Language : English
Published : 2014-11
Pages : 246
The stories captured in this compelling new collection reveal that US history cannot be understood apart from our relationship to food. Beginning with Native American folktales that document foundational food habits and ending with contemporary discussions about how to obtain adequate, healthful, and ethical nutrition, this volume shows that the quest for food has always been about more than physical nourishment, demonstrating how changing attitudes about issues ranging from patriotism and gender to technology and race all affect how we set our table and satisfy our appetites.
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This work contains a rich Caribbean world in poems offered to readers everywhere. Olive Senior’s rich vein of humour can turn wry and then sharp in satire of colour-consciousness, class-consciousness, and racism. But her predominant tone is the verbal equivalent of a pair of wide-open arms. This collection goes down deep, drawing on presences and powers that have shaped the Caribbean and the lives and languages of its people. Olive Senior writes poetry of refreshing candour and craft, and she does so in the ancient figures of the poet – as messenger, maker, and magician. She knows what words can do, and what they have done; and she shows how we live our lives in stories and songs, possessed by what belongs to us. “Gardening in the Tropics” tells of the strange and the familiar, of blessings and curses, of extraordinary characters in everyday situations. It is a wonderful gathering of poems.
‘Cuckolds like lovers should themselves deceive’ So concludes one of Wycherley’s most revived and much discussed plays. It is a satirical comedy sharply focussed on the follies, vices and hypocrisies of Restoration London through its central characters: the desperate Pinchwife; his naive wife; the sex-obsessed Horner and Lady Fidget’s ‘virtuous gang’ of town ladies. Wycherley’s strong wit informs almost every speech and his alarmingly familiar revelations of character leave us to draw our own conclusions. It remains a controversial play, admired as satire or farce, condemned as immoral and frivolous, and appreciated again as a serious work of dramatic art. Modern critics have much debated its central themes, and question marks remain: is Horner hero or villain? This student edition contains a fully annotated version of the playtext in modern spelling. The Introduction includes an account of Wycherley’s life and a detailed discussion of The Country Wife’s interpretation and stage history.
This major new edition of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy of love argues that the play is ultimately Juliet’s. It’s richly illustrated introduction looks at the play’s exceptionally beautiful and complex language and focuses on the figure of Juliet as being at its center. Rene Weis also discusses the play’s critical, stage, and film history, including West Side Story and Baz Lurhmann’s seminal film adaptation. This authoritative edition from a leading scholar gives the reader a penetrating and wide-ranging insight into this ever-popular play. Like every Arden edition, it includes expertly edited play text and on-page commentary notes discussing issues of staging, theme, meaning, and Shakespeare’s use of his sources to give the reader deep and engaging insights into the play.