♥ Book Title : Blue Mythologies
☯ Full Synopsis : "The sea, the sky, the veins of your hands, the earth when photographed from space--blue sometimes seems to overwhelm all the other shades of our world in its all-encompassing presence. The blues of Blue Mythologies include those present in the world's religions, eggs, science, slavery, gender, sex, art, the literary past, and contemporary film. Carol Mavor's engaging and elegiac readings in this beautifully illustrated book take the reader from the blue of a newborn baby's eyes to Giotto's frescoes at Padua, and from the films of Derek Jarman and Krzysztof Kiéslowski to the islands of Venice and Aran. In each example Mavor unpicks meaning both above and below the surface of culture. In an echo of Roland Barthes's essays in Mythologies, blue is unleashed as our most familiar and most paradoxical color. At once historical, sociological, literary, and visual, Blue Mythologies gives us a fresh and contemplative look into the traditions, tales, and connotations of those somethings blue."Article| Carol Mavor| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Black and Blue
☯ Full Synopsis : "In an exploration of one book and three films, themes including loss, regret, violence, and history are discussed in terms of the feeling of the colors black and blue."Article| Carol Mavor| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Reading Boyishly
☯ Full Synopsis : "Study of nostalgic representations of the maternal, the home, and childhood in the literature and photographs of early-20th-century artists."Article| Carol Mavor| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Mythologies
☯ Full Synopsis : "A series of essays in which Barthes seeks to tear away masks and demystify the signs, signals, gestures and messages through which western society sustains, sells, identifies and yet obscures itself."Article| Roland Barthes| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Renaissance Futurities
☯ Full Synopsis : "At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. Renaissance Futurities considers the intersections between artistic rebirth, the new science, and European imperialism in the global early modern world. Charlene Villaseñor Black and Mari-Tere Álvarez take as inspiration the work of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), prolific artist and inventor, and other polymaths such as philosopher Giulio “Delminio” Camillo (1480–1544), physician and naturalist Francisco Hernández de Toledo (1514–1587), and writer Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616). This concern with futurity is inspired by the Renaissance itself, a period defined by visions of the future, as well as by recent theorizing of temporality in Renaissance and Queer Studies. This transdisciplinary volume is at the cutting edge of the humanities, medical humanities, scientific discovery, and avant-garde artistic expression."Article| Charlene Villaseñor Black| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Aurelia
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the eighteenth century the members of London's Society of Aurelians were butterfly collectors. The term 'Aurelian' relates to the chrysalis, and the golden colour it can display before the butterfly emerges. As a twenty-first-century Aurelian, Carol Mavor collects fairy tales old and new and awakens them out of their chrysalises: like slumbering Snow Whites in caskets of gold and glass, or Briar Roses in tangles of branches and thorns. In Aurelia, Mavor takes special interest in the fairy tale's gastronomy, including Alice's Wonderland cake marked 'eat me', the sugar of the witch's house in 'Hansel and Gretel' and the more disturbing ingestions of cannibalism, as in the Brothers Grimm's 'The Juniper Tree', where a murdered boy sings through the mouth of a bird: 'My mother she killed me. My father he ate me.' Moving beyond this, Mavor discovers the fairy-tale realm in more surprising places: the tragic candy-land poetry of the 1950s 'genius' child-poet Minou Drouet; the subterranean world of enchantment in the cave paintings of Lascaux; the brown fairies of African American poet Langston Hughes; and Miwa Yanagi's black-and-white, bloody photograph of the Grandmother and Little Red Riding Hood holding one another in the cut-open belly of the wolf, as an allegory of the victims of Hiroshima. Through the lens of the fairy tale Mavor reads the world of literature and art as both magical and political.--Publisher."Article| Carol Mavor| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : This 'Me' of Mine
☯ Full Synopsis : "This Me of Mine is much more than an art exhibition; it is an example of distributed practice; creative networking which goes beyond the limits of the artists studio. Recipient of Arts Council England funding and private sponsorship from HomeinOne.com, This Me of Mine has brought a thought provoking art experience to four venues in the South East of England: APT Gallery, Deptford London; Strange Cargo|Georges House Gallery, Folkestone; Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks and The Art School Gallery in Colchester/Ipswich Museum, Ipswich. Curated via Twitter and online communications, developed publicly from conception through to completion via blogsite www.thismeofmine.wordpress.com, This Me of Mine is a profound exploration of the selves we know in relation to the context of contemporary society and the digital age. Now This Me of Mine is presented in book form an exhibition on the page, of the page; an exhibition for the interior self and all of the unique private mental images which will happen as you read these curated pages."Article| Jane Boyer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Barthes’ "Mythologies" Today
☯ Full Synopsis : "This is Barthes’ seminal text reimagined in a contemporary context by contemporary academics. Through a revisiting of Mythologies, a key text in cultural and media studies, this volume explores the value these disciplines can add to an understanding of contemporary society and culture. Leading academics in media, English, education, and cultural studies here are tasked with identifying the "new mythologies" some fifty or so years on from Barthes’ original interventions. The contributions in this volume, then, are readings of contemporary culture, each engaging with a cultural event, practice, or text as mythological. These readings are then contextualized by an introduction which reflects on the ‘how’ of these engaging responses and an "essay at the back of the book" which replaces Myth Today with a reflection on the contemporary provenance of both Barthes and his most famous book. Thus the book is at least two things at once whichever way you look: a ‘new’ Mythologies and a book about Barthes’ legacy, an exploration of the place of theory in critical writing, and a book about contemporary culture."Article| Pete Bennett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Comparative Criticism: Volume 21, Myth and Mythologies
☯ Full Synopsis : "Comparative Criticism addresses itself to the questions of literary theory and criticism, to comparative studies in terms of theme, genre movement and influence, and to interdisciplinary perspectives. This new volume takes 'Myth and mythologies' as its central theme. Articles include: the Shadow of Ulysses beyond 2001; Genesis: a tale of a heel and a hip; Myths of 'High' and 'Low': the Lyrical Ballads 1798-1998 and Myths of the Indies: Jane Austen and the British Empire. The winning entries in the 1997/8 BCLA/BCLT translation competition are published, as well as a special bibliography on the works of H. G. Adler."Article| E. S. Shaffer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Scientific Mythologies
☯ Full Synopsis : "What does science have to do with science fiction? What does science fiction have to do with scientists? What does religion have to do with science and science fiction? In the spiritual vacuum of our post-Christian West, new mythologies continually arise. The sources of much religious speculation, however, may be surprising. Author James Herrick directs our attention to a wide range of scientists, filmmakers, science fiction writers and religious philosophers and discovers there the role that science and science fiction have played in such mythmaking. From scientists such as Francis Bacon, Francis Crick, Carl Sagan and Freeman Dyson, to filmmakers such as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, to science fiction writers such as Olaf Stapledon, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, Herrick finds a curious collusion of science with science fiction for promoting and justifying alternative spiritualities. The rise of these new mythologies, he argues, is no longer a curiosity at the edge of Western culture. This alchemy is catalyzing a religious vision of new gods, a new humanity, and alien races with superior intelligence and secret knowledge. This new mythology overshadows the realms of politics, science and religion. Should we follow such visions? Does science endorse these mythologies? Are we being offered a spirituality superior to the Judeo-Christian tradition? This book will help you decide."Article| James A. Herrick| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : American Mythologies
☯ Full Synopsis : "A narrative account of the dreammakers of international culture as they construct the attitudes and lifestyles of the early 90s ; includes sketches of Giorgio Armani in Milan, Vanna White, Ted Koppel, Costa-Gavras, Stephen King, Peter Greenaway, Yergeny Yertushenfo, Donald Trump, and Merv Griffin."Article| Marshall Blonsky| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Fabled Cities, Princes & Jinn from Arab Myths and Legends
☯ Full Synopsis : "Forty myths, legends, and fantasy tales range from pre-Islamic times through the Golden Age of Islamic culture and include stories from the "Arabian Nights""Article| Khairat Al-Saleh| Statement ..."