Global Dilemmas

Imperial Bolton-le-Moors from the Hungry Forties to the Death of Leverhulme
Author: Malcolm Hardman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1611479037
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 434
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No more than there can be time without space can there be history without locality. This book takes a road less traveled into a locality that provides fresh insights into our global dilemmas. Bolton-le-Moors was a global center of cotton, coal, and engineering, whose factory engines were the beating heart of the Victorian world. Commanding the widest range of trades of any town in the Empire, it specialized in papermaking, from pawn tickets to banknotes, via newspapers and syndicated fiction. Responsive to locality, yet world-aware, its many independent writers shared a creative forum with authors like Wordsworth, Tennyson, Ruskin, Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, Tolstoy, Whitman, Thomas Hardy, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf. Other “locals” include mathematician Thomas Kirkman, “father of design theory,” Thomas Moran, painter of the American “New West,” Charles Holden, the Empire’s leading Modern architect. Bolton’s printed culture was founded on traditions that made it a bulwark of parliamentary puritanism in the days of Reformation and Civil War. These traditions increasingly confronted global dilemmas that the town’s own inventiveness and entrepreneurship had helped create: yet its high moorlands also provided a breathing space to generate imaginative spiritual, political, and practical remedies. Global Dilemmas completes the account of Bolton writing initiated in A Kingdom in Two Parishes and continued in Classic Soil: an arc of discourse from Thomas Lever (1521-77), whose social experiments provided the model for the Protestant colonization of the New World, to his kinsman W. H. Lever (Lord Leverhulme), sincere Christian, world capitalist, progressive social thinker, and (pursuing the logic of profit) exploiter of Conrad’s African “heart of darkness.”

The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance

Author: Dassia N. Posner,Claudia Orenstein,John Bell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317911725
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 352
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The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance offers a wide-ranging perspective on how scholars and artists are currently re-evaluating the theoretical, historical, and theatrical significance of performance that embraces the agency of inanimate objects. This book proposes a collaborative, responsive model for broader artistic engagement in and with the material world. Its 28 chapters aim to advance the study of the puppet not only as a theatrical object but also as a vibrant artistic and scholarly discipline. This Companion looks at puppetry and material performance from six perspectives: theoretical approaches to the puppet, perspectives from practitioners, revisiting history, negotiating tradition, material performances in contemporary theatre, and hybrid forms. Its wide range of topics, which span 15 countries over five continents, encompasses: • visual dramaturgy • theatrical juxtapositions of robots and humans • contemporary transformations of Indonesian wayang kulit • Japanese ritual body substitutes • recent European productions featuring toys, clay, and food. The book features newly commissioned essays by leading scholars such as Matthew Isaac Cohen, Kathy Foley, Jane Marie Law, Eleanor Margolies, Cody Poulton, and Jane Taylor. It also celebrates the vital link between puppetry as a discipline and as a creative practice with chapters by active practitioners, including Handspring Puppet Company’s Basil Jones, Redmoon’s Jim Lasko, and Bread and Puppet’s Peter Schumann. Fully illustrated with more than 60 images, this volume comprises the most expansive English-language collection of international puppetry scholarship to date.

War Horse

Author: Nick Stafford
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571319025
Category: Drama
Page: 112
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I want you to do yourself proud, Joey. You go and drive those Germans back where they've come from, and then come home to me. At the outbreak of World War one, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, fate takes Joey on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Nick Stafford's adaptation for the stage of the celebrated novel by the Children's Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo leads us on a gripping journey through history. War Horse premiered at the National Theatre, London, in October 2007.

Puppets and "popular" Culture

Author: Scott Cutler Shershow
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801430947
Category: Social Science
Page: 252
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Scott Cutler Shershow explores the historical relationship between puppet theater and the human stage from the Renaissance to the present. Focusing on the ways in which various modes of bourgeois discourse have used the puppet as metaphor, paradigm of theatrical performance, and symbol of subordination, he maintains that "elite" and "popular" forms of culture are inextricably linked. Shershow examines an astonishing range of texts and performers - from Ben Jonson to Jim Henson, from Plato to Punch and Judy, from Enlightenment essays to works by the modernist avant-garde. He shows that the many forms of puppet theater which have flourished on the margins of social life in the carnival, fairground, and marketplace - have been both disparaged and celebrated by authors attempting to demonstrate their own legitimate or literary status. Shershow thus suggests that so-called high and low practices thoroughly interpenetrate one another, forcing us to question whether rival social groups ever truly have their own separate "cultures."

Magic on the Early English Stage

Author: Philip Butterworth
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521825139
Category: Drama
Page: 295
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An original investigation into conjuring tricks and stage magic on the medieval stage.

The Incredible Years

A Trouble-shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8 Years
Author: Carolyn Webster-Stratton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781892222046
Category: Child development
Page: 320
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Lancashire Folk-lore

Author: John Harland,Thomas Turner Wilkinson
Publisher: N.A
Category: Folklore
Page: 308
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Puppets Through America

Author: Walter Wilkinson
Publisher: Obscure Press
ISBN: 1443740195
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 260
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Originally published in 1938. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Obscure Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.


Its Puritanism and Nonconformity
Author: Robert Halley
Publisher: N.A
Category: Dissenters
Page: 568
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Loom Knitting

35 quick and colorful knits on a loom
Author: Lucy Hopping
Publisher: CICO Books
ISBN: 9781782495574
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 128
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Transform your home and make unique gifts using a loom! Here are 35 colorful and quick knitting loom projects—using Lucy Hopping’s helpful instructions you will soon be whipping up creative gifts and vibrant home decorations in no time. Start with Colorful Gifts and make a cute pineapple keyring, a twisted headband, and stylish French-knitted necklaces that would make fun gifts. Once you feel a bit more confident, move onto Bags & Cases and try making a unique backpack with bright pompoms, an expanding shopper, and a handy tablet case. In For Kids there are exciting things to make and give, including the sweet finger puppets, a knitted doll, and kitten socks. Finally, in Home Accessories there are fun ideas that will liven up your décor—whip up a patchwork pillow, a trendy pouffe, lampshades, and much more. There is something for everyone and the projects include ideas for variations so you can match your decorations to your home and personalize your gifts.

Taiko Boom

Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion
Author: Shawn Bender
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520272420
Category: Social Science
Page: 259
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“Thought-provoking, informative and fresh, Bender’s multi-faceted ethnomusicology of taiko promises to endure as the definitive scholarship on the topic for some time to come." -E. Taylor Atkins, author of Blue Nippon “Immensely readable, unique and thoughtful, Taiko Boom is a must-have for anyone interested in taiko, and there are many--it’s difficult to overstate the explosion in popularitytaiko has experienced globally. Flashy and powerful, it’s unlike any other music. Bender presents here the first thorough look at this art form in Japan, detailing the origins and meaning of this style.” - Jennifer Milioto Matsue, Associate Professor of Music, Asian Studies and Anthropology at Union College

The Diary

With an Introduction and Notes
Author: Samuel Pepys
Publisher: N.A
Category: Great Britain
Page: 800
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The House of Small Shadows

Author: Adam Nevill
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466837381
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Catherine's last job ended badly. Corporate bullying at a top TV network saw her fired and forced to leave London, but she was determined to get her life back. A new job and a few therapists later, things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself — to catalogue the late M. H. Mason's wildly eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets. Rarest of all, she'll get to examine his elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals, depicting bloody scenes from the Great War. Catherine can't believe her luck when Mason's elderly niece invites her to stay at Red House itself, where she maintains the collection until his niece exposes her to the dark message behind her uncle's "Art." Catherine tries to concentrate on the job, but Mason's damaged visions begin to raise dark shadows from her own past. Shadows she'd hoped therapy had finally erased. Soon the barriers between reality, sanity and memory start to merge and some truths seem too terrible to be real... in The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill.

Miss Julie

Author: August Strindberg
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408172771
Category: Drama
Page: 96
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Written in a fortnight and often regarded as Strindberg's masterpiece, Miss Julie is shocking in subject-matter, revolutionary in technique, and was fiercely attacked on publication for immorality. Sweden, 1894. Midsummer night's celebrations are in full swing but the Count's daughter, the beautiful and imperious Miss Julie, feels trapped and alone. Downstairs in the servants' kitchen, handsome and rebellious footman Jean is feeling restless. When they meet a passion is ignited that soon spirals out of control. Strindberg's masterpiece caused a scandal when first produced - and has been hugely popular ever since - for its viscerally honest portrait of the class system and human sexuality. The conflict between sexual passion and social position is presented in Miss Julie with startling modernity. The play's premiere at Strindberg's experimental theatre in Denmark in 1889 was banned by the censor and its first public production three years later in Berlin aroused such protests that it was withdrawn after one performance. Miss Julie has since become one of Strindberg's most popular and frequently performed plays. This new version by highly-acclaimed playwright and translator David Eldridge is contemporary but faithful, and combines accessibility with fluency.

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Author: Stephen Greenblatt
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393079845
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
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"Greenblatt knows more about [Shakespeare] than Ben Jonson or the Dark Lady did."—John Leonard, ?Harper's A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world's greatest playwright. A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist.

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

Author: Walter Rodney
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1788731204
Category: History
Page: 312
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The classic work of political, economic, and historical analysis, powerfully introduced by Angela Davis In his short life, the Guyanese intellectual Walter Rodney emerged as one of the leading thinkers and activists of the anticolonial revolution, leading movements in North America, South America, the African continent, and the Caribbean. In each locale, Rodney found himself a lightning rod for working class Black Power. His deportation catalyzed 20th century Jamaica's most significant rebellion, the 1968 Rodney riots, and his scholarship trained a generation how to think politics at an international scale. In 1980, shortly after founding of the Working People's Alliance in Guyana, the 38-year-old Rodney would be assassinated. In his magnum opus, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Rodney incisively argues that grasping "the great divergence" between the west and the rest can only be explained as the exploitation of the latter by the former. This meticulously researched analysis of the abiding repercussions of European colonialism on the continent of Africa has not only informed decades of scholarship and activism, it remains an indispensable study for grasping global inequality today.