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Book Synopsis Talking Conflict: The Loaded Language of Genocide, Political Violence, Terrorism, and Warfare by : Anna M. Wittmann
Download or read book Talking Conflict: The Loaded Language of Genocide, Political Violence, Terrorism, and Warfare written by Anna M. Wittmann and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2016-12-05 with total page 386 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In today's information era, the use of specific words and language can serve as powerful tools that incite violence—or sanitize and conceal the ugliness of war. This book examines the complex, "twisted" language of conflict. • Provides readers with an in-depth awareness of how language is often used to sanitize and obfuscate understanding of reality, thereby offering insight into past and ongoing human conflicts from 1900 onward • Elucidates important terms that in our current "information age" are being used loosely, often without clear definition • Promotes a critical analysis of how words are used, particularly as propaganda • Supports Common Core educational standards by enabling students to learn key critical thinking skills and learning strategies and apply them when reading and interpreting texts
Book Synopsis The Psychology of Human Leadership by : Michael Paschen
Download or read book The Psychology of Human Leadership written by Michael Paschen and published by Springer Science & Business Media. This book was released on 2013-07-22 with total page 245 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The book seamlessly links fundamental insights and practical approaches to address the most important leadership problems and challenges. Each of the 11 chapters takes a close look at a specific leadership aspect and explains how to develop personal leadership qualities, such as charisma, the ability to motivate others, assertiveness, and how to overcome crises and conflicts to create new structures. Ethical questions and possible negative developments in connection with leadership and power are also examined. Unlike conventional leadership manuals, this book on leadership goes beyond the standard 'recipes' and models by providing clear trains of thought as well as a psychological and philosophical basis, and by focusing on major achievements in terms of leadership, it creates a more profound understanding and holistic view of the subject of leadership, while promoting a genuine fascination for it.
Book Synopsis Understanding Gary Shteyngart by : Geoff Hamilton
Download or read book Understanding Gary Shteyngart written by Geoff Hamilton and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 2017-04-15 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Understanding Gary Shteyngart, the first comprehensive examination of Shteyngart's novels and memoir, introduces readers to one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful contemporary American authors. Born in Leningrad in 1972, Shteyngart immigrated to the United States in 1979, attended Oberlin College and the City University of New York, and currently teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University. His novels include Super Sad True Love Story, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; Absurdistan, chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review and Time magazine; and The Russian Debutante's Handbook, winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Geoff Hamilton studies three broad, overlapping elements of Shteyngart's work: his construction of Russian-Jewish identity in the United States, his appraisal of communism's imaginative legacy for the wider East European diaspora and former Soviet republics, and his representation of the deadening effects of late capitalism. Focusing on Shteyngart's themes of the fracturing and decay of ethnic identities, the limits and pitfalls of multiculturalism, and the decline of privacy and civility against the creeping power of technological mediation, Hamilton also tracks the author's playful manipulation of literary traditions and his incisive revision of seminal mythologies of Russian, Jewish, and American selfhood. Although Shteyngart has sometimes been pigeon holed as an immigrant author working a rather marginal ethnic shtick, Hamilton demonstrates that Shteyngart's work deserves attention for its remarkable centrality, that is, its relevance to core questions of identity formation and beliefs common to globalized societies.
Book Synopsis Postmodern/Postwar and After by : Jason Gladstone
Download or read book Postmodern/Postwar and After written by Jason Gladstone and published by University of Iowa Press. This book was released on 2016-07 with total page 286 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Within the past ten years, the field of contemporary American literary studies has changed significantly. Following the turn of the twenty-first century and mounting doubts about the continued explanatory power of the category of “postmodernism,” new organizations have emerged, book series have been launched, journals have been created, and new methodologies, periodizations, and thematics have redefined the field. Postmodern/Postwar—and After aims to be a field-defining book—a sourcebook for the new and emerging critical terrain—that explores the postmodern/postwar period and what comes after. The first section of essays returns to the category of the “post-modern” and argues for the usefulness of key concepts and themes from postmodernism to the study of contemporary literature, or reevaluates postmodernism in light of recent developments in the field and historical and economic changes in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. These essays take the contemporary abandonments of postmodernism as an occasion to assess the current states of postmodernity. After that, the essays move to address the critical shift away from postmodernism as a description of the present, and toward a new sense of postmodernism as just one category among many that scholars can use to describe the recent past. The final section looks forward and explores the question of what comes after the postwar/postmodern. Taken together, these essays from leading and emerging scholars on the state of twenty-first-century literary studies provide a number of frameworks for approaching contemporary literature as influenced by, yet distinct from, postmodernism. The result is an indispensable guide that seeks to represent and understand the major overhauling of postwar American literary studies that is currently underway.
Download or read book Cinema Detours written by Mike White and published by Lulu.com. This book was released on 2013-04-27 with total page 188 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Cinema Detours' is a collection of two-hundred and twenty movie reviews written over a period of six years and published in a miscellany of media, including: 'Detour Magazine','Detroit's Metro Times','Mondo Film & Video Guide','Wild Side Cinema','Daily Grindhouse', and more. These reviews have been collected to preserve them in an archival physical form to rescue them from the ephemeral nature of the net. Films in this collection are mostly off the beaten path, representing genres all over the map: Cult, Horror, Sci-Fi, Film Festival Flicks, Action Films, Superhero Movies and even a Czechoslovakian Musical Western. Get in, strap in, shut up, and hold on as we take a breakneck tour of the lesser traveled reaches of the cinematic landscape. Tighten your seat belt and read carefully because everything happens fast. You've never had a trip like this before.
Book Synopsis Ethnographic Fieldwork by : Jan Blommaert
Download or read book Ethnographic Fieldwork written by Jan Blommaert and published by Multilingual Matters. This book was released on 2010-06-28 with total page 99 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ethnographic fieldwork is something which is often presented as mysterious and inexplicable. How do we know certain things after having done fieldwork? Are we sure we know? And what exactly do we know? This book describes ethnographic fieldwork as the gradual accumulation of knowledge about something you don’t know much about. We start from ignorance and gradually move towards knowledge, on the basis of practices for which we have theoretical and methodological motivations. Jan Blommaert and Dong Jie draw on their own experiences as fieldworkers in explaining the complexities of ethnographic fieldwork as a knowledge trajectory. They do so in an easily accessible way that makes these complexities easier to understand and to handle before, during and after fieldwork.
Book Synopsis Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work by : Geoff Hamilton
Download or read book Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work written by Geoff Hamilton and published by Infobase Learning. This book was released on 2015-04-22 with total page 995 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Presents an alphabetical reference guide detailing the lives and works of authors associated with the English-language fiction of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Book Synopsis Don't Mourn, Balkanize! by : Andrej Grubačić
Download or read book Don't Mourn, Balkanize! written by Andrej Grubačić and published by PM Press. This book was released on 2010-11-15 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Don’t Mourn, Balkanize! is the first book written from the radical left perspective on the topic of Yugoslav space after the dismantling of the country. In this collection of essays, commentaries, and interviews, written between 2002 and 2010, Andrej Grubačić speaks about the politics of balkanization—about the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, neoliberal structural adjustment, humanitarian intervention, supervised independence of Kosovo, occupation of Bosnia, and other episodes of Power which he situates in the long historical context of colonialism, conquest, and intervention. But he also tells the story of the balkanization of politics, of the Balkans seen from below. A space of bogumils—those medieval heretics who fought against Crusades and churches—and a place of anti-Ottoman resistance; a home to hajduks and klefti, pirates and rebels; a refuge of feminists and socialists, of antifascists and partisans; of new social movements of occupied and recovered factories; a place of dreamers of all sorts struggling both against provincial “peninsularity” as well as against occupations, foreign interventions and that process which is now, in a strange inversion of history, often described by that fashionable term, “balkanization.” For Grubačić, political activist and radical sociologist, Yugoslavia was never just a country—it was an idea. Like the Balkans itself, it was a project of inter-ethnic co-existence, a trans-ethnic and pluricultural space of many diverse worlds. Political ideas of inter-ethnic cooperation and mutual aid as we had known them in Yugoslavia were destroyed by the beginning of the 1990s—disappeared in the combined madness of ethno-nationalist hysteria and humanitarian imperialism. This remarkable collection chronicles political experiences of the author who is himself a Yugoslav, a man without a country; but also, as an anarchist, a man without a state. This book is an important reading for those on the Left who are struggling to understand the intertwined legacy of inter-ethnic conflict and inter-ethnic solidarity in contemporary, post-Yugoslav history.
Book Synopsis Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works by : Geoff Hamilton
Download or read book Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works written by Geoff Hamilton and published by Infobase Publishing. This book was released on 2010 with total page 433 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Provides a comprehensive overview of the best writers and works of the current English-speaking literary world.
Book Synopsis The Passions of Fabienne by : Mircea Colesnic
Download or read book The Passions of Fabienne written by Mircea Colesnic and published by Paragon Publishing. This book was released on 2017-11-03 with total page 234 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is the story spanning 25 years of Fabienne’s passion for Maren, the ‘most beautiful man’, and Maren and Chloe. But there’s also the President of France... and Ravel. Inspired by real events and real people, this sexually charged tale takes place in Paris and in Absurdistan, an imaginary country somewhere in Eastern Europe. Love is in the main a very confusing affair and is possibly the best example of self-deceiving with all its repercussions. The simple question, does he/she love me? has never been afforded a reliable answer!
Book Synopsis The Cambridge Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction by : Stacey Olster
Download or read book The Cambridge Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction written by Stacey Olster and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2017-06-09 with total page 271 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Explores American fiction of the last thirty years, examining the political and cultural changes that distinguish the period
Book Synopsis Race, Rights, and Recognition by : Dean J. Franco
Download or read book Race, Rights, and Recognition written by Dean J. Franco and published by Cornell University Press. This book was released on 2012-05-15 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Race, Rights, and Recognition, Dean J. Franco explores the work of recent Jewish American writers, many of whom have taken unpopular stances on social issues, distancing themselves from the politics and public practice of multiculturalism. While these writers explore the same themes of group-based rights and recognition that preoccupy Latino, African American, and Native American writers, they are generally suspicious of group identities and are more likely to adopt postmodern distancing techniques than to presume to speak for "their people." Ranging from Philip Roth's scandalous 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint to Gary Shteyngart's Absurdistan in 2006, the literature Franco examines in this book is at once critical of and deeply invested in the problems of race and the rise of multicultural philosophies and policies in America. Franco argues that from the formative years of multiculturalism (1965-1975), Jewish writers probed the ethics and not just the politics of civil rights and cultural recognition; this perspective arose from a stance of keen awareness of the limits and possibilities of consensus-based civil and human rights. Contemporary Jewish writers are now responding to global problems of cultural conflict and pluralism and thinking through the challenges and responsibilities of cosmopolitanism. Indeed, if the United States is now correctly-if cautiously-identifying itself as a post-ethnic nation, it may be said that Jewish writing has been well ahead of the curve in imagining what a post-ethnic future might look like and in critiquing the social conventions of race and ethnicity.
Download or read book Jewish Humor written by Arie Sover and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2021-04-06 with total page 339 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book details the evolution of Jewish humor, highlighting its long history from the period of the Bible to the present day, and includes a wide spectrum of styles that are expressed in various works and fields, including the Bible, the Talmud, poetry, literature, folklore, jokes, movies, and television series. It focuses upon three socio-geographic regions where the majority of Jewish people lived during the 18th to 21st centuries and where Jewish humor was created, developed and thrived: Eastern Europe, the United States and Israel. The text is a complicated mosaic based on three central components of Jewish life: historical experience, survival, and wisdom. It shows that one cannot understand Jewish humor without referring to the various factors which led the Jewish people to create their unusual sense of humor.
Book Synopsis European Visions by : Janelle Blankenship
Download or read book European Visions written by Janelle Blankenship and published by transcript Verlag. This book was released on 2015-07-31 with total page 416 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume examines the challenges cinemas in small European countries have faced since 1989. It explores how notions of scale and »small cinemas« relate to questions of territory, transnational media flows, and globalization. Employing a variety of approaches from industry analysis to Deleuze & Guattari's concept of the »minor«, contributions address the relationship of small cinemas to Hollywood, the role of history and memory, and the politics of place in post-Socialist cinemas.
Book Synopsis The World's Weirdest Web Pages and the People who Create Them by : Hank Duderstadt
Download or read book The World's Weirdest Web Pages and the People who Create Them written by Hank Duderstadt and published by . This book was released on 1996 with total page 164 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A directory of strange Web sites includes "Chia Pet Zoo," "Spam Haiku Archive," "Way of the Exploding Head," and "Cheezy Cultural Primer"
Book Synopsis Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction by : David Brauner
Download or read book Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction written by David Brauner and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2015-06-07 with total page 456 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Provides critical overviews of the main writers and key themes of Anglophone Jewish fictionThis collection of essays represents a new departure for, and a potentially (re)defining moment in, literary Jewish Studies. It is the first volume to bring together essays covering a wide range of American, British, South African, Canadian and Australian Jewish fiction. Moreover, it complicates all these terms, emphasising the porousness between different national traditions and moving beyond traditional definitions of Jewishness. For the sake of structural clarity, the volume is divided into three parts American Jewish Fiction British Jewish Fiction and International and Transnational Anglophone Jewish Fiction but many of the essays cross over these boundaries and speak to each other implicitly, as well as, on occasion, explicitly. Extending and redefining the canon of modern Jewish fiction, the volume juxtaposes major authors with more marginal figures, revising and recuperating individual reputations, rediscovering forgotten and discovering new work, and in the process remapping the whole terrain. This volume opens windows onto vistas that previously had been obscured and opens doors for the next generation of studies that could not proceed without a wide-ranging, visionary empiricism grounding their work. The Edinburgh Companion is a paradigm-changing event, and nothing in Jewish literary studies that follows can fail to pay close attention to it. Key Features:Highlights the rich diversity of the field and identifies its key themes, including immigration, the Diaspora, the Holocaust, Judaism, assimilation, antisemitism and ZionismAnalyses the main trends in Anglophone Jewish fiction and situates them in historical contextDiscusses the place of Anglophone Jewish fiction in relation to critical debates concerning transatlanticism and transnationalism; ethnicity and identity politics; postcolonial studies, feminist studies and Jewish Studies. With a preface by Mark Shechner, the volume contains 28 essays by contributors including Vicki Aarons (Trinity University, Texas), Debra Shostak (Wooster College, Ohio), Ira Nadel (University of British Columbia), Efraim Sicher (Ben-Gurion University, Phyllis Lassner (Northwestern University), Sue Vice (University of Sheffield), Lori Harrison-Kahan (Boston College), Ruth Gilbert (University of Winchester), Beate Neumeier (University of Cologne) andSandra Singer (University of Guelph).David Brauner is Professor of Contemporary Literature at The University of Reading.Axel Sta er is Reader in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Download or read book Out of Russia written by Adrian Wanner and published by Northwestern University Press. This book was released on 2011-06-09 with total page 265 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Out of Russia is the first scholarly work to focus on a group of writers who, over the past decade, have formed a distinct phenomenon: immigrants with cultural and linguistic roots in Russia who have chosen to write in the language of their adopted countries. The best known among these are Andreï Makine, who writes in French, Wladimir Kaminer, who writes in German, and Gary Shteyngart, who writes in English. Wanner also addresses the work of emerging immigrant writers active in North America, Germany, and Israel. He argues that it is in part by writing in a language other than their native Russian that these writers have made something of a commodity of their “Russianness.” That many of them also happen to be Jewish adds yet another layer to the questions of identity raised by their work. In situating these writers within broader contexts, Wanner explores such topics as migration, cultural hybrids, and the construction and perception of ethnicity.