Catastrophe and Exile in the Modern Palestinian Imagination Book

Catastrophe and Exile in the Modern Palestinian Imagination


  • Author : I. Saloul
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2012-05-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 259
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137001382

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Catastrophe and Exile in the Modern Palestinian Imagination explores the cultural memory of al-Nakba (1948 Israeli independence, or The Catastrophe as it is known in Palestine) and its significance to the modern Palestinian imagination. Ihab Saloul addresses central concepts to debates over identity such as nostalgia and trauma, notions of home and forced travel, and geopolitical continuity of loss of place. Through an integrated method of close narrative and discursive analysis of diverse literary texts, films, and personal narratives, this study offers an analytical account of the preservation of cultural optimism in the face of the ongoing catastrophe, as well as the ways in which aesthetics and politics intersect in contemporary Palestinian culture.

Worst Cases Book

Worst Cases


  • Author : Lee Clarke
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2021-04-02
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226108605

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Al Qaeda detonates a nuclear weapon in Times Square during rush hour, wiping out half of Manhattan and killing 500,000 people. A virulent strain of bird flu jumps to humans in Thailand, sweeps across Asia, and claims more than fifty million lives. A single freight car of chlorine derails on the outskirts of Los Angeles, spilling its contents and killing seven million. An asteroid ten kilometers wide slams into the Atlantic Ocean, unleashing a tsunami that renders life on the planet as we know it extinct. We consider the few who live in fear of such scenarios to be alarmist or even paranoid. But Worst Cases shows that such individuals—like Cassandra foreseeing the fall of Troy—are more reasonable and prescient than you might think. In this book, Lee Clarke surveys the full range of possible catastrophes that animate and dominate the popular imagination, from toxic spills and terrorism to plane crashes and pandemics. Along the way, he explores how the ubiquity of worst cases in everyday life has rendered them ordinary and mundane. Fear and dread, Clarke argues, have actually become too rare: only when the public has more substantial information and more credible warnings will it take worst cases as seriously as it should. A timely and necessary look into how we think about the unthinkable, Worst Cases will be must reading for anyone attuned to our current climate of threat and fear.

Catastrophe and imagination Book

Catastrophe and imagination


  • Author : Iain MacCormaic
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1957
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:165065459

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Catastrophe and Imagination  etc Book

Catastrophe and Imagination etc


  • Author : John MACCORMICK (of the Free University, Berlin.)
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1961
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:561737811

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Ecology of Fear Book
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Ecology of Fear


  • Author : Mike Davis
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 484
  • ISBN 10 : 0330376551

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Catastrophe and Imagination Book

Catastrophe and Imagination


  • Author : John McCormick
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1980-05-01
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 327
  • ISBN 10 : 0849535263

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The Iconoclastic Imagination Book

The Iconoclastic Imagination


  • Author : Ned O'Gorman
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2015-11-10
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 251
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226310237

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Bloody and fiery spectacles in American public life, from the 1960s to the present, have given us moments of catastrophe that easily answer to the question of where-were-you-when, events that shape our ways of seeing the Cold War and after. Three such iconic catastrophes are the John F. Kennedy assassination, the response by Ronald Reagan to the Challenger disaster, and 9/11. Why are these spectacles so packed with meaning? They are images of destruction, raising the questions for us of where their power comes from, what sort of history might they construct, what sort of world do they destroy. O Gorman approaches each one as an icon of iconoclasm, as an exemplar of fiery demise that gives us a distinct way to imagine social existence in American life. Here is his argument: in the 50 years since the Kennedy assassination, a period that witnessed the rise of neoliberalism, the most powerful way for publics to see America was in the destruction of its representative symbols, or icons, because in such catastrophes we grasp the impossibility of any image adequate to representing America. If neoliberalism the emergence of free market economics in social philosophy and public policy is linked with iconoclasm, that is, if neoliberalism promotes and benefits from the destruction of icons, we are led to reconsider events that seem to rupture a given world (catastrophes), or are beyond representation (the economy). Market ideology moves to a transcendent realm of invisible principles that can escape accountability and command sacrifice. The core arguments are challenging (indeed, iconoclastic), but this book will put a whole new kind of spotlight on neoliberalism and on the status of the image (and visual representation) in American political culture. The results are stunning: richly interwoven philosophical, theological, and rhetorical traditions turn out to be a basis for a complex and innovative approach to Cold War America, political theory, and visual culture studies."

The Upside of Down Book
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The Upside of Down


  • Author : Thomas Homer-Dixon
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2010-02-05
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307375872

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From the author of the #1 bestselling and Governor General’s Literary Award-winning The Ingenuity Gap – an essential addition to the bookshelf of every thinking person with a stake in our world and our civilization. This is a groundbreaking, essential book for our times. Thomas Homer-Dixon brings to bear his formidable understanding of the urgent problems that confront our world to clarify their scope and deep causes. The Upside of Down provides a vivid picture of the immense stresses that are simultaneously converging on our societies and threatening a breakdown that would profoundly shake civilization. It shows, too, how we can choose a better route into the future. With the immediacy that characterized his award-winning international bestseller, The Ingenuity Gap, Homer-Dixon takes us on a remarkable journey – from the fall of the Roman empire to the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in New York, from Toronto in the 2003 blackout to the ancient temples of Lebanon and the wildfires of California. Incorporating the newest findings from an astonishing array of disciplines, he argues that the great stresses our world is experiencing – global warming, energy scarcity, population imbalances, and widening gaps between rich and poor – can’t be looked at independently. As these stresses combine and converge, the risk of breakdown rises. The first signs are appearing in the wastelands of the Arctic, the mud-clogged streets of Gonaïves, Haiti, and the volatile regions of the Middle East and Asia. But while the consequences of denial in our more perilous world are dire, Homer-Dixon makes clear that we can use our emerging understanding of the complex systems in which we live to avoid catastrophic collapse in a way the Roman empire could not. This vitally important new book shows how, in the face of breakdown, we can still provide for the renewal of our global civilization. We are creating the conditions for catastrophe, but by understanding the underlying principl

The World s Catastrophe Book

The World s Catastrophe


  • Author : Henry Goddard
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1848
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 12
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:10326020

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Catastrophe  Gender and Urban Experience  1648   1920 Book

Catastrophe Gender and Urban Experience 1648 1920


  • Author : Deborah Simonton
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315522807

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As Enlightenment notions of predictability, progress and the sense that humans could control and shape their environments informed European thought, catastrophes shook many towns to the core, challenging the new world view with dramatic impact. This book concentrates on a period marked by passage from a society of scarcity to one of expenditure and accumulation, from ranks and orders to greater social mobility, from traditional village life to new bourgeois and even individualistic urbanism. The volume employs a broad definition of catastrophe, as it examines how urban communities conceived, adapted to, and were transformed by catastrophes, both natural and human-made. Competing views of gender figure in the telling and retelling of these analyses: women as scapegoats, as vulnerable, as victims, even as cannibals or conversely as defenders, organizers of assistance, inspirers of men; and men in varied guises as protectors, governors and police, heroes, leaders, negotiators and honorable men. Gender is also deployed linguistically to feminize activities or even countries. Inevitably, however, these tragedies are mediated by myth and memory. They are not neutral events whose retelling is a simple narrative. Through a varied array of urban catastrophes, this book is a nuanced account that physically and metaphorically maps men and women into the urban landscape and the worlds of catastrophe.

Hazardous Future Book

Hazardous Future


  • Author : Isabel Capeloa Gil
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2015-03-30
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110406801

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Since culture, the media and the arts deal with the perception and the processing of catastrophe, what kind of social knowledge does this process produce and how does it contribute to the sustainable development of societies? The book seeks to understand how societies and cultures deal with disaster and the rhetorical means they resort to in order to represent it. It is situated on the cusp between the response to natural catastrophe, the renewed awareness of human vulnerability in the face of environmental hazard and irresponsible policies and the social role of traditional knowledge and humanistic ideas for the preservation of human communities. It aims to be diverse, in disciplinary allegiance and cultural situation, and relevant, by bringing together articles by well-known scholars and policy makers to jointly discuss the possibilities of reframing hazard for the future, so that one may learn from restored behavior instead of repeating the mistakes of the past.

The Cultural Life of Catastrophes and Crises Book

The Cultural Life of Catastrophes and Crises


  • Author : Carsten Meiner
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Release Date : 2012-10-30
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110282955

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Catastrophes and crises are exceptions. They are disruptions of order. In various ways and to different degrees, they change and subvert what we regard as normal. They may occur on a personal level in the form of traumatic or stressful situations, on a social level in the form of unstable political, financial or religious situations, or on a global level in the form of environmental states of emergency. The main assumption in this book is that, in contrast to the directness of any given catastrophe and its obvious physical, economical and psychological consequences our understanding of catastrophes and crises is shaped by our cultural imagination. No matter in which eruptive and traumatizing form we encounter them, our collective repertoire of symbolic forms, historical sensibilities, modes of representation, and patterns of imagination determine how we identify, analyze and deal with catastrophes and crises.This book presents a series of articles investigating how we address and interpret catastrophes and crises in film, literature, art and theory, ranging from Voltaire’s eighteenth-century Europe, haunted by revolutions and earthquakes, to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda to the bleak, prophetic landscapes of Cormac McCarthy.

Evolution  Sacrifice  and Narrative Book

Evolution Sacrifice and Narrative


  • Author : Carol Colatrella
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-07-22
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317230908

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First published in 1990. Balzac, Zola and Faulkner all drew upon the principles of evolutionary theory to represent man’s place in nature and his struggle for survival in their major series La Comèdie humaine, Rougon-Macquart and the Yoknapatawpha fiction. This book focuses on the ‘first’ novels in each author’s series (La Père Goriot, La Fortune des Rougon and Flags in the Dust) and considers how each novel relates to its series and derives a definition of the naturalistic roman-fleuve. To describe this development, the issues of how a scientific idea becomes refracted in a literary genre and how the naturalistic novel developed out of the realistic novel are considered.

Italian Thought Today Book

Italian Thought Today


  • Author : Lorenzo Chiesa
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-09-25
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317750550

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This collection provides English readers with a critical update on current debates on biopolitics in and around Italian thought. More than a decade after the publication of seminal books such as Agamben’s Homo Sacer and Hardt and Negri’s Empire, the names of, among others, Roberto Esposito, Paolo Virno, Christian Marazzi, and Andrea Fumagalli have recently been brought to the attention of Anglophone scholars and political activists. Several authors have rightly emphasised the evanescent character of biopolitics, and the difficulty in providing a definition of it that could embrace all the conflicting theories of its most celebrated critics and supporters. The present collection is structured around the basic contention that bio-economy, human nature, and Christianity are the three visible contemporary manifestations of the theoretical object/problem of biopolitics in, respectively, Italian post-workerist economics, post-Marxist philosophical anthropology, and post-structuralist ontology. This book was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki.

Catastrophe and Imagination Book

Catastrophe and Imagination


  • Author : John McCormick
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-02-26
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 327
  • ISBN 10 : 1138520071

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