Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty
and the Spectacle of Beauty
One of the most influential artists working in the genre of ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world') in late 18th century Japan, Kitagawa Utamaro (c1753-1806) was renowned for his prints of beautiful women. In this book, Davis reinterprets Utamaro in the context of his times, reconstructing the place of the ukiyo-e artist within the world of the commercial print market. The study offers a new approach to issues such as the status of the artist and the construction of identity, gender, sexuality and celebrity in the Edo period.
Not so much a guidebook as a guide to the spirit of the place, this stylish little volume is as smart and sassy as the city it celebrates, and mixes a historical perspective with an appreciation of high and low culture. A rich account of New York's development from Dutch trading post to world metropolis is followed by an exploration of its landmarks, communities, shops, bars and restaurants, offering valuable insight into the Big Apple. Cityscopes series.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In this book from the Critical Lives series, Stephen Hart provides new insight into the life and work of the Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) and describes how the political struggles of Latin America influenced his writing, from One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) to Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2004).
Lords of the Sea
A History of the Barbary Corsairs
Raids in the seas off Somalia have brought piracy back into the headlines, but the problem is nothing new; for three centuries North African pirates terrorized shipping throughout the Mediterranean. This first full history examines their dramatic impact, first as agents of the Ottoman Empire in the 1500s and then independently. Raiding as far as Iceland, they remained a problem until the early 19th century, when action by the young United States of America finally brought them to heel.
The Sacred to Santa
This cultural study explores the evolution of Christmas. From its historical origins to the folklore of Santa Claus and the fiction of Scrooge, and from traditional trees and carols to Yuletide films and novelty singles, Tara Moore discusses the holiday as a unifying but also divisive event, and probes the tension between the sacred and the secular.
Part of the Critical Lives series, this illustrated book explores the key moments in Genet’s life, where his political beliefs were most prominent. Genet’s championing of marginalized people was made clear works such as Our Lady of the Flowers and The Screens and his provocative writing, theatre and film projects influenced numerous writers and directors.
The Worldly Kingdom
Tourist brochures portray Thailand as an 'exotic' country with a rich cultural heritage and strong religious tradition; the reality is more complex. This revealing study charts the development of the Thai nation-state, its changing boundaries, the modification of its ethnic and linguistic make-up, class and gender relations, the role of institutions and ideologies, the emergence of a modern culture, and Thai perceptions of others – principally Burmese, Chinese and Westerners.