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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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Dramatism and Musical Theater

Experiments in Rhetorical Performance

Kimberly Eckel Beasley and James P. Beasley

Dramatism and Musical Theater: Experiments in Rhetorical Performance is an innovative workbook for both students and teachers in advanced communication performance. Meeting at the nexus of English composition, advanced rhetoric, theater, music, and drama, this book utilizes Kenneth Burke's method of dramatism to discover the motives inherent in performance practices, whether they be in the classroom or on the stage. In this book Kimberly Eckel Beasley and James P. Beasley take the five corners of the dramatistic pentad (act, scene, agent, agency, and purpose) and demonstrate their utilization in performance analysis. The authors then correlate those performance practices with the production of five contemporary musicals: Little Women, Aida, Street Scene, Into the Woods, and Children of Eden in order to emphasize the use of the dramatistic pentad in character, scene, and staging direction. By doing so, the book highlights dramatism as a performance practice necessary for effective participation in artistic communities.

Dramatism and Musical Theater: Experiments in Rhetorical Performance is also an indispensable guide for teachers and directors to successfully navigate the challenges of collegiate theatrical production.

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African Isms

Africa and the Globalized World

Edited by Abdul Karim Bangura

The impetus for this book emerged from our belief that as Africans across the globe are confronted with a myriad of challenges that have been birthed by globalization (i.e. the process of going to a more interconnected world by diminishing the world’s social dimension and expansion of overall global consciousness), they must turn to their own ideas for solutions. While many books exist on individual African Isms, such as Afrocentrism, Nasserism, and Pan-Africanism, none exists that has looked at a series of these Isms together. This book is the first to do so and, thus, its justification. Consequently, through this edited volume, we address the applicability of different African Isms to various issues, particularly current issues, on the continent of Africa. Each chapter provides a theoretical framework and topics or issues concerning African people of the continent. It is therefore an innovative scholarly work as no other work has examined these Isms in this manner. Thus, the ideas are quite appealing. Reexamining and applying each of the African Ism in order to challenge Eurocentric myth and reality in current African political, economic, cultural and social matters is quite logical and clear.

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Communication Begins with Children

A Lifespan Communication Sourcebook


Edited by Thomas J. Socha and Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter

Communication Begins with Children: A Lifespan Communication Sourcebook seeks to transform the field of communication, arguing that the field must stop neglecting and segregating children and instead adopt an age-inclusive lifespan approach that fully includes and fully considers children in all communication theorizing, research and education from infancy and throughout the human lifespan. One-size-fits-all, adult-centric communication theorizing, researching, and educating is inadequate and harms the communication field’s potential as a social force for positive change for all communicators. The volume contains four sections (Foundations, Relational Communication Development, Digital Communication Development, and Navigating Developmental Communication Challenges) that showcase state-of-the-art chapters about the history of children’s relational and digital communication studies, methods used to study children’s communication, media literacy development, communication and children’s health, and much more. A must read for all communication researchers, educators, and students and an important addition to advanced and graduate level human and digital communication courses.

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Creating Understanding

How Communicating Aligns Minds


Jessica Gasiorek and R. Kelly Aune

What, exactly, is understanding? And how do people create, maintain, and manipulate states of understanding via communication? This book addresses these questions, drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship in cognitive science, communication, psychology, and pragmatics. Rejecting classic descriptions of communication as "sending and receiving messages," this book proposes a novel perspective that depicts communication as a process in which interactants construct, test, and refine mental modes of a joint experience on the basis of the meme states (mental representations) activated by stimuli in social interactions. It explains how this process, when successful, results in interactants' mental models aligning, or becoming entrained—in other words, in creating a state of understanding. This framework is grounded in a set of foundational observations about evolved human cognition that highlight people's intrinsic social orientation, predisposition toward efficiency, and use of predictive interference-making. These principles are also used to explain how codified systems ("codes") emerge in extended or repeated interactions in which people endeavor to create understanding. Integrating and synthesizing research across disciplines, this book offers communication scholars and students a theoretical framework that will transform the way they see understanding, communication, and social connection.

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A Hypertextual Commentary


Bartosz Adamczewski

This monograph demonstrates that the book of Deuteronomy is a result of highly creative, hypertextual reworking of the book of Ezekiel. Likewise, it shows that the books of Joshua–Judges, taken together, are a result of one, highly creative, hypertextual reworking of the book of Deuteronomy. In both cases, the detailed reworking consists of almost 700 strictly sequentially organized thematic, and at times also linguistic correspondences. The strictly sequential, hypertextual dependence on the earlier works explains numerous surprising features of Deuteronomy and Joshua–Judges. This critical analysis of Deuteronomy and Joshua–Judges sheds entirely new light on the question of the origin of the Pentateuch and the whole Israelite Heptateuch Genesis–Judges.

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Edited by Axel Grimm

Die Didaktik der beruflichen Fachrichtung Informationstechnik/Informatik steht historisch, berufswissenschaftlich und ordnungspolitisch in einem Spannungsverhältnis. Eine auch nur in Ansätzen geschlossene Theoriebildung zu einer Didaktik der Informationstechnik liegt nicht vor. Ausgehend von diesem Desiderat soll mit dieser Veröffentlichung eine erste Lücke geschlossen werden. Ziel dieses Buches ist es, Gegenstandsbereiche vorzustellen, die für eine Theoriebildung einer Didaktik der beruflichen Fachrichtung Informationstechnik/Informatik von Bedeutung sind. Dazu sind Beiträge eingeholt worden, die eine theoretische Einordnung auf verschiedenen Analyseebenen ermöglichen. Band 1 „Theoriebildung" schafft somit ein erstes Fundament, das im Weiteren ausgebaut werden wird. Ziel ist es, der beruflichen Fachrichtung Informationstechnik/Informatik und deren Didaktik ein eigenständiges Profil zu geben, damit sie sich gegenüber dem Status quo emanzipieren kann.

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Elena Gómez Parra

La educación infantil de calidad se erige en la base de la sociedad del siglo XXI, cuyo signo de identidad más evidente es el cambio incesante. El lugar que ocupan las lenguas y la cultura en cualquier paradigma educativo es, sin duda, prevalente, y la ciencia concluye que el constructo lingüístico constituye el núcleo de la esencia humana. La lengua nos ofrece la identidad que nos diferencia del resto de las especies del planeta y la cultura va inextricablemente unida a ella, dotándola de complejos significados y posibilitando la transmisión de valores, creencias, actitudes y conductas de una comunidad.

El lector encontrará en este volumen un nuevo enfoque en educación bilingüe para la infancia, que aúna un sólido bagaje teórico (alojado en el Bloque I de esta obra). El enfoque PETaL (Play, Education, Toys and Languages) se caracteriza por su flexibilidad para adaptarse a distintos entornos culturales, porque solo así cobra sentido. Su objetivo es educar al niño de este siglo para que sea capaz de desarrollarse en (y promover) una sociedad diversa, plural y cambiante.

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Edited by Alfredo Rodríguez López-Vázquez and Arturo Rodríguez López-Abadía

En este volumen se recopila una serie de artículos e investigaciones de distintos autores y de diversas áreas en torno al Lazarillo de Tormes y sus continuadores, analizando desde varias perspectivas la obra y sus ramificaciones, tanto en cuanto a su texto primigenio, como sus más famosas continuaciones y las traducciones que de la obra se han hecho a algunos idiomas en que está disponible.

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Das Ende der Schriftformheilungsklausel

Eine Betrachtung langfristiger Mietverträge nebst Gestaltungsempfehlung


Johanna Rösch

Das Schriftformgebot des § 550 BGB war seit jeher ein Schlupfloch für die Vertragsreue. Sowohl Mieter wie auch Vermieter befürchten in der Praxis regelmäßig die Entfristung ihrer langfristigen Mietverträge. Nachdem der Bundesgerichtshof die Schriftformheilungsklausel 2017 für unwirksam erklärt hat, herrscht Ratlosigkeit, wie dem Missbrauch des Formgebots in Zukunft begegnet werden kann. Dies ist der Anlass, aus dem sich die Autorin mit der Wirksamkeit der Schriftformheilungsklausel und vor allem den Konsequenzen ihrer Ungültigkeit beschäftigt. Sie untersucht, ob und wie der Formzwang durchbrochen werden kann und gibt in diesem Zusammenhang eine Gestaltungsempfehlung ab. De lege lata sieht die Autorin die einzige effektive Möglichkeit in der Vereinbarung einer konkreten Schriftformheilungsklausel. De lege ferenda empfiehlt sie die Überarbeitung des Gesetzes und postuliert insofern einen eigenen Reformvorschlag.