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Funktionen populärer Fantasy-Literatur in der christlichen Rezeption

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ISBN: 9783863953294 Year: DOI: 10.17875/gup2017-1053 Language: German
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
Subject: Linguistics
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Daily devotionals exploring spiritual themes in Harry Potter, youth pastors giving sermons wearing Jedi robes, missionary groups using Bilbo's journey to share the Gospel of Christ: There is apparently a high level of interest within the Christian community to engage with popular culture. This applies in particular to fictional works dealing with the supernatural or fantastic otherworlds. The aim of this study is to show how fantasy literature can be used in modern society to articulate religious themes. The focus lies on Christian literature such as devotional books and didactic resources for ministry addressing Christian readers in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. By analysing Christian literature reflecting Harry Potter, His Dark Materials and Left Behind (works of fantasy that strongly differ in their engagement with religious themes) this thesis shows how Christian teachers, apologists, writers and speakers create biblical analogies and use (religious) archetypes to build a bridge between the narratives of popular culture, Christian tradition and the reader’s personal story.

Desire/Love

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ISBN: 9780615686875 Year: Pages: 142 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0015.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Gender Studies
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“There is nothing more alienating than having your pleasures disputed by someone with a theory,” writes Lauren Berlant. Yet the ways in which we live sexuality and intimacy have been profoundly shaped by theories — especially psychoanalytic ones, which have helped to place sexuality and desire at the center of the modern story about what a person is and how her history should be read. At the same time, other modes of explanation have been offered by popular and mass culture. In these domains, sexual desire is not deemed the core story of life; it is mixed up with romance, a particular version of the story of love. In this small theoretical novella-cum-dictionary entry, Lauren Berlant engages love and desire in separate entries. In the first entry, Desire mainly describes the feeling one person has for something else: it is organized by psychoanalytic accounts of attachment, and tells briefly the history of their importance in critical theory and practice. The second entry, on Love, begins with an excursion into fantasy, moving away from the parent-child structure so central to psychoanalysis and looking instead at the centrality of context, environment, and history. The entry on Love describes some workings of romance across personal life and commodity culture, the place where subjects start to think about fantasy on behalf of their actual lives.

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love --- sexuality --- psychoanalysis --- fantasy --- desire

Fantasmagories du Moyen Âge

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ISBN: 9782853997331 9782821835962 Year: Language: French
Publisher: Presses universitaires de Provence
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Arthur et ses chevaliers de la Table Ronde, Tristan et Yseut, mais aussi Jeanne d'Arc et Charles VII, le poète Villon sont autant de figures du passé médiéval dans lesquelles se reconnaît notre époque. Cet âge reculé se révèle être une source privilégiée d'inspiration avec laquelle les artistes engagent une relation à chaque fois renouvelée. Ainsi en est-il de la littérature des XIXe et XXe siècles, du Romantisme à l'Oulipo et en particulier la fantasy sous l'ombre tutélaire du grand Tolkien....

Change and the politics of certainty

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ISBN: 9781526147264 Year: Pages: 256 Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: University of Manchester
Subject: Political Science
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Despite the imperative for change in a world of persistent inequality, racism, oppression and violence, difficulties arise once we try to bring about a transformation. As scholars, students and activists, we may want to change the world, but we are not separate, looking in, but rather part of the world ourselves. The book demonstrates that we are not in control: with all our academic rigour, we cannot know with certainty why the world is the way it is, or what impact our actions will have. It asks what we are to do, if this is the case, and engages with our desire to seek change. Chapters scrutinise the role of intellectuals, experts and activists in famine aid, the Iraq war, humanitarianism and intervention, traumatic memory, enforced disappearance, and the Grenfell Tower fire, and examine the fantasy of security, contemporary notions of time, space and materiality, and ideas of the human and sentience. Plays and films by Michael Frayn, Chris Marker and Patricio Guzmán are considered, and autobiographical narrative accounts probe the author’s life and background. The book argues that although we might need to traverse the fantasy of certainty and security, we do not need to give up on hope.

Critique of Fantasy, Vol. 1

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ISBN: 9781950192922 Year: Pages: 254 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0277.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Performing Arts --- Psychology --- Languages and Literatures
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"Critique of Fantasy, Vol. 1: Between a Crypt and a Date Mark addresses both the style or genre of fantasy and the mental faculty, long the hot property of philosophical ethics. Freud passed it along in his 1907 essay on the poetics of daydreaming when he addressed omnipotent wish fantasy as the source and resource of the aspirations and resolutions of art, which, however, the artwork can never look back at or acknowledge. By grounding his genre in the one fantasy that is true, the Gospel, J.R.R. Tolkien obviated and made obvious the ethical mandate of fantasy’s restraining order. With George Lucas’s Star Wars we entered the borderlands of the fantasy and science fiction genres, a zone resulting from and staggering a contest, which Tolkien inaugurated in the 1930s. The history of this contested borderland marks changes that arose in expectation of what the new media held in store, changes realized (but outside the box of what had been projected) upon the arrival of the unanticipated digital relation, which at last seemed to award the fantasy genre the contest prize. Freud’s notion of the Zeitmarke (datemark), the indelible impress of the present moment that triggered the daydream that denies it, already introduced the import of fantasy's historicization. Science fiction won a second prize that keeps it in the running. No longer bound to projecting the future, the former calling which in light of digitization it flunked, science fiction becomes allegorical and reading in the ruins of its failed predictions illuminates all the date marks and crypts hiding out in the borderlands it traverses with fantasy. To motivate the import of an evolving science fiction genre, Critique of Fantasy makes Gotthard Günther's reflections in the 1950s on American science fiction – as heralding a new metaphysics and a new planetary going on interstellar civilization – a mainstay of its cultural anthropology with B-genres."

Le Trône de fer : Ou le Pouvoir dans le sang

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ISBN: 9782869065550 DOI: 10.4000/books.pufr.8876 Language: French
Publisher: Presses universitaires François-Rabelais
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License: OpenEdition Licence for Books

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Game of Thrones n’est pas une série comme les autres, comme le montre son succès planétaire. Chaque nouvelle saison suscite un intérêt mondial que la puissante campagne de communication organisée par HBO ne saurait suffire à expliquer. Histoire, géographie, politique, mœurs et monstres, tout semble à des années-lumière de nos repères culturels habituels dans ces royaumes en guerre dont la chronique est adaptée des livres de George R. R. Martin. Et pourtant… Les querelles de famille, les luttes acharnées pour le pouvoir, les haines recuites, les angoisses métaphysiques et les passions mêlées qui se développent au fil des épisodes rencontrent notre temps et nos obsessions. L’illusion magistrale de l’actualité suscite en nous le sentiment d’une inquiétante proximité qui nous fascine. Le présent volume, premier ouvrage de synthèse en français sur cette série-monde à l’identité visuelle savamment construite, propose d’aider le téléspectateur à pénétrer plus avant dans les rouages de cette épopée au souffle puissant pour en comprendre les enjeux et discerner les modalités de sa création. Parcours thématiques, portraits de héros et d’héroïnes alternent ici avec de courtes synthèses sur l’historique de la série, des réflexions esthétiques, des propositions théoriques, afin de donner des pistes pour se repérer dans cette fresque foisonnante, à la frontière entre littérature et cinéma. Produit inclassable, qui sait jouer à merveille des contraintes de l’industrie, la série est déjà devenue une référence du genre et, alors que la quatrième saison s’est achevée, le lecteur pourra trouver ici de quoi entretenir son intérêt.

Gaming and the Arts of Storytelling

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ISBN: 9783039212316 9783039212323 Year: Pages: 144 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-232-3 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Philosophy
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This book examines the notion of storytelling in videogames. This topic allows new perspectives on the enduring problem of narrative in digital games, while also opening up different avenues of inquiry. The collection looks at storytelling in games from many perspectives. Topics include the remediation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in games such as Spec Ops: The Line; the storytelling similarities in Twin Peaks and Deadly Premonition, a new concept of ‘choice poetics’; the esthetics of Alien films and games, and a new theoretical overview of early game studies on narrative

Contested Knowledges: Water Conflicts on Large Dams and Mega-Hydraulic Development

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ISBN: 9783038978107 9783038978114 Year: Pages: 240 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-811-4 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Environmental Sciences
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Water acquisition, storage, allocation and distribution are intensely contested in our society, whether, for instance, such issues pertain to a conflict between upstream and downstream farmers located on a small stream or to a large dam located on the border of two nations. Water conflicts are mostly studied as disputes around access to water resources or the formulation of water laws and governance rules. However, explicitly or not, water conflicts nearly always also involve disputes among different philosophical views. The contributions to this edited volume have looked at the politics of contested knowledge as manifested in the conceptualisation, design, development, implementation and governance of large dams and mega-hydraulic infrastructure projects in various parts of the world. The special issue has explored the following core questions: Which philosophies and claims on mega-hydraulic projects are encountered, and how are they shaped, validated, negotiated and contested in concrete contexts? Whose knowledge counts and whose knowledge is downplayed in water development conflict situations, and how have different epistemic communities and cultural-political identities shaped practices of design, planning and construction of dams and mega-hydraulic projects? The contributions have also scrutinised how these epistemic communities interactively shape norms, rules, beliefs and values about water problems and solutions, including notions of justice, citizenship and progress that are subsequently to become embedded in material artefacts.

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hydroelectric development --- hydropower --- dam --- indigenous peoples --- first nations --- Canada --- Site C --- British Columbia --- environmental impacts --- socio-economic impacts --- hydropower --- Mekong River Basin --- political ecology --- STS --- public knowledge controversies --- large dams --- dam safety --- hazard risk --- environmental governance --- uncertainty --- knowledge politics --- marginalization --- political ecology --- Himalayas --- India --- hydropower development --- politicized collective identity --- territory --- collective action --- agonistic unity --- vernacular statecraft --- Dzumsa --- North Sikkim --- hydrosocial territory --- knowledge encounters --- hydraulic utopia --- modernity --- commensuration --- anti-dam movement --- Málaga --- Spain --- hiding hand --- A.O. Hirschman --- irrigation --- hydraulic projects --- San Lorenzo irrigation project --- Chixoy irrigation project --- Peru --- Guatemala --- megadams --- social construction of technology --- politics of the governed --- anti-dam resistance movements --- technological design --- contested knowledge --- Ecuador --- expectations --- hydroelectric megaprojects --- socio-technical imaginaries --- Ecuador --- energy policy --- large dams --- socioenvironmental impacts --- compensation measures --- knowledge systems --- commensuration --- negotiation --- territorial control --- Bolivia --- Jacques Lacan --- psychoanalysis --- fantasy --- mega-dam --- Inga --- DR Congo --- hydropolitics --- mega-hydraulic projects --- modernist traditions --- knowledge arenas --- manufactured ignorance --- depoliticization --- UnGovernance --- dehumanizing rationality --- multi-actor multi-scalar alliances --- co-creation --- power --- n/a

War and Literature: Commiserating with the Enemy

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ISBN: 9783039219100 9783039219117 Year: Pages: 145 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-911-7 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This Special Issue focuses specifically on the topic of commiseration with the “enemy” within war literature. The articles included in this Special Issue show authors and/or literary characters attempting to understand the motives, beliefs, and cultural values of those who have been defined by their nations as their enemies. This process of attempting to understand the orientation of defined “enemies” often shows that the soldier has begun a process of reflection about why he or she is part of the war experience. The texts included in this issue also show how political authorities often resort to propaganda and myth-making tactics that are meant to convince soldiers that they are fighting opponents who are evil, sub-human, etc., and are therefore their direct enemies. Literary texts that show an author and/or literary character trying to reflect against state-supported definitions of good/evil, right/wrong, and ally/enemy often present an opportunity to reevaluate the purposes of war and one’s moral responsibility during wartime.

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