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Ghosts of the Confederacy

Ghosts of the Confederacy ebook ISBN: 9780195054200
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Gaines M. Foster
Number of Pages: 306 
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Examines how white southerners adjusted to the Confederacy's defeat in the Civil War, arguing that the southerners were realistic in accepting their defeat and eager to embrace the emerging New South

Neither Ghost nor Machine

Neither Ghost nor Machine ebook ISBN: 0231545991
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Author: Jeremy Sherman
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If the universe is aimless, how do selves and aims emerge? Why do living beings have aims when inanimate things do not? Current science encourages us to reject the ghost-in-the-machine explanation—that something called spirit, soul, mind, or will was somehow breathed into matter—and instead accept that selves are just matter, in aimless mechanistic motion like everything else. But what about life’s many emergent qualities, the multifarious purposes that shape actual physical behavior not just in human lives, but in all of life? Even the simplest life forms have adaptive functions, traits that accomplish goals or ends. How can we explain the nature and origin of selves and aims without resorting to supernatural forces or explaining them away as nothing but cause-and-effect mechanisms? In Neither Ghost nor Machine, Jeremy Sherman explains the emergence of selves and aims in an aimless universe. He distills for a general audience the theory developed by renowned neuroscientist Terrence Deacon, which extends the breakthrough constraint-based insight that inspired evolutionary, information, and self-organization theory. Emergent dynamics theory provides a testable hypothesis for how mattering arose from matter, function from physics, and means-to-ends behavior from cause-and-effect dynamics. It offers a physics of purpose, demonstrating that there is a strictly physical explanation for the emergence and nature of selves and aims, one that shows our existence in an otherwise inanimate universe is not absurd. Neither Ghost nor Machine bridges the gap between the hard and soft sciences, suggesting fresh and exciting solutions to philosophical mysteries that have perplexed humanity for millennia, from free will to causality to morality.


Transformations ebook ISBN: 1483221903
Publisher: Elsevier
Author: W. R. Bion
Number of Pages: 184 
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Transformations: Change from Learning to Growth is a 12-chapter text that explores the fundamentals and principles of psycho-analytic theories, transformations, and invariants. This book begins with a clinical illustration of the distinction between the patient’s experience and the psycho-analyst’s experience. The succeeding chapters cover the influence of verbal expression, emotional experience, state of mind, and consciousness in psycho-analysis and transformation. These topics are followed by discussion on the relationship of the “no-thing and the thing, wherein the personality that is capable of tolerating a no-thing can make use of the no-thing, and so is able to make use of the so-called thoughts. The remaining chapters describe a clinical system that would represent the chief clinical systems that can be seen to exist in the analytic situation. These chapters also examine the gap between reality and the personality, which are aspects of life with which analysts are familiar under the guise of resistance. Resistance operates because it is feared that the reality of the object is imminent. This book will be of value to psycho-analysts, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East

Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East ebook ISBN: 0748688935
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Author: Benjamin Thomas White
Number of Pages: 256 
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This book uses a study of Syria under the French mandate to show what historical developments led people to start describing themselves and others as 'minorities'.

The Ghosts of the Avant-Garde(s)

The Ghosts of the Avant-Garde(s) ebook ISBN: 0472118749
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Author: James M. Harding
Number of Pages: 234 
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A spirited challenge to previous notions of the avant-garde and avant-garde performance

An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory

An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory ebook ISBN: 131786431X
Publisher: Routledge
Author: Andrew Bennett,Nicholas Royle
Number of Pages: 392 
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Fresh, original and compelling, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory is the essential guide to literary studies. Starting at ‘the beginning’ and concluding with ‘the end’, the book covers topics that range from the familiar (character, narrative, the author) to the more unusual (secrets, pleasure, ghosts). Eschewing abstract isms, Bennett and Royle successfully illuminate complex ideas by engaging directly with literary works – so that a reading of Jane Eyre opens up ways of thinking about racial difference, whilst Chaucer, Raymond Chandler and Monty Python are all invoked in a discussion of literary laughter. Each chapter ends with a narrative guide to further reading and the book also includes a glossary and bibliography. The fourth edition has been revised to incorporate two timely new chapters on animals and the environment. A breath of fresh air in a field that can often seem dry and dauntingly theoretical, this book will open the reader’s eyes to the exhilarating possibilities of both reading and studying literature.

Ghosts of Afghanistan

Ghosts of Afghanistan ebook ISBN: 184627432X
Publisher: Portobello Books
Author: Jonathan Steele
Number of Pages: 424 
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Yes, there are dozens of books on the Afghan wars. Most of them are all about firefights and heroics. But this is the first to take the events of the war Bush and Blair started and put them in the context of the Soviet war and even the British imperial wars that preceded them, and draw the lessons out, and make a sharp summary of what should happen next. Ghosts of Afghanistan stands out for the combination of its calm clarity and comprehensibility, the firmness of its arguments, Steele's stature as an analyst of the region of 30 years standing, his position as the one UK journalist who had first access to the WikiLeaks cache on Afghanistan, and his interpretation of what he found there.

Ghosts of Baseball's Past

Ghosts of Baseball's Past ebook ISBN: 0595861695
Publisher: iUniverse
Author: Brett Kiser
Number of Pages: 218 
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Baseball has existed since the mid 1800's and has been the occupation for thousands of men through history. Defining the best amongst such a wide array of players always sparks a debate, as the Hall-of-Fame in Cooperstown is seen as the debate settler, a place where only legends reside. However, the Hall-of-Fame has overlooked many of the game's star players, failing to immortalize them with their peers. Ghosts of Baseball's Past details the careers of ball diamond legends who have been past over by Hall-of-Fame voters. So take a look inside and decide for yourself whether players like Bert Blyleven, Ted Kluszewski, Riggs Stephenson and more deserve to dwell in Cooperstown. Read about Herb Score, Turkey Mike Donlin and Buddy Lewis, and help keep the names of these legends alive.

Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions

Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions ebook ISBN: 9004171525
Publisher: BRILL
Author: Muzhou Pu
Number of Pages: 342 
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The central theme of this volume is to re-examine the received concepts and images of ghosts in various religious cultures ranging from the Ancient Near East and Egypt to the Old Testament, the Classical Era, Early Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Early India, and Medieval China. As a religious phenomenon, the realm of ghosts has been less studied than the realm of the divine. Through a collaborative effort by scholars from different disciplines, this volume proposes a multi-cultural approach to construct a wider and complicated picture of the phenomenon of ghosts and spirits in human societies and to have a grasp of the various problems involved in understanding the phenomenon of ghost.

Medieval Ghost Stories

Medieval Ghost Stories ebook ISBN: 1843832690
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Author: Andrew Joynes
Number of Pages: 216 
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Seventy-seven tales of the supernatural, intended to frighten and excite and bring to heel their medieval audience, gathered from medieval chronicles, sagas, heroic poetry and romances.

Ghosts in the Middle Ages

Ghosts in the Middle Ages ebook ISBN: 9780226738888
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Author: Jean-Claude Schmitt
Number of Pages: 290 
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Using many different medieval texts, Schmitt examines medieval religious culture and the significance of the widespread belief in ghosts, asking who returned, to whom, from where, in what form, and why. Through this vivid study, we can see the ways in which the dead and the living related to each other. Schmitt focuses on everyday ghosts - recently departed ordinary people who were a part of the complex social world of the living. Schmitt argues that beliefs and the imaginary depend above all on the structures and functioning of society and culture, and he shows how the Christian culture of the Middle Ages enlarged the notion of ghosts and created many opportunities for the dead to appear. Schmitt also points out that the church happily proliferated ghost stories as a way to promote the liturgy of the dead, to develop pious sentiments among parishioners, and to solicit alms on behalf of a relative or friend's salvation.

The Vampire Book

The Vampire Book ebook ISBN: 1578593506
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Author: J Gordon Melton
Number of Pages: 944 
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The Ultimate Collection of Vampire Facts and Fiction From Vlad the Impaler to Barnabas Collins to Edward Cullen to Dracula and Bill Compton, renowned religion expert and fearless vampire authority J. Gordon Melton, PhD takes the reader on a vast, alphabetic tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the blood-sucking undead. Digging deep into the lore, myths, pop culture, and reported realities of vampires and vampire legends from across the globe, The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead exposes everything about the blood thirsty predator. Death and immortality, sexual prowess and surrender, intimacy and alienation, rebellion and temptation. The allure of the vampire is eternal, and The Vampire Book explores it all. The historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of one of the world's most mesmerizing paranormal subject. This vast reference is an alphabetical tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the soul-sucking undead. In the first fully revised and updated edition in a decade, Dr. J. Gordon Melton (president of the American chapter of the Transylvania Society of Dracula) bites even deeper into vampire lore, myths, reported realities, and legends that come from all around the world. From Transylvania to plague-infested Europe to Nostradamus and from modern literature to movies and TV series, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 500 essays to quench your thirst for facts, biographies, definitions, and more.

Moments of Magical Realism in US Ethnic Literatures

Moments of Magical Realism in US Ethnic Literatures ebook ISBN: 1137329246
Publisher: Springer
Author: Lyn Di Iorio Sandín,R. Perez
Number of Pages: 279 
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A collection of essays that explores magical realism as a momentary interruption of realism in US ethnic literature, showing how these moments of magic realism serve to memorialize, address, and redress traumatic ethnic histories.

The Sinister Way

The Sinister Way ebook ISBN: 9780520928770
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Author: Richard von Glahn
Number of Pages: 400 
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The most striking feature of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in late imperial China, was the deity's diabolical character. Wutong was perceived not as a heroic figure or paragon of noble qualities but rather as an embodiment of humanity's basest vices, greed and lust, a maleficent demon who preyed on the weak and vulnerable. In The Sinister Way, Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult within the larger framework of the historical development of Chinese popular or vernacular religion—as opposed to institutional religions such as Buddhism or Daoism. Von Glahn's study, spanning three millennia, gives due recognition to the morally ambivalent and demonic aspects of divine power within the common Chinese religious culture.

Journal of the Civil War Era

Journal of the Civil War Era ebook ISBN: 1469615983
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Author: William A. Blair
Number of Pages: 203 
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The Journal of the Civil War Era Volume 4, Number 2 June 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS Tom Watson Brown Book Award John Fabian Witt Civil War Historians and the Laws of War Articles Chandra Manning Working for Citizenship in Civil War Contraband Camps Michael F. Conlin The Dangerous Isms and the Fanatical Ists: Antebellum Conservatives in the South and the North Confront the Modernity Conspiracy Nicholas Guyatt "An Impossible Idea?" The Curious Career of Internal Colonization Review Essay John Craig Hammond Slavery, Sovereignty, and Empires: North American Borderlands and the American Civil War, 1660-1860 Book Reviews Books Received Professional Notes Jill Ogline Titus An Unfinished Struggle: Sesquicentennial Interpretations of Slavery and Emancipation

Haunted Heritage

Haunted Heritage ebook ISBN: 161132226X
Publisher: Left Coast Press
Author: Michele Hanks
Number of Pages: 205 
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In Haunted Heritage, author Michele Hanks draws on long-term ethnographic fieldwork to delve into the anthropological, sociological, political, historical, and cultural factors that drive the burgeoning business of ghost or paranormal tourism.

The Great Wilderness

The Great Wilderness ebook ISBN: 1493132032
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Author: S.H. Al-Arial
Number of Pages: 74 
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These short stories drawn from the fact of Libyan reality as a part of Arab World , and also portray the reality of human rights in closed societies , also reflected the human tragedy as human being on this vague existence, and accepting fact that our manners are stunned from habit that derived from cultural legacy .

The »Spectral Turn«

The »Spectral Turn« ebook ISBN: 383943629X
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Author: Zuzanna Dziuban
Number of Pages: 266 
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Over the last decades, studies on cultural memory have taken a »spectral turn« and have explored the potential of haunting metaphors for addressing past instances of violence that affect present cultural realities. This book contributes to the discussions on haunting by enquiring into its culturally and historically located modality: the emergence of the figure of the Jewish ghost in contemporary Polish popular culture, literature and critical art. Gathering contributions from an interdisciplinary group of scholars, it locates this new interest in Jewish ghosts on the map of other Polish (and Jewish) ghostologies and seeks to explore their cultural and political functions in the Polish post-Holocaust imaginaire.

Goethe's Ghosts

Goethe's Ghosts ebook ISBN: 1571135677
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Author: Simon Richter,Richard A. Block
Number of Pages: 315 
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New essays from leading Goethe scholars providing testimony to the continuing, even renewed, relevance of Goethe for literary studies today.

Emerson's Ghosts

Emerson's Ghosts ebook ISBN: 9780198042822
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Randall Fuller
Number of Pages: 232 
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It is increasingly commonplace to find scholars who circle back to Ralph Waldo Emerson and his intellectual heirs as a way of better understanding contemporary social and aesthetic contexts. Why does Emerson's cultural legacy continue to influence writers so forcefully? In this innovative study, Randall Fuller examines the way pivotal twentieth-century critics have understood and deployed Emerson as part of their own larger projects aimed at reconceiving America. He examines previously unpublished material and original research on Van Wyck Brooks, Perry Miller, F.O. Matthiessen, and Sacvan Bercovitch along with other supporting thinkers. An engaging institutional history of American literary studies in the twentieth century, Emerson's Ghosts reveals the unexpected convergent forces that have shaped American cultural history in lasting ways.