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Early Film Cultures in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Republican China

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ISBN: 9780472073726 9780472123445 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100855
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This collection explores the complex world of early cinema in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The story of how cinema established itself in China has not been well-understood. Cultural models for cinema-going and industry practices varied widely across China. By looking at several centers of cinematic activity, going beyond commercial fiction film to include non-fiction films (such as educational film), and taking on Cantonese as well as Mandarin productions. Beyond the Silver Screens presents early cinema in China in a new light Highlights Hong Kong, Taipei and Guangzhou as well as better-know examples from Shanghai, these essays foreground the cinema’s relationships with imperialism and colonialism, examining how cinematic culture established itself by adapting to distinctive local social and artistic practices, emphasizing the potency of cinema as a sociocultural institution.

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Tango Lessons

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ISBN: 9780822355496 9780822377238 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100986
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From its earliest manifestations on the street corners of nineteenth-century Buenos Aires to its ascendancy as a global cultural form, tango has continually exceeded the confines of the dance floor or the music hall. In Tango Lessons, scholars from Latin America and the United States explore tango's enduring vitality. The interdisciplinary group of contributors—including specialists in dance, music, anthropology, linguistics, literature, film, and fine art—take up a broad range of topics. Among these are the productive tensions between tradition and experimentation in tango nuevo, representations of tango in film and contemporary art, and the role of tango in the imagination of Jorge Luis Borges. Taken together, the essays show that tango provides a kaleidoscopic perspective on Argentina's social, cultural, and intellectual history from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries.

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Urban Memory and Visual Culture in Berlin

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Book Series: Cities and Cultures ISBN: 9789089648532 Year: DOI: 10.5117/9789089648532 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102580
Subject: Performing Arts
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As sites of turbulence and transformation, cities are machines for forgetting. And yet archiving and exhibiting the presence of the past remains a key cultural, political and economic activity in many urban environments. This book takes the example of Berlin over the past four decades to chart how the memory culture of the city has responded to the challenges and transformations thrown up by the changing political, social and economic organization of the built environment. The book focuses on the visual culture of the city (architecture, memorials, photography and film). It argues that the recovery of the experience of time is central to the practices of an emergent memory culture in a contemporary 'overexposed' city, whose spatial and temporal boundaries have long since disintegrated.

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Carnival Texts

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ISBN: 9781841504162 9781841505008 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Intellect Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102752
Subject: Performing Arts
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Carnival Texts comprises three related dramatic works, all of which have as their point of departure Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of carnival, a literary style designed to subvert dominant assumptions through chaos and humour. Making creative use of post-Brechtian performance theory, these texts blur the distinction between spectator and performer in a fascinating exploration of physical, moral, and cultural upheaval in a postmodern age. Performance theory is crucial to understanding how performance affects collective understanding, and this book will be of interest to a broad range of students of drama and theatre.

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Freaks of History

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ISBN: 9781783207350 9781783207374 9781783207367 Year: DOI: 10.1386/9781783207350 Language: English
Publisher: Intellect Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102751
Subject: Performing Arts
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Disability studies have long been the domain of medical and pedagogical academics. However, in recent years, the subject has outgrown its clinical origins. In Freaks of History, James MacDonald presents two dramatic explorations of disability within the wider themes of sexuality, gender, foreignness, and the Other. Originally directed by Martin Harvey and performed by undergraduate students at the University of Exeter, Wellclose Square and Unsex Me Here analyze cultural marginalization against the backdrop of infamous historical events.

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Screening Auschwitz

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Book Series: Cultural Expressions ISBN: 9780810136083 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Northwestern University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101378
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This book about the early screen representation of Auschwitz-Birkenau deals with the classic Holocaust film made in 1948 in Poland by Auschwitz survivor, director Wanda Jakubowska. The Last Stage (or The Last Stop) is a pioneering work – the first narrative film to portray the former Nazi German camp. Haltof discusses Jakubowska’s life and career before World War II, her imprisonment during the war, the prominent role that she played in the nationalized postwar Polish cinema, and problems she faced during the script stage. The monograph also discusses the unusual circumstances that surrounded the production of the film at Auschwitz-Birkenau and summarizes critical debates surrounding its release. Screening Auschwitz is the first detailed monograph on this classic Holocaust film. The book incorporates new materials and sources obtained through extensive archival research, and examines the impact of the film on other Holocaust narratives.

Moving to Sustainable Buildings: Paths to adopt green innovations in developed countries

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ISBN: 9788376560113 Year: Pages: 190 DOI: 10.2478/9788376560113 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Construction --- Architecture
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In his Moving to Sustainable Buildings. Paths to Adopt Green Innovations in Developed Countries, Umberto Berardi explores the transition of the construction sector to sustainable building through the adoption of green innovations. Applying methods ranging from theoretical discussions to interviews and field studies, Berardi describes how organisational models among stakeholders are changing as the sector moves towards a green economy.Berardi’s book should prove valuable to engineers, architects, environment researchers and policy makers alike, as it successfully weaves together different aspects of green building to create a multidimensional matrix through which sustainable architecture can be understood.Umberto Berardi, an assistant professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA, USA), teaches courses on sustainable construction, architectural engineering systems and building physics. He was awarded an MSc from the Politecnico di Bari, an MSc from the University of Southampton (UK) and a PhD from the Scuola Interpolitecnica in Italy. His research areas are related to building acoustics, sustainable constructions and energy saving technologies for buildings. Berardi is also a passionate pianist and a strong proponent of interdisciplinary cooperation between the arts and engineering.

Concrete Expressions

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Book Series: Architecture Museum Monograph Series ISBN: 9780987120045 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of South Australia Architecture Museum Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100776
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This monograph focusses on a cohesive group of four government buildings constructed in Adelaide during the 1970s. Designed by different architects, the buildings all feature monolithic, austere forms and broadly similar external concrete finishes, and are often described by casual observers as being Brutalist in style. But are any or all of them truly Brutalist?

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Harnessing Chaos

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Book Series: The Library of New Testament Studies ISBN: 9780567655509 9780567669599 97805676555 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101124
Subject: Religion
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"Harnessing Chaos" is an explanation of changes in dominant politicalized assumptions about what the Bible really means in English culture since the 1960s. James G. Crossley looks at how the social upheavals of the 1960s, and the economic shift from the post-war dominance of Keynesianism to the post-1970s dominance of neoliberalism, brought about certain emphases and nuances in the ways in which the Bible is popularly understood, particularly in relation to dominant political ideas. This book examines the decline of politically radical biblical interpretation in parliamentary politics and the victory of (a modified form of) Margaret Thatcher's re-reading of the liberal Bible tradition, following the normalisation of (a modified form of) Thatcherism more generally.

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Arts --- Theology & Religion

Expérimenter le maniement des armes à la fin du Moyen

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ISBN: 9783796540622 Year: Pages: 181 DOI: 10.24894/978-3-7965-4062-2 Language: German
Publisher: Schwabe Verlag
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The volume presents interdisciplinary contributions that use practical experiments in order to examine historical european martial arts and the material culture of the arms of the late Middle Ages.

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