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Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants
Tastes of Paradise
A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants
Paperback      ISBN: 067974438x
Provides the history and anecdotes about what people eat, drink, and inhale for pleasure
Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation
Women's Life in Greece and Rome
A Source Book in Translation
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0801844754
Now in its fourth edition, this highly acclaimed sourcebook examines the public and private lives and legal status of Greek and Roman women. The texts represent women of all social classes, from public figures remembered for their deeds (or misdeeds), to priestesses, poets, and intellectuals, to working women, such as musicians, wet nurses, and prostitutes, to homemakers. The editors have selected texts from hard-to-find sources, such as inscriptions, papyri, and medical treatises, many of which have not previously been translated into English. The resulting compilation is both an invaluable aid to research and a clear guide through this complex subject. Building on the third edition’s appendix of updates, the fourth adds many new and unusual texts and images, as well as such student-friendly features as a map and chapter overviews. Many notes and explanations have been revised with the non-classicist in mind.
The History of Sexuality: An Introduction
The History of Sexuality
An Introduction
Paperback      ISBN: 0679724699
The author turns his attention to sex and the reasons why we are driven constantly to analyze and discuss it. An iconoclastic explanation of modern sexual history.
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality
Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0226067114
A comprehensive study of homosexuality in medieval Europe examines the interaction of social reality and moral argument and traces changes in public attitudes
Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year
Christ Stopped at Eboli
The Story of a Year
Paperback      ISBN: 0374503168
A talented artist and doctor recalls his exile in the primitive Italian village of Galiano during the Abyssinian War of 1935
Mythologies
Mythologies
Paperback      ISBN: 0374521506
"[Mythologies] illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes's progressive interest in the meaning (his word is signification) of practically everything around him, not only the books and paintings of high art, but also the slogans, trivia, toys, food, and popular rituals (cruises, striptease, eating, wrestling matches) of contemporary life . . . For Barthes, words and objects have in common the organized capacity to say something; at the same time, since they are signs, words and objects have the bad faith always to appear natural to their consumer, as if what they say is eternal, true, necessary, instead of arbitrary, made, contingent. Mythologies finds Barthes revealing the fashioned systems of ideas that make it possible, for example, for 'Einstein's brain' to stand for, be the myth of, 'a genius so lacking in magic that one speaks about his thought as a functional labor analogous to the mechanical making of sausages.' Each of the little essays in this book wrenches a definition out of a common but constructed object, making the object speak its hidden, but ever-so-present, reservoir of manufactured sense."--Edward W. Said
All Consuming Images: The Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture
All Consuming Images
The Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0465001017
Discusses the evolution of style, from its former limited position in the ranks of the aristocratic elite to its pervasive role in everyday life, where it has become a vital mechanism for the transmission of social, economic, and political power
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Technopoly
The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Paperback      ISBN: 0679745408
A social critic argues that the United States has become a "technopoly"--a system that sacrifices social institutions for self-perpetuating technological advancement--and suggests ways to use technical skills to enhance our democracy
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
Homo Ludens
A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0807046817
Presents an historical approach to the concept of play as a cultural phenomenon.
The Mind of the South
The Mind of the South
Paperback      ISBN: 0679736476
Discusses Southern culture and social conditions, and describes the intellectual attitudes of the New South