[Free eBook] Stoleleg: Jørgen Leths verdener by Dan Ringgaard [Danish Filmmaker Career Retrospective]

Stoleleg: Jørgen Leths verdener (Chair Games: The Worlds of Jørgen Leth) by Dan Ringgaard, a Professor in the Communication and Culture department at Aarhus University and a recipient of the Georg Brandes Prize for literary criticism, is his Danish-language creative career retrospective about the noted filmmaker, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This was published to coincide with Jørgen Leth‘s 75th birthday, according to the official announcement on Leth’s blog, and is a Danish-language retrospective appreciation cum critical examination of his life and times and works. While Leth is best known to international audiences as a filmmaker, he is apparently also a poet and has dabbled in journalism, sports, and other fields which author Ringgaard covers in a series of essays, apparently from a somewhat personal perspective, drawing from his own encounters with Leth and his resulting views of the man’s work over the decades.

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[Free eBook] Romantikkens verden: Natur, menneske, samfund, kunst og kultur [Danish 18th C Romanticism World History & Culture]

Romantikkens verden: Natur, menneske, samfund, kunst og kultur (The World of Romanticism: Nature, man, society, art and culture) edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet is a volume in their Verdensboger (World Books) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a thorough introduction to the history and culture and mindset of the world surrounding the 18th-19th century Romantic Era which followed the Age of Enlightenment, which had previously been dominant during the 18th century. Included are essays about art, literature, philosophy, etc. about both the Nordic regions and the wider world, lavishly illustrated with period paintings and photographs of documents and other artifacts.

Offered through the month of January, available worldwide DRM-free.

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[Free eBook] Things from the Town: Artefacts and Inhabitants in Viking-age Kaupang [Viking Age Archaeology]

Things from the Town: Artefacts and Inhabitants in Viking-age Kaupang edited by Dagfinn Skre, a Professor of Archaeology at the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo in Norway, is a collection of academic essays about Viking Age archaeological finds, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is the 3rd volume in the Kaupang Excavation Project series collecting academic essays pertaining to an extensive project from the University about the excavations carried out on the eponymous Viking Age marketplace excavation site in Norway. This volume covers assorted uncovered artifacts and their relation to the inhabitants’ daily lives and wider world. It’s very comprehensive volume , and not only showcases assorted finds of metalwork, precious jewellery, glassware, textiles, and more, but also placing them in context in the townspeoples’ lives of how they were made locally or acquired via trade, etc.

Offered through the month of December, available worldwide DRM-free.

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[Free eBook] Oplysningens verden: Idé, historie, videnskab, kunst [Danish 18th C Enlightenment World History & Culture]

Oplysningens verden (The World of the Enlightenment: Ideas, history, knowledge, art) edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet is a volume in their Verdensbøger (World Books) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the Age of Enlightenment which followed the Renaissance in Western Europe, which was at its peak during the 18th century. Included are essays about art, literature, philosophy, etc. about both the Nordic regions and the wider world, lavishly illustrated with period paintings and photographs of documents and other artifacts.

Offered through the month of December, available worldwide DRM-free.

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[Free eBook] Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists by Hillary L. Chute [Sequential Arts]

Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists by Hillary L. Chute, an associate professor of English at the University of Chicago, is is a collection of her in-depth interviews with prominent comic book and graphic novel artists, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This collection contains several all-new interviews which have never been printed before, and extensive samples of comics from the artists’ repertoires. Featured interviewees include Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, an essential classic of the field), Alison Bechdel (Dykes To Watch Out For and “the Bechdel Test”), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Joe Sacco (excellent comic book format non-fiction journalism which are among some of my favourite GNs), and many more.

Offered worldwide, available through the month of December.

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[Free eBook] Dansk middelalderborge by Rikke Agnete Olsen [Danish Archaeology & Architecture]

Dansk middelalderborge (Danish Medieval Castles) by Rikke Agnete Olsen with photographs by Janne Klerk is their lavishly-illustrated Danish-language survey of Danish medieval architecture and archaeology, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is an accessibly-written coffee table sort of book with a solid academic background, which was chosen as a Year’s Best selection for a Danish bookseller’s association.

It contains many photographs of the castles and their surrounding landscapes and interiors as they are now, as well as line illustrations showing their construction and a pictorial glossary of architectural terms. There are also accompanying texts which cover more about the castles and the daily lives of their residents in detail, including a transcription of a medieval pancake recipe. Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through the month of May.

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