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Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film before World War II

  • Author: Cedric J. Robinson
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469606755
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 456
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Cedric J. Robinson offers a new understanding of race in America through his analysis of theater and film of the early twentieth century. He argues that economic, political, and cultural forces present in the eras of silent film and the early "talkies" firmly entrenched limited representations of African Americans. Robinson grounds his study in contexts that illuminate the parallel growth of racial beliefs and capitalism, beginning with Shakespearean England and the development of international trade. He demonstrates how the needs of American commerce determined the construction of successive racial regimes that were publicized in the theater and in motion pictures, particularly through plantation and jungle films. In addition to providing new depth and complexity to the history of black representation, Robinson examines black resistance to these practices. Whereas D. W. Griffith appropriated black minstrelsy and romanticized a national myth of origins, Robinson argues that Oscar Micheaux transcended uplift films to create explicitly political critiques of the American national myth. Robinson's analysis marks a new way of approaching the intellectual, political, and media racism present in the beginnings of American narrative cinema.

Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film Before World War II

  • Author: Cedric J. Robinson
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
  • ISBN: 1459612310
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 912
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Cedric J. Robinson offers a new understanding of race in America through his analysis of theater and film of the early twentieth century. He argues that economic, political, and cultural forces present in the eras of silent film and the early "talkies" firmly entrenched limited representations of African Americans. Robinson's analysis marks a new way of approaching the intellectual, political, and media racism present in the beginnings of American narrative cinema.

Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film Before World War II

  • Author: Cedric J. Robinson
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 0807831484
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 431
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Cedric J. Robinson offers a new understanding of race in America through his analysis of theater and film of the early twentieth century. He argues that economic, political, and cultural forces present in the eras of silent film and the early "talkies" fi

The Terms of Order

The Terms of Order

Political Science and the Myth of Leadership

  • Author: Cedric J. Robinson
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469628228
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 310
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Do we live in basically orderly societies that occasionally erupt into violent conflict, or do we fail to perceive the constancy of violence and disorder in our societies? In this classic book, originally published in 1980, Cedric J. Robinson contends that our perception of political order is an illusion, maintained in part by Western political and social theorists who depend on the idea of leadership as a basis for describing and prescribing social order. Using a variety of critical approaches in his analysis, Robinson synthesizes elements of psychoanalysis, structuralism, Marxism, classical and neoclassical political philosophy, and cultural anthropology in order to argue that Western thought on leadership is mythological rather than rational. He then presents examples of historically developed "stateless" societies with social organizations that suggest conceptual alternatives to the ways political order has been conceived in the West. Examining Western thought from the vantage point of a people only marginally integrated into Western institutions and intellectual traditions, Robinson's perspective radically critiques fundamental ideas of leadership and order.

Black Marxism

Black Marxism

The Making of the Black Radical Tradition

  • Author: Cedric J. Robinson
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 9780807876121
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 480
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In this ambitious work, first published in 1983, Cedric Robinson demonstrates that efforts to understand black people's history of resistance solely through the prism of Marxist theory are incomplete and inaccurate. Marxist analyses tend to presuppose European models of history and experience that downplay the significance of black people and black communities as agents of change and resistance. Black radicalism must be linked to the traditions of Africa and the unique experiences of blacks on western continents, Robinson argues, and any analyses of African American history need to acknowledge this. To illustrate his argument, Robinson traces the emergence of Marxist ideology in Europe, the resistance by blacks in historically oppressive environments, and the influence of both of these traditions on such important twentieth-century black radical thinkers as W. E. B. Du Bois, C. L. R. James, and Richard Wright.

Wax Tablets of the Mind

Wax Tablets of the Mind

Cognitive Studies of Memory and Literacy in Classical Antiquity

  • Author: Jocelyn Penny Small
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134750013
  • Category: History
  • Page: 396
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In this volume, the author argues that literacy is a complex combination of various skills, not just the ability to read and write: the technology of writing, the encoding and decoding of text symbols, the interpretation of meaning, the retrieval and display systems which organize how meaning is stored and memory. The book explores the relationship between literacy, orality and memory in classical antiquity, not only from the point of view of antiquity, but also from that of modern cognitive psychology. It examines the contemporary as well as the ancient debate about how the writing tools we possess interact and affect the product, why they should do so and how the tasks required of memory change and develop with literacy's increasing output and evoking technologies.

Banvard's Folly

Banvard's Folly

Thirteen Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity, and Rotten Luck

  • Author: Paul Collins
  • Publisher: Picador
  • ISBN: 1466892056
  • Category: History
  • Page: 272
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The historical record crowns success. Those enshrined in its annals are men and women whose ideas, accomplishments, or personalities have dominated, endured, and most important of all, found champions. John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists, and Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets are classic celebrations of the greatest, the brightest, the eternally constellated. Paul Collins' Banvard's Folly is a different kind of book. Here are thirteen unforgettable portraits of forgotten people: men and women who might have claimed their share of renown but who, whether from ill timing, skullduggery, monomania, the tinge of madness, or plain bad luck--or perhaps some combination of them all--leapt straight from life into thankless obscurity. Among their number are scientists, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and adventurers, from across the centuries and around the world. They hold in common the silenced aftermath of failure, the name that rings no bells. Collins brings them back to glorious life. John Banvard was an artist whose colossal panoramic canvasses (one behemoth depiction of the entire eastern shore of the Mississippi River was simply known as "The Three Mile Painting") made him the richest and most famous artist of his day. . . before he decided to go head to head with P. T. Barnum. René Blondot was a distinguished French physicist whose celebrated discovery of a new form of radiation, called the N-Ray, went terribly awry. At the tender age of seventeen, William Henry Ireland signed "William Shakespeare" to a book and launched a short but meteoric career as a forger of undiscovered works by the Bard -- until he pushed his luck too far. John Symmes, a hero of the War of 1812, nearly succeeded in convincing Congress to fund an expedition to the North Pole, where he intended to prove his theory that the earth was hollow and ripe for exploitation; his quixotic quest counted Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe among its greatest admirers. Collins' love for what he calls the "forgotten ephemera of genius" give his portraits of these figures and the other nine men and women in Banvard's Folly sympathetic depth and poignant relevance. Their effect is not to make us sneer or p0revel in schadenfreude; here are no cautionary tales. Rather, here are brief introductions-acts of excavation and reclamation-to people whom history may have forgotten, but whom now we cannot.

The Mask of Art

The Mask of Art

Breaking the Aesthetic Contract--film and Literature

  • Author: Clyde Taylor
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 9780253211927
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 343
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Clyde Taylor exposes the concept of ÒartÓ as a tool of ethnocentricity and racial ideology. He challenges the history of aesthetics as a recent invention of privileged Western consumerism, and questions the myth of its ancient Greek origin. Aestheticism, he says is a party to the establishment of whiteness as cultural norm. ÒThe aesthetic experienceÓ is revealed to be the stylistic/structural contribution to the Western master narrative which dominates historical interpretation. Areas such as cinema studies, the avant garde, Marxist and feminist criticism are seen as seriously compromised by this aesthetic reasoning. Examining various texts including The Birth of a Nation, Taylor demonstrates how rationales of ÒartÓ are used to mask personal, class, and cultural biases. Taylor offers a Òcritique of representationÓ as one alternative to aestheticism. Imitation of Life, The Cotton Club, and The Marrow of Tradition are read as Òdoppelganger discoursesÓ where the values of one social group are mobilized as the narrative double of a more powerful group. TaylorÕs innovative analysis of the semantics of unequal power refers to these doublings as Òironies of discourse.Ó Novels and films by Chinua Achebe, Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Ousmane Sembene, Spike Lee, Souleymanne Cisse, Victor Masayesva, and Julie Dash, and the Vietnam Memorial design of Maya Lin are scrutinized in terms of resistance to the reign of the dominant system of aesthetics. According to Taylor whatever was once gained through this narcissistic Òaesthetic gazeÓ has long since been exhausted. Liberation from its narrow assumptions will open richer resources to human imagination and creativity.

The Politics of Memory and Identity in Carolingian Royal Diplomas

The Politics of Memory and Identity in Carolingian Royal Diplomas

The West Frankish Kingdom (840-987)

  • Author: Geoffrey Koziol
  • Publisher: Brepols Pub
  • ISBN: 9782503535951
  • Category: History
  • Page: 661
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Based upon a 'performative' interpretation of royal charters, The Politics of Memory and Identity offers a new and surprising narrative of West Frankish history from the death of Louis the Pious in 840 to the demise of the Carolingian dynasty in 987. The key is a carefully contextualised analysis of the circumstances in which kings issued charters and an alert examination of the charters' verbal and visual semiotics. For which monasteries and cathedrals did kings issue diplomas and under what conditions? Who were the patrons who interceded for the recipients of diplomas and what titles were they given? Which kings were named as predecessors and which were omitted? Such clues allow us to recover the meaning of events whose significance was concealed by chroniclers, and to find unsuspected continuities in 150 years of West Frankish politics. They allow us to see a ruthless exercise of power in the use of forgeries and a commitment to political reform in the reform of monasteries. They reveal the long shadow cast by the reign of Charles the Bald in West Frankish history and the importance of a handful of monasteries as 'sites of memory'. Above all, an intertextual reading of diplomas shows that political leaders in the kingdom made decisions based on policy, where the policy was articulated in terms of lessons drawn from their understanding of the past, and diplomas were the records that conveyed the lessons.

The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis

The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Personalities, Detecting Forgeries, and Revealing Brain Activity Through the Science of Graphology

  • Author: Marc J. Seifer
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781601630254
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 351
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Offers instruction on analyzing important handwriting variables, such as speed, size, shape, and slant, with steps for creating a full personality profile, an overview of the history of graphology, and writing samples from notable celebrities and politicians, including Barak Obama and Robert Redford. Original.

Lee and His Generals in War and Memory

Lee and His Generals in War and Memory

  • Author: Gary W. Gallagher
  • Publisher: LSU Press
  • ISBN: 9780807129586
  • Category: History
  • Page: 298
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In this collection, Civil War historian Gary W. Gallagher examines Robert E. Lee, his principal subordinates, the treatment they have received in the literature on Confederate military history, and the continuing influence of Lost Cause arguments in the late-twentieth-century United States. Historical images of Lee and his lieutenants were shaped to a remarkable degree by the reminiscences and other writings of ex-Confederates who formulated what became known as the Lost Cause interpretation of the conflict. Lost Cause advocates usually portrayed Lee as a perfect Christian warrior and Stonewall Jackson as his peerless "right arm" and often explained Lee's failings as the result of inept performances by other generals. Many historians throughout the twentieth century have approached Lee and other Confederate military figures within an analytical framework heavily influenced by the Lost Cause school. The twelve pieces in Lee and His Generals in War and Memory explore the effect of Lost Cause arguments on popular perceptions of Lee and his lieutenants. Part I offers four essays on Lee, followed in Part II by five essays that scrutinize several of Lee's most famous subordinates, including Stonewall Jackson, John Bankhead Magruder, James Longstreet, A.P. Hill, Richard S. Ewell, and Jubal Early. Taken together, these pieces not only consider how Lost Cause writings enhanced or diminished Confederate military reputations but also illuminate the various ways post--Civil War writers have interpreted the actions and impacts of these commanders. Part III contains two articles that shift the focus to the writings of Jubal Early and LaSalle Corbell Pickett, both of whom succeeded in advancing the notion of gallant Lost Cause warriors. The final two essays, which contemplate the current debate over the Civil War's meaning for modern Americans, focus on Ken Burns's documentary The Civil War and on the issue of battlefield preservation. Gallagher adeptly highlights the chasm that often separates academic and popular perceptions of the Civil War and discusses some of the ways in which the Lost Cause continues to resonate. Lee and His Generals in War and Memory will certainly attract those interested in Lee and his campaigns, the Army of Northern Virginia, the establishment of popular images of the Confederate military, and the manner in which historical memory is created and perpetuated.

Recent Forgeries

Recent Forgeries

  • Author: Viggo Mortensen,Pilar Perez
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 106
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Best known for his acting in films such as A Perfect Murder and Gus Van Sant's Psycho, Viggo Mortensen has also proven himself as an accomplished poet and artist. This stellar publication is an extraordinary look into the mind of an artist whose boundless creative output touches a myriad of media and modes of expression. From writings to poetry, paintings and collages, a window is opened into Mortensen's expansive abilities. Accompanied by a spoken-word CD-ROM.

Gould's Book of Fish

Gould's Book of Fish

  • Author: Richard Flanagan
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0802191991
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
  • View: 1970
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Winner of the Commonwealth Prize New York Times Book Review—Notable Fiction 2002 Entertainment Weekly—Best Fiction of 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Review—Best of the Best 2002 Washington Post Book World—Raves 2002 Chicago Tribune—Favorite Books of 2002 Christian Science Monitor—Best Books 2002 Publishers Weekly—Best Books of 2002 The Cleveland Plain Dealer—Year’s Best Books Minneapolis Star Tribune—Standout Books of 2002 Once upon a time, when the earth was still young, before the fish in the sea and all the living things on land began to be destroyed, a man named William Buelow Gould was sentenced to life imprisonment at the most feared penal colony in the British Empire, and there ordered to paint a book of fish. He fell in love with the black mistress of the warder and discovered too late that to love is not safe; he attempted to keep a record of the strange reality he saw in prison, only to realize that history is not written by those who are ruled. Acclaimed as a masterpiece around the world, Gould’s Book of Fish is at once a marvelously imagined epic of nineteenth-century Australia and a contemporary fable, a tale of horror, and a celebration of love, all transformed by a convict painter into pictures of fish.

The Forgery of Venus

The Forgery of Venus

A Novel

  • Author: Michael Gruber
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0061808717
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
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An artist born outside his time, Chaz Wilmot can paint like Leonardo, Goya, Gainsborough—and he refuses to shape his talent to fit the fashion of the day. His unique abilities attract the attention of Werner Krebs, an art dealer with a dark past and shadier present, and soon Wilmot is working with a fervor he hasn't felt in years. But his creative burst is accompanied by strange interludes—memories that are not memories . . . and he begins to wonder if he is really the person he believes he is. When a previously unknown masterpiece by the Spanish painter Velázquez is discovered, the artist suddenly finds himself lost in a mirrored house of illusions—and propelled into a secret world of greed, lies . . . and murder.

Black Movements in America

Black Movements in America

  • Author: Cedric J. Robinson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135224684
  • Category: HISTORY
  • Page: 192
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Cedric Robinson traces the emergence of Black political cultures in the United States from slave resistances in the 16th and 17th centuries to the civil rights movements of the present. Drawing on the historical record, he argues that Blacks have constructed both a culture of resistance and a culture of accommodation based on the radically different experiences of slaves and free Blacks.

Whiting Up

Whiting Up

Whiteface Minstrels and Stage Europeans in African American Performance

  • Author: Marvin Edward McAllister
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 0807835080
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 330
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In the early 1890s, black performer Bob Cole turned blackface minstrelsy on its head with his nationally recognized whiteface creation, a character he called Willie Wayside. Just over a century later, hiphop star Busta Rhymes performed a whiteface superco

"Donation of Constantine" and "Constitutum Constantini"

The Misinterpretation of a Fiction and its Original Meaning. With a contribution by Wolfram Brandes: "The Satraps of Constantine"

  • Author: Johannes Fried
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
  • ISBN: 3110902230
  • Category: History
  • Page: 201
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The Donation of Constantine is the largest and most powerful forgery in world history. Disputed until modern times, this document was the fuel of religious war, used by both the reformation, as well as the counter-reformation. Johannes Fried not only reinterprets the origin of this forgery (i.e. he ascribes it to the Franks’ opposition of Emperor Louis the Pious), but retells, as well, the history of its misinterpretation since the High Middle Ages.

Sign language

Sign language

  • Author: Viggo Mortensen
  • Publisher: Smart Art Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 84
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"Finally the second book by actor/poet/artist Viggo Mortensen has been released! Featured are his compelling collages and thought provoking photographs, many taken while on location for the filming of the ""Lord of the Rings"" trilogy. A must for all followers of Mortensen's multifaceted career. Essay by critic Kevin Power."

Museum Storage and Meaning

Museum Storage and Meaning

Tales from the Crypt

  • Author: Mirjam Brusius,Kavita Singh
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351659421
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 300
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Beyond their often beautiful exhibition halls, many museums contain vast, hidden spaces in which objects may be stored, conserved, or processed. Museums can also include unseen archives, study rooms, and libraries which are inaccessible to the public. This collection of essays focuses on this domain, an area that has hitherto received little attention. Divided into four sections, the book critically examines the physical space of museum storage areas, the fluctuating historical fortunes of exhibits, the growing phenomenon of publicly visible storage, and the politics of objects deemed worthy of collection but unsuitable for display. In doing so, it explores issues including the relationship between storage and canonization, the politics of collecting, the use of museum storage as a form of censorship, the architectural character of storage space, and the economic and epistemic value of museum objects. Essay contributions come from a broad combination of museum directors, curators, archaeologists, historians, and other academics.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

A novel

  • Author: Richard Flanagan
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0385352867
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize “Nothing since Cormac McCarthy’s The Road has shaken me like this.” —The Washington Post From the author of the acclaimed Gould’s Book of Fish, a magisterial novel of love and war that traces the life of one man from World War II to the present. August, 1943: Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life, in a brutal Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, is a daily struggle to save the men under his command. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever. A savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of good and evil, of truth and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.