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Ahmed Sékou Touré

Transforming Paradigms, Integrated Histories of Guinea

Saidou Mohamed N’Daou

This book is different from existing works on Ahmed Sékou Touré and the Guinean Democratic Party (PDG) and their struggle for national independence. Its uniqueness stems from the fact that all the chapters focus on the Guinean traditions of struggle over memories between the elites and the subordinates, highlighting the independent initiatives of the latter. Other books on Ahmed Sékou Touré are primarily based on their writers’ political or social history perspectives. This is the first study that equally integrates political and social history to address the theoretical and methodological issues of identity and construction of identity as necessary for understanding the roles of the elites and the subordinates in their struggles for access to power and resources in colonial and postcolonial Guinea. In this book, Saidou Mohamed N’Daou provides equal space for the initiatives and interests of the elites and the subordinates. Ahmed Sékou Touré used the ideology of the PDG as a mirror reflection of the social changes that he and his party intended to create. N’Daou argues that one must displace the ideology of the PDG from the center to understand Ahmed Sékou Touré's personality, his role in Guinea’s independence and his leadership of the PDG as well as expand the analytical space to allow other voices to be heard. N’Daou reaches this goal by discovering Ahmed Sékou Touré’s first order of knowledge, another unique feature of this book.

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André Malraux et l’art

Une révolution intellectuelle

Derek Allan

Cette étude présente une explication systématique des éléments clés de la théorie de l’art d’André Malraux. Se basant sur des œuvres telles que Les Voix du silence, Le Surnaturel, L’Irréel et L’Intemporel, elle aborde des sujets cruciaux comme la nature de la création artistique, la psychologie de notre réaction à l’art, la naissance de la notion d’« art » et sa transformation après Manet, la naissance et la mort de l’idée de beauté, la question cruellement négligée de la relation entre l’art et le passage du temps, l’émergence de notre « premier monde de l’art universel », le rôle contemporain du musée d’art et du Musée Imaginaire, et la question épineuse du lien entre l’art et l’histoire.

Contrairement aux critiques négatives parfois émises contre la pensée de Malraux, l’étude soutient qu’il nous offre une théorie de l’art mûrement réfléchie, entièrement cohérente et très éclairante. De surcroît, et malgré des allégations occasionnelles que la pensée de Malraux manque d’originalité, cette analyse montre que sa théorie de l’art est hautement originale et constitue un défi radical aux explications traditionnelles de l’art issues des Lumières qui ont dominé la pensée occidentale pendant quelque trois cents ans. En bref, l’étude dévoile une façon de comprendre la nature de l’art qui n’est rien de moins qu’une révolution intellectuelle.

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Mihai Dragnea

This book addresses the conversion of the Wends, and how Christian writers of the tenth and eleventh centuries perceived the submission of the Wends to the Christian faith. The main concern of the ecclesiastical authorities was to bring the apostate Wends back into the imperium Christianum: everyone who had accepted Christian baptism had to be prevented by all possible means from religious and political apostasy. More widely, the formation of a Christian identity is an excellent example of how conversion was a fluid set of propositions, discussed and rehearsed, influenced by many factors (not just canonical), and deployed in many contexts. This book’s task is to unravel how this dynamism played out against a marginal group.

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Edited by Mihai Dragnea

This is a single-blind peer reviewed series which provides an opportunity for scholars to publish high-quality studies on the culture, society and economy of Scandinavia and the Baltic region under the influence of Christianity. It welcomes submissions in various formats, including monographs, edited volumes, conference proceedings, and short form publications between 30,000 to 50,000 words (Peter Lang Prompts) on subjects related to: Christian kingship, Christian and pagan identity, cultural encounters, otherness, barbarians, missionary strategy, canonical aspects of missionary work, forced conversion, clerical involvement in warfare, military orders, Holy War, martyrdom, sacralisation of a landscape, pilgrimage, shrines of gods, relics of saints, icons, and war banners, pagan war rituals, diet and fashion, rural area and the concept of town life, intragroup and intergroup relations, linguistic interactions, narratives gesta episcoporum, saga studies, colonization, ethnography, mental geographies, political relations, dynastic marital alliances, media and communication, trade, exploration, mappae mundi, art history, architecture, numismatics, and all archaeological sub-disciplines.

Editorial Board: Bjorn Bandlien (University of South-Eastern Norway), Carsten Selch Jensen (University of Copenhagen), Anti Selart (University of Tartu), Mia Munster-Swendsen (Roskilde University), Jakub Morawiec (University of Silesia), Carole Cusack (University of Sydney), Stanislaw Rosik (University of Wroclaw), Felix Biermann (University of Greifswald), Darius von Guttner-Sporzynski (University of Melbourne), Kristin Ilves (University of Helsinki), Jukka Korpela (University of Eastern Finland), Fjodor Uspenskij (Institute of Russian Language, Russian Academy of Sciences), Zbigniew Dalewski (Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences), Yitzhak Hen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Bertil Nilsson (University of Gothenburg), Rob Meens (Utrecht University), Jon Vidar Sigurdsson (University of Oslo), Cecilia Ljung (Stockholm University), Aleksandr Musin (Institute for the History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences).

Proposals and author/volume editor CV should be sent to mihaidragnea2018@gmail.com.

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Determining Wuthering Heights

Ideology, Intertexts, Tradition

María Valero Redondo

Recent criticism on Emily Brontë and her novel has tried to correct the deep-rooted belief that Emily Brontë was a literary "genius" isolated in the moors of Haworth. Indeed, an overview of recent Brontë scholarship indicates that two important critical shifts have lately cropped up: an increasing sociological attention to cultural studies on the one hand and an emphasis on interdisciplinarity. The present book is an unprecedented and groundbreaking study on Wuthering Heights. It detaches itself from the current productive vogue for sociological approaches to narrative texts which has contributed to obscure the focus on anomalous intertextual relations, and prioritizes the literary context over any other biographical, historical, or cultural context. Determining Wuthering Heights postulates a determinate intertextual meaning of Emily Brontë’s novel, enriching its heterogeneity by examining its dialogic relation with previous, contemporary and subsequent texts in order to confirm that Emily Brontë’s novel is not sui generis.

The target audience of the book would be members of the academic community interested in Victorian literature in general (researchers, scholars…) and in Wuthering Heights in particular. However, since Wuthering Heights has become a classic novel which is today read and discussed in universities around the world, the subject may also appeal to students who have to take a course on Victorian Literature and/or on the Brontës.

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Escrituras de lo diabólico

Retos de la alteridad en la literatura latinoamericana moderna y post-moderna

Carlos Mejía Suárez

En Escrituras de lo diabólico, Carlos Mejía Suárez estudia obras latinoamericanas donde la imagen diabólica se usa para mapear la repre-sentación literaria de formas problemáticas de alteridad. Frente a trabajos que se concentran en el diablo ya desde un punto de vista historiográfico o vinculándolo exclusivamente a la herencia colonial, este trabajo se con-centra en la invocación moderna de lo diabólico, desde el Fausto criollo (1866) del siglo XIX hasta novelas contemporáneas como Los estratos (2013) y Diablo guardian (2003), pasando por obras representativas del boom latinoamericano como Grande Sertão: Veredas (1957), El lugar sin límites (1966) y novelas experimentales como Cola de lagartija (1983). Con estas obras, respondemos ¿qué comunica acerca de las conven-ciones de lo real el estatuto familiar o fantástico del diablo en cada obra? ¿cuáles son los valores implícitos por la aventura de los protagonistas en su transgresora búqueda de objetos de deseo? Pero, más importante aún, ¿cuáles son los límites de estas categorizaciones estructurales para manera en que lo demoníaco representa la alteridad, al "otro"? Estas lim-itaciones se estudian a través de mapear cuerpos y lugares que en estas obras se rebelan contra la imposición del régimen de significado que los condena a la expulsión y al sacrificio.

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The Greater Middle East

Travelogue & Reflections

H. K. Chang

The Greater Middle East: Travelogue & Reflections probes into the histories and cultures of different countries in the Greater Middle East through the author’s recounting of his travelling experiences in those countries. It explores the historical causes and realistic reasons for the wars in Middle East, North Africa and the Caucasus and shows the author’s investigation and understanding of the horizontal exchanges and vertical developments between various human civilizations.

Different from the usually-called "Middle East," the author combines the 21 members of the "Cultural Middle East" with 10 members of the "Periphery," and collectively refer to these 31 countries as the "Greater Middle East." The focus of this book remained on what the author had parsed from half a century of roaming, observation and reflection throughout the Greater Middle East. In this book, there are descriptions of major changes during these years, and lots of background information and personal impressions. This book can be an introductory text for the general readers, students and scholars interested in this topic.

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I Never Wanted to Be a Stereotype

A Sociologist’s Narrative of Healing

Cindy Brooks Dollar

Trauma and its consequences are social phenomena. Coming from a working-class family and raised in a small, rural Southern area, this author's narrative offers a unique style of life history reporting whereby the author uses her academic standpoint to situate her life experiences in broader macro-social and cultural contexts. Weaving scholarship with personal narrative, the author highlights connections between self and social awareness, which is crucial, especially in a modern, Western context where the rhetoric of excessive individualism is prioritized. Discussing various issues, including objectification, violence, isolation, stigma, trauma, shame, integration, healing, peace, and love, she illustrates the application and significance of sociological knowledge to individual life. Many chapters include and conclude with excerpts from the author’s diary entries, which she has maintained for over 30 years. These provide a relatively unfiltered glimpse into her personal and social consciousness throughout various life stages, including adolescence, teens, young and middle adulthood. The book closes with a summary of existing research on trauma and recovery, which often promotes the use of body-based therapies. The author argues that these findings have important implications for sociology given the body’s symbolic socio-cultural status and how it is used to maintain existing inequalities and inequities, which (re)produce shared forms of trauma and differential access to recovery.

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Patrycja Podgajna

This study focuses on presenting the techniques of reworking and incorporating intertextual material into contemporary British fiction. Analysing emblematic intertextual strategies: adaptation, pastiche, transworld identity, and historiographic metafiction, the study provides a good insight into how the intertextual impulse can be inscribed not only in the structure and semantics of a given text but also in the narrative plane. Adopting Gerard Genette’s and Boris Uspensky’s theoretical models, the book aims to demonstrate how the discussed intertextual strategies transform a source text, genre, or literary component and how these creative decodings function on different planes of a literary text.

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Edited by Banafsheh Keynoush

Few regions in the world are as torn by conflicts as the Near East, in which Iran plays a central role. Opportunities to engage with Iran are abundant, but they are squandered when regional states address immediate conflicts in which Iran is only one part of despite its prominent role. Iran’s Interregional Dynamics in the Near East provides a comprehensive guide to broaden our understanding about Iran and its regional neighbors. By analyzing how Iran’s neighbors view their ties with the country, this volume reveals why Iran is less successful in expanding its regional influence than what is commonly assumed. This is the first book of its kind to be written exclusively by authors from and working in the Near East region who came together at a roundtable funded by and convened at Princeton University. As the moderator of the roundtable, the editor of this volume invited the authors to contribute chapters to this timely book. The book explores a wide range of topics to describe the complex relations between Iran and other states in the Near East including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman. The volume is designed to inform politicians, world leaders, scholars, senior policy makers, and graduate students, and it provides an accessible guide to undergraduate students, junior scholars, and the general public.