One of the most often repeated anecdotes about the direction of literary studies over the past three decades concerns a graduate student who complained of reading Kate Chopin's The Awakening in three classes and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick in none. But Chopin has not always been featured in the literary curriculum. Though she achieved national success in her lifetime (1850--1904) as a writer of Louisiana "local color" fiction, after her death her work fell into obscurity until 1969, when Norwegian literary scholar Per Seyersted published The Complete Works of Kate Chopin and sparked a remarkable American literary revival. Chopin soon became a major presence in the canon, and today every college textbook surveying American literature contains a Chopin short story, her novel The Awakening, or an excerpt from it. In this unique work, twelve prominent Chopin scholars reflect on their parts in the Kate Chopin revival and its impact on their careers. A generation ago, against powerful odds, many of them staked their reputations on the belief -- now fully validated -- that Chopin is one of America's essential writers. These scholars energetically sponsored Chopin's works in the 1970s and 1980s and encouraged reading, studying, and teaching Chopin. They wrote books and articles about her, gave talks about her, offered interviews to newspapers and magazines, taught her works in their classes, and urged their colleagues to do the same, helping to build a network of teachers, students, editors, journalists, librarians, and others who continue to promote Chopin's work. Throughout, these essays stress several elements vital to the revival's success. Timing proved critical, as the rise of the women's movement and the emergence of new sexual norms in the 1960s helped set an ideal context for Chopin in the United States and abroad in the 1970s and 1980s. Seyersted's biography of Chopin and his accurate texts of her entire oeuvre allowed scholars to quickly publish their analyses of her work. Popular media -- including Redbook, New York Times, and PBS -- took notice of Chopin and advanced her work outside the scholarly realm. But in the final analysis, as the contributors point out, Kate Chopin's irresistible writing itself made her revival possible. Highly personal, at times amusing, and always thought provoking, these revealing recollections and new critical insights offer a fascinating firsthand account of a decisive moment in American literary history.
The Story of the Kate Chopin Revival
Author: Bernard Koloski
Publisher: LSU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Who am I? What career path is right for me? Where do I look for a compatible mate? These are the questions that haunted a college freshman struggling with crucial decisions regarding his future, while sinking deeper into the black hole of fraternity life. He thought he was on the right track, attending the college of his dreams and being initiated into the frat brotherhood. But after an unsettling spring break trip to Mexico-the first of many Awakenings-his life course turned in an unexpected direction as he made the daring move to transfer schools, leaving the prestigious private university in north Dallas for a small, unknown college in Oklahoma City. Join in the adventure, tragedy, and romance that transform an unsettled adolescent into a confident, keenly directed adult. See the puzzle of a young man's life come together as a series of defining moments make the future crystal clear. You will come away with an enlightened sense of what it means to be living in the providential care of a loving God.
Defining Moments in a Young Man's Life
Author: J. Terry Johnson,Pat Boone
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"To many scholars in the world of religious studies, Zen is a world apart from the world of politics, and the philosophy of the Kyoto school is a politically neutral blend of intellectual traditions East and West, Buddhist and Christian. This volume challenges those assumptions by focusing on the question of nationalism in the work of Japanese Buddhist thinkers during and after the Pacific War. Fifteen Japanese and Western scholars offer a variety of critical perspectives concerning the political responsibility of intellectuals and the concrete historical consequences of working within a religious or philosophical tradition." "The first group of essays debates the role of Zen Buddhism in wartime Japan." "A second group of essays examines the political thought and activities of Nishida Kitaro, the doyen of the Kyoto school." "A third group of essays questions the complicity of other philosophers of the Kyoto school in the wartime spirit of nationalism and analyzes the ideas of modernity and the modern nation-state then current in Japan." "This carefully documented volume offers a wealth of information and reflection for those interested in prewar and wartime history, Zen, Japanese philosophy, and the problem of nationalism today."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Zen, the Kyoto School, & the Question of Nationalism
Author: James W. Heisig,John C. Maraldo
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Annotation French intellectual Marcel's (1889-1973) autobiography /En chemin, vers quel was published in 1971 by Gallimard, Paris. An English translation by Peter S. Rogers is being brought out in light of the impact his work has had on postmodern thought. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
A Translation of Marcel's Autobiography En Chemin, Vers Quel Éveil?
Author: Gabriel Marcel
Category: Biography & Autobiography
As religious fervor grows, Dr. Fishwick, a recipient of the Ray and Pat Browne Award for Lifetime Achievement from The American Culture Association, takes a sweeping look at religion in the United States--the country with the highest church attendance in the Western world. Popular religion can take many shapes and forms. It can wax and wane, but it cannot be eliminated or ignored. That is what prompted him to write Great Awakenings: Popular Religion and Popular Culture. He ponders how religion affects American life and popular culture, and why religion has become a major force in contemporary politics. How has the Electronic Revolution furthered the religious right? What does popular religion tell us about popular culture? And about our faith? He identifies and explores five great religious revivals or “Great Awakenings:” the Atlantic Seaboard Awakening the Urban Awakening the Modernist Awakening the Celebrity Preacher Awakening the Electronic Awakening Fishwick explores the current events preceding and during each awakening, its leaders, followers, and critics. Great Awakenings gives a new understanding of the American religious past and leaves us with an anticipation for the next great awakening.
Popular Religion and Popular Culture
Author: Frank Hoffmann,Marshall Fishwick,Beulah B Ramirez
Expect a life-changing experience[Re]Awakenings are the starting points for life-changing experiences; a new plane of existence, an alternate reality or cyber-reality. This genre-spanning anthology of new speculative fiction explores that theme with a spectrum of tales, from science fiction to fantasy to paranormal; in styles from clinically serious to joyfully silly. As you read through them all, and you must read all of them, you will discover along the way that stereo-typical distinctions between the genres within speculative fiction are often arbitrary and unhelpful. You will be taken on an emotional journey through a galaxy of sparkling fiction; you will laugh, you will cry; you will consider timeless truths and contemplate eternal questions.All of life is within these pages, from birth to death (and in some cases beyond). In all of these stories, most of them specifically written for this anthology, the short format has been used to great effect. If you haven'¿¿t already heard of some of these authors, you soon will as they are undoubtedly destined to become future stars in the speculative fiction firmament. Remember, you read them here first!
an anthology of new Speculative Fiction
Author: Alison Buck,Neil Faarid,Gingerlily,Robin Moran,PR Pope,Alexander Skye,Peter Wolfe
Publisher: Elsewhen Press
It had all started out as just a game, and then "It" had come, and their world was never the same again. Was there actually any truth to the information being related to them from beyond? Was it an actual presence that brought them together, or was it all in their minds? Four misfits from a college in the Midwest are seemingly thrown together into a strange series of occurrences by the mysterious intelligence known only as "Zem". Author Tom Baker, his four cohorts, and the mysterious writer "John Pickman" take you on a strange, harrowing journey into the great dead heart of the haunted backroads of rural Indiana, and comb the antique buildings of a historic college campus in search of strange and elusive truths. A mind-shattering book, a tragic examination of human foibles, an intense and piercing examination of the human will to believe. Awakenings open your eyes, and join us. If you dare!
A Journey to the Center of Human Belief
Author: Tom Baker
Releases you to do the will of God for your life! In A Spiritual Awakening, revivalist pastor Tommie Zito releases Christians to do the will of God with fearless faith. With years of successful evangelism to his credit, the author boldly decries the state of the Sunday morning ritual: * The voice of the Lord is relegated to pointless sermons and denominational drivel. * Religion has paralyzed the passion and desire of the believer to do the will of God. * The Church is suffocating under a spirit of slumber, while believing all is well. But there is hope -- -- you!
Author: Tommie Zito
Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers
This beautiful little book offers readers angelic inspiration for each day of the year. Britain's leading angel expert Glennyce S. Eckersley and world-renowned intuitive life coach Gary Quinn have combined forces once again to bring the angels that little bit closer to us in our everyday lives. Angel Awakenings is a treasure trove of heavenly stories, affirmations, quotes and blessings that readers can dip into daily. It includes heart-warming true tales about the many ways in which angels have guided and helped people, as well as a glittering array of practical ways to engage with the angels themselves. Angel Awakenings will help readers to experience day-to-day the wonder and power of these celestial beings.
Author: Gary Quinn,Glennyce S. Eckersley
Publisher: Random House
Whatever your political bent---firmly entrenched in an existing party or searching for something new---Rude Awakenings will get you thinking. . .what if? This latest novel by Keith M. Donaldson describes a country in upheaval, desperate for new ideas. In a nation fleeced by selfish politicians and bereft of pride and purpose, the American voters turn to a new party for presidential representation: Mike Macdonald of the Centrist Party. The smoke-filled back rooms of American politics feel the winds of change as the Centrists won enough seats in the Senate and House to create a three party system, with no single party holding a majority. They and President Macdonald were focused on financial and social renewal. However, the nuclear bombing of an American city and a diabolical foreign plot to strip the US dollar to third-world status forces Macdonald to put on his poker face and set up an international bluff that has to work. Rude Awakenings is resplendent in vivid characters, compelling relationships, and financial, military, and Intelligence strategies. The story will invoke your courage, sense of romance, and fervor for outwitting the bad guys.
Author: Keith M. Donaldson
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Step into the story as the main character takes you on a mystical journey, where twin flames meet and where you can expand into a magical way of being, washing you in vibrant consciousness. Some say this book is an ideal, romantic, self-love exploration—cosmic attunement and juicy bubbles; the ultimate fairytale, yet it’s real. Others say it is about transforming the old patterns in order to feel everything and connect to your full self. To move forward to building a life from the ground up so that eventually there’s a full community and total oneness. It isn’t just about twin flames reuniting. The twins come together to light the way. Really the story is alive and grows with each reader, wherever you are, bringing together soul family, getting you back in touch with the Earth and all her wonderful creatures. It is a simple, fun way to connect deeper to your inner gifts and knowing, whether read around campfires, in circles, or just relaxing on your own. “Twin Awakenings is a unique, magical dance of self discovery. It celebrates the often agonizing confusion one faces when searching for true love, and shows that the only real love we are searching for must come from within, an inspiration of self. The authors offer a glimpse of what it means to acknowledge this kind of love and the soul energizing freedom it can bring. Ultimately, this book is a beautiful reminder of what it means to be human, to be connected to the rumbling heartbeat of the earth, the breath of the wind, and to each other. This story is truly an awakening of spirit and a sweet affirmation that we are not alone. ” —Jeanette St. Germain-Boere, Community Wellness Center Director
Author: Raja; Santia
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
As a kid, Noam Chomsky handed out the Daily Mirror at his uncle’s newsstand on 72nd Street, inadvertently finding himself in a buzzing intellectual and political hub for European immigrants in New York. Iranian human rights Nobelist Shirin Ebadi and her husband signed their own legal contract, attempting to restore equality to their marriage after the Iranian Revolution effectively erased the legal rights of women. Elizabeth Warren set out to expose those frauds declaring bankruptcy and taking advantage of the system—only to discover, in her research, a very different story of hard-working middle-class families facing economic collapse in the absence of a social safety net. While studying at Oxford, a young Tariq Ali made a bet with a friend that he could work the Vietnam War into every single answer on his final exams. In this rousing, thoughtful, often funny, and always inspiring volume, a diverse and impressive group of thinkers reflect on those formative experiences that shaped their own political commitments. A fascinating new window into the revealing links between the personal and the political, Political Awakenings will engage readers across generations.
Conversations with History
Author: Harry Kreisler
Publisher: New Press, The
Category: Political Science
Experiential journalist Rak Razam sets out to document the thriving business of 21st-century hallucinogenic shamanism starting with a trip to the annual Amazonian Shaman Conference in Iquitos, Peru, where he meets a motley crew of "spiritual tourists," rogue scientists, black magicians, and indigenous and Western healers and guides, all in town to partake of the ritual--and the medicine--of ayahuasca, "the vine of souls." Combining his personal story with the history of Amazonian shamanism, Razam takes the reader along on an entertaining, enlightening adventure. In areas of Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, the traditional herbal brew known as ayahuasca or yajé is legally used to heal physical ailments and to cleanse and purify the spirit by connecting it to the web of life. Sting and Tori Amos have admitted sampling it in Latin America, as has Paul Simon, who chronicled the experience in his song "Spirit Voices." Aya Awakenings works as a cautionary tale, a travelogue, and a memoir, but primarily acts as a portal through which readers are able to gain more information about the perils and the promise of spiritual reconnection through ayahuasca. "A memorable--and deeply personal--journey into the hearts and minds of those who carry on the shamanic traditions of ayahuasca."--Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Contents Foreword by Dennis McKenna Preface by Rak Razam Departure 1 Seekers of the Mystery; 2 Wheel of Fortune; 3 Jungle Fever; 4 Space Cadets; 5 Cosmovision; 6 Hamburger Universe; 7 Surfing; 8 Ayahuasca Disco; 9 Logos; 10 Night of the Black Puma; 11 Downtime; 12 Seeds; 13 Beasts Initiation; 14 Shaman School; 15 Snakes and Ladders; 16 Heart of Darkness; 17 Return to the Source; 18 The Love Creek Session; 19 The High Frontier; 20 Stairway to Heaven; 21 Going Down to the River to Pray; 22 The Hero's Journey Return 23 Secret Women's Business; 24 The Prime Directive; 25 One River; 26 When Stones Dream; 27 Paying the Earth; 28 Talking with Kevin; 29 Illuminated; 30 Final Flight Index Bibliography Author's Note
A Shamanic Odyssey
Author: Rak Razam
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit