Essays and Reflections

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547540655

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 1919


Essays and reflections from one of the twentieth century’s most original cultural critics, with an introduction by Hannah Arendt. Walter Benjamin was an icon of criticism, renowned for his insight on art, literature, and philosophy. This volume includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and Brecht’s epic theater. Illuminations also includes his penetrating study “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary mode; and his theses on the philosophy of history. Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and introduces them with a classic essay about Benjamin’s life in a dark historical era. Leon Wieseltier’s preface explores Benjamin’s continued relevance for our times. Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and Jewish mysticism as presented by Gershom Scholem.​

A Season in Hell and the Illuminations

Author: Arthur Rimbaud

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195017601

Category: Drama

Page: 181

View: 5860


This new translation, with the French text on the facing pages, captures the tone and rhythm of Rimbaud's language as well as the quality of his thought.

Shakespearean Illuminations

Essays in Honor of Marvin Rosenberg

Author: Marvin Rosenberg

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874136579

Category: Drama

Page: 371

View: 4700


Topics in this collection include discussions of acting the "Big Four, " as well as studies on politics, language, and history.

Illuminations from the Past

Trauma, Memory, and History in Modern China

Author: Ban Wang

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804750998

Category: History

Page: 311

View: 3731


This book offers a cultural history of modern China by looking at the tension between memory and history. Mainstream books on China tend to focus on the hard aspects of economics, government, politics, or international relations. This book takes a humanistic look at modern changes and examines how Chinese intellectuals and artists experienced trauma, social upheavals, and transformations. Drawing on a wide array of sources in political and aesthetic writings, literature, film, and public discourse, the author has portrayed the unique ways the Chinese imagine and portray their own historical destiny in the midst of trauma, catastrophe, and runaway globalization.


A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen

Author: Mary Sharratt

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547567847

Category: Fiction

Page: 274

View: 8396


A tale inspired by the life of the 12th-century abbess, composer and prophet depicts a young girl who upon being given to the Church rejects the order's masochistic piety and finds grace in studying books, growing herbs and rejoicing in divine visions before finding ways to liberate her sisters and herself. 20,000 first printing.


The Human Becoming Theory in Practice and Research

Author: Rosemarie Rizzo Parse

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9780763711108

Category: Medical

Page: 409

View: 9214


Intended as a reference and guide for instructors teaching life science and any discipline at the high school and/or college level where evolution is likely to be covered. In addition, it is an excellent read for anyone interested in the creation/evolution controversy.Course Names--Biological Sciences 53: Evolution, Diversity, and History of Life-BIO. 455 Evolution-330 Evolution-BIN 200: Biology of VertebratesSample Course DescriptionsA study of the process of organic evolution and its result: the structural, functional, and genetic diversity of organisms. Emphasis on recent advances in understanding phylogenetic relationships among the primary groups of organisms, major events in the history of life, and the fundamental concepts and methods of evolutionary biology. A study of organic evolution and its theoretical basis. This course develops three major themes: the history of evolutionary thought, the mechanisms of evolution, amd highlights in the history of life. Offered in alternate years. Study of the processes of evolution from macromolecules to the genesis of major groups of life. Examination of Neo-Darwinian theories of adaptation and natural selection as well as competing scientific explanations of evolutionary change. Assessment of contemporary criticism of Darwinian theory. Three class hours per week in seminar format with emphasis on reading of primary literature and discussion.

A Season in Hell and Illuminations

Author: Arthur Rimbaud

Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780918526892

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 176

View: 9028


"With skill and imagination, Bertrand Mathieu gives us an intimacy of the spoken American that allows readers to absorb themselves in Rimbaud's private drama as in an obsessive dream of our own.... Mathieu has earned our gratitude and praise for his accomplishment: to have given Rimbaud his contemporary relevance for us."--David Ignatow


Magnifying the Light of Christ through the Pen

Author: LaTonja Brown

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491705884

Category: Religion

Page: 144

View: 2867


Through poetry, essays, and a short story, the contributing writers of Illuminations share their struggles, fears, and doubts and relay their underlying faith and hope they have in their walk with God. Compiled by LaTonja Brown, this anthology contains works by members of the Pentecostal Covenant Church in Seattle, Washington, with the youngest writer being ten years old. The works’ tone, mood, and emotion move up and down between despair and hope, failure and triumph, and doubt and faith. The writings address a plethora of subjects including death, struggle, illness, broken relationships, identity, abuse, loss, hope, and healing. Though the selections often address serious and heartfelt topics, the writings communicate that through it all, there is a beacon of light. It demonstrates the resiliency of the human spirit and shows that despite the odds, we hold on to our hope and faith that all things work for our good.

American Illuminations

Urban Lighting, 1800–1920

Author: David E. Nye

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262037416

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 9064


How Americans adapted European royal illuminations for patriotic celebrations, spectacular expositions, and intensely bright commercial lighting to create the world's most dazzling and glamorous cities. Illuminated fêtes and civic celebrations began in Renaissance Italy and spread through the courts of Europe. Their fireworks, torches, lamps, and special effects glorified the monarch, marked the birth of a prince, or celebrated military victory. Nineteenth-century Americans rejected such monarchial pomp and adapted spectacular lighting to their democratic, commercial culture. In American Illuminations, David Nye explains how they experimented with gas and electric light to create illuminated cityscapes far brighter and more dynamic than those of Europe, and how these illuminations became symbols of modernity and the conquest of nature. Americans used gaslight and electricity in parades, expositions, advertising, elections, and political spectacles. In the 1880s, cities erected powerful arc lights on towers to create artificial moonlight. By the 1890s they adopted more intensive, commercial lighting that defined distinct zones of light and glamorized the city's White Ways, skyscrapers, bridges, department stores, theaters, and dance halls. Poor and blighted areas disappeared into the shadows. American illuminations also became integral parts of national political campaigns, presidential inaugurations, and victory celebrations after the Spanish-American War and World War I.