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  • 1
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    1 2015
    ISBN: 9780520959590 
    Title: The Age of Irreverence
    Subtitle: A New History of Laughter in China
    Edition: 1
    Publisher(s): University of California Press
    Year of publication: 2015
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780520959590
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: The Age of Irreverence tells the story of why China's entry into the modern age was not just traumatic, but uproarious. As the Qing dynasty slumped toward extinction, prominent writers compiled jokes into collections they called "histories of laughter." In the first years of the Republic, novelists, essayists and illustrators alike used humorous allegories to make veiled critiques of the new government. But, again and again, political and cultural discussion erupted into invective, as critics gleefully jeered and derided rivals in public. Farceurs drew followings in the popular press, promoting a culture of practical joking and buffoonery. Eventually, these various expressions of hilarity proved so offensive to high-brow writers that they launched a concerted campaign to transform the tone of public discourse, hoping to displace the old forms of mirth with a new one they called youmo (humor). Christopher Rea argues that this period--from the 1890s to the 1930s--transformed how Chinese people thought and talked about what is funny. Focusing on five cultural expressions of laughter--jokes, play, mockery, farce, and humor--he reveals the textures of comedy that were a part of everyday life during modern China's first "age of irreverence." This new history of laughter not only offers an unprecedented and up-close look at a neglected facet of Chinese cultural modernity, but also reveals its lasting legacy in the Chinese language of the comic today and its implications for our understanding of humor as a part of human culture
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  • 2
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    1 2012
    ISBN: 9780520951822 
    Person(s): Hegeman, Susan
    Title: The Cultural Return
    Edition: 1
    Publisher(s): University of California Press
    Year of publication: 2012
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780520951822
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: This insightful book tracks the concept of culture across a range of scholarly disciplines and much of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries--years that saw the emergence of new fields and subfields (cultural studies, the new cultural history, literary new historicism, as well as ethnic and minority studies) and came to be called "the cultural turn." Since the 1990s, however, the idea of culture has fallen out of scholarly favor. Susan Hegeman engages with a diversity of disciplines, including anthropology, literary studies, sociology, philosophy, psychology, and political science, to historicize the rise and fall of the cultural turn and to propose ways that culture may still be a vital concept in the global present
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  • 3
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    1 2012
    ISBN: 9780520952157 
    Contributer: Müller-Sievers, Helmut , Mller-Sievers, Helmut
    Title: The Cylinder
    Subtitle: Kinematics of the Nineteenth Century
    Edition: 1
    Publisher(s): University of California Press
    Year of publication: 2012
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780520952157
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: The Cylinder investigates the surprising proliferation of cylindrical objects in the nineteenth century, such as steam engines, phonographs, panoramas, rotary printing presses, silos, safety locks, and many more. Examining this phenomenon through the lens of kinematics, the science of forcing motion, Helmut Müller-Sievers provides a new view of the history of mechanics and of the culture of the industrial revolution, including its literature, that focuses on the metaphysics and aesthetics of motion. Müller-Sievers explores how nineteenth-century prose falls in with the specific rhythm of cylindrical machinery, re-imagines the curvature of cylindrical spaces, and conjoins narrative progress and reflection in a single stylistic motion. Illuminating the intersection of engineering, culture, and literature, he argues for a concept of culture that includes an epoch's relation to the motion of its machines
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  • 4
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    1 2011
    ISBN: 9780520948242 
    Title: Oprah
    Subtitle: The Gospel of an Icon
    Edition: 1
    Publisher(s): University of California Press
    Year of publication: 2011
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780520948242
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: "Today on Oprah," intoned the TV announcer, and all over America viewers tuned in to learn, empathize, and celebrate. In this book, Kathryn Lofton investigates the Oprah phenomenon and finds in Winfrey's empire--Harpo Productions, O Magazine, and her new television network--an uncanny reflection of religion in modern society. Lofton shows that when Oprah liked, needed, or believed something, she offered her audience nothing less than spiritual revolution, reinforced by practices that fuse consumer behavior, celebrity ambition, and religious idiom. In short, Oprah Winfrey is a media messiah for a secular age. Lofton's unique approach also situates the Oprah enterprise culturally, illuminating how Winfrey reflects and continues historical patterns of American religions
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  • 5
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    1 2011
    ISBN: 9780520948358 
    Person(s): Smith, Jacob
    Title: Spoken Word
    Subtitle: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures
    Edition: 1
    Publisher(s): University of California Press
    Year of publication: 2011
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780520948358
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: From the 1940s to the 1970s, the phonograph industry experienced phenomenal growth, both in sales and in cultural influence. Along with hugely popular music recordings, spoken word LPs served a multitude of functions and assumed an important place in the American home. In this book, Jacob Smith surveys a diverse range of spoken word genres--including readings of classic works of literature and drama, comedy albums, children's records, home therapy kits, even erotica--to illuminate this often overlooked aspect of the postwar entertainment industry and American culture. A viable alternative to mainstream broadcasting, records gave their listeners control over what they could hear at home. Smith shows how the savvy industry used spoken word records to develop markets for children, African Americans, women, and others not well served by radio and television
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  • 6
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    1 2010
    ISBN: 9780520947665 
    Title: Tropics of Savagery
    Subtitle: The Culture of Japanese Empire in Comparative Frame
    Edition: 1
    Publisher(s): University of California Press
    Year of publication: 2010
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780520947665
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Tropics of Savagery is an incisive and provocative study of the figures and tropes of "savagery" in Japanese colonial culture. Through a rigorous analysis of literary works, ethnographic studies, and a variety of other discourses, Robert Thomas Tierney demonstrates how imperial Japan constructed its own identity in relation both to the West and to the people it colonized. By examining the representations of Taiwanese aborigines and indigenous Micronesians in the works of prominent writers, he shows that the trope of the savage underwent several metamorphoses over the course of Japan's colonial period--violent headhunter to be subjugated, ethnographic other to be studied, happy primitive to be exoticized, and hybrid colonial subject to be assimilated
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  • 7
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    1 2010
    ISBN: 9780520945869 
    Title: Signs of the Times
    Subtitle: The Visual Politics of Jim Crow
    Edition: 1
    Publisher(s): University of California Press
    Year of publication: 2010
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780520945869
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Signs of the Times traces the career of Jim Crow signs--simplified in cultural memory to the "colored/white" labels that demarcated the public spaces of the American South--from their intellectual and political origins in the second half of the nineteenth century through their dismantling by civil rights activists in the 1960s and '70s. In this beautifully written, meticulously researched book, Elizabeth Abel assembles a variegated archive of segregation signs and photographs that translated a set of regional practices into a national conversation about race. Abel also brilliantly investigates the semiotic system through which segregation worked to reveal how the signs functioned in particular spaces and contexts that shifted the grounds of race from the somatic to the social sphere
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  • 8
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    1 2009
    ISBN: 9780520944794 
    Title: Cold War Captives
    Subtitle: Imprisonment, Escape, and Brainwashing
    Edition: 1
    Publisher(s): University of California Press
    Year of publication: 2009
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780520944794
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: This provocative history of early cold war America recreates a time when World War III seemed imminent. Headlines were dominated by stories of Soviet slave laborers, brainwashed prisoners in Korea, and courageous escapees like Oksana Kasenkina who made a "leap for freedom" from the Soviet Consulate in New York. Full of fascinating and forgotten stories, Cold War Captives explores a central dimension of American culture and politics--the postwar preoccupation with captivity. "Menticide," the calculated destruction of individual autonomy, struck many Americans as a more immediate danger than nuclear annihilation. Drawing upon a rich array of declassified documents, movies, and reportage--from national security directives to films like The Manchurian Candidate--his book explores the ways in which east-west disputes over prisoners, repatriation, and defection shaped popular culture. Captivity became a way to understand everything from the anomie of suburban housewives to the "slave world" of drug addiction. Sixty years later, this era may seem distant. Yet, with interrogation techniques derived from America's communist enemies now being used in the "war on terror," the past remains powerfully present
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  • 9
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    1 2008
    ISBN: 9780520932869 
    Person(s): Waldman, Tom
    Title: Not Much Left
    Subtitle: The Fate of Liberalism in America
    Edition: 1
    Publisher(s): University of California Press
    Year of publication: 2008
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780520932869
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Tom Waldman's lively and sweeping assessment of the state of American liberalism begins with the political turbulence of 1968 and culminates with the 2006 takeover of Congress by the Democratic Party. Not Much Left: The Fate of Liberalism in America vividly demonstrates how the progressive and liberal wing of the Democratic Party helped end a war, won the civil rights battle, and paved the way for blacks, women, gays, and other minorities to achieve full citizenship. Through reportage, anecdotes, and analysis--particularly of the disastrous defeat of Democrat George McGovern in 1972--Waldman chronicles how the grand coalition that achieved so much in the 1960s began to self-destruct in the early 1970s. Citing the Republican recovery from Barry Goldwater's 1964 defeat, Waldman demonstrates how the two parties' very different reactions to electoral debacle account for recent Republican dominance and Democratic impotence. Assessing liberalism's fate through the Carter and Reagan presidencies, the defeat of Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential election, and the on-again, off-again liberalism of the Clinton years, Waldman then brings the discussion up to date with analysis of the 2008 presidential campaign
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  • 10
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    1 2007
    ISBN: 9780520924628 
    Title: Erotic Grotesque Nonsense
    Subtitle: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times
    Edition: 1
    Publisher(s): University of California Press
    Year of publication: 2007
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780520924628
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: This history of Japanese mass culture during the decades preceding Pearl Harbor argues that the new gestures, relationship, and humor of ero-guro-nansensu (erotic grotesque nonsense) expressed a self-consciously modern ethos that challenged state ideology and expansionism. Miriam Silverberg uses sources such as movie magazines, ethnographies of the homeless, and the most famous photographs from this era to capture the spirit, textures, and language of a time when the media reached all classes, connecting the rural social order to urban mores. Employing the concept of montage as a metaphor that informed the organization of Japanese mass culture during the 1920s and 1930s, Silverberg challenges the erasure of Japanese colonialism and its legacies. She evokes vivid images from daily life during the 1920s and 1930s, including details about food, housing, fashion, modes of popular entertainment, and attitudes toward sexuality. Her innovative study demonstrates how new public spaces, new relationships within the family, and an ironic sensibility expressed the attitude of Japanese consumers who identified with the modern as providing a cosmopolitan break from tradition at the same time that they mobilized for war
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