Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, by Gene D. Phillips

By Gene D. Phillips

greater than the other author, Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) is liable for elevating detective tales from the extent of pulp fiction to that of literature. Philip Marlowe - his cynical, hard-boiled deepest eye - set the traditional for tough, brooding heroes with a powerful experience of honour regardless of residing in an unfair global. Like Ian Fleming's James Bond, Marlowe has lived past his creator's works, showing in radio and tv exhibits and in different movie diversifications. Chandler's seven novels, together with "The colossal Sleep" (1939) and "The lengthy see you later" (1953), with their pessimistic view of existence and stark, grim realism, had a right away effect upon the emergence of movie noir. as well as the novels, Chandler wrote brief tales and penned the screenplays for numerous motion pictures, together with "Double Indemnity" (1944) and "Strangers on a teach" (1951). this can be a biocritical research of the works of Raymond Chandler.
It explores Chandler's unpublished script for "Lady within the Lake", examines the variations within the American and British releases of "Stranders on A Train", discusses the benefits of the unproduced screenplay for "Playback" and compares Howard Hawks's administrators reduce of "The colossal Sleep" with the model proven in cinemas. the writer deals an perception into the genius of Chandler and the facility of his imaginative and prescient to go beyond the limitations of a unmarried artwork form.

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Verse Going Viral: China's New Media Scenes (Modern Language by Heather Inwood

By Heather Inwood

Verse Going Viral examines what occurs whilst poetry, a crucial pillar of conventional chinese language tradition, encounters an period of electronic media and unabashed consumerism within the early twenty-first century. Heather Inwood units out to resolve a paradox surrounding sleek chinese language poetry: whereas poetry as a illustration of excessive tradition is largely assumed to be marginalized to the purpose of �death,� poetry task thrives around the state, making the most of China�s persevered self-identity as a �nation of poetry� (shiguo) and from the interactive possibilities created via the web and different kinds of participatory media. via a cultural reports strategy that treats poetry as a social instead of a merely textual shape, Inwood considers how which means is created and contested either inside of China�s media-savvy poetry scenes and through contributors of the general public, who deal with poetry with a mix of reverence and ridicule.

As the 1st e-book to deal explicitly with the discourses and functioning of scenes in the chinese language cultural context, Verse Going Viral could be of price to scholars and students of chinese language literature, cultural experiences, and media, in addition to to common readers drawn to China's dynamic cultural scenes.

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The Dialectic of Taste: On the Rise and Fall of by David Michalski

By David Michalski

The Dialectic of style examines the classy economic system within the context of financial crises. It explains how a brand new trouble for aesthetics, obvious in artisan markets, used to be born out of the ashes of McDonaldization to develop into a effective strength this present day, in a position to either regulating social identification and sparking social change.

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Our America: Nativism, Modernism, and Pluralism by Walter Benn Michaels

By Walter Benn Michaels

Arguing that the modern dedication to the significance of cultural identification has renovated instead of changed an prior dedication to racial id, Walter Benn Michaels asserts that the assumption of tradition, faraway from constituting a problem to racism, is absolutely a sort of racism. Our America deals either a provocative reinterpretation of the position of identification in modernism and a sustained critique of the position of id in postmodernism.
“We have an excellent wish to be supremely American,” Calvin Coolidge wrote in 1924. That hope, Michaels tells us, is on the very middle of yankee modernism, giving shape and substance to a cultural circulate that will in flip redefine America’s cultural and collective identity—ultimately alongside racial strains. A provocative reinterpretation of yankee modernism, Our America additionally bargains a brand new manner of realizing present debates over the that means of race, id, multiculturalism, and pluralism.
Michaels contends that the cultured move of modernism and the social move of nativism got here jointly within the Nineteen Twenties of their dedication to solve the that means of identity—linguistic, nationwide, cultural, and racial. simply because the Johnson Immigration Act of 1924, which excluded extraterrestrial beings, and the Indian Citizenship Act of an analogous 12 months, which venerated the really local, reconceptualized nationwide identification, so the key texts of yank writers similar to Cather, Faulkner, Hurston, and Williams reinvented id as an item of pathos—something that may be misplaced or stumbled on, defended or betrayed. Our the United States is either a historical past and a critique of this invention, tracing its improvement from the white supremacism of the revolutionary interval during the cultural pluralism of the Twenties. Michaels’s sustained rereading of the texts of the period—the canonical, the preferred, and the fewer familiar—exposes habitual matters corresponding to the reconception of identical to the Indian as a logo of racial purity and nationwide origins, the relation among international conflict I and race, contradictory appeals to the kin as a version for the kingdom, and anxieties approximately replica that subliminally tie whiteness and nationwide identification to incest, sterility, and impotence.

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Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture by Andrea Jain

By Andrea Jain

Premodern and early sleek yoga contain suggestions with a variety of goals, from turning inward looking for the genuine self, to turning outward for divine union, to channeling physically strength in pursuit of sexual excitement. Early smooth yoga additionally encompassed countercultural ideals and practices. by contrast, this day, glossy yoga goals on the enhancement of the mind-body advanced yet does so in response to modern dominant metaphysical, well-being, and health paradigms. as a result, yoga is now part of pop culture. In Selling Yoga, Andrea R. Jain explores the popularization of yoga within the context of late-twentieth-century customer tradition. She departs from traditional ways by way of undermining essentialist definitions of yoga in addition to assumptions that yoga underwent a linear trajectory of accelerating popularization. whereas a few reviews trivialize popularized yoga structures via lowering them to the mere commodification or corruption of what's perceived as an differently fastened, real process, Jain means that this dichotomy oversimplifies the historical past of yoga in addition to its meanings for modern practitioners.

By discussing a wide range of recent yoga kinds, from Iyengar Yoga to Bikram Yoga, Jain argues that popularized yoga can't be dismissed--that it has a number of non secular meanings and capabilities. Yoga manufacturers destabilize the fundamental software of yoga commodities and assign to them new meanings that signify the success of self-developmental wishes usually deemed sacred in modern shopper culture.

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Unseen: My Journey by Reggie Yates

By Reggie Yates

From Grange Hill to Top of the Pops, Reggie Yates has been on digital camera the majority of his existence, yet it’s as a documentary filmmaker – and an attractive fearless one at that – the place he has really been making his mark, investigating every thing from gun crime in Chicago, to lifestyles as a refugee in Iraq.

In his first book, Unseen, Reggie takes us behind the curtain on his trip from television host to documentary storyteller. utilizing the various key moments and severe situations he has stumbled on himself in, Reggie examines what he has discovered in regards to the global, and himself as a person.

Beginning as a short exploration of Reggie’s courting with the digicam and existence starting to be up on monitor, Unseen explores the adventure Reggie has taken within the documentary global. at the beginning immune to documentary making, Reggie was once confident his perspective as a tender black operating category guy with a historical past in song, children’s television and leisure wouldn't make his movies remotely credible. via clash and demanding situations on monitor, the knowledge won from the very factor as soon as visible as a weak spot could develop into his energy on digital camera, because the eye of the everyman and voice of the viewers. Unseen unpicks the tales in the back of the attention-grabbing characters and events Reggie encounters throughout a sequence of movies, in addition to chronicling the non-public development via every one trying out shoot for Yates himself.

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The Gülen Movement: A Sociological Analysis of a Civic by Helen Rose Ebaugh

By Helen Rose Ebaugh

This is a publication approximately an Islamic circulation, the Gülen flow, that's rooted in a average model of Islam and that promotes interfaith and intercultural conversation and international peace. in keeping with interviews with supporters of the flow in Turkey and within the U.S. and visits to Gülen-inspired colleges, hospitals, newspapers and reduction companies, the e-book describes a flow that has thousands of supporters in Turkey and that has unfold to over a hundred nations on 5 continents.

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Families in Asia: Home and Kin by Stella Quah

By Stella Quah

Families in Asia presents a special sociological research of relations tendencies in Asia.

Stella R. Quah makes use of demographic and survey information, own interviews and case stories from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to supply a wide-ranging comparative research of kin traits and the function of the country and social coverage.

Focusing at the so much appropriate and demanding features of kinfolk and relatives, chapters contain:

Concepts and study developments

Family forming



Gender roles in households

Marriage breakdown

The effect of Socio-economic development

This re-creation has been up to date and extended all through and contains new fabric on dowry, singlehood, adoption, the transformation of the senior iteration, alterations in family members courts and the function of the country in relations wellbeing.

Families in Asia often is the ideal better half for college kids and students alike who're drawn to kinfolk sociology, public and social coverage, and Asian society and tradition extra broadly.


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La culture des sentiments: L'expérience télévisuelle des by Dominique Pasquier

By Dominique Pasquier

Quelle position tient los angeles télévision dans los angeles vie des teens ? remark se constituent leurs family members à l'écran ? Quels liens établissent-ils avec les personnages imaginaires des séries qu'ils regardent ? Telles sont quelques unes des questions auxquelles Dominique Pasquier répond dans ce livre. Pendant quatre années, elle a dépouillé des milliers de lettres adressées par des petites lovers à l'héroïne de l. a. série à succès Hélène et les garçons. Elle a, de plus, enquêté dans des familles, discuté de leurs personnages préférés avec des collégiens et lycéens, observé des jeux collectifs dans les cours de récréation. vehicle, et c'est l'un des premiers apports de cette recherche, l'expérience des médias n'est jamais une expérience solitaire : los angeles sociabilité enfantine se constitue en intègrant ces héros familiers. Pièce par pièce, l'auteur nous entraîne ici dans une enquête minutieuse, subtile et émouvante au cours de laquelle on découvre los angeles position jouée par los angeles fiction dans l'apprentissage de los angeles vie sentimentale, son rôle d'accompagnement des premières expériences amoureuses et l. a. place stratégique qu'elle occupe dans l. a. nouvelle définition des identités sexuées. Ni dupes, ni dupés, ni passifs, ni manipulés, les enfants et les teens utilisent l. a. fiction comme une expérience du monde et ses personnages comme des modèles de vie : il faut leur ressembler pour arriver à être soi. Mais ces héros au pouvoir normatif sont l'objet d'une id fugitive qui cesse dès qu'en est épuisé le potentiel. Par delà l'originalité de los angeles démarche et los angeles finesse des analyses, ce travail pionnier n'a pas seulement le mérite d'éliminer certains stéréotypes liés à l'utilisation de los angeles télévision par les jeunes : il ouvre los angeles voie à une véritable anthropologie des publics.

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The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy: Subversive by Bruce Krajewski,Joshua Heter

By Bruce Krajewski,Joshua Heter

The guy within the excessive Castle is an Amazon television convey, according to the Philip okay. Dick novel, approximately an “alternate current” (beginning within the Nineteen Sixties) within which Germany and Japan gained international conflict II, with the previous Western US occupied through Japan, the previous japanese US occupied by means of Nazi Germany, and a small “neutral sector” among them. A topic of the tale is that during this substitute international there's keen hypothesis, fueled through the illicit newsreel, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, approximately how the realm could were various if the USA had gained the war.
       In The guy within the excessive fortress and Philosophy, twenty-two expert thinkers examine philosophical matters raised by way of this ongoing company in “alternative history.” One query is whether or not it particularly made a profound distinction that the Allies gained the battle, and precisely what modifications in way of life we may well anticipate to come up from an obvious historic turning element. may possibly it's that a few dramatic old occasions have purely superficial outcomes, whereas a few not noted occurrences result in catastrophic results?
       Another subject is the search for fact in an international of presidency incorrect information, and the way dissenting businesses could make headway.

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