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1. Future and past

1. Future and past  

Stephen Lovell

in The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777165
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199238484.003.0002
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9780199238484
‘Future and past’ examines the Soviet Union's own sense of its historical trajectory. Marxism provided a theory of revolution and economic development, one which Lenin accelerated through ... More
Afterword: Digital photography

Afterword: Digital photography  

Steve Edwards

in Photography: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2006
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Sep 2013
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9780191775390
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801647.003.0007
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9780192801647
Some argue that newer technologies in digital photography represent a continuation of key themes and practices from older methods. Others suggest that the introduction of digital ... More
2. Form, or, what's contemporary about contemporary fiction?

2. Form, or, what's contemporary about contemporary fiction?  

Robert Eaglestone

in Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778247
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10.1093/actrade/9780199609260.003.0002
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9780199609260
‘Form, or, what's contemporary about contemporary fiction?’ considers how writers explore the form of the novel. While most novels published are realist, three areas of challenge to this ... More
5. Cinema and the outer world

5. Cinema and the outer world  

Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

in The History of Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2017
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Nov 2017
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9780191788963
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10.1093/actrade/9780198701774.003.0005
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9780198701774
The world in which cinema grew up was one of constant change, not always for the better. There was technological change, of which the cinema itself was part. There were wars and ... More
3. Theory

3. Theory  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777073
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199231799.003.0004
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9780199231799
‘Theory’ argues that Italian writers have always had a fascination with abstract models of literary form or content. Theorizing about literature goes back to Dante's Vita nova, and was ... More
8. ‘O Muse, be obedient to the command of God’The spiritual and material worlds

8. ‘O Muse, be obedient to the command of God’: The spiritual and material worlds  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775314
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0008
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9780192801449
‘“O Muse, be obedient to the command of God”: The spiritual and material worlds’ looks at Pushkin's early rejection of references to religion in his work, his generation's distrust of overt ... More
Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction  

Patricia Aufderheide

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365494
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195182705.001.0001
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9780195182705
Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction takes readers along the diverse paths of documentary history and charts the lively, often fierce debates among filmmakers and ... More
1. What is atheism?

1. What is atheism?  

Julian Baggini

in Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775925
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804242.003.0001
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9780192804242
Atheism is defined as the belief that there is no God or gods. ‘What is atheism?’ aims to provide a positive view of atheism, one which does not make the mistake of thinking that atheism ... More
Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction

Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction  

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785269
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199658770.001.0001
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9780199658770
The story of modern drama is a tale of extremes, testing both audiences and actors to their limits through hostility and contrarianism. Spanning 1880 to the present, Modern Drama: A Very ... More
AfterwordThe heart has its reasons

Afterword: The heart has its reasons  

Dylan Evans

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

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
eISBN: 
9780191872471
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198834403.003.0006
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9780198834403
When people speak of cognition and emotion, or of reason and the passions, they are usually referring to two distinct mental faculties. One of them is cool, calm, and collected and works ... More
3. Conclusion

3. Conclusion  

Patricia Aufderheide

in Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365494
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195182705.003.0003
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9780195182705
‘Conclusion’ reviews developments in documentary film making and the growth of scholarship in this area. The documentary form has evolved along with technological possibilities. Sound, ... More
7. ‘Every tribe and every tongue will name me’Russian literature and ‘primitive culture’

7. ‘Every tribe and every tongue will name me’: Russian literature and ‘primitive culture’  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775314
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0007
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9780192801449
‘“Every tribe and every tongue will name me”: Russian literature and “primitive culture”‘ looks at Pushkin's fame and influence throughout the Soviet Union and beyond. Contemporary, ... More
5. ‘Awakening noble feelings with my lyre’Writers as ‘masters of minds’

5. ‘Awakening noble feelings with my lyre’: Writers as ‘masters of minds’  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775314
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0005
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9780192801449
‘“Awakening noble feelings with my lyre”: Writers as “masters of minds”’ examines, via examples of Pushkin's work, his views on the expectations of readers and their perceptions of the ... More
1. Defining the Documentary

1. Defining the Documentary  

Patricia Aufderheide

in Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365494
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195182705.003.0001
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9780195182705
Documentaries both inform and entertain. ‘Defining the documentary’ explores how film can tell a story about real life honestly, in good faith. Viewers expect to be told things about the ... More
1. Realism, naturalism, and symbolism

1. Realism, naturalism, and symbolism  

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr

in Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2016
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Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785269
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199658770.003.0002
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chapter
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9780199658770
The two decades from 1880 to 1900 are astonishing not just for the new ideas about drama and the radical changes in theatre practice and playwriting, but for the pace of those developments. ... More
7. Tolstoy’s art and devices

7. Tolstoy’s art and devices  

Liza Knapp

in Leo Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2019
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May 2019
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9780191851650
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10.1093/actrade/9780198813934.003.0007
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9780198813934
In criticism of Tolstoy’s work, many suggest that Tolstoy’s realism was at the expense of artistry or form, but ‘Tolstoy’s art and devices’ explains how Tolstoy used a variety of techniques ... More
5. Theology and language

5. Theology and language  

Pink Dandelion

in The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191776915
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10.1093/actrade/9780199206797.003.0005
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9780199206797
Quakers have traditionally taken a very distinctive approach to language and this has been adapted by the different kinds of Quakers we find in the world today. This theme is explored in ... More
1. Moving pictures

1. Moving pictures  

Michael Wood

in Film: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775826
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803535.003.0001
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9780192803535
Although film is typically viewed as a form of photography, there is a distinct difference between still images and those in motion. The inherently animated nature of film allows it to ... More
International Relations: A Very Short Introduction

International Relations: A Very Short Introduction  

Christian Reus-Smit

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
eISBN: 
9780191884634
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198850212.001.0001
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book
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9780198850212
International relations affects the security, economic fortunes, rights and freedoms, and environmental well-being of all of us. The recent transformation from a world of empires to today’s ... More
6. ‘And don’t dispute with fools’Men, women, and society

6. ‘And don’t dispute with fools’: Men, women, and society  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775314
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0006
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780192801449
‘“And don't dispute with fools”: Men, women, and society’ references Pushkin's view of the poet as conflicted by having to live both in the world of mysticism, art, and religion, as well as ... More

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