Science

Tragedy in Mouse Utopia

Tragedy in Mouse Utopia

Author: J. r. Vallentyne

Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub

ISBN: 9781412056335

Category: Science

Page: 212

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Indifference to behavioral needs of the young caused Mouse Utopia to self-destruct. Can Human Utopia avoid a similar fate? Yes. How? By confronting the Sorcerer. Will we? In time?
Ecology

Beiträge zum Göttinger Umwelthistorischen Kolloquium 2007 - 2008

Beiträge zum Göttinger Umwelthistorischen Kolloquium 2007 - 2008

Author: Bernd Herrmann

Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen

ISBN: 9783940344397

Category: Ecology

Page: 239

View: 853

This annual yearbook presents essays in environmental history based on lectures given at the Göttingen study group "Environmental History" by external authors. As previous yearbooks it is dedicated to the plurality of approaches in environmental history and serves as a valuable source for information about current research in that realm.
Religion

Jubilee

Jubilee

Author: Mel Lawrenz

Publisher: Gospel Light Publications

ISBN: 0830746366

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 747

The Jubilee theme is the Old Testament concept of declaring a special season for attaining spiritual renewal. In Jubilee, Mel Lawrenz skillfully takes readers through a season of renewal, pausing to examine the following themes and inviting readers to consider their own lives and their response to God. Sabbath: a time and an attitude in which we rehearse that God and God alone is in control. Proclamation: knowing what we stand for in life, and letting others know it. Redemption: being freed by God’s great acts of deliverance. Freedom: cherishing the liberty that God brings to every area of life. Forgiveness: accepting the mercy of God and releasing those we have held indebted to ourselves. Healing: letting God restore our spirit, our body and our relationships. Justice: standing for what is right and being an advocate for those who are downtrodden.
Nature

The Algal Bowl

The Algal Bowl

Author: David W. Schindler

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 9781844076239

Category: Nature

Page: 334

View: 380

In 1974, John R. Vallentyne predicted that by the year 2000 we would be living in an environmental disaster he called the Algal Bowl. Just as the Dust Bowl of the 1930s was created by misusing western farmland, he forecast that the continuing misuse of lakes could only lead to water degradation. In the first edition of The Algal Bowl: Lakes and Man, he explained how the biology of lakes is changed by an overload of nutrients - a process known as eutrophication. Vallentyne demonstrated that human activity was the primary cause of eutrophication and therefore responsible for the explosive growth of algae. His efforts helped move policy makers in North America to action regarding the dangers of phosphates in fresh water. Two of North America's leading water scientists joined forces to explain the science and strategies that are essential to understanding and protecting whole water systems from eutrophication and massive algae blooms. Scientists, opinion leaders, policy makers, and concerned citizens will find this fully revised and expanded second edition an unambiguous diagnosis and prescription for change.
Literary Criticism

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy

Author: Michael Neill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191036149

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 650

View: 902

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy is a collection of fifty-four essays by a range of scholars from all parts of the world, bringing together some of the best-known writers in the field with a strong selection of younger Shakespeareans. Together these essays offer readers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of Shakespeare tragedies as both works of literature and as performance texts written by a playwright who was himself an experienced actor. The collection is organised in five sections. The substantial opening section introduces the plays by placing them in a variety of illuminating contexts: as well looking at ways in which later generations of critics have shaped our idea of 'Shakespearean' tragedy, it addresses questions of genre by examining the playwright's inheritance from the classical and medieval past, by considering tragedy's relationship to other genres (including history plays, tragicomedy, and satiric drama), and by showing how Shakespeare's tragedies respond to the pressures of early modern politics, religion, and ideas about humanity and the natural world. The second section is devoted to current textual issues; while the third offers new critical readings of each of the tragedies, from Titus Andronicus to Coriolanus. This is set beside a group of essays that deal with performance history, with screen productions, and with versions devised for the operatic stage, as well as with the extraordinary diversity of twentieth and twenty-first century re-workings of Shakespearean tragedy. The thirteen essays of the book's final section seek to expand readers' awareness of Shakespeare's global reach, tracing histories of criticism and performance across Europe, the Americas, Australasia, the Middle East, Africa, India, and East Asia. Offering the richest and most diverse collection of approaches to Shakespearean tragedy currently available, the Handbook will be an indispensable resource for students both undergraduate and graduate levels, while the lively and provocative character of its essays make will it required reading for teachers of Shakespeare everywhere.
Literary Criticism

Dynamics Of Role-Playing In Jacobean Tragedy

Dynamics Of Role-Playing In Jacobean Tragedy

Author: Joan L Hall

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349216529

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

View: 331

Jacobean actors fascinated audiences with their convincingly mimetic performances; often they appeared to assume the identities of the fictional characters they impersonated. A similar dynamic emerges in several tragedies of the period, where dramatic characters are frequently changed--for better or worse--by the roles they adopt within the play illusion. This study discusses how certain plays of Jonson and Middleton reveal the destructive consequences of assuming new personae; how three of Shakespeare's tragedies explore the ambivalent results of characters' experimentation with roles; and how Webster and Ford treat role-playing (including ceremonial behavior) creatively, as a vehicle for expressing and consolidating the dramatic self.
Biography & Autobiography

UTOPIA'S SUICIDE

UTOPIA'S SUICIDE

Author: John Paul

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781491886106

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 474

View: 479

Having one foot in North America and one in Europe, the author inevitably, compares these two continents, their surroundings, their people, and their modus vivendi. The interpretation of happenings on these continents as they relate to one life's adventure is the scope of this work, which is, before everything else, a collage of personal biography, illuminated by flashes of the remarkable historical moments preceding the emigration. There are, moreover, interpretations of impressions colored with romantic, enchanting mysticism, and alternatively, subjective impressions of immigrants who came to America to find a better life and expected, to some extent, to find a promised land on a platter. In either case, impressions are based on predispositions of what immigrants from the old country envisioned American to be like. However, gratia is not a prerequisite; it does not exist in the meaning of emi, nor immi gratia. Is this memoir an unprejudiced evaluation and objective notation of experiences as they were, or a biased overflow of emotions, ridicule and sarcasm, or delight and adornment? What is the difference between autobiography, memoir, and diary, versus a fictitious, rather historical novel in the first place? A degree of deviation from factual reality? A conglomerate relatively dry when transferred onto paper, this cacophony, without regard to categorization, may enlighten the mind of one American, or one potential immigrant, by informing or reforming the picture of the mirage of a once-magical "New World" or the romanticism of the "Old One."
Performing Arts

Mouse Morality

Mouse Morality

Author: Annalee R. Ward

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292773936

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

View: 549

Kids around the world love Disney animated films, and many of their parents trust the Disney corporation to provide wholesome, moral entertainment for their children. Yet frequent protests and even boycotts of Disney products and practices reveal a widespread unease with the sometimes mixed and inconsistent moral values espoused in Disney films as the company attempts to appeal to the largest possible audience. In this book, Annalee R. Ward uses a variety of analytical tools based in rhetorical criticism to examine the moral messages taught in five recent Disney animated films—The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, and Mulan. Taking the films on their own terms, she uncovers the many mixed messages they purvey: for example, females can be leaders—but male leadership ought to be the norm; stereotyping is wrong—but black means evil; historical truth is valued—but only tell what one can sell, etc. Adding these messages together, Ward raises important questions about the moral ambiguity of Disney's overall worldview and demonstrates the need for parents to be discerning in letting their children learn moral values and life lessons from Disney films.
Literary Criticism

Utopianism, Modernism, and Literature in the Twentieth Century

Utopianism, Modernism, and Literature in the Twentieth Century

Author: A. Reeve-Tucker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137336620

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

View: 641

Utopianism, Modernism, and Literature in the Twentieth Century considers the links between utopianism and modernism in two ways: as an under-theorized nexus of aesthetic and political interactions; and as a sphere of confluences that challenges accepted critical models of modernist and twentieth-century literary history. An international group of scholars considers works by E. M. Forster, Ford Madox Ford, Wyndham Lewis, Naomi Mitchison, Katharine Burdekin, Rex Warner, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Thomas Pynchon, Elizabeth Bowen, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Ernst Bloch. In doing so, this volume's contributors prompt new reflections on key aspects of utopianism in experimental twentieth-century literature and non-fictional writing; deepen literary-historical understandings of modernism's socio-political implications; and bear out the on-going relevance of modernism's explorations of utopian thought. Utopianism, Modernism, and Literature in the Twentieth Century will appeal to anyone with an interest in how deeply and how differently modernist writers, as well as writers influenced by or resistant to modernist styles, engaged with issues of utopianism, perfectibility, and social betterment.
Literary Criticism

In Defence of Fantasy

In Defence of Fantasy

Author: Ann Swinfen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000639117

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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The modern fantasy novel might hardly seem to need a defence, but its position in contemporary literature in the 1980s was still rather ambivalent. Many post-war writers had produced highly successful fantasy novels, some phenomenal publishing successes had occurred in the field, and an increasing number of universities throughout the English-speaking world now included the literary criticism of fantasy as part of their English Literature courses. None the less some critics and academics condemned the whole genre with a passion that seemed less than objectively critical. In this book, originally published in 1984, Dr Ann Swinfen presents a wide-ranging and comprehensive view of fantasy: what it is, what it tries to achieve, what fundamental differences distinguish it from mainstream realist fiction. She concentrates on the three decades from 1945, when a new generation of writers found that Tolkein had made fantasy ‘respectable’. Her approach is thematic, rather than by individual author, and she brings out the profound moral purpose that underlies much modern fantasy, in a wide range of works, both British and American, such as Russell Hoban’s The Mouse and His Child, C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia and Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Trilogy.
Social Science

The Mouse that Roared

The Mouse that Roared

Author: Henry A. Giroux

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442201444

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 606

How are children—and their parents—affected by the world's most influential corporation? Henry A. Giroux explores the surprisingly diverse ways in which Disney, while hiding behind a cloak of innocence and entertainment, strives to dominate global media and shape the desires, needs, and futures of today's children.
Literary Criticism

The Essential Criticism of John Steinbeck's of Mice and Men

The Essential Criticism of John Steinbeck's of Mice and Men

Author: Michael J. Meyer

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810867345

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 364

View: 554

First published in 1937, Of Mice and Men has been a staple of American literature ever since. Divided by decade, The Essential Criticism of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men provides an overview of criticism over the 70 years the book has been in print. Michael J. Meyer has assembled significant articles and book excerpts from critics and reviewers, citing the early book reviews and highlighting some of the most significant essays. While not all critical studies are included, those assessments not present in the text are evaluated by summaries and their bibliographic citations are given. The essays express various critical approaches, including those that criticize the book and examine what some consider the book's flaws. Ideal for research work at all levels, this volume collects in one place the most significant contributions to the study of the novel, making it a welcome addition to the canon of Steinbeck criticism.