A History of Seventeenth-Century English Literature [EPUB]
19 January 2017, 15:47
2006 | EPUB | 1.88MB
A History of Seventeenth-Century Literature outlines significant developments in the English literary tradition between the years 1603 and 1690.
- An energetic and provocative history of English literature from 1603-1690.
- Part of the major Blackwell History of English Literature series.
- Locates seventeenth-century English literature in its social and cultural contexts.
- Considers the physical conditions of literary production and consumption.
- Looks at the complex political, religious, cultural and social pressures on seventeenth-century writers.
- Features close critical engagement with major authors and texts
Thomas Corns is a major international authority on Milton, the Caroline Court, and the political literature of the English Civil War and the Interregnum.
Christmas: A Candid History [EPUB]
19 January 2017, 15:28
2007 | EPUB | 0.5MB
Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season, Christmas: A Candid History provides an enlightening, entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebration got to be what it is today. In a fascinating, concise tour through history, the book tells the story of ChristmasŚfrom its pre-Christian roots, through the birth of Jesus, to the holiday's spread across Europe into the Americas and beyond, and to its mind-boggling transformation through modern consumerism. Packed with intriguing stories, based on research into myriad sources, full of insights, the book explores the historical origins of traditions including Santa, the reindeer, gift giving, the Christmas tree, Christmas songs and movies, and more. The book also offers some provocative ideas for reclaiming the joy and meaning of this beloved, yet often frustrating, season amid the pressures of our fast-paced consumer culture.
DID YOU KNOW
- For three centuries Christians did not celebrate Christmas?
- Puritans in England and New England made Christmas observances illegal?
- St. Nicholas is an elf in the famous poem "The Night Before Christmas"?
- President Franklin Roosevelt changed the dateof Thanksgiving in order to lengthen the Christmas shopping season?
- Coca-Cola helped fashion Santa Claus's look in an advertising campaign?
Recovering History, Constructing Race: The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans [EPUB]
19 January 2017, 05:26
2002 | EPUB | 4.9MB
The history of Mexican Americans is a history of the intermingling of racesŚIndian, White, and Black. This racial history underlies a legacy of racial discrimination against Mexican Americans and their Mexican ancestors that stretches from the Spanish conquest to current battles over ending affirmative action and other assistance programs for ethnic minorities. Asserting the centrality of race in Mexican American history, Martha Menchaca here offers the first interpretive racial history of Mexican Americans, focusing on racial foundations and race relations from prehispanic times to the present.
Menchaca uses the concept of racialization to describe the process through which Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. authorities constructed racial status hierarchies that marginalized Mexicans of color and restricted their rights of land ownership. She traces this process from the Spanish colonial period and the introduction of slavery through racial laws affecting Mexican Americans into the late twentieth-century. This re-viewing of familiar history through the lens of race recovers Blacks as important historical actors, links Indians and the mission system in the Southwest to the Mexican American present, and reveals the legal and illegal means by which Mexican Americans lost their land grants.