Category: Cultural Studies

  • An Expensive Education by Nick McDonell

    By Nick McDonell

    Mike Teak has a vintage Harvard profile. He’s a twenty-five-year-old scholar/athlete from an upper-class relations who was once recruited through his godfather to paintings for a U.S. intelligence employer. On a covert challenge in a Somali village, he provides funds and mobile phones to Hatashil, a mythical orphan warrior became insurgent chief. It’s a regimen project till, mins once they meet, the village is decimated by way of a missile attack, and even supposing Mike escapes, his lifestyles is modified forever.

    Echoing throughout continents, the attack disrupts professor Susan Lowell, who has simply gained a Pulitzer Prize for her booklet celebrating Hatashil. additionally shaken is Lowell’s student,
    David Ayan, who was once born within the unique village a global clear of Harvard’s such a lot particular ultimate membership, the Porcellian, that is relationship him and Jane, the shrewdpermanent, risk-taking daughter of East Coast cash who’s sound asleep with him. David Ayan struggles along with his identification and Susan Lowell struggles opposed to rumors approximately her courting with Hatashil, who has been accused of ordering the village bloodbath. however it is Mike Teak who faces a perilous struggle—because while he discovers a terrible conspiracy he instantly realizes that he has turn into expendable, with nowhere to run and not anyone to belief.
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  • When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, by Adam Fergusson

    By Adam Fergusson

    When funds Dies is the vintage historical past of what occurs whilst a nation’s forex depreciates past restoration. In 1923, with its foreign money successfully valueless (the trade fee in December of that 12 months was once one greenback to 4,200,000,000,000 marks), the German republic used to be all yet diminished to a barter economic system. pricey cigars, works of art, and jewels have been generally exchanged for staples resembling bread; a cinema price tag should be received for a lump of coal; and a bottle of paraffin for a silk blouse. humans watched helplessly as their lifestyles discounts disappeared and their family starved. Germany’s funds descended into chaos, with serious social unrest in its wake.
    Money may well not be bodily revealed and disbursed within the voluminous amounts of 1923. besides the fact that, “quantitative easing,” that sleek euphemism for surreptitious deficit financing in an digital period, can no much less turn into an attack on financial self-discipline. regardless of the explanation for a country’s deficit—necessity or profligacy, unwillingness to tax or blindness to expenditure—it is beguiling to consider that if the day of reckoning is postponed financial restoration will are available in time to avoid larger unemployment or deeper recession. What if it doesn't? Germany in 1923 offers a shiny, compelling, sobering ethical story.
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  • Dangerous Men, Dangerous Media: Constructing Ethnicity, Race by Laura Cook Kenna

    By Laura Cook Kenna

    This dissertation historicizes gangster pictures and their reception, analyzing a large
    range of media together with The Untouchablestelevision sequence; Frank Sinatra’s level
    persona; The Godfather and its Blaxploitation cousin, The Black Godfather; gangster rap;
    and The Sopranos. in addition to media content material, I study protests opposed to the gangster
    (waged via Italian- and African-American teams and through media watchdogs) in addition to
    popular and scholarly efforts to interpret the gangster’s which means. additional, I research the
    popular figuring out of the media during which the gangster seemed (e.g., anxieties over
    television’s behavioral results or estimations of rap’s “realness”).
    My examine makes major arguments approximately media and identification and medium and
    meaning. I argue that gangster photos operated as siteand stake within the cultural
    construction of the Italian- or African-American identities they represented. instead of
    survey gangster photos for accepted deviation or ideological consistency, I learn how
    they incited struggles over the that means of ethnic or racial distinction in the US. My paintings
    relies on archival study in fraternal organizationrecords, Italian- and African-American
    media retailers, renowned press, and Congressional hearings to chart how the stream of
    gangster photographs provoked discussions approximately and (re)articulations of nationwide id,
    masculinity, otherness, and the influence of media upon society. moment, I argue that the
    popular buildings of other mediums deeply affected the translation of gangster
    images at the same time these buildings have been formed via different meanings attributed to “the
    gangster.” As a perennially well known picture of masculinist, violent, capitalist enhance that
    also mapped that ethos onto ethnically or racially special males, the gangster photo served
    as fodder and discussion board for revisiting fears of media’s effect starting from stereotyping to the
    emulation of legal habit. Gangster photographs, notwithstanding, even have been greatly
    acclaimed as “authentic” expressions of culturally exact identities—from Seventies ethnic
    auteurs to Nineties rappers. those competing structures of media types knowledgeable the
    interpretation of gangster pictures and motivated the results of boycotts, executive
    hearings, and different techniques for (en)countering the gangster. therefore, my two-fold argument means that Americans’ understandings of media and of ethnic and racial distinction have co-informed each other within the post-WWII interval.
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  • Pop-Porn: Pornography in American Culture by Ann C. Hall, Mardia J. Bishop

    By Ann C. Hall, Mardia J. Bishop

    There is a brand new wave of pornographic leisure in modern American tradition. Liberated from X-rated bookstores and strip golf equipment, porn is in every single place, and Pop-Porn seeks to envision this phenomenon in a few of its so much awesome manifestations. Written from numerous views and on various themes representing the frequent elevate of soft-core porn in our tradition, Pop-Porn bargains a close and intricate method of the porn in the USA. instead of concentrating on the present polarity of simple professional and con perspectives in this topic—a polarity that finally hinders discussion—these essays express that pornographic content material is subtly and profoundly embedded in our cultural textile. This present situation increases questions past what's correct and what's flawed. It calls for that we study what those representations suggest within the first position and what results they've got upon the best way we are living our lives.

    The content material of this quantity isn't really constrained to the standard porn websites and practices, similar to video, prostitution, intercourse revenues, magazines, and the net. The essays the following cross additional, reading porn in areas many wouldn't anticipate, similar to in grooming practices of pubic hair and the self-promotional innovations of Paris Hilton. The authors who do research the traditional websites for porn accomplish that in a special method. finally, those essays jointly show that american citizens are hooked on porn, yet are compelled to conceal it as style, hygiene, type remark, or other kinds of leisure. individuals to Pop-Porn come from a large choice of disciplines—including English, Women's reviews, conversation, Psychology, and Theatre—and their essays handle a variety of porn-infiltrated websites, from magazines to radio to movie to tv to model. whereas each one contributor may possibly understand porn in a different way, all of them handle its pervasiveness in America's present, conservative state.
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  • Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe (Early

    Secrets and techniques in all their type permeated early glossy Europe, from the whispers of ambassadors at courtroom to the emphatically publicized books of domestic treatments that flew from presses and booksellers’ outlets. This interdisciplinary quantity attracts on ways from artwork background and cultural reviews to enquire the manifestations of secrecy in revealed books and drawings, staircases and narrative work, ecclesiastical furniture and engravers’ instruments. issues comprise how consumers of artwork and structure deployed secrets and techniques to build meanings and distinguish audiences, and the way artists and consumers manipulated the content material and show of the subject material of works of art to create an charisma of unique entry and privilege. Essays research the ways that popes and princes skillfully deployed secrets and techniques in artworks to maximise social regulate, and the way artists, printers, and folks healers promoted their wares in the course of the impact of important, mysterious wisdom.

    The authors contributing to the quantity characterize either proven professionals of their box in addition to rising voices. This quantity may have broad attraction for historians, paintings historians, and literary students, introducing readers to a desirable and infrequently unexplored component to early smooth tradition.
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  • The Coming of Age by Simone de Beauvoir

    By Simone de Beauvoir

    My experiment, Non OCR'd, 300DPI

    What do the phrases aged, previous, and elderly rather suggest? How are they utilized by society, and the way in flip do they outline the new release that we're taught to appreciate and love yet as an alternative castigate and steer clear of? most significantly, how is our remedy of this iteration a mirrored image of our society's values and priorities? within the Coming of Age, Simone de Beauvoir seeks higher realizing of our belief of elders. With bravery, tenacity, and forceful honesty, she courses us on a learn spanning one thousand years and quite a few various international locations and cultures to supply a transparent and alarming photo of "Society's mystery shame"--the separation and distance from our groups that the previous needs to endure and undergo.
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  • Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, by Elaine Lui

    By Elaine Lui

    Because the 800,000+ U.S. fanatics of Elaine Lui’s website be aware of, her mom, aka The Squawking fowl, is a big consider Elaine’s lifestyles. She pulls no punches, particularly along with her basically baby. “Where’s my money?” she asks at any time when she sees Elaine. “You’ll by no means be leave out Hong Kong,” she knowledgeable her daughter while she used to be a woman. hearken to the Squawking poultry lays naked the playbook of surprising recommendation, warnings, and unwavering love that has guided Elaine all through her existence. utilizing the 9 ideas that her mom used to elevate her, Elaine tells us the tale of the Squawking Chicken’s life—in which she walked an strange route to mother or father with difficult love, humor, and, via all of it, a mother’s unyielding devotion to her daughter. this can be a love letter to moms in all places.
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  • The Fifties: Transforming the Screen, 1950-1959 (History of by Peter Lev

    By Peter Lev

    Finishing the landmark, award-winning, ten-volume sequence at the first century of yankee movie, The Fifties covers a very tumultuous interval. Peter Lev explores the divorce of motion picture studios from their theater chains; the panic of the blacklist period; the explosive emergence of technological know-how fiction because the dominant style (The factor, The Day the Earth Stood nonetheless, Forbidden Planet, battle of the Worlds); the increase of tv and Hollywood's reaction to the hot medium, as visible in widescreen spectacles (The gown, the 10 Commandments, Ben-Hur) and mature Westerns (High midday, Shane, The Searchers). The richly distinct textual content elucidates a few rising traits as Hollywood, with its regularly occurring stars and genres, reached out as an to the newly said "teenage" iteration with rock and roll motion pictures, and films as diversified as Rebel with no reason and Gidget.
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  • Alternative Shakespeares, Volume 3

    This quantity takes up the problem embodied in its predecessors, substitute Shakespeares and replacement Shakespeares 2, to spot and discover the recent, the altering and the greatly ‘other’ percentages for Shakespeare experiences at our specific historic moment.

    Alternative Shakespeares three introduces the most powerful and such a lot cutting edge of the hot instructions rising in Shakespearean scholarship – ranging throughout functionality experiences, multimedia and textual feedback, matters of economics, technology, faith and ethics – in addition to the ‘next step’ paintings in parts similar to postcolonial and queer experiences that proceed to push the limits of the sphere. The individuals procedure every one subject with readability and accessibility in brain, allowing pupil readers to interact with severe ‘alternatives’ to verified methods of studying Shakespeare’s performs and their roles in modern culture.

    The services, dedication and bold of this volume’s individuals shine via each one essay, holding the innovative side and real-world urgency which are the hallmark of different Shakespeares. This quantity is vital studying for college kids and students of Shakespeare who search an realizing of present and destiny instructions during this ever-changing field.

    Contributors contain: Kate Chedgzoy, Mary Thomas Crane, Lukas Erne, Diana E. Henderson, Rui Carvalho Homem, Julia Reinhard Lupton, Willy Maley, Patricia Parker, Shankar Raman, Katherine Rowe, Robert Shaughnessy, W. B. Worthen
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