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Perpetual Carnival Ebook Summary Download


Download Perpetual Carnival free pdf ebook online. Perpetual Carnival is a book by , on 2016-12-01. Enjoy reading 224 pages by starting download or read online Perpetual Carnival.


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Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2016-12-01
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Oxford University Press
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Upholding literature and film together as academically interwoven, Perpetual Carnival underscores the everlasting coexistence of realism and modernism, eschewing the popularly accepted view that the latter is itself a rejection of the former. Mining examples from both film and literature, Colin MacCabe asserts that the relationship between film and literature springs to life a wealth of beloved modernist art, from Jean-Luc Godard's Pierre le Fou to James Joyce's Ulysses, enriched by realism's enduring legacy. The intertextuality inherent in adaptation furthers this assertion in MacCabe's inclusion of Roman Polanski's Tess, a 1979 adaptation of Thomas Hardy's nineteenth-century realist novel, Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Showcasing essays enlivened by cosmopolitan interests, theoretical insight, and strong social purpose, Perpetual Carnival supports a humanities which repudiates narrow specialization and which seeks to place the discussion of film and literature firmly in the reality of current political and ideological discussion. It argues for the writers and directors, the thinkers and critics, who have most fired the contemporary imagination.

Cynicism from Diogenes to Dilbert Ebook Summary Download


Download Cynicism from Diogenes to Dilbert free pdf ebook online. Cynicism from Diogenes to Dilbert is a book by Ian Cutler on 2014-12-24. Enjoy reading 235 pages by starting download or read online Cynicism from Diogenes to Dilbert.


By : Ian Cutler
Language : English
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Release Date : 2014-12-24
Group : English Books
Publsh by : McFarland
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Cynicism began as a school of philosophy that was largely inspired by Socrates and often decried by popular commentators as a social pathology, a nihilistic rebellion against the foundations of civilization. Modern definitions of the cynic describe an individual who is negative and sarcastic, violently opposed to established authority and social convention, and dedicated to existentialism. This book attempts to vindicate cynicism, arguing that it is both a progressive approach to social dilemmas and an enlightened understanding of the human condition. Chapter One establishes the foundations of classical Greek cynicism, while later chapters illustrate the varied faces of the cynic phenomenon in the persons of such disparate characters as Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Diogenes, the Dadaists, George Bataille, Samuel Beckett, Auberon Waugh, the creators of South Park, and others. Nietzsche is portrayed as the most important representative of both classical and postmodern cynicism, as well as the pivotal link between the two. The book focuses on significant periods of historical change, such as the Renaissance, and the historical cynics responsible for several seminal social ideas, including cosmopolitanism (citizenship of the world), asceticism (personal growth through self-testing), and parrhesia (finding one’s voice in the presence of tyrannical forces). The author claims that aspects of Greek cynicism are present in contemporary society, offering a positive strategy for living in a hostile world.

After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy Ebook Summary Download


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By : Rebecca Hope Dirksen
Language : English
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Release Date : 2019-12-31
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Oxford University Press
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Richly ethnographic and a compelling read, After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy is a study of carnival, politics, and the musical engagement of ordinary citizens and celebrity musicians in contemporary Haiti. The book explores how the self-declared president of konpa Sweet Micky (Michel Martelly) rose to the nation's highest office while methodically crafting a political product inherently entangled with his musical product. It offers deep historical perspective on the characteristics of carnivalesque verbal play-and the performative skillset of the artist (Sweet Micky) who dominated carnival for more than a decade-including vulgarities and polemics. Yet there has been profound resistance to this brand of politics led by many other high-profile artists, including Matyas and Jòj, Brothers Posse, Boukman Eksperyans, and RAM. These groups have each released popular carnival songs that have contributed to the public's discussions on what civic participation and citizenship in Haiti can and should be. Drawing on more than a decade and a half of ethnographic research, Rebecca Dirksen presents an in-depth consideration of politically and socially engaged music and what these expressions mean for the Haitian population in the face of challenging political and economic circumstances. After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy centers the voices of Haitian musicians and regular citizens by extensively sharing interviews and detailed analyses of musical performance in the context of contemporary events well beyond the musical realm.

The Fool in European Theatre Ebook Summary Download


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By : T. Prentki
Language : English
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Release Date : 2011-11-22
Group : English Books
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Why is folly essential to the functioning of a healthy society? Why is theatre a natural home for madness? The answers take the reader on a journey embracing Shakespeare and Jonson, Brecht and Beckett, Büchner and Boal. From Falstaff to Fo via Figaro, this study examines the art of telling truth to power and surviving long enough to have a laugh.

Goya Ebook Summary Download


Download Goya free pdf ebook online. Goya is a book by Victor I. Stoichita on 2000-01-01. Enjoy reading 324 pages by starting download or read online Goya.


By : Victor I. Stoichita
Language : English
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Release Date : 2000-01-01
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Reaktion Books
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This intriguing book on Goya concentrates on the closing years of the eighteenth century as a neglected milestone in his life. Goya waited until 1799 to publish his celebrated series of drawings, the Caprichos, which offered a personal vision of the "world turned upside down". Victor I. Stoichita and Anna Maria Coderch consider how themes of Revolution and Carnival (both seen as inversions of the established order) were obsessions in Spanish culture in this period, and make provocative connections between the close of the 1700s and the end of the Millennium. Particular emphasis is placed on the artist's links to the underground tradition of the grotesque, the ugly and the violent. Goya's drawings, considered as a personal and secret laboratory, are foregrounded in a study that also reinterprets his paintings and engravings in the cultural context of his time.

Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, Volume II Ebook Summary Download


Download Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, Volume II free pdf ebook online. Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, Volume II is a book by Jennifer C. Post on 2017-09-20. Enjoy reading 336 pages by starting download or read online Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, Volume II.


By : Jennifer C. Post
Language : English
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Release Date : 2017-09-20
Group : English Books
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Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, Volume II provides an overview of developments in the study of ethnomusicology in the twenty-first century, offering an introduction to contemporary issues relevant to the field. Nineteen essays, written by an international array of scholars, highlight the relationship between current issues in the discipline and ethnomusicologists’ engagement with issues such as advocacy, poverty and social participation, maintaining intangible cultural heritages, and ecological concerns. It provides a forum for rethinking the discipline’s identity in terms of major themes and issues to which ethnomusicologists have turned their attention since Volume I published in 2005. The collection of essays is organized into six sections: Property and Rights Applied Practice Knowledge and Agency Community and Social Space Embodiment and Cognition Curating Sound Volume II serves as a basic introduction to the best writing in the field for students, professors, and music professionals, perfect for both introductory and upper level courses in world music. Together with the first volume, Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, Volume II provides a comprehensive survey of current research directions.

Acapulco Rampage Ebook Summary Download


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By : Don Pendleton
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2014-12-16
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Open Road Media
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In Mexico’s most glamorous resort, the Executioner targets the heroin trade Bobby Cassiopea is one of the new breed of American mobsters: a stylish jet setter whose high-finance reputation hides a corrupt criminal soul. It is on the backs of slick young men like Bobby Cass that the Mafia hopes to escape its thuggish reputation and move into the upper crust of international crime. The war for Acapulco has begun. In this nexus of jet-set style and global drug trafficking, the Mafia grows like a cancer. Bolan has come to cut it out. Acapulco Rampage is the 26th book in the Executioner series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Literary Modernism, Queer Temporality Ebook Summary Download


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By : Kate Haffey
Language : English
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Release Date : 2019-04-24
Group : English Books
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This book explores the intersection between the recent work on queer temporality and the experiments of literary modernism. Kate Haffey argues that queer theory’s recent work on time owes a debt to modernist authors who developed new ways of representing temporality in their texts. By reading a series of early twentieth-century literary texts from modernists like Woolf, Eliot, Faulkner, and Stein alongside contemporary authors, this book examines the way in which modernist writers challenged narrative conventions of time in ways that both illuminate and foreshadow current scholarship on queer temporality. In her analyses of contemporary novelists and critics Michael Cunningham, Jeanette Winterson, Angela Carter, and Eve Sedgwick, Haffey also shows that these modernist temporalities have been reconfigured by contemporary authors to develop new approaches to futurity.

Oswaal CBSE Question Bank Class 11 (Set of 4 Books) English, History, Geography, Political Science (For 2021 Exams) Ebook Summary Download


Download Oswaal CBSE Question Bank Class 11 (Set of 4 Books) English, History, Geography, Political Science (For 2021 Exams) free pdf ebook online. Oswaal CBSE Question Bank Class 11 (Set of 4 Books) English, History, Geography, Political Science (For 2021 Exams) is a book by Oswaal Editorial Board on 2021-03-05. Enjoy reading 1224 pages by starting download or read online Oswaal CBSE Question Bank Class 11 (Set of 4 Books) English, History, Geography, Political Science (For 2021 Exams).


By : Oswaal Editorial Board
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2021-03-05
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Oswaal Books and Learning Pvt Ltd
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• Chapter-wise/ Topic-wise presentation for systematic and methodical study • Strictly based on the latest CBSE Curriculum issued for Academic Year 2020 -2021, following the latest NCERT Textbook and Exemplar • Previous Years’ Question Papers with Marking Scheme & Toppers’ Answers for exam-oriented study • Remembering, Understanding, Application, Analysing & Evaluation and Creation Based Question based on Bloom’s Taxonomy for cognitive skills development • Latest Typologies of Questions developed by Oswaal Editorial Board included. • Mind Maps in each chapter for making learning simple. • ’Most likely Questions’ generated by Oswaal Editorial Board with 100+ years of teaching experience. • Suggested videos at the end of each chapter for a Hybrid Learning Experience.

Oswaal CBSE Question Bank Class 11 (Set of 4 Books) English Core, Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (For 2021 Exam) Ebook Summary Download


Download Oswaal CBSE Question Bank Class 11 (Set of 4 Books) English Core, Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (For 2021 Exam) free pdf ebook online. Oswaal CBSE Question Bank Class 11 (Set of 4 Books) English Core, Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (For 2021 Exam) is a book by Oswaal Editorial Board on 2021-03-05. Enjoy reading 2032 pages by starting download or read online Oswaal CBSE Question Bank Class 11 (Set of 4 Books) English Core, Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (For 2021 Exam).


By : Oswaal Editorial Board
Language : English
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Release Date : 2021-03-05
Group : English Books
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• Chapter-wise/ Topic-wise presentation for systematic and methodical study • Strictly based on the latest CBSE Curriculum issued for Academic Year 2020 -2021, following the latest NCERT Textbook and Exemplar • Previous Years’ Question Papers with Marking Scheme & Toppers’ Answers for exam-oriented study • Remembering, Understanding, Application, Analysing & Evaluation and Creation Based Question based on Bloom’s Taxonomy for cognitive skills development • Latest Typologies of Questions developed by Oswaal Editorial Board included. • Mind Maps in each chapter for making learning simple. • ’Most likely Questions’ generated by Oswaal Editorial Board with 100+ years of teaching experience. • Suggested videos at the end of each chapter for a Hybrid Learning Experience.

Shakespeare's Representation of Weather, Climate and Environment Ebook Summary Download


Download Shakespeare's Representation of Weather, Climate and Environment free pdf ebook online. Shakespeare's Representation of Weather, Climate and Environment is a book by Sophie Chiari on 2018-10-30. Enjoy reading 288 pages by starting download or read online Shakespeare's Representation of Weather, Climate and Environment.


By : Sophie Chiari
Language : English
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Release Date : 2018-10-30
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Edinburgh University Press
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The first comprehensive history of Byzantine warfare in the tenth century

Durrell and the City Ebook Summary Download


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By : Donald P. Kaczvinsky
Language : English
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Release Date : 2011-12-16
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Lexington Books
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Durrell and the City commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Quartet with a collection of fourteen new essays by a group of international scholars and critics. The collection provides a critical understanding of all Durrell's urban landscapes, but focuses on the place that made him famous—the city of Alexandria—in order to provide a reassessment of his career and achievement.

French Humour Ebook Summary Download


Download French Humour free pdf ebook online. French Humour is a book by John Parkin on 1999. Enjoy reading 232 pages by starting download or read online French Humour.


By : John Parkin
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 1999
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Rodopi
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French humour is examined in a number of contexts: literary, filmic, linguistic, propagandistic and theoretical. The fields of study vary from medieval narrative to the contemporary detective novel, via Renaissance fiction, seventeenth-century satire, nineteenth-century polemic, and French New Wave cinema. Specific chapters are dedicated to Rabelais, La Bruyere, Bergson, Beckett and San-Antonio. The volume employs a flexible approach aiming to re-examine and question such established preconceptions as the decadence of fifteenth-century humour, the philosophical pre-eminence of Bergson, the originality of Truffaut, Chabrol and Godard, and the very existence of a French humour which is definably different from that of other European and American trends. Conversely, the themes of sexual and marital humour, Rabelaisian bawdy, intellectualised and irreverent wit, le comique (as contrast l'humour), political satire and black humour emerge repeatedly as characteristic, if not definitive, of the French comic tradition.

Rethinking G.K. Chesterton and Literary Modernism Ebook Summary Download


Download Rethinking G.K. Chesterton and Literary Modernism free pdf ebook online. Rethinking G.K. Chesterton and Literary Modernism is a book by Michael Shallcross on 2017-11-27. Enjoy reading 296 pages by starting download or read online Rethinking G.K. Chesterton and Literary Modernism.


By : Michael Shallcross
Language : English
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Release Date : 2017-11-27
Group : English Books
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This book comprehensively rethinks the relationship between G.K. Chesterton and a range of key literary modernists. When Chesterton and modernism have previously been considered in relation to one another, the dynamic has typically been conceived as one of mutual hostility, grounded in Chesterton’s advocacy of popular culture and modernist literature’s appeal to an aesthetic elite. In setting out to challenge this binary narrative, Shallcross establishes for the first time the depth and ambivalence of Chesterton’s engagement with modernism, as well as the reciprocal fascination of leading modernist writers with Chesterton’s fiction and thought. Shallcross argues that this dynamic was defined by various forms of parody and performance, and that these histrionic expressions of cultural play not only suffused the era, but found particular embodiment in Chesterton’s public persona. This reading not only enables a far-reaching reassessment of Chesterton’s corpus, but also produces a framework through which to re-evaluate the creative and critical projects of a host of modernist writers—most sustainedly, T.S. Eliot, Wyndham Lewis, and Ezra Pound—through the prism of Chesterton's disruptive presence. The result is an innovative study of the literary performance of popular and ‘high’ culture in early twentieth-century Britain, which adds a valuable new perspective to continuing critical debates on the parameters of modernism.

Carnival Ebook Summary Download


Download Carnival free pdf ebook online. Carnival is a book by Rawi Hage on 2012-08-08. Enjoy reading 272 pages by starting download or read online Carnival.


By : Rawi Hage
Language : English
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Release Date : 2012-08-08
Group : English Books
Publsh by : House of Anansi
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Winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize In the Carnival city there are two types of taxi drivers -- the spiders and the flies. The spiders patiently sit in their cars and wait for the calls to come. But the flies are wanderers - they roam the streets, looking for the raised hands of passengers among life's perpetual flux. Fly is a wanderer and a knower. Raised in the circus, the son of a golden-haired trapeze artist and a flying carpet pilot from the East, he is destined to drift and observe. From his taxi we see the world in all its carnivalesque beauty and ugliness. We meet criminals, prostitutes, madmen, magicians, and clowns of many kinds. We meet ordinary people going to extraordinary places, and revolutionaries trying to live ordinary lives. Hunger and injustice claw at the city, and books provide the only true shelter. And when the Carnival starts, all limits dissolve, and a gunshot goes off... With all of the beauty, truth, rage, and peripatetic storytelling that have made Cockroach and De Niro's Game international publishing sensations, Carnival gives us Rawi Hage at his searing best. Alternately laughing at absurdity and crying out at oppression, by turns outrageous, hilarious, sorrowful, and stirring, Carnival is a tour de force that will make all of life's passengers squirm in their comfortable, complacent backseats.

Byron: The Poetry of Politics and the Politics of Poetry Ebook Summary Download


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By : Roderick Beaton,Christine Kenyon Jones
Language : English
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Release Date : 2016-07-01
Group : English Books
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'It is no great matter, supposing that Italy could be liberated, who or what is sacrificed. It is a grand object - the very poetry of politics. Only think - a free Italy!!! Why, there has been nothing like it since the days of Augustus.' So wrote Lord Byron in his journal, in February 1821, only days before the outbreak of revolution in Greece, where three years later he would die in the service of the revolutionary cause. For a poet whose life and work are interlaced with action of multiple sorts, surprisingly little attention has been devoted to Byron's engagement with issues of politics. This volume brings together the work of eminent Byronists from seven European countries and the USA to re-assess the evidence. What did Byron mean by the 'poetry of politics'? Was he, in any sense, a 'political animal'? Can his final, fateful involvement in Greece be understood as the culmination of earlier, more deeply rooted quests? The first part of the book examines the implications of reading and writing as themselves political acts; the second interrogates the politics inherent or implied in Byron's poems and plays; the third follows the trajectory of his political engagement (or non-engagement), from his abortive early career in the British House of Lords, via the Peninsular War in Spain to his involvement in revolutionary politics abroad.

Battle of Symbols - Global Dynamics of Advertising, Media & Entertainment Ebook Summary Download


Download Battle of Symbols - Global Dynamics of Advertising, Media & Entertainment free pdf ebook online. Battle of Symbols - Global Dynamics of Advertising, Media & Entertainment is a book by John Fraim on . Enjoy reading 432 pages by starting download or read online Battle of Symbols - Global Dynamics of Advertising, Media & Entertainment.


By : John Fraim
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Symbols increasingly dominate international communication. Their power was demonstrated by the events of 9/11 and the war against terrorism. Yet few understand them. Now, more than ever, it is important to understand symbols in a global context. In his new book Battle of Symbols, John Fraim examines 9/11 in light of global symbolism. While the events of 9/11 represented the beginning of the war against terrorism, Fraim notes “the real ’battle of symbols’ started long before September 11th and will continue long after the fall of the Taliban regime or Saddam Hussein.” The book observes the response of the American symbolism industry to the events of 9/11. As Fraim notes, the events of 9/11 offered a rare opportunity to observe how American symbols are created (by Madison Avenue advertising and Hollywood entertainment), communicated (by New York media) and managed (by Washington public relations). One of the more hopeful outcomes of 9/11 was the instigation of an international dialogue about the power of symbols. From this continuing dialogue America and the world have gained a new awareness of the growing power of symbols. Whether this awareness will lead to a new understanding of symbols on a national and global scale is one of the most important questions facing America (and the world) today.

The Renaissance Popes: Culture, Power, and the Making of the Borgia Myth Ebook Summary Download


Download The Renaissance Popes: Culture, Power, and the Making of the Borgia Myth free pdf ebook online. The Renaissance Popes: Culture, Power, and the Making of the Borgia Myth is a book by Gerard Noel on 2016-04-28. Enjoy reading 429 pages by starting download or read online The Renaissance Popes: Culture, Power, and the Making of the Borgia Myth.


By : Gerard Noel
Language : English
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Release Date : 2016-04-28
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Constable
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Between the years of 1447 (Nicholas V) and 1572 (Pius V) Rome was transformed from a ruined Medieval city. The Vatican became the official home of the church and the worlds largest bureaucracy, a spectacular new Basilica of St Peters took 100 years to build and Michelangelo changed the course of art history with his Sistine Chapel. So vast and expensive was this cultural explosion that a new fundraising initiative was launched: the sale of indulgences. The Renaissance Popes were statesmen, warriors, patrons of the arts as well as churchmen. These were earthly times and the reputations of popes like Alexander VI, the infamous Borgia patriarch, and Julius 'Il Terrible' II for murder, poison, sodomy and simony vary only in degree. Meanwhile, the sin of heresy, which threatens the very core of the Catholic soul, was tirelessly targeted by two other lasting innovations of the period: the Inquisition and witch-hunts. Alexander VI, father of the ruthless Cesare and jezebel Lucrezia, is seen to this day as the embodiment of this iniquity. But Gerard Noel shows this is unjust, and based on false confessions and historical myth. What's more, Alexander created the blueprint for reform -- the first of its kind -- that would eventually lead to the Counter-Reformation. In his survey of the colourful reigns of the seventeen Renaissance Popes and his examination of the great Borgia myth Noel brings to light the true legacy -- political, artistic, religious -- of an extraordinary time.

Wisdom of Eccentric Old Men Ebook Summary Download


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By : Peter Anthony Bly
Language : English
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Release Date : 2004-11-04
Group : English Books
Publsh by : McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP
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Bly's principal revelation is that Galdós deliberately and consistently used this secondary type to emphasize the significance of the major plot developments and to underline the strengths or weaknesses of principal characters. In filling these roles the eccentric old men develop from comic shallow types into more complex secondary characters, men of insight and wisdom, who occupy a pivotal position in the novels.

The City in Crimson Cloak Ebook Summary Download


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By : Asli Erdogan
Language : English
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Release Date : 2007-05-28
Group : English Books
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From an “exceptionally sensitive and perceptive” Turkish writer and human rights activist (Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature), the captivating story of a writer whose own autobiographical novel forces her to come to terms with the dichotomy of the city she once loved: Rio de Janeiro. Özgür is a young woman on fire: poor, hungry, and on the verge of a mental breakdown. She has only one weapon: her ability to write the city that has robbed her of everything, Rio de Janeiro. Through the reading of the bits and pieces of Özgür’s unfinished eponymous novel, with its autobiographical protagonist named Ö, Özgür’s story begins to emerge. As Özgür follows Ö through the shanty towns, Condomble rituals, and the violence and sexuality of the streets of Rio, the reader follows Özgür as she searches for a way to make peace with life, a route to catharsis. Together, the two concentric novels reveal the blurry borderline between the two Rio's -- one a metaphor for death, one a city of life. A major hit when it was released in Turkey and Europe, The City in Crimson Cloak is brilliantly evocative and wildly experimental, doing for Rio what Joyce did for Dublin.