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Schumann’s Music and E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Fiction

by John Macauslan

Four of Schumann's great masterpieces of the 1830s - Carnaval, Fantasiestücke, Kreisleriana and Nachtstücke - are connected to the fiction of E. T. A. Hoffmann. In this book, John MacAuslan traces Schumann's stylistic shifts during this period to offer insights into the expressive musical patterns that give shape, energy and individuality to each work. MacAuslan also relates the works to Schumann's reception of Bach, Beethoven, Novalis and Jean Paul, and focuses on primary sources in his wide-ranging discussion of the broader intellectual and aesthetic contexts. Uncovering lines of influence from Schumann's reading to his writings, and reflecting on how the aesthetic concepts involved might be used today, this book transforms the way Schumann's music and its literary connections can be understood and will be essential reading for musicologists, performers and listeners with an interest in Schumann, early nineteenth-century music and German Romantic culture.

Plant Variation and Evolution

by David Briggs Briggs, David and Walters, S. Max S. Max Walters

Natural populations of plants show intricate patterns of variation. European botanists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries used this variation to classify different 'kinds' into a hierarchy of family, genus, and species. Although useful, these classifications were based on a belief in the fixity of species and the static patterns of variation. Darwin's theory of evolution changed this view; populations and species varied in time and space and were part of a continuing process of evolution. The development of molecular techniques has transformed our understanding of microevolution and the evolutionary history of the flowering plants. This new edition reviews recent progress in its historical context, showing how hypotheses and models developed in the past have been critically tested. The authors consider the remarkable insights that molecular biology has given us into the processes of evolution in populations of cultivated, wild and weedy species, the threats of extinction faced by many endangered species and the wider evolutionary history of the flowering plants as revealed by cladistic methods.

Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction: The Aesthetics of Emotion

by Gerald C. Cupchik

Gerald C. Cupchik builds a bridge between science and the humanities, arguing that interactions between mind and body in everyday life are analogous to relations between subject matter and style in art. According to emotional phase theory, emotional reactions emerge in a 'perfect storm' whereby meaningful situations evoke bodily memories that unconsciously shape and unify the experience. Similarly, in expressionist or impressionist painting, an evocative visual style can spontaneously colour the experience and interpretation of subject matter. Three basic situational themes encompass complementary pairs of primary emotions: attachment (happiness - sadness), assertion (fear -anger), and absorption (interest - disgust). Action episodes, in which a person adapts to challenges or seeks to realize goals, benefit from energizing bodily responses which focus attention on the situation while providing feedback, in the form of pleasure or pain, regarding success or failure. In high representational paintings, style is transparent, making it easier to fluently identify subject matter.

A History of Mexican Literature

by Sánchez Prado, Ignacio M. and Nogar, Anna M. and Serra, José Ramón Ruisánchez Sánchez Prado, Ignacio M. Anna M. Nogar Serra, José Ramón Ruisánchez

A History of Mexican Literature chronicles a story more than five hundred years in the making, looking at the development of literary culture in Mexico from its indigenous beginnings to the twenty-first century. Featuring a comprehensive introduction that charts the development of a complex canon, this History includes extensive essays that illuminate the cultural and political intricacies of Mexican literature. Organized thematically, these essays survey the multilayered verse and fiction of such diverse writers as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mariano Azuela, Xavier Villaurrutia, and Octavio Paz. Written by a host of leading scholars, this History also devotes special attention to the lasting significance of colonialism and multiculturalism in Mexican literature. This book is of pivotal importance to the development of Mexican writing and will serve as an invaluable reference for specialists and students alike.

The Salvador Option

by Russell Crandall

El Salvador's civil war between the Salvadoran government and Marxist guerrillas erupted into full force in early 1981 and endured for eleven bloody years. Unwilling to tolerate an advance of Soviet and Cuban-backed communism in its geopolitical backyard, the US provided over six billion dollars in military and economic aid to the Salvadoran government. El Salvador was a deeply controversial issue in American society and divided Congress and the public into left and right. Relying on thousands of archival documents as well as interviews with participants on both sides of the war, The Salvador Option offers a thorough and fair-minded interpretation of the available evidence. If success is defined narrowly, there is little question that the Salvador Option achieved its Cold War strategic objectives of checking communism. Much more difficult, however, is to determine what human price this 'success' entailed - a toll suffered almost entirely by Salvadorans in this brutal civil war.

Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics: Force and Contention in Contemporary China

by Ralph A. Thaxton Jr.

Why is contemporary China such a politically contentious place? Relying on the memories of the survivors of the worst catastrophe of Maoist rule and documenting the rise of resistance and protest at the grassroots level, this book explains how the terror, hunger, and loss of the socialist past influences the way in which people in the deep countryside see and resist state power in the reform era up to the present-day repression of the People's Republic of China central government. Ralph A. Thaxton, Jr provides us with a worm's-eye view of an 'unknown China' - a China that cannot easily or fully be understood through made-in-the-academy theories and frameworks of why and how rural people have engaged in contentious politics. This book is a truly unique and disturbing look at how rural people relate to an authoritarian political system in a country that aspires to become a stable world power.

The Creepypasta Collection: Modern Urban Legends You Can't Unread

by Mrcreepypasta Vincent V. Cava

"If you place this book back on the shelf now, you'll save yourself!" --Mr Creepypasta There are stories that scare you. And then there are the dark and disturbing creepypasta stories that will leave you seriously freaked out. The Creepypasta Collection is an unsettling anthology of terror, full of nightmares and dangerous creatures--from unearthly supernatural beings to the murderously disturbed. So, lock the doors, check under the bed, turn up the lights, and get ready for an unforgettable, up-all-night journey into the heart of darkness.

The Modern Witchcraft Grimoire: Your Complete Guide to Creating Your Own Book of Shadows

by Skye Alexander

Discover the Power of the Grimoire! A grimoire records your personal journey through the world of magick. It's where you record your favorite spells, chronicle your magical developments, and keep your most treasured secrets. And now, Skye Alexander, spellcraft expert and author of The Modern Guide to Witchcraft, teaches you how to create your own. First, you'll learn the importance and history of the witch's grimoire. Then, you'll go step by step through the process of putting together your very own book. From selecting spells to blessing your grimoire, you will be able to personalize your book of shadows and tailor it to your specific powers. With your own grimoire in hand, you'll be ready to continue your journey in learning the craft.

The Everything Kids' Football Book: All-time Greats, Legendary Teams, and Today's Favorite Players--with Tips on Playing Like a Pro

by Greg Jacobs

All-time greats, teams, today's favorite players, and playing tips! Do you know: What a draw play is? Who holds the all-time touchdown record? What teams play in the Big Ten Conference? You'll go from rookie to Pro Bowler in no time with this football-lover's guide to the gridiron. Whether you're new to the game or a longtime fan, this book has everything you need to know about the exciting game of football! Filled with the latest stats, tackle-worthy trivia, and more than 25 fun puzzles, this revised and updated guide gives you all the ins and outs of the game, including:The history of football and the NFLFootball stats and record holdersHow to predict which teams will make it to the Super BowlHow to develop offensive and defensive skillsFantasy football leaguesPacked with the latest draft, scoring, and league information, this end zone--worthy book helps you discover fun facts about football heroes and legends and coaches you on the tactics of the game so you can make that first down like a pro!

Turmeric for Health: 100 Amazing and Unexpected Uses for Turmeric

by Britt Brandon

Discover the power of turmeric! For centuries, turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow color and its distinctive warm and earthy flavor, has been used in eastern medicine traditions as an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving remedy. Now, new medical studies are confirming this wisdom--and adding to it. Turmeric contains powerful antioxidants, which can help combat chronic life-threatening diseases, including heart disease, certain types of cancer, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. It's also an all-natural remedy for common ailments and an effective health and beauty aid. Turmeric for Health provides 100 all-natural solutions that help:Soothe digestive upsetRelieve daily aches and pains and reduce inflammationImprove metabolic function and weight lossPromote healthy skin, hair, and nailsWith Turmeric for Health, you'll discover all the benefits that this simple spice can bring--without dangerous chemicals or costly procedures.

The Aeneid

by Virgil Robert Fitzgerald

Virgil's great epic transforms the Homeric tradition into a triumphal statement of the Roman civilizing mission. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald.

SheKnows.com Presents - The Best Sex of Your Life: 101 Secrets Every Woman Should Know

by Jennifer Hunt Dan Baritchi

In this book, noted sex experts Jennifer and Dan reveal 101 salacious secrets for delightful encounters between the sheets. You have sex; and sure, it's okay, maybe occasionally even good. But with this new guide they help you kick it up a notch to have the best sex every time.Featuring plenty of tips guaranteed to make you blush, you'll learn to get in touch with your inner seductress for orgasmic results. Among the secrets revealed-why you should...Have sex in front of a mirrorLearn to use all four phases of the female orgasmWatch porn with your manTry some new positions-like the deck chairUse household items (hello spatula and rolling pin!) during foreplay If you're tired of bland, predictable sex, this insider's roadmap to a more satisfying ride will have you screaming, squirting, and spending the day (or week...or month!) in bed.

Writer's Market 2017: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

by Robert Lee Brewer

The most trusted guide to getting published! Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer's Market 2017 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings feature contact and submission information to help writers get their work published. Beyond the listings, you'll find all-new material devoted to the business and promotion of writing. Discover the secrets to writing better queries and selling more articles, tips for a great conference experience, and insight into developing an effective author brand. Plus, you'll learn how to write and curate content to grow your audience, connect with book clubs, and make promotions and publicity work for you. This edition includes the ever-popular pay-rate chart and book publisher subject index, too! You also gain access to:List of professional writing organizations.Sample query letters.A free digital download of Writer's Yearbook, featuring the 100 Best Markets: WritersDigest.com/WritersDigest-Yearbook-16.Includes exclusive access to the webinar "7 Principles of Freelance Writing Success" from Robert Lee Brewer, editor of Writer's Market.

Watercolor Techniques: Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes

by Michael Reardon

"No other medium is as magical and enjoyable as watercolor." So says artist and author Michael Reardon. In Watercolor Techniques: Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, Reardon covers it all, from answers to beginners' most vexing problems (What is the proper ratio of pigment and water? How do I lay down an even wash? Why do my paintings look so washed out?) to understanding the trifecta of perspective, value, and color. He shows how to paint whites that sparkle and shadows that glow and how to conjure the atmosphere of a particular place and time. Painters of all skill levels will see--and feel--the difference in their work.Packed with expert advice for infusing scenes with light and colorIncludes special tips and techniques for painting architectural subjectsIllustrated with inspiring paintings of scenes from around the world8 start-to-finish demonstrations show key concepts in action"Light, as it glances off a facade, glimmers off the water or gleams off polished marble, is always inspiring. Color, with its infinite array of hues, is always irresistible. Searching for ways to make them harmonize and tell a story can last a lifetime."

Gun Digest 2013

by Jerry Lee

The World's Greatest Gun Book is Here Again! IT'S GUN DIGEST 2013! Since 1944, Gun Digest has been regarded as the shooter's No. 1 resource worldwide. Our 2013 edition, our 67th Edition, is nothing less, as we continue the tradition of bringing you more of everything that firearms fanatics crave! In-depth articles about the world's most fascinating guns, testfire reports on the latest models, insights about fine collectibles and one-of-a-kind custom creations, and round-ups of what's new in firearms, ammo, reloading and optics from today's leading manufacturers - you simply won't find a more comprehensive collection of firearms information. It's all here! Rifles, Handguns & Shotguns Tactical Firearms Engraved & Custom Guns Ammunition Handloading Resources And more! Whether you're interested in the latest tactical firearms or want to learn more about firearms or want to learn more about firearms history - or anything else related to guns and shooting - you'll find it in Gun Digest 2013, 67th Edition.

Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to AKs

by Marco Vorobiev

Unprecedented guide to the AK-47!Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to AKs is the essentials reference book for any AK-47 enthusiast. As a former member of an elite Soviet Spetsnaz unit and avid AK historian, author Marco Vorobiev offers a detailed look inside the design, development, operation and maintenance of the most prolific firearm of all time. In the pages of this one-of-a-kind book, you'll find:Expert advice - Basic operation and maintenance of the AK rifleTraining tips - Shooting and practical applicationsMarket insight - Where to buy an AK and how much you can expect to payAccessories - DIY instructions, what to buy, and where to get itAmmunition - Advice about what to buy and the results you can expectHistorical data - The ideas behind its creation, and the simplicity of the AKVorobiev details the similarities and differences between the many AK-47 and AK-47 variants, helping you navigate the confusing and complicated civilian AK market and dispelling a few myths along the way. With hundreds of detailed photographs of AK rifles, old and new, and unprecedented coverage of historical details, this practical guide is a must-have for avid AK collectors, AK rifle shooters, and general AK enthusiasts everywhere!

Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Competitive Pistol Shooting

by Steve Sieberts

Competitive pistol events are among the fastest growing of the shooting sports. Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Competitive Pistol Shooting offers expert advice, tips and techniques to get started and advance your skills in the most popular competitive pistol shooting events in the nation. ~Learn what guns and gear to buy, and also what not to buy, potentially saving hundreds of dollars! ~Find out what modifications and equipment make sense to be more competitive, and discover equipment and techniques that help as your shooting skills advance. ~Get expert insight into the guns, ammunition and skills needed to excel in the most popular pistol shooting events in the U.S. today! Inside this handy reference, you'll find coverage of:IPSCSteel ChallengeBullseyeSilhouetteIDPACowboy Action ShootingNRA Action Pistol (Bianchi Cup)Glock Shooting Sports Foundation (GSSF)3-Gun CompetitionAnd more!With introductory comments by 17-time Bianchi Cup Champion and World Professional Shooter, Doug Koenig. Plus, shooting tips and drills from current U.S. Practical Shooting Association President and professional competitor, Mike Foley.

Bioenergy: Principles and Applications

by Yebo Li Samir Kumar Khanal

The search for altenative, renewable sources of fuel and energy from plants, algae, and waste materials has catalyzed in recent years. With the growing interest in bioenergy development and production there has been increasing demand for a broad ranging introductory text in the field. Bioenergy: Principles and Practices provides an invaluable introduction to the fundamentals of bioenergy feedstocks, processing, and industry. Bioenergy provides readers with an understanding of foundational information on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation biofuels. Coverage spans from feedstock production of key energy sources such as grasses, canes, and woody plants through chemical conversion processes and industrial application. Each chapter provides a thorough description of fundamental concepts, definitions of key terms, case studies and practical examples and exercises. Bioenergy: Principles and Practices will be an essential resource for students, bioengineers, chemists, and industry personnell tying key concepts of bioenergy science to valuable real world application.

The Red Bandanna

by Tom Rinaldi

What would you do in the last hour of your life?<P><P> The story of Welles Crowther, whose actions on 9/11 offer a lasting lesson on character, calling and courage<P> One Sunday morning before church, when Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. Welles kept it with him that day, and just about every day to come; it became a fixture and his signature.<P> A standout athlete growing up in Upper Nyack, NY, Welles was also a volunteer at the local fire department, along with his father. He cherished the necessity and the camaraderie, the meaning of the role. Fresh from college, he took a Wall Street job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, but the dream of becoming a firefighter with the FDNY remained.<P> When the Twin Towers fell, Welles's parents had no idea what happened to him. In the unbearable days that followed, they came to accept that he would never come home. But the mystery of his final hours persisted. Eight months after the attacks, however, Welles's mother read a news account from several survivors, badly hurt on the 78th floor of the South Tower, who said they and others had been led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back, down nearly twenty flights of stairs. After leading them down, the young man turned around. "I'm going back up," was all he said. <P> The survivors didn't know his name, but despite the smoke and panic, one of them remembered a single detail clearly: the man was wearing a red bandanna. <P> Tom Rinaldi's The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice, about a crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it. Examining one decision in the gravest situation, it celebrates the difference one life can make.

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

by John Le Carré

"Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur -- by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times<P><P> The first memoir from John le Carré, the legendary bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. <P> From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth; visiting Rwanda's museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide; celebrating New Year's Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command; interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev; listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov; meeting with two former heads of the KGB; watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People; or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood.<P> Best of all, le Carré gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

Decision Making Algorithms for Hydro-Power Plant Location

by Mrinmoy Majumder Soumya Ghosh

The present study has attempted to apply the advantage of neuro-genetic algorithms for optimal decision making in maximum utilization of natural resources. Hydro-power is one of the inexpensive, but a reliable source of alternative energy which is foreseen as the possible answer to the present crisis in the energy sector. However, the major problem related to hydro-energy is its dependency on location. An ideal location can produce maximum energy with minimum loss. Besides, such power-plant also requires substantial amount of land which is a precious resource nowadays due to the rapid and uncontrolled urbanization observed in most of the urban centres in the World. The feasibility of such plants also depends on social acceptance as well as the level of environmental casualty and economic benefit, all of which is also spatially dependent. Decision making algorithms are applied to identify better solution if a problem has more than one alternative explication. Nature based algorithms are found to be efficient enough to catalyze such kind of decision making analysis. That is why the present study tries to utilize nature based algorithms to solve the problems of location selection for hydropower plants. The study employed six different types of nature based algorithms to select one of the locations among many available for installation of hydropower plant in the North Eastern part of the Indian subcontinent. The locations are selected based on their in stream resources and included in the decision making as alternatives. A methodology of criteria selection, determination of weightage and applications of bioinspired algorithms are adopted to produce utmost exertion of the available natural resources with minimum hostility and wastage of the same.

Governments' Responses to Climate Change: Selected Examples From Asia Pacific

by Nur Azha Putra Eulalia Han

This multidisciplinary volume articulates the current and potential public policy discourse between energy security and climate change in the Asia-­Pacific region, and the efforts taken to address global warming. This volume is unique as it analyses two important issues climate change and energy security through the lens of geopolitics at the intersection of energy security. It elaborates on the current and potential steps taken by state and non-­state actors, as well as the policy innovations and diplomatic efforts (bilateral and multilateral, including regional) that states are pursuing. This Brief stems from the assumption that its audience is aware of the consequences of climate change, and will therefore, only look at the issues identified. It provides a useful read and reference for a wide-­range of scholars, policy­makers, researchers and post-­graduate students.

Developing Self-regulation of Learning and Teaching Skills Among Teacher Candidates

by Héfer Bembenutty Marie C. White Miriam R. Vélez

During the last several decades, self-regulation of learning has permeated all areas of learning and development, including teaching preparation programs. Self-regulatory competences are essential for successful academic achievement and performance. This book is written for teacher candidates to believe that if they heard a call to teach, they can see in each paragraph of this book that they can do it. Teacher candidates reading this book will find themselves vicariously portrayed in the journey of the four teacher candidates described in this book. They can empathize with their struggles but will also find assurance that through self-regulation their own journeys and dreams could have great outcomes. This book is also written for teacher educators in teaching education programs so that they would realize that by transforming their curriculum in light of new findings on self-regulation, they could facilitate the training process of teacher candidates under their supervision and that self-regulation of learning and teaching matters for teacher candidates. Drawing on a rich body of research and theory on self-regulation of learning, Bembenutty, White, and Vélez present compelling case studies indicating that the capability of teacher candidates to self-regulate their attainment of educational goals depends on their exposure to self-regulated teacher educators, especially as they model, scaffold, and mentor in classroom settings. This important text gives numerous examples of how teacher educators can become role models and agents for self-regulatory change, and it will be an invaluable resource for courses in education, psychology, and human development. Barry J. Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus Graduate Center, The City University of New York In an effective blend of theory and case histories, Bembenutty, White, and Vélez provide valuable information and advice for prospective teachers and teacher educators. Their focus on help seeking is critical given the array of resources available to overcome early difficulties especially for teachers with significant challenges. Also important is helping them understand the role of delay of gratification in the face of expanding sources of distraction. Stuart A. Karabenick, Research Professor University of Michigan This book builds a really strong case for the importance of self-regulation in teacher education. Moreover, it tells a fascinating story of educational success against the odds, made possible by personal stamina as well as contextual support. Both teacher students and teacher educators around the world will find this book a wonderful inspiration. Ivar Bråten, Professor University of Oslo, Norway This is a practical book which provides a compelling narrative with page after page on teacher self-regulatory functioning. I recommend this book for teacher preparation programs, and I will definitely share it with many of my students and colleagues. Anastasia Kitsantas, Professor George Mason University

Nation-Building and History Education in a Global Culture

by Joseph Zajda

This book examines the nexus between nation-building and history education globally and the implication for cultural diversity and social justice. It studies some of the major education reforms and policy issues in history education in a global culture, and regards them in the light of recent shifts in history education and policy research. In doing so, the volume provides a comprehensive picture of the intersecting and diverse discourses of globalisation, history education and policy-driven reforms. It makes clear that the impact of globalisation on education policy and reforms is a strategically significant issue for us all. The book focuses on the importance of nation-building and patriotism in history education, and presents up-to-date research on global trends in history education reforms and policy research. It provides an easily accessible, practical yet scholarly source of information about the international concerns in the field of globalisation, history education and policy research.

Responsibility in Nanotechnology Development

by Simone Arnaldi Arianna Ferrari Paolo Magaudda Francesca Marin

This book disentangles the complex meanings of responsibility in nanotechnology development by focusing on its theoretical and empirical dimensions. The notion of responsibility is extremely diversified in the public discourse of nanoscale technologies. Addressed are major disciplinary perspectives working on nanotechnology, e. g. philosophy, sociology, and political science, as well as the major multidisciplinary areas relevant to the innovation process, e. g. technology assessment and ethics. Furthermore, the interplay between such expertises, disciplines, and research programmes in providing a multidisciplinary understanding of responsibility is emphasized.

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