Adventure, Mystery, and Romance

Formula Stories as Art and Popular Culture

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Author: John G. Cawelti

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022614870X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

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In this first general theory for the analysis of popular literary formulas, John G. Cawelti reveals the artistry that underlies the best in formulaic literature. Cawelti discusses such seemingly diverse works as Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Dorothy Sayers's The Nine Tailors, and Owen Wister's The Virginian in the light of his hypotheses about the cultural function of formula literature. He describes the most important artistic characteristics of popular formula stories and the differences between this literature and that commonly labeled "high" or "serious" literature. He also defines the archetypal patterns of adventure, mystery, romance, melodrama, and fantasy, and offers a tentative account of their basis in human psychology.

The Antitheatrical Prejudice

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Author: Jonas A. Barish

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520052161

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 499

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Six young people discuss their feelings about their own ethnic backgrounds and about their experiences with people of different races.

In and Out of Hollywood

A Biographer’s Memoir

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Author: Charles Higham

Publisher: Terrace Books

ISBN: 029923343X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 306

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As a best-selling biographer of numerous Hollywood greats—Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Howard Hughes, and Cary Grant among them—Charles Higham has been privy to the public and private joys, tragedies, scandals, and desires of many of the darlings of Hollywood’s red carpet. In and Out of Hollywood is Higham’s own life story, replete with a vibrant cast that includes stars from Marlene Dietrich to Clint Eastwood to Leonardo DiCaprio. Born into a life of privilege in 1930s England, Higham endured a difficult childhood. To escape a tortured family situation, Higham married early despite his awakening homosexuality and fled to Australia with his wife to begin a new life as a poet, journalist, and editor. By the 1960s he had settled in Hollywood. It was here that he struck gold by finding and writing about the reels of Orson Welles’s legendary unfinished Latin American epic film It’s All True, long thought lost in a Paramount vault. This momentous find rocketed Higham to the A-list. He soon became a New York Times feature writer and sought-after biographer lauded for his pioneering style. In and Out of Hollywood contains Higham’s personal reflections on the stars he has known over the past forty years. From his insider perch he reveals Hollywood’s inner life: how Bette Davis influenced the death of her second husband; how Walt Disney’s dark vision devolved into bright animated features he astonishingly despised; how leading actors clandestinely participated in gay activities. Higham’s memoir also charts his work as a political commentator, historian, poet, and playwright; describes the dangers and excitements of gay life before AIDS; and recounts his eventual discovery of a lasting relationship. In and Out of Hollywood is a lively tour through several decades of changing times and personalities behind the scenes of the American film world.

The Way of the Surfer

Living It, 1935 to Tomorrow

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Author: Drew Kampion

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9780810946385

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

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Presents the history of surfing as a sport, profiles important surfers, and includes images of surfing locations worldwide.

Episodic Poetics

Politics and Literary Form after the Constitution

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Author: Matthew Garrett

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199346542

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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The early United States was a culture of the episode. In Episodic Poetics, Matthew Garrett merges narrative theory with social and political history to explain the early American fascination with the episodic, piecemeal plot. Since Aristotle's Poetics, the episode has been a vexed category of literary analysis, troubling any easy view of the subsumption of unwieldy narrative parts into well-plotted wholes. Garrett puts forward a new, dialectical theory of episodic form to recast this peculiar object of literary history, looking to the episode as a narrative unit smaller than the genre in order to give an account of all the period's major prose genres. Garrett shows how, in ways both magisterial and mundane, episodic forms gave variegated shape to the social, political, and economic conflicts that defined the moment of national formation. Episodic Poetics proposes a new method of reading and a new way of conceiving of literary history. The book asks how we might understand the cultural role of the episode as a literary micro-unit, one that forces us to read individual narratives in terms of an always partial and fraught development toward plot. Episodic Poetics combines theoretical reflection and historical rigor with careful readings of texts from the early American canon such as The Federalist, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, and the novels of Charles Brockden Brown, along with hitherto understudied texts and ephemera such as Washington Irving's Salmagundi, Susanna Rowson's Trials of the Human Heart and the memoirs of the metalworker and failed entrepreneur John Fitch. Garrett recounts literary history not as the easy victory of grand nationalist ambitions, but rather as a series of social struggles expressed through writers' recurring engagement with incompletely integrated forms.

Hiking Grand Canyon National Park

A Guide to the Best Hiking Adventures on the North and South Rims

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Author: Ron Adkison

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762774983

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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Fully revised and updated, Hiking Grand Canyon National Park provides first-hand descriptions and detailed maps for all of the park's developed trails as well as tips on safety, hiking with children, access, and services. Includes fifteen hikes in the South Rim and thirteen hikes in the North Rim.

Countries of the World & Their Leaders Yearbook 08

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780787681081

Category: Geography

Page: N.A

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Covering nearly 200 countries, this yearbook is filled with reports from the U.S. Department of State. Entries typically cover the geography, history, government, and political conditions, economy and state relations with the United States for each. Includes information on passport applications, visa requirements, regulations and duties, international health and disease, and national holidays.

Cinefantastique

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Author: Clarke, Frederick S

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Horror films Periodicals

Page: N.A

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The Design of Everyday Things

Psychologie und Design der alltäglichen Dinge

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Author: Norman Don

Publisher: Vahlen

ISBN: 3800648105

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Apple, Audi, Braun oder Samsung machen es vor: Gutes Design ist heute eine kritische Voraussetzung für erfolgreiche Produkte. Dieser Klassiker beschreibt die fundamentalen Prinzipien, um Dinge des täglichen Gebrauchs umzuwandeln in unterhaltsame und zufriedenstellende Produkte. Don Norman fordert ein Zusammenspiel von Mensch und Technologie mit dem Ziel, dass Designer und Produktentwickler die Bedürfnisse, Fähigkeiten und Handlungsweisen der Nutzer in den Vordergrund stellen und Designs an diesen angepasst werden. The Design of Everyday Things ist eine informative und spannende Einführung für Designer, Marketer, Produktentwickler und für alle an gutem Design interessierten Menschen. Zum Autor Don Norman ist emeritierter Professor für Kognitionswissenschaften. Er lehrte an der University of California in San Diego und der Northwest University in Illinois. Mitte der Neunzigerjahre leitete Don Norman die Advanced Technology Group bei Apple. Dort prägte er den Begriff der User Experience, um über die reine Benutzbarkeit hinaus eine ganzheitliche Erfahrung der Anwender im Umgang mit Technik in den Vordergrund zu stellen. Norman ist Mitbegründer der Beratungsfirma Nielsen Norman Group und hat unter anderem Autohersteller von BMW bis Toyota beraten. „Keiner kommt an Don Norman vorbei, wenn es um Fragen zu einem Design geht, das sich am Menschen orientiert.“ Brand Eins 7/2013 „Design ist einer der wichtigsten Wettbewerbsvorteile. Dieses Buch macht Spaß zu lesen und ist von größter Bedeutung.” Tom Peters, Co-Autor von „Auf der Suche nach Spitzenleistungen“

Fotografie als zeitgenössische Kunst

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Author: Charlotte Cotton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783422070967

Category:

Page: 248

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Der erste Band der Reihe Kunst Kompakt widmet sich dem Spektrum der zeitgenössischen Fotografie: von scheinbar banalen Schnappschüssen bis zu den akribisch inszenierten tableaux eines Jeff Wall bespricht das Buch all jene Aspekte, die diese Kunstform im 21. Jahrhundert auszeichnet. Neben prominenten Fotografen wie Cindy Sherman oder Andreas Gursky lassen sich auch viele weniger bekannte Künstler entdecken, die die Beständigkeit, aber auch die Vielseitigkeit dieses Mediums eindrucksvoll belegen.

The Law of Nines

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Author: Terry Goodkind

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007350686

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers a stunningly original , high-octane thriller.