In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje

By Michael Ondaatje

Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel assessments the boundary among background and delusion. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto within the Twenties and earns his dwelling looking for a vanished millionaire and tunneling underneath Lake Ontario. during his adventures, Patrick's lifestyles intersects with these of characters who reappear in Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning The English sufferer.

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The Ontology of Language: Properties, Individuals and by Chris Fox

By Chris Fox

How can the that means of language be represented by way of formal common sense? related examine in regards to the semantics of usual language has prompt that normal, 'classical' logical platforms has to be prolonged to account for the which means of pronouns and different nominal expressions. yet Chris Fox argues that by means of reconsidering how usual language in a proper good judgment is represented, the extension of classical logical structures isn't required.

The Ontology of Language explores how semantic concerns could be addressed in a manner that minimizes the ontological commitments of the ensuing semantics. The ebook works inside of a model of estate thought stemming from a mix of the lambda calculus with Aczel's Frege structures-a blend initially built by way of Raymond Turner. Fox then improves in this model and considerably extends it with unique functions to plurals and mass nouns, to 'intensional individuals', and to the dynamics of discourse. a few worthwhile appendixes on extra extensions and possible choices are included.

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Russian Postmodernist Metafiction by Nina Kolesnikof

By Nina Kolesnikof

Essentially the most remarkable houses of Russian postmodernist fiction is its reliance on metafictional units which foreground facets of the writing, examining or constitution, and draw consciousness to the developed nature of fiction writing. a few universal metafictional innovations contain overt remark at the means of writing, the presence of an glaring narrator, dehumanization of personality, overall breakdown of temporal and spatial association and the undermining of particular literary conventions. This publication examines the main consultant postmodernist texts and addresses the next questions: How frequent is using metafiction in modern Russian literature? What are its such a lot stated kinds? what's the functionality of metafictional units? How cutting edge are Russian postmodernist writers of their use of metafictional innovations? This examine unearths the original contribution of postmodernist writers to the improvement of Russian literature via their systematic use of metafiction and their daring experimentation with new metafictional units on all of the significant degrees of the textual content, together with narration, plot, characterization, atmosphere and language.

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Post-Pop Cinema: The Search for Meaning in New American Film by Jesse Fox Mayshark

By Jesse Fox Mayshark

Starting within the early Nineteen Nineties, artists equivalent to Quentin Tarantino, David Foster Wallace, and Kurt Cobain contributed to a swelling cultural tide of dad postmodernism that swept via track, movie, literature, and model. In cinema specifically, the various arts such a lot primary aspects—stories, characters, and genres, for instance—assumed any such trite and trivialized visual appeal that simply not often may well they take their locations at the reveal with out frightening an inward smirk or a wink from the viewers. Out of this hugely self-conscious and world-weary surroundings, in spite of the fact that, a brand new crew of filmmakers started to advance because the decade wore on, with a brand new set of kinds and sensibilities to compare. In Post-Pop Cinema writer Jesse Fox Mayshark takes us on a film-by-film travel of the works of those filmmakers-including Wes and P. T. Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Richard Linklater, Alexander Payne, and David O. Russell-and seeks to bare how a standard pool of types, collaborators, and private connections is helping them to confront the unifying challenge of which means in American film.

Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket (1996) and Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997) have been eventually approximately their characters' lives-even even though their characters frequently handled hugely contrived environments and occasions. and shortly after Wes Anderson scored his first good fortune, others like David O. Russell (Flirting With catastrophe, 3 Kings), the screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (who collaborated with Spike Jonze on such tasks as Being John Malkovich and Adaptation), Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways), Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), and Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) started to tread their very own paths over this similar floor. even though those women and men symbolize a variety of kinds and material, all their motion pictures revolve in several methods round the hassle of building and conserving connections. This subject of connection additionally runs deeper than the flicks made: the administrators percentage actors (Mark Wahlberg, invoice Murray, Ben Stiller, Jason Schwartzman), collaborators (the musician Jon Brion) and occasionally even own connections (Spike Jonze starred in Russell's Three Kings, and used to be married to Coppola). jointly those filmmakers shape a free and especially American college of filmmaking, one trained via postmodernism yet now not in thrall to it, and one who each year turns into extra vital to the area of cinema either inside of and past the United States.

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The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge by Jean-Francois Lyotard

By Jean-Francois Lyotard

Many definitions of postmodernism concentrate on its nature because the aftermath of the trendy business age while know-how constructed. This e-book extends that evaluation to postmodernism by means of taking a look at the prestige of technological know-how, know-how, and the humanities, the importance of technocracy, and how the movement of data is managed within the Western international.

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The Politics of Postmodernism (New Accents) by Linda Hutcheon

By Linda Hutcheon

Carrying on with the undertaking all started within the Poetics of Postmodernism, Linda Hutcheon makes a speciality of the politics of illustration. either mass media and excessive paintings varieties, she demanding situations the seeming transparency and obvious apolitical innocence of our visible photographs and verbal tales, announcing that those build instead of replicate or show our adventure of the area.

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The Sokal Hoax: The Sham That Shook the Academy by Lingua Franca

By Lingua Franca

In may well 1996 physicist Alan Sokal released an essay within the trendy educational magazine Social textual content. The essay quoted hip theorists like Jacques Lacan, Donna Haraway, and Gilles Deleuze. The prose used to be thick with the jargon of poststructuralism. And the purpose the essay attempted to make was once counterintuitive: gravity, Sokal argued, was once a fiction that society had agreed upon, and technological know-how had to be liberated from its ideological blinders.

When Sokal printed within the pages of Lingua Franca that he had written the item as a parody, the tale hit front web page of the hot York instances. It trigger a countrywide debate nonetheless raging at the present time: Are students within the humanities trapped in a jargon-ridden Wonderland? Are scientists deluded in pondering their paintings is aim? Are literature professors being affected by technology envy? was once Sokal's funny story humorous? was once the Enlightenment this sort of undesirable factor finally? And isn't it a bit real that the that means of gravity is contingent upon your cultural perspective?

Collected the following for the 1st time are Sokal's unique essay on "quantum gravity," his essay revealing the hoax, the newspaper articles that broke the tale, and the indignant op-eds, letters, and electronic mail exchanges sparked through the hoax from intellectuals around the kingdom, together with Stanley Fish, George F. Will, Michael Bérubé, and Katha Pollitt. additionally incorporated are prolonged essays during which quite a lot of students think about the long term classes of the hoax.

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In 1995, a brand new York college physicist named Alan Sokal, pissed off via what he thought of the misuse of technological know-how by means of educational philosophers and literary critics, made up our minds to play a significant prank. After learning the arcane jargon of postmodernism, he cooked up a superficially au courant yet patently ill-founded paper known as "Transgressing the bounds: towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity" and submitted it to the magazine Social textual content, edited by way of a collective of educational celebrities. Wooed by means of the article's obvious endorsement in their process and obviously unschooled in easy technology, the editors permitted and released the paper.

The Sokal Hoax gathers Sokal's paper; the Social textual content editors' arch, wounded answer while it used to be printed, within the pages of the tutorial magazine Lingua Franca, that the paper used to be a clear rip-off; and a variety of journalistic debts, letters to the editor, and accusations and counteraccusations surrounding what got here to be known as "the Sokal hoax." a few of these records are considerate, addressing ways that it'd be attainable to bridge the huge hole among the sciences and the arts. Many, despite the fact that, are protective and polemical, nearly embarrassing to learn. They compound Sokal's cost that faddishness has triumph over good judgment within the halls of academe, and that the postmodern emperor has no clothes.

In its modest method, the gathering is an leisure, serving as an anthology of ivy-covered silliness. extra heavily, it provides intensity to Sokal's collaboration with physicist Jean Bricmont, trendy Nonsense, and different books concerning the hoax and its implications, which proceed to excite dialogue. --Gregory McNamee

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"Readers who battle through Sokal's essay may be relieved to discover the remainder of the e-book lucid, readable, and definitely stimulating."--Kirkus overview

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From Modernism to Postmodernism: An Anthology by Lawrence E. Cahoone

By Lawrence E. Cahoone

This vintage anthology offers an unprecedented choice of the fundamental readings in modernism and postmodernism.

* areas modern debate within the context of the feedback of modernity because the 17th century.
* Chronologically and thematically prepared.
* critical and multidisciplinary source in philosophy, literature, cultural reviews, social thought, and non secular studies.

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Mapping Postcommunist Cultures: Russia and Ukraine in the by Vitaly Chernetsky

By Vitaly Chernetsky

Drawing at the discourses of postmodernism, postcolonialism, and globalization, Vitaly Chernetsky maps out the recent cultural advancements in literature, structure, portray, movie, and function paintings rising in Russia and Ukraine, the 2 biggest successor states to the Soviet Union, situating those phenomena in a better international context. In Mapping Postcommunist Cultures Chernetsky argues that Russia and Ukraine exemplify the primary paradigms of post-Soviet cultural improvement. In Russia this has manifested itself within the subversive dismantling of the totalitarian linguistic regime and the foregrounding of formerly marginalized topic positions. In Ukraine, paintings in those components exhibits how the traumas of centuries of colonial oppression are being triumph over throughout the carnivalesque decrowning of ideological dogmas and an confirmation of a brand new form of neighborhood, so much lately confirmed within the peaceable Orange Revolution of 2004. Mapping Postcommunist Cultures additionally opinions the forget of the previous communist global in present types of cultural globalization.

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The Bezan Text of Acts: A Contribution of Discourse Analysis by Jenny Read-Heimerdinger

By Jenny Read-Heimerdinger

The Bezan ('Western') textual content of Acts is typically brushed off because the paintings of an enthusiastic and fanciful scribe who adorned the unique textual content represented by means of the Alexandran manuscripts. This research compares the language of Codex Bezae with that of Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, utilizing the strategy of discourse research to re-assess how variation readings have arisen. It emerges that the language styles of the Alexandrian textual content are variable and the point of interest of its message historic. by contrast, the Bezan textual content monitors an outstanding measure of lingusitic consistency and a coherence of goal that is basically theological, with a marked curiosity in a Jewish standpoint. the belief is that Bezan is the sooner of the 2 texts.

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