The Road from Coorain

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Author: Jill Ker Conway

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307797308

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Jill Ker Conway is a noted historian, specializing in the experience of women in America, and was the first woman president of Smith College.

True North

A Memoir

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Author: Jill Ker Conway

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307797333

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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True North is the inspirational Canadian Chapter of Jill Ker Conway's life story, which began with her much love, bestselling memoir, The Road from Coorain. Beginning with her departure from Australia, Jill Ker Conway tells of her romance with Harvard House Master John Conway, of coming to grips with his manic-depressive disorder, and of their move to Canada in 1964 where she became the first female vice-president at the University of Toronto. In this vibrant memoir, we watch as a most private woman makes of herself a public persona in Canada. From the Hardcover edition.

Literature and Ethics

Questions of Responsibility in Literary Studies

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Author: Daniel K. Jernigan

Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 1604976055

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 428

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Literature and Ethics covers a wide gamut of literary periods and genres, including essays on Victorian literature and modernism, as well as several studies on narrative, but the central ethos emerges from considerations of issues of responsibility and irresponsibility as they find expression in literary study, and in ethics. Students and academics who are interested in literary theory, ethics, narrative form, and issues of authorial responsibility, and how such matters inform the reading of literary texts, will find that this collection offers a wide array of approaches and viewpoints by major figures from the relevant sub-disciplines in literary studies. The collection offers much-timely critical observation on a variety of contemporary authors but also provides critically adventurous commentaries on Victorian literature, and on Indian, African, Irish, and Australian literature. The volume assembles a collection of essays that would illustrate the great diversity of methods by which considerations of responsibility can and do offer insight into a range of literary texts, and theoretical discourses, while also making a contribution to the philosophical question of responsibility (and irresponsibility) in the contemporary world. The collection as a whole testifies to the human fascination with issues of responsibility, just as it testifies to the necessity of posing questions of responsibility as questions of ethics and literature, the necessity of recognizing, in other words, that "responsibility" names a concept whose only ground is the history of those fictional narratives of responsibility and irresponsibility that modern civilization would do well to continue inventing and reflecting upon critically. So whether ethical discourses find expression in theoretical debate--or in and through the sophisticated fictions that constitute an imaginative culture--what is clear, both from wider discussions related to the value of literary texts that are such a central part of contemporary literary studies, and from the varied and nuanced arguments that are made in this collection, is that questions of responsibility are central to literature, philosophy, and the arts, just as they are to the social realities that spawned them in the first place. Literature and Ethics is an important book for all literature and literary theory collections. It has specific resonance for students and teachers who are interested in the value of literary study, and in questions of ethics and narrative.

Cambridge IGCSE First Language Coursebook

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Author: Marian Cox

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521743591

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 160

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Written specifically for the Cambridge syllabus, this updated series provides clear and practical support for students and teachers. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English, Third edition has been written specifically for the University of Cambridge International Examinations syllabus. Written by a highly experienced and well-known author, this new and updated coursebook includes clear, practical support for students, a diverse range of topical stimulus material to enliven the subject, imaginative activities and exam tips that build confidence and develop the skills needed to succeed in the examination.

When Memory Speaks

Exploring the Art of Autobiography

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Author: Jill Ker Conway

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307797230

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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J ill Ker Conway, one of our most admired autobiographers--author of The Road from Coorain and True North--looks astutely and with feeling into the modern memoir: the forms and styles it assumes, and the strikingly different ways in which men and women respectively tend to understand and present their lives. In a narrative rich with evocations of memoirists over the centuries--from Jean-Jacques Rousseau and George Sand to W. E. B. Du Bois, Virginia Woolf, Frank McCourt and Katharine Graham--the author suggests why it is that we are so drawn to the reading of autobiography, and she illuminates the cultural assumptions behind the ways in which we talk about ourselves. Conway traces the narrative patterns typically found in autobiographies by men to the tale of the classical Greek hero and his epic journey of adventure. She shows how this configuration evolved, in memoirs, into the passionate romantic struggling against the conventions of society, into the frontier hero battling the wilderness, into self-made men overcoming economic obstacles to create an invention or a fortune--or, more recently, into a quest for meaning, for an understandable past, for an ethnic identity. In contrast, she sees the designs that women commonly employ for their memoirs as evolving from the writings of the mystics--such as Dame Julian of Norwich or St. Teresa of Avila--about their relationship with an all-powerful God. As against the male autobiographer's expectation of power over his fate, we see the woman memoirist again and again believing that she lacks command of her destiny, and tending to censor her own story. Throughout, Conway underlines the memoir's magic quality of allowing us to enter another human being's life and mind--and how this experience enlarges and instructs our own lives.

Influences of the Education of Jill KerConway and its Conflicts

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Author: Denise Ellinger

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638288986

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 13

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Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,1 (B), Technical University of Braunschweig (English Seminar), course: Proseminar, language: English, abstract: In this paper I want to write about the education Jill Ker Conway got according to her autobiographical novel “The Road from Coorain”. I want to show the influences of the different kinds on her development and the conflicts that appeared. I will start with the education she received at Coorain and later go on with the different schools she visited in Sydney. I will only write about the education Conway got from her parents or at school. Her experiences at university do not appear in my paper since I wanted to concentrate on the years which are the most formative influences in a person’s development and also the conflicts that appeared in Conway’s educational life.

Theory into Practice: An Introduction to Literary Criticism

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Author: Ann B. Dobie

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133170005

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 400

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Beginning with approaches familiar to students and then gradually introducing schools of criticism that are more challenging, THEORY INTO PRACTICE provides extensive step-by-step guidance for writing literary analyses from each of the critical perspectives. This brief, practical introduction to literary theory explores core literary theories in a unique chronological format and includes an anthology of relevant fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to help bring those theories to life for students. Remarkably readable and engaging, the text makes even complex concepts manageable for those beginning to think about literary theory, and example analyses for each type of criticism show how real students have applied the theories to works included in the anthology. Now updated with the latest scholarship, including a full discussion of Ecocriticism and increased emphasis on American multicultural approaches, THEORY INTO PRACTICE provides an essential foundation for thoughtful and effective literary analysis. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Memoir Ethics

Good Lives and the Virtues

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Author: Mike W. Martin

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498533663

Category: Philosophy

Page: 196

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Memoir Ethics: Good Lives and the Virtues is a philosophical study of moral themes in memoirs. It explores how memoirists present and defend perspectives on good lives. Particular attention is paid to the interplay of the virtues, including their interplay with additional (nonmoral) types of values in good lives. More generally, it explores the relevance of memoir to moral philosophy and, in turn, how moral philosophy enters into elucidating and critiquing memoirs.

Inventing the Truth

The Art and Craft of Memoir

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Author: Russell Baker

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395901502

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 227

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Nine authors discuss the problems and pleasures of reinventing the past.

The Rough Guide to Australia

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 1405388900

Category: Travel

Page: 1024

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The Rough Guide to Australia is your indispensable guide to one of the most unmissable countries on earth. Packed with practical information on once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Oz, from sunrise walks around Uluru to viewing Kangaroo Island's wild seals, sea lions, kangaroos and koalas; bush-camping safaris in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to exhilarating helicopter flights down the dramatic gorges of Aboriginal-owned Nitmiluk National Park - not forgetting the stunning harbour side bars and restaurants of Sydney. Written by a team of widely-travelled, dedicated authors, this Rough Guide will help you to discover the best hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and festivals around Australia, whatever your budget. Plus, you'll find expert background on Australia's history, wildlife, cinema and fascinating aboriginal culture and the clearest maps of any guide. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Australia.