The Book of Imitation and Desire: Reading Milan Kundera with Rene Girard

The Book of Imitation and Desire: Reading Milan Kundera with Rene Girard
A Book

by Trevor Cribben Merrill

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2013-03-14
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 1441195467
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Trevor Cribben Merrill offers a bold reassessment of Milan Kundera's place in the contemporary canon. Harold Bloom and others have dismissed the Franco-Czech author as a maker of “period pieces” that lost currency once the Berlin Wall fell. Merrill refutes this view, revealing a previously unexplored dimension of Kundera's fiction. Building on theorist René Girard's notion of “triangular desire,” he shows that modern classics such as The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting display a counterintuitive-and bitterly funny-understanding of human attraction. Most works of fiction (and most movies, too) depict passionate feelings as deeply authentic and spontaneous. Kundera's novels and short stories overturn this romantic dogma. A pounding heart and sweaty palms could mean that we have found “the One” at last-or they could attest to the influence of a model whose desires we are unconsciously borrowing: our amorous predilections may owe less to personal taste or physical chemistry than they do to imitative desire. At once a comprehensive survey of Kundera's novels and a witty introduction to Girard's mimetic theory, The Book of Imitation and Desire challenges our assumptions about human motive and renews our understanding of a major contemporary author.

The Art of the Novel

The Art of the Novel
A Book

by Milan Kundera

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2003-04-01
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 9780060093747
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Kundera brilliantly examines the work of such important and diverse figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Musil. He is especially penetrating on Hermann Broch, and his exploration of the world of Kafka's novels vividly reveals the comic terror of Kafka's bureaucratized universe. Kundera's discussion of his own work includes his views on the role of historical events in fiction, the meaning of action, and the creation of character in the post-psychological novel.

Farewell Waltz

Farewell Waltz
A Novel

by Milan Kundera

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 1998-04-21
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0060997001
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this dark farce of a novel, set in an old-fashioned Central European spa town, eight characters are swept up in an accelerating dance: a pretty nurse and her repairman boyfriend; an oddball gynecologist; a rich American (at once saint and Don Juan); a popular trumpeter and his beautiful, obsessively jealous wife; an disillusioned former political prisoner about to leave his country and his young woman ward.Perhaps the most brilliantly plotted and sheer entertaining of Milan Kundera's novels, Farewell Waltz poses the most serious questions with a blasphemous lightness that makes us see that the modern world has deprived us even of the right to tragedy. Written in Bohemia in 1969-70, this book was first published (in 1976) in France under the title La valse aux adieux (Farewell Waltz), and later in thirty-four other countries. This beautiful new translation, made from the French text prepared by the novelist himself, fully reflects his own tone and intentions. As such it offers an opportunity for both the discovery and the rediscovery of one of the very best of a great writer's works.

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
A Novel

by Milan Kundera

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 1999-04-07
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0060932147
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed, and experienced.

Unbearable Lightness

Unbearable Lightness
A Story of Loss and Gain

by Portia de Rossi

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2010-11
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN : 1439177783
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Known for her roles on the hit TV shows "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development," de Rossi delivers a revelatory and searing account of the years she spend secretly suffering from bulimia, all the while living under the glare of Hollywood's bright lights. 8-page b&w photo insert.

The Leader Habit

The Leader Habit
Master the Skills You Need to Lead--in Just Minutes a Day

by Martin Lanik

  • Publisher : AMACOM
  • Release : 2018-04-17
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0814439357
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The habits we develop over time can result can result in both positive and negative behaviors. For example, habitually snacking or smoking will result in poor health, but learning to always fasten your seatbelt or lock your doors can save your life. On both sides of the spectrum, our habits have a profound effect on our lives--including in the workplace.Author and CEO Martin Lanik has studied hundreds of leaders across the globe to spotlight 22 essential leadership abilities that can be held by anyone by simply putting into practice the small, learnable behaviors necessary to make enduring, rewarding habits from them.The Leader Habit doesn’t merely explain what these critical leadership abilities are, however; it provides a simple 5-minute exercise for each one so that readers can practice these new skills until they click--and the habit is formed!By focusing on one skill at a time--including selling the vision, delegating well, overcoming resistance, negotiating effectively, and more--this eye-opening resource will build in readers the muscle memory necessary to turn leadership skills into lasting habits.

Heart Rhythm Disorders

Heart Rhythm Disorders
History, Mechanisms, and Management Perspectives

by J. Anthony Gomes

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2020-06-30
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 303045066X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This engaging book covers a multitude of topics related to heart rhythm disorders (HRDs) and uniquely familiarizes readers with the development of treatment modalities over the past several decades, including the evolution of anti-arrhythmic drugs, pacemakers, defibrillators, and catheter ablation. Organized in ten sections, this title serves as both an archival and a contemporary resource for clinicians. The first section describes the discovery of the circulatory system by William Harvey in 1628 and outlines the development and understanding of HRD since the advent of intra-cardiac electrophysiology. Subsequent sections discuss the historical evolution of abnormal heart rhythms, such as supra and ventricular rhythms and sudden cardiac death, their treatment with drugs, surgery, pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and catheter ablation. Section nine offers a fascinating narration of the clinical evolution of overcoming heart attacks and its impact on HRDs. The final section explores potential new frontiers in HRD and the factors that may contribute to the prospective rise of cardiovascular diseases. A ground-breaking and invaluable addition to the clinical literature, Heart Rhythm Disorders: History, Mechanisms and Management Perspectives details the pervasive nature of cardiovascular diseases in human history, their ramifications, and their projected effects on at-risk demographic populations and human health in general.

Milan Kundera and Feminism

Milan Kundera and Feminism
Dangerous Intersections

by John O'Brien

  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release : 1995-06-15
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN : 9780312122065
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Since sexuality and sexual politics account for the most consistently engaged tensions in Milan Kundera's fiction, it is surprising that critical attention to Kundera's work has yet to produce an extensive study that concentrates on the Czech novelist's problematic representations of women. In this study, O'Brien offers two such in-depth considerations: First he tracks the (mis)representations of the female characters; then he explores the promise of reading Kundera from the feminist perspective. Initially, O'Brien takes Kundera to task for representing women from a perspective dominated by either/or, opposition-based frameworks. Instead of dismissing Kundera as sexist, however, O'Brien takes these concerns further, arguing that a feminist-postmodernist approach shows Kundera exposing, not reinforcing, the misrepresentation of women. Using an eclectic perspective that draws on the insights of feminist criticism and deconstruction, the author looks to strong women, such as The Unbearable Lightness of Being's Sabina in order to develop a method of simultaneously appreciating the complicated surfaces and the paradoxical depths of Kundera's work. Considering O'Brien's own cross-purpose and Kundera's famous penchant for ambiguity, the duality of O'Brien's conclusions are appropriate. Milan Kundera & Feminism considers Kundera's contributions to the feminist critique of representation without ignoring the serious difficulties for the feminist reader.

The Curtain

The Curtain
An Essay in Seven Parts

by Milan Kundera

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN : 0060841869
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Traces the author's personal view of the history and significance of the novel in western civilization, arguing that a novel's development crosses international and language boundaries while serving to reveal previously unknown aspects of a reader's existence. By the author of The Art of the Novel. 35,000 first printing.

Arts and Community Change

Arts and Community Change
Exploring Cultural Development Policies, Practices and Dilemmas

by Max O. Stephenson Jr.,Scott Tate

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2015-05-15
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN : 1317688570
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Arts and Community Change: Exploring Cultural Development Policies, Practices and Dilemmas addresses the growing number of communities adopting arts and culture-based development methods to influence social change. Providing community workers and planners with strategies to develop arts policy that enriches communities and their residents, this collection critically examines the central tensions and complexities in arts policy, paying attention to issues of gentrification and stratification. Including a variety of case studies from across the United States and Canada, these success stories and best practice approaches across many media present strategies to design appropriate policy for unique populations. Edited by Max Stephenson, Jr. and A. Scott Tate of Virginia Tech, Arts and Community Change presents 10 chapters from artistic and community leaders; essential reading for students and practitioners in economic development and arts management.

In the Hold

In the Hold
A Book

by Vladimir Arsenijevic,Vladimir Arsenijević

  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 127
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Details the life of a man in war-torn Belgrade, whose wife is expecting a baby, and whose brother and best friend have just been drafted into the war, which they cannot understand and initially resist

Peacemakers in Action

Peacemakers in Action
Profiles in Religious Peacebuilding

by Joyce S. Dubensky

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2016-09-30
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 1107152968
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The second volume of Peacemakers in Action tells the stories of remarkable individuals - peacemakers - across the world who strive to end violence in religiously charged conflicts.

Dorian

Dorian
An imitation

by Will Self

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2003-06-26
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0141960973
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Dorian - Will Self's brilliant 'imitation' of Oscar Wilde's original tainted love story 'Brutal, savage, infinitely readable' Observer 'Chilling, hysterical, tasteless and haunting. A Gothic thriller complementing and enriching its original' Independent on Sunday In the summer of 1981, aristocratic, drug-addicted Henry Wooten and Warhol-acolyte Baz Hallward meet Dorian Gray. Dorian is a golden adonis - perfect, pure and (so far) deliciously uncorrupted. The subject of Baz's video installation, Cathode Narcissus, and the object of Henry's attentions, Dorian is launched on a hedonistic binge that spans the '80s and '90s. But as Baz and Henry succumb to the disease du jour, how is it that Dorian, despite all his sexual and narcotic debauchery, remains so unsullied - so vibrantly alive? 'A book that filled its first reviewers with "the odour of moral and spiritual putrefaction" just got smellier, darker and funnier' Observer Dorian will be adored by fans of Will Self and Martin Amis and is an essential read for those who enjoyed The Picture of Dorian Gray. Will Self is the author of nine novels including Cock and Bull; My Idea of Fun; Great Apes; How the Dead Live; Dorian, an Imitation; The Book of Dave; The Butt; Walking to Hollywood and Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has written five collections of shorter fiction and three novellas: The Quantity Theory of Insanity; Grey Area; License to Hug; The Sweet Smell of Psychosis; Design Faults in the Volvo 760 Turbo; Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys; Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe and Liver: A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes. Self has also compiled a number of nonfiction works, including The Undivided Self: Selected Stories; Junk Mail; Perfidious Man; Sore Sites; Feeding Frenzy; Psychogeography; Psycho Too and The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker.

Unequal Relations

Unequal Relations
An Introduction to Race and Ethnic Dynamics in Canada

by Augie Fleras,Jean Leonard Elliott

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN : 9780131977556
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Unequal Relationsis the only single-voiced text with comprehensive coverage of racism, multiculturalism, and diversity. Its critical approach, combined with a strong balance of research and application and attention to key current issues are whyUnequal Relationscontinues to be the leading text in Canada, chosen by instructors of Race and Ethnicity courses across the country.

Long Story Short

Long Story Short
100 Classic Books in Three Panels

by Lisa Brown

  • Publisher : Algonquin Books
  • Release : 2020-04-07
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN : 1616205032
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Literature is long. Comics are short. Does Proust get you down? Do you find The Unbearable Lightness of Being simply unbearable? Is The Inferno your own private hell? Do you long to be conversant about classics like Moby Dick, the Bhagavad Gita, Madame Bovary, and, um, Twilight? Bestselling illustrator Lisa Brown (The Airport Book; Baby, Mix Me a Drink) did her homework. Long Story Short offers 100 pithy and skewering three-panel literary summaries, from curriculum classics like Don Quixote, Lord of the Flies, and Jane Eyre to modern favorites like Beloved, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and Atonement, conveniently organized by subjects including “Love,” “Sex,” “Death,” and “Female Trouble.” Lisa Brown’s Long Story Short is the perfect way to turn a traipse through what your English teacher called “the canon” into a frolic—or to happily cram for the next occasion that requires you to appear bookish and well-read.

The Metaphysics of Modernity

The Metaphysics of Modernity
What Makes Societies Thrive

by Ulrich Steinvorth

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2013
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Does the modern age have a specific attitude to the world, a way to make sense of the myriad stimuli that impinge on human organisms or, as I call it, a metaphysics? This book claims it has. It shows that what crucially changed Europe from the 16th century on was the spreading idea that things are best done for their own sake, for goals inherent in an activity, such as the goal of telling a good story or having a lively chat, inheres in the telling or chatting itself. The Renaissance took this idea from the ancients who also preferred intrinsic goals to extrinsic ones; but the moderns discovered that the pursuit of intrinsic goals follows an immanent rationality that sets perfection standards to the activity. Thus, they could and did perfect activities that in antiquity had remained on the level of dabbling leisure-time activities, and transformed them into professions that we know today as theology, science, political theory, the arts, sports, or journalism. The European bourgeoisie, though, performed the most revolutionary yet also suicidal change. They made traditional trade, the pursuit of the extrinsic goal of acquiring money, into an activity done for its own sake and enforced autonomy for its sphere, just as the religious had enforced autonomy for their religious activities already in the 11th century. They were so successful that they could take over the command of production in the industrial revolution and impose on all other spheres of society their goal of private profitability. This was the historical end of the metaphysics of modernity. But this book also argues that its principle, the preference of intrinsic to extrinsic goals, is still the best attitude to the world we can choose and that it is the best starting point for solving many problems of contemporary societies.

Bacon

Bacon
Portraits and Self-portraits

by Francis Bacon,Milan Kundera,France Borel

  • Publisher : Thames & Hudson
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN : 9780500092668
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From distorted self-images to brutal portrayals of friends and fellow artists, the portraits of Francis Bacon account for one of the most remarkable aspects of the work of the British painter. This work looks at his stylistic distortions of classicism and his famous deformations. Milan Kundera provides an introduction explaining his personal response to Bacon's work, exploring the paradox that lies in the faithfulness of the distorted images, and linking Bacon's genius with that of Samuel Beckett, both working at the outer limits of their art. France Borel's essay sets Bacon's works in the context of his life and influences and explains his approach to portraiture.

Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson
Why His Movies Matter

by Mark Browning

  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2011
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN : 1598843524
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the first full-length study devoted to the films of Wes Anderson, one of the most distinctive filmmakers working today. * A bibliography

Literature into Film

Literature into Film
Theory and Practical Approaches

by Linda Costanzo Cahir

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2014-12-24
  • Pages : 315
  • ISBN : 0786482990
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For most people, film adaptation of literature can be summed up in one sentence: “The movie wasn’t as good as the book.” This volume undertakes to show the reader that not only is this evaluation not always true but sometimes it is intrinsically unfair. Movies based on literary works, while often billed as adaptations, are more correctly termed translations. A director and his actors translate the story from the written page into a visual presentation. Depending on the form of the original text and the chosen method of translation, certain inherent difficulties and pitfalls are associated with this change of medium. So often our reception of a book-based movie has more to do with our expectations and reading of the literature than with the job that the movie production did or did not do. Avoiding these biases and fairly evaluating any particular literary-based film takes an awareness of certain factors. Written with a formalistic rather than historical approach, this work presents a comprehensive guide to literature-based films, establishing a contextual and theoretical basis to help the reader understand the relationships between such movies and the original texts as well as the reader’s own individual responses to these productions. To this end, it focuses on recognizing and appreciating the inherent difficulties encountered when basing a film on a literary work, be it a novel, novella, play or short story. Individual chapters deal with the specific issues and difficulties raised by each of these genres, providing an overview backed up by case studies of specific film translations. Films and literary works receiving this treatment include The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Lady Windemere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare’s Henry V. Interspersed throughout the text are suggestions for activities the film student or buff can use to enhance his or her appreciation and understanding of the films. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

The Conversations

The Conversations
Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film

by Michael Ondaatje,Walter Murch

  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 339
  • ISBN : 0747564728
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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During the filming of his celebrated novel THE ENGLISH PATIENT, Michael Ondaatje became increasingly fascinated as he watched the veteran editor Walter Murch at work. THE CONVERSATIONS, which grew out of discussions between the two men, is about the craft of filmmaking and deals with every aspect of film, from the first stage of script writing to the final stage of the sound mix. Walter Murch emerged during the 1960s at the centre of a renaissance of American filmmakers which included the directors Francis Coppola, George Lucas and Fred Zinneman. He worked on a whole raft of great films including the three GODFATHER films, JULIA, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, APOCALYPSE NOW, THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING and many others. Articulate, intellectual, humorous and passionate about his craft and its devices, Murch brings his vast experience and penetrating insights to bear as he explains how films are made, how they work, how they go wrong and how they can be saved. His experience on APOCALYPSE NOW - both originally and more recently when the film was completely re-cut - and his work with Anthony Minghella on THE ENGLISH PATIENT provide illuminating highlights.