The Invention Of The Modern Dog

Author: Michael Worboys
Editor: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421426595
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For centuries, different types of dogs were bred around the world for work, sport, or companionship. But it was not until Victorian times that breeders started to produce discrete, differentiated, standardized breeds. In The Invention of the Modern Dog, Michael Worboys, Julie-Marie Strange, and Neil Pemberton explore when, where, why, and how Victorians invented the modern way of ordering and breeding dogs. Though talk of "breed" was common before this period in the context of livestock, the modern idea of a dog breed defined in terms of shape, size, coat, and color arose during the Victorian period in response to a burgeoning competitive dog show culture. The authors explain how breeders, exhibitors, and showmen borrowed ideas of inheritance and pure blood, as well as breeding practices of livestock, horse, poultry and other fancy breeders, and applied them to a species that was long thought about solely in terms of work and companionship. The new dog breeds embodied and reflected key aspects of Victorian culture, and they quickly spread across the world, as some of Britain’s top dogs were taken on stud tours or exported in a growing international trade. Connecting the emergence and development of certain dog breeds to both scientific understandings of race and blood as well as Britain’s posture in a global empire, The Invention of the Modern Dog demonstrates that studying dog breeding cultures allows historians to better understand the complex social relationships of late-nineteenth-century Britain.

Is Your Pet Psychic

Author: Richard Webster
Editor: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738703753
Size: 15,85 MB
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You probably know about some of the amazing feats regularly accomplished by animals, from salmon who navigate through hundreds of miles of water to their birthplace to spawn, to bloodhounds who can track the tiniest trace of a scent with noses one million times stronger than ours. Although psychic powers such as telepathic communication have yet to be explained by modern science, all animals, both human and nonhuman, have the potential. But like any talent, psychic talent must be developed and practiced. Part collection of amazing animal stories, part psychic manual, Is Your Pet Psychic? is your guide to understanding and developing your pet's psychic powers. ·Read extraordinary tales of animal heroes, animal ghosts, and more ·Discover how you can test your pet's psychic abilities ·Learn how to communicate telepathically with your pet The exercises in this book will help you and your pet develop the natural psychic potential inherent within all living things. As you experiment with them you will explore one of the true wonders of nature, and strengthen the special bond you share with your pet.

New York Magazine

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

Mongrel Signatures

Author: Annalisa Oboe
Editor: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042009745
Size: 12,26 MB
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Essays by Adam Shoemaker, Cassandra Pybus, Maureen Clark, Graziella Englaro, Annalisa Oboe, Maggie Nolan, Gerry Turcotte, Lorenzo Perrona, Eva Rask Knudsen, Wendy Pearson, Clare Archer-Lean and Ruby Langford Ginibi.


Author: Steve Frohnhoefer
ISBN: 9780761539841
Size: 18,87 MB
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Game Strengths Wizard's of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering is the most widely played trading card game in existence, with an active base of six million players in 52 countries and 80,000 officially-sanctioned tournaments per year. MAGIC: THE GATHERING ONLINE will appeal to gamers of all levels, catering to beginner's with such aspects as built-in tutorials and practice rooms, while doting on pros with competitive tournament arenas and enforceable rule sets. Wizards of the Coast is the worldwide Market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop role-playing game categories, as well as the owner and operator of one of the nation's largest specialty game retail chains.

Books Magazine

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Lies That Tell The Truth

Author: Anne C. Hegerfeldt
Editor: Rodopi
ISBN: 9042019743
Size: 10,81 MB
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Magic realism has long been treated as a phenomenon restricted to postcolonial literature. Drawing on works from Britain, Lies that Tell the Truth compellingly shows how magic realist fiction can be produced also at what is usually considered to be the cultural centre without forfeiting the mode's postcolonial attitude and aims. A close analysis of works by Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, Robert Nye and others reveals how the techniques of magic realism generate a complex critique of the West's rational-empirical worldview from within a Western context itself. Understanding magic realism as a fictional analogue of anthropology and sociology, Lies that Tell the Truth reads the mode as a frequently humorous but at the same time critical investigation into people's attempts to make sense of their world. By laying bare the manifold strategies employed to make meaning, magic realist fiction indicates that knowledge and reality cannot be reduced to hard facts, but that people's dreams and fears, ideas, stories and beliefs must equally be taken into account.

A Love Song To Our Mongrel Selves

Author: Nandini Bhattacharya
ISBN: 9788186423707
Size: 16,49 MB
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This Book Attempts To Relate Rushdie`S Fiction To Larger Theoretical Questions Of Identity And Self-Construction In A Post-Colonial World. It Also Attempts To Rebute Charges Of Reactionary Nihilism Hurled Against Rushdie And Discover His Writings As Joyful, Carnivalesque And Superbly Celebratory.

Shakespeare And The Cultures Of Performance

Author: Paul Edward Yachnin
Editor: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754655855
Size: 16,63 MB
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Using the tools of theatre history in their investigation into the phenomenology of the performance experience, the essays here also consider the social, ideological and institutional contingencies that determine the production and reception of the living spectacle. The contributors strive to bring better understanding to Shakespeare's imaginative investment in the relationship between theatrical production and the emotional, intellectual and cultural effects of performance broadly defined in social terms.

Empire Of Magic

Author: Geraldine Heng
Editor: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023150067X
Size: 16,24 MB
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Empire of Magic offers a genesis and genealogy for medieval romance and the King Arthur legend through the history of Europe's encounters with the East in crusades, travel, missionizing, and empire formation. It also produces definitions of "race" and "nation" for the medieval period and posits that the Middle Ages and medieval fantasies of race and religion have recently returned. Drawing on feminist and gender theory, as well as cultural analyses of race, class, and colonialism, this provocative book revises our understanding of the beginnings of the nine hundred-year-old cultural genre we call romance, as well as the King Arthur legend. Geraldine Heng argues that romance arose in the twelfth century as a cultural response to the trauma and horror of taboo acts—in particular the cannibalism committed by crusaders on the bodies of Muslim enemies in Syria during the First Crusade. From such encounters with the East, Heng suggests, sprang the fantastical episodes featuring King Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth's chronicle The History of the Kings of England, a work where history and fantasy collide and merge, each into the other, inventing crucial new examples and models for romances to come. After locating the rise of romance and Arthurian legend in the contact zones of East and West, Heng demonstrates the adaptability of romance and its key role in the genesis of an English national identity. Discussing Jews, women, children, and sexuality in works like the romance of Richard Lionheart, stories of the saintly Constance, Arthurian chivralic literature, the legend of Prester John, and travel narratives, Heng shows how fantasy enabled audiences to work through issues of communal identity, race, color, class and alternative sexualities in socially sanctioned and safe modes of cultural discussion in which pleasure, not anxiety, was paramount. Romance also engaged with the threat of modernity in the late medieval period, as economic, social, and technological transformations occurred and awareness grew of a vastly enlarged world beyond Europe, one encompassing India, China, and Africa. Finally, Heng posits, romance locates England and Europe within an empire of magic and knowledge that surveys the world and makes it intelligible—usable—for the future. Empire of Magic is expansive in scope, spanning the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries, and detailed in coverage, examining various types of romance—historical, national, popular, chivalric, family, and travel romances, among others—to see how cultural fantasy responds to changing crises, pressures, and demands in a number of different ways. Boldly controversial, theoretically sophisticated, and historically rooted, Empire of Magic is a dramatic restaging of the role romance played in the culture of a period and world in ways that suggest how cultural fantasy still functions for us today.