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  • 1
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    2015
    ISBN: 9781452944302 
    Title: Biko's Ghost
    Subtitle: The Iconography of Black Consciousness
    Publisher(s): University of Minnesota Press
    Year of publication: 2015
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781452944302
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: "When you say, 'Black is Beautiful,' what in fact you are saying . . . is: Man, you are okay as you are; begin to look upon yourself as a human being." With such statements, Stephen Biko became the voice of Black Consciousness. And with Biko's brutal death in the custody of the South African police, he became a martyr, an enduring symbol of the horrors of apartheid. Through the lens of visual culture, Biko's Ghost reveals how the man and the ideology he promoted have profoundly influenced liberation politics and race discourse-in South Africa and around the globe-ever since. Tracing the linked histories of Black Consciousness and its most famous proponent, Biko's Ghost explores the concepts of unity, ancestry, and action that lie at the heart of the ideology and the man. It challenges the dominant historical view of Black Consciousness as ineffectual or racially exclusive, suppressed on the one side by the apartheid regime and on the other by the African National Congress.Engaging theories of trauma and representation, and icon and ideology, Shannen L. Hill considers the martyred Biko as an embattled icon, his image portrayals assuming different shapes and political meanings in different hands. So, too, does she illuminate how Black Consciousness worked behind the scenes throughout the 1980s, a decade of heightened popular unrest and state censorship. She shows how-in streams of imagery that continue to multiply nearly forty years on-Biko's visage and the ongoing life of Black Consciousness served as instruments through which artists could combat the abuses of apartheid and unsettle the "rainbow nation" that followed
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  • 2
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    2014
    ISBN: 9781452942797 
    Title: Cairo Pop
    Subtitle: Youth Music in Contemporary Egypt
    Publisher(s): University of Minnesota Press
    Year of publication: 2014
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781452942797
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Cairo Pop is the first book to examine the dominant popular music of Egypt, shababiyya. Scorned or ignored by scholars and older Egyptians alike, shababiyya plays incessantly in Cairo, even while Egyptian youth joined in mass protests against their government, which eventually helped oust longtime Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. Living in Cairo at the time of the revolution, Daniel Gilman saw, and more importantly heard, the impact that popular music can have on culture and politics. Here he contributes a richly ethnographic analysis of the relationship between mass-mediated popular music, modernity, and nationalism in the Arab world.Before Cairo Pop, most scholarship on the popular music of Egypt focused on musiqa al-ṭarab. Immensely popular in the 1950s and '60s and even into the '70s, musiqa al-ṭarab adheres to Arabic musical theory, with non-Western scales based on tunings of the strings of the 'ud-the lute that features prominently, nearly ubiquitously, in Arabic music. However, today one in five Egyptians is between the ages of 15 and 24; half the population is under the age of 25. And shababiyya is their music of choice. By speaking informally with dozens of everyday young people in Cairo, Gilman comes to understand shababiyya as more than just a musical genre: sometimes it is for dancing or seduction, other times it propels social activism, at others it is simply sonic junk food.In addition to providing a clear Egyptian musical history as well as a succinct modern political history of the nation, Cairo Pop elevates the aural and visual aesthetic of shababiyya-and its role in the lives of a nation's youth
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  • 3
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    2014
    ISBN: 9781452944012 
    Title: Celebrity and Power
    Subtitle: Fame in Contemporary Culture
    Publisher(s): University of Minnesota Press
    Year of publication: 2014
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781452944012
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Simultaneously celebrated and denigrated, celebrities represent not only the embodiment of success, but also the ultimate construction of false value. Celebrity and Power questions the impulse to become embroiled with the construction and collapse of the famous, exploring the concept of the new public intimacy: a product of social media in which celebrities from Lady Gaga to Barack Obama are expected to continuously campaign for audiences in new ways. In a new Introduction for this edition, P. David Marshall investigates the viewing public's desire to associate with celebrity and addresses the explosion of instant access to celebrity culture, bringing famous people and their admirers closer than ever before
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  • 4
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    2013
    ISBN: 9780816687589 
    Title: Virtual Modernism
    Subtitle: Writing and Technology in the Progressive Era
    Publisher(s): University of Minnesota Press
    Year of publication: 2013
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780816687589
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Virtual Modernism examines the emergence of American literary modernism from the eruption of popular culture in the early twentieth century. Employing readings of the works of Stephen Crane, Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, Djuna Barnes, and Gertrude Stein, Katherine Biers argues that American modernist writers developed a "poetics of the virtual" in response to the rise of mass communications technologies
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  • 5
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    2012
    ISBN: 9781299947825 
    Person(s): Dery, Mark
    Contributer: Sterling, Bruce
    Title: I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
    Subtitle: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams
    Publisher(s): University of Minnesota Press
    Year of publication: 2012
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781299947825
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: A head-spinning thrill ride through contemporary American culture
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  • 6
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    2009
    ISBN: 9780816668007 
    Person(s): Azuma, Hiroki
    Contributer: Abel, Jonathan , Kono, Shion
    Title: Otaku
    Subtitle: Japan’s Database Animals
    Publisher(s): University of Minnesota Press
    Year of publication: 2009
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780816668007
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Hiroki Azuma's Otaku offers a critical, philosophical, and historical inquiry into the characteristics and consequences of this consumer subculture. For Azuma, one of Japan's leading public intellectuals, otaku culture mirrors the transformations of postwar Japanese society and the nature of human behavior in the postmodern era. A vital non-Western intervention in postmodern culture and theory, Otaku is also a perceptive account of Japanese popular culture
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  • 7
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    2008
    ISBN: 9780816669684 
    Title: Mechademia 3
    Subtitle: Limits of the Human
    Publisher(s): University of Minnesota Press
    Year of publication: 2008
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780816669684
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Dramatic advances in genetics, cloning, robotics, and nanotechnology have given rise to both hopes and fears about how technology might transform humanity. As the possibility of a posthuman future becomes increasingly likely, debates about how to interpret or shape this future abound. In Japan, anime and manga artists have for decades been imagining the contours of posthumanity, creating dazzling and sometimes disturbing works of art that envision a variety of human/nonhuman hybrids: biological/mechanical, human/animal, and human/monster. Anime and manga offer a constellation of posthuman prototypes whose hybrid natures require a shift in our perception of what it means to be human. Limits of the Human-the third volume in the Mechademia series-maps the terrain of posthumanity using manga and anime as guides and signposts to understand how to think about humanity's new potentialities and limits. Through a wide range of texts-the folklore-inspired monsters that populate Mizuki Shigeru's manga; Japan's Gothic Lolita subculture; Tezuka Osamu's original cyborg hero, Atom, and his manga version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis (along with Ôtomo Katsuhiro's 2001 anime film adaptation); the robot anime, Gundam; and the notion of the uncanny in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, among others-the essays in this volume reject simple human/nonhuman dichotomies and instead encourage a provocative rethinking of the definitions of humanity along entirely unexpected frontiers. Contributors: William L. Benzon, Lawrence Bird, Christopher Bolton, Steven T. Brown, Joshua Paul Dale, Michael Dylan Foster, Crispin Freeman, Marc Hairston, Paul Jackson, Thomas LaMarre, Antonia Levi, Margherita Long, Laura Miller, Hajime Nakatani, Susan Napier, Natsume Fusanosuke, Sharalyn Orbaugh, Ôtsuka Eiji, Adèle-Elise Prévost and MUSEbasement; Teri Silvio, Takayuki Tatsumi, Mark C. Taylor
    Abstract: Theresa Winge, Cary Wolfe, Wendy Siuyi Wong, and Yomota Inuhiko
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  • 8
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    2007
    ISBN: 9780816654185 
    Title: Poison Woman
    Subtitle: Figuring Female Transgression in Modern Japanese Culture
    Publisher(s): University of Minnesota Press
    Year of publication: 2007
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780816654185
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Based on the lives and crimes of no less than twenty real women, dokufu (poison women) narratives emerged as a powerful presence in Japan during the 1870s. In Poison Woman, Christine L. Marran investigates this powerful icon, its shifting meanings, and its influence on defining womens sexuality and place in Japan
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  • 9
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    2007
    ISBN: 9780816654055 
    Title: Mechademia 2
    Subtitle: Networks of Desire
    Publisher(s): University of Minnesota Press
    Year of publication: 2007
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780816654055
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Networks of DesireÑthe second volume in the Mechademia series, an annual forum devoted to critical and creative work on Japanese anime, manga, and the fan cultures that have coalesced around themÑexplores the varieties of desire that structure and influence much of contemporary anime and manga in manifestations that range from the explicitly sexual to more sublimated text and imagery. Collecting original essays by scholars, artists, and fans, Networks of Desire considers key issues at play in a Japanese society increasingly uncertain of its place in a globalized world: from idealized representations of same-sex desire in such sh™jo manga (girlsÕ comics) as The Rose of Versailles, to fan fiction inspired by the gender-switching manga Ranma , to desire in otaku communities. Deftly weaving together desire and discourse, Mechademia 2 illuminates the techno-carnal fantasies, animalistic consumption, political nostalgia, and existential hunger underlying the most popular and influential expressions of Japanese popular culture today. Contributors: Brent Allison, Meredith Suzanne Hahn Aquila, Hiroki Azuma, William L. Benzon, Christopher Bolton, Martha Cornog, Patrick Drazen, Marc Hairston, Mari Kotani, Shu Kuge, Margherita Long, Daisuke Miyao, Hiromi Mizuno, Mariana Ortega, Timothy Perper, Eron Rauch, Trina Robbins, Brian Ruh, Deborah Shamoon, Masami Toku, Keith Vincent
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  • 10
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    2007
    ISBN: 9780816654192 
    Title: Adorno in America
    Publisher(s): University of Minnesota Press
    Year of publication: 2007
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780816654192
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: The German philosopher and cultural critic Theodor W. Adorno was one of the towering intellectual figures of the twentieth century, and between 1938 and 1953 he lived in exile in the United States. In the first in-depth account of this period of Adorno's life, David Jenemann examines Adorno's confrontation with the burgeoning American "culture industry" and casts new light on Adorno's writings about the mass media. Contrary to the widely held belief-even among his defenders-that Adorno was disconnected from America and disdained its culture, Jenemann reveals that Adorno was an active and engaged participant in cultural and intellectual life during these years. From the time he first arrived in New York in 1938 to work for the Princeton Radio Research Project, exploring the impact of radio on American society and the maturing marketing strategies of the national radio networks, Adorno was dedicated to understanding the technological and social influence of popular art in the United States. Adorno carried these interests with him to Hollywood, where he and Max Horkheimer attempted to make a film for their Studies in Prejudice Project and where he befriended Thomas Mann and helped him craft his famous novel Doctor Faustus. Shuttling between insightful readings of Adorno's theories and a rich body of archival materials-including unpublished writings and FBI files-Jenemann paints a portrait of Adorno's years in New York and Los Angeles and tells the cultural history of an America coming to grips with its rapidly evolving mass culture. Adorno in America eloquently and persuasively argues for a more complicated, more intimate relationship between Adorno and American society than has ever been previously acknowledged. What emerges is not only an image of an intellectual in exile, but ultimately a rediscovery of Adorno as a potent defender of a vital and
    Abstract: intelligent democracy
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