William Blake and the Age of Aquarius

Author: Stephen F. Eisenman,Mark Crosby,Elizabeth Ferrell

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 069117525X

Category: Art

Page: 232

View: 7490

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius / by Stephen F. Eisenman -- Prophets, madmen, and millenarians: Blake and the (counter)culture of the 1790s / by Mark Crosby -- William Blake on the West Coast / Elizabeth Ferrell -- William Blake and art against surveillance / Jacob Henry Leveton -- Building Golgonooza in the Age of Aquarius / John Murphy -- "My teacher in all things": Sendak, Blake, and the visual language of childhood / Mark Crosby -- Blake then and now / W.J.T. Mitchell

William Blake and the Myth of America

From the Abolitionists to the Counterculture

Author: Linda Freedman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192542761

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

View: 5607

This volume tells the story of William Blake's literary reception in America and suggests that ideas about Blake's poetry and personality helped shape mythopoeic visions of America from the Abolitionists to the counterculture. It links high and low culture and covers poetry, music, theology, and the novel. American writers have turned to Blake to rediscover the symbolic meaning of their country in times of cataclysmic change, terror, and hope. Blake entered American society when slavery was rife and civil war threatened the fragile experiment of democracy. He found his moment in the mid twentieth-century counterculture as left-wing Americans took refuge in the arts at a time of increasingly reactionary conservatism, vicious racism, pervasive sexism, dangerous nuclear competition, and an increasingly unpopular war in Vietnam, the fires of Orc raging against the systems of Urizen. Blake's America, as a symbol of cyclical hope and despair, influenced many Americans who saw themselves as continuing the task of prophecy and vision. Blakean forms of bardic song, aphorism, prophecy, and lament became particularly relevant to a literary tradition which centralised the relationship between aspiration and experience. His interrogations of power and privilege, freedom and form resonated with Americans who repeatedly wrestled with the deep ironies of new world symbolism and sought to renew a Whitmanesque ideal of democracy through affection and openness towards alterity.

Claiming Knowledge

Strategies of Epistemology from Theosophy to the New Age

Author: Olav Hammer

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004136380

Category: Religion

Page: 550

View: 3088

This volume deals with the transformation of unchurched religious creativity in the late modern West. It analyzes the ways in which the advance of science, globalization and individualism have fundamentally reshaped esoteric religious traditions, from theosophy to the New Age. This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details.

Freitags im Enrico's


Author: Don Carpenter

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608100865

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 4121

In den wilden Tagen der Beat Generation trifft sich die Bohème von San Francisco jeden Freitag im Enrico's, um nächtelang zu trinken und zu diskutieren. Die jungen Schriftsteller sind voller Tatendrang und Lust, das Leben in all seinen Facetten zu ergründen. Der Roman fängt nostalgisch eine Epoche ein, in der alles möglich schien und die Welt sich dennoch weiterdrehte. Während ganz Kalifornien dem Sommer der Liebe entgegenfiebert, ringen vier aufstrebende Literaten um ihren ganz persönlichen Erfolg: Die 19-jährige Jaime ist die Tochter eines Journalisten und hat das Schreiben im Blut. Ganz im Gegensatz zu ihrem Verlobten Charlie, einem Veteran aus Korea, der verbissen an seinem großen Kriegsepos arbeitet. Die beiden sind befreundet mit dem Müßiggänger Dick, der sich auf dem Erfolg einer einzigen Kurzgeschichte ausruht, die der Playboy veröffentlicht hat. Eines Nachts gesellt sich der Einbrecher und Juwelendieb Stan zu ihnen, der ein außergewöhnliches Talent für das Verfassen von Groschenromanen offenbart. Gemeinsam lachen und streiten sie, ohne zu merken, dass um sie herum eine Dekade zu Ende geht.

Einstein, Freud und Sgt. Pepper

Eine andere Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts

Author: John Higgs

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518740644

Category: History

Page: 380

View: 8887

Alles hat sich geändert, als der Zeiger des Weltalters von 19 auf 20 sprang. Auf fast allen Gebieten wurden im 20. Jahrhundert Entdeckungen gemacht oder Ideen entwickelt, die unser Bild vom Universum und von uns selbst auf den Kopf gestellt haben. Alles schien neu, nichts unmöglich: Maschinen, die denken, Hunde im Weltall und Menschen auf dem Mond. Alte Gewissheiten büßten ihre Geltung ein, hergebrachte Autoritäten verloren ihre Macht. Die Welt wollte kein Zentrum mehr kennen. Auf ganz eigene Weise führt John Higgs durch dieses Jahrhundert der Genies und Gurus. Er erläutert die Relativitätstheorie anhand eines fallenden Würstchens, erzählt von Satanisten im Raumfahrtprogramm der Amerikaner und geht der Frage nach, ob ein Schmetterling in Brasilien einen Tornado in Texas auslösen kann. Das ist alles unglaublich seltsam und ziemlich wahnsinnig. Ein Buch wie ein Trip.

Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West

Prophecy, Cosmology and the New Age Movement

Author: Dr Nicholas Campion

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409461491

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

View: 9281

This book explores an area of contemporary religion, spirituality and popular culture which has not so far been investigated in depth, the phenomenon of astrology in the modern west. Locating modern astrology historically and sociologically in its religious, New Age and millenarian contexts, Nicholas Campion considers astrology's relation to modernity and draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews with leading modern astrologers to present an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the origins and nature of New Age ideology. This book challenges the notion that astrology is either 'marginal' or a feature of postmodernism. Concluding that astrology is more popular than the usual figures suggest, Campion argues that modern astrology is largely shaped by New Age thought, influenced by the European Millenarian tradition, that it can be seen as an heir to classical Gnosticism and is part of the vernacular religion of the modern west.

Gay men and the Left in post-war Britain

How the personal got political

Author: Lucy Robinson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 184779663X

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

View: 8286

Available in paperback for the first time, his book demonstrates how the personal became political in post-war Britain, and argues that attention to gay activism can help us to fundamentally rethink the nature of post-war politics. While the Left were fighting among themselves and the reformists were struggling with the limits of law reform, gay men started organising for themselves, first individually within existing organisations and later rejecting formal political structures altogether. Culture, performance and identity took over from economics and class struggle, as gay men worked to change the world through the politics of sexuality. Throughout the post-war years, the new cult of the teenager in the 1950s, CND and the counter-culture of the 1960s, gay liberation, feminism, the Punk movement and the miners' strike of 1984 all helped to build a politics of identity. There is an assumption among many of today's politicians that young people are apathetic and disengaged. This book argues that these politicians are looking in the wrong place. People now feel that they can impact the world through the way in which they live, shop, have sex and organise their private lives. Robinson shows that gay men and their politics have been central to this change in the post-war world.

Religion and American Education

Rethinking a National Dilemma

Author: Warren A. Nord

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469617455

Category: Education

Page: 502

View: 2760

Warren Nord's thoughtful book tackles an issue of great importance in contemporary America: the role of religion in our public schools and universities. According to Nord, public opinion has been excessively polarized by those religious conservatives who would restore religious purposes and practices to public education and by those secular liberals for whom religion is irrelevant to everything in the curriculum. While he maintains that public schools and universities must not promote religion, he also argues that there are powerful philosophical, political, moral, and constitutional reasons for requiring students to study religion. Indeed, only if religion is included in the curriculum will students receive a truly liberal education, one that takes seriously a variety of ways of understanding the human experience. Intended for a broad audience, Nord's comprehensive study encompasses American history, constitutional law, educational theory and practice, theology, philosophy, and ethics. It also discusses a number of current, controversial issues, including multiculturalism, moral education, creationism, academic freedom, and the voucher and school choice movements.

Insights for the Age of Aquarius

A Handbook for Religious Sanity

Author: Gina Cerminara

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 9780835604833

Category: Religion

Page: 314

View: 4265

General semantics reveals ambiguities in the Bible.

The F*ckhead Guide to Astrology

Author: F-ckhead,C. Evan Montemayor

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595347959

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 184

View: 3616

The F*ckhead Guide to Astrology is the ultimate antidote for all you boring yuppies, neo-hipsters and punk wannabes who think there might be some validity to spirituality/western philosophy/astrology but are just too fed up with the WE-ARE-ONE, GOD-IS-LOVE, WE-ARE-ALL-GOD-N-WE-ARE-ALL-LOVE post-hippie claptrap still controlling the market, and all who wanna barf at the mention of L. Ron Hubbard (we feel you).In under 200 pages, underground author/Tourette's Syndrome survivor F*CKHEAD lovingly yet ruthlessly dissects the pop psychology dumping ground that is Astrology: signs are described, signs are decried, signs are dismantled, F*ckhead tells you how to pick up chicks (assuming, of course, you somehow know their signs to begin with, in which case you probably wouldn't need his help) and Tom Hanks is made fun of. HILARITY ENSUES. The F*ckhead Guide to Astrology is absolutely guaranteed to heal marriages, tame children, cure lepers, end hunger, establish world peace etc. (though we are still waiting on endorsement from Dr. Phil). Literarily, kinda bullshit but a helluva lot better than blowing your money on "How to Spot A Bastard By His Star Sign". So buy it now, suckers, 'cause if you keep standing in the New Age section the clerks are gonna stare at you.


Ein Roman in Bildern

Author: Eric Drooker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783939080848


Page: 192

View: 9971


The astrology 14 horoscope

how to cast and interpret it

Author: Steven Schmidt

Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill Company

ISBN: 9780672516474

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 394

View: 1211


The Mystical year

Author: Time-Life Books

Publisher: Time Life Education

ISBN: 9780809465378

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

View: 9540

The days of the solar year with mystical rites and mysterious occurrences, ranging from seasonal ghosts and demons to odd premonitions, extraplanetary visits, and time-honored rituals.

Vertraute Dinge, fremde Dinge


Author: Teju Cole

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446254323

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 5684

Teju Cole betrachtet Kunst, wie er die Welt betrachtet: mit dem Blick eines unsystematischen Historikers, der zunächst beobachtet, beschreibt, das Offensichtliche betrachtet, um zum weniger Offensichtlichen vorzudringen, das darunter liegt. Seine Essays handeln vom Unterwegssein, von politischer Moral, von Rassismus und von dem, was ihn geistig nährt, ob Essays von Baldwin, Gedichte von Tranströmer oder neue Meister der Fotografie auf Instagram. Und immer wieder zieht er erhellende Verbindungen, von der konkreten Gegenwart zur Dichtung, von der Geschichte zur Kunst. "Vertraute Dinge, fremde Dinge" offenbart den Reichtum von Teju Coles Interessen, hier findet er zum poetischen Kern seines Denkens und Schreibens.

Das Gewicht eines Pianos


Author: Chris Cander

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 3959678584

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 4965

Die neunjährige Katya wächst im Russland der 1960er-Jahre in bescheidenen Verhältnissen in einer Stadt nahe Moskau auf. Von einer tiefen Unruhe getrieben, lauscht sie jede Nacht den eindringlichen Klaviersonaten des Mansardenbewohners. Er sei ein Ungeheuer, sagt man, ein geflohener SS-Scherge. Als der Mann stirbt, erbt Katya sein Klavier. Ein Blüthner. Es wird ihre erste große Liebe. Clara ist Automechanikerin in der Nähe von L.A. Ihre Eltern sind bei einem Brand ums Leben gekommen, und ihre wichtigste Erinnerung ist das geerbte Blüthner-Piano. Clara hasst es, denn sie hat keine Verbindung zur Musik. Aber es ist das Einzige, was ihr von ihrem Vater blieb. Ein halbes Jahrhundert und zwei Welten trennen diese beiden Frauen, die doch auf tragische Weise so viel mehr verbindet.