Open Shutters

Open Shutters

Author: Mary Jo Salter

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 9780307539366

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

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Mary Jo Salter’s sparkling new collection, Open Shutters, leads us into a world where things are often not what they seem. In the first poem, “Trompe l’Oeil,” the shadow-casting shutters on Genoese houses are made of paint only, an “open lie.” And yet “Who needs to be correct / more often than once a day? / Who needs real shadow more than play?” Open Shutters also calls to mind the lens of a camera—in the villanelle “School Pictures” or in the stirring sequence “In the Guesthouse,” which, inspired by photographs of a family across three generations, offers at once a social history of America and a love story. Darkness and light interact throughout the book—in poems about September 11; about a dog named Shadow; about a blind centenarian who still pretends to read the paper; about a woman shaken by the death of her therapist. A section of light verse highlights the wit and grace that have long distinguished Salter’s most serious work. Fittingly, the volume fools the eye once more by closing with “An Open Book,” in which a Muslim family praying at a funeral seek consolation in the pages formed by their upturned palms. Open Shutters is the achievement of a remarkable poet, whose concerns and stylistic range continue to grow, encompassing ever larger themes, becoming ever more open.

Shakespeare and Domestic Life

Shakespeare and Domestic Life

Author: Sandra Clark

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472581822

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

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This dictionary explores the language of domestic life found in Shakespeare's work and seeks to demonstrate the meanings he attaches to it through his uses of it in particular contexts. "Domestic life" covers a range of topics: the language of the household, clothing, food, family relationships and duties; household practices, the architecture of the home, and all that conditions and governs the life of the home. The dictionary draws on recent cultural materialist research to provide in-depth definitions of the domestic language and life in Shakespeare's works, creating a richly rewarding and informative reference tool for upper level students and scholars.

The Jungle

The Jungle

Author: Clive Cussler

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141963099

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Juan Cabrillo faces a global deadly threat in Clive Cussler's The Jungle. Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon are up against their smartest foe yet - but in their midst there is a traitor . . . After losing their contract with the US government because of a daring raid too far, Cabrillo and his crew of mercenaries with a conscience are earning money the hard way: doing dirty, dangerous little jobs in the world's trouble spots. Now they've accepted a mission deep to find a missing adventurer deep in the jungles of Myanmar. But it is not long before Cabrillo and his team realise that they have been set up. Cabrillo - betrayed, tortured and played for a fool - is angry that he's been used as a pawn in someone's deadly scheme. But with the US nuclear launch codes up for grabs and a madman bent on using them to hold millions of lives to ransom, he hasn't time to worry about revenge. He's got to save the world first . . . The number-one bestseller Clive Cussler, author of the thrilling Dirk Pitt novels Treasure of Khan andTrojan Odyssey, and co-author Jack Du Brul tell a gripping story of adventure, treachery and betrayal in the eighth Oregon Files novel. The Jungle is preceded by Corsair and The Silent Sea. Praise for Clive Cussler: 'Frightening and full of suspense . . . unquestionably entertaining' Daily Express 'All-action, narrow escapes and the kind of unrelenting plot tension that has won Cussler hundreds of millions of fans worldwide' Observer

Fashion and Fancy

Fashion and Fancy

Author: Marieke de Winkel

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9053569170

Category: Art

Page: 398

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Until now dress has played only a subordinate role in the research of Rembrandt’s paintings, despite the fact that few artists are as intensively studied as this Dutch master. The lacuna is all the more surprising since Rembrandt obviously delighted in rendering clothes, which, for him, not only communicated the character and social status of his sitters but also clarified his narratives and heightened the drama in his historical pieces. Here, Marieke de Winkel offers a fascinating and much-needed study of dress and costume in the works of Rembrandt. De Winkel shows us how focusing on apparel opens a new line of inquiry into Rembrandt’s paintings, one which is symbolically and iconographically richer than previously imagined. This approach, which has not been fully acknowledged by art historians nor developed by dress historians, deepens our understanding of Rembrandt’s expression as well as the cultural and historical context of the Dutch seventeenth century. De Winkel proves the merits of the approach here with her close readings of Rembrandt’s paintings and the contemporaneous connotations of the clothes he depicted. She demonstrates convincingly that clothes do much more than help date the paintings; they are instead integral to the program of representation. No longer ancillary to art history, dress and costume here receive their full due in this study, leaving us with not only a better understanding of Rembrandt but of his wider world as well.

The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies

The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies

Author: Helen Thomas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315306537

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 510

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The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies maps out the key features of dance studies as the field stands today, while pointing to potential future developments. It locates these features both historically—within dance in particular social and cultural contexts—and in relation to other academic influences that have impinged on dance studies as a discipline. The editors use a thematically based approach that emphasizes that dance scholarship does not stand alone as a single entity, but is inevitably linked to other related fields, debates, and concerns. Authors from across continents have contributed chapters based on theoretical, methodological, ethnographic, and practice-based case studies, bringing together a wealth of expertise and insight to offer a study that is in-depth and wide-ranging. Ideal for scholars and upper-level students of dance and performance studies, The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies challenges the reader to expand their knowledge of this vibrant, exciting interdisciplinary field.

Heart of a Tiger

Heart of a Tiger

Author: Herschel Cobb

Publisher: ECW/ORIM

ISBN: 9781770903821

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

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The grandson of the legendary baseball player reveals another side of “a fascinating, severely flawed sports icon” (Booklist). Ty Cobb’s grandson Herschel saw a side of him that very few others did. While baseball fans were familiar with Cobb’s infamously cold, competitive nature—and his relationship with his own children was deeply difficult—Cobb, in his later years, embraced the opportunity to form a loving bond with his grandchildren during their summertime visits. In this moving memoir, Herschel Cobb reveals how his grandfather, after the devastating loss of two sons, shared his gentler side with Herschel and his siblings. Herschel’s own parents, a cruel, abusive father and an adulterous, alcoholic mother, filled his childhood with turmoil. But “Granddaddy” offered the stability, love, and guidance that Herschel desperately needed. “Elegantly written and genuinely moving,” this story of their relationship presents a unique perspective on this larger-than-life man (Publishers Weekly). “An unforgettable story . . . that will alter how you feel about baseball’s most demonized star.” —Tom Stanton, author of Ty and the Babe

Historical Costumes of England - From the Eleventh to the Twentieth Century

Historical Costumes of England - From the Eleventh to the Twentieth Century

Author: N. Bradfield

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781473341371

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 160

View: 924

This vintage book contains a comprehensive account of clothing fashions and trends from the eleventh century to the twentieth century. It contains detailed descriptions, fascinating historical information, and illustrations copied from contemporary paintings, engravings and tapestries, monumental brasses and effigies, photographs, and the actual dresses. Contents include: "William the Conqueror (1066-1087)", "William Rufus (1087-1100)", "Women's Fashions (1066-1100)", "Henry I and Stephen (1100-1154)", "Women's Fashions (1100-1114)", "Henry II ad Richard (1134-1199)", "Women's Fashions (1154-1199)", "John and Henry III (1199-1272)", et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with its original artwork and text.