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London’s Urban Landscape

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ISBN: 9781787355583 Year: Pages: 444 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787355583 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- Social Sciences
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London’s Urban Landscape is the first major study of a global city to adopt a materialist perspective and stress the significance of place and the built environment to the urban landscape. Edited by Christopher Tilley, the volume is inspired by phenomenological thinking and presents fine-grained ethnographies of the practices of everyday life in London. In doing so, it charts a unique perspective on the city that integrates ethnographies of daily life with an analysis of material culture.&#xD;The first part of the volume considers the residential sphere of urban life, discussing in detailed case studies ordinary residential streets, housing estates, suburbia and London’s mobile ‘linear village’ of houseboats. The second part analyses the public sphere, including ethnographies of markets, a park, the social rhythms of a taxi rank, and graffiti and street art.&#xD;

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Oskar Kokoschka

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ISBN: 9783205770305 Year: Pages: 360 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_437217 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - D 3433
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Result of our research is a monographic study dealing with a prominent part of Kokoschka's life and work which has hitherto been regarded too little by scholars. The years of his exile in Prague and particularly in London, where he had to work under a lot of stress and pressure, are the time in which his political allegories came to be. As these works are outside the established canon of art historical development, and as they have no affinity to Surrealism or to Abstract art, scholars have so far spent comparatively less effort to analyse them. This study approaches the group of these works from a transdisciplinary perspective. The authors (G. Sultano is trained historian, P. Werkner art historian) set out from different questions with regard to his oevre and his life. This results in combining the view of a prominent body of Kokoschka's paintings with a biographical perspective set against a political-historical background.The years between 1937 and 1950 were chosen as preliminary structure for a segment of a part of Kokoschka's life and work, in which he was hit to the utmost by the politcal changes of the time. 1937 was picked because of the prominent exhibition which Kokoschka had in that year at the Österreichische Museum für Kunst und Industrie in Vienna and also in the travelling exhibition "Degenerate Art", which was first opened in Munich. 1950 was picked for various reasons, among them the large overview of Kokoschka's work in the "Haus der Kunst" in Munich. By this, the artist was rehabilitated, as it was, at the place of his former degradation.Art historical analysis of Kokoschka's paintings is combined here with poltical history, with reception history and history of institutions, and also with questions regarding the role of the audience. The Viennese exhibition is analysed including studies of some of its proponents, among them the curator Carl Moll, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, the maecenas, and the museum's director, Richard Ernst. The show "Degenerate Art", which was held at nearly the same time in Munch, is looked upon with reference to the prototype of such "exhibitions of disgrace". The role attributed to Kokoschka in the show is also analysed. The auction in Lucerne, in 1939, in which highly prominent works from German museums were sold, shows itself as another variation of his defamation in the "Reich".Kokoschka had a prominent role in exile, first in Prague, then in London, where he became a leading figure among emigrants and in antifascist circles. The chapter on the poltical allegories both treats the allegorical group of his works and provides an elemental iconographical view in context. The era of the Cold War, which has also become prominent among art historians in recent years, plays an important role in the reception of Kokoschka's work after WW II. The artist's strenuous relationship to Viennese poltical and art circles is treated here, as well as the story of Kokoschka's portrait of the Viennese mayor Theodor Körner. Finally, the question of the artist's relationship to the Salzburg-based art dealer Friedrich Welz is examined, and also his conservative turnaround in the late 40's.The illustrations of the study are also of considerable interest, as they provide another form of insight at several occasions. Kokoschka, the letter-writer, is also being presented in a variety of long quotations. A synchronoptic presentation of political and cultural developments provides with a panorama of the time. A list of the artist's exhibitions, a selection of contemporary critiques in the press, and the literature list provide the scholar with material for further research.

Bloomsbury Scientists

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ISBN: 9781787350045 Year: Pages: 198 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press
Subject: Science (General) --- History --- Languages and Literatures
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Bloomsbury Scientists is the story of the network of scientists and artists living in a square mile of London before and after the First World War. This inspired group of men and women viewed creativity and freedom as the driving force behind nature, and each strove to understand this in their own inventive way. Their collective energy changed the social mood of the era and brought a new synthesis of knowledge to ideas in science and art. Class barriers were threatened as power shifted from the landed oligarchy to those with talent and the will to make a difference. A time of unexpected opportunities, from the new disciplines of Genetics and Ecology to Post-Impressionism and beyond, Michael Boulter seamlessly weaves together the stories originating from Bloomsbury’s laboratories, libraries and studios. He narrates the breakthroughs of scientists such as Ray Lankester and Marie Stopes alongside the creative outputs of H. G. Wells and Virginia Woolf, among many others, and intricately connects them all through personal friendships, grievances, quarrels and affections. Bloomsbury Scientists offers a fresh and crucial perspective on this history at a time when the complex relationship between science and art continues to be debated.

Destination London

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ISBN: 9781912656271 9781912656264 9781912656288 9781912656295 Year: Pages: 268 DOI: 10.16997/book35 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press Grant: University of Westminster
Subject: Political Science --- Geography --- Social Sciences --- Architecture
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London is one of the world’s most popular destinations and visitors contribute approximately £14.9 billion of expenditure to the city every year. Its tourism and events sectors are growing and over the last few years London has received more visitors than ever before. However, detailed accounts of the city’s visitor economy are conspicuously absent. This book analyses how the capital is developing as a destination through the expansion of tourism and events into new urban spaces. The book outlines how parts of London not previously regarded as tourist territory are now subject to the visitor gaze with tourism spreading beyond established central zones into peripheral, suburban and residential areas – in part propelled by a big rise in peer to peer accommodation use. Simultaneously, London’s airports and sports stadiums and their surrounds are becoming destinations in their own right. New vantage points have been created, allowing tourists to explore the city: from above, at night-time or through tours given by the homeless; via the opening up of the River Thames; or through the transformation of local parks into eventscapes. The book explores these trends and shows how urban destinations expand. In doing so, it enhances our understanding of London and highlights the growing significance of tourism and events in global cities.&#xD;

Verdi in Victorian London

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ISBN: 9781783742158 Year: Pages: 360 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0090 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Music
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"Now a byword for beauty, Verdi’s operas were far from universally acclaimed when they reached London in the second half of the nineteenth century. Why did some critics react so harshly? Who were they and what biases and prejudices animated them? When did their antagonistic attitude change? And why did opera managers continue to produce Verdi’s operas, in spite of their alleged worthlessness?&#xD;Massimo Zicari’s Verdi in Victorian London reconstructs the reception of Verdi’s operas in London from 1844, when a first critical account was published in the pages of The Athenaeum, to 1901, when Verdi’s death received extensive tribute in The Musical Times. In the 1840s, certain London journalists were positively hostile towards the most talked-about representative of Italian opera, only to change their tune in the years to come. The supercilious critic of The Athenaeum, Henry Fothergill Chorley, declared that Verdi’s melodies were worn, hackneyed and meaningless, his harmonies and progressions crude, his orchestration noisy. The scribes of The Times, The Musical World, The Illustrated London News, and The Musical Times all contributed to the critical hubbub.&#xD;Yet by the 1850s, Victorian critics, however grudging, could neither deny nor ignore the popularity of Verdi’s operas. Over the final three decades of the nineteenth century, moreover, London’s musical milieu underwent changes of great magnitude, shifting the manner in which Verdi was conceptualized and making room for the powerful influence of Wagner. Nostalgic commentators began to lament the sad state of the Land of Song, referring to the now departed ""palmy days of Italian opera."" Zicari charts this entire cultural constellation.&#xD;Verdi in Victorian London is required reading for both academics and opera aficionados. Music specialists will value a historical reconstruction that stems from a large body of first-hand source material, while Verdi lovers and Italian opera addicts will enjoy vivid analysis free from technical jargon. For students, scholars and plain readers alike, this book is an illuminating addition to the study of music reception."

Anchored in Place

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ISBN: 9781928331759 9781928331766 9781928331773 Year: Pages: 242 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1479159 Language: English
Publisher: African Minds
Subject: Education --- History --- Migration
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"Tensions in South African universities have traditionally centred around equity (particularly access and affordability), historical legacies (such as apartheid and colonialism), and the shape and structure of the higher education system. What has not received sufficient attention, is the contribution of the university to place-based development.&#xD;This volume is the first in South Africa to engage seriously with the place-based developmental role of universities. In the international literature and policy there has been an increasing integration of the university with place-based development, especially in cities. This volume weighs in on the debate by drawing attention to the place-based roles and agency of South African universities in their local towns and cities. It acknowledges that universities were given specific development roles in regions, homelands and towns under apartheid, and comments on why sub-national, place-based development has not been a key theme in post-apartheid, higher education planning.&#xD;Given the developmental crisis in the country, universities could be expected to play a more constructive and meaningful role in the development of their own precincts, cities and regions. But what should that role be? Is there evidence that this is already occurring in South Africa, despite the lack of a national policy framework? What plans and programmes are in place, and what is needed to expand the development agency of universities at the local level? Who and what might be involved? Where should the focus lie, and who might benefit most, and why? Is there a need perhaps to approach the challenges of college towns, secondary cities and metropolitan centers differently?"&#xD;

Chapter 7 Medical practitioners as collectors and communicators of natural history in Ireland, 1680–1750 (Book chapter)

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Book Series: Social Histories of Medicine ISBN: 9781526145147 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Arts and Humanities Research Council - AH/J00989X/1
Subject: Medicine (General) --- History
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This chapter argues for the significant role played by Irish-based medics as collectors and communicators of natural history in the period 1680–1750. It demonstrates that the relative isolation of practitioners in Ireland meant that their findings could sometimes be seen by those elsewhere as carrying greater weight and possessing greater novelty. Particular use is made of the correspondence of Sir Hans Sloane, president of the Royal Society, to demonstrate how processes of communication and collection could operate across large distances, especially between rural Ireland and London. &#xD;

The Colonizer Abroad

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Book Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory ISBN: 9780203494400 9780415970624 9780415803434 9781135877408 9781135877392 9781135877354 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203494400 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Looking at a diverse series of authors--Herman Melville, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Mark Twain, Charles Warren Stoddard, and Jack London--"The Colonizer Abroad" claims that as the U.S. emerged as a colonial power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the literature of the sea became a literature of imperialism. This book applies postcolonial theory to the travel writing of some of America's best-known authors, revealing the ways in which America's travel fiction and nonfiction have both reflected and shaped society.

An Education in Sport

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ISBN: 9781911534143 Year: Pages: 126 DOI: 10.16997/book8 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press
Subject: Education --- History --- Science (General)
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"The story of sporting communities and individuals at the University of Westminster over 150 years is the second book to explore the institution's diverse history including its role as a pioneer of women's sports. Drawing upon the University's extensive archives this richly illustrated book celebrates its unique, ground-breaking sports heritage.&#xD;A print paperback can be purchased direct from the University of Westminster for £20 following this link: www.westminster.ac.uk/historybooks&#xD;Staff, students and alumni can claim a 20% discount on this price."&#xD;

Imagining the Future City

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Book Series: Sustainable Cities Series ISBN: 9781909188181 9781909188198 9781909188204 Year: Pages: 192 DOI: 10.5334/bag Language: English
Publisher: Ubiquity Press
Subject: Geography --- Sociology --- Architecture
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London is one of the world’s leading cities. It is home to an extraordinary concentration and diversity of people, industries, politics, religions and ideas, and plays an important role in our highly globalised and tightly networked modern world. What does the future hold for London? Investigating any aspect of the city’s future reveals a complex picture of interrelations and dependencies. The London 2062 Programme from University College London brings a new, cross-disciplinary and highly collaborative approach to investigating this complexity. The programme crosses departmental boundaries within the university, and promotes active collaboration between leading academics and those who shape London through policy and practice.&#xD;This book approaches the question of London’s future by considering the city in terms of Connections, Things, Power and Dreams.

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