The Invention of Clouds

Author: Richard Hamblyn

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 033053730X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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An extraordinary yet little-known scientific advance occurred in the opening years of the nineteenth century when a young amateur meteorologist, Luke Howard, gave the clouds the names by which they are known to this day. By creating a language to define structures that had, up to then, been considered random and unknowable, Howard revolutionized the science of meteorology and earned the admiration of his leading contemporaries in art, literature and science. Richard Hamblyn charts Howard’s life from obscurity to international fame, and back to obscurity once more. He recreates the period’s intoxicating atmosphere of scientific discovery, and shows how this provided inspiration for figures such as Goethe, Shelley and Constable. Offering rich insights into the nature of celebrity, the close relationship between the sciences and the arts, and the excitement generated by new ideas, The Invention of Clouds is an enthralling work of social and scientific history.

The Invention of Madness

Author: Emily Baum

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022655824X

Category: History

Page: 280

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Throughout most of history, in China the insane were kept within the home and treated by healers who claimed no specialized knowledge of their condition. In the first decade of the twentieth century, however, psychiatric ideas and institutions began to influence longstanding beliefs about the proper treatment for the mentally ill. In The Invention of Madness, Emily Baum traces a genealogy of insanity from the turn of the century to the onset of war with Japan in 1937, revealing the complex and convoluted ways in which “madness” was transformed in the Chinese imagination into “mental illness.” ​ Focusing on typically marginalized historical actors, including municipal functionaries and the urban poor, The Invention of Madness shifts our attention from the elite desire for modern medical care to the ways in which psychiatric discourses were implemented and redeployed in the midst of everyday life. New meanings and practices of madness, Baum argues, were not just imposed on the Beijing public but continuously invented by a range of people in ways that reflected their own needs and interests. Exhaustively researched and theoretically informed, The Invention of Madness is an innovative contribution to medical history, urban studies, and the social history of twentieth-century China.

The Invention of Curried Sausage

Author: Uwe Timm

Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation


Category: Fiction

Page: 217

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Seeking to prove that curried sausages, a popular sidewalk food, were invented in Hamburg, the narrator tracks down Lena Brucker, the supposed inventor, and hears her life story

Contemporary Authors

Author: N.A

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780787678760

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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A biographical and bibliographical guide to current writers in all fields including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, journalism, drama, television and movies. Information is provided by the authors themselves or drawn from published interviews, feature stories, book reviews and other materials provided by the authors/publishers.

The Invention of Athens

Author: Nicole Loraux

Publisher: Mit Press


Category: History

Page: 539

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How does the funeral oration relate to democracy in ancient Greece? How did the deathof an individual citizen-soldier become the occasion to praise the city of Athens? In The Inventionof Athens, Nicole Loraux traces the different rhetoric, politics, and ideology of funeralorations--epitaphioi--from Thucidydes, Gorgias, Lysias, and Demosthenes to Plato. Arguing that theceremony of public burial began circa 508-460 BCE, Loraux demonstrates that the institution of thefuneral oration developed under Athenian democracy. A secular, not a religious phenomenon, aliterary genre with fixed rhetoric effects, the funeral oration was inextricably linked to theepainos--praise of the city--rather than to a ritualized lament for the dead as is commonly assumed.Above all, the funeral oration celebrated the city of Athens and the Athenian citizen.Lorauxinterprets the speeches from literary, anthropological, and political perspectives. She explains howthese acts of secular speech invented an image of Athens often at odds with the presumed ideals ofdemocracy. To die in battle for the city was presented as an act of civic choice--the "fine" deaththat defined the citizen-soldier's noble, aristocratic ethos. At the same time, the funeral orationcultivated an image of democracy at a time when there was, for example, no formal theory of arespect for law and liberty, the supremacy of the collective and public over the individual and theprivate, or freedom of speech.This new edition of The Invention of Athens includes significantrevisions made by Nicole Loraux in 1993. Her aim in editing the original text was to render thisgroundbreaking work accessible to nonspecialists. Loraux's introduction to this revised volume, aswell as important revisions to the 1986 English translation, make this publication an importantaddition to scholarship in the humanities and the social sciences.

The Invention of Annibale Carracci

Author: Clare Robertson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: 417

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Annibale Carracci (1560-1609) fu una delle figure chiave (1560-1609) nello sviluppo dell'arte barocca italiana, e tuttavia la sua arte può sembrare problematica per diversi aspetti. Questo volume analizza la sua carriera dagli esordi a Bologna fino alle opere successive a Roma, il cui apice è raggiunto con il suo capolavoro, gli splendidi affreschi della Galleria Farnese. Il volume indaga inoltre il linguaggio religioso fortemente espressivo che sviluppò nelle pale d'altare, adeguate espressioni dei princìpi della Contro-Riforma, e i suoi importanti contributi all'evoluzione del paesaggio classico. Annotation Supplied by Informazioni Editoriali