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Reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein on Its 200th Anniversary: An Animated Primer to the Great Monster Story & Technology Cautionary Tale

Mary Shelley did an extraordinary thing. After a dreary winter evening spent indoors telling ghost stories during the storied “year without a summer,” she took her idea and turned it into a novel.
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13 Fascinating Facts About Edgar Allan Poe

13 Fascinating Facts About Edgar Allan Poe | literature | Scoop.it
In honor of Edgar Allan Poe's 209th birthday, I have amassed this list of 13 (spooky!) facts about Poe's life and death that may be unfamiliar to you. Odds are, most genuine Poe enthusiasts are familiar with some of these, but I'm hopeful that this piece may enlighten my readers, who may b

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Ten Things I Learned from Ursula K. Le Guin

Ten Things I Learned from Ursula K. Le Guin | literature | Scoop.it
“Other writers are not your competition.They are your sustenance”—and other lessons from Le Guin.
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Ursula K. Le Guin’s Best Life Advice

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Best Life Advice | literature | Scoop.it
Legendary novelist and short fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin died on Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 88. In her long career, Le Guin wrote a bit of everything: fiction, essays, books for young people, a craft manual, and ten volumes of poetry. She wrote fantasy, SF, realism, yes, but mostly she

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Narrative Theory and Aesthetics in Literature - Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature

Narrative Theory and Aesthetics in Literature - Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature | literature | Scoop.it
The narrative mode of world-representation and world-building is omnipresent and far exceeds the domain of literature. Since literature is not necessarily narrative and narrative not necessarily literary, the study of narrative in a literary context must confront narrative and literature in a dual way: How does the presence of narrative affect literature? And how does literariness affect narrative? The basic terminology needs to be clarified by comparing English with the vocabulary of other natural languages. No consensus has been reached, even in the West, on the nature of narrative discourse.The entire history of poetics shows that, before the middle of the 20th century, little attention was paid to the narrative components of literary texts qua narrative—that is, insofar as the same narrative elements could equally be found in non-aestheticized uses of verbal and non-verbal languages. Aristotelian poetics, based on the mimesis of human action, keeps its grip on narrative theory. The post-Aristotelian triad separated more sharply the lyric from the epic and dramatic genres, but modern narrative theories, mostly based on the study of folk tales and the novel, have still failed to unify the field of literary narrative, or have done it artificially, dissolving narrative discourse into the undifferentiated experience of human life in linear time.The Western “rise of the novel,” in Ian Watt’s sense, and its worldwide expansion, turned the question of fiction, not that of narrativity, into the main focus of narrative studies. Later, the emergence of formalism and semiotics and the “linguistic turn” of the social sciences pushed the narrative analysis of literary texts in the opposite direction, with all of its efforts bearing on minimal, supposedly deeper units and simple concatenations. The permanent, unresolved conflict between an analytical and constructivist view grounded in individual events and a holistic view concerned with story-worlds and storytelling leaves mostly unattended such fundamental questions as how narrative is used by literature and literature by narrative for their own ends.Literary narrativity must be thoroughly reconsidered. A critical, transdisciplinary theory should submit to both logical and empirical trial—on a large number of varied samples—and narrative analyses that would take into account the following concepts used to forge methodological tools: discrimination (between the functions of discourse genres and between pragmatic roles in literary communication); combination rules (whether linear or not); levels (as spatial placing, as interdependence and hierarchical authority); scale and spatiotemporal framing and backgrounding, especially the (dominant) time concepts in a particular cultural context. The preconditions for analysis begin by investigating the relation between aesthetic emotions and narrative in other cultural domains than the West and the English-speaking world.Literary narrativity and social values concur to link the rhetorical manipulation of narrative with its aestheticization. The pleasure and fear of cognition combine with strategies of delusion to either acquiesce to the effects of time and violence or resist them; routine and rupture are alternatively foregrounded, according to needs.

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Edgar Allan Poe entre o Gótico e a Ficção Científica

Edgar Allan Poe entre o Gótico e a Ficção Científica | literature | Scoop.it
19 de janeiro marca o 209° aniversário de Edgar Allan Poe. Comumente lembrado como um dos expoentes do Gótico norte-americano, Poe também se destacou em narrativas ligadas a expressão da Ciência Gótica.
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J.M. Coetzee: Eight Ways of Looking at Samuel Beckett

J.M. Coetzee: Eight Ways of Looking at Samuel Beckett | literature | Scoop.it
One. As Hugh Kenner explained to us long ago in his essay "The Cartesian Centaur," Samuel Beckett is a philosophical dualist. Specifically, Beckett writes as if he believes that we are made up of, that we are, a body plus a mind. Even more specifically, he writes as if he believes that the connection between mind and
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Books Features - How Frankenstein and his Creature conquered the movies - BBC Arts

Books Features - How Frankenstein and his Creature conquered the movies - BBC Arts | literature | Scoop.it
Christopher Frayling traces the lineage of Frankenstein at the cinema.

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Essay: ‘Who Cares About the Great American Novel?’ - by Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning feminist SF and fantasy fiction novelist, and essayist

Essay: ‘Who Cares About the Great American Novel?’ - by Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning feminist SF and fantasy fiction novelist, and essayist | literature | Scoop.it
A question from the New York Times' Bookends, "Where is the great American novel by a woman?," got an interesting answer from the Pakistani novelist Mohsin
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Classic Appreciation: On Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Poem 'Frost at Midnight' - essay by Katherine Robinson

Classic Appreciation: On Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Poem 'Frost at Midnight' - essay by Katherine Robinson | literature | Scoop.it
The poet shows how reality and imagination can become one.

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From the Poetry Foundation

Samuel Taylor Coleridge is the premier poet-critic of modern English tradition, distinguished for the scope and influence of his thinking about literature as much as for his innovative verse. Active in the wake of the French Revolution as a dissenting pamphleteer and lay preacher, he inspired a brilliant generation of writers and attracted the patronage of progressive men of the rising middle class. As William Wordsworth’s collaborator and constant companion in the formative period of their careers as poets, Coleridge participated in the sea change in English verse associated with Lyrical Ballads (1798). His poems of this period, speculative, meditative, and strangely oracular, put off early readers but survived the doubts of Wordsworth and Robert Southey to become recognized classics of the romantic idiom.
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Why Should We Read Charles Dickens? A TED-Ed Animation Makes the Case

Why Should We Read Charles Dickens? A TED-Ed Animation Makes the Case | literature | Scoop.it
You can’t go near the literary press lately without hearing mention of Nathan Hill’s sprawling new novel, The Nix, widely praised as a comic epic on par with David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.
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Roy Baumeister -The Why, What and How of Consciousness

Baumeister's talk at the Evolution and Function of Consciousness Summer School ("Turing Consciousness 2012") held at the University of Montreal as part o

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Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2018 – #SHANW18 – deadline approaching

Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2018 – #SHANW18 – deadline approaching | literature | Scoop.it
Hard to believe the anthology is in its 17th year. I was fortunate to work with a wonderful Bangor group in November as part of this initiative. Anyone living in Northern Ireland is eligible to make a submission for the anthology and the deadline is Friday, 15 Dec 2017, 9am sharp (so I'm thinking it's…

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The Sinking of the Houston, a short story by Joseph O’Neill

The Sinking of the Houston, a short story by Joseph O’Neill | literature | Scoop.it
Longlisted for Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award: a father plots revenge after a mugging
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In Search of Mary Shelley review: A life of monsters and men

In Search of Mary Shelley review: A life of monsters and men | literature | Scoop.it
Fiona Sampson gives the ‘Frankenstein’ author’s hard life a compelling immediacy
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Reflections: My Last Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin - by John Freeman, author and editor

Reflections: My Last Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin - by John Freeman, author and editor | literature | Scoop.it
For the past 57 years, one of the most original imaginations ever to grace American letters has lived in a hundred-year-old house built from a kit from Sears. "You could order it out of a catalogue," its owner, the writer Ursula K. Le Guin, told me three years ago. It's late 2014 and Le Guin—the writer who invented

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About the essayist:

John Freeman is the editor of Freeman’s, a literary biannual published by Grove, and author of 'How to Read a Novelist' and 'Maps', a collection of poems.
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The Last Days of Oscar Wilde

The Last Days of Oscar Wilde | literature | Scoop.it
He stared hard at Frank Harris, harder than he ever had, because this fact Harris needed to understand, even if it had to be driven in with hammer and nail. If they were to continue to coexist in this hotel, to continue to pass weeks together exiled from their respective homes, Harris had to give up the expectation

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Frankenstein at 200: the birth of a gothic monster

Frankenstein at 200: the birth of a gothic monster | literature | Scoop.it
Actor Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster in James Whale’s classic 1931 film. (Bettmann/Getty Images) January 2018 marks the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.

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Interview about Book Reading with Niall Ferguson, Historian

Interview about Book Reading with Niall Ferguson, Historian | literature | Scoop.it
The historian, biographer and author talks about the books he reads and re-reads, and the ones he is very happy not to read.
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Postcolonial Literature Lecture 03 -Michel Foucault- Dr Sayan Chattopadhyay, IIT Kanpur

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Richard Ford & Colm Tóibín Conversation: Narrators Are Unreliable

“You have to write about the thing you’ll be the world’s greatest expert in.” In this humorous conversation award-winning authors and friends Richard For

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Classic Appreciation: On John Keats' famous poem 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' - essay by Camille Guthrie

Classic Appreciation: On John Keats' famous poem 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' - essay by Camille Guthrie | literature | Scoop.it
How to read the most famous poem “for ever.”

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From the Poetry Foundation

John Keats, who died at the age of twenty-five, had perhaps the most remarkable career of any English poet. He published only fifty-four poems, in three slim volumes and a few magazines. But at each point in his development he took on the challenges of a wide range of poetic forms from the sonnet, to the Spenserian romance, to the Miltonic epic, defining anew their possibilities with his own distinctive fusion of earnest energy, control of conflicting perspectives and forces, poetic self-consciousness, and, occasionally, dry ironic wit. In the case of the English ode he brought its form, in the five great odes of 1819, to its most perfect definition.
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Essay: Sex, intellect and Edith Wharton’s fiction — Her writing on sex was informed by Whitman, Nietzsche, Wilde, and an affair with a journalist

Essay: Sex, intellect and Edith Wharton’s fiction — Her writing on sex was informed by Whitman, Nietzsche, Wilde, and an affair with a journalist | literature | Scoop.it
When the punishments for female sexual assertion inevitably introduce themselves, Edith Wharton succeeds in creating a polemic for female sexual rights.
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Compréhension orale n°12 : « L’intelligence artificielle plus puissante que l’intelligence humaine ? » • Niveaux C1- C2 • FLE

Compréhension orale n°12 : « L’intelligence artificielle plus puissante que l’intelligence humaine ? » • Niveaux C1- C2 • FLE | literature | Scoop.it
NEW! Compréhension orale en français : l'Intelligence Artificielle selon Laurent Alexandre pour les niveaux C1-C2 #FLE #IA

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The Pledge - Fired! Irish Women Poets and the Canon

The Pledge - Fired! Irish Women Poets and the Canon | literature | Scoop.it
Fired! Irish Women Poets and the Canon Our dismay at the gender imbalance in the representation of Irish poets in The Cambridge Companion To Irish Poets (2017) is exacerbated by the gender imbalance in the critical contributors to it. Out of thirty invited contributors, only four are women. As writers and academics, this is an…

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