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Shell, Marc

Overview
Works: 31 works in 196 publications in 5 languages and 10,311 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Marc Shell
Polio and its aftermath : the paralysis of culture by Marc Shell( )

13 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Polio and Its Aftermath Marc Shell, who himself had polio, offers an inspired analysis of the disease. Shell's work combines the understanding of a medical researcher with the sensitivity of a literary critic. He draws a detailed yet comprehensive picture of the lived experience of a crippling disease that affects every facet of human existence."--Jacket
Elizabeth's glass : with "The glass of the Sinful Soul" (1544) by Elizabeth I, and "Epistle dedicatory" & "Conclusion" (1548) by John Bale by Marc Shell( )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a girl of eleven, Elizabeth I translated into English a poem by Marguerite of Navarre on incest, spiritual and physical. Four years later her translation, titled "The Glass of the Sinful Soul," was published by the Protestant reformer John Bale. However ingenuous Elizabeth may have been at eleven, she surely realized the implications of the tract when she permitted new editions in 1568, 1582, and 1590. Its bearing on her own family and her precarious hold on the throne was all too obvious when dissenters accused both her father, Henry VIII, and her mother, Ann Boleyn, of adultery, when her father had sought to annul his first marriage on grounds of incest, when her mother was accused by Henry of incest, and when Elizabeth herself was deemed a bastard. Making Elizabeth's little-known work readily available to today's scholars, Elizabeth's Glass includes a photographic reproduction of Elizabeth's manuscript and a modern transcription, as well as John Bale's additions to his 1548 edition. In an erudite and penetrating introduction, Marc Shell investigates the complex political, familial, theological, and ecclesiastical forces that made Elizabeth acutely conscious of incest and made her translation an emblem of a controversy that stormed throughout Reformation Europe
Stutter by Marc Shell( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a book that explores the phenomenon of stuttering from its practical and physical aspects to its historical profile to its existential implications, Shell, who has himself struggled with stuttering all his life, plumbs the depths of this murky region between will and flesh, intention and expression, idea and word. Looking into the difficulties encountered by people who stutter--as do fifty million world-wide--Shell shows that stutterers share a kinship with many other speakers, both impeded and fluent. This book takes us back to a time when stuttering was believed to be 'diagnosis-induced, ' then on to the complex mix of physical and psychological causes that were later discovered. Ranging from cartoon characters like Porky Pig to cultural icons like Marilyn Monroe, from Moses to Hamlet, Shell reveals how stuttering in literature plays a role in the formation of tone, narrative progression and character.--From publisher description
Islandology : geography, rhetoric, politics by Marc Shell( )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Islandology is a fast-paced, fact-filled comparative essay in critical topography and cultural geography that cuts across different cultures and argues for a world of islands. The book explores the logical consequences of geographic place for the development of philosophy and the study of limits (Greece) and for the establishment of North Sea democracy (England and Iceland), explains the location of military hot-spots and great cities (Hormuz and Manhattan), and sheds new light on dozens of world-historical productions whose motivating islandic aspect has not heretofore been recognized (Shakespeare's Hamlet and Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung). Written by Shell in view of the melting of the world's great ice islands, Islandology shows not only new ways that we think about islands but also why and how we think by means of them"--Jacket
The economy of literature by Marc Shell( Book )

28 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Money, language, and thought : literary and philosophical economies from the medieval to the modern era by Marc Shell( Book )

38 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marc Shell explores the interactions between linguistic and economic production as they inform discourse from Chretien de Troyes to Heidegger. Close readings of works such as the medieval grail legends, The Merchant of Venice, Goethe's Faust, and Poe's "The Gold Bug" reveal how discourse has responded to the dissociation of symbol from thing characteristic of money, and how the development of increasingly symbolic currencies has involved changes in the meaning of meaning. Pursuing his investigations into the modern era, Shell points out significant internalization of economic form in Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger. He demonstrates how literature and philosophy have been driven to account self-critically for a "money of the mind" that pervades all discourse, and concludes with a discomforting thesis about the cultural and political limits of literature and philosophy
Talking the walk & walking the talk : a rhetoric of rhythm by Marc Shell( )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book argues that we should regard walking and talking in a single rhythmic vision. In doing so, it contributes to the theory of prosody, our understanding of respiration and looking, and, in sum, to the particular links, across the board, between the human characteristics of bipedal walking and meaningful talk. The author first introduces the philosophical, neurological, anthropological, and aesthetic aspects of the subject in historical perspective, then focuses on rhetoric and introduces a tension between the small and large issues of rhythm. He thereupon turns his attention to the roles of breathing in poetry--as a life-and-death matter, with attention to beats and walking poems. This opens onto technical concepts from the classical traditions of rhetoric and philology. Turning to the relationship between prosody and motion, he considers both animals and human beings as both ostensibly able-bodied creatures and presumptively disabled ones. Finally, he looks at dancing and writing as aspects of walking and talking, with special attention to motion in Arabic and Chinese calligraphy. The final chapters of the book provide a series of interrelated representative case studies"--
Wampum and the origins of American money by Marc Shell( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wampum has become a synonym for money, and it is widely assumed that it served the same purposes as money among the Native Algonquians even after coming into contact with European colonists' money. But to equate wampum with money only matches one slippery term with another, as money itself was quite ill-defined in North America for decades during its colonization. Fledgling colonial currencies assimilated much more from Native American trading practices than they imposed on the locals, so much so that colonists regularly expressed fears of "becoming Indians" in their widespread use of paper money, a novel economic innovation adapted from wampum. In this stimulating and intriguing book, Marc Shell illuminates the context in which wampum was used by describing how money circulated in the colonial period and the early history of the United States. Wampum itself, generally tubular beads made from clam or conch shells, was hardly a primitive version of a coin or dollar bill, as it represented to both Native Americans and colonial Europeans a unique medium through which language, art, culture, and even conflict were negotiated. This wide-ranging exploration of economics, literature, and racial and ethnic imagery throughout American history is extensively illustrated with more than a hundred images of documents, artworks, and artifacts, including numerous depictions of Native Americans on paper money" -- from publisher's web site
The end of kinship : "Measure for Measure", incest, and the ideal of universal siblinghood by Marc Shell( Book )

25 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art & money by Marc Shell( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and Japanese and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marc Shell argues that Christian ideology, ambivalent about both art and money, has conflated religion, art, and coinage. If engraving or inscription assigns value, then the first widely produced artistic "reproductions" were coins, acting as religious icons with a meaning at once spiritual and material. In the first half of the book, Shell establishes an ongoing interaction between symbolization in currency and aesthetic production. He covers a range of issues from the iconoclast controversies to nuances of Christian doctrine on the materiality of money and the significance of liturgical objects, from the Eucharist wafer to the Holy Grail to the use of precious metals in Christian icons
Children of the earth : literature, politics, and nationhood by Marc Shell( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A reassessment of the ways in which we have defined ourselves--in terms of race, nationality, blood relations, and the Family of Humankind--by exploring the dangers and contradictions inherent in them all."--Jacket
Dinero, lenguaje y pensamiento by Marc Shell( )

1 edition published in 1990 in Spanish and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Last Class : Coming of Age in the Quiet Revolution by Marc Shell( Book )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chikyu no kodomotachi : Ningen wa mina kyodai ka( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grand Manan : a large history of a small island by Marc Shell( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dinero, lenguaje y pensamiento : La economía literaria y la filosofía, desde la Edad Media hasta la época moderna by Marc Shell( Book )

3 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in Spanish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Babel in America ; or, the politics of language diversity in the United States by Marc Shell( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marc Shell: The Ring of Gyges: Studies in the Economy of Literature. Dissertation( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Ring of Gyges : Studies in the economy of literature by Marc Shell( )

2 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The issue of representation by Marc Shell( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Polio and its aftermath : the paralysis of culture
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StutterThe economy of literatureMoney, language, and thought : literary and philosophical economies from the medieval to the modern eraThe end of kinship : "Measure for Measure", incest, and the ideal of universal siblinghoodArt & moneyChildren of the earth : literature, politics, and nationhoodGrand Manan : a large history of a small islandDinero, lenguaje y pensamiento : La economía literaria y la filosofía, desde la Edad Media hasta la época moderna
Alternative Names
Marc Shell Canadian literary critic

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