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Mimesis And Alterity

Author : Michael Taussig
ISBN : 9781136645389
Genre : Social Science
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In his most ambitious and accomplished work to date, Michael Taussig undertakes a history of mimesis, the practice of imitation, and its relation to alterity, the opposition of Self and Other. Drawing upon such diverse sources as theories of Benjamin, Adorno and Horckheimer, research on the Cuna Indians, and theories of colonialism and postcolonialism, Taussig shows that the history of mimesis is deeply tied to colonialism, and more specifically, to the colonial trade's construction of "savages." With analysis that is vigorous, unorthodox, and often breathtaking, Taussig's cross-cultural discussion of mimesis deepens our understanding of the relationship between ethnography, racism and society.
Category: Social Science

The Cultural Life Of Intellectual Properties

Author : Rosemary J. Coombe
ISBN : 082232119X
Genre : Law
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Identity and Struggle at the Margins of the Nation-State brings together new research on the social history of Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Aviva Chomsky and Aldo A. Lauria Santiago have gathered both well-known and emerging scholars to demonstrate how the actions and ideas of rural workers, peasants, migrants, and women formed an integral part of the growth of the export economies of the era and to examine the underacknowledged impact such groups had on the shaping of national histories. Responding to the fact that the more common, elite-centred "national" histories distort or erase the importance of gender, race, ethnicity, popular consciousness, and identity, contributors to this volume correct this imbalance by moving these previously overlooked issues to the centre of historical research and analysis. In so doing, they describe how these marginalised working peoples of the Hispanic Caribbean Basin managed to remain centred on not only class-based issues but on a sense of community, a desire for dignity, and a struggle for access to resources. Individual essays include discussions of plantation justice in Guatemala, highland Indians in Nicaragua, the effects of foreign corporations in Costa Rica, coffee production in El Salvador, banana workers in Honduras, sexuality and working-class feminism in Puerto Rico, the Cuban sugar industry, agrarian reform in the Dominican Republic, and finally, potential directions for future research and historiography on Central America and the Caribbean. This collection will have a wide audience among Caribbeanists and Central Americanists, as well as students of gender studies, and labour, social, Latin American, and agrarian history. Contributors: Patricia Alvarenga, Barry Carr, Julie A. Charlip, Aviva Chomsky, Dario Euraque, Eileen Findlay, Cindy Forster, Jeffrey L. Gould, Lowell Gudmundson, Aldo A. Lauria Santiago, Francisco Scarano, Richard Turits
Category: Law

Modernism And Magic

Author : Leigh Wilson
ISBN : 9780748672332
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Explores the interplay between modernist experiment and occult discourses in the early twentieth century
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Museum Gallery And Cultural Architecture In Australia New Zealand And The Pacific Region

Author : Michael J. Ostwald
ISBN : UOM:39015068822512
Genre : Architecture
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This collection of essays examines a number of major pieces of architecture constructed in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region, considering common traits and attempting to offer a hermeneutical framework for engaging Antipodean cultural architecture. This work should appeal to scholars interested in architectural studies, urban design, museology and cultural theory. countries throughout the South Pacific have displayed a particular fascination with the possibility that architecture may be able to embody regional cultural identity. centers that have been constructed in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific regions. The majority of these buildings, landscapes or structures have been completed in the last few years and all have employed different architectural strategies to shape their designs. This collection of nine critical essays by leading scholars of contemporary architecture provides an important survey and assessment of Antipodean cultural architecture. Emphasizing common traits, the introduction to the text asks how this phenomenon might be understood and why it may be relevant in different regions around the world. Acknowledging the pluralistic nature of Antipodean architecture, the conclusion offers an alternative hermeneutical framework, one that accepts the fragmentary nature of the contemporary cultural landscape.
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Music Madness And The Unworking Of Language

Author : John T Hamilton
ISBN : 9780231142212
Genre : Literary Criticism
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John T. Hamilton investigates how literary, philosophical, and psychological treatments of music and madness challenge the limits of representation, thereby creating a crisis of language. He particularly focuses on the decidedly autobiographical impulse of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, where musical experience and mental disturbance disrupt the expression of referential thought, illuminating the irreducible aspects of the self before language can work them back into a discursive system. The study begins in the 1750s with Diderot's Neveu de Rameau, and situates that text in relation to Rousseau's reflections on the voice and the burgeoning discipline of musical aesthetics. Hamilton then traces the linkage of music and madness that courses through the work of Herder, Hegel, Wackenroder, and Kleist before turning his attention to E. T. A. Hoffmann, whose writings of the first decades of the nineteenth century accumulate and qualify preceding traditions. Throughout his analysis, Hamilton considers the particular representations that link music and madness, exploring underlying motives, preconceptions, and ideological premises that facilitate the association of these two experiences.
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ISBN : STANFORD:36105007237063
Genre : Philosophy
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Arrow Talk

Author : Andrew Strathern
ISBN : 0873386612
Genre : History
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This analysis also contributes notably to the development of anthropological perspectives on colonial and postcolonial historical processes. Since the Melpa face many of the same challenges as other "modernizing" people in the Pacific and elsewhere, Strathern and Stewart's insights are valuable for scholars working on similar problems in a variety of ethnographic regions."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: History

Aircraft Stories

Author : John Law
ISBN : UOM:39015055082229
Genre : History
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A case study of a large military aircraft (TSR 2 from British Aircraft Corporation) which explores modernism and postmodernism and how we might think past the limits that these set to our ways of thinking.
Category: History

Mimesis Masochism Mime

Author : Timothy Murray
ISBN : 0472096354
Genre : Performing Arts
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In the first collection of its kind, Timothy Murray brings together in English translation essays by leading French writers, introducing the Anglo-American theater community to the French debate over theatricality and representation -- a debate that has seriously altered European perspectives on literature and language and has slowly begun to affect the pedagogy and practice of theater internationally. Mimesis, Masochism, and Mime includes essays by Louis Althusser, Charles Carmello, Helene Cixous, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Regis Durand, Frantz Fanon, Josette Feral, Michel Foucault, Rene Girard, Andre Green, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Phillipe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Louis Marin. Bringing varying psychological and philosophical views to bear on the historical and contemporary contexts of performance, film, and video, the contributors provide astute commentaries on Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Artaud, as well as fascinating analyses of more recent mixed-media performance from the European stage to the site of North American performance.
Category: Performing Arts