Description : Four early American women tell their own stories: Mary Rowlandson on her capture by Indians in 1676, Boston businesswoman Sarah Kemble Knight on her travels in New England, Elizabeth Ashbridge on her personal odyssey from indentured servant to Quaker preacher, and Elizabeth House Trist, correspondent of Thomas Jefferson, on her travels from Philadelphia to Natchez. Accompanied by introductions and extensive notes. "The writings of four hearty women who braved considerable privation and suffering in a wild, uncultivated 17th- and 18th-century America. Although confined by Old World patriarchy, these women, through their narratives, have endowed the frontier experience with a feminine identity that is generally absent from early American literature."—Publishers Weekly
Description : This study explores the theme of the myth of Orpheus as master narrative for poetic inspiration and creative survival in the life and work of the great Russian poet. Olga Peters Hasty establishes the basic themes of the Orphic Complex - the poet's longing to mediate between the embodied physical world and an elsewhere, his inability to do so, the primacy of the voice over the visual world, the insistence on concrete imagery, the costs of the poet's gift - and orders her argument in the tragic shape of the Orpheus myth as it worked itself out organically in Tsvetaeva's own life. Hasty's delineation of the connections between the Orpheus myth and other key mythological and literary figures - Blok, Akhmatova, Pushkin, Rilke - in the poet's life and work makes a critical contribution.
Description : In Wonder and Exile in the New World, Alex Nava explores the border regions between wonder and exile, particularly in relation to the New World. It traces the preoccupation with the concept of wonder in the history of the Americas, beginning with the first European encounters, goes on to investigate later representations in the Baroque age, and ultimately enters the twentieth century with the emergence of so-called magical realism. In telling the story of wonder in the New World, Nava gives special attention to the part it played in the history of violence and exile, either as a force that supported and reinforced the Conquest or as a voice of resistance and decolonization. Focusing on the work of New World explorers, writers, and poets—and their literary descendants—Nava finds that wonder and exile have been two of the most significant metaphors within Latin American cultural, literary, and religious representations. Beginning with the period of the Conquest, especially with Cabeza de Vaca and Las Casas, continuing through the Baroque with Cervantes and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and moving into the twentieth century with Alejo Carpentier and Miguel Ángel Asturias, Nava produces a historical study of Latin American narrative in which religious and theological perspectives figure prominently.
Description : Essays in Memory of Richard Helgerson: Laureations brings together new essays by leading literary scholars of the British and European middle ages and early modern period who have been influenced by the groundbreaking scholarship of Richard Helgerson. The contributors evince the ongoing impact of Helgerson's work in critical debates including those of nationalism, formal analysis, and literary careerism.
Description : This fascinating and insightful tour through present-day meetings of Spiritualists, UFOlogists, and dowsers illuminates our obsession with the paranormal and challenges the misunderstanding of the paranormal as a marginal or inconsequential feature of America's religious landscape. • Chronologies focusing on the main developments in Spiritualist, UFOlogical, and dowsing history • Photographs of materials, culture, and events at Lily Dale, the Roswell UFO Festival, and The American Society of Dowsers annual convention taken by the author • A bibliography of authoritative scholarly works, primary texts, and theoretical frameworks pertinent to the study of Spiritualism, UFOlogy, and dowsing
Description : A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIA The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself—and her readers—in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places. A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes—a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs. With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak. Now with an excerpt from Frances Mayes's latest southern memoir, Under Magnolia
Description : Have you ever wondered where some of the ancient peoples have gone that seemed to disappear? This has been asked of the Neanderthal races, but remains have been found of their existence and cannot be disputed. However, this book postulates that some might have been taken to other worlds as with Cuda and Gleanor's people. This story tells of the ten tribes/clans that are living within the area where a giant asteroid is going to strike. One of these being Cuda's and Gleanor's village. They are rescued by whom they refer to as the "SKY GODS" who in reality are aliens from another star system several light years from our own sun. After the aliens have allowed them to watch the asteroid hit where their homes were, but in the safety of outer space, the ten star ships with the ten tribes/clans, go to take these rescued peoples to a new world called 'Telcon'. Along the way, they are injected with Nanos which help make them more intelligent and live longer. Due to the effect of the Nanos, they begin to learn new skills that they will need on their new planet. These include animal husbandry, how to grow their own crops, and the skills of woodwork and metal work and various other skills. Cuda and many of his people begin to learn a new fighting art called Junodo, which becomes very popular amongst them. Cuda makes himself a challenge to obtain his Black belt before reaching Telcon and trains hard in his attempt to achieve his goal. On reaching Telcon, they begin a new life with many advanced ideas, from housing to flying cars and much more. Come with Cuda and his people on this amazing journey of enlightenment and see what is in store for them all on their new world. You'll not want to put this book down. Happy reading... Keith Argyle.
Description : This book is a genealogical and historical account of the Gamache family from 1565 in France to the present day in the United States. Ten generations are listed. Among the Gamache family accomplishments are the founding of Cap St. Ignace, Quebec, Canada and the founding of St. Louis, Missouri.