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ISBN 13: 9780262531986
Total Pages : 318 pages
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ISBN 13: 1474276598
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ISBN 13: 1780632746
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ISBN 13: 1441173862
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ISBN 13: 1443845019
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ISBN 13: 9027269335
Total Pages : 455 pages
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Read and Download Marcel Cornis-Pope book New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TNew Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression. This book was released on 2014-11-15 with total page 455 pages. Book excerpt: Begun in 2010 as part of the “Histories of Literatures in European Languages” series sponsored by the International Comparative Literature Association, the current project on New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression recognizes the global shift toward the visual and the virtual in all areas of textuality: the printed, verbal text is increasingly joined with the visual, often electronic, text. This shift has opened up new domains of human achievement in art and culture. The international roster of 24 contributors to this volume pursue a broad range of issues under four sets of questions that allow a larger conversation to emerge, both inside the volume’s sections and between them. The four sections cover, 1) Multimedia Productions in Theoretical and Historical Perspective; 2) Regional and Intercultural Projects; 3) Forms and Genres; and, 4) Readers and Rewriters in Multimedia Environments. The essays included in this volume are examples of the kinds of projects and inquiries that have become possible at the interface between literature and other media, new and old. They emphasize the extent to which hypertextual, multimedia, and virtual reality technologies have enhanced the sociality of reading and writing, enabling more people to interact than ever before. At the same time, however, they warn that, as long as these technologies are used to reinforce old habits of reading/ writing, they will deliver modest results. One of the major tasks pursued by the contributors to this volume is to integrate literature in the global informational environment where it can function as an imaginative partner, teaching its interpretive competencies to other components of the cultural landscape.

Download Burchard de Volder and the Age of the Scientific Revolution PDF

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ISBN 13: 3030198782
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ISBN 13: 0190604611
Total Pages : 223 pages
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ISBN 13: 1501341316
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ISBN 13: 1474440959
Total Pages : 336 pages
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Read and Download Wester Maisha Wester book Twenty-First-Century Gothic in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TTwenty-First-Century Gothic. This book was released on 2019-05-22 with total page 336 pages. Book excerpt: A transnational and transmedia companion to the post-millennial GothicKey FeaturesCovers key areas and themes of the post-millennial Gothic as well as developments in the field and revisions of the Gothic traditionConsitutes the first thematic compendium to this area with a transmedia (literature, film and television) and transnational approachCovers a plurality of texts, from novels such as Stephenie Meyer's Twilight (2005), Helen Oyeyemi's White Is for Witching (2009), Justin Cronin's The Passage (2010) and M.R. Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts (2014), to films such as Kairo (2001), Juan of the Dead (2012) and The Darkside (2013), to series such as Dante's Cove (2005-7), Hemlock Grove (2013-15), Penny Dreadful (2014-16) Black Mirror (2011-) and even the Slenderman mythos.This resource in contemporary Gothic literature, film and television takes a thematic approach, providing insights into the many forms the Gothic has taken in the twenty-first century. The 20 newly commissioned chapters cover emerging and expanding research areas, such as digital technologies, queer identity, the New Weird and postfeminism. They also discuss contemporary Gothic monsters - including zombies, vampires and werewolves - and highlight Ethnogothic forms such as Asian and Black Diasporic Gothic.