Hardcover ISBN: 0465017738
The rise and fall of cultural theory is traced in this provocative synthesis of Terry Eagleton's lifetime of learning, challenging individuals in a range of topics such as love, evil, morality, revolution, religion, and deathwhich have been largely ignored for thirty years. 25,000 first printing.
The Art of Cloning
Creative Production During China's Cultural Revolution
Paperback ISBN: 1784785202
Examines the Cultural Revolution in China, discussing how Chinese citizens experienced cultural freedom through intellectualism and artistic activities rather than the Western concept of freedom through individuality and consumerism.
An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory
Paperback ISBN: 0719062683
In this second edition of Beginning Theory , the variety of approaches, theorists, and technical language is lucidly and expertly unraveled and explained, and allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles have been grasped. Expanded and updated from the original edition first published in 1995, Peter Barry has incorporated all of the recent developments in literary theory, adding two new chapters covering the emergent Eco-criticism and the re-emerging Narratology.
Hardcover ISBN: 0201409135
"Introduction to Brazil by a law professor who has been an engaged visitor since the 1960s. Themes of race, political power, violence, environment, religious diversity, and popular culture are made accessible through biographical profiles. Balances exuberance and indignation better than most recent introductions, but at a length that may exhaust the general reader. See Levine's work (item #bi 00006099#) or Eakin's (item #bi 00006100#) for more succinct introductory studies"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.http://www.loc.gov/hlas/Drawing on personal experience, the author examines the lives of the Brazilian people, the stereotypes of Brazilian culture, and the stark contrasts between rich and poor
How Values Shape Human Progress
Paperback ISBN: 0465031765
Probing the difficult questions of why some modern industrialized nations are more successful than others at providing basic freedoms and a decent standard of living to their people, the author looks to the cultural values underpinning societies, arguing that they are the key to understanding the success or failure of the "developed" nation. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Discourse and the Construction of Society
Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification
Paperback ISBN: 0195079094
In this bold theoretical work, Bruce Lincoln explores the ways in which myth, ritual, and classification hold human societies together--and how, in times of crisis, they can be used to take a society apart and reconstruct it. Without overlooking the role of coercive force in the maintenance (or overthrow) of social structures, Lincoln argues his thesis with compelling illustrations drawn from such diverse areas as Platonic philosophy, the Upanishads of India, ancient Celtic banquets, professional wrestling, and the Spanish Civil War. This wide-ranging interdisciplinary study--which draws on works in history, semiotics, anthropology, sociology, classics, and indology--offers challenging new insights into the complex dynamics of social cohesion and change.
A Cultural History of Our Age
Hardcover ISBN: 022617199x
How old are you? The more thought you bring to bear on the question, the harder it is to answer. For we age simultaneously in different ways: biologically, psychologically, socially. And we age within the larger framework of a culture, in the midst of a history that predates us and will outlast us. Looked at through that lens, many aspects of late modernity would suggest that we are older than ever, but Robert Pogue Harrison argues that we are also getting startlingly younger?in looks, mentality, and behavior. We live, he says, in an age of juvenescence. Like all of Robert Pogue Harrison's books, Juvenescence ranges brilliantly across cultures and history, tracing the ways that the spirits of youth and age have inflected each other from antiquity to the present. Drawing on the scientific concept of neotony, or the retention of juvenile characteristics through adulthood, and extending it into the cultural realm, Harrison argues that youth is essential for culture’s innovative drive and flashes of genius. At the same time, however, youth?which Harrison sees as more protracted than ever?is a luxury that requires the stability and wisdom of our elders and the institutions. ?While genius liberates the novelties of the future,