A Haunting Compulsion

Author: Anne Mather
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1460347420
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A Haunting Compulsion. Rachel could tell something was wrong Rachel had been hesitant to spend the Christmas holiday with the Shards in their Newcastle home. After all, Liz and Rob were Jaime's parents and might have been Rachel's in-laws had circumstances been different. But Jaime Shard had lied—a lie that ended whatever there had been between him and Rachel. She was glad he never visited his parents for the holidays. She knew she wouldn't have to face him again. Or so she thought—until she saw Liz Shard's worried face and heard her blurt out, "Jaime's home…. "

The Oxford Handbook Of Chinese Cinemas

Author: Carlos Rojas
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019976560X
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The Oxford Handbook Of Chinese Cinemas. What does it mean for a cinematic work to be "Chinese"? Does it refer specifically to a work's subject, or does it also reflect considerations of language, ethnicity, nationality, ideology, or political orientation? Such questions make any single approach to a vast field like "Chinese cinema" difficult at best. Accordingly, The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas situates the term more broadly among various different phases, genres, and distinct national configurations, while taking care to address the consequences of grouping together so many disparate histories under a single banner. Offering both a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue and a mapping of Chinese cinema as an expanded field, this Handbook presents thirty-three essays by leading researchers and scholars intent on yielding new insights and new analyses using three different methodologies. Chapters in Part I investigate the historical periodizations of the field through changing notions of national and political identity — all the way from the industry's beginnings in the 1920s up to its current forms in contemporary Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the global diaspora. Chapters in Part II feature studies centered on the field's taxonomical formalities, including such topics as the role of the Chinese opera in technological innovation, the political logic of the "Maoist film," and the psychoanalytic formula of the kung fu action film. Finally, in Part III, focus is given to the structural elements that comprise a work's production, distribution, and reception to reveal the broader cinematic apparatuses within which these works are positioned. Taken together, the multipronged approach supports a wider platform beyond the geopolitical and linguistic limitations in existing scholarship. Expertly edited to illustrate a representative set of up to date topics and approaches, The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas provides a vital addition to a burgeoning field still in its formative stages.

On Freud S Jewish Body

Author: Jay Geller
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 0823227820
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On Freud S Jewish Body. Through a symptomatic reading of Freud's corpus, from his letters to Fliess through the case of Little Hans to Moses and Montheism, this book demonstrates how circumcision - the fetishized signifier of Jewish difference and source of knowledge about Jewish identity - is central to Freud'sconstruction of psychoanalysis.Jay Geller depicts Freud as an ordinary Viennese Jew making extraordinary attempts to mitigate the trauma of everyday antisemitism. He situates Freud at the nexus of antisemitic, misogynistic, colonialist, and homophobic discourses, both scientific and popular. These held in place the double bind ofpost-Emancipation and pre-Shoah Viennese Jewish life: the demand for complete assimilation into the dominant culture, accompanied by the assumption that Jews were constitutionally incapable of eliminating their difference. Incarnate in the figure of the circumcised (male) Jew, this differencehaunted the Central European cultural imaginationand helped create, maintain, and confirm Central European cultural imagination and helped create, maintain, and confirm Central European identities and hierarchies. Exploring overlapping layers of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and race in identity construction, theories of trauma, fetishism, and writing, Geller looks at Freud's representations of the Jewish body - especially circumcised penises and their displacements onto noses. He shows how Freud reinscribedthe virile masculine norm and the at once hypervirile and effeminate Jewish other into the discourse of psychoanalysis.

The Imperative To Write

Author: Jeff Fort
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0823254690
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The Imperative To Write. Is writing haunted by a categorical imperative? Does the Kantian sublime continue to shape the writer's vocation, even for twentieth-century authors? What precise shape, form, or figure does this residue of sublimity take in the fictions that follow from itand that leave it in ruins? This book explores these questions through readings of three authors who bear witness to an ambiguous exigency: writing as a demanding and exclusive task, at odds with life, but also a mere compulsion, a drive without end or reason, even a kind of torture. If Kafka, Blanchot, and Beckett mimic a sublime vocation in their extreme devotion to writing, they do so in full awareness that the trajectory it dictates leads not to metaphysical redemption but rather downward, into the uncanny element of fiction. As this book argues, the sublime has always been a deeply melancholy affair, even in its classical Kantian form, but it is in the attenuated speech of narrative voices progressively stripped of their resources and rewards that the true nature of this melancholy is revealed.

Ascetic Modernism In The Work Of T S Eliot And Gustave Flaubert

Author: Henry Michael Gott
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317318900
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Ascetic Modernism In The Work Of T S Eliot And Gustave Flaubert. Gott examines Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) in conjunction with Gustave Flaubert’s La Tentation de Saint Antoine (1874). He provides a highly original reading of both texts and argues that a stylistic affinity exists between the two works.

The Covert Sphere

Author: Timothy Melley
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801465478
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The Covert Sphere. In December 2010 the U.S. Embassy in Kabul acknowledged that it was providing major funding for thirteen episodes of Eagle Four-a new Afghani television melodrama based loosely on the blockbuster U.S. series 24. According to an embassy spokesperson, Eagle Four was part of a strategy aimed at transforming public suspicion of security forces into something like awed respect. Why would a wartime government spend valuable resources on a melodrama of covert operations? The answer, according to Timothy Melley, is not simply that fiction has real political effects but that, since the Cold War, fiction has become integral to the growth of national security as a concept and a transformation of democracy. In The Covert Sphere, Melley links this cultural shift to the birth of the national security state in 1947. As the United States developed a vast infrastructure of clandestine organizations, it shielded policy from the public sphere and gave rise to a new cultural imaginary, "the covert sphere." One of the surprising consequences of state secrecy is that citizens must rely substantially on fiction to "know," or imagine, their nation's foreign policy. The potent combination of institutional secrecy and public fascination with the secret work of the state was instrumental in fostering the culture of suspicion and uncertainty that has plagued American society ever since-and, Melley argues, that would eventually find its fullest expression in postmodernism. The Covert Sphere traces these consequences from the Korean War through the War on Terror, examining how a regime of psychological operations and covert action has made the conflation of reality and fiction a central feature of both U.S. foreign policy and American culture. Melley interweaves Cold War history with political theory and original readings of films, television dramas, and popular entertainments-from The Manchurian Candidate through 24-as well as influential writing by Margaret Atwood, Robert Coover, Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, E. L. Doctorow, Michael Herr, Denis Johnson, Norman Mailer, Tim O'Brien, and many others.

A Traveler At Forty

Author: Theodore Dreiser
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252029134
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A Traveler At Forty. "After spending five months in Europe in 1911-1912, Dreiser wrote a detailed account of his travels that, despite his objections, was eviscerated to suit contemporary notions of taste and discretion. His editors insisted on drastic cuts, dropping over forty chapters and diluting many others. The truncated text was published in 1913." "The excised portions consisted of autobiographical reminiscences, philosophical speculations, revealing portraits of prominent figures, accounts of Dreiser's relationships with women, and his careful observations of lower class urban life. Working with the unabridged text of a later typescript, the magazine articles based on this trip, and Dreiser's travel diary and correspondence, Renate von Bardeleben has been able to restore the book in full. The newly edited text is based on a typescript that Dreiser himself had prepared from his holograph to preserve it for future publication." "This generously annotated edition reveals Dreiser's multiple motives in going to Europe : to cultivate his reputation in England, to search for authentic material for his Cowperwood trilogy, to educate himself in European art and history, to pursue his romantic interests, and to explore his ancestral roots in Germany. The 1913 text is about places; the fuller text is about Dreiser himself."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

50 Greatest Books Ever

Author: Davies Guttmann
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3735719856
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50 Greatest Books Ever. I will start by saying there is no such thing as the best 50 books ever. Pick a hundred people and, inevitably you will get a hundred different lists – quite possibly very different indeed depending on the age, nationality, situation and culture of the people. Equally, I am not setting myself up as the arbiter of good taste and judgement in this matter. I have used a number of existing sources, various polls and lists that feature across the media as well as personal knowledge and taste, to inform the selection. Whatever your taste or opinion there is no denying the power and continued relevance of a lot of these works. Reading them will repay you with knowledge, enjoyment, insight – and an enduring regard for the written word.