The Writer Of Modern Life

Author: Walter Benjamin
Editor: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674022874
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Walter Benjamin's essays on the great French lyric poet Charles Baudelaire revolutionized not just the way we think about Baudelaire, but our understanding of modernity and modernism as well. In these essays, Benjamin challenges the image of Baudelaire as late-Romantic dreamer, and evokes instead the modern poet caught in a life-or-death struggle with the forces of the urban commodity capitalism that had emerged in Paris around 1850. The Baudelaire who steps forth from these pages is the flâneur who affixes images as he strolls through mercantile Paris, the ragpicker who collects urban detritus only to turn it into poetry, the modern hero willing to be marked by modern life in its contradictions and paradoxes. He is in every instance the modern artist forced to commodify his literary production: "Baudelaire knew how it stood with the poet: as a flâneur he went to the market; to look it over, as he thought, but in reality to find a buyer." Benjamin reveals Baudelaire as a social poet of the very first rank. The introduction to this volume presents each of Benjamin's essays on Baudelaire in chronological order. The introduction, intended for an undergraduate audience, aims to articulate and analyze the major motifs and problems in these essays, and to reveal the relationship between the essays and Benjamin's other central statements on literature, its criticism, and its relation to the society that produces it.

Cinema And The Invention Of Modern Life

Author: Leo Charney
Editor: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520201125
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"This is one of the finest, freshest, and most suggestive anthologies I've come across in recent years."--Stuart Liebman, City University of New York Graduate Center

Anthropology And Modern Life Routledge Revivals

Author: Franz Boas
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317752422
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Anthropology and Modern Life, first published in 1929, addresses itself to an immensely broad field with clarity, introducing anthropology as a unique and coherent discipline, and demonstrating its importance in the understanding of socio-cultural change throughout history. The author covers varied and diverse areas of study: ethnicity, including a lengthy discussion of the concepts of ‘race’ and ‘nationality’; criminology, and the importance of hereditary and environmental factors in producing criminals; education, and the associated issues of gender, class, and what would now be called ‘brainwashing’; and also the comparison between ‘modern’ and ‘primitive’ cultures, taking note of the development of socio-political institutions such as marriage and property.

The Enchantment Of Modern Life

Author: Jane Bennett
Editor: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691088136
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It is a commonplace that the modern world cannot be experienced as enchanted--that the very concept of enchantment belongs to past ages of superstition. Jane Bennett challenges that view. She seeks to rehabilitate enchantment, showing not only how it is still possible to experience genuine wonder, but how such experience is crucial to motivating ethical behavior. A creative blend of political theory, philosophy, and literary studies, this book is a powerful and innovative contribution to an emerging interdisciplinary conversation about the deep connections between ethics, aesthetics, and politics. As Bennett describes it, enchantment is a sense of openness to the unusual, the captivating, and the disturbing in everyday life. She guides us through a wide and often surprising range of sources of enchantment, showing that we can still find enchantment in nature, for example, but also in such unexpected places as modern technology, advertising, and even bureaucracy. She then explains how everyday moments of enchantment can be cultivated to build an ethics of generosity, stimulating the emotional energy and honing the perceptual refinement necessary to follow moral codes. Throughout, Bennett draws on thinkers and writers as diverse as Kant, Schiller, Thoreau, Kafka, Marx, Weber, Adorno, and Deleuze. With its range and daring, The Enchantment of Modern Life is a provocative challenge to the centuries-old ''narrative of disenchantment,'' one that presents a new ''alter-tale'' that discloses our profound attachment to the human and nonhuman world.

John Locke And Modern Life

Author: Lee Ward
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139490117
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Recovers a sense of John Locke's central role in the making of the modern world. It demonstrates that his vision of modern life was constructed on a philosophy of human freedom that is the intellectual nerve connecting the various strands of his thought. By revealing the depth and originality of Locke's critique of the metaphysical assumptions and authoritative institutions of pre-modern life, this book rejects the notion of Locke as an intellectual anachronism. Indeed, the radical core of Locke's modern project was the 'democratization of mind', according to which he challenged practically every previous mode of philosophical analysis by making the autonomous individual the sole determinant of truth. It was on the basis of this new philosophical dispensation that Locke crafted a modern vision not only of government but also of the churches, the family, education, and the conduct of international relations.

Psychology Applied To Modern Life Adjustment In The 21st Century

Author: Wayne Weiten
Editor: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0534608590
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Filled with comprehensive, balanced coverage of classic and contemporary research, relevant examples, and engaging applications, Weiten and Lloyd's text shows students how psychology helps them understand themselves and the world, and uses psychological principles to illuminate the variety of opportunities they have in their lives and their future careers. While professors cite this best-selling book for its academic credibility and the authors' ability to stay current with ''hot topics,'' students say it's one text they just don't want to stop reading. Students and instructors alike find the text and associated workbook to be a highly readable, engaging, visually appealing package that provides a wealth of material they can put to use every day. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Eastern Spirituality For Modern Life

Author: David Pond
Editor: New Age Books
ISBN: 9788178221991
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This Book Helps You To Explore The Philosophical Underpinnings Of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism And Tantra. It Offers Specific Practices, Meditations, And Techniques For Gaining A Peaceful Mind, Experiencing The Depth Of Meaning That Arises By Listening To The Needs Of The Soul Etc.

Holy Moly Rules Of Modern Life

Author: Holy Moly Staff
Editor: The Friday Project Ltd
ISBN: 0954831829
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This is a lovingly-illustrated collection of rules for surviving and thriving in a world that's rapidly going to the dogs. They were submitted to www.holymoly.co.uk - 'the world's finest and most foul-mouthed gossip site'.

Dr Johnson S Dictionary Of Modern Life

Author: Dr Johnson
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 1407073397
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In 2009 Dr Samuel Johnson made a surprise re-emergence from eighteenth century retirement and began Twittering. It proved the perfect vehicle for his acerbic, aphoristic wit and he has quickly become the darling of the site. The Guardian calls him the 'greatest' thing on Twitter and the Telegraph dubs him its 'star'. Our gouty man of letters finds the modern world in a parlous state. It is peopled with fools like "Raisin-ey'd Tyrant Mister Nick GRIFFIN" and "BABOON-SLAYER, Fop, Macaroni, Dandy & Folderol, Mister AA Gill". His attempts to negotiate a path through the vagaries of modern life do not fare well either - for instance, on a trip to "Mister LIBERTY'S blast'd Haberdashery", upon finding "all else clad as Lumber-Jacks, I left thwart'd & alone... unwilling to dress as an unmanly Pastiche of Mister COBAIN." In his Dictionary of Modern Life, our gouty man of letters takes a wickedly funny look at all things modern. From Top Gear and the Daily Mail to Dubstep and Celebrity Big Brother, nothing escapes his sardonic gaze.

A Modern Life

Author: Alan C. Elder
Editor: arsenal pulp press
ISBN: 9781551521718
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In 1949, the forest magnate H.R. MacMillan opened an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery entitled "Design for Living," a show that brought together design and artistic communities to create four imaginary postwar households. It also heralded an unprecedented level of cooperation between industry, artists and craftspeople--a relationship that seemed to hold great promise for the development of art, furniture and craft. The celebration of the cooperative spirit between architects, artists and designers, between potters, weavers and gardeners is central to A Modern Life, which examines the coming together of what were often very separate disciplines post-World War II, as well as the trendsetting design and use of new building and construction materials (like plywood and cement) and the impact these had on the more traditional art community. A Modern Life demonstrates that the ideas of the artistic and design community as a whole during this vibrant period--an era of optimism and promise for the future--have a continued relevance and importance for our understanding of the history of the modern era and the relationship of the built environment to the extraordinary landscape of British Columbia. Includes more than 200 illustrations, including 60 in full color. A co-publication with the Vancouver Art Gallery.