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6. Rewriting the Renaissance

6. Rewriting the Renaissance  

Jerry Brotton

in The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2006
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775383
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801630.003.0007
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9780192801630
What do we mean by ‘Renaissance literature’? ‘Rewriting the Renaissance’ states that this term is misleading given that it was only at the end of the 16th century that the concept of the ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Pinch Geraldine

in Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2004
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775802
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803467.003.0001
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9780192803467
Mythology played a huge part in Egyptian culture. People and events from myth permeate Egyptian art, architecture, and literature. Myths figured highly in many of the rituals performed by ... More
Introduction: Meeting French Literature

Introduction: Meeting French Literature  

John D. Lyons

in French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777516
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199568727.003.0010
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9780199568727
French Literature: A Very Short Introduction looks at literary works in terms of their central characters. The kind of person chosen as the focal point of the plot and that ... More
9. Novel

9. Novel  

William Allen

in Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
Published Online: 
Mar 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779701
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199665457.003.0009
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9780199665457
‘Novel’ discusses the ancient novel, a relative latecomer to Greek and Latin literature. Starting with the five surviving examples of the Greek novel, dating from the mid-1st century ad ... More
5. Body and soul

5. Body and soul  

Kenneth Morgan

in Australia: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778001
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199589937.003.0005
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9780199589937
Australia's climate, location, colonial past, and American cultural influences have affected its national leisure pursuits. ‘Body and soul’ looks at the importance of fitness, sport, beach ... More
4. Myth and ritual

4. Myth and ritual  

Robert A. Segal

in Myth: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780191792328
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198724704.003.0005
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chapter
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9780198724704
‘Myth and ritual’ explores the myth-ritualist theory, which proposes myth does not stand by itself, but is tied to ritual. Myth is not just a statement but an action. Whatever the tie ... More
Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction

Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction  

Marina Warner

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2018
Published Online: 
Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191853500
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199532155.001.0001
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9780199532155
The characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over adults and children for centuries. These fantastic stories have travelled across cultural borders, and been passed on from ... More
Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Myth: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Robert Segal

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780191792328
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198724704.001.0001
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9780198724704
Where do myths come from? What is their function and what do they mean? Myth: A Very Short Introduction introduces a wide array of approaches to understanding myth from disciplines as ... More
5. Myth and literature

5. Myth and literature  

Robert A. Segal

in Myth: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780191792328
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198724704.003.0006
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9780198724704
The relationship between myth and literature has taken varying forms, the most obvious being the use of myth in works of literature. ‘Myth and literature’ explores mythic themes in ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Rolena Adorno

in Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365845
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199755028.003.0001
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9780199755028
The ‘Introduction’ provides a brief overview of Latin American literature up to the present day. The study of Latin American literature began in the early post-independence period, and ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Gordon Campbell

in Garden History: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191783302
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199689873.003.0011
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9780199689873
What is a garden? What do gardens mean? The Introduction considers these questions and also how, at a deeper level, the garden represents the interdependence of humans and other parts of ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Mike Cronin

in Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.003.0001
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9780199688340
What is ‘sport’ and why has the urge to run or jump, to wrestle, or master a moving ball individually, or in a team, been part of human culture for so long? The ‘Introduction’ explains that ... More
Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

Goethe: A Very Short Introduction  

Ritchie Robertson

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
Published Online: 
Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785764
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199689255.001.0001
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9780199689255
Goethe: A Very Short Introduction covers the life and work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832): scientist, administrator, artist, art critic, and supreme literary writer ... More
1. What is reading?

1. What is reading?  

Belinda Jack

in Reading: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2019
Published Online: 
Apr 2019
eISBN: 
9780191860300
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198820581.003.0001
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9780198820581
What do we mean by reading? To understand reading we need to appeal to a wide range of disciplines: myriad forms of history, literary and textual studies, psychology, phenomenology, and ... More
2. Ancient worlds

2. Ancient worlds  

Belinda Jack

in Reading: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2019
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Apr 2019
eISBN: 
9780191860300
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198820581.003.0002
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9780198820581
A great deal is known about reading in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, but it is important to remember that a good deal of what we think of as Greek and Roman literature was heard and ... More
1. Metaphors of reading

1. Metaphors of reading  

Ben Hutchinson

in Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
Published Online: 
Mar 2018
eISBN: 
9780191844911
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198807278.003.0001
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9780198807278
‘Metaphors of reading’ asks—What is comparative literature? How does it differ from literature? And why and how does one become a comparatist? Almost every comparatist has a different idea ... More
1. A great many hardships

1. A great many hardships  

Matthew Restall and Felipe Fernández-Armesto

in The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365746
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195392296.003.0001
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chapter
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9780195392296
‘A great many hardships’ introduces the conquistadors. Conquistadors were not appointed by the Spanish monarchy. They were entrepreneurs who travelled to the Americas under their own ... More
Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Sabina Knight

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365739
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195392067.001.0001
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book
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9780195392067
Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction tells the story of Chinese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on the key role literary culture played in ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Nicholas Boyle

in German Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776892
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199206599.003.0001
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chapter
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9780199206599
German Literature: A Very Short Introduction is concerned with the character of Germany's literary contribution to our modern self-understanding, and so with the character of ... More
6. Smell in culture

6. Smell in culture  

Matthew Cobb

in Smell: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2020
Published Online: 
May 2020
eISBN: 
9780191863967
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198825258.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198825258
‘Smell in culture’ explores the social, political, and historical significance of smell, including smells in literature and politics. Since prehistory, humans have manufactured scents and ... More

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