That which is past is past forever and no power of the imagination can bring it back again . Yet inasmuch as there are many lives being lived in the world , by virtue of sadness and regret we are enabled to partake to some small degree ...

Author: William Carlos Williams

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811202291

Category: Poetry

Page: 388

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Written between 1920 and 1932, all five were first published in small editions, three of them in France. These are pivotal and seminal works, books in which a great writer was charting the course he later would follow, experimenting freely, boldly searching for a new kind of prose style to express "the power of the imagination to hold human beings to life and propel them onward." The prose-poem improvisations (Kora in Hell) . . . the interweaving of prose and poetry in alternating passages (Spring and All and The Descent of Winter) . . . an antinovel whose subject is the impossibility of writing "The Great American Novel" in America . . . automatic writing (A Novelette) . . . these are the challenges which Williams accepted and brilliantly met in his early work.
Categories: Poetry

The Book of Job A Contest of Moral Imaginations

The Book of Job   A Contest of Moral Imaginations

A Contest of Moral Imaginations Candler School of Theology Carol A. Newsom Professor of Old Testament Emory University. 8 The Dissatisfied Reader Elihu and the Historicity of the Moral Imagination A book is interrupted discourse ...

Author: Candler School of Theology Carol A. Newsom Professor of Old Testament Emory University

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195348712

Category: Religion

Page: 315

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Carol Newsom illuminates the relation between the aesthetic forms of Job and the claims made by its various characters. Her innovative approach makes possible a new understanding of the unity of the book that rejects its dismantling in historical criticism and the flattening of the text that characterizes many final form readings. Additionally, she rehabilitates the moral perspectives represented by certain voices of the book that modern critics have treated with disdain.
Categories: Religion

Surface Imaginations

Surface Imaginations

Further, psychoanalytic theory offers a theoretical framework to develop new methodologies that can better represent the effects and structures of surface imaginations. Poetic transcription borrows from surface imagination in its ...

Author: Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773597754

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Versatile, trendy, and resilient, the global cosmetic surgery industry shows no signs of decline, especially with its promises, not just of aesthetic improvement, but of absolute transformation. Introducing the concept of "surface imagination," Rachel Hurst discusses the fantasy that a change to the exterior will enhance the interior, or that the outside is more significant because it fashions the inside. Drawing on psychoanalysis, feminist theory, popular culture, the history of medicine, and interviews with women who have undergone cosmetic procedures, Hurst explores the tensions between the two primary surfaces of cosmetic surgery: the photograph and the skin. The photograph, an idealized surface for envisioning the effects of cosmetic surgery, allows for speculation and retouching, predictably and without pain. The skin, on the other hand, is a recalcitrant surface that records the passage of time and heals unpredictably. Ultimately, Hurst argues, the fantasy of surface imagination corroborates the belief that one's body is mutable and controllable, and that control over one's body permits control over one's social, emotional, and mental suffering. Acknowledging the varied experiences and opinions of the patients interviewed, but also critiquing the promises made by the industry, Surface Imaginations develops an innovative approach to thinking about cosmetic surgical transformations through the seduction of surfaces.
Categories: Social Science

Excitable Imaginations

Excitable Imaginations

The imagination's amorphous character in Enlightenment discourse makes it available for a wide range of tasks and for competing theorizations of how it engages with images, texts, and thought. The triangulated model of the mind as ...

Author: Kathleen Lubey

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781611484403

Category: History

Page: 287

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Excitable Imaginations offers a new approach to the history of pornography. Looking beyond a counter-canon of bawdy literature, Kathleen Lubey identifies a vigilant attentiveness to sex across a wide spectrum of literary and philosophical texts in eighteenth-century Britain. Esteemed public modes of writing such as nationalist poetry, moral fiction, and empirical philosophy, as well as scandalous and obscene writing, persistently narrate erotic experiences--desire, voyeurism, seduction, orgasm. The recurring turn to sexuality in literature and philosophy, she argues, allowed authors to recommend with great urgency how the risqué delights of reading might excite the imagination to ever greater degrees of educability on moral and aesthetic matters. Moralists such as Samuel Richardson and Adam Smith, like their licentious counterparts Rochester, Haywood, and Cleland, purposefully evoke salacious fantasy so that their audiences will recognize reading as an intellectual act that is premised on visceral pleasure. Eroticism in texts like Pamela and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, in Lubey's reading, did not compete with instructive literary aims, but rather was essential to the construction of the self-governing Enlightenment subject.
Categories: History

Socialist Imaginations

Socialist Imaginations

Imaginations of Socialism and Christianity in Swedish prose fiction of the early 1900s BEATA AGRELL 6 'The omnipotence of spring': ideas of progress in Norwegian socialism before 1940 ÅSMUND BORGEN GJERDE PART III The imagination of ...

Author: Stefan Arvidsson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351536042

Category: History

Page: 280

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This volume offers new perspectives on the appeal and profound cultural meaning of socialism over the past two centuries. It brings together scholarship from various disciplines addressing diverse national contexts, including Britain, China, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the USA. Taken together, the contributions highlight the aesthetic, narrative, and religious dimensions of socialism as it has developed through three broad phases in the modern era: early nineteenth-century beginnings, mass-based political organizations, and the attainment of state power in the twentieth century and beyond. Socialism did not attract millions of people primarily because of logical argument and empirical evidence, important though those were. Rather, it told the most compelling story about the past, present, and future. Refocusing attention on socialism's imaginative dimensions, this volume aims to revive scholarly interest in one of the modern world1s most important political orientations.
Categories: History

Alien Imaginations

Alien Imaginations

is not a figure at all, in an ontological sense, but instead a representation within our cultural imagination. As Sara Ahmed rightly points out, “it is the processes of expelling or welcoming the one who is recognized as a stranger that ...

Author: Ulrike Küchler

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628921168

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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As both an extra-terrestrial and a terrestrial migrant, the alien provides a critical framework to help us understand the interactions between cultures and to explore the transgressive force of travel over geographical, cultural or linguistic borders. Offering a perspective on the alien that connects to scholarship on immigration and globalization, Alien Imaginations brings together canonical and contemporary works in the literature and cinema of science fiction and transnationalism. By examining the role of the alien through the themes of language, anxiety and identity, the essays in this collection engage with authors such as H.G. Wells, Eleanor Arnason, Philip K. Dick and Yoko Tawada as well as directors such as Neill Blomkamp, James Cameron and Michael Winterbottom. Focusing on works that are European and North American in origin, the readings in this volume explore their critical intent and their potential to undermine many of the central notions of Western hegemonic discourses. Alien Imaginations reflects upon contemporary cultural imaginaries as well as the realities of migration, labor and life, suggesting models of resistance, if not utopian horizons.
Categories: Performing Arts

Hellish Imaginations from Augustine to Dante

Hellish Imaginations from Augustine to Dante

The passages quoted above regarding hellish imaginations are read by Le Goff as follows: 'what [William] wants to say, I think, is that since fire is efficacious when it exists only in man's imagination, in dreams, for example, ...

Author: Alastair Minnis

Publisher: Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature

ISBN: 9780907570516

Category: History

Page: 290

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Medieval literature and art abounds in descriptions of grotesque torments (punitive in hell, redemptive in purgatory) being meted out to the unhappy dead. But how can pain be experienced in the absence of the body? Can the main agents of suffering specified in Old Testament prophecies, fire and the worm, actually trouble a disembodied soul? The relative merits of material and metaphorical understandings of the economy of pain were debated throughout the Middle Ages, and extended far beyond, surviving the abolition of purgatory within Protestantism. This book brings to life many of the intellectual clashes, beginning with Augustine’s foundational yet troubling doctrines, proceeding to the problems caused by Aristotle’s insistence that death kills off all sense and sensation, and culminating in a fresh reading of Dante’s Purgatorio, Canto XXV. Wide-ranging, lucid and bristling with ideas on every page, it illustrates superbly well the variety, liveliness and continuous creativity of scholastic thought, particularly in respect of the contribution it made to literary theory.
Categories: History

Hemispheric Imaginations

Hemispheric Imaginations

In this way we may enjoy in imagination the delight of exploring unknown lands, where new wonders and beauties break upon us at every step; and we may ultimately be able, as it were from our own familiar acquaintance, to form an opinion ...

Author: Helmbrecht Breinig

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press

ISBN: 9781611689914

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 410

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What image of Latin America have North American fiction writers created, found, or echoed, and how has the prevailing discourse about the region shaped their work? How have their writings contributed to the discursive construction of our southern neighbors, and how has the literature undermined this construction and added layers of complexity that subvert any approach based on stereotypes? Combining American Studies, Canadian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Cultural Theory, Breinig relies on long scholarly experience to answer these and other questions. Hemispheric Imaginations, an ambitious interdisciplinary study of literary representations of Latin America as encounters with the other, is among the most extensive such studies to date. It will appeal to a broad range of scholars of American Studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Religious Imaginations

Religious Imaginations

7 Andrew V Abela, 'Appealing to the Imagination: Effective and Ethical Marketing of Religion', in Journal of Business Research 67.2 (2014), p. 54. 8 Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism (New York: W. W. Norton & Inc, 1991), p.

Author: James Walters

Publisher: Gingko Library

ISBN: 9781909942233

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Market globalization, technology, climate change, and postcolonial political forces are together forging a new, more modern world. However, caught up in the mix are some powerful religious narratives that are galvanizing peoples and reimagining – and sometimes stifling – the political and social order. Some are repressive, fundamentalist imaginations, such as the so-called Islamic Caliphate. Others could be described as post-religious, such as the evolution of universal human rights out of the European Christian tradition. But the question of the compatibility of these religious worldviews, particularly those that have emerged out of the Abrahamic faith traditions, is perhaps the most pressing issue in global stability today. What scope for dialogue is there between the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian ways of imagining the future? How can we engage with these multiple imaginations to create a shared and peaceful global society? Religious Imaginations is an interdisciplinary volume of both new and well-known scholars exploring how religious narratives interact with the contemporary geopolitical climate.
Categories: Religion

So Fill Our Imaginations

So Fill Our Imaginations

imaginations” that entices me most. “So control our wills,” on the other hand, proves troublesome—although I've tried to sit with it attentively. I even wrote the following little entry in my journal: “so control our wills—maybe not in ...

Author: Mark Lloyd Taylor

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666735956

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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With this memoir doubling as an exercise in theological reflection, Mark Lloyd Taylor invites readers to explore the work and play of a year of preaching. A turbulent and supersaturated year of life in the world, featuring parish departures and resilience, a housing crisis in neighborhood and city, the inauguration of Donald Trump as president with attendant social/political/economic issues. ISIS, Iraq, and Syria. Displaced people at the southern border. Sexual violence against women. Race in America. Feminist, womanist, and process theologies propel Taylor’s twelve sermons across the 2016–17 church year (Lectionary Year A). But at its most imaginative, the adult work of preaching becomes child’s play. Sermons carried by verbal and visual and tactile images. Walking makes the way. Straying beyond fences of hatred and staying beyond. A broken porcelain bowl mended with gold. A seven-foot-tall assemblage of kimchi pots no longer buried by fear. An icon of the great faith of the Canaanite woman, great enough to convert Jesus. Every single one of us a little baby Sophia, living and moving and having our being in the universal womb of God, our mother. All to fill corners and empty spaces in our imaginations.
Categories: Religion