- Hungarian Rhapsodies: Essays on Ethnicity, Identity, and Culture
Like the renowned American writer Edmund Wilson, who began to learn Hungarian at the age of 65, Richard Teleky started his study of that difficult language as an adult. Unlike Wilson, he is a third-generation Hungarian American with a strong desire to understand how his ethnic background has affected the course of his life. He writes with clarity, perception, and humor about a subject of importance to many North Americans - reconciling their contemporary identity with a heritage from another country. But more than a collection of essays on ethnicity by a talented writer, the book is structured to share with the reader insights on language, literature, art, and community from a cultural perspective. The book is also unified by the author's attention to certain concerns, including the meaning of multiculturalism, the power of a language to shape one's thinking, the persistence of anti-Semitism, the significance of displacement and nostalgia in emigration, the importance of understanding the past, the need for a narrative tradition in the writing of fiction, and the power of books in Central Europe. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the book makes a contribution to several fields: Central European and Hungarian studies; North American immigrant and ethnic studies; contemporary literature; comparative literature; and popular culture.
- The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
The world is on the verge of collapse but, perhaps, breakdown can create opportunities for the bold reform of our society and open up a way for the renewal of planet Earth. Taking a journey from the collapse of the Roman empire to the devastation of the 9/11 attacks, Thomas Homer-Dixon shows how to choose a better route into the future. Drawing on an astonishing array of disciplines, from archaeology and poetry to politics, science and economics Homer-Dixon's acute insights are imaginative and controversial. The first signs of global brekdown are already appearing: in the thawing wastelands of the Arctic, the volatile politics of the Middle East and the favelas of Brazil. The World is becoming perilous but as Homer-Dixon makes clear, an understanding of the emerging and complex systems of our world means that a catastrophic collapse on the scale of the Roman empire can still be avoided.
- The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi
In this sublime book the minds of two mystics come together and intermingle in a work of inspired vision and clarity. Jalal-ud-Din Rumi, enlightened spiritualist poet of Sufism, has been venerated by Moslems everywhere since his death in 1273, and today he has become, for people of every race and creed throughout the world, the poet of the new mystical Renaissance that is slowly but surely coming to flower. No one has done more than Andrew Harvey to spread popular awareness of Rumi's message. Himself a charismatic mystic with a passionate vision of the infinite, he has spent the last twenty years of his life in search of the essential truths that could transform the spiritual barrenness at the heart of modern Western civilisation. THE WAY OF PASSION draws on Rumi's poems to present his ecstatic vision of spiritual surrender and union as a guide to the crisis that besets us. Inspired by Rumi's voice and by his own startling ability to see into the innermost heart of life, Harvey urges us to change, to have faith and to act through Love to transform this time of Apocalypse into the time of Resurrection. The passion of his words shines from the pages with an intensity that can embrace and inspire us all.
- The Photographs of Lewis Carroll: A Catalogue Raisonné
Renowned for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was also one of the most important amateur photographers of the Victorian era and the period's finest photographer of children. From 1856 to 1880, Carroll took around three thousand pictures, the majority of which were portraits of family, friends, and colleagues. He also sought out and photographed celebrities of the day, including Alfred Tennyson, Samuel Wilberforce, Michael Faraday, William Holman Hunt, Henry Taylor, George MacDonald, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Ellen Terry, John Everett Millais, Charlotte Yonge, and Prince Leopold. Carroll's remaining output includes images of landscapes and architecture, works of art, and skeletons; assisted self-portraits; and other miscellaneous pictures. Today, his photographs are highly prized and fetch enormous prices at auction.
This catalogue raisonne presents images of the nearly one thousand surviving photographs of Lewis Carroll--including many from private collections that have never been published--and provides information on their subjects/sitters, their locations, and the dates when they were taken, as well as extracts from Carroll's private diaries that mention his relevant photographic activity and background information concerning known prints. Edward Wakeling, an internationally recognized Carrollian scholar, has also reconstructed Carroll's lost register of his complete photographic opus. In addition to the catalogue, Wakeling discusses Carroll's activity as a photographer, his contacts with other Victorian art photographers, and his nude studies, and he provides a full listing of the contents of Carroll's various photographic albums. This is the most comprehensive study of Carroll's photography ever produced, and it will be a standard work for anyone studying Victorian photography and for Lewis Carroll's photographs in particular.
- Urban Forest Landscapes: Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives
The goal of urban forestry is to understand the ecological, institutional, and human issues at work in the urban landscape. Urban forestry is a comparatively new field within the academic discipline of forestry, and is closely allied to several scientific disciplines as well as the social sciences. Professionals in the field are called upon to provide scientific information and guidance, and to justify in economic, social, and environmental terms the value of the urban landscape in relation to other uses of the land and other needs of the city.
The multidisciplinary approach of this book recognizes the dilemma that in the attempt to solve problems by developing landscapes that address specific goals such as fire safety, energy and water conservation, and wildlife preservation, other problems are sometimes created because scientific knowledge is lacking or because not all aspects of the situation have been considered. Urban Forest Landscapes takes a critical look ath the current state of knowledge and research in the field, and how available information is applied in the urban setting.
The book includes contributions by twenty specialists. Several articles outline the development of urban forestry in urban environments in the European and North American cultural tradition. Others consider the environmental setting: the level of scientific knowledge, public policy, and perceptions of land management needs, political and administrative issues, and economic approaches. Another group of articles discuss scenic value, management of greenbelts and forest remnants, wildlife habitat design, energy-efficent landscapes, water conservation, and fire-safe landscapes. A final section focuses on sustainability of urban forest landscapes, both from a conceptual perspective and by presenting two practical case studies of managed forests in an urban environment.