Author : Walter Benjamin
Publisher : HMH
ISBN 13 : 0547540655
Total Pages : 291 pages
Book Rating : 4.4/5 (754 download)
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Download or read book Illuminations written by Walter Benjamin and published by HMH. This book was released on 1968-10-23 with total page 291 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Essays and reflections from one of the twentieth century’s most original cultural critics, with an introduction by Hannah Arendt. Walter Benjamin was an icon of criticism, renowned for his insight on art, literature, and philosophy. This volume includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and Brecht’s epic theater. Illuminations also includes his penetrating study “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary mode; and his theses on the philosophy of history. Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and introduces them with a classic essay about Benjamin’s life in a dark historical era. Leon Wieseltier’s preface explores Benjamin’s continued relevance for our times. Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and Jewish mysticism as presented by Gershom Scholem.
Download or read book American Illuminations written by David E. Nye and published by MIT Press. This book was released on 2022-11-01 with total page 291 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How Americans adapted European royal illuminations for patriotic celebrations, spectacular expositions, and intensely bright commercial lighting to create the world's most dazzling and glamorous cities. Illuminated fêtes and civic celebrations began in Renaissance Italy and spread through the courts of Europe. Their fireworks, torches, lamps, and special effects glorified the monarch, marked the birth of a prince, or celebrated military victory. Nineteenth-century Americans rejected such monarchial pomp and adapted spectacular lighting to their democratic, commercial culture. In American Illuminations, David Nye explains how they experimented with gas and electric light to create illuminated cityscapes far brighter and more dynamic than those of Europe, and how these illuminations became symbols of modernity and the conquest of nature. Americans used gaslight and electricity in parades, expositions, advertising, elections, and political spectacles. In the 1880s, cities erected powerful arc lights on towers to create artificial moonlight. By the 1890s they adopted more intensive, commercial lighting that defined distinct zones of light and glamorized the city's White Ways, skyscrapers, bridges, department stores, theaters, and dance halls. Poor and blighted areas disappeared into the shadows. American illuminations also became integral parts of national political campaigns, presidential inaugurations, and victory celebrations after the Spanish-American War and World War I.
Download or read book Illuminations written by Edward William Bonadio and published by iUniverse. This book was released on 2002-10 with total page 132 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Love, guilt, desire, greed and a host of other emotions are sprinkled through this book of poems and thoughts from the perspective of a twentieth century every-man. There is much to be considered and reflected on in this collection of thoughts. There is both joy and sorrow in this emotional journey through space and time, but in all there is illumination. This is poetry at its best from a man's perspective.
Download or read book Illuminations written by Earl Leonard Langguth and published by Tate Publishing. This book was released on 2006-11 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: It was amazing, simply amazing! As he read to us from Illuminations what he was telling us seemed so real that I felt I was actually watching it happen!' Here is the recipe: Take one veteran knowledgeable Bible teacher enable him also to be adept at creating lyric poetry; have Illuminations, the result, read aloud by an expressive reader; process this through hearing into that part of the listeners' brains which sees, feels, and visualizes; and it comes alive! Illuminations is New Testament experience in instant form. Just add sound and intention, and enjoy!In the Middle Ages the monk copyists added color, life and meaning to manuscripts by illuminating them. Illuminations does the same thing for us.
Download or read book Medical Illuminations written by Howard Wainer and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2014 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Thirteen contemporary medical topics are used to illustrate how modern tools of statistical thinking and statistical graphics can illuminate them. The book aims to solve some vexing problems that seem perplexing, and make the problems and their solutions clear for the general reader in order to gain a greater understanding of our complex world.
Download or read book African Philosophical Illuminations written by John Murungi and published by Springer. This book was released on 2017-03-21 with total page 152 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The illumination of African philosophy offered in this volume leads to the illumination of philosophy in general. Illuminating arises as an essential task of philosophy, whether African or not. What is illuminated is not already there, but is constituted at the moment of illumination. This book invites the reader to participate in the illuminating work of philosophy and necessarily, thereby, to contribute to his or her own self-constituting self-illumination. Although the focus is on African philosophy, the book also bridges the gap between African philosophy and other branches. Today more than ever, a bridging philosophy is called for, and this book helps to meet that need. This book poses philosophical questions such as who is an African and what Africa is, and seeks philosophical answers. In doing so, it contributes to the ongoing discourse on African philosophy. It addresses such issues as the African grounding of philosophy, the difference between African and Black philosophy, the African body, African art as expressed in and by Chiwara, the plight of African trees as the plight of Africans, and the symbolic meaning of Robben Island.
Download or read book Avian Illuminations written by Boria Sax and published by Reaktion Books. This book was released on 2021-10-13 with total page 417 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An exquisitely illustrated journey through the complex and crucial relationship between humans and birds. Avian Illuminations examines the many roles birds have played in human society, from food, messengers, deities, and pets, to omens, muses, timekeepers, custodians, hunting companions, decorative motifs, and, most importantly, embodiments of our aspirations. Boria Sax narrates the history of our relationships with a host of bird species, including crows, owls, parrots, falcons, eagles, nightingales, hummingbirds, and many more. Along the way, Sax describes how birds’ nesting has symbolized human romance, how their flight has inspired inventors throughout history, and he concludes by showing that the interconnections between birds and humans are so manifold that a world without birds would effectively mean an end to human culture itself. Beautifully illustrated, Avian Illuminations is a superb overview of humanity’s long and rich association with our avian companions.
Download or read book Routledge Revivals: The Illuminations of the Stavelot Bible (1978) written by Wayne Dynes and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2017-11-22 with total page 222 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: First published in 1978, this book offers a comprehensive study of the illuminations of the Stavelot Bible. The illuminations themselves have been recognized as occupying an important place in the incipient stage of the Romanesque style in the Meuse valley. The two volumes of the Bible contain no less than ninety-seven illuminated initials, almost half of them containing figures. Wayne Dynes’s study brings this into context by giving the historical background of the abbey of Stavelot and the manuscript itself, and then the exegetical and illustrative tradition shaping earlier illuminated Bibles. A third chapter examines the question of the assignment of the hands, providing at the same time a survey of the contents. This clears the way for discussions of areas of importance including the famous full-page composition of Christ in Majesty, and analyses key miniatures and groups of miniatures. This procedure serves to clarify the overall scheme of illumination and permit a comparison with earlier achievements in the history of Bible illumination.
Download or read book Illuminations written by Arthur Rimbaud and published by New Directions Publishing. This book was released on 1957-01-17 with total page 228 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The definitive translation of the one of the brightest geniuses of French poetry. The prose poems of the great French Symbolist, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), have acquired enormous prestige among readers everywhere and have been a revolutionary influence on poetry in the twentieth century. They are offered here both in their original texts and in superb English translations by Louise Varese. Mrs. Varese first published her versions of Rimbaud’s Illuminations in 1946. Since then she has revised her work and has included two poems which in the interim have been reclassified as part of Illuminations. This edition also contains two other series of prose poems, which include two poems only recently discovered in France, together with an introduction in which Miss Varese discusses the complicated ins and outs of Rimbaldien scholarship and the special qualities of Rimbaud’s writing. Rimbaud was indeed the most astonishing of French geniuses. Fired in childhood with an ambition to write, he gave up poetry before he was twenty-one. Yet he had already produced some of the finest examples of French verse. He is best known for A Season in Hell, but his other prose poems are no less remarkable. While he was working on them he spoke of his interest in hallucinations––"des vertiges, des silences, des nuits." These perceptions were caught by the poet in a beam of pellucid, and strangely active language which still lights up––now here, now there––unexplored aspects of experience and thought.
Download or read book Artifacts & Illuminations written by Tom Lynch and published by U of Nebraska Press. This book was released on 2012-04-01 with total page 361 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Loren Eiseley (1907?77) is one of the most important American nature writers of the twentieth century and an admired practitioner of creative nonfiction. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Eiseley was a professor of anthropology and a prolific writer and poet who worked to bring an understanding of science to the general public, incorporating religion, philosophy, and science into his explorations of the human mind and the passage of time. As a writer who bridged the sciences and the humanities, Eiseley is a challenge for scholars locked into rigid disciplinary boundaries. Artifacts and Illuminations, the first full-length collection of critical essays on the writing of Eiseley, situates his work in the genres of creative nonfiction and nature writing. The contributing scholars apply a variety of critical approaches, including ecocriticism and place-oriented studies ranging across prairie, urban, and international contexts. Contributors explore such diverse topics as Eiseley?s use of anthropomorphism and Jungian concepts and examine how his work was informed by synecdoche. Long overdue, this collection demonstrates Eiseley?s continuing relevance as both a skilled literary craftsman and a profound thinker about the human place in the natural world.
Download or read book Studies in Late Medieval Wall Paintings, Manuscript Illuminations, and Texts written by Clifford Davidson and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-12-19 with total page 138 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume is an interdisciplinary consideration of late medieval art and texts, falling into two parts: first, the iconography and context of the great Doom wall painting over the tower arch at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry, and second, Carthusian studies treating fragmentary wall paintings in the Carthusian monastery near Coventry; the devotional images in the Carthusian Miscellany; and meditation for “simple souls” in the Carthusian Nicholas Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ. Emphasis is on such aspects as memory, participative theology, devotional images, meditative practice, and techniques of constructing patterns of sacred imagery.
Download or read book The Reformist of Illuminations in the Gospels of Matilda, Countess of Tuscany written by R.H. Rough and published by Springer Science & Business Media. This book was released on 2012-12-06 with total page 64 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Gospels ofMatilda, Countess ofTuscany, is a manuscript written and illuminated in Northern Italy toward the end ofthe eleventh century. A credible fourteenth century document states that it was presented by the Countess to the Benedictine monastery of Polirone, near Mantua. In the manuscript's pictorial cycle, the Cleansing of the Temple and the scenes related to it are iconographically extra ordinary. An understanding of them must begin with a study of their ideological sources, closely related historicfigures, Medieval writers who employed the figure ofthe Cleansing ofthe Temple, and the political-social movement ofthe Patarines. Then the Matilda Gospels' illuminations will stand revealed as the key artistic expression of the Gregorian Reform and as a prime document of some of the most important events and ideas ofthe Middle Ages. II. ART AND THE REFORM OF THE ELEVENTH CENTURY Church reform in the eleventh century was a heroic engage ment. Norman Cantor calls it one of the four great «world revolutions» of Western history.! The authority of the papacy, theindependenceofthechurch,andtheveryleadershipofMedie val society were its mortally contested issues critical both to history and to political theory.2 Gregory VII and Matilda of Tuscany were but two of the vivid personalities among its partisans. But in the history ofart the struggle has been nearly invisible.
Download or read book Hints for increasing the Splendour of Illuminations ... with some remarks for the prevention of tumult and disorder. Particularly adapted to the illuminations expected to take place on the proclamation for peace with the French Republic. By Photophilos written by pseud PHOTOPHILOS and published by . This book was released on 1801 with total page 132 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Download or read book From the Ulster Journal of Archæology, July 1860. Early Irish Caligraphy. (Illuminations and Fac-similes from Irish Manuscripts in the libraries of Switzerland.) Translated, by W. Reeves, from the German of “Bilder und Schriftzüge in den irischen Manuscripten,” etc. originally published as part of the “Mittheilungen der Antiquarischen Gesellschaft in Zurich.” written by Ferdinand KELLER and published by . This book was released on 1860 with total page 64 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Download or read book Illuminations, and Other Prose Poems written by Arthur Rimbaud and published by New Directions Publishing. This book was released on 1957 with total page 230 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Rimbaud, born in 1854, started to write at an early age. By 17 he had written his most famous poem, 'The Drunken Boat'. He then embarked on a turbulent homosexual relationship with the poet Verlaine, from which came some of their most original work, including A Season in Hell and Illuminations. Rimbaud rejected writing at the age of 20. After years of travelling and gun-running in Africa, he died in 1891, aged 37.
Download or read book Italian Renaissance Illuminations written by Jonathan James Graham Alexander and published by . This book was released on 1977 with total page 126 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Download or read book Illuminations from the Past written by Ban Wang and published by Stanford University Press. This book was released on 2004 with total page 346 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book offers a cultural history of modern China by looking at the tension between memory and history. Mainstream books on China tend to focus on the hard aspects of economics, government, politics, or international relations. This book takes a humanistic look at modern changes and examines how Chinese intellectuals and artists experienced trauma, social upheavals, and transformations. Drawing on a wide array of sources in political and aesthetic writings, literature, film, and public discourse, the author has portrayed the unique ways the Chinese imagine and portray their own historical destiny in the midst of trauma, catastrophe, and runaway globalization.