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Simons, John 1955-

Works: 11 works in 44 publications in 1 language and 1,479 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Poetry  Romances 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR149.M53, 820.9001
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Most widely held works by John Simons
From medieval to medievalism ( Book )
10 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The book surveys medieval literature from both a critical and an historical standpoint. Medieval literature is increasingly seen as an area of intense specialism which is to be treated differently from other areas of English studies. The essays collected here try to overturn this perception in two ways. Firstly, there is a demonstration of the ways in which modern critical approaches and perspectives work with the medieval text. Secondly, the idea of the medieval is shown, historically, to be a discourse which has been given different symbolic values and served different social purposes. The first half of the book contains essays on feminist and structural approaches to the medieval text as well as a polemical evaluation of post-structuralist criticism and an introduction to modern approaches to manuscript studies. In the second half medievalism is analyzed through case-studies from the Renaissance, the eighteenth century and the nineteenth century
Animal rights and the politics of literary representation by John Simons( Book )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book addresses the question of animal rights in the context of literary criticism. Working from a committed position it asks what literary studies would look like if animal rights were taken seriously. It offers critical surveys of the main themes in the history of animal rights and some of the more important contemporary positions together with readings of a wide range of literary texts from classical antiquity through to the present day
Guy of Warwick and other chapbook romances : six tales from the popular literature of pre-industrial England ( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chapbooks formed the staple reading matter of ordinary people during the 18th and much of the 19th centuries. These chapbooks derive from romances which were current in the Middle Ages or the Renaissance
Kangaroo by John Simons( Book )
2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From Kanga and her son Roo in Winnie the Pooh to the boxing champ Hippety Hopper who punches Sylvester in Looney Tunes, kangaroos appear frequently in children's books, cartoons, and songs. They are a favorite animal at zoos, charming yet peculiar-looking with their powerful hind legs, long tails, and pouches. Though kangaroos are beloved in the imagination, but reality of their relationship with humans is darker and more troubled. In this book, John Simon tackles the story of these marsupials-and their use and abuse-in global history. In addition to describing the kan
The tiger that swallowed the boy : exotic animals in Victorian England by John Simons( )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book is the first to explore the full and surprising extent of the exotic animal trade in nineteenth-century England and its colonies. It combines deep and original scholarly research with a lively style aimed at the non-academic reader. It looks at zoological gardens, travelling menageries, private menageries, circuses and natural history museums, to show exotic animals played a key part in the Imperial project and in the project to ensure that leisure was educational. It shows how this trade was intimately connected with the tides of Empire and how, as Germany rose, one area of competition in which Britain came off worst was the scramble for elephants."--Publisher's description
Moderatus by Robert Parry( Book )
4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Moderatus was an Elizabethan romance, probably the first published work of the sixteenth-century Welsh gentleman Robert Parry; it was produced in 1595 by the bookseller, publisher, and printer Richard Jones. In this volume John Simons offers in modern typography an edition of this now-scarce text, with explanatory notes and an extensive introduction that places the work in its historical context. He also presents what biographical information is known about the author of Moderatus and what is known of the book's publication history, and discusses such pertinent issues as the travel experience of Elizabethans, their knowledge of other languages than English, and their experience of translating and translations. Simons demonstrates how works like Moderatus do impel us to look more carefully at the inter-relationships of writers and readers and teach us a good deal about the habits of mind which those readers brought to more familiar texts."--Jacket
New York : city as text by Christopher Mulvey( Book )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Critical essays on Ronald Firbank, English novelist, 1886-1926 by Gill Davies( Book )
5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Critical essays on Sylvia Townsend Warner, English novelist, 1893-1978 by Gill Davies( Book )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Critical essays on T.H. White, English writer, 1906-1964 ( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rossetti's wombat : Pre-Raphaelites and Australian animals in Victorian London by John Simons( Book )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rossetti's Wombat tells the story of 'Top', a wombat who lived with the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Chelsea for a few months in 1869. The book also describes the strange history of the European fascination with the flora and fauna of Australia, from the late 18th century onwards. By 1860, most well-to-do people could buy a pet kangaroo from a London pet shop - and many of them did. Wombats were rarer and more expensive but the tradition of wombat owning was well established by the turn of the 19th century. Napoleon had a pet wombat, as did the Duke of Edinburgh, so Dante Ga
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Alternative Names
Simons, J. 1955-
Simons, J. (John), 1955-
English (44)