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In many senses, viewers have cut their teeth on the violence in American cinema: from Anthony Perkins slashing Janet Leigh in the most infamous of shower scenes; to the 1970s masterpieces of Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah and Francis Ford Coppola; to our present-day undertakings in imagining global annihilations through terrorism, war, and alien grudges. Transfigurations brings our cultural obsession with film violence into a renewed dialogue with contemporary theory. Grønstad argues that the use of violence in Hollywood films should be understood semiotically rather than viewed realistically; Tranfigurations thus alters both our methodology of reading violence in films and the meanings we assign to them, depicting violence not as a self-contained incident, but as a convoluted network of our own cultural ideologies and beliefs.
These books are about listening. It addresses the wisdom already within you. It was there before you were born, and it will be there after you leave. It is beyond the distractions of the body, conflicts with the emotions, and the contradictions of the mind. It is about who you are and listening to who you are. It is to help you find your own direct knowledge with your energy and the truth in creating abundance and balance in your life. It is about the stillness of your soul and all its inner harmonies, which are your spiritual expression. It brings forth your innocence, truth, blessings, miracles, consecration, grace, and living love. You are a creative being whose keys to emergence lies deep within. This emergence is beyond space and time, and it plays as your inner verse. You are poetry of being. It is time for you to claim it and to love yourself and all the other sources within you. It is your soul awareness.
Many novels revolve round the figure of Jesus. Some of the finest of them are defined by Ziolkowski as fictional transfigurations of Jesus. They share a modern hero patterned on Jesus the culture-hero, whose life consisted of the motifs of the last supper, lonely agony, betrayal, trial, and crucifixion. The aesthetic challenge of adapting this most familiar story for their generation has attracted an unusual number of great writers, among them Papini, Kazantzakis, Hesse, Mann, Greene, Faulkner, and Gore Vidal. The form began with the new image of a humanized Jesus which developed in the 19th century. The interest in religious paranoia and hysteria at the turn of the century instantly expanded its potentialities as novelists began to explore the theme of christomania. This was followed by studies of Jesus as a mythic figure and then Marxist-oriented portraits of Comrade Jesus. Finally the form became inverted into parody in the Fifth Gospels in which not Jesus, but Judas, is the central figure.
Click here to listen to an audio interview with Paul Mariani This provocative collection of new poems is the latest in a series of Paul Mariani's rich contributions to American literature. These spiritually searching poems develop themes of personal loss - the deaths we experience - as well as the quest for new life often known as tranfigurations. Barry Moser, one of the world's foremost book designers and illustrators, has created a series of original engravings within the text that correspond to the major themes in Mariani's verse. Listen to Paul Mariani Read from Deaths and Transfigurations: Solar Ice The Sweater Casualty Report Silt Death and Transfiguration 911 High Tea with Miss Juliana Hopkins in Ireland When We Walked Together
European identity is as much a problem as an opportunity. Although it is impossible to provide an all-encompassing definition of what it means to be European, historicising and contextualising this problem may well lead to the clarification and even creation of a European identity. This is the contention of this volume, which approaches this complex notion from an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective, examining facets ranging from the citizen to cultural politics, from literature to traditional and digital media, from the US to China. As complex as this idea is, this volume will extend the reader’s understanding of the timely and promising problematisation of what may be termed “European identity.”
Recent years have seen growing interest in the politics, history, and literature of the postcolonial world. In the case of the Maghreb, scholars have examined the consequences of decolonization for both North Africans and Maghrebian immigrant communities now living in France, and international attention is currently focused on the rise of fundamentalism in Algeria and the implications of this for France and Algeria's domestic and foreign policies. Transfigurations of the Maghreb, which emphasizes the intersections of literature and politics, the local and the global, is at once a timely addition to contemporary debates about the Maghreb and a valuable contribution to the field of postcolonial studies in general. Transfigurations of the Maghreb addresses the question of gender in the context of postcolonial studies by examining the ways in which gender is inscribed in texts written about the Maghreb since the 1950s by both French and Maghrebian authors. -- from http://www.jstor.org (June 23, 2014).
The most extensive collection of Grey’s visionary artwork and life’s journey in one volume • Includes a foreword by Albert Hofmann and essays on Grey’s work by renowned art critic Donald Kuspit, philosopher Ken Wilber, and Stephen Larsen, author of Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind • 21,000 sold in hardcover since October 2001 Every once in a great while an artist emerges who does more than simply reflect the social trends of the time. Such an artist is able to transcend established thinking and help us redefine ourselves and our world. Today, a growing number of art critics, philosophers, and spiritual seekers believe that they have found that vision in the art of Alex Grey. Transfigurations, the follow-up to Grey’s Sacred Mirrors (1991)--one of the most successful art books of the 1990s--includes all of Grey’s major works completed in the following decade, including the masterful seven-paneled altarpiece Nature of Mind, called “the grand climax of Grey’s art” by Donald Kuspit. His portrayals of human beings blend anatomical exactitude with visionary depictions of universal life energy. Alex Grey’s striking artwork leads us on the soul’s journey from material world encasement to recovery of the divinely illuminated core.
These short stories range from the Acadians of Nova Scotia's French Shore to the private dramas of academics, from the threatening tensions within families to the malaise of the nuclear age. Strong language.