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From the early days of steamship travel, artists stifled by the culture of their homelands fled to islands, jungles, and deserts in search of new creative and emotional frontiers. Their flight inspired a unique body of work that doesn't fit squarely within the Western canon, yet may be some of the most original statements we have about the range and depth of the artistic imagination. Focusing on six principal subjects, Jamie James locates "a lost national school" of artists who left their homes for the unknown. There is Walter Spies, the devastatingly handsome German painter who remade his life in Bali; Raden Saleh, the Javanese painter who found fame in Europe; Isabelle Eberhardt, a Russian-Swiss writer who roamed the Sahara dressed as an Arab man; the American experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, who went to Haiti and became a committed follower of voodoo. From France, Paul Gauguin left for Tahiti; and Victor Segalen, a naval doctor, poet, and novelist, immersed himself in classical Chinese civilization in imperial Peking. In The Glamour of Strangeness, James evokes these extraordinary lives in portraits that bring the transcultural artist into sharp relief. Drawing on his own career as a travel writer and years of archival research uncovering previously unpublished letters and journals, James creates a penetrating study of the powerful connection between art and the exotic.

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Genre Book : Biography & Autobiography
Author Book : Jamie James
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Book : 2016-08-09
Download Book : 384 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780374711320


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Myths reflect, reinforce, and sometimes subvert gender ideologies and so have an influence in the 'real world'. This is true in the present no less than when the Greek and Roman myths were created. The struggles to redefine gender roles and identities in our own time are inevitably reflected in our interpretations and retellings of these classical myths. Using the new lenses provided by gender studies and diverse forms of feminism, Lillian Doherty re-examines some of the major approaches to myth interpretation in the twentieth century: psychological, ritualist, 'charter', structuralist and folklorist. She also explores 'popular' uses of classical mythology - from television and comic books to the evocation of goddesses in Jungian psychology.

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Genre Book : History
Author Book : Lillian Doherty
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Book : 2015-03-02
Download Book : 160 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781472502407


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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "Pagan Light is mesmerizing. Every detail is compelling. I felt I was reading a family history of a family far more interesting than mine." --Edmund White, author of Our Young Man A rich, intimate embrace of Capri, which was a magnet for artistic renegades and a place of erotic refuge Isolated and arrestingly beautiful, the island of Capri has been a refuge for renegade artists and writers fleeing the strictures of conventional society from the time of Augustus, who bought the island in 29 BC after defeating Antony and Cleopatra, to the early twentieth century, when the poet and novelist Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen was in exile there after being charged with corrupting minors, to the 1960s, when Truman Capote spent time on the island. We also meet the Marquis de Sade, Goethe, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Compton Mackenzie, Rilke, Lenin, and Gorky, among other astonishingly vivid characters. Grounded in a deep intimacy with Capri and full of captivating anecdotes, Jamie James’s Pagan Light tells how a tiny island served as a wildly permissive haven for people—queer, criminal, sick, marginalized, and simply crazy—who had nowhere else to go.

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Genre Book : Travel
Author Book : Jamie James
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Book : 2019-03-19
Download Book : 336 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780374715564


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Genre Book : America
Author Book : John Fiske
Publisher :
Release Book : 1892
Download Book : Pages
ISBN-10 : HARVARD:HWB3IV


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Author Book : Harriet Parr
Publisher :
Release Book : 1859
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ISBN-10 : OXFORD:600053205


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Genre Book : Conduct of life
Author Book : Andrew Kennedy Hutchison Boyd
Publisher :
Release Book : 1882
Download Book : 329 Pages
ISBN-10 : NYPL:33433070250885


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"(James) relishes the sheer quirkiness of intellectual history, rescuing some of the battier beliefs of scientists and composers from the revisionism of textbook biographies and producing a graceful and entertaining account of matters seldom presented to the general reader."-THE NEW YORKER "A provocative, engaging reassessment of the Western musical tradition and its relation to science." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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Genre Book : Music
Author Book : Jamie James
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release Book : 1995-06
Download Book : 262 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0387944745


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Oprah Winfrey is an unprecedented and important cultural phenomenon. This book aims to understand the reasons for her spectacular success and visibility. Based on nearly one hundred show transcripts; a year and a half of watching the show regularly; and analysis of magazine articles, several biographies, O Magazine, Oprah Book Club novels, self-help manuals promoted on the show, and hundreds of messages on the Oprah Winfrey Web site, it takes the Oprah industry seriously in order to ask fundamental questions about how culture works today.

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Genre Book : Performing Arts
Author Book : Eva Illouz
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Release Book : 2003
Download Book : 300 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780231118125


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The true story of a brilliant herpetologist killed by a snake in the jungle of Burma is vividly recounted in this fascinating and harrowing biography. In the fall of 2001, star herpetologist Dr. Joe Slowinski led a team of scientists into the jungles of Burma to find rare snakes. But the expedition was cut short by a bite from a many-banded krait, the deadliest serpent in Asia. Suddenly, Joe’s life was in imminent peril. In one of the most remarkable wilderness rescue attempts of modern times, Joe’s teammates kept him alive for thirty hours by mouth-to-mouth respiration, waiting for a rescue that never came. A daredevil obsessed with venomous snakes since his youth, Joe was a study in contrasts—meticulous in his science yet reckless in his pursuit of knowledge. A brilliant biologist, he rose quickly to the top of his field, discovering a number of snake species in his brief yet exhilarating career. Part science biography and part travel literature, The Snake Charmer presents a lively introduction to the strange and fascinating world of snake science while transporting readers from the Everglades to Peru to Burma, in search of rattlesnakes, boa constrictors, kraits, and cobras.

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Genre Book : Biography & Autobiography
Author Book : Jamie James
Publisher : Hachette+ORM
Release Book : 2008-06-03
Download Book : 272 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781401395711


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From one of the most important intellectuals of our time comes an extraordinary story of exile and a celebration of an irrecoverable past. A fatal medical diagnosis in 1991 convinced Edward Said that he should leave a record of where he was born and spent his childhood, and so with this memoir he rediscovers the lost Arab world of his early years in Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt. Said writes with great passion and wit about his family and his friends from his birthplace in Jerusalem, schools in Cairo, and summers in the mountains above Beirut, to boarding school and college in the United States, revealing an unimaginable world of rich, colorful characters and exotic eastern landscapes. Underscoring all is the confusion of identity the young Said experienced as he came to terms with the dissonance of being an American citizen, a Christian and a Palestinian, and, ultimately, an outsider. Richly detailed, moving, often profound, Out of Place depicts a young man's coming of age and the genesis of a great modern thinker.

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Genre Book : Biography & Autobiography
Author Book : Edward W. Said
Publisher : Vintage
Release Book : 2012-10-24
Download Book : 336 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780307829641