Turkish Mosques & Tombs
At their peak in the 15th and 16th centuries, Ottoman architects created some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The 125 photographs in this book offer breathtaking and surprising glimpses of some 20 mosques and tombs in Istanbul, Bursa and Edirne. Mary Cross charts the development of the Ottoman style, its unparalleled use of space, ornament and colour, and the role of the great architect Sinan and his pupils. A map, glossary and timeline of sultans are included.
God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life
Philip Appleman, poet and Darwin scholar, reflects on the struggles of our complex, highly evolved brains as we try to make sense of our human predicament. In particular, he argues, it is through our hypocrisies about religious belief that ‘toadstools of neurosis spring up in the dank labyrinths of our psyches’. He therefore proposes ways of valuing more highly our ephemeral existence and creating a more equitable society free from religious animosities and ‘pious bigotry’.
The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary and Experimental Film
In 12 essays, this volume examines films - including works by Heldmann, Haemmerli and Wenders - that give an idea of the forms of autobiography unique to the German context and highlight the challenges of constructing the self via audiovisual media.
DEFA after East Germany
In this volume of essays, German scholars introduce 18 key films made by DEFA (Deutsche Filmaktiengesellschaft) between 1988 and 1994, the period around the fall of the Berlin Wall and the sweeping changes in East Germany – the Wende – that followed. Including interviews and contemporary reviews of films, the book presents a complex portrait of East German cinema, its communist bloc influences and its legacy for German film culture. No jacket.
Literary Studies and the Pursuits of Reading
In these twelve essays, critical discussion is combined with historical investigations into cultural practices and representations of reading, with topics ranging from 15th-century carnival plays to ‘reading on the edge of oblivion’ in JM Coetzee’s Age of Iron.