Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction, and the Proclamation of Modernity (Martin Classical Lectures)

By Simon Goldhill

How did the Victorians have interaction with the traditional global? Victorian tradition and Classical Antiquity is an excellent exploration of the way the traditional worlds of Greece and Rome stimulated Victorian tradition. via Victorian paintings, opera, and novels, Simon Goldhill examines how sexuality and wish, the politics of tradition, and the position of faith in society have been thought of and debated during the Victorian obsession with antiquity.

taking a look at Victorian paintings, Goldhill demonstrates how wish and sexuality, rather anxieties approximately male hope, have been represented and communicated via classical imagery. Probing into operas of the interval, Goldhill addresses principles of citizenship, nationalism, and cultural politics. and during fiction--specifically nineteenth-century novels in regards to the Roman Empire--he discusses faith and the fierce battles over the church as Christianity started to lose dominance over the revolutionary stance of Victorian technology and research. Rediscovering a few nice forgotten works and reframing a few extra time-honored ones, the ebook deals notable insights into how the Victorian experience of antiquity and our feel of the Victorians got here into being.

With quite a lot of examples and tales, Victorian tradition and Classical Antiquity demonstrates how curiosity within the classical previous formed nineteenth-century self-expression, giving antiquity a distinct position in Victorian culture.

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Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture

By Joel Best

Every kindergarten football participant will get a trophy. Many excessive faculties identify dozens of seniors as valedictorians—of an identical category. automobiles game bumper stickers that learn “USA—Number 1.” Prizes proliferate in each nook of yank society, and excellence is trumpeted with scores that variety from “Academy Award winner!” to “Best local Pizza!” In Everyone’s a Winner, Joel top— acclaimed writer of Damned Lies and Statistics and plenty of different books—shines a shiny mild at the expanding abundance of prestige in our society and considers what all of it capability. With humor and perception, top argues that prestige affluence fosters social worlds and, within the approach, is helping supply aspiring to lifestyles in a wide society.

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Life Like Dolls: The Collector Doll Phenomenon and the Lives of the Women Who Love Them

By A. F. Robertson

Because the Nineteen Eighties there was a becoming billion greenback company generating porcelain collectible dolls. Avertised in Sunday newspapers and mailbox fliers, even Marie Osmond, an avid collector herself, is now selling her personal line of dolls at the domestic purchasing community and revenues are hovering. With usual fee tags of $100 -- and $500 or extra for a hand made or restricted version doll -- those dolls ring a bell within the hearts of middle-aged and older girls, their center dealers, a few of whom create "nurseries" dedicated to collections that quantity within the hundreds.

Each doll has its personal identify, id and "adoption certificate," like Shawna, "who has simply discovered to stack blocks all through herself," and Bobby, whose "brown, handset eyes shine with mischief and little-boy plans." Exploring the nexus of feelings, intake and commodification they signify, A. F. Robertson tracks the increase of the porcelain collectible marketplace; interviews the ladies themselves; and visits their golf equipment, festivals and houses to appreciate what makes the dolls so irresistible.

Lifelike yet freakish; novelties that profess to be antiques; expensive kitsch: those dolls are the fabricated from strong feelings and large enterprise. Life Like Dolls pursues why middle-class, proficient ladies obsessively acquire those dolls and what this phenomenon says approximately our tradition.

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Re-search: Pranks 2

Despite the simplest efforts of intellectuals from Marshall McLuhan to Noam Chomsky, all their pondering and opining has performed little to shake the hundreds out of hopeless complacency. Pranks provide a way more direct and stimulating technique. This inspiring all new quantity collects a few of the best, such a lot outlandish activities lately undertaken within the battle opposed to mass media. A precious successor to their first research into the paintings of prankery, Re/Search Publication’s Pranks 2 makes a speciality of provocations from the Suicide membership, Cacophony Society, the Billboard Liberation entrance, and different mystery collectives devoted to upending the established order. The book’s many illustrations contain photos of the artists in motion, flyers and letters utilized in the pranking procedure, and the customarily by chance hilarious information articles and editorial responses to the happenings. Interviews profile Ron English, Joey Skaggs, Jeffrey Vallance, monochrom, Bruce Conner, John Waters, Jello Biafra, and different famous pranksters.

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Bluebeard's Legacy: Death and Secrets from Bartók to Hitchcock (New Encounters: Arts, Cultures, Concepts)

The story of the serial wife-murderer Bluebeard, his defiant, and surviving, ultimate spouse, a bloodied key and a mystery chamber of horrors, has involved writers, composers, artists and film-makers all through sleek occasions. it's a detailed tale that dares to reveal and discover masculine violence: the homme fatal.

This  transdisciplinary publication explores the deep charm of the Bluebeard tale for twentieth-century tradition. Its significant concentration is how the modernist mind's eye used the weather of Bluebeard’s story to discover masculinity’s anxieties within the face of the rising calls for of ladies for redefinition and sexual equality: anxieties additionally of ethnic and cultural distinction, and primary disquiet approximately sexuality, pathology and violence within the masculine.

Starting with investigations into Bartók’s opera 'Duke Bluebeard’s Castle', significant cultural thinkers, together with Elisabeth Bronfen, Ian Christie, Griselda Pollock and Maria Tatar, hint Bluebeard’s evolution from Perrault within the 17th century  to the cinematic hommes fatals of Méliès, Fritz Lang and Hitchcock.

The result's an fascinating kaleidoscope of sexuality, interest, violence and death.

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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

By Neil Postman

Initially released in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic in regards to the corrosive results of tv on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century ebook released within the 20th century. Now, with tv joined through extra subtle digital media—from the net to mobile phones to DVDs—it has taken on even better value. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic examine what occurs whilst politics, journalism, schooling, or even faith develop into topic to the calls for of  leisure. it's also a blueprint for regaining controlof our media, that allows you to serve our optimum targets.

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Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction

In this seventh variation of his award-winning Cultural idea and pop culture: An Introduction, John Storey has commonly revised the textual content all through. As prior to, the booklet offers a transparent and important survey of competing theories of and numerous techniques to pop culture. Its breadth and theoretical team spirit, exemplified via pop culture, signifies that it may be flexibly and relevantly utilized throughout a few disciplines. additionally keeping the obtainable method of past variants, and utilizing acceptable examples from the texts and practices of pop culture, this new version is still a key advent to the area.

New to this edition:

• broadly revised, rewritten and up-to-date

• enhanced and increased content material throughout

• a brand new part on ‘The Contextuality of which means’ that explores how context affects that means

• a new bankruptcy on ‘The Materiality of pop culture’ that examines pop culture as fabric culture

• vast updates to the significant other web site at, along with perform questions, extension actions and interactive quizzes, hyperlinks to proper web content and additional examining, and a thesaurus of keywords.

The re-creation continues to be crucial interpreting for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of cultural reports, media stories, conversation reports, the sociology of tradition, pop culture and different comparable subjects.

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Why Orwell Matters

By Christopher Hitchens

In this generally acclaimed biographical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the lifestyles, the achievements, and the parable of the good political author and player George Orwell. In precise emulative and contrarian sort, Hitchens is either admiring and competitive, sympathetic but serious, taking actual degree of his topic as hero and challenge. Answering either the detractors and the fake claimants, Hitchens tears down the façade of sainthood erected via the hagiographers and rebuts the critics element via aspect. He examines Orwell and his views on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, in addition to his outlook on the USA, a rustic and tradition in the direction of which he exhibited a lot ambivalence. no matter if considering empires or dictators, race or category, nationalism or pop culture, Orwell's ethical outlook continues to be critical in an international that has passed through giant alterations within the fifty years considering that his dying. Combining the easiest of Hitchens's polemical punch and highbrow splendor in a tightly woven and refined argument, this e-book addresses not just why Orwell concerns at the present time, yet how he'll proceed to topic in a destiny, doubtful world.Christopher Hitchens, some of the most incisive minds of our personal age, meets Orwell at the web page during this provocative come upon of wit, rivalry and ethical truth.

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Adbusters, Issue 89: The Ecopsychology Issue

Adbusters #89: The Ecopsychology Issue
As nature turns into increasingly more ravaged, people are more and more not able to deal with fact. Our new factor explores the hyperlinks among planetary dying and the unraveling of the human psyche. How is the annihilation of our ecological domestic inflicting us to maneuver in the course of the 5 levels of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, melancholy and popularity? do we have to embark on a software of ecotherapy to heal the planet and ourselves?

Also during this factor: Chris Hedges on Netanyahu, Lieberman and the attack on Israel’s legitimacy
Sam Cooper at the Coming Insurrection
Astra Taylor on Philosophy on the Edge
Nicholas Kristof at the strength of Empathy

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Adbusters, Issue 54: I, Terrorist

AB54: I, Terrorist
(July/August 2004)

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported journal thinking about the erosion of our actual and cultural environments through advertisement forces. on the grounds that 1989, the journal has been featured in 1000s of other and mainstream newspapers, magazines, tv and radio exhibits. recognized all over the world for sparking Occupy Wall highway, Adbusters can be liable for social media campaigns akin to purchase not anything Day and electronic Detox Week.

Included within the journal are incisive philosophical articles and activist observation, coupled with influence layout that seeks to unbound the conventional journal structure. matters correct to our modern second, similar to media focus, weather switch and genetically converted meals are on a regular basis featured. We search out an international the place economic system and ecology exist in concord. via difficult humans to turn into individuals rather than spectators, Adbusters takes target at company disinformation, worldwide injustice and the industries and governments who actively pollute and damage our actual and psychological commons.

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