Download Wordsworth and the Zen mind: the poetry of self-emptying by John G. Rudy PDF

By John G. Rudy

This publication demonstrates that Zen idea and artwork supply either a generative and a formative context for realizing the spirituality of the English poet William Wordsworth (1770--1850). Combining tools of contemporary literary scholarship with the philosophical projects of the Kyoto institution, the textual content crosses disciplines in addition to cultures, supplying a nonmonotheistic, nonpantheistic philosophical flooring upon which to review what Wordsworth calls the "tranquil soul" and "the one Presence" that underlies "the nice entire of life."Anticipating numerous audiences, the discourse progresses from basic, introductory point discussions of Zen philosophy and literature to the extra technical philosophical idiom of the Kyoto university, utilising intertextual readings of a number of Wordsworthian and Zen records to develop and deepen the East-West discussion because it has been unfolding because the pioneering paintings of D. T. Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida. an immense point of this research is its twofold goal: to situate Wordsworth extra centrally within the evolving international group of intercultural and interreligious communique and to illustrate the original flexibility and universality of Zen as a medium of non secular progress and aesthetic knowing.

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By Angelika Arend

Documents of Protest and Compassion deals the 1st large serious overview of Bauer's significant poetic oeuvre. during this long-overdue complement to contemporary anthologies of Bauer's poetry and essays on his lifestyles and paintings, Angelika Arend attracts on Bauer's diaries and letters to bare the profoundly humane intentions that guided his number of issues and constructions. She exhibits that social protest and brotherly compassion, shared accountability and important self-reflection are Bauer's major thematic fare, which he offered in basic, but conscientiously crafted, poetic constructions, and explains how those rules and kinds constructed or remained consistent in gentle of old, cultural, social, and private advancements. files of Protest and Compassion is necessary for these drawn to Bauer's paintings, German poetry, German-Canadian literature, and the immigrant writing experience.

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Download Anatomy of a robot : literature, cinema, and the cultural by Despina Kakoudaki PDF

By Despina Kakoudaki

Why can we locate synthetic humans attention-grabbing? Drawing from a wealthy fictional and cinematic culture, Anatomy of a robotic explores the political and textual implications of our perennial projections of humanity onto figures corresponding to robots, androids, cyborgs, and automata. In an interesting, refined, and available presentation, Despina Kakoudaki argues that, of their narrative and cultural deployment, synthetic humans demarcate what it skill to be human. They practice this functionality by means of providing us a non-human model of ourselves as a website of research. synthetic humans train us that being human, being an individual or a self, is a continuing procedure and infrequently a question of criminal, philosophical, and political struggle.

By interpreting quite a lot of literary texts and movies (including episodes from Twilight Zone, the fiction of Philip okay. Dick, Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never permit Me pass, city, The Golem, Frankenstein, The Terminator, Iron guy, Blade Runner, and that i, Robot), and going again to alchemy and to Aristotle’s Physics and De Anima, she tracks 4 foundational narrative components during this centuries-old discourse— the myth of the substitute delivery, the delusion of the mechanical physique, the tendency to symbolize synthetic humans as slaves, and the translation of artificiality as an existential trope. What unifies those investigations is the go back of all 4 components to the query of what constitutes the human.

This concentrated method of the subject of the synthetic, developed, or mechanical individual permits us to re-evaluate the production of man-made life.  by means of concentrating on their ancient provenance and textual versatility, Kakoudaki elucidates synthetic people’s major cultural functionality, that's the political and existential negotiation of what it ability to be a person.

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