Sublime Dreams of Living Machines

Author: Minsoo Kang

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674049357

Category: History

Page: 374

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Kang’s central contention is that the automaton, a machine that can move by itself (better known today as the robot), is one of the essential ideas with which people in the West have pondered the very nature of humanity itself. In Kang’s telling, automata are mirrors of the ideas, fears, and anxieties of a given era, in that attitudes towards the machines have always been indicative of a moment’s zeitgeist. The book is historically sweeping, but not comprehensive; the focus is on what Kang takes to be key changes in the representations of and responses to automata. His main interest is on how Europeans in different periods of the past thought about the very notion of a self-moving machine that acted as if it were alive and how they used it for various symbolic and intellectual purposes.
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The Bronze Object in the Middle Ages

Author: Ittai Weinryb

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107123615

Category: Art

Page: 305

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This is a path-breaking contribution to the study of medieval metalwork and to the broader re-evaluation of medieval art.
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Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Artificial Slaves

Author: Kevin LaGrandeur

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415631211

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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Awarded a 2014 Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Prize Honourable Mention. This book explores the creation and use of artificially made humanoid servants and servant networks by fictional and non-fictional scientists of the early modern period. Beginning with an investigation of the roots of artificial servants, humanoids, and automata from earlier times, LaGrandeur traces how these literary representations coincide with a surging interest in automata and experimentation, and how they blend with the magical science that preceded the empirical era. In the instances that this book considers, the idea of the artificial factotum is connected with an emotional paradox: the joy of self-enhancement is counterpoised with the anxiety of self-displacement that comes with distribution of agency.In this way, the older accounts of creating artificial slaves are accounts of modernity in the making—a modernity characterized by the project of extending the self and its powers, in which the vision of the extended self is fundamentally inseparable from the vision of an attenuated self. This book discusses the idea that fictional, artificial servants embody at once the ambitions of the scientific wizards who make them and society's perception of the dangers of those ambitions, and represent the cultural fears triggered by independent, experimental thinkers—the type of thinkers from whom our modern cyberneticists descend.
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The 1668

The Year of the Animal in France

Author: Peter Sahlins

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 1935408992

Category: History

Page: 492

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Peter Sahlins's brilliant new book reveals the remarkable and understudied "animal moment" in and around 1668 in which authors (including La Fontaine, whose Fables appeared in that year), anatomists, painters, sculptors, and especially the young Louis XIV turned their attention to nonhuman beings. At the center of the Year of the Animal was the Royal Menagerie in the gardens of Versailles, dominated by exotic and graceful birds. In the unfolding of his original and sophisticated argument, Sahlins shows how the animal bodies of the menagerie and others were critical to a dramatic rethinking of governance, nature, and the human. The animals of 1668 helped to shift an entire worldview in France -- what Sahlins calls Renaissance humanimalism toward more modern expressions of classical naturalism and mechanism. In the wake of 1668 came the debasement of animals and the strengthening of human animality, including in Descartes's animal-machine, highly contested during the Year of the Animal. At the same time, Louis XIV and his intellectual servants used the animals of Versailles to develop and then to transform the symbolic language of French absolutism. Louis XIV came to adopt a model of sovereignty after 1668 in which his absolute authority is represented in manifold ways with the bodies of animals and justified by the bestial nature of his human subjects. 1668 explores and reproduces the king's animal collections -- in printed text, weaving, poetry, and engraving, all seen from a unique interdisciplinary perspective. Sahlins brings the animals of 1668 together and to life as he observes them critically in their native habitats -- within the animal palace itself by Louis Le Vau, the paintings and tapestries of Charles Le Brun, the garden installations of André Le Nôtre, the literary work of Charles Perrault and the natural history of his brother Claude, the poetry of Madeleine de Scudéry, the philosophy of René Descartes, the engravings of Sébastien Leclerc, the transfusion experiments of Jean Denis, and others. The author joins the nonhuman and human agents of 1668 -- panthers and painters, swans and scientists, weasels and weavers -- in a learned and sophisticated treatment that will engage scholars and students of early modern France and Europe and readers broadly interested in the subject of animals in human history.
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Die Illusion des Ich

on the taboo against knowing who you are

Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442217175

Category:

Page: 223

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Der Skarabäus

unheimlicher Roman

Author: Richard Marsh

Publisher: Festa Verlag

ISBN: 3865520235

Category:

Page: 250

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Denunziation

Erzählungen aus Nordkorea

Author: Bandi

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492965911

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Bandi ist das Pseudonym des ersten literarischen Dissidenten aus Nordkorea. Sein Buch ist die Sammlung von sieben Geschichten, die in den Neunziger Jahren geschrieben wurden und erst jetzt unter riskanten Umständen aus dem Land gelangt sind. In schlichter Poesie und mit feinem Sinn für Humor erzählt der Autor von einem Leben, das vom totalitären Regime durchdrungen ist. Da ist der junge Bauer, dem die nötige Reisegenehmigung fehlt, um seine sterbende Mutter in einer nahen Provinz zu besuchen. Und die Ehe eines jungen Ingenieurs zerbricht an den vererblichen Hierarchien. Der Autor der Geschichten klagt an, macht keinen Hehl aus seiner Wut auf das Regime. »Denunziation« ist ein einzigartiger Blick in ein abgeschottetes Land und ein so mutiges wie beeindruckendes Stück Literatur.
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The Story of Hong Gildong

Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698406613

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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A new, definitive translation of the quintessential Korean classic: the Robin Hood story of a magical boy who joins a group of robber bandits and becomes a king *Selected as a Best Book of the Year by NPR and The Washington Post* The Story of Hong Gildong is arguably the single most important work of classic Korean fiction. A fantastic story of adventure, it has been adapted into countless movies, television shows, novels, and comics in Korea. Until now, the earliest and fullest text of this incredible fable has been inaccessible to English readers. Hong Gildong, the brilliant but illegitimate son of a noble government minister, cannot advance in society due to his second-class status, so he leaves home and becomes the leader of a band of outlaws. On the way to building his own empire and gaining acceptance from his family, Hong Gildong vanquishes assassins, battles monsters, and conquers kingdoms. Minsoo Kang’s expressive and lively new translation finally makes the authoritative text of this premodern tale available in English, reintroducing a noble and righteous outlaw and sharing a beloved hallmark of Korean culture. "Hong Gildong is an iconic figure in the Korean literary canon...He's the mythic center of a sometimes-delightful, sometimes-unsettling tale, and it's time the Western world gets to know him." —NPR "[A] marvel-filled swashbuckler...Besides being half fairy tale, half social protest novel, The Story of Hong Gildong possesses a profound resonance for modern Koreans." —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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L' homme-plante

Author: Julien Offray de La Mettrie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783897396067

Category:

Page: 67

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Hoffnung: Eine Tragödie

Author: Shalom Auslander

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827076390

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Das Landstädtchen Stockton ist der durchschnittlichste aller Orte auf dieser Welt: niemand Berühmtes wurde hier geboren, nichts erfunden, keine berühmten Schlachten sind hier geschlagen worden. Genau das, was die Kugels gesucht haben. Einen Neuanfang. Nochmal von vorne beginnen. Doch schon kurz nach dem Umzug geht einiges schief: Kugels sture Mutter zieht ein und treibt alle in den Wahnsinn. Dann zündet ein Unbekannter in der Nachbarschaft Farmhäuser an, genau so eines wie das, das Kugel gerade gekauft hat. Und dann, eines Nachts, hört Kugel das komische Tappen vom Dachboden. Schlaflos, angsterfüllt steigt er hinauf. Und dieses kleine Überbleibsel der Vergangenheit, das er dort entdeckt, die se fiese sarkastische Spitze der Geschichte, macht alles nur noch viel, viel schlimmer. Hoffnung: eine Tragödie ist bitterböse und unendlich komisch, ein galoppierendes Gespenst der Geschichte, eine Abhandlung über die conditio humana und eine Komödie zugleich.
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Das Leben Jesu

Author: David Friedrich Strauß

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Keith Haring

Heaven and Hell : Museum für Neue Kunst, ZKM Karlsruhe

Author: Götz Adriani

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783775710817

Category: 1980-1989

Page: 200

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Kunstvolle Wissenschaft

Aufklärung, Unterhaltung und der Niedergang der visuellen Bildung

Author: Barbara Maria Stafford

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783865724403

Category:

Page: 383

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Wunder, Beweise und Tatsachen

zur Geschichte der Rationalität

Author: Lorraine Daston

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy and science

Page: 184

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