Reading the World

Confessions of a Literary Explorer


Author: Ann Morgan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448181569

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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In 2012, the world arrived in London for the Olympics...and Ann Morgan went out to meet it. She read her way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries (plus one extra), sampling one book from every nation. It wasn't easy. Many languages have next to nothing translated into English; there are tiny, tucked-away places where very little is written down at all; some governments don't like to let works of art leak out to corrupt Westerners. Her literary adventures shed light on the issues that affect us all: personal, political, national and global. Using her quest as a starting point, this book explores questions such as: What is cultural heritage? How do we define national identity? Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda? And how can we celebrate, challenge and change our remarkable world?

Reading the World

Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age


Author: Mary Franklin-Brown

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226260704

Category: History

Page: 424

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The thirteenth century saw such a proliferation of new encyclopedic texts that more than one scholar has called it the “century of the encyclopedias.” Variously referred to as a speculum, thesaurus, or imago mundi—the term encyclopedia was not commonly applied to such books until the eighteenth century—these texts were organized in such a way that a reader could easily locate a collection of authoritative statements on any given topic. Because they reproduced, rather than simply summarized, parts of prior texts, these compilations became libraries in miniature. In this groundbreaking study, Mary Franklin-Brown examines writings in Latin, Catalan, and French that are connected to the encyclopedic movement: Vincent of Beauvais’s Speculum maius; Ramon Llull’s Libre de meravelles, Arbor scientiae, and Arbre de filosofia d’amor; and Jean de Meun’s continuation of the Roman de la Rose. Franklin-Brown analyzes the order of knowledge in these challenging texts, describing the wide-ranging interests, the textual practices—including commentary, compilation, and organization—and the diverse discourses that they absorb from preexisting classical, patristic, and medieval writing. She also demonstrates how these encyclopedias, like libraries, became “heterotopias” of knowledge—spaces where many possible ways of knowing are juxtaposed. But Franklin-Brown’s study will not appeal only to historians: she argues that a revised understanding of late medievalism makes it possible to discern a close connection between scholasticism and contemporary imaginative literature. She shows how encyclopedists employed the same practices of figuration, narrative, and citation as poets and romanciers, while much of the difficulty of the imaginative writing of this period derives from a juxtaposition of heterogeneous discourses inspired by encyclopedias. With rich and innovative readings of texts both familiar and neglected, Reading the World reveals how the study of encyclopedism can illuminate both the intellectual work and the imaginative writing of the scholastic age.

Reading the World

Cormac McCarthy's Tennessee Period


Author: Dianne C. Luce

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570038242

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 314

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In Reading the World Dianne C. Luce explores the historical and philosophical contexts of Cormac McCarthyas early works crafted during his Tennessee period from 1959 to 1979 to demonstrate how McCarthy integrates literary realism with the imagery and myths of Platonic, gnostic, and existentialist philosophies to create his unique vision of the world. Luce begins with a substantial treatment of the east Tennessee context from which McCarthyas fiction emerges, sketching an Appalachian culture and environment in flux. Against this backdrop Luce examines, novel by novel, McCarthyas distinctive rendering of character through mixed narrative techniques of flashbacks, shifts in vantage point, and dream sequences. Luce shows how McCarthyas fragmented narration and lyrical style combine to create a rich portrayal of the philosophical and religious elements at play in human consciousness as it confronts a world rife with isolation and violence.


Reading the Word and the World


Author: Paulo Freire,Donaldo Macedo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135784868

Category: Education

Page: 216

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Freire and Macedo analyse the connection between literacy and politics according to whether it produces existing social relations, or introduces a new set of cultural practices that promote democratic and emancipatory change.

Reading the world

selected writings, 1935-1976


Author: Northrop Frye,Robert D. Denham

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc


Category: Art

Page: 416

View: 2142

Offers a collection of eighty of Northrop Frye's essays, reviews, editorials, sermons, addresses, and other occasional pieces.

Reading the Global

Troubling Perspectives on Britain's Empire in Asia


Author: Sanjay Krishnan

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231511742

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The global is an instituted perspective, not just an empirical process. Adopted initially by the British in order to make sense of their polyglot territorial empire, the global perspective served to make heterogeneous spaces and nonwhite subjects "legible," and in effect produced the regions it sought merely to describe. The global was the dominant perspective from which the world was produced for representation and control. It also set the terms within which subjectivity and history came to be imagined by colonizers and modern anticolonial nationalists. In this book, Sanjay Krishnan demonstrates how ideas of the global took root in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century descriptions of Southeast Asia. Krishnan turns to the works of Adam Smith, Thomas De Quincey, Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir, and Joseph Conrad, four authors who discuss the Malay Archipelago during the rise and consolidation of the British Empire. These works offer some of the most explicit and sophisticated discussions of the world as a single, interconnected entity, inducting their readers into comprehensive and objective descriptions of the world. The perspective organizing these authors' conception of the global-the frame or code through which the world came into view-is indebted to the material and discursive possibilities set in motion by European conquest. The global, therefore, is not just a peculiar mode of thematization; it is aligned to a conception of historical development unique to European colonial capitalism. Krishnan troubles this dominant perspective. Drawing on the poststructuralist and postcolonial approaches of Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and challenging the recent historiography of empire and economic histories of globalization, he elaborates a bold new approach to the humanities in the age of globalization.

Reading the World with Picture Books


Author: Nancy Polette

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 159884587X

Category: Education

Page: 348

View: 9299

This valuable reference guide provides suggestions of picture books set in more than 70 countries in each continent of the world, along with standards-based activities. * Features original booktalk activities and a bibliography of books from around the world that exceeds 400 titles, spanning over 70 countries * Each section begins with a list of the countries within that continent and provides basic information about the continent * Provides fun mnemonics to help young students remember countries and continents * Includes indexes by title, author, and illustrator

Reading the World's Stories

An Annotated Bibliography of International Youth Literature


Author: Annette Y. Goldsmith,Theo Heras,Susan Corapi

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442270861

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 300

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Reading the World’s Stories is volume 5 in the Bridges to Understanding series of annotated international youth literature bibliographies sponsored by the United States Board on Books for Young People. USBBY is the United States chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a Switzerland-based nonprofit whose mission is bring books and children together. The series promotes sharing international children’s books as a way to facilitate intercultural understanding and meet new literary voices. This volume follows Children’s Books from Other Countries (1998), The World though Children’s Books (2002), Crossing Boundaries with Children’s Books (2006), and Bridges to Understanding: Envisioning the World through Children’s Books (2011) and acts as a companion book to the earlier titles. Centered around the theme of the importance of stories, the guide is a resource for discovering more recent global books that fit many reading tastes and educational needs for readers aged 0-18 years. Essays by storyteller Anne Pellowski, author Beverley Naidoo, and academic Marianne Martens offer a variety of perspectives on international youth literature. This latest installment in the series covers books published from 2010-2014 and includes English-language imports as well as translations of children’s and young adult literature first published outside of the United States. These books are supplemented by a smaller number of culturally appropriate books from the US to help fill in gaps from underrepresented countries. The organization of the guide is geographic by region and country. All of the more than 800 entries are recommended, and many of the books have won awards or achieved other recognition in their home countries. Forty children’s book experts wrote the annotations. The entries are indexed by author, translator, illustrator, title, and subject. Back matter also includes international book awards, important organizations and research collections, and a selected directory of publishers known for publishing books from other countries.

The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe


Author: Ann Morgan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 1631490680

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

View: 7765

A beguiling exploration of the joys of reading across boundaries, inspired by the author’s year-long journey through a book from every country. Ann Morgan writes in the opening of this delightful book, "I glanced up at my bookshelves, the proud record of more than twenty years of reading, and found a host of English and North American greats starting down at me…I had barely touched a work by a foreign language author in years…The awful truth dawned. I was a literary xenophobe." Prompted to read a book translated into English from each of the world's 195 UN-recognized countries (plus Taiwan and one extra), Ann sought out classics, folktales, current favorites and commercial triumphs, novels, short stories, memoirs, and countless mixtures of all these things. The world between two covers, the world to which Ann introduces us with affection and no small measure of wit, is a world rich in the kind of narratives that engage us passionately: we meet an irreverent junk food–obsessed heroine in Kuwait, an explorer from Togo who spent years among the Inuit in Greenland, and a former child circus performer of Roma background seeking sanctuary in Switzerland. Ann's quest explores issues that affect us all: personal, political, national, and global. What is cultural heritage? How do we define national identity? Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda? And, above all, why and how should we read from other cultures, languages, and traditions? Illuminating and inspiring, The World Between Two Covers welcomes us into the global community of stories.

Global Voices

Reading the Bible in the Majority World


Author: Craig S. Keener,Edwin Yamauchi,M. Daniel Carroll R

Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers

ISBN: 1619700093

Category: Religion

Page: 126

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Ethnically and nationally diverse scholars familiar with both non-western and Western hermeneutic traditions explore what it means to hear, heed, and appreciate biblical interpretations from the non-Western world in this illuminating collection of writings.

Reading The World

Contemporary Literature From Around The Globe


Author: Plc,Schumacher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780789159410

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 608

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Reading the World

What Young Children Learn from Literature


Author: Sandra Smidt

Publisher: Trentham Books Limited

ISBN: 9781858565057

Category: Education

Page: 181

View: 2743

The first part sets the theoretical framework: semiotics, narrative, culture, cultural tools. The second section looks at the oral tradition, wordless picture books, picture books with words, chapter books, popular culture and translation. The final section considers issues around controversy in literature, children as narrators, and what children do to adopt and subvert the world through their role play - their own acted out narratives.

Reading the World

Ideas That Matter


Author: Michael Austin

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393933499

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 673

View: 5146

The only great ideas reader to offer a global perspective. Western and non-Western, classic and contemporary, longer and shorter, verbal and visual, accessible and challenging. With 72 readings by thinkers from around the world-Plato to Toni Morrison, Lao Tzu to Aung San Suu Kyi-Reading the World is the only great ideas reader for composition students that offers a truly global perspective. The Second Edition offers more contemporary readings and provides more help to make the texts accessible for undergraduate readers. Brief overviews of each reading give students a sense of what the piece is about, and detailed headnotes call attention to the rhetoric of each reading to help students focus not only on what the authors say but also on how they say it.

Book of the Fourth World

Reading the Native Americas Through Their Literature


Author: Gordon Brotherston

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521307604

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 478

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The Book of the Fourth World offers detailed analyses of texts that range far back into the centuries of civilised life from what is now Latin- and Anglo-America. At the time of its 'discovery', the American continent was identified as the Fourth World of our planet. In the course of just a few centuries its original inhabitants, though settled there for millennia and countable in many millions, have come to be perceived as a marginal if not entirely dispensable factor in the continent's destiny. Today the term has been taken up again by its native peoples, to describe their own world: both its threatened present condition, and its political history, which stretches back thousands of years before Columbus. In order to explore the literature of this world, Brotherston uses primary sources that have traditionally been ignored because they have not conformed to Western definitions of oral and written literature, such as the scrolls of the Algonkin, the knotted strings (Quipus) of the Inca, Navajo dry-paintings and the encyclopedic pages of Meso-America's screenfold books.

Reading the World, the Globe, and the Cosmos

Approaches to Teaching Literature for the Twenty-First Century


Author: Suzanne S. Choo

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781433121777

Category: Education

Page: 193

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"The purpose of this book is to restore the centrality of pedagogy in governing the ways literary texts are received, experienced, and interpreted by students in the classroom. Utilizing a method of pedagogical criticsim, the book provides an account of core approaches to teaching literature that have emerged across history and the conceptual values informing these approaches. More importantly, Reading the Wold, the Globe, and the Cosmos discusses how these values have been shaped by broader global forces and key movements in the discipline of English literature." -- Cover.

Reading the Malay World


Author: Rick Hosking

Publisher: Wakefield Press

ISBN: 1862548943

Category: Malay literature

Page: 255

View: 9746

This collection of essays is the culmination of a symposium on the representation of Malays and Malay culture in Singaporean and Malaysian literature in English held in Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Destroy After Reading

The World of Secret Codes


Author: Mary Colson

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 1406217204

Category: Ciphers

Page: 32

View: 8118

This series provides an introduction to a range of arts topics. Each book explores an area in depth and offers practical activities to reinforce learning.

Worlds of Hurt

Reading the Literatures of Trauma


Author: Kalí Tal

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521445047

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

View: 9479

This is a study of the literature of trauma focusing on the Holocaust, the Vietnam war, and sexual violence against women.

Reading the Landscape

Writing a World


Author: Peter Valenti

Publisher: Harcourt College Pub

ISBN: 9780155014329

Category: Authorship

Page: 585

View: 1140

This reader/rhetoric is appropriate for composition courses or single-topic courses relating to the environment or ecology. It provides a solid introduction to the writing process, while moving the student from a me-oriented personal view into a larger world of family and community through readings and exercises.

Reading the World

An African Perspective on World History


Author: Kwasi Konadu

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780966020199

Category: History

Page: 303

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What and who constitutes world history? What makes a history a "world" history? What is the "world" with which world history is concerned? Can another "world" be considered? Scholars of African birth or descent are acutely absent in the writing of and debates concerning world history, inept when it comes to the foregoing questions, and invisible in the production of worldly historical knowledge. Once known as the continent without history or historical consciousness, Africa and its intellectuals represent a much larger segment of the marginalized intellectual world. In fact, the African Network in Global History, founded in 2009 at the University of Ilorin (Nigeria), is the clearest evidence of African scholars' tardy entry into a world history discourse, as well as support for studies in world history that address Africa and the world as seen from African perspectives. We can only begin to answer the above questions when the former peoples and places without history rewrite world history. Certainly, the world should constitute and make a "world history" driven by perspectives on the world rather than a Eurasian world of perspectives. In the past three decades, writers of world history have focused comparatively on historical themes and recurring processes. In their history and traditions, writers of world history and their past exemplars share more than a Eurasian origin; the older traditions modeled by Herodotus of ancient Greece and Sima Qian of China viewed the world through the superiority of their own societies, and current European or white historians honed their views in the context of imperialism and colonialism. Implicit in those traditions is that world history research and writing began when Europeans discovered the world outside of Europe. Consequently, formerly unknown peoples of Africa and the Americas had to fit within Christian frames of history that remained until the twentieth century and, in some cases, the twenty-first century. Reading the World combines the strength of recent scholarship and research-based monographs, the coherency of single authorship, and the presentation and somewhat narrative style of textbooks. Reading the World provides an intellectually stimulating, authoritative, and engaging history that is both concise and global in scope, and offers a readable introduction to a challenging topic. Reading the World also aims to challenge the way readers think about the histories of people and places of the globe and how they and others might interpret or write their own "world" histories. This book does not attempt a "grand narrative" or provide a recipe textbook with prefabricated questions, test banks, audiovisual supplements, and indigestible sequences of "facts" and historical events packaged in such a way that you think less and forgo your creativity. Rather, Reading the World is but one of what should be a number of world history monographs representing an integral contribution from the historically marginalized in worldly historical knowledge and its production, engaging in the unfinished and fascinating conversation of a composite world history.