A Curious Intimacy

Author: Lois Oppenheim
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113584299X
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A Curious Intimacy from the Author: Lois Oppenheim. What can neuroscience contribute to the psychodynamic understanding of creativity and the imagination? A Curious Intimacy is an innovative study into the interrelation between art and neuro-psychoanalysis which significantly narrows the divide between the humanities and the sciences. Situating our grasp of the creative mind within the historical context of theories of sublimation, Lois Oppenheim proposes a change in paradigm for the study of the creative process, questioning the idea that creativity serves, above all, the reparation of early object relationships and the resolution of conflict. The book is divided into two parts. Part One, Art and the Brain, introduces the field of neuro-psychoanalysis and examines the contribution it can make to the discussion of gender and art. Part Two, A New Direction for Interdisciplinary Psychoanalysis, draws on the verbal and visual artistry of Samuel Beckett, Paul Klee and Martha Graham to put to the test the proposed new direction for applied psychoanalysis. Lois Oppenheim concludes by addressing the future of psychoanalysis as it becomes increasingly informed by neuroscience and raising questions about what the neurobiology of emotion and feeling has to tell us about the creative experience of an individual and what might constitute a 'neuro-psychoanalytic aesthetics'. A Curious Intimacy will have great appeal for all those interested in the study of imagination and creativity. It will also be of particular interest to students across the humanities and sciences and to psychotherapists and psychoanalysts wanting to explore the contribution that neuro-psychoanalysis can make to our understanding of the creative process.

Curious Intimacy

Author: Jessica White
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857966901
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Curious Intimacy from the Author: Jessica White. In the 1870s two remarkable women meet in a remote country town in Western Australia. Ingrid is hundreds of miles from home, trying to distance herself from a broken heart after her lover was forced to marry. Ellyn is a young woman living in stark isolation and driven close to madness by the death of her baby daughter. Ellyn's husband is away indefinitely, and she's had no word from him. When the two women meet, they forge a bond that grows ever deeper. But can their intimacy find acceptance in their conventional world?

Louis Horst

Author: Janet Mansfield Soares
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822312260
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Louis Horst from the Author: Janet Mansfield Soares. From his musical beginnings as a piano player in gambling houses and society cafes, Louis Horst (1884-1964) became one of the chief architects of modern dance in the twentieth century. Accepting a job as musical director for the Denishawn Dance Company in 1915, Horst set out on a remarkable career that would eventually embrace composing, theorizing, and teaching. He had an incalculable influence on many important dancers of the day, particularly Martha Graham, who was his student and intimate for decades. Horst's biography, recounted here in rich detail by Janet Mansfield Soares, constitutes a crucial and colorful chapter in the story of modern American culture. At the center of this story is Horst's relationship with Martha Graham. "I did everything for Martha," Horst said late in life. Indeed, as her lover, ally, and lifelong confidante, he worked with such conviction to make her the undisputed dance leader in the concert world that Graham herself would later remark: "Without him I could not have achieved anything I have done." Drawing on the conversation and writings of Horst and his colleagues, Soares reveals the inner workings of this passionate commitment and places it firmly in the context of dance history. Horst emerges as a man of extraordinary personality and multifaceted talent. Soares shows how his dance scores, such as the one for Graham's Primitive Mysteries, became models for America's leading composers. She describes Horst's musical relationship with important figures such as Doris Humphrey and Helen Tamaris, as well as their German counterparts. She documents his founding and editing of the journal Dance Observer in an attempt to win recognition for American dance, an enterprise that established him as a leading critic of his time. Above all, Soares evokes Horst as a teacher. At the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Bennington School of Dance, the American Dance Festival, and Juilliard, he translated modernist theories into practical means of expression for dance, thus leaving his mark on future generations of dancers and choreographers. Soares has written the first comprehensive biography of this pivotal figure in the dance world. Richly illustrated, sensitive to intimate detail and historical nuance, it reveals the raison d'etre underlying Horst's theories and practices and offers insight into the development of dance as an art form under his virtually unchallenged rule. Janet Mansfield Soares first met Louis Horst as a young dancer at Juilliard. She became his assistant while pursuing a career as performer and choreographer under his tutelage. Since 1964 she has taught dance composition courses based on his work at Juilliard and at Barnard College, where she is currently Chair of the Dance Department. This book is the product of ten years of research and writing and a lifelong enthusiasm for the art of choreography fostered by Louis Horst.

Eating Chinese

Author: Lily Cho
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442659998
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Eating Chinese from the Author: Lily Cho. "Chicken fried rice, sweet and sour pork, and an order of onion rings, please." Chinese restaurants in small town Canada are at once everywhere - you would be hard pressed to find a town without a Chinese restaurant - and yet they are conspicuously absent in critical discussions of Chinese diasporic culture or even in popular writing about Chinese food. In Eating Chinese, Lily Cho examines Chinese restaurants as spaces that define, for those both inside and outside the community, what it means to be Chinese and what it means to be Chinese-Canadian. Despite restrictions on immigration and explicitly racist legislation at national and provincial levels, Chinese immigrants have long dominated the restaurant industry in Canada. While isolated by racism, Chinese communities in Canada were still strongly connected to their non-Chinese neighbours through the food that they prepared and served. Cho looks at this surprisingly ubiquitous feature of small-town Canada through menus, literature, art, and music. An innovative approach to the study of diaspora, Eating Chinese brings to light the cultural spaces crafted by restaurateurs, diners, cooks, servers, and artists.

The Noonday Demon

Author: Andrew Solomon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451676883
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The Noonday Demon from the Author: Andrew Solomon. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning. The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has had on various demographic populations around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the reader's view of the world.