A Very Seductive Body Politic

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Shakespeare and the Body Politic

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Editor: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739170961
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The chapters in Shakespeare and the Body Politic examine the tensions between the passion and ambition of individuals and the limits of the political communities that encompass and inform them. Shakespeare provides his audiences and readers both timely and timeless political lessons through his diverse portraits of the body politic in his plays and poetry–from ancient city-states of Greece and Rome to the early modern cities and kingdoms of his own time.

The Cinema of Ettore Scola

The Cinema of Ettore Scola Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rémi Lanzoni,Edward Bowen
Editor: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814343805
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The Cinema of Ettore Scola by Rémi Lanzoni,Edward Bowen Summary

Brings to light Scola’s cinematic style and contextualizes his commentary on Italian society and politics.

Righteous Anger in Contemporary Italian Literary and Cinematic Narratives

Righteous Anger in Contemporary Italian Literary and Cinematic Narratives Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Stefania Lucamante
Editor: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1487535090
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Righteous Anger in Contemporary Italian Literary and Cinematic Narratives by Stefania Lucamante Summary

Righteous Anger in Contemporary Italian Literary and Cinematic Narratives analyses the role of passion— particularly indignation—and how it shapes intention and inspires the work of many contemporary Italian writers and filmmakers. Noting how art often holds the power to shed light on issues surrounding inequity, inequality, and injustice, the book explores the ethical function of art as a tool in resistance and sociopolitical protest, thereby validating the axiom that ethics and aesthetics can still collaborate in the creation of meaning. Drawing on a range of Italian novels and films and examining the works of artists such as Tiziano Scarpa, Simona Vinci, Paolo Sorrentino, and Monica Stambrini, the author shows that anger can be used constructively as a weapon of resistance against negative and oppressive forces.

Body Politic

Body Politic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Shields
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439141571
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Body Politic by David Shields Summary

In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes, and delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports. He explores the intricate and telling relationships between players and coaches, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, and players and advertisers. In the process, he shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be.

I Sing the Body Politic

I Sing the Body Politic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Peter Swirski
Editor: McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP
ISBN: 0773584935
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I Sing the Body Politic by Peter Swirski Summary

A critical investigation of the dead ends, dead metaphors, dead bodies, and other historical constants of American politics.

Writing the Body Politic

Writing the Body Politic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mark Featherstone,Thomas Kemple
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1351801805
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Writing the Body Politic by Mark Featherstone,Thomas Kemple Summary

This book brings together key essays from the career of social theorist John O’Neill, including his uncollected later writings, focusing on embodiment to explore the different ways in which the body trope informs visions of familial, economic, personal, and communal life. Beginning with an exploration of O’Neill’s work on the construction of the biobody and the ways in which corporeality is sutured into social systems through regimes of power and familial socialisation, the book then moves to concentrate on O’Neill’s career-long studies of the productive body and the ways in which the working body is caught in and resists disciplinary systems that seek to rationalise natural functions and control social relations. The third section considers O’Neill’s concern with the ancient, early modern, and psychoanalytic sources of the post-modern libidinal body, and a final section on the civic body focuses specifically on the ways in which principles of reciprocity and generosity exceed the capitalist, individualist body of (neo)liberal political theory. The volume also includes an interview with O’Neill addressing many of the key themes of his work, a biographical note with an autobiographical postscript, a select bibliography of O’Neill’s many publications, and an extensive introduction by the editors. A challenging and innovative collection, Writing the Body Politic: A John O’Neill Reader will appeal to critical social theorists and sociologists with interests in the work of one of sociology’s great critical readers of classical and contemporary texts.

Political Bodies/Body Politic

Political Bodies/Body Politic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Darlene M. Juschka
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317491157
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Political Bodies/Body Politic by Darlene M. Juschka Summary

'Political Bodies/Body Politic' draws on feminism, gender studies, and queer theory to examine how myth, symbol and ritual express belief systems. The book explores the operation of gender in a variety of social and historical contexts, ranging from feminist speculative fiction and systems of belief to popular culture and ancient historical texts. 'Political Bodies/Body Politic' makes an original contribution to religious and feminist studies in its examination of gender in human communication and belief systems.

Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire

Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mary McAleer Balkun,Susan C. Imbarrato
Editor: Springer
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Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire by Mary McAleer Balkun,Susan C. Imbarrato Summary

The essays in this collection examine the connections between the forces of empire and women's lives in the early Americas, in particular the ways their narratives contributed to empire formation. Focusing on the female body as a site of contestation, the essays describe acts of bravery, subversion, and survival expressed in a variety of genres, including the saga, letter, diary, captivity narrative, travel narrative, verse, sentimental novel, and autobiography. The volume also speaks to a range of female experience, across the Americas and across time, from the Viking exploration to early nineteenth-century United States, challenging scholars to reflect on the implications of early American literature even to the present day.


Coriolanus Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Wheeler
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317532236
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Coriolanus by David Wheeler Summary

Originally published in 1995. Providing the most influential historical criticism, but also some contemporary pieces written for the volume, this collection includes the most essential study and reviews of this tragic play. The first part contains critical articles arranged chronologically while the second part presents reviews of stage performances from 1901 to 1988 from a variety of sources. Chapters chosen are representative of their given age and critical approach and therefore show the changing responses and the topics that interested critics in the play through the years. Coriolanus is an unsympathetic character and the play has been traditionally less popular than other tragedies - a comprehensive introduction by the editor discusses these attitudes to the play and the reasons behind them.

Social Choreography

Social Choreography Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Andrew Hewitt
Editor: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822386585
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Social Choreography by Andrew Hewitt Summary

Through the concept of “social choreography” Andrew Hewitt demonstrates how choreography has served not only as metaphor for modernity but also as a structuring blueprint for thinking about and shaping modern social organization. Bringing dance history and critical theory together, he shows that ideology needs to be understood as something embodied and practiced, not just as an abstract form of consciousness. Linking dance and the aesthetics of everyday movement—such as walking, stumbling, and laughter—to historical ideals of social order, he provides a powerful exposition of Marxist debates about the relation of ideology and aesthetics. Hewitt focuses on the period between the mid-nineteenth century and the early twentieth and considers dancers and social theorists in Germany, Britain, France, and the United States. Analyzing the arguments of writers including Friedrich Schiller, Theodor Adorno, Hans Brandenburg, Ernst Bloch, and Siegfried Kracauer, he reveals in their thinking about the movement of bodies a shift from an understanding of play as the condition of human freedom to one prioritizing labor as either the realization or alienation of embodied human potential. Whether considering understandings of the Charleston, Isadora Duncan, Nijinsky, or the famous British chorus line the Tiller Girls, Hewitt foregrounds gender as he uses dance and everyday movement to rethink the relationship of aesthetics and social order.

Body Narratives

Body Narratives Pdf/ePub eBook Author: S. Scholz
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 0230287689
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Body Narratives by S. Scholz Summary

Body Narratives deals with the configurations in the literature and culture of sixteenth-century England. It investigates the relationship between disciplinary discourses of the human body and political body imagery in the texts of courtly writers like Spenser, Sidney, Ralegh and others, and traces its interdependence in their narratives of national identity, imperial expansion and gender difference.

Seductive Resistance

Seductive Resistance Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Constance Gosselin Schick
Editor: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789051836844
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Seductive Resistance by Constance Gosselin Schick Summary

Gautier's poetry merits an attentive reading which respects his own essential criterion of poeticity, namely, textuality. This is a poetry which puts on display its literariness, that is, its existence as cultural artifact. In so doing, however, it also puts on display the absence of and its resistance to whatever personal or real signified it would evoke or name. Its beauty and self-indulgent pleasure reveal their hollowness and inadequacy. Its chiseled, polished surface renders its borders or limits and its play unsatisfyingly and teasingly perceptible. Its very superficiality allows, invites and seduces the reader to go entre les lignesand perceive the mystery, not of what has been symbolically buried/unburied, concealed/revealed, but of the truly absent, the ab�mes superficiels.Chapter 1, focusing on texts from the Po�siesof 1830, studies the intextual repetition of Gautier's poetry, the citations, imitations and transpositions which make evident the poetry's displacement of the significant and the personal into aesthetic simulacra. Chapter 2 deals with the poems of Gautier's second collection, Albertus,and analyzes the use of allegory and of humor as further markers of textual substitution. The inherent lifelessness and illusoriness of the textual artifact is revealed in the poems of La Com�die de la Mort,the collection examined in chapter 3. Chapter 4 analyzes the so-called descriptive, referential poetry of Espa�a,and finds that the monde ext�rieur of Gautier's poetry functions to express an absence of self and is itself always shown to be other than the Other. The dimunition of the poetic effected in Emaux et Cam�esis the subject of chapter 5, and chapter 6 deals with the contextuality, the fetishism, and the eroticism revealed in a miscellany of poems - in particular the libertine poems - which do not figure in Gautier's five major collections.By short-circuiting significations and transforming them into seductive appearances, Gautier reveals himself to be the acknowledged ma�treof both Baudelaire and Mallarm�.

Political Ideology in Parties, Policy, and Civil Society

Political Ideology in Parties, Policy, and Civil Society Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Laycock
Editor: UBC Press
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Political Ideology in Parties, Policy, and Civil Society by David Laycock Summary

Ideology is a ubiquitous, continuously innovating dimension of human experience, but its character and impact are notoriously difficult to pinpoint within political and social life. Political Ideology in Parties, Policy, and Civil Society demonstrates that the reach and significance of political ideology can be most effectively understood by employing a multidisciplinary approach. Offering analyses that are simultaneously empirical and interpretive – in fields as diverse as development assistance policy and game theory – the contributors to this volume reveal ideology’s penetration in varied spheres, including government activity, party competition, agricultural and working-class communities, and academic life.

The People v. the Democratic Party

The People v. the Democratic Party Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Michael Walsh
Editor: Encounter Books
ISBN: 1594036624
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The People v. the Democratic Party by Michael Walsh Summary

Since the day Aaron Burr, the sitting vice president of the United States, shot and killed Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers, the Democratic Party has been at war with America. With a history that includes murder, treason, slavery, segregation, sedition, bribery, and systemic vote theft, it can argued that the Democrats are, at root, the anti-American party. In this incendiary Broadside – a heartfelt j’accuse – Michael Walsh traces the illicit and immoral history of the Democrats from Burr and the founding of the quintessential big-city political machine, Tammany Hall, to the “by any means necessary,” Saul Alinsky-inspired presidency of Barack Obama and his Windy City cronies. The prosecutorial argument: The Democrats, in essence, are nothing less than a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.

Presidents by Fate

Presidents by Fate Pdf/ePub eBook Author: F. Martin Harmon
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 1476636842
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Presidents by Fate by F. Martin Harmon Summary

Throughout the history of the United States, only nine men were elevated to the White House by the death or failure of a sitting president, and their legacies are as mixed as their circumstances. This book evaluates the similarities and distinct differences of these men, their varying degrees of ambition and readiness, and how each handled their suddenly enormous duties. Some became presidential legends, while others are counted among the worst. Their shared stories shed light on America's political development during the last two centuries.

Sober Cannibals, Drunken Christians

Sober Cannibals, Drunken Christians Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jamie Lorentzen
Editor: Mercer University Press
ISBN: 0881462004
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Sober Cannibals, Drunken Christians by Jamie Lorentzen Summary

Despite that they didn't know each other, the writing styles of American writer Herman Melville and Danish writer Sren Kierkegaard complement each other, especially their humor, irony, penchants for paradox, and passions for imagery and poetics. In addition, their works similarly address issues of the world and time. Esthetic, ethical, social, philosophical, and theological paths on which they walk reveal similar footprints. Melville's and Kierkegaard's rebounding echoes reverberate in our highly charged and polarized times, speaking especially to the timeless conundrum of what Kierkegaard calls the "disastrous confounding of politics and religion" and what Melville calls "drunken" Christianitynamely, the intoxicated mixing of worldly issues with otherworldly issues without care paid to maintaining necessary ethical distinctions.

Reinterpreting the Political

Reinterpreting the Political Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lenore Langsdorf,Stephen H. Watson,Karen A. Smith
Editor: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438410107
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Reinterpreting the Political by Lenore Langsdorf,Stephen H. Watson,Karen A. Smith Summary

Rereads classical figures in continental thought, takes up current topics in the legacy of political theory, and analyzes and evaluates Foucault's work as a prime manifestation of the complicated modern interface between truth and power, institution and liberation.

Substance and Seduction

Substance and Seduction Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Stacey Schwartzkopf,Kathryn E. Sampeck
Editor: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 1477313893
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Substance and Seduction by Stacey Schwartzkopf,Kathryn E. Sampeck Summary

Chocolate and sugar, alcohol and tobacco, peyote and hallucinogenic mushrooms—these seductive substances have been a nexus of desire for both pleasure and profit in Mesoamerica since colonial times. But how did these substances seduce? And when and how did they come to be desired and then demanded, even by those who had never encountered them before? The contributors to this volume explore these questions across a range of times, places, and peoples to discover how the individual pleasures of consumption were shaped by social, cultural, economic, and political forces. Focusing on ingestible substances as a group, which has not been done before in the scholarly literature, the chapters in Substance and Seduction trace three key links between colonization and commodification. First, as substances that were taken into the bodies of both colonizers and colonized, these foods and drugs participated in unexpected connections among sites of production and consumption; racial and ethnic categories; and free, forced, and enslaved labor regimes. Second, as commodities developed in the long transition from mercantile to modern capitalism, each substance in some way drew its enduring power from its ability to seduce: to stimulate bodies; to alter minds; to mark class, social, and ethnic boundaries; and to generate wealth. Finally, as objects of scholarly inquiry, each substance rewards interdisciplinary approaches that balance the considerations of pleasure and profit, materiality and morality, and culture and political economy.

War and the Body

War and the Body Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kevin McSorley
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136173544
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War and the Body by Kevin McSorley Summary

This edited volume places the body at the centre of critical thinking about war and its consequences. War is fundamentally embodied. The reality of war is not just politics by any other means but politics incarnate, politics written on and experienced through the thinking, feeling bodies of men and women. From steeled combatants to abject victims, war occupies innumerable bodies in a multitude of ways, profoundly shaping lives and ways of being human. Giving the body an analytic recognition that it warrants and has often been denied in conventional war studies, this book brings together new interdisciplinary scholarship that explores the numerous affective, sensory and embodied practices through which war lives and breeds. It focuses on how war is prepared, enacted and reproduced through embodied action, suffering and memory. As such, the book promotes new directions in theorising war and transformations in warfare, via an explicit focus on the body. This book will be of much interest to students and scholars of war studies, security studies, sociology, anthropology, military studies, politics and IR in general.

The American Counter-Revolution in Favor of Liberty

The American Counter-Revolution in Favor of Liberty Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ivan Jankovic
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 3030037339
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The American Counter-Revolution in Favor of Liberty by Ivan Jankovic Summary

This book presents the case that the origins of American liberty should not be sought in the constitutional-reformist feats of its “statesmen” during the 1780s, but rather in the political and social resistance to their efforts. There were two revolutions occurring in the late 18th century America: the modern European revolution “in favour of government,” pursuing national unity, “energetic” government and centralization of power (what scholars usually dub “American founding”); and a conservative, reactionary counter-revolution “in favour of liberty,” defending local rights and liberal individualism against the encroaching political authority. This is a book about this liberal counter-revolution and its ideological, political and cultural sources and central protagonists. The central analytical argument of the book is that America before the Revolution was a stateless, spontaneous political order that evolved culturally, politically and economically in isolation from the modern European trends of state-building and centralization of power. The book argues, then, that a better model for understanding America is a “decoupled modernization” hypothesis, in which social modernity is divested from the politics of modern state and tied with the pre-modern social institutions.