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A History of Ghosts

By Peter H. Aykroyd,Angela Narth
  • ISBN Code: : 1605293512
  • Publisher : Rodale Books
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Peter Aykroyd spent his childhood watching his family's parlor séances through the crack of a basement door. Here, for the first time, Aykroyd tells the strange and delightful story that inspired his son, Dan, to make the mega-hit, Ghostbusters. Part history, part family legend, A History of Ghosts starts in 1848 in upstate New York, where the spiritualist craze first began. Aykroyd introduces the reader to notable mediums while telling the story of the development of spiritualism, interweaving a personal history marked by a fascination with ghosts and spirits with the larger narrative about the role the paranormal has played in our culture. Such legendary figures as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini appear and vanish. Everyone loves a good ghost story. Successful TV shows such as Medium and Ghost Hunters are proof that our national obsession with ghosts is here to stay. Millions of Americans believe in the paranormal—and even skeptics have heard a bump in the night and suspected it might be something supernatural.

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  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • Book Code : 1780235372
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : History
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317288939
  • Total of Pages : 488
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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  • Publisher : Penguin
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  • Total of Pages : 320
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101980214
  • Total of Pages : 336
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One of NPR’s Great Reads of 2016 “A lively assemblage and smart analysis of dozens of haunting stories…absorbing…[and] intellectually intriguing.” —The New York Times Book Review From the author of The Unidentified, an intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history that takes readers on a road trip through some of the country’s most infamously haunted places—and deep into the dark side of our history. Colin Dickey is on the trail of America’s ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and “zombie homes,” Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as “the most haunted mansion in America,” or “the most haunted prison”; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget. With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living—how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made—and why those changes are made—Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we’re most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.

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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230316832
  • Total of Pages : 253
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  • Book Code : 1773212982
  • Total of Pages : 200
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  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Book Code : 0520934067
  • Total of Pages : 288
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  • Publisher : Crown
  • Book Code : 110190609X
  • Total of Pages : 224
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  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Book Code : 0307371735
  • Total of Pages : 480
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In this timely and profoundly original new book, bestselling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviours. For over seven years Gabor Maté has been the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and harm reduction facility in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. His patients are challenged by life-threatening drug addictions, mental illness, Hepatitis C or HIV and, in many cases, all four. But if Dr. Maté’s patients are at the far end of the spectrum, there are many others among us who are also struggling with addictions. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, work, food, sex, gambling and excessive inappropriate spending: what is amiss with our lives that we seek such self-destructive ways to comfort ourselves? And why is it so difficult to stop these habits, even as they threaten our health, jeopardize our relationships and corrode our lives? Beginning with a dramatically close view of his drug addicted patients, Dr. Maté looks at his own history of compulsive behaviour. He weaves the stories of real people who have struggled with addiction with the latest research on addiction and the brain. Providing a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting edge scientific findings, Dr. Maté sheds light on this most puzzling of human frailties. He proposes a compassionate approach to helping drug addicts and, for the many behaviour addicts among us, to addressing the void addiction is meant to fill. I believe there is one addiction process, whether it manifests in the lethal substance dependencies of my Downtown Eastside patients, the frantic self-soothing of overeaters or shopaholics, the obsessions of gamblers, sexaholics and compulsive internet users, or in the socially acceptable and even admired behaviours of the workaholic. Drug addicts are often dismissed and discounted as unworthy of empathy and respect. In telling their stories my intent is to help their voices to be heard and to shed light on the origins and nature of their ill-fated struggle to overcome suffering through substance use. Both in their flaws and their virtues they share much in common with the society that ostracizes them. If they have chosen a path to nowhere, they still have much to teach the rest of us. In the dark mirror of their lives we can trace outlines of our own. —from In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0307427579
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : History
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 85
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Publisher : 1st World Publishing
  • Book Code : 1421818698
  • Total of Pages : 124
  • Category : Literary Collections
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Book Short Summary:

If we could only get used to the idea that ghosts are perfectly harmless creatures, who are powerless to affect our well-being unless we assist them by giving way to our fears, we should enjoy the supernatural exceedingly, it seems to me. Coleridge, I think it was, was once asked by a lady if he believed in ghosts, and he replied, "No, madame; I have seen too many of them." Which is my case exactly. I have seen so many horrid visitants from other worlds that they hardly affect me at all, so far as the mere inspiration of terror is concerned. On the other hand, they interest me hugely; and while I must admit that I do experience all the purely physical sensations that come from horrific encounters of this nature, I can truly add in my own behalf that mentally I can rise above the physical impulse to run away, and, invariably standing my ground, I have gained much useful information concerning them.

Ghosts I Have Seen - and Other Psychic Experiences

By Tweedale Violet
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 1473342759
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
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"Ghosts I Have Seen - and Other Psychic Experiences" is a detailed chronicle of the author's various supernatural experiences. From strange visitants from other realms to supernatural 'miracles', Violet Tweedale purports to have had many uncanny encounters during her life, all of which are here recorded. This book is highly recommended for those with an interest in ghosts, the supernatural, and the afterlife. Contents include: "'Silk Dress' and 'Rumpus'", "The Ghost of Broughton Hall", "Curious Psychic Experiences", "East End Days and Nights", "The Man in the Marylebone Road", "The Ghost of Prince Charlie", "Pilgrims and Strangers", "Some Strange Events", "Pompey and the Duchess", "The Invisible Hands", "Dawns", etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, high-quality edition designed for a modern audience.

An Unkindness of Ghosts

By Rivers Solomon
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  • Publisher : Akashic Books
  • Book Code : 1617755990
  • Total of Pages : 340
  • Category : Fiction
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A Best Book of 2017: The Guardian (SF and Fantasy), NPR Book Concierge, Publishers Weekly (SF/F), Library Journal (SF/F), Bustle (Fiction), Bookish (Best Book to Give), Barnes & Noble (SF and Fantasy/Alternate Universe Pick). 2018 Locus Award Finalist (First Novel) CLMP Firecracker Award Winner John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Finalist Lambda Literary Award Finalist, LGBTQ SF/F/Horror A Stonewall Book Award Honor Book Included in the American Library Association's GLBTRT 2019 Over the Rainbow List Included in Hypable's list of book recommendations related to Captain Marvel "What Solomon achieves with this debut--the sharpness, the depth, the precision--puts me in mind of a syringe full of stars. I want to say about this book, its only imperfection is that it ended. But that might give the wrong impression: that it is a happy book, a book that makes a body feel good. It is not a happy book. I love it like I love food, I love it for what it did to me, I love it for having made me feel stronger and more sure in a nightmare world, but it is not a happy book. It is an antidote to poison. It is inoculation against pervasive, enduring disease. Like a vaccine, it is briefly painful, leaves a lingering soreness, but armors you from the inside out." --NPR "Ghosts are 'the past refusing to be forgot,' says a character in this assured science-fiction debut. That's certainly the case aboard the HSS Matilda, a massive spacecraft arranged along the cruel racial divides of pre-Civil War America." --Toronto Star "This novel from an exciting new voice follows Aster, who lives in the slums of a spaceship that is escorting the last survivors of humanity to a Promised Land--a journey that has taken decades so far. The vessel is segregated and cruel, and as she tries to escape, she starts discovering dark connections between her own mother's death and the fate of the ship's sovereign. Solomon has already been called a successor to Octavia Butler, rightly so." --Elle UK "In Rivers Solomon's highly imaginative sci-fi novel An Unkindness of Ghosts, eccentric Aster was born into slavery on--and is trying to escape from--a brutally segregated spaceship that for generations has been trying to escort the last humans from a dying planet to a Promised Land. When she discovers clues about the circumstances of her mother's death, she also comes closer to disturbing truths about the ship and its journey." --Buzzfeed "Rivers Solomon's debut science fiction novel is cunning, dark, and unapologetic; atmospheric and visceral; the kind of story that pulls you in and doesn't let go. Aboard the HSS Matilda, a spaceship in the future, Solomon and her characters deftly tackle race, identity, sexuality, gender, poverty, and discrimination, all with thoughtful insight and thrilling intensity. This is a difficult work that pays off; the rare kind of book that stays with you for years. You should read it now--I plan to read it again." --Shondaland Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world. Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot--if she's willing to sow the seeds of civil war.

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By Chester Geier
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All Hager had to do was slow the dogsled to a walk, and his partner died. A perfect crime--no chance to get caught!

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By Matt Cardin
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440842027
  • Total of Pages : 967
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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This two-volume set offers comprehensive coverage of horror literature that spans its deep history, dominant themes, significant works, and major authors, such as Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Anne Rice, as well as lesser-known horror writers. • Describes horror literature during different periods, thus helping readers understand the roots of modern horror literature, how works of horror have engaged social issues, and how horror has evolved over time • Connects horror literature to popular culture through sidebars on film adaptations, television shows, video games, and other nonliterary, popular culture topics • Includes excerpts from selected literary works that exemplify topics discussed in the entries that support English language arts standards by enabling students to read these excerpts critically in light of the entries • Prompts students to consider the nature of horror as a genre, the relationship of horror literature and social issues, and how horror literature intersects with mainstream supernatural concerns, such as religion

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By John G. Sabol Jr.
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 9781463467777
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Science
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A major focus of ghost excavation, as opposed to ghost "hunting", is an archaeology of experience. The emergence of this experience is unearthed through the investigative engagement of haunted space. One aspect of this engagement is performance, which requires a specific sociocultural and historical context of understanding. This context of understanding must be understood in terms of layers of meaning. Gettysburg is used as a specific example of the use of performative and dramatical activity. Each of these activities performed at Gettysburg predisposes a genre,a set of beliefs, practices, social relations, manifestations, and locations which together define categorically what it is that is manifesting on the battlefield, and what interpretations are being used to understand these performative cultural practices. The genres of performative action at Gettysburg are important because they are located at places on the battlefield where belief systems become mobilized into actual practice. This book will explore various haunting uncertainties and cultural situations associated with ghostly activity, and the implications of these performances as they are enacted by ghost hunters, Civil War re-enactors, the tourism industry, and the "ghosts" themselves.

Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France

By Timothy Chesters
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Book Code : 0191616702
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Caught in the grip of savage religious war, fear of sorcery and the devil, and a deepening crisis of epistemological uncertainty, the intellectual climate of late Renaissance France (c. 1550-1610) was one of the most haunted in European history. Although existing studies of this climate have been attentive to the extensive body of writing on witchcraft and demons, they have had little to say of its ghosts. Combining techniques of literary criticism, intellectual history, and the history of the book, this study examines a large and hitherto unexplored corpus of ghost stories in late Renaissance French writing. These are shown to have arisen in a range of contexts far broader than was previously thought: whether in Protestant polemic against the doctrine of purgatory, humanist discussions of friendship, the growing ethnographic consciousness of New World ghost beliefs, or courtroom wrangles over haunted property. Chesters describes how, over the course of this period, we also begin to see emerge characteristics recognisable from modern ghost tales: the setting of the 'haunted house', the eroticised ghost, or the embodied revenant. Taking in prominent literary figures including Rabelais, Ronsard, Montaigne, d'Aubigné, as well as forgotten demonological tracts and sensationalist pamphlets, Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France sheds new light on the beliefs, fears, and desires of a period on the threshold of modernity. It will be of interest to any scholar or student working in the field of early modern European history, literature or thought.

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By J. Lorentzen
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137343389
  • Total of Pages : 190
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 172
  • Pdf File: the-history-of-fatherhood-in-norway-1850-2012.pdf

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The first study of its kind, this book traces 150 years of the history of fatherhood in Scandinavia and shows how Scandinavian gender equality policy has important implications for the rest of the world. Among other interesting findings, Lorentzen reveals that the modern-day rise in equality fathering can be traced back to the 19th century.

The Museum

By Samuel J. Redman
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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Book Code : 1479809357
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Celebrates the resilience of American cultural institutions in the face of national crises and challenges On an afternoon in January 1865, a roaring fire swept through the Smithsonian Institution. Dazed soldiers and worried citizens could only watch as the flames engulfed the museum’s castle. Rare objects and valuable paintings were destroyed. The flames at the Smithsonian were not the first—and certainly would not be the last— disaster to upend a museum in the United States. Beset by challenges ranging from pandemic and war to fire and economic uncertainty, museums have sought ways to emerge from crisis periods stronger than before, occasionally carving important new paths forward in the process. The Museum explores the concepts of “crisis” as it relates to museums, and how these historic institutions have dealt with challenges ranging from depression and war to pandemic and philosophical uncertainty. Fires, floods, and hurricanes have all upended museum plans and forced people to ask difficult questions about American cultural life. With chapters exploring World War I and the 1918 influenza pandemic, the Great Depression, World War II, the 1970 Art Strike in New York City, and recent controversies in American museums, this book takes a new approach to understanding museum history. By diving deeper into the changes that emerged from these key challenges, Samuel J. Redman argues that cultural institutions can—and should— use their history to prepare for challenges and solidify their identity going forward. A captivating examination of crisis moments in US museum history from the early years of the twentieth century to the present day, The Museum offers inspiration in the resilience and longevity of America’s most prized cultural institutions.

The History of Chemistry (Vol.1&2)

By Thomas Thomson
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 503
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 682
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"The History of Chemistry" spans a period from very old times to the modern era. Since several millennia BC, civilizations were using technologies that would eventually form the basis of the various branches of chemistry. Chemistry was preceded by its protoscience, alchemy, which is an intuitive but non-scientific approach to understanding the constituents of matter and their interactions. It was unsuccessful in explaining the nature of matter and its transformations, but, by performing experiments and recording the results, alchemists set the stage for modern chemistry. While both alchemy and chemistry are concerned with matter and its transformations, the crucial difference was given by the scientific method that chemists employed in their work. Chemistry is considered to have become an established science with the work of Antoine Lavoisier, who developed a law of conservation of mass that demanded careful measurement and quantitative observations of chemical phenomena. The object of this work is to present a comprehensive overview of the progress of chemistry, from its first rude and modest beginnings till it has reached its modern state of importance as one of the leading sciences._x000D_ Volume 1:_x000D_ Of Alchymy_x000D_ Of the Chemical Knowledge Possessed by the Ancients_x000D_ Chemistry of the Arabians_x000D_ Of the Progress of Chemistry under Paracelsus and His Disciples_x000D_ Of Van Helmont and the Iatro-Chemists_x000D_ Of Agricola and Metallurgy_x000D_ Of Glauber, Lemery, and Some Other Chemists of the End of the Seventeenth Century_x000D_ Of the Attempts to Establish a Theory in Chemistry_x000D_ Of the Foundation and Progress of Scientific Chemistry in Great Britain_x000D_ Volume 2:_x000D_ Of the Foundation and Progress of Scientific Chemistry in Great Britain_x000D_ Of the Progress of Philosophical Chemistry in Sweden_x000D_ Progress of Scientific Chemistry in France_x000D_ Progress of Analytical Chemistry_x000D_ Of Electro-Chemistry_x000D_ Of the Atomic Theory_x000D_ Of the Present State of Chemistry

Connecticut Ghost Stories and Legends

By Thomas D'Agostino,Arlene Nicholson
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  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Book Code : 161423793X
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : History
  • Members : 405
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The collaborators of A Guide to Haunted New England track the spirits of the “Constitution State” through its storied history. The emerald sheen illuminating the Sabbatarian burying ground, 8 Mile River’s misty figures which emerge at the Devil’s Hopyard, and flying demon skeletons on Charles Island—these bizarre haunts are uniquely Connecticut. In the ghostly lore of the state, the ambient ramblings of the Leatherman still ring out in the caves of Harwinton’s forests and the former residents of the Hale Homestead continue to roam the attic at night. Join authors and Paranormal United Research Founders, Thomas D’Agostino and his wife Arlene Nicholson, as they recount bone chilling mysteries from Putnam, Canton, New London and many more shadowy corners of the Nutmeg state. Includes photos! Praise for A Guide to Haunted New England “Fun, charming . . . includes not only locales with reported ghosts, but also sites with macabre (though not haunted) histories.”—True Crime Librarian “Anyone interested in exploring the haunted, macabre and abandoned throughout New England knows they can count on D’Agostino to find out more about the site’s history, past sightings and how to find them.”—Mobile RVing

Writing the History of Slavery

By David Stefan Doddington,Enrico Dal Lago
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1474285597
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : History
  • Members : 803
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Exploring the major historiographical, theoretical, and methodological approaches that have shaped studies on slavery, this addition to the Writing History series highlights the varied ways that historians have approached the fluid and complex systems of human bondage, domination, and exploitation that have developed in societies across the world. The first part examines more recent attempts to place slavery in a global context, touching on contexts such as religion, empire, and capitalism. In its second part, the book looks closely at the key themes and methods that emerge as historians reckon with the dynamics of historical slavery. These range from politics, economics and quantitative analyses, to race and gender, to pyschohistory, history from below, and many more. Throughout, examples of slavery and its impact are considered across time and place: in Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe, colonial Asia, Africa, and the Americas, and trades throughout the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Also taken into account are thinkers from Antiquity to the 20th century and the impact their ideas have had on the subject and the debates that follow. This book is essential reading for students and scholars at all levels who are interested in not only the history of slavery but in how that history has come to be written and how its debates have been framed across civilizations.

Ghost Riders of Upper Egypt

By Hans Alexander Winkler
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 161797501X
  • Total of Pages : 170
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 435
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In 1933 the German anthropologist Hans Alexander Winkler came across a 'spirit medium' named 'Abd al-Radi in a village near Luxor in Upper Egypt. 'Abd al-Radi was periodically possessed by the ghost of his uncle, and in that state passed messages to those who came to seek help. In an intense study, Winkler lays out the construction of the world shared by the rural people, with its saints and pilgrims, snake charmers and wandering holy men, all under the overarching power of God. Winkler's book was ahead of its time in analyzing a single institution in its social context, and in showing the debates and disagreements about the meaning of such strange events. "This multilayered study from the 1930s was precocious in its method and conclusions, and thus it retains its relevance today not only for Egyptian folklore but also for the history of anthropology in Egypt." from the Introduction by Nicholas S. Hopkins

Summoning Our Saints

By John Wharton Lowe
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1498581609
  • Total of Pages : 210
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 537
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This book celebrates and illuminates the poetry and prose of Brenda Marie Osbey. Featuring chapters by distinguished critics of African American poetry and prose, it places particular emphasis on the role of New Orleans, sexuality, gender, madness, death, and remembrance in her oeuvre, and on Osbey’s eloquent revision of hemispheric history.

Theatre and Ghosts

By M. Luckhurst,E. Morin
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137345071
  • Total of Pages : 228
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 264
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Theatre and Ghosts brings theatre and performance history into dialogue with the flourishing field of spectrality studies. Essays examine the histories and economies of the material operations of theatre, and the spectrality of performance and performer.

Ghosts of the Republic

By William S Frisbee Jr
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  • Publisher : Chakram LLC
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 280
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 372
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They refuse to die like they are told. The Ronin are the hunted survivors of a nation destroyed by the greed, arrogance and spite of the Economic Exchange. No home and no refuge will force them to fight to the bitter end. Genetically modified, cybernetically enhanced, Doug Ericson operates solo. A squad leader who lost his squad, he conducts reconnaissance for the Republic survivors. The Economic Exchange has a covert black project, and a beautiful corporate hacker needs Doug's help. Thus begins a race against time as the Ronin fight to save a brother-at-arms and discover the deadly secret the Economic Exchange is desperate to keep. Hounded by the elite corporate enforcement arm, bounty hunters, private investigators, religious fanatics and mercenaries, their only ally is a renegade Confed agent with his own agenda. The odds are billions to one against the Ronin. The future of the human race hangs in the balance so defeat is not an option. Empires will clash and the human race will never be the same. Let the bodies hit the floor. It is time for the Ronin to avenge the Republic. Get it now!

The Diversity of Social Theories

By Harry F. Dahms
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  • Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing
  • Book Code : 0857248227
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 937
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Presents alternative trajectories for how to take steps toward achieving a theoretically informed understanding of the analytical and practical challenges of social theory (in terms of social, sociological, and critical theory), and looks beyond pluralism and fragmentation to the kind of roles social theorists may play.

Ghost in the Well

By Michael Crandol
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1350178764
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Performing Arts
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Ghost in the Well is the first study to provide a full history of the horror genre in Japanese cinema, from the silent era to Classical period movies such as Nakagawa Nobuo's Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan (1959) to the contemporary global popularity of J-horror pictures like the Ring and Ju-on franchises. Michael Crandol draws on a wide range of Japanese language sources, including magazines, posters and interviews with directors such as Kurosawa Kiyoshi, to consider the development of kaiki eiga, the Japanese phrase meaning "weird" or "bizarre" films that most closely corresponds to Western understandings of "horror". He traces the origins of kaika eiga in Japanese kabuki theatre and traditions of the monstrous feminine, showing how these traditional forms were combined with the style and conventions of Hollywood horror to produce an aesthetic that was both transnational and peculiarly Japanese. Ghost in the Well sheds new light on one of Japanese cinema's best-known genres, while also serving as a fascinating case study of how popular film genres are re-imagined across cultural divides.

Not Half No End

By Geoffrey Bennington
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  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Book Code : 0748642234
  • Total of Pages : 184
  • Category : Philosophy
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Gathers Bennington's essays since the death of his friend Jacques Derrida in 2004. These 16 continue the work of elucidating Derrida's difficult and complex thought, often with reference to his persistent interrogation of the concepts of life and death, mourning and melancholia, and what he sometimes calls 'half-mourning'. Bennington relates these to the core concepts in Derrida's work: deconstruction and differance. Derrida's suspension of the end - in differance, in death - has wide-ranging consequences for our thinking and how we attempt to categorise that thinking, whether as epistemological, ethical, political, aesthetic.Not Half No End moves through Derrida's rich and varied corpus in a weave of styles, from the expository and analytical to the autobiographical and confessional, in the ongoing process of deconstruction.