The Afterlife of Genre: Remnants of the Trauerspiel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Afterlife of Genre: Remnants of the Trauerspiel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

California and television, as it were, conspire in a vampirologic: the forever-young is what has been there the longest, what really “takes us back.” And so we also will take ourselves back: to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, already almost charmingly quaint, and Walter Benjamin’s magnum opus The Origin of the German Mourning-Play. What can come of this improbable conjunction? It will not seem too strange that Benjamin, posthumous wanderer across the textures of Americana, should again take up lodging at the Hotel California. But more is at stake than just another hapless visitation from the on high of high theory: reading Buffy as the remediated afterlife of the dead-on-arrival genre of the baroque German mourning play, Adler’s book records the first broken, awkward steps toward a project that, with the recent rise of “quality television,” seems more urgent than ever before: a political-theological characteristic of the television series.

Plankton Dreams: What I Learned in Special-Ed

Plankton Dreams: What I Learned in Special-Ed

In Plankton Dreams,Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay crafts a proud, satiric style: the special ed student as literary troublemaker. ‘Mother had always taught me to learn from circumstance,’ he writes. ‘Here, the circumstance was humiliation, a particularly instructive teacher.’ ‘But I’m not complaining,’ he continues. ‘Humiliation, after all, made me a philosopher.’For all of its comic effects, the book alerts readers to an alternative understanding of autism, an understanding that autistics themselves have been promoting for years.

More Than a Game : The Computer Game As Fictional Form

More Than a Game : The Computer Game As Fictional Form

The first academic work dedicated to the study of computer games in terms of the stories they tell and the manner of their telling. Applies practices of reading texts from literary and cultural studies to consider the computer game as an emerging mode of contemporary storytelling in an accessible, readable manner. Contains detailed discussion of narrative and realism in four of the most significant games of the last decade:’Tomb Raider’,’Half-Life’,’Close Combat’and’Sim City’.

The End of the World : Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture

The End of the World : Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture

This book examines historical and imaginary scenarios of apocalypse, the depiction of its likely triggers, and imagined landscapes in the aftermath of global destruction. Its discussion moves effortlessly from classic novels including Aldous Huxleys Brave New World, George Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwoods Oryx and Crake, to blockbuster films such as Blade Runner, Armageddon and The Terminator.

Antarctica: Music, sounds and cultural connections

Antarctica: Music, sounds and cultural connections

From 2011 until 2014, Australia marked its long-standing connection with Antarctica by celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. The icy continent, with its extremes of climate and environment and unique soundscapes, offers great potential for creative achievements in the world of music and sound. This book demonstrates the intellectual and creative engagement of artists, musicians, scientists and writers.

Navigating the Kingdom of Night

Navigating the Kingdom of Night

In 2011, Amy T. Matthews published End of the Night Girl, a novel which engages creatively with questions of identity politics and the ethics of fictionalising the Holocaust. Navigating the Kingdom of Night is a critical exegesis in which the author contextualises End of the Night Girl in terms of the critical debate surrounding Holocaust fiction.

Kevin Dutton: Sikeres és bölcs pszichopaták: élettanulságok szentektől, kémektől és sorozatgyilkosoktól

Kevin Dutton: Sikeres és bölcs pszichopaták: élettanulságok szentektől, kémektől és sorozatgyilkosoktól

Mivel gyakran olvasok vagy nézek krimit és thrillert, ezért nagyon megörültem ennek a könyvnek, mikor felfedeztem a Sci-eszta polcon. Ha már olyan sok történetben főszerepet játszanak a pszichopaták, szerettem volna jobban megérteni a személyiség jegyeiket és gondolkodásukat meghatározó tudományos összefüggéseket.

Lente Gábor: Vízilónaptej és más történetek kémiából

Lente Gábor: Vízilónaptej és más történetek kémiából

A figyelemfelkeltő cím és borító már előirányozta számomra, hogy ezt a könyvet levegyem a Sci-eszta polcról. Nem csalódtam, és egy remek tudományos ismeretterjesztő könyvet olvashattam, amely egyszerre tartalmaz irodalmi, kulturális és tudománytörténeti adalékokat kellő arányban szórakoztatva és ismereteket átadva.

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