Polyphony Embodied - Freedom and Fate in Gao Xingjian’s Writings

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Polyphony Embodied - Freedom and Fate in Gao Xingjian’s Writings

Polyphony Embodied - Freedom and Fate in Gao Xingjian’s Writings

  • Author: Michael Lackner,Nikola Chardonnens
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • ISBN: 3110351870
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 271
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Like artists, important writers defy unequivocal interpretations. Gao Xingjian, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, is a cosmopolitan writer, deeply rooted in the Chinese past while influenced by paragons of Western Modernity. The present volume is less interested in a general discussion on the multitude of aspects in Gao's works and even less in controversies concerning their aesthetic value than in obtaining a response to the crucial issues of freedom and fate from a clearly defined angle. The very nature of the answer to the question of freedom and fate within Gao Xingjian's works can be called a polyphonic one: thereare affirmative as well as skeptical voices. But polyphony, as embodied by Gao, is an even more multifaceted phenomenon. Most important for our contention is the fact that Gao Xingjian's aesthetic experience embodies prose, theater, painting, and film. Taken together, they form a Gesamtkunstwerk whose diversity of voices characterizes every single one of them.

Exiled

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Exiled

Exiled

Voices of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy War

  • Author: Carl L. Kell
  • Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press
  • ISBN: 9781572335905
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 194
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It has been one of the major news stories in religion and culture of the past twenty-five years. From 1979 to 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was rocked by assaults on its leadership by fundamentalists, who used questionable tactics to gain top positions and then used their power to purge Baptist seminary presidents and professors, church pastors, lay leaders, and women from positions of responsibility. America's largest Christian, non-Catholic denomination is firmly locked in a "holy war" to secure its churches and membership for a never-ending struggle against a liberal culture. Exiled: Voices of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy War is a compilation of first-person narratives by conservative and moderate ministers and lay leaders who were stripped of their positions and essentially became pariahs in the churches to which they had devoted their lives. While other books have described the takeover in historical, political, and theological terms, Exiled is different. Individual people tell their personal stories, revealing the struggle and heartache that resulted from being vilified, dispossessed, and exiled. Kell includes a variety of perspectives-from lay preachers and church members to prominent former SBC leaders such as James Dunn and Carolyn Crumpler. The emotion captured on the pages-sadness, shock, disbelief, resignation, and anger-will make Exiled moving even to readers who know little about the Southern Baptist movement. Exiled will also be of particular interest to historians, sociologists, philosophers of religion, and rhetorical historians.

Freedom from the Press

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Freedom from the Press

Freedom from the Press

Journalism and State Power in Singapore

  • Author: Cherian George
  • Publisher: NUS Press
  • ISBN: 9971695944
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 272
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For several decades, the city-state of Singapore has been an international anomaly, combining an advanced, open economy with restrictions on civil liberties and press freedom. Freedom from the Pressanalyses the republic's media system, showing how it has been structured - like the rest of the political framework - to provide maximun freedom of manoeuvre for the People's Action Party (PAP) government. Cherian George assessed why the PAP's "freedom from the press" model has lasted longer than many other authoritarian systems. He suggests that one key factor has been the PAP's recognition that market forces could be harnessed as a way to tame journalism. Another counter-intuitive strategy is its self-restraint in the use of force, progressively turning to subtler means of control that are less prone to backfire. The PAP has also remained open to internal reform, even as it tries to insulate itself from political competition. Thus, although increasingly challenged by dissenting views disseminated through the internet, the PAP has so far managed to consolidate its soft-authoritarian, hegemonic form of electoral democracy. Given Singapore's unique place on the world map of press freedom and democracy, this book not only provides a constructive engagement with ongoing debates about the city-state but also makes a significant contribution to the comparative study of journalism and politics.

Dalai Lama

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Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

  • Author: EPUB 2-3
  • Publisher: Infobase Learning
  • ISBN: 1438147058
  • Category:
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Sacraments in Scripture

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Sacraments in Scripture

Sacraments in Scripture

Salvation History Made Present

  • Author: Tim Gray
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781931018043
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 96
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Delves into the biblical origin for each of these masterpieces of God's love.Gray guides readers through the Gospels, showing Christ's deliberate acts to inaugurate these sacred signs as the foundation of the New Covenant.

Exiles

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Exiles

Exiles

Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture

  • Author: Michael Frost
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 1441232796
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 368
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Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture presents a biblical, Christian worldview for the emergent church--people who are not at home in the traditional church or in the secular world. As exiles of both, they must create their own worldview that integrates their Christian beliefs with the contemporary world. Exiles seeks to integrate all aspects of life and decision-making and to develop the characteristics of a Christian life lived intentionally within emerging (postmodern) culture. It presents a plea for a dynamic, life-affirming, robust Christian faith that can be lived successfully in the post-Christian world of twenty-first century Western society. This book will present a Christian lifestyle that can be lived in non-religious categories and be attractive to not-yet Christians. Such a worldview takes ecology and politics seriously. It offers a positive response to the workplace, the arts, feminism, mystery and worship. Exiles seeks to develop a framework that will allow Christians to live boldly and courageously in a world that no longer values the culture of the church, but does greatly value many of the things the Bible speaks positively about. This book suggests that there us more to being a Christian than meets the eye. It explores the secret, unseen nooks and crannies in the life of a Christian and suggests that faith is about more than church attendance and belief in God. Written in a conversational, easy-to-read style, Exiles is aimed at church leaders, pastors and laypersons and seeks to address complex issues in a simple manner. It includes helpful photographs and diagrams.

Encyclopedia of Monasticism

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Encyclopedia of Monasticism

Encyclopedia of Monasticism

  • Author: William M. Johnston
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 113678716X
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 2000
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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Tibet's Forgotten Heroes

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Tibet's Forgotten Heroes

Tibet's Forgotten Heroes

The Story of Tibet's Armed Resistance Against China

  • Author: Birgit van de Wijer
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
  • ISBN: 1445612453
  • Category: History
  • Page: 258
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The first hand interviews as well as the translation into English were conducted by native Tibetans. The book is the result of a two years work with dozens of Tibetans involved.

Thin White Line

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Thin White Line

Thin White Line

  • Author: Andy Cave
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1446410390
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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In 1997, Andy Cave returned from the Himalayas, having climbed the stupendous north face of Changabang but losing his friend and climbing partner in the process. Traumatized by the savage ordeal, he must examine his relationship with the mountains that have defined his life so far. Will he have the courage to undertake such a challenge again? Does he want to? Thin White Line charts his struggle towards finding an answer. It is as much a journey into the mind of an extreme mountaineer as it is into the wild landscapes through which he travels. In a nail biting narrative set in Patagonia, Norway and Alaska, Cave tackles the severest challenges modern Alpinism can pose. Juxtaposed with the stark beauty of the environment are the colourful characters populating his stories, from the adventurers around him, past and present, to the pioneer aviators who get him and his kind to those impossibly remote places. He vividly recreates the joy and despair of climbing, building the book to a desperate finale that lays bare the fragility of our carefully constructed convictions.

Tibet

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Tibet

Tibet

The Road Ahead

  • Author: Dawa Norbu
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1446459683
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 416
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Tibet: The Road Ahead is the extraordinary account of the potential extinction of a civilisation. Written by a gifted Tibetan of humble origins, this book tells the story of ordinary Tibetans in the twentieth century. Professor Norbu refutes China's claim that Tibet has been part of China since the seventh century AD, showing how the relationship between the two countries was symbolic and ceremonial, rather than one of political suppression. He portrays pre-1950 Tibet as a place of complete and genuine freedom, in stark contrast with recent events in the region. Beautifully written and offering a fresh, incisive look at the road ahead for Tibet in post-Deng China, this book will appeal to all those fascinated by, and concerned for 'the land of the snows'.