The Machine In The Garden

Author : Leo Marx
ISBN : 9780199839186
Genre : Literary Criticism
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For over four decades, Leo Marx's work has focused on the relationship between technology and culture in 19th- and 20th-century America. His research helped to define--and continues to give depth to--the area of American studies concerned with the links between scientific and technological advances, and the way society and culture both determine these links. The Machine in the Garden fully examines the difference between the "pastoral" and "progressive" ideals which characterized early 19th-century American culture, and which ultimately evolved into the basis for much of the environmental and nuclear debates of contemporary society. This new edition is appearing in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Marx's classic text. It features a new afterword by the author on the process of writing this pioneering book, a work that all but founded the discipline now called American Studies.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Garden Of Priapus

Author : Amy Richlin
ISBN : 9780198023333
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 38.16 MB
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Statues of the god Priapus stood in Roman gardens to warn potential thieves that the god would rape them if they attempted to steal from him. In this book, Richlin argues that the attitude of sexual aggressiveness in defense of a bounded area serves as a model for Roman satire from Lucilius to Juvenal. Using literary, anthropological, psychological, and feminist methodologies, she suggests that aggressive sexual humor reinforces aggressive behavior on both the individual and societal levels, and that Roman satire provides an insight into Roman culture. Including a substantial and provocative new introduction, this revised edition is important not only as an in-depth study of Roman sexual satire, but also as a commentary on the effects of all humor on society and its victims.
Category: Social Science

Out Of The Garden

Author : Stephen Kline
ISBN : 1859840590
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 47.19 MB
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This timely and innovative book provides a detailed history of marketing to children, revealing the strategies that shape the design of toys and have a powerful impact on the way children play. Stephen Kline looks at the history and development of children's play culture and toys from the teddy bear to the Barbie doll, Care Bears and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He profiles the rise of children's mass media--books, comics, film and television--and that of the specialty stores such as Toys 'R' Us, revealing how the opportunity to reach large audiences of children was a pivotal point in developing new approaches to advertising. In a powerful re-examination of the debates about the cultural effects of mass media, and in particular television, Out of the Garden asks whether we should allow our children's play culture to be primarily defined and created by marketing strategists, pointing to the unintended consequences of a situation in which images of real children have all but been eliminated from narratives about the young.
Category: Social Science

History Of Paradise

Author : Jean Delumeau
ISBN : 0252068807
Genre : Religion
File Size : 52.13 MB
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Explores the conviction that paradise existed in a precise although unreachable earthly location. Delving into the writings of dozens of medieval and Renaissance thinkers, from Augustine to Dante, this title presents a study of the meaning of Original Sin and the human yearning for paradise.
Category: Religion

The Garden Of Cyrus

Author : Sir Thomas Browne
ISBN : OXFORD:N11660078
Genre : Gardening
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Category: Gardening

The Garden

Author : Robin Craig Clark
ISBN : 9781453773376
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 42.63 MB
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A tranquil ode to love, this beautiful book features page after page of lavish, colorful lettering, illumination, decoration and flowering illustrations all inspired by Celtic art, sacred patterns and the Golden Mean Spiral - The Flower of Life. The Garden is an ancient journey down a nearly forgotten path of wisdom. A modern illuminated manuscript containing the four cycles of soul awakening. A rare book that speaks the infinite language of the Universe.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Monk In The Garden

Author : Robin Marantz Henig
ISBN : 9781328868251
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 66.61 MB
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Most people know that Gregor Mendel, the Moravian monk who patiently grew his peas in a monastery garden, shaped our understanding of inheritance. But people might not know that Mendel's work was ignored in his own lifetime, even though it contained answers to the most pressing questions raised by Charles Darwin's revolutionary book, ON ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES, published only a few years earlier. Mendel's single chance of recognition failed utterly, and he died a lonely and disappointed man. Thirty-five years later, his work was rescued from obscurity in a single season, the spring of 1900, when three scientists from three different countries nearly simultaneously dusted off Mendel's groundbreaking paper and finally recognized its profound significance. The perplexing silence that greeted Mendel's discovery and his ultimate canonization as the father of genetics make up a tale of intrigue, jealousy, and a healthy dose of bad timing. Telling the story as it has never been told before, Robin Henig crafts a suspenseful, elegant, and richly detailed narrative that fully evokes Mendel's life and work and the fate of his ideas as they made their perilous way toward the light of day. THE MONK IN THE GARDEN is a literary tour de force about a little-known chapter in the history of science, and it brings us back to the birth of genetics - a field that continues to challenge the way we think about life itself.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Garden And The Fire

Author : Nerina Rustomji
ISBN : 9780231511834
Genre : Religion
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Islamic conceptions of heaven and hell began in the seventh century as an early doctrinal innovation, but by the twelfth century, these notions had evolved into a highly formalized ideal of perfection. In tracking this transformation, Nerina Rustomji reveals the distinct material culture and aesthetic vocabulary Muslims developed to understand heaven and hell and identifies the communities and strategies of defense that took shape around the promise of a future world. Ideas of the afterworld profoundly influenced daily behaviors in Islamic society and gave rise to a code of ethics that encouraged abstinence from sumptuous objects, such as silver vessels and silk, so they could be appreciated later in heaven. Rustomji conducts a meticulous study of texts and images and carefully connects the landscape and social dynamics of the afterworld with earthly models and expectations. Male servants and female companions become otherworldly objects in the afterlife, and stories of rewards and punishment helped preachers promote religious reform. By employing material culture as a method of historical inquiry, Rustomji points to the reflections, discussions, and constructions that actively influenced Muslims' picture of the afterworld, culminating in a distinct religious aesthetic.
Category: Religion

Tending The Garden Island

Author : Ken Stokes
ISBN : 9780972116206
Genre : Political Science
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Tending the Garden Island is an inspiring progress report on community-building that integrates recent work in social capital and ecological economics and applies it to a Kauaian style of living in ecosystems and a history of initiative in this isolated rural place. More than a first-hand account of one plantation-cum-resort island on the edge of over-development, this forward-looking assessment charts a course for dramatic change in how Kauaian community resources are managed and island sustainability attained. In 100 fact-packed pages, what is known about this Kauaian economy, ecology and community is presented with lots of graphics and a prosaic narrative woven around the island's current situation and coming challenges.
Category: Political Science