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Signs Taken For Wonders by Franco Moretti

Title Signs Taken for Wonders
Author Franco Moretti
Publisher Verso
Release Date 2005
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 273
ISBN 1844670562
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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A compelling analysis of the relations between high and mass culture, from tragedy and horror to detective fiction and classical realism.

Signs Taken For Wonders by Franco Moretti

Title Signs Taken for Wonders
Author Franco Moretti
Publisher Verso Books
Release Date 1988
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 314
ISBN 0860919064
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Shakespearean tragedy and Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Ulysses, Frankenstei and The Waste Land—all are celebrated “wonders” of modern literature, whether in its mandarin or popular form. However, it is the fact that these texts are so central to our contemporary notion of literature that sometimes hinders our ability to understand them. Franco Moretti applies himself to this problem by drawing skillfully on structuralist, sociological and psycho-analytic modes of enquity in order to read these texts as literary systems which are tokens of wider cultural and political realities. In the process, Moretti offers us compelling accounts of various literary genres, explores the relationships between high and mass culture in this century, and considers the relevance of tragic, Romantic and Darwinian views of the world.

The Location Of Culture by Homi K. Bhabha

Title The Location of Culture
Author Homi K. Bhabha
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2012-10-12
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 440
ISBN 9781136751042
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Rethinking questions of identity, social agency and national affiliation, Bhabha provides a working, if controversial, theory of cultural hybridity - one that goes far beyond previous attempts by others. In The Location of Culture, he uses concepts such as mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and liminality to argue that cultural production is always most productive where it is most ambivalent. Speaking in a voice that combines intellectual ease with the belief that theory itself can contribute to practical political change, Bhabha has become one of the leading post-colonial theorists of this era.

Title The Post colonial Studies Reader
Author Bill Ashcroft
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Release Date 2006
Category History
Total Pages 587
ISBN 0415345650
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Boasting new extracts from major works in the field, as well as an impressive list of contributors, this second edition of a bestselling Reader is an invaluable introduction to the most seminal texts in post-colonial theory and criticism.

Title The Post colonial Studies Reader
Author GRAHAM GRIFFITHS
Publisher Psychology Press
Release Date 1995
Category Colonies in literature
Total Pages 526
ISBN 0415096227
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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The Post-Colonial Studies Readeris the most comprehensive selection of key texts in post-colonial theory and criticism yet compiled. This collection covers a huge range of topics, featuring nearly ninety of the discipline's most widely read works. TheReader's90 extracts are designed to introduce the major issues and debates in the field of post-colonial literary studies. This field itself, however, has become so varied that no collection of readings could encompass every voice which is now giving itself the name "post-colonial." The editors, in order to avoid a volume which is simply a critical canon, have selected works representing arguments with which they do not necessarily agree, but rather which above all stimulate discussion, thought and further exploration. Post-colonial "theory" has occurred in all societies into which the imperial force of Europe has intruded, though not always in the official form oftheoretical text. Like the description of any other field the term has come to mean many things, but this volume hinges on one incontestable phenomenon: the "historical fact"of colonialism, and the palpable consequences to which this phenomenon gave rise. The topic involves talk about experience of various kinds: migration, slavery, suppression, resistance, representation, difference, race, gender, place, and reaction to the European influence, and about the fundamental experiences of speaking and writing by which all these come into being. In compiling this reader, the editors have sought to stimulate people to ask: "How might a genuinely post-colonial literary enterprise proceed?" The fourteen sections include: Issues and Debates; Universality and Difference; Textual Representation and Resistance; Postmodernism and Post-Colonialism; Nationalism; Hybridity; Ethnicity and Indigenity; Feminism and Post-Colonialism; Language; The Body and Performance; History; Place; Education; and Production andConsumption. Contributors include many of the leading post-colonial theorists and critics--such as Franz Fanon, Chinua Achebe, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Homi Bhabba, Derek Walcott, Edward Said, and Trinh T. Minh-ha--in addition to a number of the discourse's newer voices.The Post-Colonial Studies Readerwill prove an authoritative compilation, representing an invaluable contribution to the study of post-colonial theory and criticism.

Signs And Wonders by Angela Punky Stultz

Title Signs and Wonders
Author Angela Punky Stultz
Publisher Independently Published
Release Date 2019-08-11
Category
Total Pages 230
ISBN 1080007385
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Signs and Wonders: Sojourn in the Inner-city takes the reader along the journey of a grassroots organization operating in one of Kingston Jamaica's poorest inner-city communities. Through recounting personal encounters, observations and direct interventions, Signs and Wonders captures the challenges that Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and community development practitioners face. These include achieving community buy-in, overcoming biases, class and gender divisions, addressing people's sense of alienation, managing limited financial resources, and working with political cultures that view people's empowerment with suspicion.This is not only a recounting of challenges however, for beyond them are the stories of hope, resilience and triumph. The S-Corner Clinic & Community Development was an NGO operating in Kingston 13. The community is characterized by older houses typical of early middle class Kingston, now overshadowed by rusty zinc fences, dilapidated buildings and weak sanitation disposal. The community's decline has not just been physical but also social with high levels of illiteracy, teenaged pregnancy, underemployment and gang violence. The S-Corner Organization initially provided programs in education, health, sanitation, and economic development to help to alleviate the complex issues of intergenerational poverty. The organization's integration into the community coupled with quantitative and qualitative research unearthed a myriad of critical underlying factors hindering community development. In response the organization broadened its scope of work to include projects such as sanitation infrastructure and peace building. As an escalating homicide rate became an increasing burden on our health care programs, costing lives and damaging the community's economy; the addition of peace-building programs was especially essential to make it possible to achieve community social and economic transformation. Signs and Wonders presents the reader with ten compelling short stories of triumph. The stories illustrate the human impact of the trials and ills experienced by many communities - unemployment, crime, gangs, domestic abuse, interpersonal conflicts, and parenting challenges. They emphasize the triumphs and the resilience of the human spirit. The reasons for triumphs are varied and attributable to the determination of the community residents, the multiple approaches of the NGO, the author's deepened faith and relationship with the creator, and to unexplainable occurrences. The stories will provoke academic debate and further discussions. Taken as a whole, the book exposes systemic inequities which create and perpetuate poverty. It provides social workers and social work agencies with important insights and ideas for their work with vulnerable communities and challenges practitioners of community development and peace building to respond in ways that lead to equity and justice. Perhaps most importantly, the stories are intended to inspire individuals living in difficult circumstances to believe that transformation is possible. Each story highlights a unique and personal experience and yet an underlying thread of community challenge and resilience is woven from one story to the next. All stories are true. The author has been given permission to tell individuals' stories and to use their names, although some names have been changed to protect individual identities.

The Location Of Culture by Homi K. Bhabha

Title The Location of Culture
Author Homi K. Bhabha
Publisher Psychology Press
Release Date 1994
Category Art
Total Pages 285
ISBN 0415016355
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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In Location of Culture, Homi Bhabha sets out the conceptual imperative and political consistency of the post-colonial intellectual project. In a provocative series of essays, Bhabha explains why the post-colonial critique has altered forever the landscape of postmodern discourse. Location of Cultureexamines the displacement of the colonist's ligitimizing cultural authority; the margins of Western "civility" put under colonial stress; the complex cultural and political boundaries which exist between the spheres of gender, race, class, and sexuality; the place of language, psychic affect, and narrative discourse in the construction of social authority and cultural identity. Bhabha investigates a diverse range of texts in a bold attempt to specify the moment and the place of both colonial and post-colonial perspectives. He discusses writers such as Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, and Salman Rushdie; historical documents such as those on the Indian Mutiny and by missionaries; race riots and nationhood; and he builds on the work of important cultural theorists such as Frantz Fanon and Edward Said.

Title Signs Wonders and a Baptist Preacher
Author Chad Norris
Publisher Baker Books
Release Date 2013-03-15
Category Religion
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9781441261281
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Baptist Preacher Takes the "Weird" Out of the Supernatural Demonstrating humor, candor, and personal vulnerability, this Southern Baptist preacher offers an entertaining, non-religious look at the Holy Spirit. He shares transparently, recounting his own history of depression and panic attacks until Jesus rescued him and showed him how to do the works of the Father. As Norris explains, "I had no paradigm for that." Then he challenges readers to engage with the supernatural. Even though Jesus said we will do even greater things than he did, we don't. Norris's engaging narrative style lowers readers' defenses and opens their minds to the idea that these "greater things" are more attainable than they think. Because we are loved more than we imagine, says Norris, we are more capable of doing the Father's works than we have ever considered.

Miraculous by Kevin Belmonte

Title Miraculous
Author Kevin Belmonte
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Release Date 2012-10-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781595554963
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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“For thousands of years, the hope of heaven has called to people through miracles. When we stop to consider their stories, God’s voice calls to us as well.” In our age of constant innovation, technological achievement, and the sad tendency to see ourselves as the captains of our fate, we may be tempted to make little time for miracles, or give little credence to them. But to live our lives without a sense of the miraculous is to live impoverished lives. Our word for miracle comes from the Latin word mirari, “to wonder.” And well might we wonder when we consider the nature of miracles and their purpose. It is here that a grand conversation beckons. God has been our help in ages past. He is our hope for years to come. To learn of holy events and people—supremely, to look upon the Savior—is to see the power of God, and how He has always sought to draw us to Himself. He is our eternal home. Miracles point the way there. Look at a night sky, studded with numberless constellations of stars. Each is a celestial shard of glory—bestowing glimpses of the eternal. Miracles in Scripture are like the stars. They, like the heavens, declare the glory of God. In these pages are scenes and lives touched by eternity, settings of almighty declaration, moments marked by deliverance, by mercy, or visionary unfoldings of God’s divine intent. Kevin Belmonte provides learned insight into the profoundly important history of miracles. Miraculous is a richly researched text of wondrous things that have taken place from ancient times to the present.

Imperialism by P. J. Cain

Title Imperialism
Author P. J. Cain
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Release Date 2001
Category Imperialism
Total Pages 353
ISBN 0415206308
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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The philosopher W.B. Gallie argued many years ago that there could be no simple definition of words such as 'freedom' because they embodied what he called 'essentially contested concepts'. They were words whose meaning had to be fought over and whose compteting definitions arose out of political struggle and conflict. Imperialism, and its close ally, colonialism, are two such contested concepts. This set will give readers an insight in to the main lines of debate about the meanings of imperialism and colonialism over the last two centuries.