Dunbar und seine Töchter


Author: Edward St Aubyn

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 3641177006

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Edward St Aubyns meisterhafter Roman über einen machtbesessenen und eitlen Despot am Ende seines Lebens Sein ganzes Leben lang hat Henry Dunbar auf nichts und niemanden Rücksicht genommen, besessen von der Vision, seinen kleinen Zeitungsverlag zu einem Medienkonzern auszubauen. Auf dem Zenit seiner Macht hat nur noch einen einzigen, aber mächtigen Feind: das Alter. Dunbar weiß, er muss sein Reich in die Hände seiner Töchter legen. Nur zwei der Kinder hält er für geeignet. Doch das Leben erteilt ihm eine bittere Lektion. In seinem neuen Roman, inspiriert von Shakespeares König Lear, seziert Edward St Aubyn gekonnt innerfamiliäre Beziehungen. "Dunbar und seine Töchter" ist ein brillantes Lehrstück über Egoismus, Starrsinn und die Erkenntnis, wie leicht einem am Ende des Lebens alles Erreichte aus den Händen gleiten kann.

Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language

Author: Robin Dunbar

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674363366

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

View: 1003

What a big brain we have for all the small talk we make. It's an evolutionary riddle that at long last makes sense in this intriguing book about what gossip has done for our talkative species. Psychologist Robin Dunbar looks at gossip as an instrument of social order and cohesion--much like the endless grooming with which our primate cousins tend to their social relationships. Apes and monkeys, humanity's closest kin, differ from other animals in the intensity of these relationships. All their grooming is not so much about hygiene as it is about cementing bonds, making friends, and influencing fellow primates. But for early humans, grooming as a way to social success posed a problem: given their large social groups of 150 or so, our earliest ancestors would have had to spend almost half their time grooming one another--an impossible burden. What Dunbar suggests--and his research, whether in the realm of primatology or in that of gossip, confirms--is that humans developed language to serve the same purpose, but far more efficiently. It seems there is nothing idle about chatter, which holds together a diverse, dynamic group--whether of hunter-gatherers, soldiers, or workmates. Anthropologists have long assumed that language developed in relationships among males during activities such as hunting. Dunbar's original and extremely interesting studies suggest otherwise: that language in fact evolved in response to our need to keep up to date with friends and family. We needed conversation to stay in touch, and we still need it in ways that will not be satisfied by teleconferencing, email, or any other communication technology. As Dunbar shows, the impersonal world of cyberspace will not fulfill our primordial need for face-to-face contact. From the nit-picking of chimpanzees to our chats at coffee break, from neuroscience to paleoanthropology, Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language offers a provocative view of what makes us human, what holds us together, and what sets us apart.

Helen Flanders Dunbar - Die Mutter der Psychosomatik

Author: Christina Peetz

Publisher: V&R unipress GmbH

ISBN: 3847100831

Category: Psychology

Page: 145

View: 1999

Hauptbeschreibung Helen Flanders Dunbar (1902-1959) war eine Pionierin auf dem Gebiet der Psychosomatik. Sie wurde in Chicago geboren und studierte zeitgleich an drei verschiedenen Universitäten Philosophie, Theologie und Medizin. In späteren Jahren unterhielt sie eine Praxis, arbeitete an Krankenhäusern, engagierte sich in Lehre und Forschung und gründete die Zeitschrift Psychosomatic Medicine. In ihrem sehr arbeitsreichen Leben verfasste sie neben zahlreichen Zeitschriftenartikeln neun große Werke, die in ihrer Zeit revolutionäre neue Ansichten über das Zusammenwirken der Seele un.

William Dunbar

Selected Poems

Author: William Dunbar

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415969437

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 135

View: 1033

This publication celebrates the 50th anniversary of the "Journal of Documentation". It reviews the progress of documentation and information provision.


Author: N.A

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738565583

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 2445

Settled in the 1790s and incorporated in 1883, Dunbar was named for Col. Thomas Dunbar, who along with Gen. Edward Braddock and George Washington came to the area in 1755 to take back Fort Duquesne. In 1791, Isaac Meason started the Union Furnace, marking the beginning of the industrial growth that became Dunbaras lifeblood for more than a century. Vintage photographs in Dunbar capture the townas industry, tragedies such as the Hill Farm Mine disaster, faith, weddings, pastimes that entertained young and old alike, intriguing people, and beautiful buildings that stand as a testament to a more prosperous age. Today tourism opportunities such as the Sheepskin Trail, the Fayette Central Railroad Tourist Train, and the coke oven project at the Dunbar Historical Societyas park are helping the community reinvent itself and provide a new future for the little town.

The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Author: Paul Laurence Dunbar,Gene Andrew Jarrett,Thomas Lewis Morgan

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821416448

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 542

View: 5238

The son of former slaves, Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the most prominent and publicly recognized figures in American literature at the turn of the twentieth century. Thirty-three years old at the time of his death in 1906, he had published four novels, four collections of short stories, and fourteen books of poetry, not to mention numerous songs, plays, and essays in newspapers and magazines around the world. In the century following his death, Dunbar slipped into relative obscurity, remembered mainly for his dialect poetry or as a footnote to other more canonical figures from the period. The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar showcases his gifts as a writer of short fiction and provides key insights into the tensions and themes of Dunbar's literary achievement. Through examining the 104 stories written by Dunbar between 1890 and 1905, readers will be able to better understand Dunbar's specific attempts to maintain his artistic integrity while struggling with America's racist stereotypes. His work interrogated the color-line that informed American life and dictated his role as an artist in American letters. Editors Gene Jarrett and Thomas Morgan identify major themes and implications in Dunbar's work. Available in one convenient, comprehensive, and definitive volume for the first time, The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar illustrates the complexity of his literary life and legacy. ABOUT THE EDITORS---Gene Jarrett is an assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is co-editor (with Henry Louis Gates Jr.) of a forthcoming anthology, New Negro Criticism: Essays on Race, Representation, and African American Culture.Thomas Morgan is a lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research and teaching interests focus on critical race theory in late-nineteenth century American and African American literature, specifically as it applies to the politics of narrative form.

The Human Story

Author: Robin Dunbar

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571265200

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 3417

A fascinating account of the latest thinking on human evolution, by 'one of the most respected evolutionary psychologists in Britain'. For scientists studying evolution, the past decade has seen astonishing advances across many disciplines - discoveries which have revolutionised scientific thinking and turned upside down our understanding of who we are. The Human Story brings together these threads of research in genetics, behaviour and psychology to provide an understanding of just what it is that makes us human. Robin Dunbar looks in particular at how the human mind has evolved, and draws on his own research during the last five years into the deep psychological and biological bases of music and religion.

The history of Dunbar

from the earliest records to the present time

Author: James Miller

Publisher: N.A


Category: Dunbar (Scotland)

Page: 320

View: 9740


How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks

Author: Robin Dunbar

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674059328

Category: Science

Page: 312

View: 5645

Why do men talk and women gossip, and which is better for you? Why is monogamy a drain on the brain? And why should you be suspicious of someone who has more than 150 friends on Facebook? We are the product of our evolutionary history, and this history colors our everyday lives—from why we joke to the depth of our religious beliefs. In How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Robin Dunbar uses groundbreaking experiments that have forever changed the way evolutionary biologists explain how the distant past underpins our current behavior. We know so much more now than Darwin ever did, but the core of modern evolutionary theory lies firmly in Darwin’s elegantly simple idea: organisms behave in ways that enhance the frequency with which genes are passed on to future generations. This idea is at the heart of Dunbar’s book, which seeks to explain why humans behave as they do. Stimulating, provocative, and immensely enjoyable, his book invites you to explore the number of friends you have, whether you have your father’s brain or your mother’s, whether morning sickness might actually be good for you, why Barack Obama’s 2008 victory was a foregone conclusion, what Gaelic has to do with frankincense, and why we laugh. In the process, Dunbar examines the role of religion in human evolution, the fact that most of us have unexpectedly famous ancestors, and why men and women never seem able to see eye to eye on color.

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Author: Tony Gentry

Publisher: Holloway House Publishing

ISBN: 9780870677847

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 191

View: 2842

Examines the life of the poet and novelist who battled racism and accepted the challenge of depicting the black experience in America.

Castle Park, Dunbar

Two Thousand Years on a Fortified Headland

Author: N.A

Publisher: Society Antiquaries Scotland

ISBN: 0903903164

Category: Castle Park Site (Dunbar, Scotland)

Page: 338

View: 478

This title looks at the long history of fortification that has been revealed excavations on a rocky headland high above the harbour at Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland.


Author: Edward St. Aubyn

Publisher: Hogarth

ISBN: 1101904291

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4410

A reimagining of one of Shakespeare's most well-read tragedies, by the contemporary, critically acclaimed master of domestic drama Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global media corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he hands over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, but as relations sour he starts to doubt the wisdom of past decisions. Now imprisoned in Meadowmeade, an upscale sanatorium in rural England, with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape. As he flees into the hills, his family is hot on his heels. But who will find him first, his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate? Edward St Aubyn is renowned for his masterwork, the five Melrose novels, which dissect with savage and beautiful precision the agonies of family life. His take on King Lear, Shakespeare’s most devastating family story, is an excoriating novel for and of our times – an examination of power, money and the value of forgiveness.

The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Author: Paul Laurence Dunbar,Joanne M. Braxton

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813914381

Category: Poetry

Page: 396

View: 4891

A collection of the works of the nineteenth-century African American poet, whose dialetical style caused much controversy in the literary community

William Dunbar

Scientific Pioneer of the Old Southwest

Author: Arthur H. DeRosier, Jr.

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813157676

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

View: 415

Scottish-born William Dunbar (1750--1810) is recognized by Mississippi and Southwest historians as one of the most successful planters, agricultural innovators, explorers, and scientists to emerge from the Mississippi Territory. Despite his successes, however, history books abridge his contributions to America's early national years to a few passing sentences or footnotes. William Dunbar: Scientific Pioneer of the Old Southwest rectifies past neglect, paying tribute to a man whose life was driven by the need to know and the willingness to suffer in pursuit of knowledge. From the beginning, research, contemplation, and scholarship formed the template by which Dunbar would structure his life. His mother's insistence on education motivated him throughout his youth, and in 1771, he sailed to America, prepared to seize any and all opportunities. Settling in the Mississippi territory, Dunbar embarked on the endeavors that would soon gain him renown. He surveyed the boundary between Spanish West Florida and the United States and contributed heavily to the rise of cotton culture through his inventions and innovations in agricultural technology. In 1804, at the same time that Lewis and Clark were making their way up the Missouri River, President Thomas Jefferson appointed Dunbar -- now a fellow member of the prestigious American Philosophical Society -- to lead a similar exploration of the southern Louisiana Purchase territory. The 103-day expedition captured the imagination of Americans looking to move westward and yielded the first information about the geographical, geological, and meteorological characteristics of the old Southwest. Arthur H. DeRosier Jr. traces Dunbar's life from his ambition as a youth to his development into a man recognized by his contemporaries as a leader in many scientific fields. Drawing upon the private journal of Dunbar's granddaughter Virginia Dunbar McQueen and neglected historical annals, William Dunbar examines Dunbar's public and private life, the scope of his interests, and the lasting contributions he left to a country and people he loved.

The Science of Love and Betrayal

Author: Robin Dunbar

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571281729

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 4524

Falling in love is one of the strangest things we can do - and one of the things that makes us uniquely human. But what happens to our brains when our eyes meet across a crowded room? Why do we kiss each other, forget our friends, seek a 'good sense of humour' in Lonely Hearts adverts and try (and fail) to be monogamous? How are our romantic relationships different from our relationships with friends, family or even God? Can science help us, or are we better off turning back to the poets? Basing his arguments on new and experimental scientific research, Robin Dunbar explores the psychology and ethology of romantic love and how our evolutionary programming still affects our behaviour. Fascinating and illuminating, witty and accessible, The Science of Love and Betrayal is essential reading for anyone who's ever wondered why we fall in love and what on earth is going on when we do.