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Motorcycle
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 242

Motorcycle

Easy Rider. Motocross Grand Prix. James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. The motorcycle is a global icon of untamed freedom, symbolizing a daring and reckless lifestyle of adventure. Yet there are few books that chronicle how and when this legendary vehicle roared down the open road. Motorcycle explores the roots of the rebel’s ultimate ride. After early incarnations as a nineteenth-century steam-powered bicycle and multi-wheeled vehicles, the modern motorcycle came into its own as a cheap, mobile military asset during World War I. From there, it rapidly spread through modern culture as a symbol of rebellion and subversive power, and Motorcycle tracks the symbolic role that the bike has play...

An Alternative History of Bicycles and Motorcycles
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 200

An Alternative History of Bicycles and Motorcycles

This book offers an account of two-wheeled vehicle development that challenges the common evolutionary model of development from the bicycle to the motorcycle. It examines the bicycle and motorcycle as material objects and focuses on the complex socio-political and economic convergences that produced the materials, which in turn shaped the vehicles’ appearance, function, and adoption by riders.

The Figure of Irony in Goethe and Johnson
  • Language: de
  • Pages: 142

The Figure of Irony in Goethe and Johnson

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  • Published: 1978
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Irony and the Logic of the Romantic Imagination
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 177
Paul Auster and the Influence of Maurice Blanchot
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 176

Paul Auster and the Influence of Maurice Blanchot

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-03-28
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  • Publisher: McFarland

Poet, writer and filmmaker Paul Auster is one of the great contributors to American postmodern literature. Influenced by authors like Poe and the hardboiled detective stories of the 1950s, Auster's novels represented a new genre of "anti-detective fiction," in which the case itself loses direction and is overshadowed by existential questions. Analyzing three of his novels--Ghosts (1986), The Music of Chance (1990) and Mr. Vertigo (1994)--this critical study explores the intertextual relationship between Auster's work and the oeuvre of French writer and critic Maurice Blanchot. The author explores Auster's work as a fictionalization of Blanchot's concept of inspiration and the construction of imaginary space.

Harley-Davidson and Philosophy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 292

Harley-Davidson and Philosophy

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-03-30
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  • Publisher: Open Court

It’s no wonder descriptions of riding often resemble the words of Asian mystics and Jedi knights: The ride causes your senses to open completely. You experience only the present, the now. Readers who prefer revving a Harley to meditating in a Zen garden know that biking is just as contemplative as chanting in the lotus position. Here, philosopher-bikers explore this seeming dichotomy, expounding on intriguing questions such as: Why are the motorcycles the real stars of Easy Rider? What would Marx and Foucault say about Harley riders’ tight leather garb? What’s it like to live a dual life as a philosophy professor who wrenches his own 1965 Electra Glide? Would Jesus hang out in a biker bar or a coffeehouse? And more importantly, would He ride a Harley or a Honda? These witty, provocative essays give readers and riders a new appreciation of what it means to become one with the road.

Wilderness City
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 180

Wilderness City

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-09-25
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  • Publisher: Routledge

The books seeks to examine changes in the U.S.--literary, aesthetic, and social--as represented in novels set in an environment where the gamut of ethnicities and their often differing views of literature and culture that make up the U.S. are more generally found, using the theories and concepts of Mikhail Bakhtin, particularly his concept of the chronotope, or spacetime.

Constellations of Reading
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 387

Constellations of Reading

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009
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  • Publisher: Peter Lang

How to read Walter Benjamin today? This book argues that the proper way is through an approach which recognizes and respects his own peculiar theorization of the act of reading and the politics of interpretation that this entails. The approach must be figural, that is, focused on images, and driven by the notion of actualization. Figural reading, in the very sui generis Benjaminian way, understands figures as constellations, whereby an image of the past juxtaposes them with an image of the present and is thus actualized. To apply this method to Benjamin's own work means first to identify some figures. The book singles out the Flâneur, the Detective, the Prostitute and the Ragpicker, and the...

Paul Auster's
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 164

Paul Auster's "The New York Trilogy" as Postmodern Detective Fiction

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1999-10-28
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  • Publisher: diplom.de

Inhaltsangabe:Abstract: Paul Auster's New York Trilogy, published in one volume for the first time in England in 1988 and in the U.S. in 1990 has been widely categorised as detective fiction among literary scholars and critics. There is, however, a striking diversity and lack of consensus regarding the classification of the trilogy within the existing genre forms of the detective novel. Among others, Auster's stories are described as: metaanti-detective-fiction; mysteries about mysteries; a strangely humorous working of the detective novel; very soft-boiled; a metamystery; glassy little jigsaws; a mixture between the detective story and the nouveau roman; a metaphysical detective story; a de...

Texas Literary Outlaws
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 511

Texas Literary Outlaws

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2004
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  • Publisher: TCU Press

Davis makes extensive use of untapped literary archives to weave a fascinating portrait of six Texas writers, calling themselves the Mad Dogs, who came of age during a period of rapid social change: Bud Shrake, Larry L. King, Billy Lee Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Dan Jenkins, and Peter Gent.