• Fiction

The Waterworks

A Novel
Author: E.L. Doctorow
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0307762998
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
View: 4604
“An elegant page-turner of nineteenth-century detective fiction.” –The Washington Post Book World One rainy morning in 1871 in lower Manhattan, Martin Pemberton a freelance writer, sees in a passing stagecoach several elderly men, one of whom he recognizes as his supposedly dead and buried father. While trying to unravel the mystery, Pemberton disappears, sending McIlvaine, his employer, the editor of an evening paper, in pursuit of the truth behind his freelancer’s fate. Layer by layer, McIlvaine reveals a modern metropolis surging with primordial urges and sins, where the Tweed Ring operates the city for its own profit and a conspicuously self-satisfied nouveau-riche ignores the poverty and squalor that surrounds them. In E. L. Doctorow’s skilled hands, The Waterworks becomes, in the words of The New York Times, “a dark moral tale . . . an eloquently troubling evocation of our past.” “Startling and spellbinding . . . The waters that lave the narrative all run to the great confluence, where the deepest issues of life and death are borne along on the swift, sure vessel of [Doctorow’s] poetic imagination.” –The New York Times Book Review “Hypnotic . . . a dazzling romp, an extraordinary read, given strength and grace by the telling, by the poetic voice and controlled cynical lyricism of its streetwise and world-weary narrator.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer “A gem of a novel, intimate as chamber music . . . a thriller guaranteed to leave readers with residual chills and shudders.” –Boston Sunday Herald “Enthralling . . . a story of debauchery and redemption that is spellbinding from first page to last.” –Chicago Sun-Times “An immense, extraordinary achievement.” –San Francisco Chronicle

    • Fiction

The Holy Sinner

Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520076716
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
View: 4441
First published in 1951, The Holy Sinner explores a subject that fascinated Thomas Mann to the end of his life--the origins of evil and evil's connection with magic. Here Mann uses a medieval legend about 'the exceeding mercy of God and the birth of the blessed Pope Gregory' as he used the Biblical account of Joseph as the basis for Joseph and His Brothers--illuminating with his ironic sensibility the notion of original sin and transcendence of evil.

    • Social Science

The Second Media Age

Author: Mark Poster
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745677983
Category: Social Science
Page: 194
View: 9113
This book examines the implications of new communication technologies in the light of the most recent work in social and cultural theory and argues that new developments in electronic media, such as the Internet and Virtual Reality, justify the designation of a "second media age".

    • Philosophy

The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

An Inquiry Into a Category of Bourgeois Society
Author: J?rgen Habermas
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745692338
Category: Philosophy
Page: 328
View: 833
This major work retraces the emergence and development of the Bourgeois public sphere - that is, a sphere which was distinct from the state and in which citizens could discuss issues of general interest. In analysing the historical transformations of this sphere, Habermas recovers a concept which is of crucial significance for current debates in social and political theory. Habermas focuses on the liberal notion of the bourgeois public sphere as it emerged in Europe in the early modern period. He examines both the writings of political theorists, including Marx, Mill and de Tocqueville, and the specific institutions and social forms in which the public sphere was realized. This brilliant and influential work has been widely recognized for many years as a classic of contemporary social and political thought, of interest to students and scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities.

    • Social Science


Moralität, Krisen und Teilhabe in der ökonomischen Moderne
Author: Andreas Langenohl,Dietmar J. Wetzel
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 353119707X
Category: Social Science
Page: 317
View: 2917
Der Sammelband fragt nach den Konjunktionen von Finanzmarkt und den Krisen der modernen Gesellschaft, und zwar unter dem Aspekt von Öffentlichkeit beziehungsweise unterschiedlicher Finanzmarktpublika. Denn es sind insbesondere Öffentlichkeit und Publikumsstrukturen, in deren Wandel sich das Paradigmatische von Finanzmärkten für allgemeine Mechanismen der Integration, Kohäsion und Imagination moderner Gesellschaften zeigt. Finanzmarktpublika sind Szenerien der Konstitution der (Un-)Moralität der Finanzmärkte, Austragungsorte gesellschaftlicher und finanzökonomischer Krisen und zugleich Projektionsflächen nicht nur ökonomischer, sondern gesellschaftlicher Teilhabe. Solche Momente finanzmarktlicher Paradigmatizität werden auf der Grundlage konzeptioneller Überlegungen und empirischer Befunde zu Verhältnissen zwischen Operationsweisen von Finanzmärkten, der Konstitution von Öffentlichkeiten und der Strukturierung moderner Gesellschaften freigelegt und zur Diskussion gestellt.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines


Author: Rita Finkbeiner,Jörg Meibauer,Heike Wiese
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN: 9027267367
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 357
View: 1122
Though “pejoration” is an important notion for linguistic analysis and theory, there is still a lack of theoretical understanding and sound descriptive analysis. In this timely collection, the phenomenon of pejoration is studied from a number of angles. It contains studies from phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, and deals with diverse languages and their variants. The collection will appeal to all those linguists with a genuine interest in locating pejoration at the grammar-pragmatics interface.

    • Fiction

The Sorrows of an American

A Novel
Author: Siri Hustvedt
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781429976671
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 9164
The Sorrows of an American is a soaring feat of storytelling about the immigrant experience and the ghosts that haunt families from one generation to another When Erik Davidsen and his sister, Inga, find a disturbing note from an unknown woman among their dead father's papers, they believe he may be implicated in a mysterious death. Siri Hustvedt's The Sorrows of an American tells the story of the Davidsen family as brother and sister uncover its secrets and unbandage its wounds in the year following their father's funeral. Returning to New York from Minnesota, the grieving siblings continue to pursue the mystery behind the note. While Erik's fascination with his new tenants and emotional vulnerability to his psychiatric patients threaten to overwhelm him, Inga is confronted by a hostile journalist who seems to know a secret connected to her dead husband, a famous novelist. As each new mystery unfolds, Erik begins to inhabit his emotionally hidden father's history and to glimpse how his impoverished childhood, the Depression, and the war shaped his relationship with his children, while Inga must confront the reality of her husband's double life. A novel about fathers and children, listening and deafness, recognition and blindness; the pain of speaking and the pain of keeping silent, the ambiguities of memory, loneliness, illness, and recovery. Siri Hustvedt's exquisitely moving prose reveals one family's hidden sorrows through an extraordinary mosaic of secrets and stories that reflect the fragmented nature of identity itself.

    • Social Science


Media Philosophy
Author: Mark C. Taylor,Esa Saarinen
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415103374
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 7729
Imagologies: Media Philosophyis no ordinary book. Provocative, irritating and stimulating, this is a work to be engaged with, questioned and pondered. As the web of telecommunications technology spreads across the globe, the site of economic development, social change, and political struggle shifts to the realm of media and communications. In this remarkable book, Mark Taylor and Esa Saarinen challenge readers to rethink politics, economics, education, religion, architecture, and even thinking itself. When the world is wired, nothing remains the same. To explore the new electronic frontier with Taylor and Saarinen is to see the world anew. A revolutionary period needs a revolutionary book. Get a head start of the 21st Century: Read Imagologies: Media Philosophy

    • Fiction

Welcome to Hard Times

A Novel
Author: E.L. Doctorow
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780307762979
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
View: 2005
Hard Times is the name of a town in the barren hills of the Dakota Territory. To this town there comes one day one of the reckless sociopaths who wander the West to kill and rape and pillage. By the time he is through and has ridden off, Hard Times is a smoking ruin. The de facto mayor, Blue, takes in two survivors of the carnage–a boy, Jimmy, and a prostitute, Molly, who has suffered unspeakably–and makes them his provisional family. Blue begins to rebuild Hard Times, welcoming new settlers, while Molly waits with vengeance in her heart for the return of the outlaw. Here is E. L. Doctorow’s debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics. “A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil.” –The Washington Post “We are caught up with these people as real human beings.” –Chicago Sun-Times “Dramatic and exciting.” –The New York Times “Terse and powerful.” –Newsweek “A taut, bloodthirsty read.” –The Times Literary Supplement “A superb piece of fiction.” –The New Republic

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Gendered Discourses

Author: J. Sunderland
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230505589
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 248
View: 6040
This advanced textbook critically reviews a range of theoretical and empirical work on gendered discourses, and explores how gendered discourses can be identified, described and named. It also examines the actual workings of discourses in terms of construction and their potential to 'damage'. For upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in discourse analysis, gender studies, social psychology and media studies.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

The Handbook of Mass Media Ethics

Author: Lee Wilkins,Clifford G. Christians
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135594597
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 416
View: 2489
This Handbook encapsulates the intellectual history of mass media ethics over the past twenty-five years. Chapters serve as a summary of existing research and thinking in the field, as well as setting agenda items for future research. Key features include: up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of media ethics, one of the hottest topics in the media community 'one-stop shopping' for historical and current research in media ethics experienced, top-tier editors, advisory board, and contributors. It will be an essential reference on media ethics theory and research for scholars, graduate students, and researchers in media, mass communication, and journalism.

    • Philosophy

Pragmatistic Anthropology

Author: Michael Quante
Publisher: mentis Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3957438373
Category: Philosophy
Page: 190
View: 3360
Leading one's life as a person is an essential feature of our human existence which is constitutively characterized by finiteness, sociality and vulnerability. Within the framework of a pragmatistic anthropology central features of our being persons (i.e. personal identity, self-consciousness, freedom, autonomy and responsibility) are made explicit in this study. The such unfolded conception is anthropological in the sense of being restricted to the human life-form. The explication is pragmatistic in a double sense: Firstly, action is taken as a complex and not reducible basic feature; secondly, the study is committed to the pragmatistic model of justi?cation. Leading one's life as a human person, this is the study's central thesis, is realized in constellations of recognition (intersubjective or institutionally framed). These can be made explicit as basic grammar of our evaluative praxis within an ascriptivist framework.

    • Masculinity

Wann ist der Mann ein Mann?

Zur Geschichte der Männlichkeit.
Author: Walter Erhart,Britta Herrmann
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783476014566
Category: Masculinity
Page: 392
View: 9076

    • Art

Beyond the Dream Syndicate

Tony Conrad and the Arts After Cage
Author: Branden W. Joseph
Publisher: Zone Books (NY)
ISBN: 9781890951870
Category: Art
Page: 479
View: 7922
Examining Tony Conrad's collaborative interactions as a guiding thread by which to investigate the contiguous networks and discursive interconnections in 1960s art.

    • Armaments

The Balance of Tomorrow

Power and Foreign Policy in the United States
Author: Robert Strausz-Hupé
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781258338749
Category: Armaments
Page: 314
View: 6407

    • Social Science

Anatomy of Racism

Author: David Theo Goldberg
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780816618040
Category: Social Science
Page: 356
View: 6341
Essays examine the conceptual nature of racism, and trace the history of its attempts at scientific, philosophical, political, legal, and cultural expression.