Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty
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Sublime Surrender: Male Masochism at the Fin-De-Siècle by Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg
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Overview: When Heinrich Heine left his sick bed in 1848 and stumbled to the Louvre to fall before a statue of the goddess of beauty and lie in the pitying, cold glance she seemed to cast on his prostrate body, he defined a recurring motif of the second half of the nineteenth century, according to Suzanne R. Stewart. Directing her attention to the voice of the shriveled male body at beauty’s feet, she investigates the discourse by and about men that took hold in the German-speaking world between 1870 and 1940 and that articulated masculinity as and through its own marginalization. Male masochism, she suggests, was a rhetorical strategy through which men asserted their cultural and political authority paradoxically by embracing the notion that they were (and always had been) wounded and suffering.
Stewart demonstrates and develops her contentions through close readings of the work of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Richard Wagner, and Sigmund Freud, in each case showing that the very act through which men sacrificed themselves to women comprised the essence of the new male subject "deeply penetrated by relations of political and sexual power." Masochistic scenarios, whether in literature, music, the visual arts, or medicalized diagnoses of the fin-de-siècle malaise, stage the male as one who submits, as Stewart explains, "to an aestheticized and eroticized gaze and voice."
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Gender
The Scientific Sublime: Popular Science Unravels The Mysteries of The Universe [Audiobook]
The Chic Engine: A Biography of the Human Coronary heart [Audiobook] by Stephen Amidon, Thomas Amidon M.D.
Necessities: .M4A/.M4B reader, 197 MB
Overview: The guts has at all times captured the human creativeness. It’s the repository of our deepest non secular and creative impulses, the organ whose regular functioning is known, each actually and symbolically, asthe very life drive itself. The Chic Engine explores the profound sense of awe each particular person feels after they ponder the miracle encased throughout the ribs.
On this lyrical historical past, a critically acclaimed novelist and a number one heart specialist – who occur to be brothers – draw upon historical past, science, faith, common tradition, and literature to light up the entire coronary heart’s bodily and figurative chambers. Divided into six sections, The Chic Engine traces the center’s sway over the human creativeness from the time of the Egyptians and historic Greece, via the Center Ages and Renaissance, as much as the trendy period and past. Greater than only a work of scientific or cultural historical past, it’s a biography of the one most essential image of our humanity.
Style: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
The Sublime in Antiquity
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