The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay [EPUB]
21 December 2016, 14:26
2014 | EPUB | 20.33MB
In The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay, Thierry Smolderen presents a cultural landscape whose narrative differs in many ways from those presented by other historians of the comic strip. Rather than beginning his inquiry with the popularly accepted “sequential art” definition of the comic strip, Smolderen instead wishes to engage with the historical dimensions that inform that definition. His goal is to understand the processes that led to the twentieth-century comic strip, the highly recognizable species of picture stories that he sees crystallizing around 1900 in the United States.
Featuring close readings of the picture stories, caricatures, and humoristic illustrations of William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer, Gustave Doré, and their many contemporaries, Smolderen establishes how these artists were immersed in a very old visual culture in which images―satirical images in particular―were deciphered in a way that was often described as hieroglyphical. Across eight chapters, he acutely points out how the effect of the printing press and the mass advent of audiovisual technologies (photography, audio recording, and cinema) at the end of the nineteenth century led to a new twentieth-century visual culture. In tracing this evolution, Smolderen distinguishes himself from other comics historians by following a methodology that explains the present state of the form of comics on the basis of its history, rather than presenting the history of the form on the basis of its present state. This study remaps the history of this influential art form.
The Singer on the Shore: Essays 1991–2004 [EPUB]
21 December 2016, 14:00
2016 | EPUB | 1.28MB
Two central themes run through this new collection of authoritative and undogmatic essays: the Jewish experience and that of the work of art as a toy to be used for dreaming and playing rather than as a window to the world. The collection includes three essays on the Bible, as well as pieces devoted to Twelfth Night, Rembrandt's self-portraits, Tristram Shandy, Kafka's stories and aphorisms, Borges, Kierkegaard, and painter Andrez Jackowski. The title essay examines the relationship of the artists' works and their ideas, and the book concludes with personal meditations on memory, the Holocaust, Jewishness, and being a writer-teacher.
The Harvard Tutor's College Essay Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Non-Writer [AZW3]
21 December 2016, 13:55
2016 | AZW3 | 1.68MB
In this one-of-a-kind handbook, a former Harvard tutor shares college essay strategies and techniques that have helped hundreds of students get admitted to top schools. Drawing on 10+ years of guiding college applicants from blank screens to excellent essays, Katerina Manoff provides a practical, step-by-step method that even the most tentative writers can follow successfully.
The Harvard Tutor’s College Essay Handbook is concise, yet comprehensive. You’ll find advice on every step of the process, from coming up with a compelling topic to the final proofread. A dedicated chapter offers guidance on how to write a “Why Our School?” essay. What you won’t encounter are wordy digressions, unnecessary details, and generic ideas you’ve already heard a dozen times.
Whether your essays are due next month, next week, or tomorrow, you can benefit from the methods described in this book. So pull out that prompt, open up that blank document, and let’s start writing!