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Playing the octopus
O'Malley, Mary, 1954- author
Manchester : Carcanet Poetry, 2016
In Playing the Octopus, her eighth collection of poems, Mary O’Malley’s sensitivity to the spirit of Ireland’s west coast is as attuned as ever. In a world both earthen and dreamlike, bodily and mythical, a trout is seen to ‘swallow light through his skin’, a wolf ‘howls the great open vowel of his need’, and in the emptiness where a tree once stood, ‘a tree-shaped brightness dances’. Over the course of the collection, O’Malley twins the Irish west coast with the American east coast, Inis Mór with Coney Island, the parish with the metropolis, the pipes with the axe, each offering its own comfort and wonder. Sylvia Plath, Lois Lane and Antigone feature in an unlikely cast of heroines through which O’Malley tests the mythologies of motherhood and femininity (‘no mother is ever good enough until she’s dead’, writes the poet, with characteristic wit). Playing the Octopus is a body of writing buoyed by the redemptive power and sustaining joy of music, and it closes with O’Malley’s translations of the Irish poet Seán Ó Ríordáin and the Spaniard Federico García Lorca.
Baker Berry PR6065.M36 A6 2016

Who will catch us as we fall
Verjee, Iman, author
London : Oneworld Publications, 2016
Haunted by a past that has kept her from Nairobi for over three years, Leena returns home to discover her family unchanged: her father is still a staunch patriot dreaming of a better country; her mother is still an arch traditionalist, unwilling or unable to let go of the past; and her brother, always the rebellious one, spends his days provoking the establishment as a political activist. When Leena meets a local Kikuyu artist whose past is linked to her own, the two begin a secret affair one that forces Leena to again question her place in a country she once called home.Interlinked with Leenas story is that of Jeffery: a corrupt policeman burdened with his own angers and regrets, and whose questionable actions have unexpected and catastrophic consequences for those closest to him. Spanning a period of twelve years, Who Will Catch Us As We Fall is a gripping and epic story of love, loss and identity in contemporary Kenya.
Baker Berry PR9381.9.V47 W46 2016

At the mercy of their clothes : modernism, the middlebrow, and British garment culture
Marshik, Celia, author
New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
Introduction: At the mercy of their clothes -- What do women want? at the mercy of the evening gown -- Wearable memorials: into and out of the trenches with the modern Mac -- Aspiration to the extraordinary: materializing the subject through fancy dress -- Serialized selves: style, identity, and the problem of the used garment -- Coda: Precious clothing.
Baker Berry PR478.C58 M37 2017

Ten Canadian writers in context
Chen and 9 others ; Marie Carrière, Curtis Gillespie & Jason Purcell, editors
Edmonton, Alberta : The University of Alberta Press, 2016
Making literature, literature in the making / Marie Carriere, Curtis Gillespie and Jason Purcell – Ying Chen, Experiment and innovation / Julie Rodgers -- Lynn Coady, a.k.a The wit / Maite Snauwaert – Michael Crummey, The presence of the past / Jennifer Bowering Delisle – Caterina Edwards, History lost in Forgetfulness / Joseph Pivato – Marina Endicott, Lights and shadows across the continent / Daniel Laforest – Lawrence Hill, History and the truth of fiction / Winifred Siemerling – Alice Major, Metaphors, myths, and the eye of the magpie / Don Perkins – Eden Robinson, Reading for B’gwus / Kit Dobson – Gregory Scofield, kisteyihtamowin ekwa sakihitowin (Honour and love) / Angela van Essen -- Kim Thuy, A gentle power / Pamela V. Sing.

"Ten years, ten authors, ten critics. The Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne reached into its Brown Bag Lunch Reading Series to present a sampling of some of the most diverse and powerful voices in contemporary Canadian literature from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Each piece is accompanied by a concise critical essay addressing the author's writerly preoccupations and practices. The literary selections and essays will be of interest to engaged readers who want direction in analyzing these authors' work as well as to teachers and students of Canadian literature."--
Baker Berry PR9184.6 .T46 2016

Once in blockadia
Collis, Stephen, 1965- author
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada : Talonbooks, [2016]
"In this collection of long and serial poems, Stephen Collis returns to the commons, and to his ongoing argument with romantic poet William Wordsworth, to rethink the relationship between human beings and the natural world in the Anthropocene. Collis circumambulates Tar Sands tailings ponds and English lakes and stands in the path of pipelines, where on Burnaby Mountain in 2014 he was sued for $5.6 million by energy giant Kinder Morgan, whose lawyers glossed Collis's writing in court by noting that "underneath the poetry is a description of how the barricade was constructed." Called by Eden Robinson "the most dangerous poet in Canada," in Once in Blockadia Collis is in search of how we can continue to resist as we only begin to understand the extent of our complicity and the depths of the predicament we are in. The bulk of Once in Blockadia is made up of two long sequences evolving from found texts, and two long poems that engage with Wordsworth. The two found texts relate to two blockades Collis was involved in: one blocking the flood of commodities into the Port of Vancouver, and the other blocking the potential flood of oil out of Vancouver. In both cases the poetry and "notes" that follow offer glimpses into the documentary "fact" of events, the resistance behind the blockade, the reasons for them, and the complex of resistant affects driving the events. The two Wordsworthian long poems involve two walks one in the Alberta Tar Sands, and the other in Wordsworth's beloved Grasmere. In the first instance Wordsworthian description is applied to the impossible to aestheticize Tar Sands; in the second, Wordsworth's own beloved home is revealed not as an alternative to the destruction of extraction, but as conditioned, surrounded, and structured by it."--
Baker Berry PR9199.4.C65 O63 2016

The Bab ballads : with which are included Songs of a Savoyard
Gilbert, W. S. 1836-1911, illustrator
London : Macmillan and Co., 1922
Rauner Rare Book PR4713 .B3 1922

Napoleon's last island : a novel
Keneally, Thomas, author
New York : Atria Books, 2016
"From the bestselling author of Schindler's List and The Daughters of Mars, a new historical novel set on the remote island of Saint Helena about the remarkable friendship between a young woman and one of history's most intriguing figures, Napoleon Bonaparte, during the final years of his life in exile. In October 1815, after losing the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte was banished to the island of Saint Helena. There, in one of the most remote places on earth, he lived out the final six years of his life. On this lonely island with no chance of escape, he found an unexpected ally: a spirited British girl named Betsy Balcombe who lived on the island with her family. While Napoleon waited for his own accommodations to be built, the Balcombe family played host to the infamous exile, a decision that would have devastating consequences for them all. In Napoleon's Last Island, "master of character development and period detail" (Kirkus Reviews) Thomas Keneally recreates Betsy's powerful and complex friendship with the man dubbed The Great Ogre, her enmities and alliances with his remaining courtiers, and her dramatic coming-of-age. Bringing a shadowy period of history to life with a brilliant attention to detail, Keneally tells the untold story of one of Europe's most enigmatic, charismatic, and important figures, and the ordinary British family who dared to forge a connection with him"--
Baker Berry PR9619.3.K46 N37 2016

The house of hidden mothers
Syal, Meera, author
New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2016
"A novel about a forty-eight-year-old woman, Shyama, whose decision to use a surrogate mother from India in order to have a child with her younger boyfriend causes her life to intersect with Mala's, a young girl trapped in an oppressive marriage in a rural village in India who dreams of escape"--
Baker Berry PR9499.3.S975 H68 2016

Adventures in The Strand : Arthur Conan Doyle and the Strand magazine
Ashley, Michael, author
London : The British Library, 2016
Paths to The Strand -- Enter Sherlock Holmes -- Idler interlude -- Napoleon and the brigadier -- Doyle and the noble art -- Doyle and the Sudan -- Round the fire stories -- The return of Sherlock Holmes -- Back to the Past -- Doyle and the dawn of science fiction -- Doyle at war -- Family lives -- Spirits and fairies -- Memories in The Strand -- Final days -- After life.

"Arthur Conan Doyles name is synonymous with The Strand magazine, chiefly because of the Sherlock Holmes stories but also due to many of his other contributions, such as the Professor Challenger stories, his articles on spiritualism and fairies, and his coverage of the major battles of the First World War. For almost forty years from 1891 until his death in 1930, more than 250 contributions by Doyle appeared in The Strand, including 120 stories, 9 serialized novels, and dozens of other items. This was a considerable proportion of his total writing output, and it is impossible fully to appreciate Conan Doyles artistic development without considering the context of The Strand, as the magazine published almost all of his most important stories. But it also published essays, commentary and other works that have become unjustly forgotten, overshadowed by the worldwide fame of Sherlock Holmes. Doyles contributions to The Strand highlight, for example, his abilities as a sportsman--an interest which frequently found its way into his fiction. This book gives a broader picture of Conan Doyle's life and work, focused through the lens of The Strand magazine. It charts his outlook and views, examines his shifting reputation during his lifetime, and assesses how Doyles contributions to The Strand fit into his overall output as a writer. Doyle and The Strand helped each other to build a successful reputation, together establishing detective fiction as a distinct genre and leading to the growth of the popular fiction magazine as an important medium in the early 20th century."--Dust jacket.
Baker Berry PR4623 .A84 2016

Elegy written in a country churchyard
Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
London : Aldine House, 1898
Rauner Rare Book PR3502 .E5 1898

The stone collection
Akiwenzie-Damm, Kateri, 1965- author
[Winnipeg, Manitoba] : HighWater Press, [2015]
Baker Berry PR9199.3.D24 S76 2015

Birth of a dream weaver : a writer's awakening
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938- author
New York : The New Press, 2016
Prologue -- The wound in the heart -- A wounded land -- Reds and blacks -- Benzes, sneakers, frisbees, and flags -- Penpoints and fig trees -- Writing for the money of it -- Black dolls and black masks -- Transition and that letter from Paris -- Boxers and black hermits -- Pages, stages, spaces -- Coal, rubber, silver, gold, and new flags -- Working for the nation -- Notes and notebooks -- A hell of a paradise.

"Birth of a Dream Weaver charts the very beginnings of a writer's creative output. In this wonderful memoir, Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o recounts the four years he spent at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda--threshold years during which he found his voice as a journalist, short story writer, playwright, and novelist just as colonial empires were crumbling and new nations were being born--under the shadow of the rivalries, intrigues, and assassinations of the Cold War. Haunted by the memories of the carnage and mass incarceration carried out by the British colonial-settler state in his native Kenya but inspired by the titanic struggle against it, Ngũgĩ, then known as James Ngugi, begins to weave stories from the fibers of memory, history, and a shockingly vibrant and turbulent present. What unfolds in this moving and thought-provoking memoir is simultaneously the birth of one of the most important living writers--lauded for his "epic imagination" (Los Angeles Times)--the death of one of the most violent episodes in global history, and the emergence of new histories and nations with uncertain futures." -- Publisher's description
Baker Berry PR9381.9.N45 Z46 2016

The cauliflower : a novel
Barker, Nicola, 1966- author
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016
"From Man Booker-shortlisted, IMPAC Award-winning author Nicola Barker comes an exuberant, multi-voiced new novel mapping the extraordinary life and legacy of a 19th-century Hindu saint. He is only four years older, but still I call him Uncle, and when I am with Uncle I have complete faith in him. I would die for Uncle. I have an indescribable attraction towards Uncle. It was ever thus. To the world, he is Sri Ramakrishna--godly avatar, esteemed spiritual master, beloved guru (who would prefer not to be called a guru), irresistible charmer. To Rani Rashmoni, she of low caste and large inheritance, he is the brahmin fated to defy tradition and preside over the temple she dares to build, six miles north of Calcutta, along the banks of the Hooghly for Ma Kali, goddess of destruction. But to Hriday, his nephew and longtime caretaker, he is just Uncle--maddening, bewildering Uncle, prone to entering ecstatic trances at the most inconvenient of times, known to sneak out to the forest at midnight to perform dangerous acts of self-effacement, who must be vigilantly safeguarded not only against jealous enemies and devotees with ulterior motives, but also against that most treasured yet insidious of sulfur-rich vegetables: the cauliflower. Rather than puzzling the shards of history and legend together, Barker shatters the mirror again and rearranges the pieces. The result is a biographical novel viewed through a kaleidoscope. Dazzlingly inventive and brilliantly comic, irreverent and mischievous, The Cauliflower delivers us into the divine playfulness of a 21st-century literary master"--
Baker Berry PR6052.A64876 C38 2016

The apartment : a novel
Grey, S. L., author
New York : Blumhouse Books/Anchor Books, A Division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016
"Mark and Steph have a relatively happy family with their young daughter in sunny Cape Town until one day when armed men in balaclavas break in to their home. Left traumatized but physically unharmed, Mark and Steph are unable to return to normal and live in constant fear. When a friend suggests a restorative vacation abroad via a popular house swapping website, it sounds like the perfect plan. They find a genial, artistic couple with a charming apartment in Paris who would love to come to Cape Town. Mark and Steph can't resist the idyllic, light-strewn pictures, and the promise of a romantic getaway. But once they arrive in Paris, they quickly realize that nothing is as advertised. When their perfect holiday takes a violent turn, the cracks in their marriage grow ever wider and dark secrets from Mark's past begin to emerge." -- Amazon.com.
Baker Berry PR9369.4.G745 A87 2016

The fall guy : a novel
Lasdun, James, author
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
It is summer, 2012. Charlie, a wealthy banker with an uneasy conscience, invites his troubled cousin Matthew to visit him and his wife in their idyllic mountaintop house. As the days grow hotter, the friendship between the three begins to reveal its fault lines, and with the arrival of a fourth character, the household finds itself suddenly in the grip of uncontrollable passions. As readers of James Lasdun's acclaimed fiction can expect, The Fall Guy is a complex moral tale as well as a gripping suspense story, probing questions of guilt and betrayal with ruthless incisiveness. Who is the real victim here? Who is the perpetrator? And who, ultimately, is the fall guy?
Baker Berry PR6062.A735 F35 2016

The xenotext
Bök, Christian, 1966- author
Toronto : Coach House Books, [2015]-
Book 1. I. The late heavy bombardment ; II. Colony collapse disorder ; III. The march of the nucleotides ; IV. The virelay of the amino acids ; V. Alpha helix --
Baker Berry PR9199.3.B575 X46 2015

Quennets
Terry, Philip, 1962- author
Manchester : Carcanet, 2016
Baker Berry PR6120.E77 A6 2016

3 summers
Robertson, Lisa, 1961- author
Toronto, ON, Canada : Coach House Books, 2016
The seam -- Toxins -- On form -- On physical real beginning and what happens next -- The middle -- A coat -- Rivers -- Party -- Third summer -- An awning -- Rose.

Organs, hormones, toxins, lesions: what is a body? In 3 Summers, Lisa Robertson takes up her earlier concerns with form and literary precedent, and turns toward the timeliness of embodiment. What is form's time? Here the form of life called a poem speaks with the body's mortality, its thickness, its play. The 10 poem-sequences in 3 Summers inflect a history of textual voices — Lucretius, Marx, Aby Warburg, Deleuze, the Sogdian Sutras — in a lyricism that insists on analysis and revolt, as well as the pleasures of description. The poet explores the mysterious oddness of the body, its languor and persistence, to test how it shapes the materiality of thinking, which includes rivers and forests. But in these poems' landscapes, the time of nature is inherently political. Now only time is wild, and only time — embodied here in Lisa Robertson’s forceful cadences — can tell.
Baker Berry PR9199.3.R5316 A13 2016

Poems
Drayton, Michael, 1563-1631
London : J.B. Nichols and Sons, 1856
Rauner Hickmott PR1105 .R7 1856

Hag-seed : The Tempest retold
Atwood, Margaret, 1939- author
New York : Hogarth, [2016]
Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge. After 12 years revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?
Baker Berry PR9199.3.A8 H27 2016

Spenserian allegory and Elizabethan biblical exegesis : a context for The Faerie Queene
Christian, Margaret, author
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016
Baker Berry PR2358 .C57 2016

Spenser and Virgil : the pastoral poems
Pugh, Syrithe, author
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016
Baker Berry PR2367.P34 P84 2016

Poems about war
Graves, Robert, 1895-1985
London : Cassell, 1988
Introduction / [William Graves] -- Poetry of World War I / by Robert Graves -- In Over the brazier (mostly 1915) -- In Goliath and David (mostly 1916) -- In Fairies and fusiliers (mostly 1917) -- Previously unpublished (1915-1918) -- In Country sentiment (1918-1920) -- Other.
Baker Berry PR6013.R35 A6 1988

The Devil's detective : a novel
Unsworth, Simon Kurt, 1972-
New York : Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016
Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped "Do Not Investigate" and dutifully filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner, extravagant even by Hell's standards, everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for many generations. Something is challenging the rules and order of Hell, so the Bureaucracy sends Fool to identify and track down the killer.
Baker Berry PR6121.N795 D48 2016

Into the sun : or the school
Béchard, Deni Ellis, 1974- author
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2016
"Kabul: Ten years after 9/11. Dismembered by decades of war and jerry-rigged by foreign aid, the city is flooded by journalists, relief workers, and messianic idealists living cheek by jowl in sterile compounds. They throw parties, sell their stories before they happen, trying to save others and redeem themselves. Outsiders addicted to the compulsive thrill of self-invention in a dangerously unstable country, they believe they are at the very frontier of history. When a car explodes in a crowded city street, journalist Michiko Oketani is shocked to discover that its passengers were acquaintances-a tawdry love triangle-from expat circles. Alexandra was a human rights lawyer for imprisoned Afghan women; Justin, a born-again Christian from Louisiana, taught at a local school; and Clay, an inscrutable ex-soldier, worked for a private contractor. The car's driver, Idris, one of Justin's most promising pupils, is missing. Drawn to the secret fabrications of these strangers, and increasingly convinced the events that led to the fatal explosion weren't random, Michiko follows a paper trail that leads beyond Kabul to Louisiana, Maine, Quebec, and Dubai. As the investigation deepens, Michiko's research steadily uncovers old grudges and secret traumas, private desires that have public consequences. The victims' fictions of omission make each complicit in his or her own death. In a city of contesting accounts, the American state's manipulation of the war narrative-writ large on an international stage-is undercut by the innumerable, privately manipulated narratives running in and through each individual life. Though Afghanistan is occupied territory, Kabul belongs to the people that live there: to the hungry, determined, and resourceful locals who are just as willing as their occupiers to reinvent themselves to survive. In this monumental novel, prize-winning author Deni Ellis Bechard draws an unsentimental, portrait of those who flock to warzones. In the author's knowledgeable hands, Kabul-a city that has long haunted the American psyche-is viscerally brought to life as a maze of potholed streets, gritty air, frigid concrete, and continuous violence. Despite the hostility of its setting, Into the Sun hunts for the connections that underlie the apparent tragic randomness of restless lives with a belief in the human need for stories, no matter how flawed"--
Baker Berry PR9199.4.B443 I58 2016

The outside lands
Kohler, Hannah, author
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
"San Francisco, 1968: Jeannie and Kip are lost and half-orphaned, their mother dead under mysterious circumstances, and their father - a decorated WWII veteran - consumed by guilt and losing sight of his teenage children. Kip, a dreamer and swaggerer prone to small-time trouble, enlists to fight in Vietnam; Jeannie finds a seemingly safe haven in early marriage and motherhood. But when Kip is accused of a terrible military crime, Jeannie is seduced - sexually, emotionally, politically - into joining an ambiguous anti-war organization. As Jeannie attempts to save her brother, her search for the truth leads her into two dangerous relationships, with a troubled young woman, and a grievously-wounded veteran, that might threaten her marriage, her child, and perhaps her life. An emotionally wrenching and morally complex novel in the vein of Tatjana Soli's The Lotus Eaters and Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, The Outside Lands is a powerful, confident debut. "--
Baker Berry PR6111.O45 O88 2016

The end of imagination
Roy, Arundhati, author
Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2016
1. The end of imagination -- 2. Democracy : who is she when she's at home -- 3. When the saints go marching out : the strange fate of Martin, Mohandas, and Mandela -- 4. In memory of Shankar Guha Niyogi -- 5. How deep shall we dig? -- 6. The greater common good -- 7. Power politics : the reincarnation of Rumpelstiltskin -- 8. The ladies have feelings, so ... : shall we leave it to the experts -- 9. On citizen's rights to express dissent -- 10. Ahimsa : (non-violent resistance -- 11. The algebra of infinite justice -- 12. War is peace -- 13. War talk : summer games with nucler bombs -- 14. Come September -- 15. An ordinary person's guide to empire -- 16. The loneliness of Noam Chomsky -- 17. Confronting empire -- 18. Peace is war : the collateral damage of breaking news -- 19. Instant-mix imperial democracy : (buy one, get one free) -- 20. Do turkeys enjoy Thanksgiving? -- 21. Public power in the age of empire.

"The end of imagination brings together five of Arundhati Roy's acclaimed books of essays into one comprehensive volume for the first time and features a new introduction by the author"--Back cover.
Baker Berry PR9499.3.R59 E53 2016

Seamus Heaney : an introduction
Russell, Richard Rankin, author
Introduction -- Life and contexts -- Burrowing and bogs : early poems, Death of a naturalist, Door into the dark, Wintering out, North -- Reading the ground and the sky : field work, Station Island, The Haw lantern -- Radiance : Seeing things, The Spirit level, Electric Light (1991-2001) -- Return : District and circle, Human chain, and late uncollected poetry (2006-2013) -- Heaney’s prose, drama, and translations.

"This study will enable readers to gain clearer understanding of the life and major works of Seamus Heaney. It considers literary influences on Heaney, ranging from English poets such as Wordsworth, Hughes, and Auden to Irish poets such as Kavanagh and Yeats to world poets such as Virgil and Dante. It shows how Heaney was closely attuned to poetry's impact on daily life and current events even as he articulated a convincing apologia for poetry's own life and integrity. Discussing Heaney's deep immersion in Irish Catholicism, this book demonstrates how faith influenced his belief system, poetry and politics. Finally, it also considers how deeply Heaney's artistic endeavours were intertwined with politics in Northern Ireland, especially through his embrace of constitutional nationalism but rejection of physical force republicanism."--
Baker Berry PR6058.E2 Z865 2016

Friendly + fire : poems
LaFrance, Danielle, 1983- author
Vancouver, British Columbia : Talonbooks, [2016]
Baker Berry PR9199.4.L3344 F75 2016

English alliterative verse : poetic tradition and literary history
Weiskott, Eric, author
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Evolution of the alliterative b-verse, 650-1550 -- Introduction: the durable alliterative tradition -- Beowulf and verse history -- The evolution of alliterative meter, 950-1100 -- Verse history and language history -- Beowulf and the unknown shape of Old English literary history -- Prologues to Old English poetry -- Old English prologues and Old English poetic styles -- The Beowulf prologue and the history of style -- Lawman, the last Old English poet and the first Middle English poet -- Lawman and the evolution of alliterative meter -- Lawman at a crossroads in literary history -- Prologues to Middle English alliterative poetry -- The continuity of the alliterative tradition, 1250-1340 -- Excursus: Middle English alliterating stanzaic poetry -- Middle English prologues, romaunce, and Middle English poetic styles -- The Erkenwald poet's sense of history -- A meditation on histories -- St. Erkenwald and the idea of alliterative verse in late medieval England -- Authors, styles, and the search for a Middle English canon -- The alliterative tradition in the sixteenth century -- The alliterative tradition in its tenth century -- Unmodernity: the idea of alliterative verse in the sixteenth century -- Conclusion: whose tradition? -- Note to the appendices -- Appendix A. Fifteen late Old English poems omitted from ASPR -- Appendix B. Six early Middle English alliterative poems -- Appendix C. An early Middle English alliterative poem in Latin -- Glossary of technical terms.

"The chapters of this book form an essay in a type of history I call 'verse history,' a concept not covered by any of the usual terms applied to the study of literature. Verse history is the history of a tradition of composing poems in a certain meter. It is distinct from literary history, because two works from one genre, place, or time, even two works by one poet, may be in different meters. The inverse is also true, in that verse history can connect poems from very different local contexts. The relationship between Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways" and a twenty-first-century sonnet on supercomputers is more general than literary influence, a genre, or a school" --
Baker Berry PR201 .W45 2016

Something in the blood : the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula
Skal, David J., author
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2016]
Bram Stoker: the final curtain? -- The child that went with the fairies -- Mesmeric influences -- Songs of Calamus, songs of Sappho -- Engagements and commitments -- Londoners -- Pantomimes from Hell -- The Isle of Men -- A land beyond the forest -- Undead Oscar -- Mortal coils -- The curse of Dracula.

First published in 1897, Dracula has had a long and multifaceted afterlife--one rivaling even its immortal creation; yet Bram Stoker has remained a hovering specter in this pervasive mythology. Cultural historian David J. Skal exhumes the inner world and strange genius of the writer who birthed an undying cultural icon, painting an astonishing portrait of the age in which Stoker was born--a time when death was no metaphor but a constant threat, easily imagined as a character existing in flesh and blood. Skal draws on a wealth of newly discovered documents to challenge much of our accepted wisdom about Dracula, Stoker, and the late Victorian age. Staging Stoker's life against a grisly tableau of the myriad anxieties plaguing the Victorian fin de siecle, Skal investigates Stoker's "transgendered imagination," unearthing Stoker's unpublished, sexually ambiguous poetry and his passionate youthful correspondence with Walt Whitman--printed in full here for the very first time. Born into a middle-class Protestant family in Dublin in "Black 47"--the year the potato famine swept the country--Stoker's early years unfold alongside a parade of Victorian medical mysteries and horrors: cholera and typhus, frantic bloodletting, mesmeric quack cures and the gnawing obsession with "bad blood" that colors Dracula. While destined to become best known for his legendary undead Count, Stoker would become a prolific writer, critic, and theater producer, rubbing shoulders with Henry Irving, Hall Caine, and Lady lane Wilde and her salon set--including her fated-to-he-infamous son Oscar. In this probing psychological and cultural portrait of the man who brought us one of the most memorable monsters in history, Skal reveals a lifetime spent wrestling with the greatest questions of an era--a time riddled by disease, competing attitudes toward sex and gender, and unprecedented scientific innovation accompanied by rising paranoia and crises of faith. Stoker's battle resulted in a resilient modern folktale that continues to shock and enthrall; perhaps the most frightening thing about Dracula, Skal writes, "is the strong probability that it meant far less to Bram Stoker than it has come to mean to us."--Adapted from dust jacket.
Baker Berry PR6037.T617 Z88 2016

In on the great joke
Broadbent, Laura, author
Toronto, ON : Coach House Books, [2016]
Baker Berry PR9199.4.B752 I56 2016

Slick reckoning : poems
Belford, Ken, 1946- author
Vancouver, British Columbia : Talonbooks, [2016]
Baker Berry PR9199.3.B37717 S55 2016

Bridget Jones's baby : the diaries
Fielding, Helen, 1958- author
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Bridget Jones finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour. However, her joyful pregnancy is dominated by one crucial but awkward question --who is the father? Could it be honorable, decent, notable human rights lawyer, Mark Darcy? Or, is it charming, witty, and totally despicable, Daniel Cleaver?
Baker Berry PR6056.I4588 B749 2016

Orwell's nose : a pathological biography
Sutherland, John, 1938- author
London : Reaktion Books, 2016
The life -- Appendix I: Blair/Orwell's smoking diary -- Appendix II: The smell narrative of A Clergyman's Daughter -- Appendix III: The smell narrative of The Road to Wigan Pier.
Baker Berry PR6029.R8 Z7947 2016

Collected poems : 1958-2015
James, Clive, 1939- author
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016
Baker Berry PR9619.3 .J27 2016

The Gustav Sonata
Tremain, Rose, author
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2016
Growing up sheltered from the echoes of World War II, Gustav forges an intense relationship with a mercurial Jewish boy, Anton, a talented pianist who introduces him to the harsh realities of racism, tolerance, and cruelty during a friendship spanning half a century.
Baker Berry PR6070.R364 G87 2016

King Lear in Brooklyn
Pennington, Michael, 1943- author
London : Oberon Books Ltd, 2016
Week one: 464 Classon Avenue -- The Civil War -- Meeting and greeting -- The set -- Peter Brook -- Nicol Williamson -- Paul Scofield -- Tim Hardin -- Week two: A load of junk? -- The empty space -- Fulton Street -- The martyrs' monument -- The division of the kingdom -- Week three: The goddess nature -- A pair of Edgars -- Edmund -- The second curse -- The Kent business -- Lear at the bus stop -- Week four: The Metropolitan Opera -- Broadway -- A gaggle of Lears -- The hunting of Edgar -- The end of the past -- Week five. Lights, music and action -- The storm -- Poor Tom -- Horowitz and Fishel -- The blinding of Gloucester -- The three sisters -- Week six: The costumes -- The Wall Street Journal -- Cordelia's return -- Strange Oeillades -- Dover -- Weeks seven and eight: The invasion -- The reckoning -- The death of Cordelia -- The technicals -- The previews -- The eleven scenes of Lear -- Weeks nine to fifteen: The run of the play -- Weeks sixteen to a hundred and seven: May 2014-February 2016.

What is King Lear really thinking? What has made his daughters what they are? What does his mysterious Fool dream about? What really lies behind the familiar lines of Shakespeare's great tragedy? Michael Pennington appeared triumphantly as King Lear in New York in 2014 and repeats the part in a major UK tour in 2016. As well as giving an enthralling account of the circumstances and fortunes of the New York production, he dispels the idea of this great play as something forbidding and remote by bringing its characters vividly into the present in their contemporary voices to explain their reactions, strategies, struggles and setbacks. This counterpoint of Shakespeare's play seen from this point of view with the earthly story of the actor working in Brooklyn with real people is uncanny and beautiful. Pennington's account is also funny, highly personal and deeply illuminating, both honest and scholarly. Invaluable for theatre practitioners, theatregoers and all lovers of Shakespeare, KING LEAR IN BROOKLYN is the work of one of our very finest actor-writers at the top of his game.
Baker Berry PR3105 .P46 2016

The glorious heresies : a novel
McInerney, Lisa, author
New York : Tim Duggan Books, [2015]
"One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland's twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family"--
Baker Berry PR6113.C48457 G58 2015

Thirteen shells
Bozak, Nadia, author
[Toronto, Ontario] : Astoria/House of Anansi Press Inc., 2016
Greener grass -- Fiddleheads -- Please don't pass me by -- Tooth fairy -- Children of the corn -- Fair trade -- Frozen fish -- Snow tire -- Hole in the wall -- She will make music wherever she goes -- Jesse -- Left luggage -- New roof.
Baker Berry PR9199.4.B695 A6 2016

The war of the worlds : from H. G. Wells to Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne, Steven Spielberg and beyond
Beck, Peter author
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016
First published in 1897, H.G. Wells's alien invasion narrative The War of the Worlds was a landmark work of science fiction and one that continues to be adapted and referenced in the 21st century. Chronicling the novel's contexts, its origins and its many multi-media adaptations, this book is a complete biography of the life - and the afterlives - of The War of the Worlds. Exploring the original text's compelling sense of place and vivid recreation of Wells's Woking home and the concerns of fin-de-siecle Britain, the book goes on to chart the novel's immediate international impact. Starting with the initial serialisations in US newspapers, Peter Beck goes on to examine Orson Welles's legendary 1938 radio adaptation, TV and film adaptations from George Pal to Steven Spielberg, Jeff Wayne's rock opera and the numerous other works that have taken their inspiration from Wells's original. Drawing on new archival research, this is a comprehensive account of the continuing impact of The War of the Worlds.
Baker Berry PR5774.W33 B43 2016

Love from Boy : Roald Dahl's letters to his mother
Dahl, Roald, author
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
Index of locations -- Map: Roald Dahl, the international letter writer, 1925-1965 -- Introduction -- A note on spelling and punctuation -- 1925-1929 "Send me some conkers" -- 1930-1934 "Graggers on your eggs" -- 1935-1939 "Another iced lager" -- 1939-1940 "Thoroughly good for the soul" -- Map: Roald Dahl's war, 1939-1941 -- 1940-1942 "Don't worry" -- 1942-1943 "Teeth like piano keys" -- 1943-1945 "A good time was had by all" -- Epilogue, 1946-1965 "I won't write often."

Roald Dahl penned his first letter to his mother, Sofie Magdalene, when he was just nine years old. The origins of a brilliantly funny, subversive, creative mind were evident in boarding school, and as he entered adulthood, his penchant for storytelling emerged in his missives home from Africa, where he was stationed by Shell Oil, and then from the desert camps of the Royal Air Force. His skills were sharpened after a plane crash in Egypt landed him in Washington, D.C., where his cheery letters home hid his work in the British Secret Service, along with gossipy updates on his spontaneous rise in Hollywood and his budding New York literary career. Sofie Magdalene kept every letter her son wrote to her (sadly her own side of the correspondence did not survive). It was she who encouraged him to tell stories and nourished his desire to fabricate, exaggerate, and entertain. In these letters, Dahl began practicing his craft, developing the dark sense of humor and fantastical imagination that would later produce his timeless tales. Dahl the author is known to millions today, but writing candidly to the person who knew him best, Dahl was as singular a character as any he created on paper. Assembled by Dahl's authorized biographer, Donald Sturrock, this is a collection of never-before-published writing that spans four decades and chronicles the remarkable, unpredictable life of its author.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Baker Berry PR6054.A35 Z466 2016

Victory : an island tale
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924, author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, [2016]
Victory: An Island Tale -- The texts: an essay -- Apparatus -- Textual notes -- Explanatory notes.

"The present volume contains critical texts of Conrad's novel Victory, An Island Tale and of its two prefaces. The Cambridge text of the novel, apart from the coda to the final chapter, is based on the first revised typescript, held in the Free Library of Philadelphia. The coda to the final chapter, present fragmentarily in the Philadelphia typescript, has the manuscript as its copy-text. The copy-texts are emended to incorporate authorial revisions drawn from earlier and later authoritative documents as well as editorial emendations to correct errors. The copy-text of the 'Note to the First Edition' is the manuscript, preserved at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and that for the 'Author's Note' is the extant revised typescript held in a private collection"--
Baker Berry PR6005.O4 V5 2016

Contemporary diasporic South Asian women's fiction : gender, narration and globalisation
Ranasinha, Ruvani, author
London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Introduction -- Globalisation, labour, narrative and representation in Arunhati Roy, Monica Ali and Kiran Desai -- War, violence and memory: gendered national imaginaries in Tahmima Anam, Sorayya Khan and contemporary Sri Lankan women writers -- Resistance and religion: gender, Islam and agency in Kamila Shamsie, Tahmima Anam, Monica Ali and Ameena Hussein -- Migration, gender and globalisation in Jhumpa Lahiri -- Women writing postcolonial cities: Jhumpa Lahiri, Kamila Shamsie and Tahmima Anam.
Baker Berry PR9570.S64 R36 2016

Addlands : a novel
Bullough, Tom, author
New York : Dial Press, [2016]
A complex family with a tortured secret, the Hamers live on a large homestead in Radnorshire, Wales. Idris, the unbending patriarch and tyrant of the family, is a man suspicious of any change. Etty, his indomitable wife, is a woman born into a world unequipped to deal with her. Oliver, their only son, is a junior boxing champion turned hellraising local legend. A novel concerned both with the huge changes of 20th-century rural life, and that life in its eternal details.
Baker Berry PR6102.U47 A63 2016

The life-writer
Constantine, David, 1944- author
Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, [2016]
After the death of her beloved husband, Katrin, a literary biographer, copes with the loss by writing his personal history. While researching the letters and journals he left behind, however, she comes to the devastating conclusion that his life before their marriage was far richer than the one they shared. To understand and recreate the period of his greatest happiness hitch-hiking through France as a young man, madly in love with his companion, a French girl named Monique. Katrin embarks on a heartbreaking journey to discover the man she never fully knew.
Baker Berry PR6053.O513 L54 2016

Latinity and identity in Anglo-Saxon literature
edited by Rebecca Stephenson and Emily V. Thornbury
London : University of Toronto Press, [2016]
Boniface's epistolary prose style : the letters to the English / Michael W. Herren, York University -- Interpretatio monastica : Biblical commentary and the forging of monastic identity in the early Middle Ages / Scott DeGregorio, University of Michigan, Dearborn -- Æthilwulf poetica / Emily V. Thornbury, University of California, Berkeley -- The Old English matyrology and Anglo-Saxon glosses / Christine Rauer, University of St Andrews -- Sequences and intellectual identity at Winchester / Jonathan Davis-Secord, University of New Mexico -- Saint who? Building monastic identity through computistical inquiry in Byrhtferth's Vita S. Ecgwini / Rebecca Stephenson, University College, Dublin -- Hebrew words and English identity in educational texts of Ælfric and Byrhtferth / Damian Fleming, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne -- Oswald's versus retrogradi : a forerunner of post-conquest trends in hexameter composition / Leslie Lockett, The Ohio State University -- German imperial bishops and Anglo-Saxon literary culture on the eve of the conquest : the Cambridge songs and Leofric's Exeter book / Elizabeth M. Tyler, University of York -- Writing community : Osbern and the negotiations of identity in the Miracula S. Dunstani / Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, University of California, Berkeley.
Baker Berry PR173 .L38 2016

With love and a major organ
Lederer, Julia, author
Winnipeg : Scirocco Drama, 2016
Baker Berry PR6112.E33 W58 2016

The language of oysters
Adamson, Robert
Sydney, N.S.W. : Craftsman House, ©1997
Baker Berry PR9619.3.A4 L26 1997

Serious sweet
Kennedy, A. L., author
New York, NY : Little A, [2016]
Jon Sigurdsson, 59 and divorced, is a senior civil servant in Westminster who hates many of his colleagues and loathes his work for a government engaged in unmentionable acts. He's pinballing around the city with a mobile phone and a letter-writing habit he can't break. Accountant Meg Williams, 45, bankrupt and shakily sober, lives on Telegraph Hill, looking for safety. These two damaged people are ready to sacrifice what's left of themselves for honesty, and for a chance at tenderness.
Baker Berry PR6061.E5952 S47 2016

Barrack room ballads, Departmental ditties, etc
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936
New York : Brentano's, 1898
Rauner Hickmott 271

Lady Chatterley's lover
Lawrence, D. H. 1885-1930
Florence : Privately printed, 1928
Rauner Hickmott 272

News of the world : a novel
Jiles, Paulette, 1943- author
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
"In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember--strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become--in the eyes of the law--a kidnapper himself"--
Baker Berry PR9199.3.J54 N49 2016

Theatre and residual culture : J.M. Synge and pre-Christian Ireland
Collins, Christopher, 1984- author
London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Baker Berry PR5534 .C65 2016

Tales from Shakespear : designed for the use of young persons
Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834
London : Printed for Thomas Hodgkins, 1807
V. 1. The tempest. A midsummer night's dream. The winter's tale. Much ado about nothing. As you like it. The two gentlemen of Verona. The merchant of Venice. Cymbeline. King Lear. Macbeth -- v. 2. All's well that ends well. The taming of the shrew. The comedy of errors. Measure for measure. Twelfth night, or, What you will. Timon of Athens. Romeo and Juliet. Hamlet, prince of Denmark. Othello. Pericles, prince of Tyre.
Rauner Rare Book PR2877 .L3 1807

The garden party, and other stories
Mansfield, Katherine, 1888-1923, author
New York : Ecco, [2016]
At the bay -- The garden party -- The daughters of the late colonel -- Mr. and Mrs. Dove -- The young girl -- Life of Ma Parker -- Marriage à la mode -- The voyage -- Miss Brill -- Her first ball -- The singing lesson -- The stranger -- Bank holiday -- An ideal family -- The lady's maid.
Baker Berry PR9639.3.M258 G3 2016

Fugitive colours
Lochhead, Liz, 1947-
Edinburgh : Polygon, 2016
Baker Berry PR6062.O29 A6 2016

Carol Ann Duffy : poet for our times
Dowson, Jane, 1955- author
London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Baker Berry PR6054.U38 Z64 2016

The world of Mr Casaubon : Britain's wars of mythography, 1700-1870
Kidd, Colin, author
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Prologue: Casaubon's dubious bequest -- The key to all mythologies -- The legacies of the ancients in enlightenment mythography -- The obsessions of Jacob Bryant: Arkite Idolatry and the quest for Troy -- The dispute of the Orient: Anglo-French rivalries in an age of revolution -- Fish-gods, floods and serpent-worship: from apologetics to anthropology -- Epilogue: the keys to all mythology in 1872.

This book explores the intellectual contexts for Mr Casaubon, a central character in George Eliot's classic and much-loved novel Middlemarch.
Baker Berry PR4662 .K53 2016

Alice in transmedia wonderland : curiouser and curiouser new forms of a children's classic
Kerchy, Anna, author
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2016
Preface -- Introduction: adapting ambiguous Alice -- Transmedia wonderland -- Imaginative reluctance and the (meta)fantasy of girlish fantasy -- Picturing the erotic girl -- Embodied language, multisensorial nonsense -- Epilogue: celebrating the 150th anniversary of Wonderland -- Chapter notes.

"Part of Alice's perennial appeal is her characteristic ambiguity, which makes possible a range of interpretation in adapting Lewis Carroll's classic Wonderland stories to various media. This book explores today's multi-media journey to Wonderland, focusing on the cultural and ethical stakes of our imaginative experience making sense of nonsense"--
Baker Berry PR4611.A73 K57 2016

Second death : theatricalities of the soul in Shakespeare's drama
Sherman, Donovan, author
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]
Machine generated contents note: 1.This Tough World -- 2.Governing the Wolf: Soul and Space in The Merchant of Venice -- 3.Wounding the Wound: The Monuments of Coriolanus -- 4.Mourning the Present: The Elegy of The Winter's Tale.
Baker Berry PR2986 .S54 2016

Disabling romanticism : body, mind and text
edited by Michael Bradshaw
London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
1. Introduction / Michael Bradshaw and Essaka Joshua -- 2. Picturesque Aesthetics: Theorising Deformity in the Romantic Era / Essaka Joshua -- 3. Disability, Sympathy, and Encounter in Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads (1798) / Emily B. Stanback -- 4. 'Psychological Curiosit[ies]' from an 'Intellectual Giant': Coleridge, Disease, Disability, and Drugs / Corey Goergen -- 5. 'In mental as in visual darkness lost': Southey's Songs for a Mad King' / David Chandler -- 6. Mary Robinson's Paralysis and the Discourse of Disability / William D. Brewer -- 7. Blakean Wonder and the Unfallen Tharmas: Health, Wholeness, and Holarchy in The Four Zoas / Matt Lorenz -- 8. 'An uneasy mind in an uneasy body': Byron, Disability, Authorship, and Biography / Christine Kenyon Jones -- 9. Autistic Voice and Literary Architecture in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein / Julia Miele Rodas -- 10. A Hundred Tongues: George Darley's Stammer / Jeremy Davies -- Index.

"This book investigates the presence of disability in British Romantic literature, as subject matter, as metaphorical theme, and as lived experience. It is the first collection of its kind, breaking new ground in re-interpreting key texts and providing a challenging overview of this emerging field. The collection offers both a critique of academic Romantic studies and an affirmation of the responsiveness of the Romantic canon to new stimuli. Authors discussed include William Blake, Lord Byron, Ann Batten Cristall, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Darley, Richard Payne Knight, William Gilpin, Mary Robinson, Mary Shelley, Robert Southey, and William Wordsworth"--Back cover.
Baker Berry PR447 .D57 2016

Hitler, Mussolini, and me : a sort of triography
Davis, Charles, 1960- author
Sag Harbor, NY : The Permanent Press, [2016]
1938, Hitler visits Italy. An expatri-ate Irish art historian is obliged to guide Mussolini and his guest round the galleries. Half fascinated, half repelled, he watches the tyrants, wrestling with the uneasy conviction that he ought to use the opportunity to 'do something' about them yet lacking the zeal that might trans-form misgivings into action. Thirty years later, his daughter comes across a compromising clip-ping showing her father with the dictators. Exposed as a collaborator, the narrator explains what happened, what he did and did not do, and why, revealing in the process the part the girl's mother played in promoting the digestive disorders that were to influence the course of the war. To help his daughter understand, he conjures a time before the crime that would define the century, a time before these men became monsters inflated to fit that crime, showing her the tawdry little people behind the myths, the real Hitler and Mussolini, The Flatulent Windbag and The Constipated Prick. Based on historical events and using the tyrants' own words, "Hitler, Mussolini, and Me" brings the dicta-tors down to earth, describing the murkier, more scurrilous aspects of their careers, and using jokes and scatology to weave a crazed path-way toward a cracked kind of mo-rality. It is the story of an ordinary man living in extraordinary times, times when being ordinary was an act of rebellion in itself.
Baker Berry PR6104.A88 H58 2016

Postcolonial literary geographies : out of place
Thieme, John, author
[London] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Baker Berry PR9084 .T45 2016

The whale house and other stories
Millar, Sharon (Lecturer of prose fiction)
Leeds, England : Peepal Tree, 2015
The dragonfly's tail -- The gayelle -- The hat -- Centipede -- The wwhale house -- Trotsky's mouth -- Making guava jelly -- Buying horses -- Fleas -- Brian and Miss Zanana -- Spelunking.

"The stories in this collection range wide: across different ethnic communities; across rural and urban settings; across the moneyed elite (and illicit new wealth) and the poor scrabbling for survival; locals and expatriates; the certainties of rational knowledge and the mysteries of the unseen and the uncanny. Different locations in Trinidad are brought to the reader through a precise and sensuous mapping of the country's fauna and flora"--Publisher.
Baker Berry PR6113.I5555 A6 2015

Blockbuster! : Fergus Hume & the mystery of a hansom cab
Sussex, Lucy, 1957- author
Melbourne, Australia : Text Publishing, 2015
Baker Berry PR4809.H87 Z857 2015

The long room
Kay, Francesca, 1957- author
Brooklyn, New York : Tin House Books, 2016
Set in London in the early eighties, award-winning novelist Francesca Kay's third novel tells the story of a spy who falls for the wrong woman. What happens to a man who has his ear pressed to the lives of others but not much life of his own? When Stephen Donaldson joins the Institute, he anticipates excitement, romance and new status. Instead he gets the tape-recorded conversations of ancient communists and ineffectual revolutionaries, until the day he is assigned a new case: the ultra-secret PHOENIX. Is PHOENIX really working for a foreign power? Stephen hardly cares; it is the voice of the target's wife that mesmerizes him. -- Publisher.
Baker Berry PR6111.A932 L66 2016

Shakespeare between Machiavelli and Hobbes : dead body politics
Moore, Andrew, 1981- author
Lanham : Lexington Books, [2016]
Part I: Nature and politics. Political power and the natural order: Richard III, Macbeth, and Coriolanus -- Shakespeare and the state of nature: King Lear and Othello -- Part II: The limits of politics. Violence and politics: Julius Caesar and Lucrece -- Faith, morality, and contractual politics: The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure -- Tyranny and consent: Lucrece, Titus Andronicus, and Cymbeline -- Conclusion.

"Shakespeare between Machiavelli and Hobbes explores Shakespeare's political outlook by comparing some of the playwright's best-known works to the works of Italian political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli and English social contract theorist Thomas Hobbes. This ultimately reveals the materialist principles that underpin Shakespeare's imaginary states."--
Baker Berry PR3017 .M64 2016

Food and the Literary Imagination
Archer, Jayne Elisabeth, author
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
Prologue: Food Security and the Literary Imagination -- 1. Food Matters -- 2. The Field in Time -- 3. Chaucer's Pilgrims and a Medieval Game of Food -- 4. Remembering the Land in Shakespeare's Plays -- 5. Keats's Ode 'To Autumn': Touching the Stubble-Plains -- 6. The Mill in Time: George Eliot and the New Agronomy -- Epilogue: The Literary Imagination and the Future of Food.

"People, international agencies and governments are increasingly concerned about the nature of our food, where it comes from, and the conditions in which it is produced. By close reading of a wide sweep of historical literature, including works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Keats and George Eliot, Food and the Literary Imagination shows that such anxieties are nothing new, and that we are not confronting them alone. Too often, we engage with our rural, worked environments through the lens of apparently sentimental and incidental literary representations. The book recovers lost understandings of the materiality of life and sustenance for the authors and their first readers"--
Baker Berry PR149.F66 A73 2014

Selected poems, 1968-2014
Muldoon, Paul, author
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
"A selection of Muldoon's award-winning poetry, from his earliest work to his most recent collections"--
Baker Berry PR6063.U367 A6 2016

London in contemporary British fiction : the city beyond the City
edited by Nick Hubble and Philip Tew
London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
Introduction : parallax London / Nick Hubble and Philip Tew -- Exploring London in Ian McEwan's Saturday (2005) : trauma and the traumatological, identity politics and vicarious victimhood / Philip Tew -- Seeing 'the empty space' : Ali Smith's The Accidental / Susan Alice Fischer -- Delineating the liminal in illimitable London : Will Self's The Book of Dave and the cockney visionary / Sebastian Jenner -- The changingman : masculinity, violence and revenge in Martin Amis's Yellow Dog / Nick Bentley -- Peter Ackroyd's London : the sacredness of space and time / Tomasz Niedokos -- Viewing art in London's museums : ekphrasis in selected fiction by Julian Barnes, A. S. Byatt and Peter Ackroyd / Doris Bremm -- Iain Sinclair : complexity, imagination and the re-enchanted margins of London Orbital / Laura Colombino -- Feeling London globally : the location of affect in White Teeth / Jung Su -- Agency and conflict in Andrea Levy's polyphonic London / Anja Müller-Wood -- The liminality of underground London / Nora Plefske -- The un-, ab- and alter-Londons of China Miéville : imaginary spaces for concrete subjects / Mark P. Williams -- Common people : class, gender and social change in the London fiction of Virginia Woolf, John Sommerfield and Zadie Smith / Nick Hubble.

Contemporary writers such as Peter Ackroyd, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, A.S. Byatt, Andrea Levy, Ian McEwan, China Miville, Will Self, Iain Sinclair and Zadie Smith have been registering both the changes to and the continuities of the social and cultural London landscape for years. This volume brings together critical interpretations of various vivid representations of the capital. Uniting the readings are themes such as relationship between the country and the city; the capacity of satirical forms to encompass the 'real London'; spatio-temporal transformations and emergences; the relationship between multiculturalism and universalism; the underground as the spatial equivalent of London's unconsciousness; and the suburbs as the frontier of the future. The volume creates a framework for new approaches to the representation of London required by the unprecedented social uncertainties of recent years: an invaluable contribution to studies of contemporary writing about London.
Baker Berry PR830.L65 L66 2016

Say something back
Riley, Denise, 1948- author
London : Picador, 2016
Say Something Back will allow readers to see just why the name of Denise Riley has been held in such high regard by her fellow poets for so long. The book reproduces A Part Song, a profoundly moving document of grieving and loss, and one of the most widely admired long poems of recent years. Elsewhere these poems become a space for contemplation of the natural world and of physical law, and for the deep consideration of what it is to invoke those who are absent. But finally, they extend our sense of what the act of human speech can mean - and especially what is drawn forth from us when we address our dead. Lyric, intimate, acidly witty, unflinchingly brave, Say Something Back is a deeply moving book by one of our finest poets, and one destined to introduce Riley's name to a wide new readership.
Baker Berry PR6068.I355 A6 2016

What must happen
Wainwright, Jeffrey, editor
Manchester : Carcanet, 2016
Baker Berry PR6073.A353 A6 2016

Fossil sunshine
McKimm, Michael, author
Tonbridge, Kent : Worple Press, 2013
Baker Berry PR6113.C54 F67 2013

Shakespeare, cinema, counter-culture : appropriation and inversion
Ferguson, Ailsa Grant, author
New York, NY : Routledge, 2016
(Post)punk Shakespeare, carnival and rebellion: the filth and the fury and Richard III -- Shakespeare and inversion: my own private Idaho and Henry IV parts 1 & 2 -- The dance of death: Dogme#4: the king is alive and King Lear -- Three Hamlets: festivity and sedition -- Prologue: Hamlet the reformer.
Baker Berry PR3093 .F47 2016

The senility of Vladimir P
Honig, Michael, author
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2016
A vodka-soaked tragicomedy of bribes, backhanders and a certain ex-president of Russia going catastrophically awry. Former Russian president, Vladimir P, is going senile, marooned in a world of memories from his years in power. To get him out of the way, he has been exiled to his luxury dacha, where he is served by a coterie of bickering house staff. Only Sheremetev, the guileless nurse charged with Vladimir's round-the-clock care, is unaware that everyone else is busily using every means at their disposal to skim money from their employer's inexhaustible riches. But when the nurse suddenly needs to find cash for a bribe or see his nephew rot in jail, the dacha's chef lets him in on the secret world of 'commissions' going on all around him. Yet surely Sheremetev wouldn't think to steal from his ailing patient? And surely, in the upstanding modern Russia that Vladimir P created, no one would actually let him...
Baker Berry PR6108.O57 S46 2016

Islamic conversion and Christian resistance on the early modern stage
Degenhardt, Jane Hwang
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2010
Introduction: seduction, resistance, and redemption : "turning Turk" and the embodiment of Christian faith -- Dangerous fellowship : universal faith and its bodily limits in The comedy of errors and Othello -- Recycled models : Catholic martyrdom and embodied resistance to conversion in The virgin martyr and other Red Bull plays -- Engendering faith : sexual defilement and spiritual redemption in The renegado -- "Reforming" the Knights of Malta : male chastity and temperance in five early modern plays -- Epilogue : turning miscegenation into tragicomedy (or not) : Robert Greene's Orlando furioso.

Jane Hwang investigates the specter of Christian conversion to Islam, which played a major role in early modern British drama. She considers how East-West power dynamics informed representations of identity, embodiment, and race, and examines the stage's treatment of religious conversion to Islam as a sexual seduction. She also demonstrates how Christian resistance to conversion re-empowered Catholic models during a period of Protestant reform, using the stories of saints and martyrs to revive Renaissance concerns about commerce, global politics, and interfaith contact. Hwang's fascinating connections between Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster, Massinger, Dekker, and other playwrights outlines a significant relationship between post-Reformation controversies over the embodied nature of Christianity and early modern histories of race.
Baker Berry PR658.R43 D45 2010

Concord Floral : a play
Tannahill, Jordan, author
Toronto : Playwrights Canada Press, 2016
Baker Berry PR9199.4.T353 C66 2016

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