Art as Spectacle

Author: Naomi Ritter
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826207197
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Why do images of entertainers abound in European literature and art since Romanticism? From Baudelaire to Picasso, from Daumier to Fellini, mimes, clowns, aerialists, and jesters recur in major works by continental artists. In Art as Spectacle, Naomi Ritter investigates this phenomenon and offers explanations that transcend the array of works discussed. Her analysis implies much about the triangle of creator, work, and audience that inevitably controls art. Although a broadly comparative study underlies Art as Spectacle, the book focuses mainly on examples from Germany and France. Three areas of argument-identification, primitivism, and transcendence-account for the performer's ubiquity in the arts of the last two centuries. Ritter shows that writers, painters, choreographers, and filmmakers have persistently identified with the entertainer, whose roots lie in primitive ritual: a source of all art. Accordingly, the artist also sees the player as morally or spiritually elevated. With three chapters on literature, a chapter comparing poetry to painting, and a chapter each on dance, the visual arts, and film, Art as Spectacle offers unprecedented scope on a compelling topic in comparative studies. By integrating such varied material into an original commentary on the image of the entertainers, this book provides an invaluable resource for all the disciplines it touches.

Question Reality an Investigation of Self Humans Environment PART 1 Global Distribution

Author: Victoria Minnich
ISBN: 143572058X
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Question Reality is an arduous journey of re-organization of the mind of an anorexic, academic female in fight for her own physical and mental survival. In the process, she re-invents the wheel of ecology and science, in consideration of human interactions with the environment. Written in a synergistic, humorous dialogue between two graduate students--Terra the Biogeek and Buz the Geobum--who venture on a fictional road trip up the California Coastline. Part 1 of a two-part edition.

1 001 GED Practice Questions For Dummies

Author: Stuart Donnelly
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119300983
Format: PDF, Docs
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"You made a smart decision when you chose to take the GED Test. Think of this book and its online partner as your personal, go-anywhere tutor to help you prepare! With hundreds of sample questions for each of the four sections, it gives you plenty of practice. You'll find detailed answers and explanations to help you learn, as well as ways to track your progress to see where you need more work. Study anywhere, anytime" --Back cover.

Identity and ritual in a Japanese diving village

Author: Dolores P. Martinez
Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr
ISBN: 9780824826703
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Through her detailed description of a particular place (Kuzaki-cho) at a particular moment in time (the 1980s), D.P. Martinez addresses a variety of issues currently at the fore in the anthropology of Japan: the construction of identity, both for a place and its people; the importance of ritual in a country that describes itself as nonreligious; and the relationship between men and women in a society where gender divisions are still very much in place. Kuzaki is, for the anthropologist, both a microcosm of modernity and an attempt to bring the past into the present. But it must also be understood as a place all of its own. In the 1980s it was one of the few villages where female divers (ama) still collected abalone and other shellfish and where some of its inhabitants continued to make a living as fishermen. Kuzaki was also a kambe, or sacred guild, of Ise Shrine, the most important Shinto shrine in modern Japan--home to Amaterasu, the sun goddess. Kuzaki's rituals affirmed a national identity inan era when attitudes to modernity and Japaneseness were being challenged by globalization. Martinez enhances her fascinating ethnographic description of a single diving village with a critique of the way in which the anthropology of Japan has developed. The result is a sophisticated investigation by a senior scholar of Japanese studies that, while firmly grounded in empirical data, calls on anthropological theory to construct another means of understanding Japan--both as a society in which the collective is important and as a place where individual ambitions and desires can be expressed.