Between Tears and Laughter

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Author: Lin Yutang

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1447485769

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Written during the second world war as a bitter plea for the west to change its perspective of the world order. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Laughing and Weeping in Early Modern Theatres

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Author: Matthew Steggle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351922998

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 172

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Did Shakespeare's original audiences weep? Equally, while it seems obvious that they must have laughed at plays performed in early modern theatres, can we say anything about what their laughter sounded like, about when it occurred, and about how, culturally, it was interpreted? Related to both of these problems of audience behaviour is that of the stage representation of laughing, and weeping, both actions performed with astonishing frequency in early modern drama. Each action is associated with a complex set of non-verbal noises, gestures, and cultural overtones, and each is linked to audience behaviour through one of the axioms of Renaissance dramatic theory: that weeping and laughter on stage cause, respectively, weeping and laughter in the audience. This book is a study of laughter and weeping in English theatres, broadly defined, from around 1550 until their closure in 1642. It is concerned both with the representation of these actions on the stage, and with what can be reconstructed about the laughter and weeping of theatrical audiences themselves, arguing that both actions have a peculiar importance in defining the early modern theatrical experience.

Divine Play, Sacred Laughter, and Spiritual Understanding

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Author: P. Laude

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403980586

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

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This study in the relationship between religion and the comic focuses on the ways in which the latter fulfils a central function in the sacred understanding of reality of pre-modern cultures and the spiritual life of religious traditions. The central thesis is that figures such as tricksters, sacred clowns, and holy fools play an essential role in bridging the gap between the divine and the human by integrating the element of disequilibrium that results from the contact between incommensurable realities. This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural series of essays is devoted to spiritual, anthropological, and literary characters and phenomena that point to a deeper understanding of the various mythological, ceremonial, and mystical ways in which the fundamental ambiguity of existence is symbolized and acted out. Given its interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective, this volume will appeal to scholars from a variety of fields.

The Logic of Wish and Fear: New Perspectives on Genres of Western Fiction

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Author: Ben La Farge

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137465689

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 136

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Moving effortlessly from Greek to Shakespearean tragedies, to nineteenth and twentieth-century British, American and Russian drama, and fiction and contemporary television, this study sheds new light on the art of comedy.

Shapeshifters

A Journey Through the Changing Human Body

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Author: Gavin Francis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1541697510

Category: Medical

Page: 304

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From birth to death, a lyrical exploration of the role of transformation in human life To be alive is to be in perpetual metamorphosis: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, physician and writer Gavin Francis considers the inevitable changes all of our bodies undergo--such as birth, puberty, and death, but also laughter, sleeping, and healing-and those that only some of our bodies will: like getting a tattoo, experiencing psychosis, suffering anorexia, being pregnant, or undergoing a gender transition. In Francis's hands, each event becomes an opportunity to explore the meaning of identity and the natures-biological, psychological, and philosophical-of our selves. True to its own subject, Shapeshifters combines Francis's lyrical imagination and deep knowledge of medicine and the humanities for a life-altering read.

Laughter, Tears, and In-Between

Soulful Stories for the Journey

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Author: Paul Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780817013837

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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Paul Williams, an "on-air" host with the Worship Network, probes the beauty of life's otherwise ordinary experiences.

Transnationalism and American Serial Fiction

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Author: Patricia Okker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136643192

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 266

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Transnationalism and American Serial Fiction explores the vibrant tradition of serial fiction published in U.S. minority periodicals. Beloved by readers, these serial novels helped sustain the periodicals and communities in which they circulated. With essays on serial fiction published from the 1820s through the 1960s written in ten different languages—English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian, Polish, Norwegian, Yiddish, and Chinese—this collection reflects the rich multilingual history of American literature and periodicals. One of this book’s central claims is that this serial fiction was produced and read within an intensely transnational context: the periodicals often circulated widely, the narratives themselves favored transnational plots and themes, and the contents surrounding the fiction encouraged readers to identify with a community dispersed throughout the United States and often the world. Thus, Okker focuses on the circulation of ideas, periodicals, literary conventions, and people across various borders, focusing particularly on the ways that this fiction reflects the larger transnational realities of these minority communities.

The Home Place

A Memory and a Celebration : the Restored Text

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Author: Robert Drake

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 9780865545946

Category: Fiction

Page: 159

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In this joyous reminiscence of a small-town boyhood in West Tennessee, Drake reflects upon his family's origins, flowering, and eventual decline, and ponders the meaning of their lives. It is a story with which many a Southerner who has grown up in twentieth-century America will readily identify. As a chronicle in microcosm of the gradual disintegration of the traditional extended family that has taken place all across the country in this turbulent century, it speaks to modern humankind everywhere.Drake concludes that the old tales about the home place were what held the family together long after the place itself was gone. The Drakes were rooted in the goodness of God and the joy of the Lord. The gift they had been given, a happiness based ultimately on love and joy in all God's creation, they in turn passed on to their family and all who came in contact with them.History and geography also helped give the Drakes their identities: they knew who they were because they knew where they were and when they were, with no alienation from either time or place. Their lives were thus whole and full. Their home, their family, their community were all very real entities, nourishing and sustaining the individual member while giving him a sense of belonging to something greater than himself. They gave order and meaning to his life.The times have changed, but who can say that the world of the Drakes is any less meaningful to us today? Perhaps the memories of that world constitute a rebuke to our frenetic lives. But perhaps the legacy of their lives, their times, and, above all, their great love, can still exert its healing power on modern generations.

Der goldene Sohn

Roman

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Author: Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462315196

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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Zwischen zwei Welten – ist deine Freiheit wichtiger als deine Familie? Anil wächst wohlbehütet im Kreis einer großen Familie in einem indischen Dorf auf. Als ältester Sohn soll er später die Rolle des Familienoberhaupts und Schiedsmanns einnehmen und Streitigkeiten in der Dorfgemeinschaft schlichten. Leena ist seine beste Freundin. Ein mutiges Mädchen und draufgängerischer Wildfang, das seine Familie und die freie Natur über alles liebt. In ihrer Kindheit sind Anil und Leena ein unzertrennliches Gespann, doch dann führen ihre Wege in verschiedene Richtungen. Anil verlässt das Dorf, um Medizin zu studieren und in den USA als Arzt zu arbeiten. Er genießt sein neues Leben dort und verliebt sich Hals über Kopf in eine Amerikanerin. Leena bleibt in Indien, heiratet und zieht zu der Familie ihres Mannes. Anils Leben gerät aus den Fugen: Ihm unterläuft ein schwerer medizinischer Fehler, seine Beziehung zerbricht und er stürzt in eine Krise. Bei einem Besuch in seiner Heimat trifft er Leena wieder, die Frau, die ihn besser kennt als jeder andere. Aber zwischen ihnen steht eine Entscheidung, die Jahre zuvor getroffen wurde. Bewegend, mitreißend, klug – Shilpi Somaya Gowdas glänzend erzählter neuer Roman ist eine ergreifende Geschichte über Unabhängigkeit und Liebe.

Irgendwie hatte ich mir das anders vorgestellt

Roman

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Author: Mhairi McFarlane

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 3426440539

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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Der neue Roman der Nummer-1-Bestseller-Autorin Mhairi McFarlane. Nach "Wir in drei Worten", "Vielleicht mag ich dich morgen" und „Es muss wohl an dir liegen“ begeistert die Britin ihre Leserinnen mit einem neuen romantischen, witzigen und authentischen Liebes-Roman. Edie findet nichts schlimmer als Hochzeiten. Wenn der Bräutigam dann auch noch ihr Kollege Jack ist, der bis vor wenigen Wochen heftig mit ihr geflirtet hat, will Edie vor allem eins: flüchten. Den ersten Teil der Hochzeits-Feier von Charlotte und Jack steht Edie allerdings tapfer durch. Als sie später in den Park geht, um wenigstens einmal kurz durchzuatmen, steht Jack plötzlich vor ihr und küsst sie. Dummerweise sind sie nicht allein. Charlotte beobachtet die beiden und schon bald droht dieser kleine Moment der Schwäche, Edies ganzes Leben zu zerstören. Der darauf folgende Online-Shitstorm zwingt Edie, ihr Londoner Leben hinter sich zu lassen und Zuflucht bei ihrer Familie in Nottingham zu suchen. Dort läuft es aber auch nicht rund. Denn die Auszeit gewährt Edies Chef ihr nur, wenn sie den derzeit in Nottingham lebenden Schauspieler Elliot Owen trifft - um als Ghostwriterin seine bestseller-verdächtige Biographie zu verfassen. Dummerweise entpuppt sich Elliot nicht als charmanter Star - ganz im Gegenteil. Zurück in die Provinz, Opfer von Online-Mobbing und einem neurotischen Schauspieler ausgesetzt - so hatte Edie sich ihr Leben wirklich nicht vorgestellt! Herz, Humor und authentische Figuren – das Erfolgsrezept von Mhairi McFarlane.

Demenz

Unterstützung für Angehörige und Freunde

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Author: Dave Pulsford,Rachel Thompson

Publisher: Junfermann Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3955715779

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

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Unter einer Demenz leiden oder mit Demenz leben? Eine Demenzerkrankung stellt für Angehörige und Freunde des Erkrankten eine enorme Herausforderung dar. Ein Mensch, den man so gut kannte, verändert sich auf unbegreifliche Weise – mit Konsequenzen auch für das eigene Leben. Dave Pulsford und Rachel Thompson erläutern Schritt für Schritt, wie eine Demenzerkrankung verläuft. Sie nehmen Angehörige und Pflegende mit auf eine Reise in die Welt der Demenz und erklären, was mit dem erkrankten Menschen passiert und auch, welche Auswirkungen die Erkrankung auf das Umfeld hat. Wo kann man sich informieren? Wo findet man Unterstützung? Eine Demenz schreitet ständig fort, und so müssen auch Angehörige sich dem weiteren Verlauf der Erkrankung immer wieder anpassen. Auch hier bietet das Buch Unterstützung, mit dem Ziel einer möglichst hohen Lebensqualität für Erkrankte und Angehörige.

Psalms

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Author: James Luther Mays

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664234399

Category: Religion

Page: 457

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The Psalms have a double identity. They are scripture and liturgy. They compose a book of the Bible and are found in our hymnals and books of worship and prayer. When we think of them in historical perspective, another identity emerges. They are the liturgical poetry of ancient Israel, texts with a history of composition and use before they became scripture. A commentary in this Interpretation series needs to keep all three identities in view. That puts some strain on the commentator's task. The attempt to interpret the Psalms in awareness of the depth in their identity explains some things about the commentary and its writing. - Preface.