Imaginary Cities of Gold

The Spanish Quest for Treasure in North America

Author: Peter O. Koch

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786453109

Category: History

Page: 251

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Spanish conquistadors attempted to conquer the New World nearly a century before the English colonists established a permanent settlement at Jamestown. This book examines the unsuccessful elements of Spain’s attempt at expanding its empire in the Americas, focusing particularly on the misadventures of three conquistadors. Part One tells the story of Cabeza de Vaca who, along with three other survivors of the ill-fated Pánfilo de Narváez expedition to Florida, spent nearly eight years among the various tribes that wandered across Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico before finding his way back to civilization. Their tales of lands rich with earthly delights served as inspiration for two epic but failed expeditions that make up the second and third parts of the book: Francisco de Coronado’s quest to find the golden cities of Cibola and Hernando de Soto’s efforts to find the rich kingdoms of Florida.

Imaginary Cities

A Tour of Dream Cities, Nightmare Cities, and Everywhere in Between

Author: Darran Anderson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022647030X

Category: Architecture

Page: 570

View: 6517

How can we understand the infinite variety of cities? Darran Anderson seems to exhaust all possibilities in this work of creative nonfiction. Drawing inspiration from Marco Polo and Italo Calvino, Anderson shows that we have much to learn about ourselves by looking not only at the cities we have built, but also at the cities we have imagined. Anderson draws on literature (Gustav Meyrink, Franz Kafka, Jaroslav Hasek, and James Joyce), but he also looks at architectural writings and works by the likes of Bruno Taut and Walter Gropius, Medieval travel memoirs from the Middle East, mid-twentieth-century comic books, Star Trek, mythical lands such as Cockaigne, and the works of Claude Debussy. Anderson sees the visionary architecture dreamed up by architects, artists, philosophers, writers, and citizens as wedded to the egalitarian sense that cities are for everyone. He proves that we must not be locked into the structures that exclude ordinary citizens--that cities evolve and that we can have input. As he says: "If a city can be imagined into being, it can be re-imagined as well."

Imaginary Cities

Author: N.A

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780316392914

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 48

View: 2138

Everyone loves to color! Now the whole family can relax and enjoy creative time together by bringing to life wondrous cities of the imagination-from majestic skyscrapers and ornate palaces to fantastic modes of transportation. Each of these twenty-four eye-popping designs features a vibrant splash of color to start the journey...and when you're finished, sturdy and easy-to-remove pages make displaying your amazing artwork simple.

Space and the Memories of Violence

Landscapes of Erasure, Disappearance and Exception

Author: Estela Schindel,Pamela Colombo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137380918

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 4553

Authors from a variety of disciplines dealing with diverse historical cases engage with the spatial deployment of violence and the possibilities for memory and resistance in contexts of state sponsored violence, enforced disappearances and regimes of exception. Contributors include Aleida Assmann, Jay Winter and David Harvey.

Imagining Ancient Cities in Film

From Babylon to Cinecittà

Author: Marta Garcia Morcillo,Pauline Hanesworth,Óscar Lapeña Marchena

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135013179

Category: History

Page: 330

View: 6705

In film imagery, urban spaces show up not only as spatial settings of a story, but also as projected ideas and forms that aim to recreate and capture the spirit of cultures, societies and epochs. Some cinematic cities have even managed to transcend fiction to become part of modern collective memory. Can we imagine a futuristic city not inspired at least remotely by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis? In the same way, ancient Babylon, Troy and Rome can hardly be shaped in popular imagination without conscious or subconscious references to the striking visions of Griffiths’ Intolerance, Petersen’s Troy and Scott’s Gladiator, to mention only a few influential examples. Imagining Ancient Cities in Film explores for the first time in scholarship film representations of cities of the Ancient World from early cinema to the 21st century. The volume analyzes the different choices made by filmmakers, art designers and screen writers to recreate ancient urban spaces as more or less convincing settings of mythical and historical events. In looking behind and beyond intended archaeological accuracy, symbolic fantasy, primitivism, exoticism and Hollywood-esque monumentality, this volume pays particular attention to the depiction of cities as faces of ancient civilizations, but also as containers of moral ideas and cultural fashions deeply rooted in the contemporary zeitgeist and in continuously revisited traditions.

Chora 1

Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture

Author: Alberto Pérez-Gómez,Stephen Parcell

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773564764

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

View: 5099

Volume I in the new series Chora: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture explores fundamental questions concerning the practice of architecture and examines the potential of architecture. The essays in this collection explore architectural form and content in the hope of finding new and better alternatives to traditionally accepted practices.

Cultural Studies and Beyond

Fragments of Empire

Author: Ioan Davies

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134956452

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

View: 7391

This lively book will be essential to all those attempting to understand the state of Cultural Studies in the West today. Ion Davies, who was in at the birth of Cultural Studies in Britain and followed its development in many parts of the world, is uniquely qualified to add historical depth and comparative breadth to this subject. Introducing the central theoretical issues, as well as the key personalities, Cultural Studies and Beyond traces the origins, growth and diffusion of the subject.

Imaginary Ethnographies

Literature, Culture, and Subjectivity

Author: Gabriele Schwab

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231530803

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 4279

Through readings of iconic figures such as the cannibal, the child, the alien, and the posthuman, Gabriele Schwab analyzes literary explorations at the boundaries of the human. Treating literature as a dynamic medium that "writes culture"—one that makes the abstract particular and local, and situates us within the world—Schwab pioneers a compelling approach to reading literary texts as "anthropologies of the future" that challenge habitual productions of meaning and knowledge. Schwab's study draws on anthropology, philosophy, critical theory, and psychoanalysis to trace literature's profound impact on the cultural imaginary. Following a new interpretation of Derrida's and Lévi-Strauss's famous controversy over the indigenous Nambikwara, Schwab explores the vicissitudes of "traveling literature" through novels and films that fashion a cross-cultural imaginary. She also examines the intricate links between colonialism, cannibalism, melancholia, the fate of disenfranchised children under the forces of globalization, and the intertwinement of property and personhood in the neoliberal imaginary. Schwab concludes with an exploration of discourses on the posthuman, using Samuel Beckett's "The Lost Ones" and its depiction of a future lived under the conditions of minimal life. Drawing on a wide range of theories, Schwab engages the productive intersections between literary studies and anthropology, underscoring the power of literature to shape culture, subjectivity, and life.

Italo Calvino's Architecture of Lightness

The Utopian Imagination in An Age of Urban Crisis

Author: Letizia Modena

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136730591

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

View: 8731

This study recovers Italo Calvino's central place in a lost history of interdisciplinary thought, politics, and literary philosophy in the 1960s. Drawing on his letters, essays, critical reviews, and fiction, as well as a wide range of works--primarily urban planning and design theory and history--circulating among his primary interlocutors, this book takes as its point of departure a sweeping reinterpretation of Invisible Cities. Passages from Calvino's most famous novel routinely appear as aphorisms in calendars, posters, and the popular literature of inspiration and self-help, reducing the novel to vague abstractions and totalizing wisdom about thinking outside the box. The shadow of postmodern studies has had a similarly diminishing effect on this text, rendering up an accomplished but ultimately apolitical novelistic experimentation in endless deconstructive deferrals, the shiny surfaces of play, and the ultimately rigged game of self-referentiality. In contrast, this study draws on an archive of untranslated Italian- and French-language materials on urban planning, architecture, and utopian architecture to argue that Calvino's novel in fact introduces readers to the material history of urban renewal in Italy, France, and the U.S. in the 1960s, as well as the multidisciplinary core of cultural life in that decade: the complex and continuous interplay among novelists and architects, scientists and artists, literary historians and visual studies scholars. His last love poem for the dying city was in fact profoundly engaged, deeply committed to the ethical dimensions of both architecture and lived experience in the spaces of modernity as well as the resistant practices of reading and utopian imagining that his urban studies in turn inspired.

The Urban Generation

Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

Author: Zhen Zhang

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822340744

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 447

View: 8873

DIVAn anthology that explores film works by the "urban generation,"--filmmakers who operate outside of "mainstream" (officially sanctioned) Chinese cinema -- whose impact has been enormous./div

The Blade Runner Experience

The Legacy of a Science Fiction Classic

Author: Will Brooker

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023150179X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 4963

Since its release in 1982, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, has remained a cult classic through its depiction of a futuristic Los Angeles; its complex, enigmatic plot; and its underlying questions about the nature of human identity. The Blade Runner Experience: The Legacy of a Science Fiction Classic examines the film in a broad context, examining its relationship to the original novel, the PC game, the series of sequels, and the many films influenced by its style and themes. It investigates Blade Runner online fandom and asks how the film's future city compares to the present-day Los Angeles, and it revisits the film to pose surprising new questions about its characters and their world.

Der endlose Sommer


Author: Madame Nielsen

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462318101

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 9932

Der Rausch eines Sommers – ein flirrender Roman, der die Grenzen des Erzählens sprengt.Die Geschichte einer kleinen Gruppe von Leuten, die im Spiel um die Liebe, die Freundschaft und die Kunst aus der Zeit in einen endlosen Sommer geworfen werden, in dem alles möglich und schicksalsentscheidend ist. Ein Roman wie ein Requiem, musikalisch, melancholisch, verführerisch, der den Leser trunken macht. Ein junges Mädchen in einem weißen Herrenhaus in Dänemark, ihr Freund, der scheue und zarte Junge, der Stiefvater mit dem Gewehr und dem Misstrauen gegenüber seiner Frau, die beiden jüngeren Brüder – diese kleine Gemeinschaft wird durchgerüttelt, als zwei junge Portugiesen in den endlosen Sommer eintreten. Der eine ist Künstler und verliebt sich in die Mutter des Mädchens. Eine Liebesgeschichte nimmt ihren Anfang, die so leidenschaftlich und gewaltig ist, dass alle, die in den Bannkreis dieser Amour Fou geraten, in einer Schicksalsgemeinschaft vereint sind, die auch noch besteht, als der endlose Sommer endet. Der endlose Sommer – das ist dieser Ort, der nie existiert hat und an den wir nie zurückkehren können, d.h. dieser Augenblick der Jugend, in dem alles einfach und verwirrend zugleich erscheint und den wir alle noch einmal erleben möchten. Die Autorin, Sängerin, Künstlerin und Übersetzerin Madame Nielsen ist ein Star in Skandinavien.»Manchmal ist es so, daß man ein Buch am Schluß zuklappt und sich dann wünscht, die Autorin wäre eine gute Freundin und man könne sie anrufen, wann immer man sich traurig fühlt. Das passiert einem ja nicht allzu oft. Bei Karen Blixen und Marguerite Duras und Virginia Woolf ist es so. Und bei Madame Nielsen.« Christian Kracht»Eine literarische Entdeckung. Als Leser wurde ich mitgerissen vom Fluss, der Weisheit und dem Witz des charmanten Erzählers. Als Autor beneide ich Madame Nielsen um ihren meisterhaften Text.« Sjón

The Great Detectives

The World’s Most Celebrated Sleuths Unmasked by Their Authors

Author: Otto Penzler

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453266402

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 280

View: 2588

The origins of literature’s finest crime fighters, told by their creators themselves Their names ring out like gunshots in the dark of a back alley, crime fighters of a lost era whose heroic deeds will never be forgotten. They are men like Lew Archer, Pierre Chambrun, Flash Casey, and the Shadow. They are women like Mrs. North and the immortal Nancy Drew. These are detectives, and they are some of the only true heroes the twentieth century ever knew. In this classic volume, Otto Penzler presents essays written by the authors who created these famous characters. We learn how Ed McBain killed—and resurrected—the hero of the 87th Precinct, how international agent Quiller wrote his will, and how Dick Tracy first announced that “crime does not pay.” Some of these heroes may be more famous than others, but there is not one whom you wouldn’t like on your side in a courtroom, a shootout, or an old-fashioned barroom brawl.

Tod und Leben großer amerikanischer Städte

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 3035602123

Category: Architecture

Page: 220

View: 6554

In The Death and Life of Great American Cities durchleuchtet Jane Jacobs 1961 die fragwürdigen Methoden der Stadtplanung und Stadtsanierung in Amerika, der "New Yorker" nannte es das unkonventionellste und provozierendste Buch über Städtebau seit langem. Die deutsche Ausgabe wurde schnell auch im deutschsprachigem Raum zu einer viel gelesenen und diskutierten Lektüre. Sie ist jetzt wieder in einem Nachdruck zugänglich, mit einem Vorwort von Gerd Albers (1993), das nach der Aktualität dieser Streitschrift fragt.


Author: Philippe Pons

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861891365

Category: History

Page: 135

View: 4926

Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.