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Africa in Europe and Europe in Africa

Reassessing the Cultural Legacy

Edited by Yolanda Aixelà-Cabré

This book studies the Afro-European and Euro-African past and present from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. It addresses Africa as a whole, eschewing historical divisions between North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Its content exemplifies the extent to which the histories of Europe and Africa are intertwined, and the way European sources are usually privileged in the writing of historical accounts of cross-cultural encounters. Using post/decolonial studies, the authors' point of view is based on anthropology, history, ethnomusicology, and film and literary studies. The authors argue that mutual experiences and imaginations have affected how cultural heritage and legacy are conceived and thought of, as well as memories and sociopolitical experiences. The aim is to establish and encourage a broader knowledge of Africa–Europe and Europe–Africa encounters, incorporating case studies of Euro-African and Afro-European legacies. The final goal is to favour a more relational point of view by comparing Euro-African and Afro-European realities.

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After the Fall

On the Writings of Czesław Miłosz

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Tomasz Garbol

Tomasz Garbol’s book reconstructs Czesław Miłosz’s poetic vision of the world after the Fall. The entry point to this approach is the conviction about the ambivalence of previous interpretations of Miłosz’s works, especially about his bipolar poetic worldview (his intellectual and existential division between pessimism and ecstasy) and his understanding of the consequences of the Fall (reversible or fatalistic). The book is a literary studies take on the relationship between literature and religion. The main direction is that Miłosz’s main need in art comes from his yearning for contact with the meaning of reality, which he seeks in the activity of poetic imagination.

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Das Warschauer Ghetto

Zwischen «Ausnahmezustand» und permanent schlechtem Gewissen. Eine Untersuchung anhand zentraler Texte der polnischen Literatur. Mit einem Vorwort von Claus Leggewie

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Alexander Höllwerth

Der Band beleuchtet das Thema des Warschauer Ghettos in der polnischen Literatur. Die zentralen Kategorien der Untersuchung sind Bachtins «Chronotop»-Konzept sowie Schmitts und Agambens Theorie des «Ausnahmezustands». Das Spektrum der Analyse reicht von Texten aus den 1940er Jahren (Andrzejewski, Miłosz) über solche aus den 1980er Jahren (Rymkiewicz, Błoński) bis hin zu neueren Texten, deren Autoren keine persönliche Erinnerung an die Shoa mehr haben (Ostachowicz). Eine weitere Kategorie der Untersuchung ist die der «Augenzeugenschaft». Sie verleiht der polnischen Literatur – als der Literatur jenes Landes, das sich im Epizentrum des Zivilisationsbruchs der Shoa befunden hat – eine exzeptionelle Bedeutung. Insgesamt bringt dieses Buch eine Reihe von neuen Aspekten in die Erforschung der polnischen und europäischen Shoa-Erinnerungskultur ein.

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Edited by Jesús-M. Nieto Ibañez and Angel Ruiz Pérez

Este libro recoge estudios monográficos en homenaje al profesor Emilio Suárez de la Torre, sobre religiosidad y superstición –en particular la magia, pero también la astrología– en la Grecia Antigua. Un grupo de ellos se centran en el estudio de los dioses y héroes griegos, desde la perspectiva mítica y literaria y la cultual. El último apartado se dedica a la cuestión de la religiosidad y el ateísmo en la filosofía y la religión.

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Empowered Women

Nigerian Society, Education, and Empowerment

Dolapo Adeniji-Neill

This book identifies and examine the changing roles of Nigerian women: in the family, educational attainment and society as experienced and expressed by a sample of educated, Nigerian women. Five of the participants were children caught in Biafran (Nigerian) war and their education was interrupted during the war. All struggle to gain education as girls and women growing up in Nigeria in families with sometimes limited resources. The book is based on the assumption that changes are taking place at all levels of Nigerian society, and that these changes are reflected in the way Nigerian women think and express views about themselves and their extended families. Nine Nigerian women resident in Egypt, were interviewed in depth using the 'topical life history' method to reveal their attitudes and perceptions concerning the woman's role in the family. In lengthy, free form, non-directive interviews, the participants recount their life histories from small children to the present day, and in this process comment and reveal their feelings about personal, family and social issues. Based on a literature review some eight hypotheses are identified and examined concerning these issues and the participants' views about them. The response data are grouped under the hypotheses and analyzed. Conclusions suggest changing role patterns of women as expressed by these women from lower- and middle-class families, concerning education male and female children, bearing progeny, polygamy, earning income to provide for the family, marriage, male domination and influences and pressures from the extended family.