The Cambridge Companion to Football


Author: Rob Steen,Jed Novick,Huw Richards
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107014840
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 313
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Football is the world's most popular sport. It is a cultural phenomenon and a global media spectacle. For its billions of fans, it serves as a common language. But where does its enduring popularity come from? Featuring essays from prominent experts in the field, scholars and journalists, this Companion covers ground seldom attempted in a single volume about football. It examines the game's oft-disputed roots and traces its development through Europe, South America and Africa, analysing whether resistance to the game is finally beginning to erode in China, India and the United States. It dissects the cult of the manager and how David Beckham redefined sporting celebrity. It investigates the game's followers, reporters and writers, as well as its most zealous money makers and powerful administrators. A valuable resource for students, scholars and general readers, The Cambridge Companion to Football is a true and faithful companion for anyone fascinated by the people's game.

The Cambridge Companion to Baseball


Author: Leonard Cassuto,Stephen Partridge
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139826204
Category: Literary Criticism
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Baseball is much more than a game. As the American national pastime, it has reflected the political and cultural concerns of US society for over 200 years, and generates passions and loyalties unique in American society. This Companion examines baseball in culture, baseball as culture, and the game's global identity. Contributors contrast baseball's massive, big-business present with its romanticized origins and its evolution against the backdrop of American and world history. The chapters cover topics such as baseball in the movies, baseball and mass media, and baseball in Japan and Latin America. Between the chapters are vivid profiles of iconic characters including Babe Ruth, Ichiro and Walter O'Malley. Crucial moments in baseball history are revisited, ranging from the 1919 Black Sox gambling scandal to recent controversies over steroid use. A unique book for fans and scholars alike, this Companion explains the enduring importance of baseball in America and beyond.

The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich


Author: Pauline Fairclough,David Fanning
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139827386
Category: Music
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As the Soviet Union's foremost composer, Shostakovich's status in the West has always been problematic. Regarded by some as a collaborator, and by others as a symbol of moral resistance, both he and his music met with approval and condemnation in equal measure. The demise of the Communist state has, if anything, been accompanied by a bolstering of his reputation, but critical engagement with his multi-faceted achievements has been patchy. This Companion offers a starting point and a guide for readers who seek a fuller understanding of Shostakovich's place in the history of music. Bringing together an international team of scholars, the book brings research to bear on the full range of Shostakovich's musical output, addressing scholars, students and all those interested in this complex, iconic figure.

The Cambridge Companion to Socrates


Author: Donald R. Morrison
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521833426
Category: History
Page: 413
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Essays from a diverse group of experts providing a comprehensive guide to Socrates, the most famous Greek philosopher.

The Cambridge Companion to Mill


Author: John Skorupski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521422116
Category: Philosophy
Page: 591
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A systematic and up-to-date account of the many facets of Mill's thought and influence.

The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth


Author: Timothy Parrish
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139827936
Category: Literary Criticism
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From the moment that his debut book, Goodbye, Columbus (1959), won him the National Book Award, Philip Roth has been among the most influential and controversial writers of our age. Now the author of more than twenty novels, numerous stories, two memoirs, and two books of literary criticism, Roth has used his writing to continually reinvent himself and in doing so to remake the American literary landscape. This Companion provides the most comprehensive introduction to his works and thought in a collection of newly commissioned essays from distinguished scholars. Beginning with the urgency of Roth's early fiction and extending to the vitality of his most recent novels, these essays trace Roth's artistic engagement with questions about ethnic identity, postmodernism, Israel, the Holocaust, sexuality, and the human psyche itself. With its chronology and guide to further reading, this Companion will be essential for new and returning Roth readers, students and scholars.

A Friday Night Lights Companion

Love, Loss, and Football in Dillon, Texas
Author: Leah Wilson
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1935618903
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 256
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Called one of the best shows on TV by more than a dozen media publications, including Time and Entertainment Weekly, Friday Night Lights is not just one of the most critically acclaimed shows on air, it’s also one of the most watchable. Despite its focus on high school football, its masterfully crafted characters and honestly portrayed relationships make its portrait of small town Texas life compelling and relatable in ways that have nothing to do with field goals or touchdowns. Love, Loss, and Dillon Football: A Friday Night Lights Companion explores the victories and pitfalls of Dillon, Texas – both the town itself and those who live and love there. Because Friday Night Lights is so much more than just a teenage football drama: it’s about the struggle to not get trapped in the circumstances one is born into. It’s about love, it’s about loss, and, yes, it’s even about football.

The Cambridge Companion to Pragmatism


Author: Alan Malachowski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521110874
Category: History
Page: 378
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Provides an insightful overview of what has made pragmatism such an attractive and exciting prospect to thinkers of different persuasions.

The Cambridge Companion to William Blake


Author: Morris Eaves
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521786775
Category: Art
Page: 302
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Collects essays, based on the works of William Blake, that reflect upon such recurrent themes as art, religion, and politics.

The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing


Author: Laura Lunger Knoppers
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521885272
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 306
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Ideal for courses, this Companion examines the range, historical importance, and aesthetic merit of women's writing in Britain, 1500-1700.

The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost


Author: Robert Faggen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521634946
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 281
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This collection of specially-commissioned essays by experts in the field explores key dimensions of Robert Frost's poetry and life. Frost remains one of the most memorable and beguiling of modern poets. Writing in the tradition of Virgil, Milton, and Wordsworth, he transformed pastoral and georgic poetry both in subject matter and form. Mastering the rhythms of ordinary speech, Frost made country life the point from which to view the world and the complexities of human psychology. The essays in this volume enable readers to explore Frost's art and thought, from the controversies of his biography to his subtle reinvention of poetic and metric traditions and the conflicts in his thought about politics, gender, science and religion. This volume will bring fresh perspectives to the lyric, narrative and dramatic poetry of an American master, and its chronology and guide to further reading will prove valuable to scholars and students alike.

The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop


Author: Justin A. Williams
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107037468
Category: Music
Page: 365
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This Companion covers the hip-hop elements, methods of studying hip-hop, and case studies from Nerdcore to Turkish-German and Japanese hip-hop.

The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Culture


Author: Michael Higgins,Clarissa Smith,John Storey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521864976
Category: History
Page: 323
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A lively and informative set of perspectives on the key themes that shape modern Britain.

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture


Author: Joe Cleary,Claire Connolly
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139826938
Category: Literary Criticism
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This Companion provides an authoritative introduction to the historical, social and stylistic complexities of modern Irish culture. Readers will be introduced to Irish culture in its widest sense and helped to find their way through the cultural and theoretical debates that inform our understanding of modern Ireland. The volume combines cultural breadth and historical depth, supported by a chronology of Irish history and arts. A wide selection of essays on a rich variety of Irish cultural forms and practices are complemented by a series of in-depth analyses of key themes in Irish cultural politics. The range of topics covered will enable a comprehensive understanding of Irish culture, while the authors gathered here - all acknowledged experts in their fields - provide stimulating essays that together amount to an invaluable guide to the shaping of modern Ireland.

The Cambridge Companion to the Beats


Author: Steven Belletto
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107184452
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 300
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The Cambridge Companion to the Beats offers an in-depth overview of one of the most innovative and popular literary periods in America, the Beat era. The Beats were a literary and cultural phenomenon originating in New York City in the 1940s that reached worldwide significance. Although its most well-known figures are Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, the Beat movement radiates out to encompass a rich diversity of figures and texts that merit further study. Consummate innovators, the Beats had a profound effect not only on the direction of American literature, but also on models of socio-political critique that would become more widespread in the 1960s and beyond. Bringing together the most influential Beat scholars writing today, this Companion provides a comprehensive exploration of the Beat movement, asking critical questions about its associated figures and arguing for their importance to postwar American letters.

The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1500–1600


Author: Arthur F. Kinney
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139825704
Category: Literary Criticism
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This is the first comprehensive account of English Renaissance literature in the context of the culture which shaped it: the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the tumult of Catholic and Protestant alliances during the Reformation, the age of printing and of New World discovery. In this century courtly literature under Henry VIII moves toward a new, more personal poetry of sentiment, narrative and romance. The development of English prose is seen in the writing of More, Foxe and Hooker and in the evolution of satire and popular culture. Drama moves from the churches to the commercial playhouses with the plays of Kyd, Marlowe and the early careers of Shakespeare and Jonson. The Companion tackles all these subjects in fourteen newly-commissioned essays, written by experts for student readers. A detailed chronology of major literary achievements concludes with a list of authors and their dates.

The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Culture


Author: Celia Marshik
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107049261
Category: Art
Page: 279
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This companion provides students and scholars alike with an interdisciplinary approach to literary modernism. Through essays written on a range of cultural contexts, this collection helps readers understand the significant changes in belief systems, visual culture, and pastimes that influenced, and were influenced by, the experimental literature published around 1890-1945.

The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology


Author: Tim Winter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107494419
Category: Religion
Page: 350
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This series of critical reflections on the evolution and major themes of pre-modern Muslim theology begins with the revelation of the Koran, and extends to the beginnings of modernity in the eighteenth century. The significance of Islamic theology reflects the immense importance of Islam in the history of monotheism, to which it has brought a unique approach and style, and a range of solutions which are of abiding interest. Devoting especial attention to questions of rationality, scriptural fidelity, and the construction of 'orthodoxy', this volume introduces key Muslim theories of revelation, creation, ethics, scriptural interpretation, law, mysticism, and eschatology. Throughout the treatment is firmly set in the historical, social and political context in which Islam's distinctive understanding of God evolved. Despite its importance, Islamic theology has been neglected in recent scholarship, and this book provides a unique, scholarly but accessible introduction.