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3. Are persons real?

3. Are persons real?  

Jan Westerhoff

in Reality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778063
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594412.003.0004
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What does it feel like to doubt the self? Some psychological conditions, lead a person to assume that they are dead or deny bodily existence. There is a paradox: how can someone be ... More
Reality: A Very Short Introduction

Reality: A Very Short Introduction  

Jan Westerhoff

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778063
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594412.001.0001
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Reality: A Very Short Introduction discusses what reality is by looking at a variety of arguments, theories, and thought-experiments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive ... More
1. Dreams and simulations

1. Dreams and simulations  

Jan Westerhoff

in Reality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778063
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594412.003.0002
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How can we tell the difference between dreams and reality and does it matter? There are consequences that become extreme if we assume that all that exists is just the body and ideas. This ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Nicholas Cronk

in Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688357.003.0001
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The Introduction outlines the aims of this VSI: it is an introduction to the making of Voltaire, an Enlightenment celebrity. It is also an examination of the way Voltaire spent his whole ... More
10. Who is behind the mask? Identity in literature

10. Who is behind the mask? Identity in literature  

Florian Coulmas

in Identity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
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9780191867033
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828549.003.0010
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In literature, we can find all aspects and dimensions of identity: identity through time, the mind–body problem, the identity of words and things, gender boundaries, identity crisis, ... More
8. Double visionthe dream of reason

8. Double vision: the dream of reason  

Marina Warner

in Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191853500
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10.1093/actrade/9780199532155.003.0008
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The tradition of fairy tale has lent itself, in the name and interest of rationality, to some of the most acute intellectual creations. Writers have wrapped themselves in fairytale themes ... More
2. Practices and principles

2. Practices and principles  

Ben Hutchinson

in Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191844911
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10.1093/actrade/9780198807278.003.0002
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‘Practice and principles’ asks what it means to ‘do’ comparative literature. A number of basic principles can be identified as constitutive of comparative literature’s disciplinary practice ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Stanley Wells

in William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191788048
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718628.003.0009
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Shakespeare’s plays and poems have had, and continue increasingly to have, a major impact on many areas of human life. Fellow poets from Ben Jonson onwards have written appreciatively of ... More
6. Epic accomplishments

6. Epic accomplishments  

Rolena Adorno

in Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780199365845
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10.1093/actrade/9780199755028.003.0007
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‘Epic accomplishments’ examines the epic poetry of the New World. The Americaniad flourished in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the most notable example being Ercilla's La ... More
1. The worlds of faeryfar away & down below

1. The worlds of faery: far away & down below  

Marina Warner

in Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191853500
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10.1093/actrade/9780199532155.003.0001
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‘The worlds of faery: far away and down below’ explains that the ‘Other Worlds’ which fairy tales explore open a way for writers and storytellers to speak in ‘Other’ terms, especially when ... More
3. Voices on the pagetales, tellers, & translators

3. Voices on the page: tales, tellers, & translators  

Marina Warner

in Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191853500
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10.1093/actrade/9780199532155.003.0003
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‘Voices on the page: tales, tellers, and translators’ describes how the modern fairy tale came about. The late seventeenth and early eighteenth century marks the start; Charles Perrault and ... More
Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Ben Hutchinson

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191844911
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198807278.001.0001
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9780198807278
Comparative literature is both the past and the future of literary studies. Its history is intimately linked to the political upheavals of modernity: from colonial empire-building in the ... More
5. Forbidden reading

5. Forbidden reading  

Belinda Jack

in Reading: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2019
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Apr 2019
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9780191860300
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10.1093/actrade/9780198820581.003.0005
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9780198820581
Censorship, book burnings, and secret reading highlight the relationship between reading and power, and hence the relationship between limiting access to reading and political control. But ... More
Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365838
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10.1093/actrade/9780199754915.001.0001
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In the 1960s, Latin American literature became known worldwide as never before, but few know about the literary tradition from which these writers emerged. Modern Latin American Literature: ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Roberto González Echevarría

in Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780199754915.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ gives an overview of modern Latin American literature. Latin American literature first gained consciousness in the 1850s. Latin American literature became a continental ... More
6. Latin American literature today

6. Latin American literature today  

Roberto González Echevarría

in Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365838
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10.1093/actrade/9780199754915.003.0006
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‘Latin American literature today’ explores the ‘post-Boom’ era of Latin American literature. ‘MacOndo’ and ‘Nueva Ondo’ both attempted to position themselves as post-Boom literary ... More
Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction

Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction  

Nicholas Cronk

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780191781346
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688357.001.0001
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Voltaire (1694–1778), best remembered as the author of Candide, is one of the central actors of the European Enlightenment. Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction explores Voltaire’s ... More
4. International crime fiction

4. International crime fiction  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2015
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May 2015
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9780191785801
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10.1093/actrade/9780199658787.003.0004
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9780199658787
‘International crime fiction’ looks at crime writing in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, East Asia, Latin America, and Scandinavia. Crime fiction in France was, and is, far more ... More
9. Schopenhauer's influence

9. Schopenhauer's influence  

Christopher Janaway

in Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775666
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802590.003.0009
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9780192802590
‘Schopenhauer's influence’ argues that Schopenhauer's lasting importance as a philosopher rests more on his manner of unfettered probing and blunt questioning, on his demolition of ... More
4. Cultural patrimony

4. Cultural patrimony  

Jo Labanyi

in Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191776939
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10.1093/actrade/9780199208050.003.0005
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9780199208050
In 1931, Spain's illiteracy rate was 40%, higher in rural than urban areas. ‘Cultural patrimony’ examines two aspects of cultural patrimony: who has access to it and how it is transmitted ... More

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