Reflections on the Emergence of Greater California as a World Civilization
This inquiry began thanks to the initiation of Michael Bielicky in arranging an invitation for me to lecture on California civilization at the Center for Theoreti- cal Study at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, in 2003. Subsequently Peter Murphy generously agreed to publish a developed version of the lecture as “California Civilization” in a special issue of Thesis Eleven. Chapter 1 is a further version of the lecture and article. Once launched on the theme, I was grateful to be invited to present a paper at the annual conference of the Western Humanities Alliance at the University of Arizona in 2005 which was then published in a special issue of the Western Humanities Review as “Bordering the Civilization of Greater California: An Inquiry into Genealogy, Treaty-Making and Influence.” Chapter 2 is a fuller account of my paper and article. Particularly with its inclusion of Franz Werfel, Chapter 3 is a larger version of the article “California Civilization and European Speculative Thought: An Evolving Relationship” published in California History in 2008, for which I am particularly grateful for the illustrations provided for the publication version by Shelly Kale. Chapter 4 is largely based on my article “California Irredenta” published in History and Theory in 2011 thanks to Brian Fay. Finally, Chapter 5 stems from my participation in a Max Planck Institute work- shop on “emotional styles – communities and spaces” that was held in Berlin, Germany, in 2010. Thanks to Benno Gammerl, it was published as “Walt Disney and Emotional Environments: Interpreting...
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