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How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
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How to Talk About Books You Haven't ReadHow to Talk About Books You Haven't Read

If cultured people are expected to have read all the significant works of literature, and thousands more are published every  year, what are we supposed to do in those inevitable social situations where we're forced to talk about books we haven’t read? In this delightfully witty, provocative book, a huge hit in France that has drawn attention from critics and readers around the world, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that not having read a book need not be an impediment to having an interesting conversation about it.

 
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Researching Urban Youth Language and Identity
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Researching Urban Youth Language and IdentityThis book examines how urban adolescents attending a non-mainstream learning centre in the UK use language and other semiotic practices to enact identities in their day-to-day lives. Combining variationist sociolinguistics and ethnographically-informed interactional sociolinguistics, this detailed and highly reflexive account provides rich descriptions and discussions of the linguistic processes at work in a previously underexplored research environment.
 
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Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas
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Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic SagasThe last fifty years have seen a significant change in the focus of saga studies, from a preoccupation with origins and development to a renewed interest in other topics, such as the nature of the sagas and their value as sources to medieval ideologies and mentalities.
The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas presents a detailed interdisciplinary examination of saga scholarship over the last fifty years, sometimes juxtaposing it with earlier views and examining the sagas both as works of art and as source materials.
This volume will be of interest to Old Norse and medieval Scandinavian scholars and accessible to medievalists in general.
 
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Multiple Perspectives on Terminological Variation
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Multiple Perspectives on Terminological VariationThe aim of the present volume is to provide a present-day take on variation in terminology by looking forward and examining what leading scholars in the field are working on and where they are taking research in the field today.
This reader is built around three themes arranged according to complementary points of view to stimulate thought on the subject of variation as it is approached today.
 
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Virginia Woolf's Rooms and the Spaces of Modernity
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Virginia Woolf's Rooms and the Spaces of ModernityThis book provides a fascinating account of rooms in selected works by Virginia Woolf. Casting them as spaces which are at once material, textual and emotional, the volume shows Woolf’s rooms to be consistently connected to wider geographies of modernity and therefore central to her writing of gender, class, empire and the nation.
 
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The Fictions of Translation
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The Fictions of TranslationIn The Fictions of Translation, emerging and seasoned scholars from a range of cultures bring fresh perspectives to bear on the age-old practice of translation. The current movement of people, knowledge and goods around the world has made intercultural communication both prevalent and indispensable. Consequently, the translator has become a more prominent figure and translation an increasingly present theme in works of literature. Embedding translation in a fictional setting and considering its most extreme forms – pseudotranslation or self-translation, for example – are fruitful ways of conceptualizing the act of translating and extending the boundaries of translation studies.
 
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Shakespeare, Race and Performance: The Diverse Bard
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Shakespeare, Race and Performance: The Diverse BardWhat does it mean to study Shakespeare within a multicultural society? And who has the power to transform Shakespeare?
The Diverse Bard explores how Shakespeare has been adapted by artists born on the margins of the Empire, and how actors of Asian and African-Caribbean origin are being cast by white mainstream directors. It examines how notions of 'race' define the contemporary British experience, including the demands of traditional theatre, and it looks at both the playtexts themselves and contemporary productions.
 
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