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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt (1876)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...off and abducts her from the wedding. He soon tires of her, his head full of thoughts of the lovely Solveig, whom he has just met. He is led into the Troll kingdom, where he feels at home amongst their coarse sensuality, until they threaten to slit his eyeballs. Church bells dispel the vision. After wrestling with the Boyg, an unseen monster, Peer begins to build a hut on the mountainside. Here Solveig seeks him out, and the two begin an idyllic existence together. Soon, however, one of the troll women comes with a deformed child, declaring it to be Peer's...

Consumerism

Consumerism   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
3,809 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...toys, games, and jigsaw puzzles for children had become common. Not least, diet was more varied, with a greater range of fruit and vegetables. People owned more changes of clothes, particularly with the growing availability of cheaper calicoes and cottons. Efficient oil-lamps dispelled the age-old stygian gloom; gas lighting arrived with the new century, soon to be followed by railway travel and the electric telegraph. Outside the home, urban space was being spruced up. In many towns, straight, well-demarcated streets replaced the labyrinthine old warrens of...

Literary Theory

Literary Theory   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
4,935 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...to Peacock, ‘a semi-barbarian in a civilized community’ because his craft belongs in a society where imagination and feeling are the only index to reality. Where Wordsworth turns to the poet to heal wounds inflicted by civilization, Peacock turns to the scientist and historian to dispel the merely subjective pronouncements of the poet. For Peacock, the literature of knowledge acts on the literature of power as an agent of disenchantment, a position which * Byron sketched in his suppressed Preface to Don Juan ( 1819–24 ) and put into practice in the rest of...

Richard Duke of York

Richard Duke of York   Reference library

Randall Martin, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,705 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...but emphasized the providential triumph of the Tudors, foreshadowed by Henry’s prophecy over Richmond in 4.7. But Tillyard and others depressed critical interest in Richard Duke of York by claiming that Shakespeare was uninspired when writing it. The modern stage has dispelled this view, while revisionist critics have observed how little Richard Duke of York supports Tillyard’s unifying vision of controlling providential order. More apparent is an early modern focus on the dangers of divided succession and dynastic factionalism, and the vision of an...

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
4,098 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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...for Mantua before the setting of the Watch. 3.4 Capulet agrees with his wife and Paris that Juliet shall marry Paris the following Thursday. 3.5 Early the following morning Romeo reluctantly parts from Juliet, descending from her window. Her mother brings Juliet the news that, to dispel the sorrow they attribute to Tybalt’s death, she is to marry Paris: Capulet arrives and, angry at Juliet’s refusal, threatens to disown her unless she agrees to the match. After her parents’ departure, the Nurse advises Juliet to marry Paris. Juliet feigns to agree, but resolves...

Robinson, Marilynne

Robinson, Marilynne (1943– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...and essayist Housekeeping ( 1980 ) Fiction Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution ( 1989 ) Non-Fiction The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought ( 1998 ) Non-Fiction Gilead ( 2004 ) Fiction Home ( 2008 ) Fiction Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self ( 2010 ) Non-Fiction When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays ( 2012 ) Non-Fiction Lila ( 2014 ) ...

meteorology

meteorology   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Classical studies
Length:
132 words

...Aristotle's Meteorology includes accounts not only of comets and meteors but of the weather, earthquakes, the origins of seas and rivers, and the formation of minerals. Theophrastus also wrote a Meteorology , parts of which survive in a Syriac version. The Epicureans aimed to dispel fear by explaining the nature of those aspects which terrify most ( see Lucretius , book 6 ). Poseidonius ' work in some part survives in the Younger Seneca's Natural Questions , and treats the subject in Stoic fashion as part of the workings of the whole...

O’Driscoll, Denis

O’Driscoll, Denis (1954–2012)   Reference library

Heather Yeung

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

...by University College, Dublin in 2009 . O’Driscoll’s poetry is highly formal; he wrote that ‘form and rhythm … can somehow confer higher destiny and density on even the most workaday words’. A concern with mortality is an undercurrent to the work, yet a strong sense of irony dispels any possibility of sentimentality. The Bottom Line (Dedalus, 1994 ) is a curtal sonnet sequence which wryly addresses the aesthetic cost of the banalities of office life in ‘Celtic Tiger’ Dublin. Yet O’Driscoll sits well within a wider European context. George * Szirtes has...

Poetry

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...patriotic intentions of dedicating the magazine to ‘the imaginative life of the nation’. Until the end of her editorship in 1935 Poetry was primarily concerned with the work of American poets; Wallace Stevens , Marianne Moore , and W. C. Williams were among those who dispelled the mediocrity which occasionally prevailed. Monroe's successors include Karl Shapiro , who edited Poetry from 1950 to 1955 . It continues to appear, its contributors having included almost every American poet of note and many European, Israeli, and dissident Russian...

Baskin, Leonard

Baskin, Leonard   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
515 words

...a second series. Baskin illustrated a few other works for children, including poetry collections and several books on religion. He collaborated with the poet Richard Michelson on four titles. Did You Say Ghosts? ( 1993 ) represents a circular game parents could play to dispel nighttime fears. The narrator mentions ghosts before bedtime and then must present a stream of monsters to take care of the preceding ones: werewolves trump ghosts, giants trump werewolves, and so on. Although some of Baskin's drawings are scary, none look horrific, and the...

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