Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction

Author: Peter Hunt,Millicent Lenz

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826477607

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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Edited by Morag Styles and written by an international team of acknowledged experts, this series provides jargon-free, critical discussion and a comprehensive guide to literary and popular texts for children. Each book introduces the reader to a major genre of children's literature, covering the key authors, major works and contexts in which those texts are published, read and studied. This book provides an illuminating guide to literature that creates alternative worlds for young readers. Focusing on the work of Ursula Le Guin, Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman, the book considers both the genre of ?alternative worlds? and the distinctiveness of these authors? texts, including Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass.

Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema

Resonance Between Realms

Author: James R. Walters

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841502022

Category: Drama

Page: 232

View: 2383

The use of alternate realities in cinema has been brought to heights by films "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Donnie Darko". This book analyzes these imaginary realms, tracing their construction and development across periods, genres, and history.

The Postcolonial Challenge

Towards Alternative Worlds

Author: Couze Venn

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761971627

Category: Social Science

Page: 219

View: 3106

`Couze Venn's book makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of postcolonial theory and its engagement with significant changes within the contemporary world. Couze Venn forces us to rethink the very parameters of the post-colonial and suggests a new political economy for post-modern times. This critical engagement opens up the possibility to reimagine the world from its current narrow European strictures to a world full of alternative possibilities and modernities. Venn's book adds a new dimension to the scholarly literature on postcolonial studies with the suggestion that such a rethinking is transmodern - properly postcolonial and postoccidental. As such, it is an extended meditation and development of his Occidentalism. This is a timely and ground breaking book that contributes to a much needed reconceptualisation of the postcolony' - Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Goldsmiths College, University of London What is postcolonial studies? What are its achievements, strengths and weaknesses? This ground breaking book offers an essential guide to one of the most important issues of our time, with special emphasis on neo-liberalism within world poverty and the `third world'. It clarifies: · the territory of postcolonial studies; · how identity and postcolonialism relate; · the ties between postcolonialism and Modernity; · new perspectives in the light of recent geo-political events; · potential future developments in the subject. Lucid, comprehensive and accessible the book offers students and scholars a one-stop guide to one of the most important issues of our time.

Alternative Worlds Imagined, 1500-1700

Essays on Radicalism, Utopianism and Reality

Author: James Colin Davis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319622323

Category: Science

Page: 246

View: 5146

This book address the relationship between utopian and radical thought, particularly in the early modern period, and puts forward alternatives approaches to imagined ‘realities’. Alternative Worlds Imagined, 1500-1700 explores the nature and meaning of radicalism in a traditional society; the necessity of fiction both in rejecting and constructing the status quo; and the circumstances in which radical and utopian fictions appear to become imperative. In particular, it closely examines non-violence in Gerrard Winstanley’s thought; millennialism and utopianism as mutual critiques; form and substance in early modern utopianism/radicalism; Thomas More’s utopian theatre of interests; and James Harrington and the political necessity of narrative fiction. This detailed analysis underpins observations about the longer term historical significance and meaning of both radicalism and utopianism.

Global Trends 2030

Alternative Worlds

Author: National Intelligence Council (U.S.)

Publisher: Central Intelligence Agency

ISBN: 9780160915437

Category: Balance of power

Page: 162

View: 3705

This report is intended to stimulate thinking about the rapid andvast geopolitical changes characterizing the world today andpossible global trajectories during the next 15-20 years. As with theNIC's previous Global Trends reports, we do not seek to predict thefuture--which would be an impossible feat--but instead provide aframework for thinking about possible futures and their implications.

Alternative Worlds

Blue-Sky Thinking Since 1900

Author: Ricarda Vidal,Ingo Cornils

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9783034317870

Category: History

Page: 333

View: 9879

In an attempt to counteract the doom and gloom of the economic crisis and the politicians' overused dictum that 'there is no alternative', this interdisciplinary collection presents a number of alternative worlds that were conceived over the course of the last century. While change at the macro level was the focus of most of the ideological struggles of the twentieth century, the real impetus for change came from the blue-sky thinking of scientists, engineers, architects, sociologists, planners and writers, all of whom imagined alternatives to the status quo.<BR> Following a roughly chronological order from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present, this book explores the dreams, plans and hopes as well as the nightmares and fears that are an integral part of alternative thinking in the Western hemisphere. The alternative worlds at the centre of the individual essays can each be seen as crucial to the history of the past one hundred years. While these alternative worlds reflect their particular cultural context, they also inform historical developments in a wider sense and continue to resonate in the present.

Marxism and Film Activism

Screening Alternative Worlds

Author: Ewa Mazierska,Lars Kristensen

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1782386432

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 290

View: 2716

In Theses on Feuerbach, Marx writes, "The philosophers have only interpreted the world differently; the point is to change it." This collection examines how filmmakers have tried to change the world by engaging in emancipatory politics through their work, and how audiences have received them. It presents a wide spectrum of case studies, covering both film and digital technology, with examples from throughout cinematic history and around the world, including Soviet Russia, Palestine, South America, and France. Discussions range from the classic Marxist cinema of Aleksandr Medvedkin, Chris Marker, and Jean-Luc Godard, to recent media such as 5 Broken Cameras (2010), the phenomena of video-blogging, and bicycle activism films.

Alternative Worlds

Author: Paul Vaillé

Publisher: Babelcube Inc.

ISBN: 1507191987

Category: Fiction

Page: 101

View: 3915

According to an ancient theory, a man will be truly in harmony with the world and an actor of his time, only through three existences: the plant soul, the animal soul, and the soul of reason. At the dawn of the 21st century, with many individuals still to find their place under the sun but still having hopes, Niels, a young Greek architect haunted by myths of his past, is admitted to a psychiatric hospital due to what specialists describe as a "thunderclap in a serene sky." Niels turns this diagnosis into love at first sight for a complete stranger, Stella, whom he hopes to re-conquer by implementing the soul game initiated by a florist. Only by having dialogue with his soul, will he be able to look in the same direction as his alter-ego and remake the world in its diversity.”

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

Author: National Intelligence Council

Publisher: Cosimo Reports

ISBN: 9781945934094

Category: Political Science

Page: 168

View: 7263

This important report, Global Trends 2030-Alternative Worlds, released in 2012 by the U.S. National Intelligence Council, describes megatrends and potential game changers for the next decades. Among the megatrends, it analyzes: - increased individual empowerment - the diffusion of power among states and the ascent of a networked multi-polar world - a world's population growing to 8.3 billion people, of which sixty percent will live in urbanized areas, and surging cross-border migration - expanding demand for food, water, and energy It furthermore describes potential game changers, including: - a global economy that could thrive or collapse - increased global insecurity due to regional instability in the Middle East and South Asia - new technologies that could solve the problems caused by the megatrends - the possibility, but by no means the certainty, that the U.S. with new partners will reinvent the international system Students of trends, forward-looking entrepreneurs, academics, journalists and anyone eager for a glimpse into the next decades will find this essential reading.

Alternative World Scenarios for a New Order of Nations

Author: Charles William Taylor

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9780788108341

Category: Geopolitics

Page: 133

View: 1754

This futures book reflects the global trends and events of the recent past of today that are bringing about change to the world's political, economic, social, technological, and military environments. Provides a set of plausible scenarios against which users can build policies and decisions while anticipating and judging their consequences before implementation. Useful for strategic planning through active and reserve components of the U.S. military. Also useful for long-range planning by business, industry, academia, and other private and governmental organizations. Charts, tables and drawings. Also includes a 21-page study, "Creating Strategic Visions."

Der Fluch der 100 Pforten

Author: N. D. Wilson

Publisher: cbj Verlag

ISBN: 364103888X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 512

View: 3771

Das Abenteuer geht weiter – Band 2 der fantastischen Reise in gefährliche Welten Die Entdeckung der 100 Pforten und all ihrer Geheimnisse lässt Henry nicht mehr los. Hat er doch entdeckt, dass er nicht der ist, für den er sich gehalten hat. Wer sind seine wirklichen Eltern? Henry fasst einen folgenschweren Entschluss: Er öffnet erneut das unheilvolle Hauptportal und begibt sich in eine der magischen Welten, um dort dem Rätsel seiner wahren Identität auf die Spur zu kommen! Diese Reise ist jedoch gefährlicher als alles, was Henry je erlebt hat und am Ende steht er erneut der bedrohlichen Macht von Endor gegenüber. Doch diesmal ist die Hexe Nimiane nicht allein ... • Ein bezauberndes Kinderbuch voller Fantasie und sprühender Einfälle • Liebevoll gezeichnete Charaktere – packend und humorvoll erzählt • Für alle Fans von "Bartimäus" und "Spiderwick"

Fantasy and Belief

Alternative Religions, Popular Narratives, and Digital Cultures

Author: Danielle Kirby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317543629

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 2636

Religion and spirituality are being transformed in our late modern and secularising times. New forms of belief proliferate, often notable for not being limited to traditional systems of reference or expression. Increasingly, these new religions present worldviews which draw directly upon popular culture - or occulture - in fiction, film, art and the internet. Fantasy and Belief explores the context and implications of these types of beliefs through the example of the Otherkin community. The Otherkin are a loosely-affiliated group who believe themselves to be in some way more than just human, their non-humanity often rooted in the characters and narratives of popular fantasy and science fiction. Challenging much current sociological thinking about spirituality and consumption, Fantasy and Belief reveals how popular occulture operates to recycle, develop, and disseminate metaphysical ideas, and how the popular and the sacred are combining in new ways in today's world.

Portals to Alternative Worlds and Travel Through Space and Time

Author: Alex Medler

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781727802832


Page: 70

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Dear friend, if you are interested in the world of the unknown and unexplained phenomena, if you are curious about what is beyond our reality, what worlds are hidden from us in the parallel universes, if you doubt their existence, then this book is for you. In this small book, you will find the progressive scientific theories that shed light on the existence of parallel universes. It is not a science book. There are mostly explanations of the basic concepts of different hypotheses without deepening into details and scientific terms. The book describes the alleged ways of traveling to other worlds, as well as the mysterious cases of moving through space and time. All this is flavored with colorful pictures that will warm your fantasies. The author invites us to reflect on the alternative reality. He does not make any firm conclusions, leaving it to the reader. How far he got, judge it for yourself.

Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds

Author: Dorothy Holland

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674005624

Category: Social Science

Page: 349

View: 3072

This text addresses the central problem in anthropological theory of the late 1990s - the paradox that humans are both products of social discipline and creators of remarkable improvisation.

Global Capitalism and Climate Change: The Need for an Alternative World System

Author: Hans A. Baer

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 075912132X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 353

View: 1597

This book constitutes an effort to develop a critical social science of climate change, one that posits its roots in global capitalism with its emphasis on profit-making, a treadmill of production and consumption, heavy reliance on fossil fuels, and commitment to ongoing economic expansion.