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30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

Author: Laurie Maguire

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118324875

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Think you know Shakespeare? Think again . . . Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? Were Shakespeare's plays Elizabethan blockbusters? How much do we really know about the playwright's life? And what of his notorious relationship with his wife? Exploring and exploding 30 popular myths about the great playwright, this illuminating new book evaluates all the evidence to show how historical material—or its absence—can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and what this reveals about our own personal investment in the stories we tell.

Caught 'ya Again!

Caught 'ya Again!

Author: Jane Bell Kiester

Publisher: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 0929895096

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 293

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"Holy Moldy Bread Contest! Kiester strikes again with four more stories plus mini-lessons, writing workshops, and a complete grammar reference. Solid classroom-proven techniques turn students into better writers. Includes teacher keys, tests, and special notes for the home school teacher. A time-saver that really works!"

Kenneth Burke on Myth

Kenneth Burke on Myth

Author: Laurence Coupe

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415936403

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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Kenneth Burke on Myth demonstrates the relevance and centrality of Burke's theory of myth to his work as a whole. It presents us with a complete picture of a mind that is comprehensive, compassionate, and, in Burke's own special sense, "comic." For Burke, myth is the chief means by which humanity can come to terms with itself and its own dangerous ideals. As such, myth is not simply primitive or ancient but a vital part of modernity. A special strength of the book is its exploration of how Burke develops the "green" aspect of mythology. In highlighting this aspect of Burke's work, Coupe argues that Burke's theory of myth is urgently contemporary.

30 Great Myths about Chaucer

30 Great Myths about Chaucer

Author: Thomas A. Prendergast

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119194057

Category: Literary Criticism

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The facts and fictions that continue to shape our understanding of Chaucer and his place in literary tradition Is Chaucer the father of English literature? The first English poet? Was he a feminist? A political opportunist? A spy? Is Chaucer’s language too difficult for modern readers? 30 Great Myths about Chaucer explores the widely held ideas and opinions about the medieval poet, discussing how ‘myths’ have influenced Chaucer’s reception history and interpretations of his poetry through the centuries. This unique text offers original insights on the character of Chaucer, the nature of his works, the myths that inform our conceptions of Chaucer, and the underlying causes of these myths. Each accessible and engaging chapter focuses on a specific myth, including those surrounding Chaucer’s romantic life, political leanings, religious views, personal struggles, financial challenges, ideas about chivalry, representations of social class, and many others. More than simply correcting inaccurate facts or clarifying common misconceptions about Chaucer, the text delves deeper to address how the myths have shaped the critical interpretation and enduring literary legacy of Chaucer. This innovative volume: Explores how generations of readers continue to shape understanding of Chaucer Highlights the intersection of medievalism and Chaucer studies Helps readers detach myths about Chaucer from critical readings of his works Examines whether myths about Chaucer are based on historical fact or literary interpretation Discusses the history of reading Chaucer in contexts of biography, criticism, and popular culture 30 Great Myths about Chaucer is an indispensable resource for academics, researchers, graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, and general readers with interest in Chaucer and early English and Middle Ages literature.

Origins of the Specious

Origins of the Specious

Author: Patricia T. O'Conner

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588368560

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces “niche” as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with “and”? Do you think British spellings are more “civilised” than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re myth-informed. In Origins of the Specious, word mavens Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman reveal why some of grammar’s best-known “rules” aren’t—and never were—rules at all. This playfully witty, rigorously researched book sets the record straight about bogus word origins, politically correct fictions, phony français, fake acronyms, and more. Here are some shockers: “They” was once commonly used for both singular and plural, much the way “you” is today. And an eighteenth-century female grammarian, of all people, is largely responsible for the all-purpose “he.” From the Queen’s English to street slang, this eye-opening romp will be the toast of grammarphiles and the salvation of grammarphobes. Take our word for it.

How Myths about Language Affect Education

How Myths about Language Affect Education

Author: David Johnson

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472032877

Category: Education

Page: 113

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How Myths about Language Affect Education: What Every Teacher Should Know clarifies some of the most common misconceptions about language, particularly those that affect teachers and the decisions they make when they teach English language learners. The chapters in this book address myths about language in general, about first and second language acquisition, about language and society, and about language and thinking. Each chapter concludes with activities for teachers that give examples, exercises, or simple questions that relate directly to teachers' everyday dealings with ELLs and language. How Myths about Language Affect Education is not intended to be a complete introduction to linguistics; it does not contain information on phonetics or complex syntactic explanations, and technical jargon is kept to a minimum. The aim of this book is not to settle language issues but rather to highlight popular misconceptions and the ways that they influence debates regarding language and affect language policies in and out of the classroom.

Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic

Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic

Author: Frank Moore CROSS

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674091760

Category: History

Page: 398

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The essays in this volume address key aspects of Israelite religious development. Frank Moore Cross traces the continuities between early Israelite religion and the Canaanite culture from which it emerged; explores the tension between the mythic and the historical in Israel’s religious expression; and examines the reemergence of Canaanite mythic material in the apocalypticism of early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls.