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Shell, Marc

Works: 25 works in 176 publications in 5 languages and 10,721 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Literatures 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PN51, 616.8554
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Marc Shell
The economy of literature by Marc Shell( Book )

23 editions published between 1978 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

26 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and Italian and held by 751 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
Stutter by Marc Shell( Book )

12 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 749 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
Polio and its aftermath : the paralysis of culture by Marc Shell( Book )

13 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 549 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
The Multilingual anthology of American literature : a reader of original texts with English translations( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Multiple languages and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature brings together American writings in diverse languages from Arabic and Spanish to Swedish and Yiddish, among others. Presenting each work in its original language with facing page translation, the book provides an important complement to all other anthologies of American writing, and will serve to complicate our understanding of what exactly American literature is."
The end of kinship : "Measure for Measure", incest, and the ideal of universal siblinghood by Marc Shell( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art & money by Marc Shell( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and Japanese and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shell then focuses on money in the United States. He takes up controversies over the gold standard, the development of paper currency in nineteenth-century America, and the activities of minimalist, conceptualist, and investment artists in the 1960s that led to dematerialization of art and money in electronic exchange. Art & Money provides striking insight into current matters of art collection, counterfeiting, and problems of attribution, into the general relation between word and image, and into controversies over taxation and crises or scandals in the financial world. Shell's historical range is immense, and he fills this study with amusing anecdotes and insights ranging from the relic of the Holy Foreskin to the state's arrest of J.S.G. Boggs, a conceptual artist who draws money
Wampum and the origins of American money by Marc Shell( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 494 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."--Jacket
Children of the earth : literature, politics, and nationhood by Marc Shell( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 452 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
American Babel : literatures of the United States from Abnaki to Zuni( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 285 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
Islandology : geography, rhetoric, politics by Marc Shell( Book )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 142 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 (Shakes
Talking the walk & walking the talk : a rhetoric of rhythm by Marc Shell( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 101 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"--
Dinero, lenguaje y pensamiento : la economía literaria y la filosófica, desde la Edad Media hasta la época moderna by Marc Shell( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in Spanish and English and held by 20 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 8 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

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 Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 2002 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries 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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The economy of literature
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Marc Shell Canadian literary critic

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Money, language, and thought : literary and philosophical economies from the medieval to the modern eraStutterPolio and its aftermath : the paralysis of cultureThe Multilingual anthology of American literature : a reader of original texts with English translationsThe end of kinship : "Measure for Measure", incest, and the ideal of universal siblinghoodArt & moneyChildren of the earth : literature, politics, and nationhoodAmerican Babel : literatures of the United States from Abnaki to Zuni