Modernism And Cosmology

Author: K. Ebury
Publisher: Springer
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Modernism And Cosmology from the Author: K. Ebury. Through examining the work of W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett, Katherine Ebury shows cosmology had a considerable impact on modernist creative strategies, developing alternative reading models of difficult texts such as Finnegans Wake and 'The Trilogy'.

Absurd Lights

Author: Katherine Ebury
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Absurd Lights from the Author: Katherine Ebury. This thesis examines the impact of early twentieth century physics, particularly the sciences of astronomy and cosmology, on the work of W. B. Yeats, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. I seek to find and make critical use of the traces of Einstein's cosmic revolution in the aesthetic and philosophical trajectory of modernism. In the chapters that follow, I examine Yeats, Joyce and Beckett as test-cases for modernist aesthetic responses to a universe that had been newly imagined by scientists. In different ways the new cosmology offers a rich source of imaginative as well as narrative and poetic possibilities for these writers. Moreover, although I discuss their work in separate chapters, I have found many connections between their responses, particularly in terms of the new idealist philosophy that came out of popularisations of the new physics. In this sense my approach also offers new ways of talking about Yeats, Joyce and Beckett in relation to each other. The opening chapter begins with a history of relativistic science and its popularisation, then moves on to discuss the reception of relativistic science both within modernism and in the wider contemporary culture, reframing modernism in relation to scientific ideas and discourses. I explore aesthetic responses to this science by authors as different as Thomas Hardy and Ezra Pound, with a view to situating Yeats, Joyce and Beckett within this culture and highlighting their greater receptivity to such ideas. The chapter then moves to a specific consideration of the specialised fields of astronomy and cosmology, explaining the major changes wrought by the Einsteinian revolution and preparing the ground for a discussion of their effect on the works of my authors. The second chapter addresses Yeats's complex engagement with the new physics and its cosmology, reading against naive critical portrayals of him as entirely anti-scientific. The chapter also offers an account of science in relation to a narrative of Yeats's whole poetic career, moving from discussions of his longing for an alternative to Newtonian physics in his portrayal of the unpredictable stars in the poems of The Wind Among the Reeds to the strange cosmic, astronomical and occult shapes of A Vision and the later poetry. The third and fourth chapters discuss Joyce's interest in astronomy and cosmology; in chapter three, I focus on the inspirational power of cosmology in relation to the development of his oeuvre from Portrait to Finnegans Wake. The fourth chapter offers an extended close-reading of a passage from II.1 of the Wake, in which the sudden appearance of the cosmic science of spectroscopy transforms the children's game of riddles depicted in the chapter into a much more complex problem. In both these chapters, I suggest the salutary aesthetic potential of the difficulty of the new physics when juxtaposed with the difficulty of Joyce texts; the more complex, contested and puzzling universe of contemporary physics suited Joyce much better than the Newtonian science which he sometimes parodied as imperial and monological. Finally, I turn to Beckett's late modernism in the fifth and sixth chapters. The fifth chapter addresses his novel Murphy in relation to his portrayal of cosmic connections between chaos and absurdity. Beckett's novel seems increasingly unlike a Newtonian world, as realist frameworks are deliberately undermined by a far more relativistic and chaotic narrative technique. By 'The Trilogy', the subject of my sixth and final chapter, which focuses on cosmic and astronomical light in these three novels, Beckett has created a semi-relativistic cosmos in which realist narrative and Newtonian causality are, at first, in Molloy, radically compromised, and finally, in The Unnameable, proved untenable.

Max Weber Rationality And Modernity

Author: Sam Whimster
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317833368
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Max Weber Rationality And Modernity from the Author: Sam Whimster. This book brings together leading figures in history, sociology, political science, feminism and critical theory to interpret, evaluate, criticize and update Weber's legacy. In a collection of specially commissioned pieces and translated articles the Weberian scholarship recognizes Max Weber as the figure central to contemporary debates on the need for societal rationality, the limits of reason and the place of culture and conduct in the supposedly post-religious age. In Part 1, Wolfgang Mommsen, Wilhelm Hennis, Guenther Roth and Wolfgang Schluchter provide a full and varied account of the theme of rationalization in the world civilizations. In Part 2 Pierre Bourdieu and Barry Hindess critically examine Weber's social action model, and Johannes Weiss and Martin Albrow address the putative 'crisis' of Western rationality. In Part 3 Jeffrey Alexander, Ralph Schroeder, Bryan Turner, Roslyn Bologh and Sam Whimster scrutinize Weber's understanding of modernity with its characteristic plurality of 'gods and demons'; they focus on its implications for individuality and personality, the body and sexuality, feminism and aesthetic modernism. Part 4 turns to politics, law and the state in the contemporary world: Colin Gordon on liberalism, Luciano Cavalli on charismatic politics, Stephen Turner and Regis Factor on decisionism and power and Scott Lash on modernism, substantice rationality and law. This book was first published in 1987.

Cosmology And Architecture In Premodern Islam

Author: Samer Akkach
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791483444
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Cosmology And Architecture In Premodern Islam from the Author: Samer Akkach. A fascinating exploration of how the transcendent is expressed in the spatial sensibility of premodern Islam.

Modernism Christianity And Apocalypse

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Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004282289
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Modernism Christianity And Apocalypse from the Author: . Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse stages an encounter between ‘Modernism and Christianity’ and ‘Apocalypse Studies’. Its nineteen contributions outline a distinct interdisciplinary field of study.

The Making Of Buddhist Modernism

Author: David L. McMahan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199884781
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The Making Of Buddhist Modernism from the Author: David L. McMahan. A great deal of Buddhist literature and scholarly writing about Buddhism of the past 150 years reflects, and indeed constructs, a historically unique modern Buddhism, even while purporting to represent ancient tradition, timeless teaching, or the "essentials" of Buddhism. This literature, Asian as well as Western, weaves together the strands of different traditions to create a novel hybrid that brings Buddhism into alignment with many of the ideologies and sensibilities of the post-Enlightenment West. In this book, David McMahan charts the development of this "Buddhist modernism." McMahan examines and analyzes a wide range of popular and scholarly writings produced by Buddhists around the globe. He focuses on ideological and imaginative encounters between Buddhism and modernity, for example in the realms of science, mythology, literature, art, psychology, and religious pluralism. He shows how certain themes cut across cultural and geographical contexts, and how this form of Buddhism has been created by multiple agents in a variety of times and places. His position is critical but empathetic: while he presents Buddhist modernism as a construction of numerous parties with varying interests, he does not reduce it to a mistake, a misrepresentation, or fabrication. Rather, he presents it as a complex historical process constituted by a variety of responses -- sometimes trivial, often profound -- to some of the most important concerns of the modern era.

Phenomenology Modernism And Beyond

Author: Carole Bourne-Taylor
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039114092
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Phenomenology Modernism And Beyond from the Author: Carole Bourne-Taylor. From the first stirrings of modernism to contemporary poetics, the modernist aesthetic project could be described as a form of phenomenological reduction that attempts to return to the invisible and unsayable foundations of human perception and expression, prior to objective points of view and scientific notions. It is this aspect of modernism that this book brings to the fore. The essays presented here bring into focus the contemporary face of ongoing debates about phenomenology and modernism. The contributors forcefully underline the intertwining of modernism and phenomenology and the extent to which the latter offers a clue to the former. The book presents the viewpoints of a range of internationally distinguished critics and scholars, with diverse but closely related essays covering a wide range of fields, including literature, architecture, philosophy and musicology. The collection addresses critical questions regarding the relationship between phenomenology and modernism, with reference to thinkers such as Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Martin Heidegger, Michel Henry and Paul Ricoeur. By examining the contemporary philosophical debates, this cross-disciplinary body of research reveals the pervasive and far-reaching influence of phenomenology, which emerges as a heuristic method to articulate modernist aesthetic concerns.

Modernism And The Occult

Author: John Bramble
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137465786
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Modernism And The Occult from the Author: John Bramble. This study of modernism's high imperial, occult-exotic affiliations presents many well-known figures from the period 1880-1960 in a new light. Modernism and the Occult traces the history of modernist engagement with 'irregular', heterodox and imported knowledge.

Sociology Of Postmodernism

Author: Dr Scott Lash
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317858530
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Sociology Of Postmodernism from the Author: Dr Scott Lash. First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Claiming Society For God

Author: Nancy J. Davis
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253007143
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Claiming Society For God from the Author: Nancy J. Davis. Claiming Society for God focuses on common strategies employed by religiously orthodox, fundamentalist movements around the world. Rather than employing terrorism, as much of post-9/11 thinking suggests, these movements use a patient, under-the-radar strategy of infiltrating and subtly transforming civil society. Nancy J. Davis and Robert V. Robinson tell the story of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Shas in Israel, Comunione e Liberazione in Italy, and the Salvation Army in the United States. They show how these movements build massive grassroots networks of religiously based social service agencies, hospitals, schools, and businesses to bring their own brand of faith to popular and political fronts.