Mas Alla de Las Palabras

Author: Olga Gallego
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471297628
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This content-rich, culture-based intermediate Spanish text provides a smooth transition between first-year and second-year Spanish texts. The text's highly effective integration of language skills instruction and content, coupled with the application of technology, fully meets the five standards defined by the National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project. The main goal of these texts is to provide intermediate level students of Spanish with a foreign language experience that takes them from the practical language knowledge needed to carry out daily tasks to a more meaningful understanding of Hispanic cultures. Intermediate Spanish is designed for those with a lower Intermediate level background who need greater integration of previously acquired skills as they gradually advance through the Intermediate level. This two-volume set helps readers to refine and expand their Spanish vocabulary, develop the practical language knowledge necessary to carry out daily tasks, and acquire a deep and meaningful understanding of Hispanic cultures.

Tiki Joe Mysteries

Author: Mark Murphy
Publisher: SLG Publishing
ISBN: 9781593621247
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In two stories, Joe, a World War II veteran who runs a tiki bar in Las Vegas in the 1950s, goes after thugs who kidnapped his girlfriend and thieves who are out to steal a famous diamond from her father, a hotel owner.

The Play of Allusion in the Historia Augusta

Author: David Rohrbacher
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299306046
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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By turns outlandish, humorous, and scatological, the Historia Augusta is an eccentric compilation of biographies of the Roman emperors and usurpers of the second and third centuries. Historians of late antiquity have struggled to explain the fictional date and authorship of the work and its bizarre content (did the Emperor Carinus really swim in pools of floating apples and melons? did the usurper Proculus really deflower a hundred virgins in fifteen days?). David Rohrbacher offers, instead, a literary analysis of the work, focusing on its many playful allusions. Marshaling an array of interdisciplinary research and original analysis, he contends that the Historia Augusta originated in a circle of scholarly readers with an interest in biography, and that its allusions and parodies were meant as puzzles and jokes for a knowing and appreciative audience.

Jungleland

Author: Christopher S. Stewart
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062344196
Format: PDF, Docs
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"I began to daydream about the jungle...." On April 6, 1940, explorer and future World War II spy Theodore Morde (who would one day attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler), anxious about the perilous journey that lay ahead of him, struggled to fall asleep at the Paris Hotel in La Ceiba, Honduras. Nearly seventy years later, in the same hotel, acclaimed journalist Christopher S. Stewart wonders what he's gotten himself into. Stewart and Morde seek the same answer on their quests: the solution to the riddle of the whereabouts of Ciudad Blanca, buried somewhere deep in the rain forest on the Mosquito Coast. Imagining an immense and immaculate El Dorado–like city made entirely of gold, explorers as far back as the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés have tried to find the fabled White City. Others have gone looking for tall white cliffs and gigantic stone temples—no one found a trace. Legends, like the jungle, are dense and captivating. Many have sought their fortune or fame down the Río Patuca—from Christopher Columbus to present-day college professors—and many have died or disappeared. What begins as a passing interest slowly turns into an obsession as Stewart pieces together the whirlwind life and mysterious death of Morde, a man who had sailed around the world five times before he was thirty and claimed to have discovered what he called the Lost City of the Monkey God. Armed with Morde's personal notebooks and the enigmatic coordinates etched on his well-worn walking stick, Stewart sets out to test the jungle himself—and to test himself in the jungle. As we follow the parallel journeys of Morde and Stewart, the ultimate destination morphs with their every twist and turn. Are they walking in circles? Or are they running from their own shadows? Jungleland is part detective story, part classic tale of man versus wild in the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Lost in Shangri-La. A story of young fatherhood as well as the timeless call of adventure, this is an epic search for answers in a place where nothing is guaranteed, least of all survival.

Experiencing Jazz

Author: Richard J. Lawn
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135042683
Format: PDF
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Experiencing Jazz, Second Edition, is an integrated textbook with online resources for jazz appreciation and history courses. Through readings, illustrations, timelines, listening guides, and a streaming audio library, it immerses the reader in a journey through the history of jazz, while placing the music within a larger cultural and historical context. Designed to introduce the novice to jazz, Experiencing Jazz describes the elements of music, and the characteristics and roles of different instruments. Prominent artists and styles from the roots of jazz to present day are relayed in a story-telling prose. This new edition features expanded coverage of women in jazz, the rise of jazz as a world music, the influence of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, and streaming audio. Features: Important musical trends are placed within a broad cultural, social, political, and economic context Music fundamentals are treated as integral to the understanding of jazz, and concepts are explained easily with graphic representations and audio examples Comprehensive treatment chronicles the roots of jazz in African music to present day Commonly overlooked styles, such as orchestral jazz, Cubop, and third-stream jazz are included Expanded and up-to-date coverage of women in jazz The media-rich companion website presents a comprehensive streaming audio library of key jazz recordings by leading artists integrated with interactive listening guides. Illustrated musical concepts with web-based tutorials and audio interviews of prominent musicians acquaint new listeners to the sounds, styles, and figures of jazz. Course components The complete course comprises the textbook and Online Access to Music token, which are available to purchase separately. The textbook and Online Access to Music Token can also be purchased together in the Experiencing Jazz Book and Online Access to Music Pack. Book and Online Access to Music Pack: 978-0-415-65935-2 (Paperback and Online Access to Music) Book Only: 978-0-415-69960-0 (please note this does not include the Online Access to Music) Online Access to Music Token: 978-0-415-83735-4 (please note this does not include the textbook) eBook and Online Access to Music Pack: 978-0-203-37981-3 (available from the Taylor & Francis eBookstore) ebook: 978-0-203-37985-1 (please note this does not include the audio and is available from the Taylor & Francis eBookstore)

Confronting Patriarchy

Author: Mary Boufis Filou
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9781433102707
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Confronting Patriarchy: Psychoanalytic Theory in the Prose of Cristina Peri Rossi examines three works of the contemporary Uruguayan author who lives in exile as she dialogues with the psychoanalytic discourse endemic to patriarchal society. Peri Rossi’s prose, structured like unconscious productions that give free expression to desire and passion as emanating from the forbidden recesses of the psyche, powerfully reveals the message as a treatment for an «ill» society. The language in the three works studied facilitates and reveals the male protagonist’s interaction with the desired female object as a regression to a semiotic, pre-oedipal state in a type of «return of the repressed» of consuming desire that has been written out of mainstream patriarchy and that serves to challenge its rational, symbolic order. It is from this vantage point that the author attempts to re-write the conclusions obtained through Lacanian and patriarchal discourse so that woman can emerge as a subject in her own right.

Forr and Redemptive Regionalism from the Brazilian Northeast

Author: Jack Alden Draper
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9781433110764
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For the many poor and working-class Northeastern Brazilians who have been displaced from their home region for economic reasons, the music of forró is a redemptive attempt at establishing an immanent relationship to history and community in the diaspora. The redemption explored in this book is multifaceted, including a desire to return home as part of a larger workforce in a sustainable economy, the desire to see the region’s rich culture celebrated throughout Brazil, and to ensure that its traditional legacies are both preserved and further enriched through respectful innovation. The acute perceptiveness of forró musicians in portraying the diasporic experience of Northeastern Brazilians is elaborated in various chapters, including: one chapter focused on lyrical, musical, and collective representations or manifestations of diasporic nostalgia (saudade), another chapter analyzing the lyrico-musical representation of rural workers’ alienation from – and resistance to – life in the urban centers, and a third chapter which contextualizes forró’s descriptions of the experiences of Brazil’s internal migrants, utilizing an array of testimonials and academic studies on the subject of interregional migration to reveal both the wisdom of forró lyricists and some of their blind spots. The study also includes a historical analysis of this Northeastern genre’s transformation from a rhythm called baião that symbolically represented the Northeast as a simple, coherent entity, to forró, a more allegorical representation with a greater appreciation for the class, gender, racial, and generational complexity of the region. The development of the genre, as well as the circulation of theory related to cultural production and identity, are contextualized in a global economy.

Civilisation and Authenticity

Author: Eugenia Demuro
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781433119729
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The question -What is Latin America?- has been at the heart of writing from and about Latin America from Columbus' conquest to present-day discussions and nationalising projects. What this belies is the inherent question -What is Latin America compared to Europe?- This book lays bare the underlying logic of a Latin Americanist discourse through some of the continent's most influential thinkers, including Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Jose Marti, Jose Enrique Rodo, Jose Vasconcelos, Fernando Ortiz, Roberto Fernandez Retamar, Nestor Garcia Canclini, and Walter Mignolo. <BR> <I>Civilisation and Authenticity presents case studies of two of Latin America's most renowned and representative twentieth-century writers, the Cuban Alejo Carpentier and the Argentine Julio Cortazar and reveals how desire to define Latin America is entwined throughout their groundbreaking experimental novels, focusing on Carpentier's <I>Los pasos perdidos (1953) and Cortazar's <I>Rayuela (1963). New research into the poetics of these authors and jargon-free analyses of their fiction outline how the Latin Americanist discourse persists in both writers' representations of the Latin American landscape and people as either Europe's -authentic- and marvelous -Other-, or its -civilised- and modern counterpart. <BR> <I>Civilisation and Authenticity presents new research for experts on Carpentier and Cortazar and will be indispensable to students of Latin American literature. Its delineation of the Latin Americanist discourse makes it an ideal reference for anybody studying Latin American cultural studies."

Assimilating the Primitive

Author: Kelley R. Swarthout
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820463223
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book examines the Mexican nationalist rhetoric that promoted race mixing as a cultural ideal, placing it within its broader contemporary polemic between vitalist and scientific thought. Part of its analysis compares the attitudes of anthropologist Manuel Gamio and educator Jose Vasconcelos with those of the European primitivist D. H. Lawrence, and concludes that although Gamio and Vasconcelos made lasting contributions to the construction of popular notions of "mexicanidad," their paradigms were fatally flawed because they followed European prescriptions for the development of national identity. This ultimately reinforced the belief that indigenous cultural expression must be assimilated into the dominant mestizo culture in order for Mexico to progress. Consequently, these thinkers were unsuccessful in resolving the cultural dilemma Mexico suffered in the years immediately following the Revolution."