The Uses Of Humanism

Author: Gábor Almási
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004181857
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This book is a novel attempt to understand humanism as a socially meaningful cultural idiom in late Renaissance East Central Europe. Through an exploration of geographical regions that are relatively little known to an English reading public, it argues that late sixteenth-century East Central Europe was culturally thriving and intellectually open in the period between Copernicus and Galileo. Humanism was a dominant cluster of shared intellectual practices and cultural values that brought a number of concrete benefits both to the social-climber intellectual and to the social elite. Two exemplary case studies illustrate this thesis in substantive detail, and highlight the ambivalences and difficulties court humanists routinely faced. The protagonists Johannes Sambucus and Andreas Dudith, both born in the Kingdom of Hungary, were two of the major humanists of the Habsburg court, central figures in cosmopolitan networks of men of learning and characteristic representatives of an Erasmian spirit that was struggling for survival in the face of confessionalisation. Through an analysis of their careers at court and a presentation of their self-fashioning as savants and courtiers, the book explores the social and political significance of their humanist learning and intellectual strategies.

The Classical Heritage And Its Beneficiaries

Author: R. R. Bolgar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521098120
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Since its first publication in 1954, The Classical Heritage has become established as a classic introduction to cultural and intellectual history from the Carolingian age to the end of the Renaissance.

What Else Is Pastoral

Author: Ken Hiltner
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801461248
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The pastoral was one of the most popular literary forms of early modern England. Inspired by classical and Italian Renaissance antecedents, writers from Ben Jonson to John Beaumont and Abraham Cowley wrote in idealized terms about the English countryside. It is often argued that the Renaissance pastoral was a highly figurative mode of writing that had more to do with culture and politics than with the actual countryside of England. For decades now literary criticism has had it that in pastoral verse, hills and crags and moors were extolled for their metaphoric worth, rather than for their own qualities. In What Else Is Pastoral?, Ken Hiltner takes a fresh look at pastoral, offering an environmentally minded reading that reconnects the poems with literal landscapes, not just figurative ones. Considering the pastoral in literature from Virgil and Petrarch to Jonson and Milton, Hiltner proposes a new ecocritical approach to these texts. We only become truly aware of our environment, he explains, when its survival is threatened. As London expanded rapidly during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the city and surrounding rural landscapes began to look markedly different. Hiltner finds that Renaissance writers were acutely aware that the countryside they had known was being lost to air pollution, deforestation, and changing patterns of land use; their works suggest this new absence of nature through their appreciation for the scraps that remained in memory or in fact. A much-needed corrective to the prevailing interpretation of pastoral poetry, What Else Is Pastoral? shows the value of reading literature with an ecological eye.

Sushi Slim

Author: Makiko Sano
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing
ISBN: 9781849491754
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Have you ever wondered why Japanese women stay so slim? Research shows that the Japanese diet is one of the healthiest in the world: balanced, slimming, and packed with superfoods. Japanese girls learn about food from their mothers: what to eat to make your hair shine, your skin glow, to get rid of wrinkles, and to make your nails strong and healthy.

Loving Nature

Author: Kay Milton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134525389
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As the full effects of human activity on Earth's life-support systems are revealed by science, the question of whether we can change, fundamentally, our relationship with nature becomes increasingly urgent. Just as important as an understanding of our environment, is an understanding of ourselves, of the kinds of beings we are and why we act as we do. In Loving Nature Kay Milton considers why some people in Western societies grow up to be nature lovers, actively concerned about the welfare and future of plants, animals, ecosystems and nature in general, while others seem indifferent or intent on destroying these things. Drawing on findings and ideas from anthropology, psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, the author discusses how we come to understand nature as we do, and above all, how we develop emotional commitments to it. Anthropologists, in recent years, have tended to suggest that our understanding of the world is shaped solely by the culture in which we live. Controversially Kay Milton argues that it is shaped by direct experience in which emotion plays an essential role. The author argues that the conventional opposition between emotion and rationality in western culture is a myth. The effect of this myth has been to support a market economy which systematically destroys nature, and to exclude from public decision making the kinds of emotional attachments that support more environmentally sensitive ways of living. A better understanding of ourselves, as fundamentally emotional beings, could give such ways of living the respect they need.

British Animation

Author: Clare Kitson
Publisher:
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Commemorating the golden age of televised animation

Urbain Grandier

Author: Alexandre Dumas
Publisher: Booklassic
ISBN: 9635221916
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Urbain Grandier was written in the year 1840 by Alexandre Dumas. This book is one of the most popular novels of Alexandre Dumas, and has been translated into several other languages around the world. This book is published by Booklassic which brings young readers closer to classic literature globally.

Crime And Punishment In Early Modern Russia

Author: Nancy Kollmann
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107025133
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Magisterial account of criminal law in early modern Russia in a wider European and Eurasian context.