A Study of Dragons- East and West (Asian Though.

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Qiguang Zhao
A Study of Dragons, East and West (Asian Thought and Culture)

Few symbols saturate human civilization so broadly and thoroughly as those of the ubiquitous and enigmatic dragon. This compelling book examines, compares, and analyzes the appearance and symbolization of the Eastern and Western dragons and treats them as the crystallization of human cultures. It shows that Chinese dragons resemble one another but suggest different ideas in different contexts, while Western dragons have different appearances but often denote a single concept. As one of the most notable achievements of dragonology, this book offers astonishing new insights into dragons as zoological «fact», psychological archetypes, and ideological symbols.

2.
Robert Andre LaFleur
China (Asia in Focus)

Part of ABC-CLIO’s Asia in Focus series, this authoritative resource is designed to help a wide variety of readers understand the complexities of the world?s most populous country-a nation of ancient glory and rising importance, yet one that remains elusive and not generally well known.

Packed with recent scholarship and fascinating details, this concise, multifaceted volume offers an updated look at China?s geography and history, from the political and technological dominance of the imperial period to the communist revolution and the present state. The work also vividly captures the living China of today-its economy, politics, and culture-with extensive coverage of topics ranging from education, languages, arts, and cuisine to industrialization, gender issues, population control efforts, and human rights controversies that have impacted the country’s relationship to the global community.

3.
Philip Major, Lisa Jardine
Literatures of Exile in the English Revolution and Its Aftermath 1640-1690

Original and thought-provoking, this collection sheds new light on an important yet understudied feature of seventeenth-century England’s political and cultural landscape: exile. Through an essentially literary lens, exile is examined both as physical departure from England – to France, Germany, the Low Countries and America – and as inner, mental withdrawal. In the process, a strikingly wide variety of contemporary sources comes under scrutiny, including letters, diaries, plays, treatises, translations and poetry. The extent to which the richness and disparateness of these modes of writing militates against or constructs a recognisable ‘rhetoric’ of exile is one of the book’s overriding themes. Also under consideration is the degree to which exilic writing in this period is intended for public consumption, a product of private reflection, or characterised by a coalescence of the two. Importantly, this volume extends the chronological range of the English Revolution beyond 1660 by demonstrating that exile during the Restoration formed a meaningful continuum with displacement during the civil wars of the mid-century. This in-depth and overdue study of prominent and hitherto obscure exiles, conspicuously diverse in political and religious allegiance yet inextricably bound by the shared experience of displacement, will be of interest to scholars in a range of disciplines.

4.
Tory Vandeventer Pearman
Women and Disability in Medieval Literature (New Middle Ages) by Tory Vandeventer Pearman

This book serves as the first in its field to analyze how disability and gender both thematically and formally operate within late medieval popular literature. Reading romance, conduct manuals, and spiritual autobiography, the study proposes a “gendered model” for exploring the processes by which differences like gender and disability get coded as deviant.

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Mary Martin McLaughlin
The Letters of Heloise and Abelard

The letters of Heloise and Abelard remain some of the great romantic and intellectual documents of human civilization while the writers themselves are probably second only to Romeo and Juliet in the fame accrued by tragic lovers. Living in the abbey of the Paraclete in twelfth-century France, the two poured their hearts and minds out to each other in a series of letters.

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