Angels on the Edge of the World

Geography, Literature, and English Community, 1000-1534


Author: Kathy Lavezzo

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801473098

Category: History

Page: 191

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"The various and contradictory signs of English otherworldliness offered medieval writers a remarkably elastic medium with which to construct national identity. . . . Above all, the wonderful aspects of geographic otherness made it possible for English writers to see their homeland as not only barbarously divided but also blessed and united. Even as they acknowledged England as a barbarous wasteland . . . or as a site of brutal disorder . . . , the English also imagined England as a holy wilderness or as a blessed isle."—from the IntroductionIn a view that sweeps from the tenth century to the mid-sixteenth century, Kathy Lavezzo shows how the English people's concern with their island's relative isolation on the global map contributed to the emergence of a distinctive English national consciousness in which marginality came to be seen as a virtue. Lavezzo examines the many world maps and textual geographies produced by the English during these years. In a beautifully illustrated book, she argues that the English looked to the globe only to emphasize and, in time, to exalt their own exceptional geographic status. The author charts this process by examining a series of wondrous maps and canonical texts. Demonstrating how medieval geographic notions conditioned English attitudes toward Rome, clarifying the complicated religious history leading up to Henry the Eighth's divorce and the Reformation, Angels on the Edge of the World straddles the subjects—and methods—of literature, history, and cultural geography. It will be of special interest to those readers who use cartography as a way to map cultural identities.

Dancing at the Edge of the World

Thoughts on Words, Women, Places


Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802135292

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 306

View: 6195

The celebrated author offers her thoughts on a broad range of subjects, including literary criticism, the state of science fiction writing today, and government and governmental policies

Walking on the Edge of the World


Author: George Leonard

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395483114

Category: Journalists

Page: 388

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Recapitulates the tumult, idealism, and passion of the 1960s as the author retraces his career as a reporter for "Look" magazine, acknowledging the tremendous formative influences that the era had on him.

Face at the Edge of the World


Author: Eve Bunting

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780899198002

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

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Haunted by the suicide of a gifted young black writer who was his best friend, Jed pursues the reason for it.

To the Edge of the World


Author: Harry Thompson

Publisher: Lawson Library Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781596922259

Category: Fiction

Page: 263

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A fictionalized version of Robert Fitzroy's expedition on the HMS Beagle to the Tierra del Fuego and his encounters with Charles Darwin.

On the Edge of the World

Four Architects in San Francisco at the Turn of the Century


Author: Richard Longstreth,Richard W. Longstreth

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520214156

Category: Architecture

Page: 455

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Richard Longstreth provides a detailed picture of the early careers of four architects—Bernard Maybeck, Willis Polk, Ernest Coxhead, and A.C. Schweinfurth—who had a decisive impact on the course of design in the San Francisco Bay Area and who stand as significant contributors to American architecture.

Wonder at the Edge of the World


Author: Nicole Helget

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780316245081

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 400

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In this captivating quest that spans the globe, a young girl who wants to know everything challenges her assumptions about family, loyalty, and friendship as she fights to save her father's legacy--and to begin creating her own. Hallelujah Wonder wants to become one of the first female scientists of the nineteenth century. She knows every specimen and rare artifact that her explorer father hid deep in a cave before he died, and she feels a great responsibility to protect the objects (particularly a mesmerizing and dangerous one called Medicine Head) from a wicked Navy captain who would use it for evil. Now she and her friend Eustace, a runaway slave, must set out on a sweeping adventure by land and by sea to the only place where no one will ever find the cursed relic... the cold of Antarctica.

At the Edge of the World


Author: Jean Mohr,John Berger

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861890481

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 171

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Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.

Crispin: At the Edge of the World


Author: Avi

Publisher: Disney Electronic Content

ISBN: 1423140702

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3039

The more I came to know of the world, the more I knew I knew it not. He was a nameless orphan, marked for death by his masters for an unknown crime. Discovering his name— Crispin—only intensified the mystery. Then Crispin met Bear, who helped him learn the secret of his full identity. And in Bear—the enormous, red-bearded juggler, sometime spy, and everyday philosopher—Crispin also found a new father and a new world. Now Crispin and Bear have set off to live their lives as free men

Island on the Edge of the World

The Story of St Kilda


Author: Charles MacLean

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1847674720

Category: History

Page: 208

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For more than two thousand years the people of St Kilda remained remote from the world. Their society was viable, utopian even; but in the nineteenth century the islands were discovered by missionaries, do-gooders and tourists, who brought with them money, disease and despotism. In 1930, the few remaining islanders were evacuated, no longer able to support themselves. An exploration of the life and death of the remote Hebridean society, Island on the Edge of the World is a moving account of human endeavour.