The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures

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Download or read book The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures written by Aga Skrodzka and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2020-06-18 with total page 799 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Stereotypes often cast communism as a defunct, bankrupt ideology and a relic of the distant past. However, recent political movements like Europe's anti-austerity protests, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street suggest that communism is still very much relevant and may even hold the key to a new, idealized future. In The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures, contributors trace the legacies of communist ideology in visual culture, from buildings and monuments, murals and sculpture, to recycling campaigns and wall newspapers, all of which work to make communism's ideas and values material. Contributors work to resist the widespread demonization of communism, demystifying its ideals and suggesting that it has visually shaped the modern world in undeniable and complex ways. Together, contributors answer curcial questions like: What can be salvaged and reused from past communist experiments? How has communism impacted the cultures of late capitalism? And how have histories of communism left behind visual traces of potential utopias? An interdisciplinary look at the cultural currency of communism today, The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures demonstrates the value of revisiting the practices of the past to form a better vision of the future.

Magic Realist Cinema in East Central Europe

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Publisher : Traditions in World Cinema
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ISBN 10 : 0748639160
Pages : 190 pages
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Download or read book Magic Realist Cinema in East Central Europe written by Aga Skrodzka and published by Traditions in World Cinema. This book was released on 2012 with total page 190 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Magic Realist Cinema in East Central Europe explores the interlocking complexities of two liminal concepts: magic realism and East Central Europe. Each is a fascinating hybrid that resonates with dominant currents in contemporary thought on transnationalism, globalization, and regionalism. In this critical and comprehensive survey, Aga Skrodzka moves the current debate over magic realism's political impact from literary studies to film studies. Her close textual analysis of films by directors such as Jan Svankmajer, Jan Jakub Kolski, Martin Sulik, Ivo Trajkov, Dorota Kedzierzawska, Ildiko Enyedi, Bela Tarr and Emir Kusturica is accompanied by an investigation of the socio-economic and political context in order to both study and popularize an important and unique tradition in world cinema. The directors' artistic achievements illuminate the connections between a particular aesthetics and the social structure of East Central Europe at a precise moment of contemporary history. This fascinating introduction to a unique regional trend in cinema will be welcomed by undergraduate and postgraduate students in Film Studies, as well as scholars researching magic realism and world cinema. "

The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies

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Download or read book The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies written by Robert Kolker and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2008-09-11 with total page 628 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This handbook examines film and new media in the light of their convergence. It draws on leading scholars in the field to discuss traditional areas of history and theory of film and digital media. Its focus, however, is on the cycle of technologically driven arts. Film was born of a number ofexperiments in reproducing motion, all of which culminated in the nineteenth-century projection of short films. The creation of digital media resulted from experiments in alternative forms of representation in the early 1960s. John Whitney began creating avant-garde films from digital graphicsaround 1960 (and some of his ideas and methods were incorporated by Stanley Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey). By the early 1990s, commercial filmmakers began to employ digital effects in their work. By the late nineties, digital arts had come fully into their own, both in the form of stand-alone orinteractive artworks and films created with and for the computer. At the same time, digital effects had completely overtaken optical printing and matte painting in film. From special effects to creating "realistic" backgrounds and crowds, the digital is infiltrating all aspects of filmmaking. Theinfiltration is about to become a takeover, as celluloid is replaced by high definition digital recording and projection processes. Many aspects of film will change as this latest convergence takes place. Already, cultural response to film has changed as viewers begin to teach themselves about filmthrough supplementary material on DVDs and to make their own films on home computers. But this handbook is not a technical history or manual. Quite the contrary, it is a scholarly work discussing the aesthetics, economics, and cultural results of these changes and convergences. The book balancestraditional scholarship and analysis with essays addressing technological change and the concurrent changes in cultural responses to these changes, responses already acknowledged by the profession.

Looking at Laughter

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ISBN 10 : 9780520237339
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Download or read book Looking at Laughter written by John R. Clarke and published by Univ of California Press. This book was released on 2007-11-17 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this fresh, accessible, and beautifully illustrated book, his third to examine an aspect of Roman visual culture, John R. Clarke explores the question, "What made Romans laugh?" Looking at Laughter examines a heterogeneous corpus of visual material, from the crudely obscene to the exquisitely sophisticated and from the playful to the deadly serious—everything from street theater to erudite paintings parodying the emperor. Nine chapters, organized under the rubrics of Visual Humor, Social Humor, and Sexual Humor, analyze a wide range of visual art, including wall painting, sculpture, mosaics, and ceramics. Archaeological sites, as well as a range of ancient texts, inscriptions, and graffiti, provide the background for understanding the how and why of humorous imagery. This entertaining study offers fascinating insights into the mentality of Roman patrons and viewers who enjoyed laughing at the gods, the powers-that-be, and themselves.

The Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies

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ISBN 10 : 9780199764419
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Download or read book The Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies written by Jonathan Auerbach and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2013 with total page 481 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Derived from the word "to propagate," the idea and practice of propaganda concerns nothing less than the ways in which human beings communicate, particularly with respect to the creation and widespread dissemination of attitudes, images, and beliefs. Much larger than its pejorative connotations suggest, propaganda can more neutrally be understood as a central means of organizing and shaping thought and perception, a practice that has been a pervasive feature of the twentieth century and that touches on many fields. It has been seen as both a positive and negative force, although abuses under the Third Reich and during the Cold War have caused the term to stand in, most recently, as a synonym for untruth and brazen manipulation. Propaganda analysis of the 1950s to 1989 too often took the form of empirical studies about the efficacy of specific methods, with larger questions about the purposes and patterns of mass persuasion remaining unanswered. In the present moment where globalization and transnationality are arguably as important as older nation forms, when media enjoy near ubiquity throughout the globe, when various fundamentalisms are ascendant, and when debates rage about neoliberalism, it is urgent that we have an up-to-date resource that considers propaganda as a force of culture writ large. The handbook will include twenty-two essays by leading scholars from a variety of disciplines, divided into three sections. In addition to dealing with the thorny question of definition, the handbook will take up an expansive set of assumptions and a full range of approaches that move propaganda beyond political campaigns and warfare to examine a wide array of cultural contexts and practices.

Forthcoming Books

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Download or read book Forthcoming Books written by Rose Arny and published by . This book was released on 2004 with total page 1256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The British National Bibliography

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Download or read book The British National Bibliography written by Arthur James Wells and published by . This book was released on 2009 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Times Index

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Download or read book The Times Index written by and published by . This book was released on 2008 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Indexes the Times and its supplements.

Water, Leisure and Culture

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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015055856911
Pages : 296 pages
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Download or read book Water, Leisure and Culture written by Susan C. Anderson and published by Berg Pub Limited. This book was released on 2002-09 with total page 296 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This text addresses how using water for relaxation intersects with ideas about class, gender, nationality and consumption. It explores the ways Europeans have turned to water for pleasure, relaxation and profit over the last 200 years.

Bildgespenster

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Download or read book Bildgespenster written by Elize Bisanz and published by . This book was released on 2014-06 with total page 412 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Kunst aus der DDR ist aus den Bildräumen der Gegenwart nahezu verschwunden. »Bildgespenster« erkundet den Ort, an dem sich ein großer Teil dieser verdrängten Kunstgeschichte befindet: das Kunstarchiv Beeskow. Von diesem Ausgangspunkt aus werden künstlerische Archive aus der DDR und der Umgang mit ihnen untersucht sowie ihre heutige Rolle diskutiert. Im Mittelpunkt steht dabei das Archiv als Ort der Bilder, der die unterschiedlichsten strukturellen Veränderungen in der Kultur dokumentiert und kommentiert. Art from the GDR has virtually disappeared from the contemporary image space. »Ghost ima...

Sowjetjugend 1917-1941

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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015054181865
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Download or read book Sowjetjugend 1917-1941 written by Corinna Kuhr-Korolev and published by . This book was released on 2001 with total page 316 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Victorian Glassworlds

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ISBN 10 : 9780199205202
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Download or read book Victorian Glassworlds written by Isobel Armstrong and published by Oxford University Press on Demand. This book was released on 2008-04-24 with total page 470 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Isobel Armstrong's startlingly original and beautifully illustrated book tells the stories that spring from the mass-production of glass in nineteenth-century England. Moving across technology, industry, local history, architecture, literature, print culture, the visual arts, optics, and philosophy, it will transform our understanding of the Victorian period. The mass production of glass in the nineteenth century transformed an ancient material into a modern one, at the same time transforming the environment and the nineteenth-century imagination. It created a new glass culture hitherto inconceivable. Glass culture constituted Victorian modernity. It was made from infinite variations of the prefabricated glass panel, and the lens. The mirror and the window became its formative elements, both the texts and constituents of glass culture. The glassworlds of the century are heterogeneous. They manifest themselves in the technologies of the factory furnace, in the myths of Cinderella and her glass slipper circulated in print media, in the ideologies of the conservatory as building type, in the fantasia of the shopfront, in the production of chandeliers, in the Crystal Palace, and the lens-made images of the magic lantern and microscope. But they were nevertheless governed by two inescapable conditions. First, to look through glass was to look through the residues of the breath of an unknown artisan, because glass was mass produced by incorporating glassblowing into the division of labour. Second, literally a new medium, glass brought the ambiguity of transparency and the problems of mediation into the everyday. It intervened between seer and seen, incorporating a modern philosophical problem into bodily experience. Thus for poets and novelists glass took on material and ontological, political, and aesthetic meanings. Reading glass forwards into Bauhaus modernism, Walter Benjamin overlooked an early phase of glass culture where the languages of glass are different. The book charts this phase in three parts. Factory archives, trade union records, and periodicals document the individual manufacturers and artisans who founded glass culture, the industrial tourists who described it, and the systematic politics of window-breaking. Part Two, culminating in glass under glass at the Crystal Palace, reads the glassing of the environment, including the mirror, the window, and controversy round the conservatory, and their inscription in poems and novels. Part Three explores the lens, from optical toys to 'philosophical' instruments as the telescope and microscope were known. A meditation on its history and phenomenology, Victorian Glassworlds is a poetics of glass for nineteenth-century modernity.

Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China

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ISBN 10 : 1861890087
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Download or read book Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China written by Craig Clunas and published by Reaktion Books. This book was released on 1997 with total page 230 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Pictures were a major source of consumable luxury at this period; pictures not only in the form of independently circulating images classifiable as 'art', but also in the form of wall decoration, in books, prints, maps, 'pictures' on ceramics and lacquer boxes, on textile furnishings, and even on the dress of the prosperous. Artefacts that had previously been decorated with formal patterns, or with plants and animals only, now bore landscape scenes, representations of historical characters and incidents, and scenes from literature, often closely related to the world of the illustrated book.

Traditions & Encounters: A Brief Global History

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ISBN 10 : 0077412060
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Download or read book Traditions & Encounters: A Brief Global History written by Herbert Ziegler and published by McGraw-Hill Education. This book was released on 2013-01-07 with total page 416 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Based on Bentley and Ziegler's best-selling, comprehensive survey text, Traditions & Encounters: A Brief Global History provides a streamlined account of the cultures and interactions that have shaped world history. An effective part structure organizes developments into seven eras of global history, putting events into perspective and creating a framework for cross-cultural comparisons, while the strong themes of traditions (the formations and development of the world's major societies) and encounters (cross-cultural interactions and exchanges) bring focus to the human experience and help turn the giant story of world history into something more manageable. With an engaging narrative, visual appeal, extended pedagogy, and a strong emphasis on critical thinking, this concise version offers enhanced flexibility and affordability without sacrificing the features that have made the complete text a favorite among instructors and students alike.

Unseemly Pictures

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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015079242478
Pages : 248 pages
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Download or read book Unseemly Pictures written by Helen Pierce and published by Yale University Press. This book was released on 2008 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This engaging book is the first full study of the satirical print in seventeenth-century England from the rule of James I to the Regicide. It considers graphic satire both as a particular pictorial category within the wider medium of print and as a vehicle for political agitation, criticism, and debate. Helen Pierce demonstrates that graphic satire formed an integral part of a wider culture of political propaganda and critique during this period, and she presents many witty and satirical prints in the context of such related media as manuscript verses, ballads, pamphlets, and plays. She also challenges the commonly held notion that a visual iconography of politics and satire in England originated during the 1640s, tracing the roots of this iconography back into native and European graphic cultures and traditions.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States

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ISBN 10 : UOM:49015003043396
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Download or read book The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States written by Suzanne Oboler and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2005 with total page 582 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Provides information on the experiences of Hispanic Americans in the United States, covering such topics as identity, politics, art, education, health, religion, and history.

International Journal of Health Services

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ISBN 10 : 00207314
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Download or read book International Journal of Health Services written by and published by . This book was released on 1998 with total page 1064 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: