Holy Writ as Oral Lit

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Holy Writ as Oral Lit

Holy Writ as Oral Lit

The Bible as Folklore

  • Author: Alan Dundes
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • ISBN: 058516584X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 176
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This book helps us resolve some of the mysteries and contradictions that evolved during the Bible's pre-written legacy and that persist in the Great Book today. Most biblical scholars acknowledge that both the Old and New Testaments were orally transmitted for decades before appearing in written form. With great reverence for the Bible, Dundes offers a new and exciting way to understand its variant texts. He uses the analytical framework of folklore to unearth and contrast the multiple versions of nearly every major biblical event, including the creation of woman, the flood, the ten commandments (there were once as many as eleven or twelve), the names of the twelve tribes, the naming of the disciples, the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord's Prayer, and the words inscribed on the Cross, among many others.

Kiddie Lit

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Kiddie Lit

Kiddie Lit

The Cultural Construction of Children's Literature in America

  • Author: Beverly Lyon Clark
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 9780801881701
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 257
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The popularity of the Harry Potter books among adults and the critical acclaim these young adult fantasies have received may seem like a novel literary phenomenon. In the nineteenth century, however, readers considered both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as works of literature equally for children and adults; only later was the former relegated to the category of "boys' books" while the latter, even as it was canonized, came frequently to be regarded as unsuitable for young readers. Adults—women and men—wept over Little Women. And America's most prestigious literary journals regularly reviewed books written for both children and their parents. This egalitarian approach to children's literature changed with the emergence of literary studies as a scholarly discipline at the turn of the twentieth century. Academics considered children's books an inferior literature and beneath serious consideration. In Kiddie Lit, Beverly Lyon Clark explores the marginalization of children's literature in America—and its recent possible reintegration—both within the academy and by the mainstream critical establishment. Tracing the reception of works by Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Lewis Carroll, Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. Frank Baum, Walt Disney, and J. K. Rowling, Clark reveals fundamental shifts in the assessment of the literary worth of books beloved by both children and adults, whether written for boys or girls. While uncovering the institutional underpinnings of this transition, Clark also attributes it to changing American attitudes toward childhood itself, a cultural resistance to the intrinsic value of childhood expressed through sentimentality, condescension, and moralizing. Clark's engaging and enlightening study of the critical disregard for children's books since the end of the nineteenth century—which draws on recent scholarship in gender, cultural, and literary studies— offers provocative new insights into the history of both children's literature and American literature in general, and forcefully argues that the books our children read and love demand greater respect.

Lit Riffs

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Lit Riffs

Lit Riffs

  • Author: Jonathan Lethem,Tom Perrotta,Lester Bangs,Aimee Bender,Amanda Davis,Neal Pollack,J. T. Leroy,Heidi Julavitz,Touré
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1416586458
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 432
  • View: 9634
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Following in the footsteps of the late great Lester Bangs -- the most revered and irreverent of rock 'n' roll critics -- twenty-four celebrated writers have penned stories inspired by great songs. Just as Bangs cast new light on a Rod Stewart classic with his story "Maggie May," about a wholly unexpected connection between an impressionable young man and an aging, alcoholic hooker, the diverse, electrifying stories here use songs as a springboard for a form dubbed the lit riff. Alongside Bangs's classic work, you'll find stories by J.T. LeRoy, who puts a recovering teenage drug abuser in a dentist's chair with nothing but the Foo Fighters's "Everlong" -- blaring through the P.A. -- to fight the pain; Jonathan Lethem, whose narrator looks back on his lost innocence just as an extramarital affair careens to an end -- this to the tune "Speeding Motorcycle" as recorded by Yo La Tengo; and Jennifer Belle, who envisions a prequel to Paul Simon's "Graceland" -- one that takes place at a children's birthday party replete with a real live kangaroo. With original contributions from Tom Perrotta, Nelson George, Amanda Davis, Lisa Tucker, Aimee Bender, Darin Strauss, and many more -- riffing on everyone from Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen to the White Stripes, Cat Power, and Bob Marley -- this is both an astounding collection of short stories and an extraordinary experiment in words and music. Soundtrack available from Saturation Acres Music & Recording Co.

Chick-lit 2

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Chick-lit 2

Chick-lit 2

(no Chick Vics)

  • Author: Cris Mazza,Jeffrey DeShell,Elisabeth Sheffield
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • ISBN: 9781573660204
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 225
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Trans.Can.Lit

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Trans.Can.Lit

Trans.Can.Lit

Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature

  • Author: Smaro Kamboureli
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
  • ISBN: 1554587182
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 252
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The study of Canadian literature—CanLit—has undergone dramatic changes since it became an area of specialization in the 1960s and ’70s. As new global forces in the 1990s undermined its nation-based critical assumptions, its theoretical focus and research methods lost their immediacy. The contributors to Trans.Can.Lit address cultural policy, citizenship, white civility, and the celebrated status of diasporic writers, unabashedly recognizing the imperative to transfigure the disciplinary and institutional frameworks within which Canadian literature is produced, disseminated, studied, taught, and imagined.

Chick Lit

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Chick Lit

Chick Lit

The New Woman's Fiction

  • Author: Suzanne Ferriss,Mallory Young
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136092420
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 282
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From the bestselling Bridget Jones's Diary that started the trend to the television sensation Sex and the City that captured it on screen, "chick lit" has become a major pop culture phenomenon. Banking on female audiences' identification with single, urban characters who struggle with the same life challenges, publishers have earned millions and even created separate imprints dedicated to the genre. Not surprisingly, some highbrow critics have dismissed chick lit as trashy fiction, but fans have argued that it is as empowering as it is entertaining. This is the first volume of its kind to examine the chick lit phenomenon from a variety of angles, accounting for both its popularity and the intense reactions-positive and negative-it has provoked. The contributors explore the characteristics that cause readers to attach the moniker "chick" to a particular book and what, if anything, distinguishes the category of chick lit from the works of Jane Austen on one end and Harlequin romance novels on the other. They critique the genre from a range of critical perspectives, considering its conflicted relationship with feminism and postfeminism, heterosexual romance, body image, and consumerism. The fourteen original essays gathered here also explore such trends and subgenres as "Sistah Lit," "Mommy Lit," and "Chick Lit Jr.," as well as regional variations. As the first book to consider the genre seriously, Chick Lit offers real insight into a new generation of women's fiction.

Chick Lit

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Chick Lit

Chick Lit

The Stylistics of Cappuccino Fiction

  • Author: Rocío Montoro
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1441187278
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 264
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In recent times, Chick Lit has risen to a certain level of prominence. This is the first book length study that looks into the distinctive features of this much-discussed genre. Chick Lit is examined in relation to its linguistic peculiarities and their role as far as narrative, sociological and feminist issues are concerned, amongst others. Montoro's stylistics includes a cognitive slant that highlights futher readerly aspects of the texts. The approach illuminates how the genre works, and how it is set apart from others. In this respect, the stylistics of chick lit is understood in its contect of production and reception. Montoro evaluates reading processes and investigates readers' responsive attitude to the genre. This interdisciplinary work explores the boundaries of the stylistics of chick lit and works reflectively, looking at how exploring this genre can help the twofold aim of testing existing models of linguistic and cognitive analysis. It will be essential reading for those interested in cutting-edge stylistics.

Get Lit

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Get Lit

Get Lit

A 12-week Course in Literacy and Life Through Poetry Teacher's Curriculum

  • Author: Diane Luby Lane
  • Publisher: Balboa Press
  • ISBN: 1452553521
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 100
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A 12 week guide to teaching classic poetry and the writing and performing of spoken word response poems in the classroom. This curriculum trains teachers to use memorization + recitation of classic poetry as a launching pad for teen-created spoken word responses. Fusing the two forms of expression into compelling performances, these standards-based lessons absolutely transform students.

Lab Lit

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Lab Lit

Lab Lit

Exploring Literary and Cultural Representations of Science

  • Author: Olga Pilkington,Ace G. Pilkington
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1498565999
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 274
  • View: 373
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This book introduces and explores a new genre, lab lit. Essays both discuss lab lit novels using a variety of analytical approaches as well as provide a theoretical framework to explore the social and literary backgrounds of the genre.

Dear Mr. Henshaw Lit Link Gr. 4-6

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Dear Mr. Henshaw Lit Link Gr. 4-6

Dear Mr. Henshaw Lit Link Gr. 4-6

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: On The Mark Press
  • ISBN: 1770729003
  • Category: Education
  • Page: N.A
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