Ciekawe nabytki: Styczeń 2011

Archiwum ciekawych nabytków

Archiwum ciekawych nabytków (od października 2008 roku)
Archiwum ciekawych nabytków (do września 2008 roku)


Critical Theory for Library and Information Science

Okładka książki: Critical Theory for Library and Information Science

Critical Theory for Library and Information Science: Exploring the Social from Across the Disciplines. Ed. Gloria J. Leckie, Lisa M. Given, and John E. Buschman. ABC-CLIO, 2010. ISBN 978-1-59158-938-9.

“This book consists of chapters on individual critical theorist ranging from Aglietta to Habermas to Spivak, written by an international group of library and information science scholars. Each chapter provides an overview of the theoretical stance and contributions of the theorist, as well as relevant critical commentary. This book will be particularly valuable as a reference text of core readings for those pursuing doctoral or masters level degrees in LIS.”

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Early Medieval Bible Illumination and the Ashburnham Pentateuch

Okładka książki: Early Medieval Bible Illumination and the Ashburnham Pentateuch

Dorothy Verkerk. Early Medieval Bible Illumination and the Ashburnham Pentateuch. Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-521-82917-8

“This book focuses on the Ashburnham Pentateuch, an early medieval illuminated manuscript of the Old Testament whose pictures are among the earliest surviving and most extensive biblical illustrations of Genesis and Exodus, which incorporate references to contemporary life, were used to explain important church teachings. She provides a key to understanding the relationship between the text and pictures. Verkerk also argues that the manuscript was created in Italy, thereby solving a mystery that has baffled scholars for the last century and demonstrating that early medieval Italian artists were capable of complex innovations in the field of visual arts.”

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Faust the Theologian

Okładka książki: Faust the Theologian

Jaroslav Pelikan. Faust the Theologian. Yale University Press. New Haven and London, 1995. ISBN 0-300-07064-0

“In this erudite and beautifully written book, an eminent scholar meditates on the theological implications of Goethe’s Faust. Jaroslav Pelikan considers Goethe’s statement that he was a pantheist when it came to science, a polytheist in art, and a monotheist in ethics, and he uses it for the first time to analyze Faust’s development as a theologian – thereby enabling us to see Goethe’s masterpiece in a surprising new light.”

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Mark Twain’s Book of Animals

Okładka książki: Mark Twain’s Book of Animals

Mark Twain’s Book of Animals. Ed. by Shelley Fisher Fishkin. Berkeley – Los Angeles – London. University of California Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0-520-24855-7

“A truly exhilarating work. Max Twain’s animal-friendly views would not be out of place today, and indeed, in certain respects, Twain is still ahead of us: claiming, correctly; that there are certain degraded practices that only human inflict on one another and upon other animals. Fishkin has done a splendid job: I cannot remember reading something so consistently excellent.”

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The Archaeology of Nostalgia

Okładka książki: The Archaeology of Nostalgia

John Boardman: The Archaeology of Nostalgia: How the Greeks Re-Created Their Mythical Past. Thames & Hudson (February 2003). ISBN-10: 0500051151

Anyone who's visited Paul Bunyan's birthplace or seen a "George Washington Slept Here" plaque will feel a pang of recognition at this engaging survey of the material basis of Greek mythology in the Classical era. According to Boardman, an authority on Greek art and archaeology, the Greeks saw little distinction between myth and history. They drew on their natural surroundings, the visible remnants of faded civilizations and artistic representations borrowed from abroad to provide tangible confirmation of existing "myth-histories" and inspire new ones. To them, fossils were the remains of giants and sea-monsters, an anthropomorphic out-cropping became the petrified body of a weeping maiden, and Mycenaean ruins marked the citadels of Homeric kings; meanwhile, the flourishing of Greek art made depictions of mythical narratives a ubiquitous backdrop to everyday life. The Greeks had few hang-ups about authenticity or attribution; antique weapons and "bric-a-brac" were assumed to be relics of the local demi-god or hero, and any respectable town could boast a house where a mythical personage had lived. A cottage industry grew up to supply copies and forgeries to memorabilia-poor areas and facilitated an extensive tourist economy in Roman times. As a result, "the pious Greek was well aware that he walked and lived in a physical world that had been shared by heroes, nymphs and gods."
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The Philosophy of Religion

Okładka książki: The Philosophy of Religion

Beverly Clack & Brian R. Clack. The Philosophy of Religion: A Critical Introduction. Cambridge. Polity Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7456-3867-6

“The Clacks have produced a clear, systematic and highly critical approach to philosophy of religion, covering the traditional and contemporary issues in the field, as well as offering more attention to the naturalist critique of traditional religious belief.”
                                                                  Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College, Minnesota

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Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift

Okładka książki: Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift

Stef Craps. Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation. Sussex Academic Press. Brighton/Portland, 2005. ISBN 1845192311

“This book not only offers brilliant analyses of Swift’s novels, it also makes a significant impact on trauma studies. Craps argues that traumatic histories are the central themes in Swift’s literary oeuvre. But more importantly, he demonstrates that Swift’s own medium – storytelling – is crucial in working through trauma.”
Ernst von Alphen, University of Leiden/ University of California, Berkeley

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