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Chaos Imagined

Author : Martin Meisel
ISBN : 9780231540469
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The stories we tell in our attempt to make sense of the world—our myths and religion, literature and philosophy, science and art—are the comforting vehicles we use to transmit ideas of order. But beneath the quest for order lies the uneasy dread of fundamental disorder. True chaos is hard to imagine and even harder to represent. In this book, Martin Meisel considers the long effort to conjure, depict, and rationalize extreme disorder, with all the passion, excitement, and compromises the act provokes. Meisel builds a rough history from major social, psychological, and cosmological turning points in the imagining of chaos. He uses examples from literature, philosophy, painting, graphic art, science, linguistics, music, and film, particularly exploring the remarkable shift in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries from conceiving of chaos as disruptive to celebrating its liberating and energizing potential. Discussions of Sophocles, Plato, Lucretius, Calderon, Milton, Haydn, Blake, Faraday, Chekhov, Faulkner, Wells, and Beckett, among others, are matched with incisive readings of art by Brueghel, Rubens, Goya, Turner, Dix, Dada, and the futurists. Meisel addresses the revolution in mapping energy and entropy and the manifold effect of thermodynamics. He then uses this chaotic frame to elaborate on purpose, mortality, meaning, and mind.

Pieter Bruegel And The Idea Of Human Nature

Author : Elizabeth Alice Honig
ISBN : 9781789141085
Genre : Art
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In sixteenth-century Northern Europe, during a time of increasing religious and political conflict, Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel explored how people perceived human nature. Bruegel turned his critical eye and peerless paintbrush to mankind’s labors and pleasures, its foibles and rituals of daily life, portraying landscapes, peasant life, and biblical scenes in startling detail. Much like the great humanist scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam, Bruegel questioned how well we really know ourselves and also how we know, or visually read, others. His work often represented mankind’s ignorance and insignificance, emphasizing the futility of ambition and the absurdity of pride. This superbly illustrated volume examines how Bruegel’s art and ideas enabled people to ponder what it meant to be human. Published to coincide with the four-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of Bruegel’s death, it will appeal to all those interested in art and philosophy, the Renaissance, and Flemish painting.

Bernard Shaw S Marriages And Misalliances

Author : Robert A. Gaines
ISBN : 9781349951703
Genre : Performing Arts
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This book combines the insights of thirteen Shavian scholars as they examine the themes of marriage, relationships and partnerships throughout all of Bernard Shaw’s major works. It also connects Shaw’s own experiences of love and marriage to the themes that emerge in his works, showing how his personal relationships in and out of matrimonial bonds change the ways his characters enter and exit marriages and misalliances. While providing a wealth of new analysis, this collection of essays also leaves lingering questions for the reader to spark continuing dialogue in both individual and academic settings.

The Cyclop Dia Or Universal Dictionary Of Arts Sciences And Literature

Author : Abraham Rees
ISBN : UOM:39015068382343
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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The Cyclopaedia Or Universal Dictionary Of Arts Sciences And Literature

Author : Abraham Rees
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Once A Week An Illustrated Miscellany Of Literature Art Science Popular Information Vol 1 No 1 New 3rd

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The Literary Gazette And Journal Of The Belles Lettres Arts Sciences C

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The Encyclopaedia Britannica Or Dictionary Of Arts Sciences And General Literature

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The Encyclop Dia Britannica Or Dictionary Of Arts Sciences And General Literature With Extensive Improvements And Additions And Numerous Engravings

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The Museum Of Foreign Literature Science And Art

Author : Robert Walsh
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