Repressed Spaces

Author: Paul Carter
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 186189824X
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In Repressed Spaces Paul Carter tours the cultural history of agoraphobia, the fear of open space. Its symptoms were first described in The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) by Robert Burton, the British scholar and writer, although it wasn’t until 1871 that Carl Otto Westphal coined the term to describe several of his patients who experienced severe anxiety when walking through streets or squares. There have been many attempts to explain and treat the condition: critics of modernization have linked it to bad city planning; psychoanalysts, calling it "street panic", have blamed it on the Oedipus complex; psychiatrists have tied it to existential insecurity and describe it as the fear of places or situations that have triggered panic attacks. Freud believed that agoraphobia, like all phobias, was part of an "anxiety neurosis" and had a sexual origin. Taking as his starting-point the fact that Freud himself was agoraphobic, and analyzing the way people have negotiated open spaces from Greek and Roman times to the present day, Paul Carter finds that "space fear" ultimately results from the inhibition of movement. Along the way, the author asks why Freud repressed his agoraphobia, and examines literature, the work of architects and theorists – including Le Corbusier, Walter Benjamin and R. D. Laing – artists such as Munch, Lapique and Giacometti, and the German "street films" of the 1920s. He concludes by proposing a new way of regarding open space, a new "poetics of agoraphobia", one that is sensitive to the agoraphobe’s point of view and provides lessons for architects and urban planners today.

The Red Jester

Author: Judith Wermuth-Atkinson
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 3643901542
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What was Andrei Bely's aim in his ambiguous novel Petersburg? For the first time, this study firmly places Bely's work at the heart of the European Modern (die Moderne). The book argues that the novel - with its concern for the spiritual and its desire to create new aesthetics - helped reshape fundamental views of reality, of the Self, and of consciousness. Theories of Freud and Jung, as well as the aesthetics of the Viennese Secession, are used to elucidate Bely's approach to the narrative. The book also presents Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy as the prism through which Bely reflects modernist ideas. (Series: Slavistik - Vol. 1)

Parrot

Author: Paul Carter
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861894953
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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One of the more nonconformist figures in the animal kingdom, the parrot is linked to humans by its ability to speak—a trait many have found unsettling, though this discomfort is offset by its gorgeous plumage, which makes it one of the most popular members of the avian family. Unlike previous studies that have treated parrots as simply a curious oddity, Paul Carter offers here in Parrot a thoughtful yet spirited consideration of the natural and cultural history of parrots, discussing parrot portraiture, the role and significance of parrots' mimicry in human culture, and parrot conservation, as well the parrot's role in literature, folklore and mythology, film, and television worldwide. Parrot takes three different approaches to the squawker: the first section, "Parrotics," examines the historical, cultural, and scientific classification of parrots; "Parroternalia," the second part, looks at the association of parrots with the different languages, ages, tastes, and dreams of society; and, finally, "Parrotology" investigates what the mimicry of parrots reveals about our own systems of communication. Humorously written and wide-ranging in scope, this volume takes readers beyond pirates and "Polly wants a cracker" to a new kind of animal history, one conscious of the critical and ironic mirror parrots hold up to human society.

Sensible Spaces

Author: Edward H. Huijbens
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN:
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The book SENSI/ABLE SPACES focuses on the ways in which space, art and the environment interlace and interact, dealing with the perception and conception of spaces in the built as well as natural environment. The book brings together a wide range of academics, from the physical sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as artists who have an interest in the way space is sensed, understood and reconfigured. Spaces today are continually being reconstituted and reformulated in various ways, often relying on notions of what is sensible, narrowly defined by groups with an ideological agenda of some kind or vested economic interests. These sensible factors often obscure and ignore notions of the sensable-that which people perceive through the senses while being-in spaces. Space is a topic equally of various academic fields, such as geography, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, physics, bilology, and many more. But space is also the subject of - or a frame for - any artist, whose work is neither academic, in any standard sense of the term, and yet heavily theoretical or speculative.

Exploring Women s Studies

Author: Carol Berkin
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN:
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This important collection contains selections by twenty scholars who have won Woodrow Wilson Fellowships in Women¿s Studies over the last 30 years, and have helped establish and further women's studies; they write about the changes in their fields, their recent research, and the theoretical underpinnings of their work. A collection that shows how a feminist approach illuminates history, political science, anthropology, sociology, literature, and art. This is an indispensable book for those who want to know what contemporary scholars can tell us about women¿s lives and notions of gender.

Salt

Author: Terri-Ann White
Publisher: Salt Pub
ISBN: 9781876857585
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This is a journal of poetry and poetics that includes work by internationallyrenowned authors.

Poetics in architecture

Author: Leon Van Schaik
Publisher:
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Can architecture directly engage with the inner experience of people? Does it have universal or spiritual content? Poetics in Architecture attempts to address these questions by looking at the essence of meaning of architecture and considering the human response to buildings. Schaik's concern is that by focusing on technical refinements and new procedural models architects are in danger of alienating the collective human connections we make with buildings. This title brings together the views of a fascinating and diverse group of architects and theoreticians from all over the world including Bolles-Wilson, Boyarsky Wilson, Winka Dubbledam, Sean Godsell, Mark Goulthorpe of dECOI and Tom Kovac.