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Title The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
Author Caspar Henderson
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release 2013-04-10
Category Nature
Total Pages 448
ISBN 022604470X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From medieval bestiaries to Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, we’ve long been enchanted by extraordinary animals, be they terrifying three-headed dogs or asps impervious to a snake charmer’s song. But bestiaries are more than just zany zoology—they are artful attempts to convey broader beliefs about human beings and the natural order. Today, we no longer fear sea monsters or banshees. But from the infamous honey badger to the giant squid, animals continue to captivate us with the things they can do and the things they cannot, what we know about them and what we don’t. With The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson offers readers a fascinating, beautifully produced modern-day menagerie. But whereas medieval bestiaries were often based on folklore and myth, the creatures that abound in Henderson’s book—from the axolotl to the zebrafish—are, with one exception, very much with us, albeit sometimes in depleted numbers. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings transports readers to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up—that are somehow more astonishing than anything we might have imagined. The yeti crab, for example, uses its furry claws to farm the bacteria on which it feeds. The waterbear, meanwhile, is among nature’s “extreme survivors,” able to withstand a week unprotected in outer space. These and other strange and surprising species invite readers to reflect on what we value—or fail to value—and what we might change. A powerful combination of wit, cutting-edge natural history, and philosophical meditation, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is an infectious and inspiring celebration of the sheer ingenuity and variety of life in a time of crisis and change.

A New Map of Wonders by Caspar Henderson

Title A New Map of Wonders
Author Caspar Henderson
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release 2017-11-15
Category Science
Total Pages 368
ISBN 022629207X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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We live in a world that is known, every corner thoroughly explored. But has this knowledge cost us the ability to wonder? Wonder, Caspar Henderson argues, is at its most supremely valuable in just such a world because it reaffirms our humanity and gives us hope for the future. That’s the power of wonder, and that’s what we should aim to cultivate in our lives. But what are the wonders of the modern world? Henderson’s brilliant exploration borrows from the form of one of the oldest and most widely known sources of wonder: maps. Large, detailed mappae mundi invited people in medieval Europe to vividly imagine places and possibilities they had never seen before: manticores with the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the stinging tail of a scorpion; tribes of one-eyed men who fought griffins for diamonds; and fearsome Scythian warriors who drank the blood of their enemies from their skulls. As outlandish as these maps and the stories that went with them sound to us today, Henderson argues that our views of the world today are sometimes no less incomplete or misleading. Scientists are only beginning to map the human brain, for example, revealing it as vastly more complex than any computer we can conceive. Our current understanding of physical reality is woefully incomplete. A New Map of Wonders explores these and other realms of the wonderful, in different times and cultures and in the present day, taking readers from Aboriginal Australian landscapes to sacred sites in Great Britain, all the while keeping sight questions such as the cognitive basis of wonder and the relationship between wonder and science. Beautifully illustrated and written with wit and moral complexity, this sequel to The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is a fascinating account of the power of wonder and an unforgettable meditation on its importance to our future.

Title Encyclopedia of Beasts and Monsters in Myth Legend and Folklore
Author Theresa Bane
Publisher McFarland
Release 2016-04-25
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 428
ISBN 0786495057
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Here there be dragons--this notation was often made on ancient maps to indicate the edges of the known world and what lay beyond. Heroes who ventured there were only as great as the beasts they encountered. This encyclopedia contains more than 2,200 monsters of myth and folklore, who both made life difficult for humans and fought by their side. Entries describe the appearance, behavior, and cultural origin of mythic creatures well-known and obscure, collected from traditions around the world.

Queer Defamiliarisation by Palmer Helen Palmer

Title Queer Defamiliarisation
Author Palmer Helen Palmer
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Release 2020-07-06
Category
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1474434177
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Helen Palmer examines the Russian formalist concept of defamiliarisation from a contemporary critical perspective, bringing together new materialist feminisms, experimental linguistic formalism and queer theory.She explores how we might radically restructure this gesture of 'making-strange' to create a dialogue with the affirmations of 'deviant', 'errant', 'alternative' and 'multiple' modes of being which have become synonymous with queer theory. Queer theory harnesses the creative potential of indeterminacy in order to celebrate and affirm infinite dimensions of sexuality and gender, creating space for all human beings to express themselves without the classification or judgement of prescriptive terminologies. Linguistic at its source, but going beyond this limit just like defamiliarisation, the liberating force of queer theory is derived from the removal of terminological boundaries. Palmer asks what a 21st-century queer defamiliarisation might look like and examines the extent to which these affirmative or emancipatory discourses escape the paradoxes of normativity or historicisation.

Title Ecological Crisis Sustainability and the Psychosocial Subject
Author Matthew Adams
Publisher Springer
Release 2016-11-07
Category Psychology
Total Pages 278
ISBN 1137351608
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book draws on recent developments across a range of perspectives including psychoanalysis, narrative studies, social practice theory, posthumanism and trans-species psychology, to establish a radical psychosocial alternative to mainstream understanding of 'environmental problems'. Only by addressing the psychological and social structures maintaining unsustainable societies might we glimpse the possibility of genuinely sustainable future. The challenges posed by the reality of human-caused 'environmental problems' are unprecedented. Understanding how we respond to knowledge of these problems is vital if we are to have a hope of meeting this challenge. Psychology and the social sciences have been drafted in to further this understanding, and inform interventions encouraging sustainable behaviour. However, to date, much of psychology has appeared happy to tinker with individual behaviour change, or encourage minor modifications in the social environment aimed at 'nudging' individual behaviour. As the ecological crisis deepens, it is increasingly recognised that mainstream understandings and interventions are inadequate to the collective threat posed by climate change and related ecological crises.

Title The Literary Review
Author
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Release 2012
Category Arts
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title American Scientist
Author
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Release 1942
Category Greek letter societies
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The McGraw Hill Book of Fiction
Author Robert DiYanni
Publisher McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
Release 1995
Category Fiction
Total Pages 1236
ISBN 9780070169494
Language English, Spanish, and French
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THE MCGRAW-HILL BOOK OF FICTION takes a global approach to literature, providing a rich selection of narratives for your students. As well as discussing the elements, forms, and the pleasures of fiction, the book's introduction includes a section connecting various fictional texts with works of art and songs ranging from medieval to modern times. Furthermore, the book's anthology dedicates a section to myths, legends, and folktales from around the world. When these two special features are combined with a broad array of short stories and five short novels from the western tradition, the result is a text unparalleled in its ability to introduce students to the many interrelationships within fiction among genre, culture, and history.

The Art of the Tale by Daniel Halpern

Title The Art of the Tale
Author Daniel Halpern
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Release 1987
Category Fiction
Total Pages 816
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Collects masterpieces of short fiction--from traditional forms and folktales to surrealism--and offers a wide representation of authors from the U.S., Europe, and the Third World

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