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The mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts

I am interested in the mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts, how cultural remnants transmit information through time and how meaning is translated once an artefact is re-appropriated or examined from a new perspective. I have several avenues of study at the moment (a list in extended explanation), but would like some more ideas. Areas of critical theory, linguistics, evolutionary psychology and poetics are all relevant. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 27, 2008 - 12 answers

The tip of the tongue, taking a trip to the foreignerland.

I am in a search of a program that will help me memorize words... [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on Jan 22, 2008 - 14 answers

What are good books on urban gangs?

What are some good books on gangs, gang activities, internal organization and structure? [more inside]
posted by MediaJunkie on Jan 21, 2008 - 23 answers

Help me identify this short story!

Help me identify this short story! It is a story told from the perspective of an infant as he is free-falling through the garbage chute of a multi-level housing complex after being discarded by his teenage mother. The story is divided into nine parts, with each part signifying the baby's arrival at each floor until he finally reaches the trash compactor at the ground level. [more inside]
posted by sansgras on Jan 16, 2008 - 4 answers

A comparative (also contemporary) text for Henry D. Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience?"

What contemporary text (including, books, newspapers, magazines, music, movies, or television) can I compare to Henry David Throreau's "Civil Disobedience." The text must no more that 25 years old. [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Jan 14, 2008 - 23 answers

Great books about China?

Please recommend books about China and the Chinese. [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse on Jan 13, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me find a book about a troubled young gay man.

I'm trying to find the name of a book I read several years ago. The book told the life story of a young gay man who might have been British. Further, possibly only half-correct, details inside. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jan 10, 2008 - 6 answers

More sex & crime, please!

Robert B. Parker, Carl Hiaasen, Janet Evanovich, Tim Cockey, Patrick Quinlan, James Crumley, Elmore Leonard - NOW WHAT? [more inside]
posted by ollsen on Jan 10, 2008 - 55 answers

How to buy a book?

Does anyone have any tips for choosing a good edition of a given novel or collection of poetry or short stories (when more than one exists)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Jan 9, 2008 - 11 answers

What is this short story?

What is the name of this short story that I am thinking of? [more inside]
posted by jModug on Jan 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Victorian illness

What is the 19th Century illness that disfigures Esther Summerson of Dicken's Bleak House? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jan 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Looking for a kid's book that has sailing and cooking

Bookfilter: looking for a book I read as a kid involving a sick kid and sailing. The wrinkle? I read it in German, so I don't even know if this book exists in English. Obviously, there's [more inside]
posted by yggdrasil on Jan 4, 2008 - 1 answer

Great works of literature created from humble resources

Any examples of great works of literature that were written on scraps of paper or created using inferior devices?
posted by survivorman on Dec 28, 2007 - 34 answers

In search of a timeline of literary periods.

I'm entering a Literature graduate program and I'd like to fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge of the British/American canon. I've been looking for a timeline of literary periods to assist me in identifying where my major gaps are. It would (ideally) have major authors and for bonus points, their major works. I've been googling for about 45 minutes now and I can't find anything substantive. I would pay a pretty decent premium to have it poster-sized to hang above my desk. [more inside]
posted by damnthesehumanhands on Dec 27, 2007 - 13 answers

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture?

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Like the phone book, but with more plot

Looking for some good, loooong novels. [more inside]
posted by sonofslim on Dec 17, 2007 - 102 answers

Examples of novels in first-person diary style

Literature filter: Novels in the form of a first-person diary (day-by-day entries, or entries set against calendar dates). Can you name any good examples, particularly contemporary? I'm aware that it was relatively common format in earlier novels (for example, Dracula). [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on Dec 12, 2007 - 42 answers

Searching for Story; Need to Get "Unstuck"

Short Story Filter: I'm trying to track down a wonderful short story I read maybe 15 years ago. It focuses on a couple struggling with a dysfunctional marital and/or sexual relationship. The story is set somewhere in a snowy/icy climate, and the central conceit of the story is that the husband needs to free their car which is stuck in the snow. As the story unfolds, the author describes the back-and-forth rocking of the car as he slams it from "drive" into "reverse" and back again, and it becomes clear that the movement of the car is a powerful sexual metaphor. Finally the car rolls free and the dramatic release seems to provide hope for the relationship. Does this sound familiar to anybody? I thought the title of the story was "Unstuck," but Googling has led me nowhere.
posted by AngerBoy on Dec 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Rumfoord One More

Does Vonnegut ever explain the relationship between Bertram Copeland Rumfoord in Slaughterhouse Five and Winston Niles Rumfoord in Sirens of Titan? If not, do you have any plausible theories, or did KV just like the sound of the last name?
posted by ubiquity on Dec 10, 2007 - 2 answers

What's The Word? And it ain't Thunderbird!

Lit-crit/what the hell is the word I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Dec 2, 2007 - 23 answers

Harry Potter is heavy reading!

Should I finish off the Harry Potter series of books even though I get totally depressed after reading them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2007 - 26 answers

Book recomendation

I'm looking for a good reference book on the Phoenix (mythological bird), preferably with plenty of color pictures, as this is for a child. Any suggestions? Thanks.
posted by scubbadubba on Nov 27, 2007 - 2 answers

Theories of literary terrorism?

Have any literary theorists or critics, or professors of literature, written about literary terrorism? By literary terrorism, I mean the use of flash violence to shock subvert political or cultural structures. I will especially appreciate studies that explicitly analyze these techniques in comparison with concrete terroristic acts.
posted by limon on Nov 23, 2007 - 13 answers

Book Blogs?

What are some good blogs on literature? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Nov 23, 2007 - 13 answers

To Kill a Mockingbird and what else?

Can anyone recommend ancillary short stories, essays, or poems that I could present together with To Kill a Mockingbird? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan on Nov 20, 2007 - 7 answers

Literary Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs?

Loved "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" and am currently loving "Marley's Ghost." I think I enjoy the idea of another author picking up a smaller character from a "classic" and running with it. So what other books have a similar set-up?
posted by thomsplace on Nov 20, 2007 - 47 answers

Great adventures? Please guide the way!

I need me some literary adventure stories! Yeehar! [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse on Nov 19, 2007 - 27 answers

Books about Burma?

Books about Burma? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Nov 19, 2007 - 17 answers

Quick and Dirty guide to the Literary Canon

I'm looking for a concise and readable overview/guide of what could be considered "classic literature" for a mature ESL student. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Nov 15, 2007 - 7 answers

Books about loners

I am looking for some fiction where the main character is a loner and seems to be OK with it. (possible spoilers) [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Nov 11, 2007 - 45 answers

Help an atheist make a reading list.

Help me find some good atheist reading materials for my birthday. [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Nov 6, 2007 - 31 answers

Monsters with high self-esteem?

"Me not ugly, me is beautiful." Do you know what monster might have said this? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Nov 2, 2007 - 24 answers

Know any good poems?

Interested in English language poetry (classical or modern, romantic or political), what can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Oct 31, 2007 - 17 answers

Can anyone remember the name of a book from my childhood?

Can anyone remember the name of a book from my childhood? Kid lit from the late 60’s/early 70’s. Book is about the Holocaust, I think. Bought the book from the Scholastic Book Club (they don’t have lists from back then). The book has a red cover with a picture of a girl with dark brown hair. Part of the story takes place on a train going to Siberia(?). Hope you can help me find this book!
posted by D Dear on Oct 31, 2007 - 12 answers

What Book Is This?

(Asking for a friend) What Book is this? I remember reading a book back in High School..... [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Oct 31, 2007 - 6 answers

Need a holly, jolly book club read

I'm looking for a book for my book club to read (novel, nonfiction) that takes place during the holidays or has a holiday theme. I've thought of Holidays on Ice, A Christmas Carol (they seem obvious) but am stumped on others. The book doesn't have to totally revolve around the holidays, though. Any suggestions?
posted by printchick on Oct 30, 2007 - 21 answers

Short world-changing documents written in English.

What essays, papers, or declarations were written in English and have changed the world.... and are short enough to memorize? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Oct 29, 2007 - 41 answers

Best Australian writing 2003-2007?

Please recommend your favorite Australian book(s) of the last five years. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Oct 27, 2007 - 13 answers

What are some famous stories that don't have a proper ending?

What are some famous stories that don't have a proper ending, like the series finale of the Sopranos? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Oct 23, 2007 - 62 answers

Where on the web to talk about books?

What are your favorite online forums in which to talk about books? Say why you like each so I can get a good idea of the different kinds of communities. [more inside]
posted by snortlebort on Oct 17, 2007 - 9 answers

Russian Reading Recs?

I want to read Russian literature - what do I read? [more inside]
posted by beezy on Oct 17, 2007 - 41 answers

What skills are involved in English Literature studies?

What is meant by the study of English Literature? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on Oct 8, 2007 - 35 answers

NameTheseBooksFilter

Please help identify a book I read as a child in the late 80s or early 90s. It was either a series of books on ghosts, vampires, etc., or maybe just one book broken down into sections. Humorous text describing different types of each creature, with black and white line drawings. I remember the tone being funny, not scary. Bonus scifi name-this-book inside if this one isn't ringing a bell. [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Oct 5, 2007 - 4 answers

What are tomorrow's avant-garde monuments

What are tomorrow's avant-garde art/film/writing monuments that are being done today? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Oct 2, 2007 - 17 answers

DestroyMe.

Looking for books about destruction. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Sep 30, 2007 - 26 answers

Why censor town names?

Why do/did certain old novels censor names of towns/shires/boroughs? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer on Sep 28, 2007 - 17 answers

Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough

aaax / bbbx / cccy / dddy: Is there a particular name for the structure of the poem Slough, by John Betjeman?
posted by Aloysius Bear on Sep 27, 2007 - 2 answers

Work Books

Books About Work. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Sep 26, 2007 - 44 answers

I've got a mini-door stop, now how do I revise it?

I've just finished my first novel, now how do I revise this thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2007 - 17 answers

Dissonant Adjectives

Is there a name for a grammatical construction in which two different types of adjectives -- for example, one describing a physical characteristic and one passing a moral judgment -- are used to modify the same noun? [more inside]
posted by Acetylene on Sep 21, 2007 - 7 answers

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