Ordinary Enchantments

Ordinary Enchantments

Author: Wendy B. Faris

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

ISBN: 0826514421

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 340

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Ordinary Enchantments investigates magical realism as the most important trend in contemporary international fiction, defines its characteristics and narrative techniques, and proposes a new theory to explain its significance. In the most comprehensive critical treatment of this literary mode to date, Wendy B. Faris discusses a rich array of examples from magical realist novels around the world, including the work not only of Latin American writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but also of authors like Salman Rushdie, Gunter Grass, Toni Morrison, and Ben Okri. Faris argues that by combining realistic representation with fantastic elements so that the marvelous seems to grow organically out of the ordinary, magical realism destabilizes the dominant form of realism based on empirical definitions of reality, gives it visionary power, and thus constitutes what might be called a "remystification" of narrative in the West. Noting the radical narrative heterogeneity of magical realism, the author compares its cultural role to that of traditional shamanic performance, which joins the worlds of daily life and that of the spirits. Because of that capacity to bridge different worlds, magical realism has served as an effective decolonizing agent, providing the ground for marginal voices, submerged traditions, and emergent literatures to develop and create masterpieces. At the same time, this process is not limited to postcolonial situations but constitutes a global trend that replenishes realism from within. In addition to describing what many consider to be the progressive cultural work of magical realism, Faris also confronts the recent accusation that magical realism and its study as a global phenomenon can be seen as a form of commodification and an imposition of cultural homogeneity. And finally, drawing on the narrative innovations and cultural scenarios that magical realism enacts, she extends those principles toward issues of gender and the possibility of a female element within magical realism.



Author: Edain McCoy

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738701688

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 244

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Since before recorded time, women have performed spells using perfumes, hair brushes, mirrors, lotions, masks, and face coloring. These spells not only sought love but conferred protection, purified the spirit, opened the psychic senses, and prepared the woman for sacred ritual. Enchantments shows you how to reclaim the conviction that beauty already exists in each of us as daughters of the Goddess. Now you can witness this magickal transformation in yourself as you make your own fertility soap, use a hair braid to attract a lover, or enact a glamour spell to draw the eyes of everyone in the room.

Modern Enchantments

Modern Enchantments

Author: Simon DURING

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674034396

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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Magic, Simon During suggests, has helped shape modern culture. Devoted to this deceptively simple proposition, During's superlative work, written over the course of a decade, gets at the aesthetic questions at the very heart of the study of culture. How can the most ordinary arts--and by magic, During means not the supernatural, but the special effects and conjurings of magic shows--affect people? Modern Enchantments takes us deeply into the history and workings of modern secular magic, from the legerdemain of Isaac Fawkes in 1720, to the return of real magic in nineteenth-century spiritualism, to the role of magic in the emergence of the cinema. Through the course of this history, During shows how magic performances have drawn together heterogeneous audiences, contributed to the molding of cultural hierarchies, and extended cultural technologies and media at key moments, sometimes introducing spectators into rationality and helping to disseminate skepticism and publicize scientific innovation. In a more revealing argument still, Modern Enchantments shows that magic entertainments have increased the sway of fictions in our culture and helped define modern society's image of itself.



Author: Marci Kwon

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691215020

Category: Art

Page: 272

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The first major work to examine Joseph Cornell's relationship to American modernism Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) is best known for his exquisite and alluring box constructions, in which he transformed found objects—such as celestial charts, glass ice cubes, and feathers—into enchanted worlds that blur the boundaries between fantasy and the commonplace. Situating Cornell within the broader artistic, cultural, and political debates of midcentury America, this innovative and interdisciplinary account reveals enchantment's relevance to the history of American modernism. In this beautifully illustrated book, Marci Kwon explores Cornell's attempts to convey enchantment—an ephemeral experience that exceeds rational explanation—in material form. Examining his box constructions, graphic design projects, and cinematic experiments, she shows how he turned to formal strategies drawn from movements like Transcendentalism and Romanticism to figure the immaterial. Kwon provides new perspectives on Cornell's artistic and graphic design career, bringing vividly to life a wide circle of acquaintances that included artists, poets, writers, and filmmakers such as Mina Loy, Lincoln Kirstein, Frank O’Hara, and Stan Brakhage. Cornell's participation in these varied milieus elucidates enchantment's centrality to midcentury conversations about art's potential for power and moral authority, and reveals how enchantment and modernity came to be understood as opposing forces. Leading contemporary artists such as Betye Saar and Carolee Schneemann turned to Cornell's enchantment as a resource for their own anti-racist, feminist projects. Spanning four decades of the artist's career, Enchantments sheds critical light on Cornell's engagement with many key episodes in American modernism, from Abstract Expressionism, 1930s "folk art," and the emergence of New York School poetry and experimental cinema to the transatlantic migration of Symbolism, Surrealism, and ballet.

The Enchantments of Technology

The Enchantments of Technology

Author: Lee Bailey

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252090448

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 264

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In The Enchantments of Technology, Lee Worth Bailey erases the conventional distinction between myth and machine in order to explore the passionate foundations concealed in technological culture and address its complex ethical, moral and social implications. Bailey argues that technological society does not simply disenchant the world with its reductive methods and mechanical metaphors, then shape machines with political motives, but is also borne by a deeper, subversive undertow of enchantment. Addressing examples to explore the complexities of these enchantments, his thought is full of illuminating examinations of seductively engaging technologies ranging from the old camera obscura to new automobiles, robots, airplanes, and spaceships. This volume builds on the work of numerous scholars, including Jacques Ellul and Jean Brun on the phenomenological and spiritual aspects of technology, Carl Jung on the archetypal collective unconscious approach to myth, and Martin Heidegger on Being itself. Bailey creates a dynamic, interdisciplinary, postmodern examination of how our machines and their environments embody not only reason, but also desires.

The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Enchantments

The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Enchantments

Author: Linda Zajac

Publisher: Millbrook Press

ISBN: 9781728415529

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Enchanted tools, weapons, and armor in the hit game Minecraft make playing more fun. Learn how to create them in this overview. Sidebars highlight elements of game play related to STEM and coding concepts.

Breaking Enchantments

Breaking Enchantments

Author: K.M. Wray

Publisher: Word Alive Press

ISBN: 9781486607372

Category: Juvenile Fiction


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This one: Erin’s Korean relatives are immigrating to Canada. She doesn’t understand them or the language they speak, and she doesn’t want to. Her anxiety over their arrival sparks bitter memories and sends her into a tailspin of emotions.
The pressure mounts when she encounters two bullies from school who exhibit inhuman strength. In her attempt to escape, she stumbles onto an apparently abandoned property where the unexpected keeps happening—and she is compelled to return. Her best friend, Luc, Korean cousin, Mi-Young and younger brother, Jay, explore the property further, and each experience a transference of energy which gives them powers and causes them to pull together as a team. They develop their newly found abilities to defend themselves against the bullies whose supernatural destructive force is wreaking havoc at school, in their neighbourhood and threatening the security of the crumbling enchantment surrounding the property.
As the mysteries of the property continue to unfold, Erin, Luc, Mi-Young and Jay soon find they are essential to an ancient battle much bigger than they had ever imagined.

Sheltered by Enchantments

Sheltered by Enchantments

Author: Valeria Fraccari

Publisher: Ipoc Press

ISBN: 9788895145174

Category: Education

Page: 83

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The journey of a teacher and her students in the footsteps of Dino Campana's poetry, remembering the poet errant's life and 'fugitive destiny'. A literary trek requiring a remarkable level of physical, intellectual and above all creative effort, in which students work hard not only at walking, climbing, reading and writing, but also at being together in a responsible and respectful manner. The search follows the path traced by the poet from Marradi, his hometown, into the Tuscan mountains, calling back to life his most mature lyrical poem. As we delve into the deeper and most secret recesses of Campana's poetry, the memory of the journey unfolds in the pages of a diary in which feeling and remembrance mix with the poet's words, joining voices in one song. "Picking up on some of the haunted, hallucinatory stillness familiar to readers of Campana's work, and skilfully interlocking narrative strands that juxtapose a deeply-felt identification with the poet to pithy asides and comical episodes, Valeria Fraccari guides her students and her readers on a journey that develops into one of the most unusual - and least pretentious - communings with poetry I have ever read." Simon Jenner, poet, essayist and music critic ..".it is magical, alive, a polyphony fleshed out by the rich poetic voices of the students and their bodily presence. A beautiful example of learning through passion, en plein air." Paolo Mottana, Caro insegnante. Amichevoli suggestioni per godere (l)a scuola, Milan: Franco Angeli, p. 92, note "Sheltered by Enchantments is deep. It is right. And it is filled with flashes of poetry." Christophe Mileschi, Universite Stendhal, Grenoble, France"

Enchantments of Modernity

Enchantments of Modernity

Author: Saurabh Dube

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000159417

Category: Political Science

Page: 504

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The notion of modernity hinges on a break with the past, such as superstitions, medieval worlds, and hierarchical traditions. It follows that modernity suggests the disenchantment of the world, yet the processes of modernity also create their own enchantments in the mapping and making of the modern world. Straddling a range of disciplines and perspectives, the essays in this edited volume eschew programmatic solutions, focusing instead in new ways on subjects of slavery and memory, global transformations and vernacular and vernacular modernity, imperial imperatives and nationalist knowledge, cosmopolitan politics and liberal democracy, and governmental effects and everyday affects. It is in these ways that the volume attempts to unravel the enchantments of modernity, in order to approach anew modernity's constitutive terms, formative limits, and particular possibilities.

The Enchantments of Mammon

The Enchantments of Mammon

Author: Eugene McCarraher

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: 9780674984615

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 817

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Eugene McCarraher challenges the conventional view of capitalism as a force for disenchantment. From Puritan and evangelical valorizations of profit to the heavenly Fordist city, the mystically animated corporation, and the deification of the market, capitalism has hijacked our intrinsic longing for divinity, laying hold to our souls.

Enchantments of the Clinic

Enchantments of the Clinic

Author: Carl P. Ellerman

Publisher: Jason Aronson

ISBN: 0765707802

Category: Psychology

Page: 356

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A pragmatic existential therapist exposes a suggestive underworld of clinical experience, not only disclosing direct experience of the erotization of the clinic, the erotization of the clinician, and the erotization of clinical confession, but also showing by example that these enchantments facilitate psychological healing if managed well. Addressing clinical and cultural concerns, the philosophically-minded dialogical therapist also offers a vigorous critique of the clinical nihilism that defines psychotherapeutic practice in the postmodern clinic.