Visions of a New Land

Soviet Film from the Revolution to the Second World War


Author: Emma Widdis

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300127584

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 258

View: 9539

In 1917 the Bolsheviks proclaimed a world remade. This book shows how Soviet cinema encouraged popular support of state initiatives in the years up to the Second World War, helping to create a new Russian identity & territory, an 'imaginary geography' of Sovietness.

Visions of a New Earth

Religious Perspectives on Population, Consumption, and Ecology


Author: Harold Coward,Daniel C. Maguire

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791444580

Category: Nature

Page: 234

View: 2281

Brings together world religion scholars and creative international economists to address the current eco-crisis.

Vision and Communism

Viktor Koretsky and Dissident Public Visual Culture


Author: Robert Bird,Christopher Heuer,Matthew Jackson

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595588175

Category: Art

Page: 176

View: 1000

In the last thirty years of the Soviet Communist project, Viktor Koretsky’s art struggled to solve an enduring riddle: how to ensure or restore Communism’s moral health through the production of a distinctively Communist vision. In this sense Koretsky’s art demonstrates what an “avant-garde late Communist art” would have looked like if we had ever seen it mature. Most striking of all, Koretsky was pioneering the visual languages of Benetton and MTV at a time when the iconography of interracial togetherness was still only a vague rumor on Madison Avenue. Vision and Communism presents a series of interconnected essays devoted to Viktor Koretsky’s art and the social worlds that it hoped to transform. Produced collectively by its five editors, this writing also considers the visual art, film, and music included in the exhibition Vision and Communism, opening at the Smart Museum of Art in September 2011.

The New Land

Studies in a Literary Theme


Author: Richard Chadbourne,Hallvard Dahlie

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 0889200653

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

View: 3139

Papers originally presented at a workshop held at the University of Calgary on Aug. 1-5, 1977.

Visions of Paradise

Glimpses of Our Landscape's Legacy


Author: John Warfield Simpson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520213647

Category: Nature

Page: 387

View: 7806

This book synthesizes views of America's changing environment, and the Ideal of that environment, from the time of the Founding Fathers to the present. It is an exceptionally engaging account of American attitudes toward pristine and altered landscapes which they encountered, settled in, modified, and moved westward from during the last three centuries.

Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World

Massachusetts Merchants, 1670-1780


Author: Phyllis Whitman Hunter

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801438554

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 672

Americans have always had a love-hate relationship with possessions. Early Americans suspected luxuries as a corrupting force that would lead to an aristocracy. In Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World, Phyllis Whitman Hunter demonstrates how elite Americans not only became infatuated with their belongings, but also avidly pursued consumption to shape their world and proclaim their success. In eighteenth-century New England harbor towns, the commercial gentry led their communities into full participation in a flourishing Anglo-American consumer culture. Affluent traders constructed roads, wharves, and warehouses, built mansions and assembly buildings, adopted new forms of sociability, and fostered the rise of the public sphere. Using case studies of influential merchant families, Hunter brings alive the process by which Boston and Salem evolved from Puritan towns dominated by families of English origin to Georgian provincial cities open to a diversity of religious affiliations and European ethnicities. Hunter then explores how revolutionary politics overturned polite society and transformed the meanings of possessions. Patriots threw tea to the fish in Boston Harbor, donned homespun at Harvard commencements, and transformed a silver punch bowl into an icon of liberty. The wealthy either espoused republican values and muted their material displays or fled to exile. Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World, reveals a critical link in the complex relationship between capitalism and culture: the process by which material goods become symbols of profound social and cultural significance.

Visions of the New Jerusalem

religious settlement on the prairies


Author: Benjamin Galletly Smillie

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 207

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Visions of the American West


Author: Gerald F. Kreyche

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813150604

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 8709

Countless studies of the American West have been written from the viewpoint of history, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. But the West has seldom been written about with the reflective pen of a philosopher. Offering more than a fresh retelling, in thoroughly human terms, of the major historical events of the nineteenth-century West, Gerald Kreyche also leads the reader in a search for the spirit of the West itself. That spirit was one with the American Dream, which offered freedom, individualism, and self-sufficiency to those strong enough and gutsy enough to heed the call of Manifest Destiny. Although the West was and is the most American part of America itself, its natural wonders, its spacious grandeur, its myths and mystique have captured the hearts and imaginations of people the world over. We have all experienced the quickened pulse at the mention of things indelibly western -- tumbleweed, mountain men, high plains, cowboys and Indians, sod houses, coyotes, and grizzlies. And who doesn't react to such bigger-than-life figures as Jim Bridger, Buffalo Bill, George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse? The personal humdrum of our times rapidly disappears when, through the magic of western films, TV shows, and books, we vicariously lose ourselves and then find ourselves in the American West of a bygone time. The West, then, produced a quasi-separate culture. And, as each culture must, it gave birth to its own ethos, its own special character, its own tone and set of guiding beliefs. Kreyche contends that in the process of "westering," the veneer of the sophisticated easterner was sloughed off, leaving in sharp outline the frontiersman and the pioneer. In their own manner, these men and women produced a new species of homo americanus.

Visions of Zion

Ethiopians and Rastafari in the Search for the Promised Land


Author: Erin C. MacLeod

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479880752

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 8151

In reggae song after reggae song Bob Marley and other reggae singers speak of the Promised Land of Ethiopia. “Repatriation is a must!” they cry. The Rastafari have been travelling to Ethiopia since the movement originated in Jamaica in 1930s. They consider it the Promised Land, and repatriation is a cornerstone of their faith. Though Ethiopians see Rastafari as immigrants, the Rastafari see themselves as returning members of the Ethiopian diaspora. In Visions of Zion, Erin C. MacLeod offers the first in-depth investigation into how Ethiopians perceive Rastafari and Rastafarians within Ethiopia and the role this unique immigrant community plays within Ethiopian society. Rastafari are unusual among migrants, basing their movements on spiritual rather than economic choices. This volume offers those who study the movement a broader understanding of the implications of repatriation. Taking the Ethiopian perspective into account, it argues that migrant and diaspora identities are the products of negotiation, and it illuminates the implications of this negotiation for concepts of citizenship, as well as for our understandings of pan-Africanism and south-south migration. Providing a rare look at migration to a non-Western country, this volume also fills a gap in the broader immigration studies literature.

Visions of Order in William Gilmore Simms

Southern Conservatism and the Other American Romance


Author: Masahiro Nakamura

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570038174

Category: History

Page: 222

View: 1554

Regarded as one of America's foremost 19th century men of letters, poet, historian and novelist William Gilmore Simms seems to have been marginalised in modern times as a result of his allegiance to the ideals of the Confederacy. In this study, the author compares his work with that of James Fennimore Cooper and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Visions of the Land

Science, Literature, and the American Environment from the Era of Exploration to the Age of Ec


Author: Michael A. Bryson

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813921724

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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The work of John Charles Fremont, Richard Byrd, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, John Wesley Powell, Susan Cooper, Rachel Carson, and Loren Eiseley represents a widely divergent body of writing. Yet despite their range of genres—including exploration narratives, technical reports, natural histories, scientific autobiographies, fictional utopias, nature writing, and popular scientific literature—these seven authors produced strikingly connected representations of nature and the practice of science in America from about 1840 to 1970. Michael A. Bryson provides a thoughtful examination of the authors, their work, and the ways in which science and nature unite them. Visions of the Land explores how our environmental attitudes have influenced and been shaped by various scientific perspectives from the time of western expansion and geographic exploration in the mid-nineteenth century to the start of the contemporary environmental movement in the twentieth century. Bryson offers a literary-critical analysis of how writers of different backgrounds, scientific training, and geographic experiences represented nature through various kinds of natural science, from natural history to cartography to resource management to ecology and evolution, and in the process, explored the possibilities and limits of science itself. Visions of the Land examines the varied, sometimes conflicting, but always fascinating ways in which we have defined the relations among science, nature, language, and the human community. Ultimately, it is an extended meditation on the capacity of using science to live well within nature.

Visions of a New Kind


Author: Jayne Aylwin Miller

Publisher: Publicious Pty Limited

ISBN: 9780648236900


Page: 106

View: 567

Visions of a new kind came to me in my dreams and meditations that only became clear as my life progressed and as world events developed into the new millennium. Within the effortlessness of poetry I found many answers and the manner in which they presented themselves captured the spirit of my questions until each poem became a perfect gift that I give to you in the following pages...

American Narcissism

The Myth of National Superiority


Author: Wilber W. Caldwell

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 0875864678

Category: History

Page: 181

View: 5534

Nationalism is unique in America. Our notions of superiority spring from visions of chosen-ness, mission and high destiny, frontier self-sufficiency and the triumph of the immigrant experience. Where is the line between benign patriotism and malignant nationalism, individual liberty and mass tyranny?

Global Visions

Beyond the New World Order


Author: Jeremy Brecher,John Brown Childs,Jill Cutler

Publisher: South End Press

ISBN: 9780896084605

Category: History

Page: 317

View: 826

The authors provide both a realistic assessment of the contemporary efforts to perpetuate imperial domination and the various visions and strategies that could knit together global popular struggles into a vibrant, democratic, transnational movement for a humane and ecologically balanced world.

The Visions of Daniel the Hebrew Prophet


Author: Robert Johns

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1449743323

Category: Religion

Page: 436

View: 1876

For centuries, controversy has raged over the authorship and genuineness of the book of Daniel. Is it an authentic document from the sixth century before the Common Era with a message from God to postexilic Israel; or is it a forged document written centuries later to encourage Israelites being oppressed by the Seleucid king, Antiochus Epiphanes? Robert Johns addresses these issues and more in his thesis on Daniels visions. Importantly, Johns establishes when Daniel was provided with his visions, and he defines why God provided Daniel with the visions. The Visions of Daniel the Hebrew Prophet examines the metal image, the beast with eleven horns, the Seventy sevens, chapter eights little-horn, and the 2,300 evening-mornings. It demonstrates that the enigmatic 1,290 days and 1,335 days are anything but enigmatic, and it identifies the reason why Daniels fifth and final revelation is so detailed. Appendices address issues of general nature, such as the historicity of Jesus the Christ, the popularity of dispensationalism, the identity of the abomination that desolates, and the integrity of novels representing the Christian-fiction genre (which focus on a seven-year tribulation period at the end of history). This book will be of value to every Christian who has an interest in Bible prophecy and eschatology.

Visions of Dystopia in China’s New Historical Novels


Author: Jeffrey C. Kinkley

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231532296

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 1653

The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and many Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua, Su Tong, Wang Anyi, Mo Yan, Han Shaogong, Ge Fei, Li Rui, and Zhang Wei skew and scramble common conceptions of China's modern development, deploying avant-garde narrative techniques from Latin American and Euro-American modernism to project a surprisingly "un-Chinese" dystopian vision and critical view of human culture and ethics. The epic narratives of modern Chinese fiction make rich use of magical realism, surrealism, and unusual treatments of historical time. Also featuring graphic depictions of sex and violence, as well as dark, raunchy comedy, these novels reflect China's recent history re-presenting the overthrow of the monarchy in the early twentieth century and the resulting chaos of revolution and war; the recurring miseries perpetrated by class warfare during the dictatorship of Mao Zedong; and the social dislocations caused by China's industrialization and rise as a global power. This book casts China's highbrow historical novels from the late 1980s to the first decade of the twenty-first century as a distinctively Chinese contribution to the form of the global dystopian novel and, consequently, to global thinking about the interrelations of utopia and dystopia.