Will Brooker, author of Batman Unmasked and Using the Force, turns his attention to Lewis Carroll and Alice. He takes the reader through a fascinating and revealing tour of late 20th Century popular culture, following Alice and her creator wherever they go. Brooker reveals the ways in which this iconic character has been used and adapted, taking in cartoons, movies, computer games, theme parks, heritage sites, novelisations, illustrations, biographies, theatrical performances, toys and other products, websites, fan clubs and much more. The result is a remarkable analysis of how one original creation has expanded over time to symbolize many different things to many different people.
Clifford Geertz - Local Knowledge
In essays covering everything from art and common sense to charisma and constructions of the self, the eminent cultural anthropologist and author of The Interpretation of Cultures deepens our understanding of human societies through the intimacies of "local knowledge." A companion volume to The Interpretation of Cultures, this book continues Geertz’s exploration of the meaning of culture and the importance of shared cultural symbolism. With a new introduction by the author.
Clifford Geertz - After the Fact
"Suppose," Clifford Geertz suggests, "having entangled yourself every now and again over four decades or so in the goings-on in two provincial towns, one a Southeast Asian bend in the road, one a North African outpost and passage point, you wished to say something about how those goings-on had changed." A narrative presents itself, a tour of indices and trends, perhaps a memoir? None, however, will suffice, because in forty years more has changed than those two towns--the anthropologist, for instance, anthropology itself, even the intellectual and moral world in which the discipline exists. And so, in looking back on four decades of anthropology in the field, Geertz has created a work that is characteristically unclassifiable, a personal history that is also a retrospective reflection on developments in the human sciences amid political, social, and cultural changes in the world. An elegant summation of one of the most remarkable careers in anthropology, it is at the same time an eloquent statement of the purposes and possibilities of anthropology's interpretive powers. To view his two towns in time, Pare in Indonesia and Sefrou in Morocco, Geertz adopts various perspectives on anthropological research and analysis during the post-colonial period, the Cold War, and the emergence of the new states of Asia and Africa. Throughout, he clarifies his own position on a broad series of issues at once empirical, methodological, theoretical, and personal. The result is a truly original book, one that displays a particular way of practicing the human sciences and thus a particular--and particularly efficacious--view of what these sciences are, have been, and should become.
Clifford Geertz - The Interpretation of Cultures
In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.
Clifford Geertz - Works and Lives
The illusion that ethnography is a matter of sorting strange and irregular facts into familiar and orderly categories—this is magic, that is technology—has long since been exploded. What it is instead, however, is less clear. That it might be a kind of writing, putting things to paper, has now and then occurred to those engaged in producing it, consuming it, or both. But the examination of it as such has been impeded by several considerations, none of them very reasonable. One of these, especially weighty among the producers, has been simply that it is an unanthropological sort of thing to do. What a proper ethnographer ought properly to be doing is going out to places, coming back with information about how people live there, and making that information available to the professional community in practical form, not lounging about in libraries reflecting on literary questions. Excessive concern, which in practice usually means any concern at all, with how ethnographic texts are constructed seems like an unhealthy self-absorption—time wasting at best, hypochondriacal at worst. The advantage of shifting at least part of our attention from the fascinations of field work, which have held us so long in thrall, to those of writing is not only that this difficulty will become more clearly understood, but also that we shall learn to read with a more percipient eye. A hundred and fifteen years (if we date our profession, as conventionally, from Tylor) of asseverational prose and literary innocence is long enough.
Yukio Mishima - The Decay of the Angel
The Sea of Fertility (豊饒の海 Hōjō no Umi) is a tetralogy written by the Japanese author Yukio Mishima. The four novels include Spring Snow (1966), Runaway Horses (1969), The Temple of Dawn (1970) and The Decay of the Angel (1971). The series, which Mishima began writing in 1964 and which was his final work, is usually thought of as his masterpiece. Its title refers to the Mare Fecunditatis, a „sea” on the Moon.
Roland Barthes - New Critical Essays
New Critical gathers Roland Barthes's essays on classic texts of French literature, works by La Rochefoucauld, Chateaubriand, Proust, Flaubert, Fromentin, and Lori. Like an artist sketching, Barthes in these essays is working out the more fascinating details of his larger theories. In the innocuously names "Proust and Names" and "Flaubert and Sentences," Barthes explores the relation of the author to writing that begins his transition to his later thought. In his studies of La Rochefoucauld's maxims and the illustrative plates of the Encyclopedia, Barthes reveals new vistas on common cultural artifacts, while "Where to Begin?" offers a glimpse into his own analytical processes. The concluding essays on Fromentin and Loti show the breadth of Barthes's inquiry. As a whole, the essays demonstrate both the acuity and freshness of Barthes's critical mind and the gracefulness of his own use of language.
Mo Yan - The Garlic Ballads
Banned in China after the Tiananmen Square massacre, this epic novel by one of China's leading writers portrays a people driven to smash the rigid confines of their ancient traditions. The farmers of Paradise County have been leading a hardscrabble life unchanged for generations. The Communist government encourages them to plant garlic, but selling the crop is not as easy as they believed. Warehouses fill up, taxes skyrocket, and government officials maltreat those who have traveled for days to sell their harvest. When a surplus on the garlic market ensues, the farmers watch in horror as their crop wither and rot in the fields. Families are destroyed by the random imprisonment of young and old for alleged crimes against the state. Prisoners languish in horrifying conditions in their cells. Enraged, the farmers storm the headquarters of corrupt Communist officials in a riot of apocalyptic proprotions while a blind street singer rails against the chaos and destruction. His voice is the conscience of the land and his fate will mirror the country's. Against this turmoil unfold three tales of love, loyalty, and vengeance: between man and woman, father and child, friend and friend. The Garlic Ballads is a powerful vision of life under the heel of an inflexible and uncaring government. It is also a delicate story of love and the struggle to maintain that love in the face of overwhelming obstacles.
Mo Yan - Change
In Change, Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature, personalizes the political and social changes in his country over the past few decades in this novella disguised as autobiography—or vice-versa. Unlike most historical narratives from China, which are pegged to political events, Change is a representative of “people’s history,” a bottom-up rather than top-down view of a country in flux. By moving back and forth in time and focusing on small events and everyday people, Mo Yan breathes life into history by describing the effects of larger-than-life events on the average citizen.
Sylvia Plath - Selected Poems
Sylvia Plath is one of the defining voices in twentieth-century poetry. This classic selection of her work, made by her former husband Ted Hughes, provides the perfect introduction to this most influential of poets. The poems are taken from Sylvia Plath's four collections Ariel, The Colossus, Crossing the Water and Winter Trees, and include many of her most celebrated works, such as 'Daddy', 'Lady Lazarus' and 'Wuthering Heights'.
Ted Hughes - Wolfwatching
The fourteenth collection from England's Poet Laureate, containing several characteristic poems, in which nature is presented with striking exactitude, unclouded by sentiment. But Hughes breaks new ground with a number of intimate poems that memorialize members of his family as they were in his youth.
Kim Stanley Robinson - Shaman
An award-winning and bestselling SF writer, Kim Stanley Robinson is widely acknowledged as one of the most exciting and visionary writers in the field. His latest novel, 2312, imagined how we would be living 300 years from now. Now, with his new novel, he turns from our future to our past - to the paleolithic era, and an extraordinary moment in humanity's development. An emotionally powerful and richly detailed portrayal of life 20,000 years ago, it is a novel that will appeal both to his existing fans and a whole new mainstream readership.
Brian W. Aldiss - A Rude Awakening
In this powerful addition to the legend of a sex-prone sergeant, Horatio Stubbs finds himself in trouble with women - and not for the first time. However, quite uncommonly, Stubbs seems to be enjoying a period of success, with a bevy of eager women who all want a piece of him. The whoring, boozing and army horseplay of this novel take place in serious surroundings. The year is 1946, and British, Dutch, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian forces confront each other for possession of the island of Sumatra.
Richard Morgan - Thirteen
The future isn’t what it used to be since Richard K. Morgan arrived on the scene. He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs - private eye, soldier of fortune, and all-purpose antihero - into the body-swapping, hard-boiled, urban jungle of tomorrow in Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies, winning the Philip K. Dick Award in the process. In Market Forces, he launched corporate gladiator Chris Faulkner into the brave new business of war-for-profit. Now, in Thirteen, Morgan radically reshapes and recharges science fiction yet again, with a new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, hired gun, and a man without a country... or a planet. Marsalis is one of a new breed. Literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth’s distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back - and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison - a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous. Luckily, his “enhanced” life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive. But this one is no common criminal. He’s another Thirteen - one who’s already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there’s no question Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: can he remain sane - and alive - long enough to succeed?
Damien Broderick - Reading by Starlight
Reading by Starlight explores the characteristics in the writing, marketing and reception of science fiction which distinguish it as a genre. Damien Broderick explores the postmodern self-referentiality of the sci-fi narrative, its intricate coded language and discursive `encyclopaedia'. He shows how, for perfect understanding, sci-fi readers must learn the codes of these imaginary worlds and vocabularies, all the time picking up references to texts by other writers. Reading by Starlight includes close readings of paradigmatic cyberpunk texts and writings by SF novelists and theorists including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Patrick Parrinder, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Varley, Roger Zelazny, William Gibson, Fredric Jameson and Samuel R. Delaney.
Raymond Carver - Elephant
These seven stories were the last that Carver wrote. Among them is one of his longest, "Errand", in which he imagines the death of Chekhov, a writer Carver hugely admired and to whose work his own was often compared. This fine story suggests that the greatest of modern short-story writers may, in the year before his untimely death, have been flexing his muscles for a longer work.
Peter F. Hamilton - The Temporal Void
The second book in Peter F. Hamilton's bestselling Void Trilogy Humanity is in turmoil as a fanatical cult, inspired by projected dreams from the Void, prepares to journey beyond its boundaries - no matter what they will unleash in doing so... Investigator Paula Myo is determined to find the Void's 'Second Dreamer', Araminta, who is channelling the latest visions of Edeard the Waterwalker. A messiah, it's his crusade against injustice that has influenced billions to risk journeying into the unknown. It's only as the dreams reach their culmination and Edeard's story nears its end that the Void's true nature will be revealed. And by then it may be too late...
Ruth Gairns - Stuart Redman - Oxford Word Skills Intermediate Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Learn and practise the verbs, prepositions and idioms you need to speak and write naturally in English. Part of the highly-successful Oxford Word Skills series, it helps students improve their vocabulary and vocabulary learning skills by presenting and practising over 1000 Idioms and Phrasal Verbs in everyday contexts. Lots of opportunity for personalization and review gives them the confidence to use their new vocabulary. Key features • Over 1000 new idioms and phrasal verbs organized into 60 units • Units are presented in thematic modules such as 'Thinking, learning, knowledge' and 'Communicating with people' • 'About you' or 'About your country' gives students the opportunity to personalize new vocabulary. • Covers all the phrasal verbs students need to know for major exams • Ideal for self-study or in the classroom • Online activities and information on the history of idioms • Review units provide further opportunity for students to revise and test themselves
Ismeretlen szerző - Az én vizuális nyelvem
„Ebből az emberből - szándékosan nem nevezem itt grafikusnak - árad a szeretet, képeiből, azok kommentárjaiból, kötetéből…. Annak a művésznek, gondolkodónak, kommunikátornak a megértő szeretetéé, aki soha nem dadogott egyetlen műfajban sem, sem írásban, sem rajzban, sem tanításban, sem grafikák tervezésében.” /Kemény György/ Az Enciklopédia Kiadó gondozásában most megjelent Az én vizuális nyelvem c. kötet életmű, Molnár Gyula vizuális ars poéticája. Az olvasók - a tanítványok, a szakma, és az érdeklődők – végigkövethetik Molnár Gyula munkáit, megismerhetik a művész saját vizuális nyelvét, felfedezve a közelmúlt magyar alkalmazott grafikájának ismert, frappáns, és meghatározó kalandjait. Rubik kocka, Zwack Unicum, Magyar Posta arculata, logoja, az Európai Uniós csatlakozás bélyegsorozata, Halls VITA-C, Porotherm, Trident, Volkswagen, Dunapack, Gilde, IBM, BKV… - és még sorolhatnánk Molnár Gyula alkotásait, amelyek mindennapi életünk képelemei, kultikus filmplakátok, - Ez a kedves Viktor, Etüdök gépzongorára - kortörténeti mementóként művészeti katalógusok, vicces grafikák, írások, szubjektumok, és objektumok, Molnár Gyulától, Molnár Gyuláról.
Steven Erikson - Blood Follows
All is not well in Lamentable Moll. A sinister, diabolical killer stalks the port city’s narrow, barrow-humped streets, and panic grips the citizens like a fever. Emancipor Reese is no exception, and indeed, with his legendary ill luck, it’s worse for him than for most. Not only was his previous employer the unknown killer’s latest victim, but Emancipor is out of work. And, with his dearest wife terminally comfortable with the manner of life to which she asserts she has become accustomed (or at least to which she aspires) — for her and their two whelps — all other terrors grow limp and pale for poor Emancipor. But perhaps his luck has finally changed, for two strangers have come to Lamentable Moll… and they have nailed to the centre post in Fishmonger’s Round a note requesting the services of a manservant. This is surely a remarkable opportunity for the hapless Emancipor Reese… no matter that the note reeks with death-warded magic; no matter that the barrow ghosts themselves howl with fear every night; and certainly no matter that Lamentable Moll itself is about to erupt in a frenzy of terror-inspired anarchy…. After all, it’s work… and working is better than not working. Isn’t it? First in a series of novellas taking place in the Malazan Empire.
Kim Stanley Robinson - 2312 (angol)
The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.