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For a long time, the term "ideology" was in disrepute, having become associated with such unfashionable notions as fundamental truth and the eternal verities. The tide has turned, and recent years have seen a revival of interest in the questions that ideology poses to social and cultural theory and to political practice.Including Slavoj i ek's study of the development of the concept from Marx to the present, assessments of the contributions of Lukács and the Frankfurt School by Terry Eagleton, Peter Dews and Seyla Benhabib, and essays by Adorno, Lacan and Althusser, Mapping Ideology is an invaluable guide to the most dynamic field in cultural theory.
Inspired by Antonio Gramsci's writings on the history of subaltern classes, the authors in Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial sought to contest the elite histories of Indian nationalists by adopting the paradigm of "history from below." Later on, the project shifted from its social history origins by drawing upon an eclectic group of thinkers that included Edward Said, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida. This book provides a comprehensive balance sheet of the project and its developments, including Ranajit Guha's original subaltern studies manifesto, Partha Chatterjee, Dipesh Chakrabarty, and Gayatri Spivak.
A vivid, up-to-date tour of the Earth's last frontier, a remote and mysterious realm that nonetheless lies close to the heart of even the most land-locked reader. The sea covers seven-tenths of the Earth, but we have mapped only a small percentage of it. The sea contains millions of species of animals and plants, but we have identified only a few thousand of them. The sea controls our planet's climate, but we do not really understand how. The sea is still the frontier, and yet it seems so familiar that we sometimes forget how little we know about it. Just as we are poised on the verge of exploiting the sea on an unprecedented scale--mining it, fertilizing it, fishing it out--this book reminds us of how much we have yet to learn. More than that, it chronicles the knowledge explosion that has transformed our view of the sea in just the past few decades, and made it a far more interesting and accessible place. From the Big Bang to that far-off future time, two billion years from now, when our planet will be a waterless rock; from the lush crowds of life at seafloor hot springs to the invisible, jewel-like plants that float at the sea surface; from the restless shifting of the tectonic plates to the majestic sweep of the ocean currents, Kunzig's clear and lyrical prose transports us to the ends of the Earth. Originally published in hardcover as The Restless Sea. "Robert Kunzig is a creator of what oceanographer Harry Hess once referred to as 'geopoetry.' He covers vast tracts of time and space and makes his subjects electrifying."--Richard Ellis, The Times [London] "The Restless Sea immediately surfaces at the top of the list of journalistic treatments of oceanography. . . .The book opened my eyes to numerous wonders."--Richard Strickland, American Scientist "When you head for the coast this summer, leave that trashy beach novel at home. Instead, pack Robert Kunzig's book. Because just beyond your rental cottage lies the restless sea, where three-mile-tall mountain ranges criss-cross the ocean floor, and deep trenches harbor mysterious creatures. . . . The book is easy to read, and will bring you up to date on the startling discoveries oceanographers have made during the past few decades."--Phillip Manning, The News and Observer [Raleigh, North Carolina] ] "Anyone who loves the sea should read this book."--Sebastian Junger
In nearly two decades since Samuel P. Huntingdon proposed his influential and troubling 'clash of civilizations' thesis, nationalism has only continued to puzzle and frustrate commentators, policy analysts, and political theorists. No consensus exists concerning its identity, genesis, or future. Are we reverting to the petty nationalisms of the nineteenth century or evolving into a globalized, supranational world? Has the nation-state outlived its usefulness and exhausted its progressive and emancipatory role?Opening with powerful statements by Lord Acton and Otto Bauer--the classic liberal and socialist positions--Mapping the Nation presents a wealth of thought on thisissue: the debate between Ernest Gellner and Miroslav Hroch; Gopal Balakrishnan's critique of Benedict Anderson's seminal Imagined Communities; Partha Chatterjeeon the limitations of the Enlightenment approach to nationhood; and contributions from Michael Mann, Eric Hobsbawm, Tom Nairn, and Jürgen Habermas.
The first collection of nonfiction from the author Tony Kushner calls "one of the best novelists writing in the world today"<P> Over a thirty-year period, novelist Christopher Bram witnessed, and lived through, the powerful experiences of coming out, the AIDS epidemic, gay marriage, and the social changes that have occurred in lower Manhattan. From the title piece, which maps the state of gay fiction, to "A Body in Books," about the gay books that changed the author's life, the essays in Mapping the Territory form a coherent autobiographical account of Bram's life. This work wouldn't be complete without "Homage to Mr. Jimmy," his account of how his novel Father of Frankenstein grew from his imagination and writing into the Oscar-winning movie Gods and Monsters. Mapping the Territory is a thoroughly engaging and compelling look into a great American writer.
Novelist Christopher Bram has been writing essays for twenty-five years. Mapping the Territory, his first collection of nonfiction, ranges through such topics as the power of gay fiction, coming out in the 1970s in Virginia, low-budget filmmaking with friends in New York, and the sexual imagination of Henry James. He describes the heady experience of seeing his novel Gods and Monsters made into an Oscar-winning movie starring Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, and Lynn Redgrave; and he discusses why he and his partner of thirty years don't want to get married. Bram looks both into and out of himself in these essays. He revisits the titles he read while finding himself as a gay man, and he also shows us Greenwich Village as seen from his front stoop. The book is not simply a collection of short pieces--it's an autobiography of ideas from one of today's most lively and popular novelists.
From the Dursleys as social commentary to a look at Snape's role in less than child-friendly fanfiction . . . from the parallels between Azkaban and Abu Ghraib to the role of religion at Hogwarts . . . from why Dumbledore had to die to why killing Harry never should have been part of Voldemort's plan to begin with . . . Mapping the World of the Sorcerer's Apprentice offers a comprehensive look at the Harry Potter series through the eyes of leading science fiction and fantasy writers and religion, psychology, and science experts.This book has not been authorized by J. K. Rowling, Warner Bros. or anyone associated with the Harry Potter books or films.
This first novel in Nuruddin Farah's Blood in the Sun trilogy tells the story of Askar, a man coming of age in the turmoil of modern Africa. With his father a victim of the bloody Ethiopian civil war and his mother dying the day of his birth, Askar is taken in and raised by a man named Misra amid the scandal, gossip, and ritual of a small African village. As an adolescent, Askar goes to live in Somalia's capital, where he strives to find himself just as Somalia struggles for national identity.
Discover the fun facts about the world and become a master of geography with this interactive trivia book from Jeopardy! champ and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings.With this Junior Genius Guide to maps and geography, you'll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with clever facts: Did you know that the biggest desert in the world is actually covered in snow? Or that Christopher Columbus wasn't the first to think that the Earth was round? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time!
This comprehensive look at geography and the environment, Maps and Globes, can take you anywhere--to the top of the tallest mountain on earth or the bottom of the deepest ocean. Maps tell you about the world: where various countries are located, where the jungles and deserts are, even how to find your way around your own hometown. If you take a fancy to any place on earth, you can go there today and still be home in time for dinner. So open a map, spin a globe. The wide world awaits you. Supports the Common Core State Standards
In these lively critical and personal essays, Chabon asserts his literary manifesto: "I read for entertainment, and I write to entertain. Period."This collection of sixteen essays champions the cause of sci-fi and westerns, superheroes and horror shows, gumshoes and goblins--all the genre novels, comics, and pulp fiction that get pushed aside when literary discussion turns serious. For Chabon, the stories that give us great pleasure are in many ways our truest, best art--the building blocks of our shared imagination. Whether he's taking up Superman or Sherlock Holmes, Poe or Proust, Chabon's emphatic mission is to explore the reasons we tell each other tales, and to offer a glimpse of his own history as reader and writer. This ebook features a biography of the author.
A history of the world from the big bang to the present. "Big history" is a new approach to world history that joins the history of the world as a physical entity to human history. David Christian is the leading proponent of this approach to world history.
Part mad manifesto, part revolutionary love letter, part freight train adventure story-Maps to the Other Side is a self-reflective shattered mirror, a twist on the classic punk rock travel narrative that searches for authenticity and connection in the lives of strangers and the solidarity and limitations of underground community.<P><P> Beginning at the edge of the internet age, a time when radical zine culture prefigured social networking sites, these timely writings paint an illuminated trail through a complex labyrinth of undocumented migrants, anarchist community organizers, brilliant visionary artists, revolutionary seed savers, punk rock historians, social justice farmers, radical mental health activists, and iconoclastic bridge builders. This book is a document of one person's odyssey to transform his experiences navigating the psychiatric system by building community in the face of adversity; a set of maps for how rebels and dreamers can survive and thrive in a crazy world.
Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom. But her escape from her cruel master only places her at the mercy of not one, but two rival masters who each support contenders to the throne of Egypt-and who would kill Mara instantly if they suspected her role as double spy. Although distrustful of both at first, Mara begins to believe in one of them, Sheftu, and his plan to restore Thutmose III to the throne. And as her belief grows stronger, Mara finds herself, against her will, falling in love with him. But before she can reveal that love and pledge her aid to Sheftu, her duplicity is discovered, and a battle ensues in which both Mara's life and the fate of Egypt are at stake.
New York Times-bestselling author Jennifer Wilde's dishy and delightful novel about a world-famous star is loosely based on the life of Tallulah Bankhead Three-year-old Marabelle Lawrence makes her first headline when she climbs onto the roof of her apartment building and waits to be rescued. Edward C. Hunt is enchanted by the budding star's attention-getting hijinks, and the two become instant friends. Many years later, they go their separate ways, Edward to Princeton to become a great writer and Marabelle to New York to become a star. But their relationship spans decades of Marabelle's tumultuous life--on and off the stage and screen. Sweeping from Alabama to New York, London to Hollywood, Marabelle delivers an unforgettable portrait of a larger-than-life personality, brilliantly capturing the frightened, vulnerable woman behind the flamboyant persona and the pathos beneath the drunken binges, passionate love affairs, and failed suicide attempts. With its cast of endearing characters, including real-life celebrities Noël Coward, Cole Porter, Dorothy Parker, Marlene Dietrich, and Gary Cooper, here is a vivid depiction of a place and time that will never come again.
A testament to the power of stories, and how they may bring hope even in times of darkness. As night falls, the women gather their children to listen to Mara tell her stories. They are stories of light and hope and freedom, stories of despair and stories of miracles, stories of expected pain and stories of unexpected joy--all told in the darkness of the concentration camp barracks. Through extensive research noted in the back of the book, Gary Schmidt has skillfully woven together stories from such sources as the Jewish religious scholar, Martin Buber; Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel; and folklorists, Steve Zeitlin and Yaffa Eliach. Combining lore of the past with tales born in the concentration camps, Mara's stories speak to us from a time that must never be forgotten.
Over 20 million Americans run recreationally, but doing it right is more than a matter of buying an expensive pair of shoes and heading for the track.<P><P> Building on the popularity of The Beginning Runner's Handbook, this practical, easy-to-use guide provides a step-by-step program for running a half or full marathon for the first time. It shows readers how to get motivated and set realistic goals, choose the proper shoes, eat right, build strength and endurance, and avoid sore muscles and injury. The book includes tips from elite runners on such subjects as staying motivated when the weather is extreme, running technique, running with a dog, and running partners. Finally, the book describes strategies for the race, what to expect on race day, and the psychological effects of finishing a half or full marathon. Most importantly, it includes a full training program designed to ensure that that crucial first race is a winner.
The thriller that inspired the classic movie: Caught in an international conspiracy, a man's only choice is to runRosenbaum is stuck in traffic on the Upper East Side when the heat gets the better of him. A Volkswagen has stalled out in the middle of 87th Street, and even when its elderly German driver gets it going, Rosenbaum cannot contain his rage. With one shocking act, he initiates a chain of events that spell doom for Babe Levy. A PhD candidate and aspiring marathon runner, Babe is driven by shame over his father's suicide. Smart, fit, but incredibly awkward, he can't get a date and he's got a nagging toothache. But his troubles are about to get a whole lot worse. Though he doesn't know it, Levy is on a collision course with one of the most fearsome villains of the Second World War, running a race that only one of them will survive. This ebook features a biography of William Goldman.
Only Lee Kershaw, the veteran manhunter and soldier of fortune, stood hetween Colonel Eugene Valery and his mad dream of carving an empire out of the Mexican state of Sonora. When Kershaw was summoned to track down a shipment of stolen weapons, the trail led straight to Valery. Valery had a small army of the most vicious gunhands and outlaws on either side of the border. He also had one of the swiftest ships on any sea-a sleek sidewfleele, built for running the Union blockade during the War. Kershaw, who knew about ships, tricked his way into becoming an officer. He would have to destroy Valery from within. Valery's cutthroats resented him. They hated the lean, cold-eyed frontier tighter. And they began to plot his destruction. But Kershaw feared no one -except, perhaps, the beautiful Louisa, Valery's lust-haunted wife....
Former earthman Tarl Cabot has been struggling in vain to free himself from the cruel control of the priest-kings of Gor. As he pits his strength against these formidable enemies, a terrible beast appears from the mysterious northern lands, bearing a token of the demise of Tarl's once-beloved woman Talena. The missive is a sign of defiance and disrespect from Tarl's enemies, meant to humiliate him and force him to challenge them in response. To gird his weapons and set out on a mission of vengeance against those who sent the beasts means that Tarl must jeopardize his fortune and position as a wealthy slave merchant. But he is no longer practical and calm as he was on Earth. He must conform to the social codes of Gor, where the only way to avenge one's wounded manhood is to respond with all one's might.Rediscover this brilliantly imagined world where men are masters and women live to serve their every desire.
After Philip Stenning is involved in a near-fatal plane crash, he feels he owes a debt of gratitude to the man who rescued him. His mysterious saviour is an escaped convict, and his determination to help him leads Stenning into a tense and dramatic adventure of intrigue, drug-running and murder.
A mysterious stranger struggles to keep his past a secret and himself out of harm's way in this thrilling Western tale!Bob Bannister is a mystery from the moment he arrives in Prairie City. A gambler with a knack for winning at the stud poker table, he quickly aligns himself with a young man named Howard Marble after saving his life and helps to pay off Howard's gambling debts. Marble is connected to a number of the town's big shots, and Bannister quickly finds himself in the middle of everyone's business.The problem is, Bannister resembles the description on a Reward dodger for The Maverick, a bandit wanted for murder and robbery. He draws suspicion from the locals, and while the sheriff is reluctant to suspect Bannister, the truth is that his background remains a mystery, and Bannister's vague answers and talents with a pistol aren't helping matters.Caught up in a controversy over an irrigation project that threatens to siphon off all the water many local ranchers need for their cattle herds, Bannister is running out of friends to turn to. The threats continue to build, and surely a breaking point is approaching . . .
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