Cara Bernay has never fit in. At loose ends in 1881 London after a near tragedy costs her a job, she befriends a carefree artist. With his help, she begins planning a new life and developing her own artistic talent. But soon Cara finds herself at odds with the artist's brother--a handsome but arrogant earl forcing his brother back to a "respectable" life. Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe, feels the weight of growing financial burdens. His younger brother is the one person who can save their family, and Henry needs him back home. Despite misgivings about Cara's mysterious background, Henry sees she's a positive influence on his brother and on Henry's young ward, and he strikes a deal with her to return with them to their estate. But the family has their own secrets, and when Cara, drawn ever closer to Henry, stumbles onto the truth, she must choose between following her heart and pursuing a bold plan that could bring disaster.
All normal human beings alive in the last fifty thousand years appear to have possessed, in Mark Turner's phrase, "irrepressibly artful minds." Cognitively modern minds produced a staggering list of behavioral singularities--science, religion, mathematics, language, advanced tool use, decorative dress, dance, culture, art--that seems to indicate a mysterious and unexplained discontinuity between us and all other living things. This brute fact gives rise to some tantalizing questions: How did the artful mind emerge? What are the basic mental operations that make art possible for us now, and how do they operate? These are the questions that occupy the distinguished contributors to this volume, which emerged from a year-long Getty-funded research project hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. These scholars bring to bear a range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives on the relationship between art (broadly conceived), the mind, and the brain. Together they hope to provide directions for a new field of research that can play a significant role in answering the great riddle of human singularity.
In this captivating Regency romance by award-winning author Elizabeth Mansfield, a woman decides to teach a proper-to-a-fault nobleman a lesson in love that he will never forget Sophia Edgerton knows how to make an entrance. Yet even she isn’t prepared for the consequences when she throws herself into the arms of a total stranger at a society ball, mistaking him for her long-lost cousin. Marcus Harvey, fifth Earl of Wynwood, responds with a remark that sets the ton abuzz. Determined to teach the arrogant nobleman a lesson, Sophy devises an exquisite payback to take place at the earl’s ancestral estate. A party at Wynwood Hall is the event of the season, and tongues are soon wagging amid rumors of shocking behavior and scandalous liaisons. But when a betrothal is announced, the tables are suddenly turned. For Sophy has gone and done the unthinkable: She’s lost her heart to a man who doesn’t believe in love.
A richly illustrated handbook of creative and innovative decorating techniques for the home reflects a wide range of decor and design choices, ranging from New Traditionalist styles and Bohemian rooms to Minimalist motifs and unique color and patterns selections.
Few directors are characterized by both extraordinary film craft and the ironic reputation for lowbrow films. Despite his many achievements as a child of the Italian Cinecitta studios, however, Sergio Leone has been judged severely by writers who find his films lacking in ideas and moralists who find his films unduly cynical. Nevertheless, Leone’s greatest cinematic achievement, Once Upon a Time in the West, served to refute these criticisms while exposing the director’s unique romanticism and artistic ambition. As Leone’s fourth successful American western film, Once Upon a Time in the West earned him acclaim for liberating the western genre, restoring it to a place of antique American simplicity. The principal goal of this book is to sharpen an appreciation for Sergio Leone and his most famous American western. The first two chapters deal with the relationship between Once Upon a Time in the West and the western films that preceded it, particularly those of John Ford. Subsequent chapters concentrate on the central characters of Once Upon a Time in the West, with special attention to Jill, Leone’s first female protagonist and a surprisingly successful character, central to the plot and accorded a kind of existential strength usually reserved for men in Westerns. The sixth, seventh and eighth chapters address Leone’s visual style, which represents a unique fusion of Hollywood classicism and modernism, and reveals the influences of Italian Surrealism and the French New Wave. The final chapters explore the rhythm, romanticism, and musical character of Once Upon a Time in the West, espousing the theory that Leone’s approach to film is, above all, musical.
How two extraordinary women crossed the Victorian class divide to put Christian teachings into practice in the slums of East London Nellie Dowell was a match factory girl in Victorian London who spent her early years consigned to orphanages and hospitals. Muriel Lester, the daughter of a wealthy shipbuilder, longed to be free of the burden of money and possessions. Together, these unlikely soulmates sought to remake the world according to their own utopian vision of Christ's teachings. The Match Girl and the Heiress paints an unforgettable portrait of their late-nineteenth-century girlhoods of wealth and want, and their daring twentieth-century experiments in ethical living in a world torn apart by war, imperialism, and industrial capitalism. In this captivating book, Seth Koven chronicles how each traveled the globe—Nellie as a spinster proletarian laborer, Muriel as a well-heeled tourist and revered Christian peacemaker, anticolonial activist, and humanitarian. Koven vividly describes how their lives crossed in the slums of East London, where they inaugurated a grassroots revolution that took the Sermon on the Mount as a guide to achieving economic and social justice for the dispossessed. Koven shows how they devoted themselves to Kingsley Hall—Gandhi's London home in 1931 and Britain's first "people's house" founded on the Christian principles of social sharing, pacifism, and reconciliation—and sheds light on the intimacies and inequalities of their loving yet complicated relationship. The Match Girl and the Heiress probes the inner lives of these two extraordinary women against the panoramic backdrop of shop-floor labor politics, global capitalism, counterculture spirituality, and pacifist feminism to expose the wounds of poverty and neglect that Christian love could never heal.
Diploma Thesis from the year 2002 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: y (1), University of Graz (Institute for American Studies), language: English, abstract: Underworld (1997), DeLillos elfter Roman, ist bis dato sein ehrgeizigstes Projekt. In diesem 827-seitigen Nachruf auf den Kalten Krieg vereint und verdichtet er viele der Themen seiner schriftstellerischen Karriere: Verschworungstheorien und Formen der Paranoia, atomare Bedrohung, das Spannungsverhaltnis zwischen fiktionalem Erzahlen und Historiographie, die Fragmentarisierung der grands recits, Onomastik und die Macht der Sprache; der Einfluss des Films, des Fernsehens und der Werbung auf unsere alltagliche Wirklichkeitswahrnehmung wie auch auf kunstlerisches Schaffen, Jean Baudrillards Simulakrum; Gewalt und die unterschwellige Faszination, die die Medienberichterstattung uber Naturkatastrophen, Terrorakte, Serienmorder, Amoklaufer, Flugzeugabsturze und dergleichen auf uns ausubt; Sport; Homophobie, der Konsumwahn und die Macht des multinationalen Kapitals; Kunst und die Frage, ob subversive Kunst, Kunst die gesellschaftlich noch etwas bewegen kann, in einem soziokulturellen Rahmen, den wir grob mit den Begriffen Postmoderne oder Spatkapitalismus umreissen konnen, noch moglich ist; und schliesslich noch Mull als empirisches Faktum und als grosse historische, psychoanalytische und asthetische Metapher. Eine Metapher, die fast jeden Aspekt des Romans in sich vereinigt. Mull ist im buchstablichen Sinne und als Metapher nahezu allgegenwartig und dient in der Diskussion der vielschichtigen und weitverzweigten historischen, politischen und asthetischen Implikationen von Underworld als allumfassendes Bild. Der aus unser aller Alltag wohlbekannte Begriff des Recycling, und Containment, ein Wort, das etwa im Begriff Mullcontainer" schon langst Bestandteil auch der deutschen Sprache ist, bilden dabei das Grundgerust dieser Betrachtu
Annotation This book asks serious aesthetic and cultural questions about art and teaching. In this context the authors explore the power of art to shape both our emotions and our intellect. With these ideas in mind the authors explore a course the team taught on « High and Low Art: Good and Bad Taste. As the course began the « Sensation controversy at the Brooklyn Museum broke out. The authors trace both how the controversy shaped their course and its implications for the larger concerns with art, culture, and education in the twenty-first century.