Clandestine Marriage: Botany and Romantic Culture
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Realist Critiques of Visual Culture From Hardy to Barnes by Edward Barnaby
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Overview: Resituates individual authors and particular novels within the realist gestures they originated and explores their resilience to a culture industry that continuously repackages their iconoclasm as iconicity
Examines works from a variety of well-known writers, including Thomas Hardy, Salman Rushdie, Virginia Woolf and Julian Barnes
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Literary Theory
Myths of the Underworld in Contemporary Culture: The Backward Gaze by Judith Fletcher
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Overview: Includes a detailed introduction to ancient myths of underworld descents, allowing readers to see connections between ancient and modern versions of the catabasis myth
Analyses a broad range of contemporary stories of descent in thematically structured chapters devoted to postmodern culture, feminist critiques, and postcolonial appropriations
Draws out recurrent themes and critiques through extensive cross-referencing between chapters
Supplements discussions of visual media with illustrations from the relevant artistic sources
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
Guide to Korean Culture by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Korean Culture and Information Service
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Overview: Provides a comprehensive introduction about Korea’s cultural heritage. Koreans take great pride in their cultural heritage and for ample reason. The ancient kingdoms of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla (1st century B.C.-A.D. 7th century) produced some of the world’s most outstanding Buddhist art. Goryeo, the dynasty that ruled Korea from 918 to 1392, produced inlaid celadon ceramics of impeccable beauty and the world’s most comprehensive collection of Buddhist scriptures, the Tripitaka Koreana, flawlessly carved from over 80,000 woodblocks. Goryeo scholars took the art of printing still further by developing the first movable metal type, two centuries before it appeared in Europe. The monarchs of Joseon, which ruled Korea from 1392 to 1910, also supported the creation of notable firsts; a rain gauge(1441); Hangeul(1443), an alphabet so scientific that modern linguists praise its efficiency; and an ironclad battleship(late 16th century) Over their long history, Koreans have developed a vibrant culture with unique customs that can be found throughout the peninsula and in distant lands where Korean communities continue to pass down traditions. Koreans value learning and have earned a reputation for diligence and perseverance. These traits helped foster a culture well suited to the natural surroundings of a mountainous peninsula.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational Non-Fiction, Humanities
The Culture of Shame by Andrew P. Morrison
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Overview: In The Culture of Shame, Harvard psychiatrist Andrew P. Morrison argues that shame pervades our culture. From its early references in Biblical stories to the works of philosophers such as Nietzsche and Sartre and contemporary novelists Philip Roth and Toni Morrison, the experience of shame emerges as a theme of human experience. Yet, until recently, the psychology profession did not acknowledge the role of shame, focusing instead on guilt. Indeed, our modern culture, which emphasizes independence and personal responsibility, tends to view shame as the mark of an inferior or self-absorbing individual.
Shame, which Dr. Morrison defines as a feeling of intrinsic self-worthlessness, is now seen to underlie a range of psychological problems. With clarity and insight, Dr. Morrison traces the development of shame, from infancy through its more sophisticated forms, and explores the roots and expression of shame in our society. Shame gives rise to a wide array of disorders, including depression, addictions, and eating and sexual disorders, as well as emotional problems linked to trauma, gender, race, illness, old age, infertility, and gender. In our society, shame manifests itself through alienation, lack of motivation, and feelings of meaninglessness.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Psychology > Applied Psychology