The Lyrical in Epic Time: Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Artists Through the 1949 Crisis [EPUB]
01 November 2016, 02:10
2015 | EPUB | 31.36MB
In this book, David Der-wei Wang uses the lyrical to rethink the dynamics of Chinese modernity. Although the form may seem unusual for representing China's social and political crises in the mid-twentieth century, Wang contends that national cataclysm and mass movements intensified Chinese lyricism in extraordinary ways.
Wang calls attention to the form's vigor and variety at an unlikely juncture in Chinese history and the precarious consequences it brought about: betrayal, self-abjuration, suicide, and silence. Despite their divergent backgrounds and commitments, the writers, artists, and intellectuals discussed in this book all took lyricism as a way to explore selfhood in relation to solidarity, the role of the artist in history, and the potential for poetry to illuminate crisis. They experimented with poetry, fiction, film, intellectual treatise, political manifesto, painting, calligraphy, and music. Western critics, Wang shows, also used lyricism to critique their perilous, epic time. He reads Martin Heidegger, Theodor Adorno, Cleanth Brooks, and Paul de Man, among others, to complete his portrait.
The Chinese case only further intensifies the permeable nature of lyrical discourse, forcing us to reengage with the dominant role of revolution and enlightenment in shaping Chinese―and global―modernity. Wang's remarkable survey reestablishes Chinese lyricism's deep roots in its own native traditions, along with Western influences, and realizes the relevance of such a lyrical calling of the past century to our time.
The Interpretation of Cultures [EPUB]
01 November 2016, 02:07
2008 | EPUB | 1.42MB
A collection of essays which attempt to push forward a particular view of what culture is, what role it plays in social life and how it ought to be properly studied. What emerges is this book - a treatise in cultural theory developed through a series of concrete analyses.
Small Libraries, Big Impact: How to Better Serve Your Community in the Digital Age [EPUB]
30 October 2016, 16:08
2016 | EPUB | 0.4MB
This valuable book shows how to get your community behind your library by making it an essential part of community life and demonstrating its benefit to all members of the community.
- Helps smaller public libraries re-establish their relevance and value to their communities
- Broadens possibilities for library service that will demonstrate how your library is an essential part of all community life and positively impacts all members of your community
- Presents effective tools for collaboration, community outreach, and partnership
- Offers an inclusive approach to library service that embraces diverse populations