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The Secret of Kells (DVD): Venise du Bois du Roy, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, Evan McGuire,... The Secret of Kells (DVD)
Venise du Bois du Roy, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, … 2
R117 Discovery Miles 1 170 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Animated feature based on the ancient Celtic tale of the Book of Kells. Young orphan Brendan (voiced by Evan McGuire) is the nephew of the strict and over-protective Abbot Cellach (Brendan Gleeson). The Abbot is obsessed with building a wall to protect the township of Kells from the marauding Vikings. When Brendan meets Brother Aidan (Mick Lally), a monk from the island of Iona, he is fascinated by an uncompleted book that Aidan has rescued from the Vikings, who have already destroyed the Iona monastery. To the displeasure of his uncle, Brendan shows great talent in drawing and enlists the help of magical forest sprite Aisling (Christen Mooney) to help him finish the book and become a master illuminator.

The Secret of Kells (Blu-ray disc): Venise du Bois du Roy, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, Evan... The Secret of Kells (Blu-ray disc)
Venise du Bois du Roy, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, … 1
R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Animated feature based on the ancient Celtic tale of the Book of Kells. Young orphan Brendan (voiced by Evan McGuire) is the nephew of the strict and over-protective Abbot Cellach (Brendan Gleeson). The Abbot is obsessed with building a wall to protect the township of Kells from the marauding Vikings. When Brendan meets Brother Aidan (Mick Lally), a monk from the island of Iona, he is fascinated by an uncompleted book that Aidan has rescued from the Vikings, who have already destroyed the Iona monastery. To the displeasure of his uncle, Brendan shows great talent in drawing and enlists the help of magical forest sprite Aisling (Christen Mooney) to help him finish the book and become a master illuminator.

The Cambridge Songs (Carmina Cantabrigiensia) (Hardcover): Jan M Ziolkowski The Cambridge Songs (Carmina Cantabrigiensia) (Hardcover)
Jan M Ziolkowski
R646 Discovery Miles 6 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Cambridge Songs, from the Latin Carmina Cantabrigiensia, is the most important anthology of songs from before the thirteenth-century Carmina Burana. It offers the only major surviving anthology of Latin lyric poems from between Charlemagne and the Battle of Hastings. It contains panegyrics and dirges, political poems, comic tales, religious and didactic poems, and poetry of spring and love. Was it a school book for students, or a songbook for the use of professional entertainers? The greatest certainty is that the poems were composed in the learned language, and that they were associated with song. The collection is like the contents of an eleventh-century jukebox or playlist of top hits from more than three centuries. This edition and translation comprises a substantial introduction, the Latin texts and English prose in carefully matched presentation, and extensive commentary, along with appendices, list of works cited, and indices.

The Drop - How the Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery (Hardcover): Thad Ziolkowski The Drop - How the Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery (Hardcover)
Thad Ziolkowski
R450 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R70 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this revelatory and original book, award-winning author of the acclaimed surf memoir On a Wave illuminates the connection between waves, addiction, and recovery, exploring what surfing can teach us about the powerful undertow of addictive behaviors and the ways to swim free of them. Addiction is arguably the dominant feature of contemporary life: sex, gambling, exercise, eating, shopping, Internet use-there's virtually no pleasurable activity that can't morph into a destructive obsession. For Americans under the age of fifty-five, the leading cause of death is drug overdose. But there is another side of addiction. In some instances, the very activities that can lead to addiction can also lead out of it. As neurologists have recently discovered, surfing is a kind of study in the mechanism of addiction, delivering dopamine to the "pleasure" center of the brain and reshaping priorities and desire in a feedback loop of narrowing focus. Thad Ziolkowski knows this dynamic intimately. A lifelong surfer, he has been surrounded by addiction since his boyhood. In this unique, groundbreaking book, part addiction memoir, part sociological study, part spiritual odyssey, Ziolkowski dismantles the myth of surfing as a radiantly wholesome lifestyle immune to the darker temptations of the culture and discovers among the rubble a new way to understand and ultimately overcome addiction. Combining his own story with insights from scientists, progressive thinkers and the experiences of top surfers and addicts from around the world, Ziolkowski shows how getting on a board and catching a wave is a unique and deeply instructive means of riding out of the darkness and back into the light. Yet while surfing is his salvation, its lessons can applied to other activities that can pull us free from the lethal undertow of addiction and save lives.

Introduction to Controlled-Source Electromagnetic Methods - Detecting Subsurface Fluids (Hardcover): Anton Ziolkowski, Evert... Introduction to Controlled-Source Electromagnetic Methods - Detecting Subsurface Fluids (Hardcover)
Anton Ziolkowski, Evert Slob
R2,294 Discovery Miles 22 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume describes how controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) methods are used to determine the electrical conductivity and hydrocarbon content of the upper few kilometres of the Earth, on land and at sea. The authors show how the signal-to-noise ratio of the measured data may be maximised via suitable choice of acquisition and processing parameters and selection of subsequent data analysis procedures. Complete impulse responses for every electric and magnetic source and receiver configuration are derived, providing a guide to the expected response for real data. 1-D, 2-D and 3-D modelling and inversion procedures for recovery of Earth conductivity are presented, emphasising the importance of updating model parameters using complementary geophysical data and rock physics relations. Requiring no specialist prior knowledge of electromagnetic theory, and providing a step-by-step guide through the necessary mathematics, this book provides an accessible introduction for advanced students, researchers and industry practitioners in exploration geoscience and petroleum engineering.

Music into Fiction, 177 - Composers Writing, Compositions Imitated (Hardcover): Theodore Ziolkowski Music into Fiction, 177 - Composers Writing, Compositions Imitated (Hardcover)
Theodore Ziolkowski
R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book deals with three aspects that have been neglected in the burgeoning field of music and literature. The "First Movement" of the book considers writers from German Romanticism to the present who, like Robert Schumann, first saw themselves as writers before they turned to composition, or, like E. T. A. Hoffmann and Anthony Burgess, sought careers in music before becoming writers. It also considers the few operatic composers, such as Richard Wagner and Arnold Schoenberg, who wrote their own libretti. The "Second Movement" turns to literary works based specifically on musical compositions. This group includes, first and more generally, prose works whose author chose a specific musical form such as sonata or fugue as an organizational model. And second, it includes novels based structurally or thematically on specific compositions, such as Bach's Goldberg Variations. The "Finale" concludes with a unique case: efforts by modern composers to render musically the compositions described in detail by Thomas Mann in his novel Doktor Faustus. This book, which addresses itself to readers interested generally in music and literature and is written in a reader-friendly style, draws attention to unexplored dimensions of the music-literature relationship and to the sometimes unrecognized talents of certain writers and composers. Theodore Ziolkowski is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature, Princeton University.

The Loeb Classical Library and Its Progeny - Proceedings of the First James Loeb Biennial Conference, Munich and Murnau 18-20... The Loeb Classical Library and Its Progeny - Proceedings of the First James Loeb Biennial Conference, Munich and Murnau 18-20 May 2017 (Hardcover)
Jeffrey Henderson, Richard F. Thomas; As told to James Hankins, Sheldon Pollock, Jan M Ziolkowski
R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

James Loeb (1867-1933), one of the great patrons and philanthropists of his time, left many enduring legacies both to America, where he was born and educated, and to his ancestral Germany, where he spent the second half of his life. Organized in celebration of the sesquicentenary of his birth, the James Loeb Biennial Conferences were convened to commemorate his achievements in four areas: the Loeb Classical Library (2017), collection and connoisseurship (2019), psychology and medicine (2021), and music (2023). The subject of the inaugural conference was the legacy for which Loeb is best known and the only one to which he attached his name-the Loeb Classical Library, and the three series it has inspired: the I Tatti Renaissance Library, the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, and the Murty Classical Library of India. Including discussions by the four General Editors of each Library's unique history, mission, operations, and challenges, the papers collected in The Loeb Classical Library and Its Progeny also take stock of these series in light of more general themes and questions bearing on translations of "classical" texts and their audiences in a variety of societies past, present, and future.

The Juggler of Our Lady (Hardcover): Anatole France, Malatesta Malatesta, Jan M Ziolkowski The Juggler of Our Lady (Hardcover)
Anatole France, Malatesta Malatesta, Jan M Ziolkowski
R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Drop - How the Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery (Standard format, CD): Thad Ziolkowski The Drop - How the Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery (Standard format, CD)
Thad Ziolkowski; Read by Joe Knezevich
R624 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R164 (26%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Juggler of Notre Dame (Hardcover): Anatole France, Maurice Lalau, Jan M Ziolkowski The Juggler of Notre Dame (Hardcover)
Anatole France, Maurice Lalau, Jan M Ziolkowski
R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Rivers in Russian Literature (Hardcover): Margaret Ziolkowski Rivers in Russian Literature (Hardcover)
Margaret Ziolkowski
R1,766 Discovery Miles 17 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Rivers in Russian Literature focuses on the Russian literary and folkloric treatment of five rivers-the Dnieper, Volga, Neva, Don, and Angara. Each chapter traces, within a geographical and historical context, the evolution of the literary representation of one river. Imagination may endow a river with aesthetic or spiritual qualities, ethnic, national, or racial associations, or commercial or agricultural symbolism of many kinds. Russian literary responses to these five rivers have much to tell us about the society that produced them as well as the rivers they treat.

A Cruel Theatre of Self-Immolations - Contemporary Suicide Protests by Fire and Their Resonances in Culture (Hardcover):... A Cruel Theatre of Self-Immolations - Contemporary Suicide Protests by Fire and Their Resonances in Culture (Hardcover)
Grzegorz Ziolkowski
R2,972 Discovery Miles 29 720 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A Cruel Theatre of Self-Immolations investigates contemporary protest self-burnings and their echoes across culture. The book provides a conceptual frame for the phenomenon and an annotated, comprehensive timeline of suicide protests by fire, supplemented with notes on artworks inspired by or devoted to individual cases. The core of the publication consists of six case studies of these ultimate acts, augmented with analyses and interpretations hailing from the visual arts, film, theatre, architecture, and literature. By examining responses to these events within an interdisciplinary frame, Ziolkowski highlights the phenomenon's global reach and creates a broad, yet in-depth, exploration of the problems that most often prompt these self-burnings, such as religious discrimination and harassment, war and its horrors, the brutality and indoctrination of authoritarian regimes and the apathy they produce, as well as the exploitation of the so-called "subalterns" and their exclusion from mainstream economic systems. Of interest to scholars from an array of fields, from theatre and performance, to visual art, to religion and politics, A Cruel Theatre of Self-Immolations offers a unique look at voluntary, demonstrative, and radical performances of shock and subversion.

The Assignment - or, On the Observing of the Observer of the Observers (Paperback, Revised ed.): Friedrich Durrenmatt The Assignment - or, On the Observing of the Observer of the Observers (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Friedrich Durrenmatt; Translated by Joel Agee; Foreword by Theodore Ziolkowski
R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In Friedrich Durrenmatt's experimental thriller "The Assignment," the wife of a psychiatrist has been raped and killed near a desert ruin in North Africa. Her husband hires a woman named F. to reconstruct the unsolved crime in a documentary film. F. is soon unwittingly thrust into a paranoid world of international espionage where everyone is watched--including the watchers. After discovering a recent photograph of the supposed murder victim happily reunited with her husband, F. becomes trapped in an apocalyptic landscape riddled with political intrigue, crimes of mistaken identity, and terrorism.
F.'s labyrinthine quest for the truth is Durrenmatt's fictionalized warning against the dangers of a technologically advanced society that turns everyday life into one of constant scrutiny. Joel Agee's elegant translation will introduce a fresh generation of English-speaking readers to one of European literature's masters of language, suspense, and dystopia.
"The narrative is accelerated from the start. . . . As the novella builds to its horripilating climax, we realize the extent to which all values have thereby been inverted. "The Assignment "is a parable of hell for an age consumed by images."--"New York Times Book Review"
"His most ambitious book . . . dark and devious . . . almost obsessively drawn to mankind's most fiendish crimes."--"Chicago"" Tribune"
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"A tour-de-force . . . mesmerizing."--"Village Voice"""

The Mirror of Justice - Literary Reflections of Legal Crises (Paperback, Revised): Theodore Ziolkowski The Mirror of Justice - Literary Reflections of Legal Crises (Paperback, Revised)
Theodore Ziolkowski
R1,096 R845 Discovery Miles 8 450 Save R251 (23%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book studies major works of literature from classical antiquity to the present that reflect crises in the evolution of Western law: the move from a prelegal to a legal society in "The Eumenides," the Christianization of Germanic law in "Njal's Saga," the disenchantment with medieval customary law in "Reynard the Fox," the reception of Roman law in a variety of Renaissance texts, the conflict between law and equity in "Antigone" and "The Merchant of Venice," the eighteenth-century codification controversy in the works of Kleist, the modern debate between "pure" and "free" law in Kafka's "The Trial" and other fin-de-siecle works, and the effects of totalitarianism, the theory of universal guilt, and anarchism in the twentieth century.

Using principles from the anthropological theory of legal evolution, the book locates the works in their legal contexts and traces through them the gradual dissociation over the centuries of law and morality. It thereby associates and illuminates these masterpieces from an original point of view and contributes a new dimension to the study of literature and law.

In contrast to prevailing adherents of Law-and-Literature, this book professes Literature-and-Law, in which the emphasis is historical rather than theoretical, substantive rather than rhetorical, and literary rather than legal. Instead of adducing the literary work to illustrate debates about modern law, this book consults the history of law as an essential aid to the understanding of the literary text and its conflicts."

Motion-Induced Eddy Current Techniques for Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation (Hardcover): Hartmut Brauer, Marek... Motion-Induced Eddy Current Techniques for Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation (Hardcover)
Hartmut Brauer, Marek Ziolkowski, Konstantin Weise, Matthias Carlstedt, Robert P. Uhlig, …
R2,695 R2,316 Discovery Miles 23 160 Save R379 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Non-destructive testing (NDT) analysis techniques are used in science, technology and medicine to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system, without causing damage or altering the article being inspected. It is a highly valuable technique that can save money and time in product evaluation, troubleshooting, and research. Well known and widely used in industrial applications since the 60s, the NDT market is developing and growing fast. This book focuses on electromagnetic NDT methods and more specifically on the motion induced eddy current testing and evaluation (MIECTE) techniques used for conductive materials via electromagnetic methods, focusing on the Lorentz force eddy current testing (LET) method which was introduced recently. The authors present the modelling and simulation of LET systems as well as the optimal design of the measurement setups. They also show the wide variety of applications of the LET method including defect identification and sigmometry to estimate electrical conductivity of the tested material.

Satires. Eupolemius (Hardcover): Sextus Amarcius Satires. Eupolemius (Hardcover)
Sextus Amarcius; Translated by Ronald E. Pepin; Edited by Jan M Ziolkowski
R708 Discovery Miles 7 080 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Composed in Germany by a monastic poet steeped in classical lore and letters, the Satires of Amarcius (Sextus Amarcius Gallus Piosistratus) unrelentingly attack both secular vices and ecclesiastical abuses of the late eleventh century. The verses echo Horace and Prudentius, are laced with proverbs and polemic, and portray vividly aspects of contemporary life the foppery of young nobles, the vainglory of the nouveaux riches, the fastidiousness of debauched gluttons. This is the first English translation of the Satires.

The "Eupolemius "is a late-eleventh-century Latin epic that recasts salvation history, from Lucifer s fall through Christ s resurrection. The poem fuses Greek and Hebrew components within a uniquely medieval framework. At once biblical, heroic, and allegorical, it complements the so-called Bible epics in Latin from late antiquity and the refashionings of biblical narrative in Old English verse. It emulates classical Latin epics by Virgil, Lucan, and Statius and responds creatively to the foundational personification allegory by the Christian poet Prudentius. The poem was composed by an anonymous German monk, possibly the author who used the pseudonym Amarcius. Although it focuses on events of both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, it is also rooted in its own momentous times.

A Bouquet of Satire, Wisdom and History - An Anthology of Latin Verse from Twelfth-Century France in Houghton Library... A Bouquet of Satire, Wisdom and History - An Anthology of Latin Verse from Twelfth-Century France in Houghton Library (Hardcover)
Jan Ziolkowski, Bridget K. Balint
R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book brings into print editions, translations, and commentaries for more than two dozen unique poems (in Latin) from the late eleventh and early twelfth century, preserved in Houghton Library's anthology known as MS Lat 300. This book offers unparalleled access to the anthology, previously unavailable in English.

From a literary point of view, those interested in lyric poetry composed in Old French and Old Provencal have paid increasing attention to Latin poetry that circulated in France, and of course those wishing to trace the background of the Carmina Burana have reason to study this kind of collection, but many poems remain unedited and even more cry out for translation and contextualization. With the publication of the accompanying facsimiles, palaeographers may now be able to solve the puzzle of where the manuscript originated--its story between the Napoleonic wars and 1965, when it was purchased by Harvard. All told, this volume opens the way to advances in medieval studies.

Let's Go: 2: Readers Pack (Mixed media product, 3rd Revised edition): Alan Bryce, Steve Ziolkowski Let's Go: 2: Readers Pack (Mixed media product, 3rd Revised edition)
Alan Bryce, Steve Ziolkowski
R787 Discovery Miles 7 870 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Packs of eight readers per level feature a variety of topics, based on the related vocabulary. They can be used in conjunction with Let's Go or as a separate reading program. Each book ends with reading comprehension, reading skills, and vocabulary exercises. An audio CD features engaging recordings of each story.

Stages of European Romanticism - Cultural Synchronicity across the Arts, 1798-1848 (Hardcover): Theodore Ziolkowski Stages of European Romanticism - Cultural Synchronicity across the Arts, 1798-1848 (Hardcover)
Theodore Ziolkowski
R1,764 Discovery Miles 17 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Romanticism was a truly European phenomenon, extending roughly from the French Revolution to the 1848 revolutions and embracing not only literature and drama but also music and visual arts. Because of Romanticism's vast scope, most treatments have restricted themselves to single countries or to specific forms, notably literature, art, or music. This book takes a wider view by considering in each of six chapters representative examples of works - from across Europe and across a range of the arts - that were created in a single year. For instance, in the first chapter, focusing on the year 1798, Beethoven's Pathetique sonata, Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads, Tieck's novel Franz Sternbalds Wanderungen, and Goya's painting El sueno de la razon. The following chapters treat works from the years 1808, 1818, 1828, 1838, and 1848. This approach by "stages" makes it possible to determine characteristics of six stages of Romanticism in its historical and intellectual context and to note the conspicuous differences between these stages as European Romanticism developed-for example, the waxing and waning of religious themes, the shifting visions of landscape, the gradual ironic detachment from early Romanticism. In sum, the volume offers a unified vision of European Romanticism in all its aesthetic forms over the half-century of its growth and decline. Theodore Ziolkowski is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature, Princeton University.

The Complete Guide To Quilting - An Introductory Section Covering All The Basics Of Quilting: Starting With Simple Quilting... The Complete Guide To Quilting - An Introductory Section Covering All The Basics Of Quilting: Starting With Simple Quilting Designs For Early Success (Paperback)
Adolfo Ziolkowski
R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity - Volume 6: War and Peace, Sex and Violence (Hardcover, Hardback... The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity - Volume 6: War and Peace, Sex and Violence (Hardcover, Hardback ed.)
Jan M Ziolkowski
R512 R135 Discovery Miles 1 350 Save R377 (74%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Democracy under Construction - Patterns from four continents (Paperback, illustrated edition): Ursula J. Van Beek Democracy under Construction - Patterns from four continents (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Ursula J. Van Beek; Contributions by Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Joern Rusen, Susanne Fuchs, …
R962 Discovery Miles 9 620 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book compares five newly emerged democracies in Europe, South East Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Cutting across vastly different historical and cultural backgrounds, this book tells the story of how societies come to terms with a painful past and how politics, culture, and the economy intertwine in the process of creating new democratic nations. The volume pioneers a new approach to the study of democratization. It does so by combining comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of South Africa, Poland, (East) Germany, South Korea, and Chilethat is, five countries where a similar general thrust of democratization is set against the most diversified cultural and historical backgrounds.

Dante and the Greeks (Hardcover): Jan M Ziolkowski Dante and the Greeks (Hardcover)
Jan M Ziolkowski
R902 Discovery Miles 9 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Although Dante never traveled to Greek-speaking lands in the eastern Mediterranean and his exposure to the Greek language was limited, he displays a keen interest in the cultures of Greece, both ancient and medieval, pagan and Christian. Bringing together cartography, history, philosophy, philology, reception studies, religious studies, and other disciplines, these essays tap into knowledge and skills from specialists in the medieval West, Byzantium, and Dante. The twelve contributors discuss the presence of ancient Greek poetry, philosophy, and science (astrology, cosmography, geography) in Dante s writings, as well as the Greek characters who populate his works. Some of these individuals were drawn indirectly from ancient mythography, Homeric epic, and other such sources, while others were historically attested personages, down to Dante s own era. Greek was not only a language and civilization of the past, but also a present (and often rival) religious and political entity. To each layer ancient pagan, early Christian, and contemporary Byzantine Latins related differently. Doctrinal, political, linguistic, cultural, and educational matters all played important roles in shaping the attitudes that form the focal point for this volume, which sets the stage for further engagement with Dante s corpus in its cultural settings."

The Alchemist in Literature - From Dante to the Present (Paperback): Theodore Ziolkowski The Alchemist in Literature - From Dante to the Present (Paperback)
Theodore Ziolkowski
R776 Discovery Miles 7 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Unlike most other studies of alchemy and literature, which focus on alchemical imagery in poetry of specific periods or writers, this book traces the figure of the alchemist in Western literature from its first appearance in the Eighth Circle of Dante's Inferno down to the present. From the beginning alchemy has had two aspects: exoteric or operative (the transmutation of baser metals into gold) and esoteric or speculative (the spiritual transformation of the alchemist himself). From Dante to Ben Jonson, during the centuries when the belief in exoteric alchemy was still strong and exploited by many charlatans to deceive the gullible, writers in major works of many literatures treated alchemists with ridicule in an effort to expose their tricks. From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, as that belief weakened, the figure of the alchemist disappeared, even though Protestant poets in England and Germany were still fond of alchemical images. But when eighteenth-century science almost wholly undermined alchemy, the figure of the alchemist began to emerge again in literature-now as a humanitarian hero or as a spirit striving for sublimation. Following these esoteric romanticizations, as scholarly interest in alchemy intensified, writers were attracted to the figure of the alchemist and his quest for power. The fin-de-siecle saw a further transformation as poets saw in the alchemist a symbol for the poet per se and others, influenced by the prevailing spiritism, as a manifestation of the religious spirit. During the interwar years, as writers sought surrogates for the widespread loss of religious faith, esoteric alchemy underwent a pronounced revival, and many writers turned to the figure of the alchemist as a spiritual model or, in the case of Paracelsus in Germany, as a national figurehead. This tendency, theorized by C. G. Jung in several major studies, inspired after World War II a vast popularization of the figure in novels-historical, set in the present, or juxtaposing past and present- in England, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and the United States. The inevitable result of this popularization was the trivialization of the figure in advertisements for healing and cooking or in articles about scientists and economists. In sum: the figure of the alchemist in literature provides a seismograph for major shifts in intellectual and cultural history.

Hesitant Heroes - Private Inhibition, Cultural Crisis (Hardcover, New): Theodore Ziolkowski Hesitant Heroes - Private Inhibition, Cultural Crisis (Hardcover, New)
Theodore Ziolkowski
R1,064 R986 Discovery Miles 9 860 Save R78 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Why, Theodore Ziolkowski wonders, does Western literature abound with figures who experience a crucial moment of uncertainty in their actions? In this highly original and engaging work, he explores the significance of these unlikely heroes for literature and history.From Aeneas who wavered momentarily before plunging his sword into Turnus's chest to Hamlet, Orestes, Parzival, Wallenstein, and others, including Kafka's Josef K., Ziolkowski demonstrates that characters' private uncertainty reveals a classic opposition of binary forces. He describes how Aeneas, for example, was forced to choose between the ancient code of blood vengeance and the new civic virtues of law and justice. Ziolkowski asserts that the indecision of the characters reflects the tensions that authors observed in their own societies. Drawing on the insights of Hegel and Freud, he analyzes the ways in which these tensions represent turning points in cultural history. In stark contrast to Aeneas, Josef K. temporized for a year before his executioners thrust a knife into his heart. For Ziolkowski, the centuries separating Virgil and Kafka are ones in which the notion of the hero was transformed almost to the point of total inversion. He sheds light on this transformation and a corresponding change in literary form."

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