Hard to Be a Saint in the City: The Spiritual Vision of the Beats [EPUB]
31 January 2018, 03:18
2018 | EPUB | 1.9MB
An exploration of Beat spirituality--seen through excerpts from the writings of the seminal writers of Beat Generation themselves.
It’s been said that Jack Kerouac made it cool to be a thinking person seeking a spiritual experience. And there is no doubt that the writers he knew and inspired—iconic figures like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gary Snyder, and Michael McClure—were thinkers seeking exactly that. In this re-claiming of their vision, Robert Inchausti explores the Beat canon to reveal that the movement was at heart a spiritual one. It goes deeper than the Buddhism with which many of the key figures became identified. It’s about their shared perception of an existence in which the Divine reveals itself in the ordinary. Theirs is a spirituality where real life triumphs over airy ideals and personal authenticity becomes both the content and the vehicle for a kind of refurbished American Transcendentalism.
Encyclopedia of Ancient Literature [PDF]
03 November 2017, 08:16
2008 | PDF | ISBN: 9780816064755 | 7.45MB
This A-Z reference provides an extensive overview of ancient literary works, writers and concepts, covering the period from the 'beginning' to approximately 500 CE. The encyclopedia covers a wide range of cultures, including Rome, Greece, China, Japan, Egypt, Babylonia, India, Persia, and the Hebrew World.
- Writers, such as Aeschylus, Aesop, Aristophanes. Aristotle. Julius Caesar, Cicero. Confucius, Demosthenes. Euclid, Flavius Josephus, Hammurabi. Herodotus, Homer, Horace, Menander, Plato, Princess Nukata, Sappho, Sia Qian, Sophocles. Thucydides, Virgil, Yamanoue no Okura, Zoroaster, and more
- Famous works, such as the Aeneid, Antigone, the Egyption Book of the Dead, the Epic of Gilgamesh, Hebrew Bible, The History of the Peloponnesian War, the Iliad, Medea, Metamorphoses, the Nart Sagas, the New Testament, the Odyssey, The Oresteia, Ramayana, Rig-Veda. Trojan Women, and more
- Literary and historical terms, such as alphabet, hubris, epic, quipu, Rosetta Stone, and more.
Soviet Heroic Poetry in Context: Folklore or Fakelore [EPUB]
24 October 2017, 08:49
2013 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781611494563 | 2.25MB
Soviet Heroic Poetry in Context discusses key issues surrounding the composition and recording of folklore as well as its often intensely political aspect and its preoccupation with chimerical cultural authority. These issues are dramatically displayed in Soviet epic compositions of the 1930s and 1940s, the so-called noviny (“new songs”), which took their formal inspiration largely from traditional Russian epic songs, byliny (“songs of the past”), and their narrative content from contemporary, political, and other events in Stalinist Russia.
The story of the noviny is at once complex and comprehensible. While it may be tempting to interpret the excrescences of Stalinism as unique aberrations, the reality was often more complicated. The noviny were not simply the result of political fiat, an episode in an ideological vacuum. Their emergence occurred in part because of specific trends and controversies that marked European folklore collection and publication from at least the late eighteenth century on, as well as developments in Russian folkloristics from the mid-nineteenth century on that assumed exaggerated proportions. The demise of the noviny was equally mediated by a host of political and theoretical considerations. This study tells the story of the rise and fall of the noviny in all its cultural richness and pathos, an instructive tale of the interaction of aesthetics and ideology.