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A History Of Old Norse Poetry And Poetics

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This is the first book in English to deal with the twin subjects of Old Norse poetry and the various vernacular treatises on native poetry that were a conspicuous feature of medieval intellectual life in Iceland and the Orkneys from the mid-twelfth to the fourteenth centuries. Its aim is to give a clear description of the rich poetic tradition of early Scandinavia, particularly in Iceland, where it reached its zenith, and to demonstrate the social contexts that favoured poetic composition, from the oral societies of the early Viking Age in Norway and its colonies to the devout compositions of literate Christian clerics in fourteenth-century Iceland. The author analyses the two dominant poetic modes, eddic and skaldic, giving fresh examples of their various styles and subjects; looks at the prose contexts in which most Old Norse poetry has been preserved; and discusses problems of interpretation that arise because of the poetry's mode of transmission. She is concerned throughout to link indigenous theory with practice, beginning with the pre-Christian ideology of poets as favoured by the god ¢dinn and concluding with the Christian notion that a plain style best conveys the poet's message. Margaret Clunies Ross is McCaughey Professor of English Language and Early English Literature and Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney.


A History Of Modern Indonesia

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Although Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world, its history is still relatively unknown. Adrian Vickers takes the reader on a journey across the social and political landscape of modern Indonesia, starting with the country's origins under the Dutch in the early twentieth-century, and the subsequent anti-colonial revolution which led to independence in 1949. Thereafter the spotlight is on the 1950s, a crucial period in the formation of Indonesia as a new nation, followed by the Sukarno years, and the anti-Communist massacres of the 1960s when General Suharto took over as president. The concluding chapters chart the fall of Suharto's New Order after thirty two years in power, and the subsequent political and religious turmoil which culminated in the Bali bombings in 2002. Adrian Vickers is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Wollongong. He has previously worked at the Universities of New South Wales and Sydney, and has been a visiting fellow at the University of Indonesia and Udayana University (Bali). Vickers has more than twenty-five years research experience in Indonesia and the Netherlands, and has travelled in Southeast Asia, the U.S. and Europe in the course of his research. He is author of the acclaimed Bali: a Paradise Created (Penguin, 1989) as well as many other scholarly and popular works on Indonesia. In 2003 Adrian Vickers curated the exhibition Crossing Boundaries, a major survey of modern Indonesian art, and has also been involved in documentary films, including Done Bali (Negara Film and Television Productions, 1993).


Sydney Is A Fun Place Too!

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Kate is sad.
She misses her old home.
How can Zac help?

Key concepts: Place, Sense of identity, and Simple map representations   
AC Content Descriptions: The places people live in and belong to, their familiar features and why they are important to people.

Discovering Geography Student Topic Books include fiction, nonfiction and comic books.

This book is classified as Reading Level 3 / Fountas and Pinnell Level C. Visit our Levelled readers page for further information on reading levels.


American History A Day At A Time - November

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Learn the history of the American colonies and its frontier by reading a daily lesson in American colonial history each day. This is the November installment of the 2015 edition of the series American History a Day at a Time. The November edition covers the historical events of the American colonial frontier that happened in November. American History a Day at a Time is a great resource for home school teachers to use to teach children about the colonial frontier and the pioneers that built the American nation. American History a Day at a Time - November 2015 focuses on the colonial period of American history. During this time, the British, Spanish and French established colonies on the North American frontier. The establishment of these colonies had profound effects on the local Amerindian population. The colonies also played a role in European Wars as the powers jockeyed for supremacy. The European colonial history of the North American frontier began in the Fifteenth century. It continued until the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775. The history of the colonial frontier era of settlement is one of histories' most fascinating stories. It you have ever read those "This Day in History" headings in newspapers and on a multitude of websites, you may wonder at the stories behind those brief headlines. American History a Day at a Time - November 2015 seeks to do just that, explore the story behind the headlines. Humankind has a history stretching back thousands of years. During this time a huge accumulation of historical events has occurred. This volume deals with dates in November and focuses on the Colonial frontier period of American History. The history series, American History a Day at a Time seeks to make this vast accumulation of historical knowledge less intimidating. It does this by reducing it to a history lesson a day. By reading and contemplating one event a day, we have the time to try to understand those events that unfolded on those long ago days. This history series presents a wonderful tool for home schooling children in the American colonial frontier and the pioneers that lived during that time. Further volumes will cover American history as it unfolds, day by day.



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