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Harvard University Press
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 257

Harvard University Press

A university press is a curious institution, dedicated to the dissemination of learning yet apart from the academic structure; a publishing firm that is in business, but not to make money; an arm of the university that is frequently misunderstood and occasionally attacked by faculty and administration. Max Hall here chronicles the early stages and first sixty years of Harvard University Press in a rich and entertaining book that is at once Harvard history, publishing history, printing history, business history, and intellectual history. The tale begins in 1638 when the first printing press arrived in British North America. It became the property of Harvard College and remained so for nearly ...

Memory Speaks
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

Memory Speaks

As immigrants and others are engulfed by dominant societies, the connection to their ancestral tongues is routinely severed. Julie Sedivy takes on the science and politics of language loss, offering lessons for the renewal and preservation of heritage languages, alongside her own moving story of language loss and accompanying personal crisis.

Studies in Chinese Literature
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 245

Studies in Chinese Literature

Rhymeprose on literature, by A. Fang.--The Fu of T'ao Ch'ien by J.R. Hightower.--The Wen hsüan and genre theory, by J.R. Hightower.--Some characteristics of parallel prose, by J.R. Hightower.--The Shi-shuo hsin-yü and Six Dynasties prose style, by Y. Kōjirō.--Metrical origins of the Ts'u, by G.W. Baxter.--A colloquial short story in the novel Chin p'ing mei, by J.L. Bishop.--Some limitations of Chinese fiction, By J.L. Bishop.

When Novels Were Books
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

When Novels Were Books

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2020
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  • Publisher: Unknown

The novel was born religious, alongside Protestant texts produced in the same format by the same publishers. Novels borrowed features of these texts but over the years distinguished themselves, becoming the genre we know today. Jordan Alexander Stein traces this history, showing how the physical object of the book shaped the stories it contained.

Insects Through the Seasons
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 289

Insects Through the Seasons

Traces the life cycles of numerous insect species by describing their methods of courtship, mating, raising young, self-defense, and surviving seasonal changes.

The College Administrator’s Survival Guide
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

The College Administrator’s Survival Guide

The book that every dean and department chair needs to survive—and thrive—in the twenty-first-century university. First released in 2006, The College Administrator’s Survival Guide has served as the bible for a generation of provosts, deans, department chairs, and program directors. Shrewd administrators have returned to the guide time and again for C. K. Gunsalus’s advice on handling complaints, negotiating disagreements, and dealing with difficult personalities. Now, in this revised and updated edition, Gunsalus guides rookie administrators and seasoned veterans through today’s most pressing higher-education challenges. These days academic leaders must respond to heightened deman...

Tamil
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 386

Tamil

Spoken by eighty million people, Tamil is one of the great world languages, and one of the few ancient languages that survives as a mother tongue. David Shulman presents a comprehensive cultural history of Tamil, emphasizing how its speakers and poets have understood the unique features of their language over its long history.

The Illustrated Book
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 314

The Illustrated Book

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1938
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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On the Edge
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

On the Edge

A pioneering examination of history, current affairs, and daily life along the Russia–China border, one of the world’s least understood and most politically charged frontiers. The border between Russia and China winds for 2,600 miles through rivers, swamps, and vast taiga forests. It’s a thin line of direct engagement, extraordinary contrasts, frequent tension, and occasional war between two of the world’s political giants. Franck Billé and Caroline Humphrey have spent years traveling through and studying this important yet forgotten region. Drawing on pioneering fieldwork, they introduce readers to the lifeways, politics, and history of one of the world’s most consequential and e...

The Rise of the Arabic Book
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

The Rise of the Arabic Book

The little-known story of the sophisticated and vibrant Arabic book culture that flourished during the Middle Ages. During the thirteenth century, Europe’s largest library owned fewer than 2,000 volumes. Libraries in the Arab world at the time had exponentially larger collections. Five libraries in Baghdad alone held between 200,000 and 1,000,000 books each, including multiple copies of standard works so that their many patrons could enjoy simultaneous access. How did the Arabic codex become so popular during the Middle Ages, even as the well-established form languished in Europe? Beatrice Gruendler’s The Rise of the Arabic Book answers this question through in-depth stories of bookmakers and book collectors, stationers and librarians, scholars and poets of the ninth century. The history of the book has been written with an outsize focus on Europe. The role books played in shaping the great literary cultures of the world beyond the West has been less known—until now. An internationally renowned expert in classical Arabic literature, Gruendler corrects this oversight and takes us into the rich literary milieu of early Arabic letters.