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The Children Of Aataentsic

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Trigger's work integrates insights from archaeology, history, ethnology, linguistics, and geography. This wide knowledge allows him to show that, far from being a static prehistoric society quickly torn apart by European contact and the fur trade, almost every facet of Iroquoian culture had undergone significant change in the centuries preceding European contact. He argues convincingly that the European impact upon native cultures cannot be correctly assessed unless the nature and extent of precontact change is understood. His study not only stands Euro-American stereotypes and fictions on their heads, but forcefully and consistently interprets European and Indian actions, thoughts, and motives from the perspective of the Huron culture. The Children of Aataentsic revises widely accepted interpretations of Indian behaviour and challenges cherished myths about the actions of some celebrated Europeans during the "heroic age" of Canadian history. In a new preface, Trigger describes and evaluates contemporary controversies over the ethnohistory of eastern Canada.


Zarathustra's Children

RRP $244.99

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The aim of this book is to explore "that post-Nietzschean archipelago of German literature which no one mind can hope to map, let alone inhabit" (Michael Hamburger) and to introduce it to the English-speaking reader for the first time, in accessible form. The study starts from the assumption that the daring imagery and cosmic sweep of Thus Spake Zarathustra provided the impetus for the creation of visionary epics and cosmological poetic universes. Mombert's mythopoeic poetry and Daubler's heliocentric masterpiece Das Nordlicht are seen as deriving from the Nietzschen stimulus (the theme of sun worship is also considered); Rudolf Pannwitz is discussed in connection with his subordination to Nietzsche as creator of mythical utterances and exhortations to the German nation; Ludwig Derleth's gigantic work The Koran of the Franks is analyzed as representing a remarkable fusion of Nietzscheanism and Catholicism; the two most notorious of the radical "Kosmiker," Alfred Schuler and Ludwig Klages, are examined in the context of Lebensphilosophie, and their attitudes to both Nietzsche and also to anthroposophy are looked at afresh. Other writers, such as the members of the Friedrichshagen Circle, also play a part. The book is original in that it presents for the first time a selection of writers hitherto regarded as impossible of access and reduces their epic scope to manageable proportions while preserving their essential meaning. It draws on the most recent scholarship and provides a fascinating account of a "lost generation." The book will be of interest to Nietzsche scholars, to students of Lebensphilosophie, and to those interested in German literature around the turn of the century. It will be of special interest to those drawn to the creation of myths and to radical religious thought. ~~ RAYMOND FURNESS is emeritus professor of German at St. Andrews University. He has published widely on late 19th and early 20th-century German literature. The major studies include books on Expressionism, on Wagner, and on German decadent writing. He has also published three surveys of modern German literature, two of them co-authored with Malcolm Humble.


Children's Literacy Development

RRP $441.99

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In the thoroughly updated second edition of this unique book, Catherine McBride examines how the languages we know help structure the process of becoming literate. Taking an ecological and distinctively cross-cultural perspective, the book looks at reading and writing development and impairment across a range of languages, scripts, and contexts. The book covers issues including:

  • The importance of phonological sensitivity for learning to read and to write

  • The first units, or building blocks, of literacy learning in different scripts such as Chinese, English, Korean Hangul, Hebrew, Hindi and Arabic

  • The role of visual processing in reading and writing skills

  • How the latest research can inform the teaching of reading

  • An overview of our understanding of dyslexia, including recent neuroscientific research

  • The developmental challenges in becoming biliterate

  • What is special about writing for beginners and later for comprehensive writing

  • Basics of reading comprehension

Children's Literacy Development, Second Edition is a timely and important contribution to our understanding of literacy around the world. Written by an eminent scholar in the field, it is the only book available that provides an overview of how children learn to read and write in different languages, and will be essential reading for all students of Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Psycholinguistics and Speech Therapy.



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