Author: Walter Goffart
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Keywords: middle, ages, series, empire, roman, tides, migration, later, barbarian
Number of Pages: 384
Published: 2006-06-16
List price: $69.95
ISBN-10: 0812239393
ISBN-13: 9780812239393

The Migration Age is still envisioned as an onrush of expansionary "Germans" pouring unwanted into the Roman Empire and subjecting it to pressures so great that its western parts collapsed under the weight. Further developing the themes set forth in his classic Barbarians and Romans, Walter Goffart dismantles this grand narrative, shaking the barbarians of late antiquity out of this "Germanic" setting and reimagining the role of foreigners in the Later Roman Empire.The Empire was not swamped by a migratory Germanic flood for the simple reason that there was no single ancient Germanic civilizat

Author: Dana Heller
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Keywords: culture, studies, media, political, cultural, feminist, oedipalization, popular, family, plots
Number of Pages: 256
Published: 1995-08-01
List price: $19.95
ISBN-10: 0812215443
ISBN-13: 9780812215441

Family Plots traces the fault lines of the Freudian family romance and holds that the "family plot" is very much alive in post-World War II American culture. It cuts across all genres, insinuating, criticizing, reinforcing, and reinventing itself in all forms of cultural production and consumption. The family romance is everywhere because the family itself is nowhere.

Author: Susan Smulyan
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Keywords: mid, century, culture, mass, ideologies, popular
Number of Pages: 208
Published: 2007-08-06
List price: $39.95
ISBN-10: 0812240200
ISBN-13: 9780812240207

In Popular Ideologies, Susan Smulyan demonstrates that popular culture represented more than just escape during the twentieth century’s formative period. Far from providing an ideology-free zone, popular products and entertainments served (and continue to serve) as an arena where producers attempt to impose notions of race, class, gender, and nationhood, and consumers react to such impositions.From popular minstrel skits performed by middle-class families, to women rioting to experience the technological wonder of nylons, to Hollywood-starved post-World War II Japanese film fans eager to

Author: Ralph Schoolcraft
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Keywords: authors, issues, critical, shadow, gary, man, romain
Number of Pages: 224
Published: 2002-03-04
List price: $49.95
ISBN-10: 0812236467
ISBN-13: 9780812236460

In this book Ralph Schoolcraft explores the extraordinary career of the modern French author, film director, and diplomat—a romantic and tragic figure whose fictions extended well beyond his books. Born Roman Kacew, he overcame an impoverished boyhood to become a French Resistance hero and win the coveted Goncourt Prize under the pseudonym—and largely invented persona—Romain Gary. Although he published such acclaimed works as The Roots of Heaven and Promise at Dawn, the Gaullist traditions that he defended in the world of French letters fell from favor, and his critical fortunes suffered

Author: Olivia Remie Constable
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Keywords: sources, middle, ages, series, jewish, muslim, iberia, readings, christian, medieval
Number of Pages: 456
Published: 1997-01-01
List price: $34.95
ISBN-10: 0812215699
ISBN-13: 9780812215694

For nearly eight centuries, the Iberian Peninsula was remarkable for its political, religious, cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity. In Medieval Iberia Olivia Remie Constable brings together nearly one hundred original sources that testify to the peninsula’s rich and sometimes volatile mix of Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The documents collected here date mostly from the eighth through the fifteenth centuries and have been translated from Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Castilian, Catalan, and Portuguese by many of the most eminent scholars in the field of Iberian studies. Th

Authors:Nancy Isenberg, Andrew Burstein,
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Keywords: america, death, remains, mortal
Number of Pages: 264
Published: 2002-10-28
List price: $24.95
ISBN-10: 081221823X
ISBN-13: 9780812218237

Mortal Remains introduces new methods of analyzing death and its crucial meanings over a 240-year period, from 1620 to 1860, untangling its influence on other forms of cultural expression, from religion and politics to race relations and the nature of war. In this volume historians and literary scholars join forces to explore how, in a medically primitive and politically evolving environment, mortality became an issue that was inseparable from national self-definition.Attempting to make sense of their suffering and loss while imagining a future of cultural permanence and spiritual value, early

Author: Johan Elverskog
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Keywords: encounters, asia, road, silk, islam, buddhism
Number of Pages: 384
Published: 2010-03-25
List price: $69.95
ISBN-10: 0812242378
ISBN-13: 9780812242379

In the contemporary world the meeting of Buddhism and Islam is most often imagined as one of violent confrontation. Indeed, the Taliban’s destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001 seemed not only to reenact the infamous Muslim destruction of Nalanda monastery in the thirteenth century but also to reaffirm the stereotypes of Buddhism as a peaceful, rational philosophy and Islam as an inherently violent and irrational religion. But if Buddhist-Muslim history was simply repeated instances of Muslim militants attacking representations of the Buddha, how had the Bamiyan Buddha statues surviv
  
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