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Akira 1 introduces readers to a gritty Neo-Tokyo, built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, making him a target for a shadowy agency that will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like the one that levelled Tokyo. At the core of the agency’s motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as Akira.
During the five years of their adulterous affair, Finn Fitzgerald and Elin Marstrander spend only 47 days and nights together. At each of their meetings — in Spain or London, or on the tiny island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, which serves as their last refuge — they try to conjure a reality that will correspond to that of the passionate letters they exchange while apart. Elin, a Danish poet, and Fitz, an Irish novelist, send each other beautiful, loving words, as well as evocative jabs of cruelty, often in the same letter. In the whirling world of their writing they attempt to enjoy their love in the calm they can’t find in their daily lives. But as reality — their lovers and their children; their failures and regrets — creeps in, their relationship inevitably crumbles: “The dream ends.”
In China on Screen, Chris Berry and Mary Farquhar, leaders in the field of Chinese film studies, explore more than one hundred years of Chinese cinema and nation. Providing new perspectives on key movements, themes, and filmmakers, Berry and Farquhar analyze the films of a variety of directors and actors, including Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Gong Li, Wong Kar-wai, and Ang Lee. They argue for the abandonment of “national cinema” as an analytic tool and propose “cinema and the national” as a more productive framework. With this approach, they show how movies from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora construct and contest different ideas of Chinese nation — as empire, republic, or ethnicity, and complicated by gender, class, style, transnationalism, and more. Among the issues and themes covered are the tension between operatic and realist modes, male and female star images, transnational production and circulation of Chinese films, the image of the good foreigner — all related to different ways of imagining nation. Comprehensive and provocative, China on Screen is a crucial work of film analysis.
Combining inspired critical insights, original observations, and new information, Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China is a significant work on current Chinese film and a must-read for film scholars and anyone seriously interested in cinema more generally or contemporary Chinese culture.
DIVTraces the growth and evolution of a Taiwan’s sense of itself as a separate and distinct entity by examining the diverse ways a discourse of nation has been produced in the Taiwanese cultural imagination./div
Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction Philip Roth’s prize-winning first book instantly established its author’s reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight and humane compassion for even the most self-deluding of his characters. Goodbye, Columbus is the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who meet one summer and fall into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella is accompanied by five short stories – sometimes iconoclastic, sometimes elegiac – that crackle with irreverent originality and display Roth’s blazing early talent.
Much of the work in modern formal linguistics is concerned with giving mathematically precise accounts of human languages. Such work is particularly suited for research that involves language processing with computers. This book provides an introduction to one particularly popular approach, typed-feature structure formalisms. Implementing Typed Feature Structure Grammars includes informal (but rigorous) descriptions of typed-feature structure logic as well as formal definitions. The book covers the basics of grammar development by introducing different frameworks to the reader such as categorial grammar and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, and demonstrates how these can be implemented. Semantic representation is also introduced. The book includes a CD of the LKB system software that allows the reader to experiment with various grammars and learn the details of the formalism. The CD is compatible with Windows, MacOS, Linux and Solaris, and includes a full user manual.
Retaining the student-friendly approach of previous editions, Introduction to Econometrics, Fourth Edition, uses clear and simple mathematics notation and step-by step explanations of mathematical proofs to help students thoroughly grasp the subject. Extensive practical exercises throughout–including fifty exercises on the same dataset–build students’ confidence and provide them with hands-on practice in applying techniques.
NEW TO THE FOURTH EDITION:
* An expanded review section at the beginning of the book offers a more comprehensive guide to all of the statistical concepts needed to study econometrics
* Additional exercises provide students with even more opportunities to put theory into practice
* More Monte Carlo simulations help students use visualization to understand the math
* New final sections at the end of each chapter contain summaries and non-technical introductions to more advanced topics
An updated and expanded Companion Website contains resources for students and instructors:
* Data sets
* Gretl, a free econometrics software application
* PowerPoint-based slides with explanations
* A study guide
* Instructor manuals for the text and data sets that detail the exercises and their solutions
* PowerPoint-based slides
* A “Contact the Author” link
It is accompanied by thorough explanatory annotations and an insightful introduction to the novel and antebellum culture by Robert S. Levine. “Contexts” brings together a generous selection of primary materials intended to provide readers with background on the novel’s central themes. Historical documents include accounts of Salem’s history by Thomas Maule, Robert Calef, Joseph B. Felt, and Charles W. Upham, which Hawthorne drew on for The House of the Seven Gables. The importance of the house in antebellum America-as a manifestation of the body, a site of genealogical history, and a symbol of the republic’s middle class-is explored through the diverse writings of William Andrus Alcott, Edgar Allan Poe, and J. H. Agnew, among others. The impact of technological developments on the novel, especially of daguerreotypy, is considered through the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gustave de Beaumont, and Alexis de Tocqueville, among others. Also included are two of Hawthorne’s literary sketches-“Alice Doane’s Appeal” and “The Old Apple Dealer”-that demonstrate the continuity of Hawthorne’s style, from his earlier periodical writing to his later career as a novelist. “Criticism” provides a comprehensive overview of the critical commentary on the novel from its publication to the present. Among the twenty-seven critics represented are Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry James, Nina Baym, Eric Sundquist, Richard H. Millington, Alan Trachtenberg, Amy Schrager Lang, and Christopher Castiglia. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
About the Author
Suzanne Collins’ debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in The Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children’s television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.
This edition of ?lvar N£_ez Cabeza de Vaca?s Relaci¢n offers readers Rolena Adorno and Patrick Charles Pautz’s celebrated translation of Cabeza de Vaca?s account of the 1527 P¾nfilo de Narv¾ez expedition to North America. The dramatic narrative tells the story of some of the first Europeans and the first-known African to encounter the North American wilderness and its Native inhabitants. It is a fascinating tale of survival against the highest odds, and it highlights Native Americans and their interactions with the newcomers in a manner seldom seen in writings of the period. ø In this English-language edition, reproduced from their award-winning three-volume set, Adorno and Pautz supplement the engrossing account with a general introduction that orients the reader to Cabeza de Vaca?s world. They also provide explanatory notes, which resolve many of the narrative?s most perplexing questions. This highly readable translation fires the imagination and illuminates the enduring appeal of Cabeza de Vaca?s experience for a modern audience.