheit - Sohn - Vaterrolle - Belletristische Darstellung

Page: 251

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Lawrence ist noch ein Kind, aber er ist der Mann der Familie. Der Vater ist schon länger weg, also passt er auf seine kleine Schwester auf, die ihn, zugegeben, manchmal ganz schön nervt, und auch auf seine Mutter, die in letzter Zeit viel zu selten lächelt. Eigentlich ist sie meistens traurig und hat Angst, der Vater könnte plötzlich auftauchen und irgendwas anstellen. Aber dann hat die Mutter eine wunderbare Idee, sie packen Hamster Hermann und alles, was reinpasst, ins Auto und fahren in den Süden, nach Rom, wo sie einst glücklich war. Was als Abenteuer beginnt, entwickelt sich jedoch allmählich zum Alptraum, und Lawrence muss einige schwere Entscheidungen treffen, um seine Familie zu retten.

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Psychothriller

Author: Sebastian Fitzek

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426425696

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Jedes Jahr verschwinden auf hoher See rund zwanzig Menschen spurlos von Kreuzfahrtschiffen. Noch nie kam jemand zurück. Bis jetzt ... Martin Schwartz, Polizeipsychologe, hat vor fünf Jahren Frau und Sohn verloren. Es geschah während eines Urlaubs auf dem Kreuzfahrtschiff „Sultan of the Seas“ – niemand konnte ihm sagen, was genau geschah. Martin ist seither ein psychisches Wrack und betäubt sich mit Himmelfahrtskommandos als verdeckter Ermittler. Mitten in einem Einsatz bekommt er den Anruf einer seltsamen alten Dame, die sich als Thrillerautorin bezeichnet: Er müsse unbedingt an Bord der „Sultan“ kommen, es gebe Beweise dafür, was seiner Familie zugestoßen ist. Nie wieder wollte Martin den Fuß auf ein Schiff setzen – und doch folgt er dem Hinweis und erfährt, dass ein vor Wochen auf der „Sultan“ verschwundenes Mädchen wieder aufgetaucht ist. Mit dem Teddy seines Sohnes im Arm...

Semiotic Encounters

Text, Image and Trans-nation

Author: Sarah Säckel,Walter Göbel,Noha Hamdy

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042027142

Category: History

Page: 276

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Semiotic Encounters: Text, Image and Trans-Nation aims at opening up scholarly debates on the contemporary challenges of intertextuality in its various intersections with postcolonial and visual culture studies. Commencing with three theoretical contributions, which work towards the creation of frameworks under which intertextuality can be (re)viewed today, the volume then explores textual and visual encounters in a number of case studies. While (a) the dimension of the intertextual in the traditional sense (as specified e.g. by Genette) and (b) the widening of the concept towards visual and digital culture govern the structure of the volume, questions of the transnational and/or postcolonial form a recurrent subtext. The volume's combination of theoretical discussions and case studies, which predominantly deal with 'English classics' and their rewritings, film adaptations and/or rereadings, will mainly attract graduate students and scholars working on contemporary literary theory, visual culture and postcolonial literatures.


Ich habe einen Namen

Roman

Author: Lawrence Hill

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag

ISBN: 3832186557

Category: Fiction

Page: 575

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Westafrika, Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts. Die kleine Aminata lebt mit ihren Eltern in einer friedlichen Dorfgemeinschaft. Doch der Sklavenhandel blüht, auf den Plantagen der neuen Kolonien braucht man Arbeitskräfte, und die britischen Machthaber sind skrupellos. Als Aminata elf Jahre alt ist, wird ihr Dorf überfallen und sie gefangengenommen. Auf einem Frachter bringt man sie mit vielen anderen Sklaven nach Amerika, wo sie an einen Großgrundbesitzer verkauft wird. Während der Wirren des Unabhängigkeitskriegs gelingt Aminata die Flucht. Sie folgt ihrem Herzen zurück nach Afrika und von dort nach London, um für die Befreiung der Schwarzen zu kämpfen. Ihre Geschichte ist das eindrückliche Porträt einer unglaublich starken Frau, die es geschafft hat, schwierigste Bedingungen zu überleben und dabei anderen zu helfen. Es ist eine Geschichte, die man nicht wieder vergisst, voller Hoffnung und Zuversicht.

Encyclopedia of the British Novel

Author: Victoria Gaydosik

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 1438140681

Category: LITERARY CRITICISM

Page: N.A

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Provides an alphabetical guide to British authors, novels, literary themes and more from the early seventeenth century through the late twentieth century.

The English Change Network

Forcing Changes Into Schemas

Author: Cristiano Broccias

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110176469

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 408

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"This book introduces the notion of change construction and systematically studies, within a Cognitive Grammar framework, the rich inventory of its instantiations in English (e.g., resultative construction, asymmetric resultatives, sublexical change constructions, mildly causal constructions)."

The Contemporary British Historical Novel

Representation, Nation, Empire

Author: M. Boccardi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230240801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 193

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A detailed study of an increasingly popular genre, this book offers readings of a group of significant and representative works, drawing on a range of interpretative strategies to examine the ways in which the contemporary historical novel engages with questions of nation and identity to illuminate Britain's post-imperial condition.

Islands and Britishness

A Global Perspective

Author: Jodie Matthews

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443835439

Category: History

Page: 280

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Islands and archipelagos hold great imaginative power, and they have long been a subject of study for cartographers and geographers, for anthropologists and historians of colonisation. But what does it mean to be an islander? Can one feel both British and Manx, for example? What are British tourists looking for when they go to former island colonies? How do past relationships with Britain affect islands today? This collection takes a variety of perspectives to provide answers to such questions, examining war, empire, tourism, immigration, language, literature, and everyday life on and in islands, and the question of travel to and from them. Britishness is highlighted as a global island phenomenon, providing an insight into the history, culture and politics of identities from Jersey to Jamaica. Islands and Britishness not only brings together various contemporary strands in Island Studies, but uniquely focuses on the relationship – historical, cultural and economic – between particular islands and Britain, and, crucially, how this relationship frames national identity both on the island and in Britain itself. The collection examines interactions between Britishness and indigenous or earlier invasive/settler cultures, as well as the internal differences within the concept of ‘Britishness’ (Britain/Scotland/Shetland, for instance). It considers the relationship played out on the island between Britishness and the other nationalities with which the islands share an affinity, and questions received wisdoms about national identity on the islands by considering intersecting discourses such as class and gender. The collection offers a global perspective on the divisions within a notion of Britishness and the identities against which Britishness has been constructed.

Science and Religion in Neo-Victorian Novels

Eye of the Ichthyosaur

Author: John Glendening

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134088345

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Criticism about the neo-Victorian novel — a genre of historical fiction that re-imagines aspects of the Victorian world from present-day perspectives — has expanded rapidly in the last fifteen years but given little attention to the engagement between science and religion. Of great interest to Victorians, this subject often appears in neo-Victorian novels including those by such well-known authors as John Fowles, A. S. Byatt, Graham Swift, and Mathew Kneale. This book discusses novels in which nineteenth-century science, including geology, paleontology, and evolutionary theory, interacts with religion through accommodations, conflicts, and crises of faith. In general, these texts abandon conventional religion but retain the ethical connectedness and celebration of life associated with spirituality at its best. Registering the growth of nineteenth-century secularism and drawing on aspects of the romantic tradition and ecological thinking, they honor the natural world without imagining that it exists for humans or functions in reference to human values. In particular, they enact a form of wonderment: the capacity of the mind to make sense of, creatively adapt, and enjoy the world out of which it has evolved — in short, to endow it with meaning. Protagonists who come to experience reality in this expansive way release themselves from self-anxiety and alienation. In this book, Glendening shows how, by intermixing past and present, fact and fiction, neo-Victorian narratives, with a few instructive exceptions, manifest this pattern.

Airframe

Roman

Author: Michael Crichton

Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag

ISBN: 3641162092

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Auf dem Nonstop-Flug von Hongkong nach Denver gerät plötzlich die Maschine der Transpacific Airlines außer Kontrolle. Dem Piloten gelingt eine Notlandung, doch einige Passagiere verlieren dabei ihr Leben. Als Casey Singleton den Auftrag erhält, die Ursachen dieses Unglücks aufzuklären, ahnt sie nicht, in welche Gefahr sie sich begibt. Denn ihre Ermittlungen stoßen auf viele Widersacher, die vor nichts zurückschrecken.

The English Class

Author: Yu Ouyang

Publisher: DoctorZed Publishing

ISBN: 0980571782

Category: Australian fiction

Page: 394

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At the end of the Cultural Revolution in China in the late 1970s Jing, an educated youth (zhishi qingnian) who has spent a few years as a peasant in the countryside, becomes a truck driver in a provincial shipyard. He manages to teach himself English in adverse circumstances while driving his truck, eventually passing the examination to get into the English Class at Donghu University. There, he meets with classmates from vastly different cultural backgrounds and falls in love with Deirdre, the estranged partner of Dr Wagner the English teacher. This engaging and masterful novel explores the aspiration of many to migrate to English speaking countries. Like much of Ouyang's work it subtly deconstructs the mechanisms of colonialism against an increasingly vibrant Chinese economy. The vivid fictional life of a Chinese truck driver who aspires to the western life is beautifully and evocatively realised. The English Class is a triumph, a novel at once wise, brave and entertaining.

Skytrucker

Incidents, Accidents and Romantic Attachments Gathered over Forty Years in Aviation

Author: Allen Murray

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1469779714

Category: Travel

Page: 306

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Air travel is an almost essential part of everyday life. A significant proportion of travelers are curious about what is actually happening on the flight deck. This book, based on forty years of personal experiences, takes the reader into the cockpit. Written in a humorous style, it relates incidents, accidents and some romantic attachments. The narrative includes the transport of a complete circus, a period spent flying for an African mining company, a brush with Nigerian authorities and a glimpse of the beginnings of the Package Holiday business.

Das Sklavenschiff

Roman

Author: Barry Unsworth

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3105604391

Category: Fiction

Page: 542

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Barry Unsworth ist mit dem ›Sklavenschiff‹ ein großer Roman gelungen, den die englische Kritik mit den berühmten Geschichten von Joseph Conrad verglichen hat. Auf hohem literarischen Niveau, exakt recherchiert, mit differenziertem Einfühlungsvermögen in Menschen und Zeitströmungen, ist dies der Roman einer widersprüchlichen Epoche und Gesellschaft, wie man ihn eindrucksvoller kaum lesen kann. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)

British State Romanticism

Authorship, Agency, and Bureaucratic Nationalism

Author: Anne Frey

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804773485

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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British State Romanticism contends that changing definitions of state power in the late Romantic period propelled authors to revisit the work of literature as well as the profession of authorship. Traditionally, critics have seen the Romantics as imaginative geniuses and viewed the supposedly less imaginative character of their late work as evidence of declining abilities. Frey argues, in contrast, that late Romanticism offers an alternative aesthetic model that adjusts authorship to work within an expanding and bureaucratizing state. She examines how Wordsworth, Coleridge, Austen, Scott, and De Quincey portray specific state and imperial agencies to debate what constituted government power, through what means government penetrated individual lives, and how non-governmental figures could assume government authority. Defining their work as part of an expanding state, these writers also reworked Romantic structures such as the imagination, organic form, and the literary sublime to operate through state agencies and to convey membership in a nation.

A Beginner's Guide To Acting English

Author: Shappi Khorsandi

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407028634

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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It's 1977 and life in Iran is becoming unpredictable. The Shah will be overthrown and events are about to take place on the world stage. But for five-year-old Shappi Khorsandi all this means is that she must flee, leaving behind a mad extended Iran clan and everything she has ever known. Shappi and her beloved brother Peyvand arrive with their parents in London - all cold weather and strange food - without a word of English. If adapting to a new culture isn't troubling enough, it soon becomes clear that the Ayatollah's henchmen are in pursuit. With the help of MI5, Shappi's family go into hiding. So apart from checking under the family car for bombs every morning, Shappi's childhood is like any other kids' - swings in the park, school plays, kiss-chase and terrorists. 'An extraordinary story...really funny and warm' Graham Norton