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New Book added to the Library

A History of Russian thought

By

William Leatherbarrow and Derek Offord (eds.)

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107412521

Acc No: 73392    Call No: 947 L433

Russian thoughtBook Description:  The history of ideas has played a central role in Russia’s political and social history. Understanding its intellectual tradition and the way the intelligentsia have shaped the nation is crucial to understanding the Russia of today. This new history examines important intellectual and cultural currents (the Enlightenment, nationalism, nihilism, and religious revival) and key themes (conceptions of the West and East, the common people, and attitudes to capitalism and natural science) in Russian intellectual history. Concentrating on the Golden Age of Russian thought in the mid-nineteenth century, the contributors also look back to its eighteenth-century origins in the flowering of culture following the reign of Peter the Great, and forward to the continuing vitality of Russia’s classical intellectual tradition in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. With brief biographical details of over fifty key thinkers and an extensive bibliography, this book provides a fresh, comprehensive overview of Russian intellectual history.

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What literature teaches us about emotion

By

Patrick Colm Hogan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107002883

Acc No: 73449     Call No: 809.93353 H714

What literatureBook Description: Literature provides us with otherwise unavailable insights into the ways emotions are produced, experienced and enacted in human social life. It is particularly valuable because it deepens our comprehension of the mutual relations between emotional response and ethical judgment. These are the central claims of Hogan’s study, which carefully examines a range of highly esteemed literary works in the context of current neurobiological, psychological, sociological and other empirical research. In this work, he explains the value of literary study for a cognitive science of emotion and outlines the emotional organization of the human mind. He explores the emotions of romantic love, grief, mirth, guilt, shame, jealousy, attachment, compassion and pity – in each case drawing on one work by Shakespeare and one or more works by writers from different historical periods or different cultural backgrounds, such as the eleventh-century Chinese poet Li Ch’ing-Chao and the contemporary Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka.

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Criminal law and the modernist novel:

Experience on trial

By

Rex Ferguson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107012974

Acc No: 73402    Call No: 823.9109 F352

Criminal lawBook Description: The realist novel and the modern criminal trial both came to fruition in the nineteenth century. Each places a premium on the author’s or trial lawyer’s ability to reconstruct reality, reflecting modernity’s preoccupation with firsthand experience as the basis of epistemological authority. But by the early twentieth century experience had, as Walter Benjamin put it, ‘fallen in value’. The modernist novel and the criminal trial of the period began taking cues from a kind of nonexperience – one that nullifies identity, subverts repetition and supplants presence with absence. Rex Ferguson examines how such nonexperience colours the overlapping relationship between law and literary modernism. Chapters on E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India, Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier and Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time detail the development of a uniquely modern subjectivity, offering new critical insight to scholars and students of twentieth-century literature, cultural studies, and the history of law and philosophy.

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Boccaccio and the Invention of Italian literature

By

Martin Eisner

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107041660

Acc No: 73432     Call No: 858.109 E36

BoccaccioBook Description: Giovanni Boccaccio played a pivotal role in the extraordinary emergence of the Italian literary tradition in the fourteenth century, not only as author of the Decameron, but also as scribe of Dante, Petrarch and Cavalcanti. Using a single codex written entirely in Boccaccio’s hand, Martin Eisner brings together material philology and literary history to reveal the multiple ways Boccaccio authorizes this vernacular literary tradition. Each chapter offers a novel interpretation of Boccaccio as a biographer, storyteller, editor and scribe, who constructs arguments, composes narratives, compiles texts and manipulates material forms to legitimize and advance a vernacular literary canon. Situating these philological activities in the context of Boccaccio’s broader reflections on poetry in the Decameron and the Genealogy of the Gentile Gods, the book produces a new portrait of Boccaccio that integrates his vernacular and Latin works, while also providing a new context for understanding his fictions.

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Shakespeare in Stages:

New Theatre Histories 

By

Christine Dymkowski and Christie Carson (eds.)

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521884792

Acc No: 73420      Call No: 792.9 D997

shakespeareBook Description:   The history of Shakespearean performance is very well served at its two extremes, with volumes providing a valuable historical overview of the subject and others concentrating on the performance history of a particular play. However, no individual volume provides an in-depth consideration of the stage histories of a number of plays, chosen for their particular significance within specific cultural contexts. Shakespeare in Stages addresses this gap. The original case studies explore significant anglophone performances of the plays, as well as ideas about ‘Shakespeare’, through the changing prisms of three different cultural factors that have proved influential in the way Shakespeare is staged: notions of authenticity, attitudes towards sex and gender, and questions of identity. Ranging from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries and examining productions of plays in Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, and South Africa, the studies focus attention on the complex interaction between particular plays, issues, events, and periods.

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Innovation:

A Very Short Introduction

By

Mark Dodgson and David Gann

Publisher: Oxford

ISBN: 9780199568901

Acc No: 73248     Call No: 658.4063 D644

InnovationBook Description: Innovation – the ways ideas are made valuable – makes an important contribution to economic and social development, and is an increasingly topical issue.  Not so long ago, there were no information technologies, commercial airlines, or television companies. Our parents were born into a world very different to today’s, where television had yet to be invented, and there was no penicillin or frozen food. When our grandparents were born there were no internal combustion engines, aeroplanes, cinemas, or radios. In the last 150 years our world has been transformed – largely in part due to innovation.
This Very Short Introduction looks at what innovation is and why it affects us so profoundly. It examines how it occurs, who stimulates it, how it is pursued, and what its outcomes are, both positive and negative. Innovation is hugely challenging and failure is common, yet it is essential to our social and economic progress.
Innovation has always been fundamental to leadership, be it in the public or private arena. This insightful book teaches lessons from the successes of the past, and spotlights the challenges and the opportunities for innovation as we move from the industrial age to the knowledge economy. (Linda Sanford, Senior Vice President, IBM)

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Functions of One Complex Variable

2nd ed.

By

John B.Conway

Publisher: Narosa Publishing House

ISBN: 978-8185015378

Acc No: 73174      Call No: 515.93 C767

Complex variableBook Description: Text Under Preparation Table of Contents: The Complex Number System / Metric Spaces and the Topology of C / Elementary Properties and Examples of Analytic Functions / Complex Integration / Singularities / The Maximum Modulus Theorems / Compactness and Convergence in the Space of Analytic Functions / Runge’s Theorem / Analytic Continuation and Riemann Surfaces / Harmonic Functions / Entire Functions / The Range of an Analytic Function / Appendix / References / Index / List of Symbols. Audience: Undergraduate Students and Teachers.