Rachewiltz-Narangoa. Mongolian Epic of Geser Khan

Today's free book is Joro's Youth: The first part of the Mongolian epic of Geser Khan by Igor de Rachewiltz and Li Narangoa (2017). You can find out more at Wikipedia: Epic of King Gesar.

The book from ANU Press is available to read online at the JSTOR Open Access project.


Leavy. In Search of the Swan Maiden

Today's free book is In Search of the Swan Maiden: A Narrative on Folklore and Gender by Barbara Fass Leavy (1994). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book from NYU Press is available to read online at the JSTOR Open Access project.



Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction: The Dangerous Adventure (pp. 11-32)
CHAPTER 2 Urvaśī and the Swan Maidens: The Runaway Wife (pp. 33-63)
CHAPTER 3 The Devil’s Bride (pp. 64-100)
CHAPTER 4 The Animal Groom (pp. 101-155)
CHAPTER 5 Swan Maiden and Incubus (pp. 156-195)
CHAPTER 6 The Animal Bride (pp. 196-244)
CHAPTER 7 Orpheus’s Quest (pp. 245-276)
CHAPTER 8 Etain’s Two Husbands: The Swan Maiden’s Choice (pp. 277-302)


Ford. Homer: The Poetry of the Past

Today's free book is Homer: The Poetry of the Past by Andrew Ford (1992). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book from Cornell University Press is available to read online at the JSTOR Open Access project.



Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 THE GENRE: Traditional Definitions of Epic (pp. 13-56)
CHAPTER 2 THE POEM: Homer’s Muses and the Unity of Epic (pp. 57-89)
CHAPTER 3 THE POET: Tradition, Transmission, and Time (pp. 90-130)
CHAPTER 4 THE TEXT: Signs of Writing in Homer (pp. 131-171)
CHAPTER 5 POETRY: The Voice of Song (pp. 172-197)


Stevens. The Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination

Today's free book is The Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination 1860–1920 by Jennifer Stevens (2010). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book from Liverpool University Press is available to read online at the JSTOR Open Access project.



Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 The Victorians and the Bible (pp. 9-33)
CHAPTER 2 Nineteenth-Century Lives of Jesus (pp. 34-83)
CHAPTER 3 The Rise of the Fictional Jesus (pp. 84-138)
CHAPTER 4 The Fifth Gospel of Oscar Wilde (pp. 139-182)
CHAPTER 5 The Afterlife of Oscar Wilde’s Oral Tales (pp. 183-216)
CHAPTER 6 A Peculiar Protestant: The Gospels According to George Moore (pp. 217-246)
CHAPTER 7 George Moore’s Life of Jesus (pp. 247-281)


Fleischhack-Schenkel. Ghosts - or the (Nearly) Invisible

Today's free book is Ghosts - or the (Nearly) Invisible: Spectral Phenomena in Literature and the Media by Maria Fleischhack and Elmar Schenkel (2016). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book from Peter Lang is available to read online at the JSTOR Open Access project.


Table of Contents

Preface: Ghosts – or the (Nearly) Invisible by Elmar Schenkel
Medieval Ghosts: the Stories of the Monk of Byland by Maik Hildebrandt
Speaking of Seeing Ghosts: Visions of the Supernatural in the Tales of Catherine Crowe by Ruth Heholt
The Ghost of Oscar Wilde: Fictional Representations by Eleanor Dobson
Ghostly Science or Scientific Ghosts: The Fourth Spatial Dimension in Children’s Literature by Kati Voigt
Carl Gustav Jung and the Ghosts by Claudia Richter
‘They only see what they wanna see’: Traumatised Ghosts and Ghost Story Conventions in The Sixth Sense and The Other by Désirée Kriesch
‘At the Hollow, there was Magic.’: The Language of Kim Newman’s Ghost Novel by Clausdirk Pollner
Neil Gaiman’s Ghost Children by Dominik Becher
The Ghost as a Metaphor for Memory in the Irish Literary Psyche by Julia Kunz
“I Know not who these Mute Folk Are” – Ghostly Houses in Early Twentieth Century English and American Poetry by Sophie Thiele
Haunting the Wide, White Page – Ghosts in Antarctica by Johanna Grabow
The Loa as Ghosts in Haitian Vodou by Julia Pfeifer
From Cultural Ghosts to Literary Ghosts – Humanisation of Chinese Ghosts in Chinese Zhiguai by Minwen Huang
Mystic Motifs in Silver Age Poetry and Prose by Vera Shamina

Youngs. Beastly Journeys

Today's free book is Beastly Journeys: Travel and Transformation at the fin de siècle by Tim Youngs (2013). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book from Liverpool University Press is available to read online at the JSTOR Open Access project.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: The Unchaining of the Beast (pp. 1-38)
CHAPTER ONE City Creatures (pp. 39-73)
CHAPTER TWO The Bat and the Beetle (pp. 74-106)
CHAPTER THREE Morlocks, Martians, and Beast-People (pp. 107-139)
CHAPTER FOUR ‘Beast and man so mixty’: The Fairy Tales of George MacDonald (pp. 140-164)
CHAPTER FIVE Oscar Wilde: ‘an unclean beast’ (pp. 165-196)


Atkinson. The Anglo-Scottish Ballad

Today's free book is The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and its Imaginary Contexts by David Atkinson (2014). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book from Open Book Publishers is available to read online at the JSTOR Open Access project.



Table of Contents

1. Where Is the Ballad? (pp. 1-24)
2. On the Nature of Evidence (pp. 25-48)
3. Textual Authority and the Sources of Variance (pp. 49-68)
4. The Material Ballad (pp. 69-88)
5. Sound and Writing (pp. 89-118)
6. Agency, Intention, and the Problem of Version: (with a brief history of ballad editing) (pp. 119-148)
7. Palimpsest or texte génétique (pp. 149-172)
8. Afterword: ‘All her friends cried out for shame’ (pp. 173-182)


Doob. The Idea of the Labyrinth

Today's free book is The Idea of the Labyrinth from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages by Penelope Reed Doob (1990). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book from Cornell University Press is available to read online at the JSTOR Open Access project.


Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE The Literary Witness: Labyrinths in Pliny, Virgil, and Ovid (pp. 17-38)
CHAPTER TWO The Labyrinth as Significant Form: Two Paradigms (pp. 39-63)
CHAPTER THREE A Taxonomy of Metaphorical Labyrinths (pp. 64-92)
CHAPTER FOUR Etymologies and Verbal Implications (pp. 95-100)
CHAPTER FIVE Mazes in Medieval Art and Architecture (pp. 101-144)
CHAPTER SIX Moral Labyrinths in Medieval Literature (pp. 145-191)
CHAPTER SEVEN Textual Labyrinths: Toward a Labyrinthine Aesthetic (pp. 192-222)
CHAPTER EIGHT Virgil’s Aeneid (pp. 227-253)
CHAPTER NINE Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy (pp. 254-270)
CHAPTER TEN Dante’sDivine Comedy (pp. 271-306)
CHAPTER ELEVEN Chaucer’s House of Fame (pp. 307-340)
Appendix: Labyrinths in Manuscripts (pp. 341-342)