The elaborate and inventive slaughter of humans and animals in the arena fed an insatiable desire for violent spectacle among the Roman people. Donald G. Kyle combines the words of ancient authors with current scholarly research and cross-cultural perspectives, as he explores * the origins and historical development of the games * who the victims were and why they were chosen * how the Romans disposed of the thousands of resulting corpses * the complex religious and ritual aspects of institutionalised violence * the particularly savage treatment given to defiant Christians. This lively and original work provides compelling, sometimes controversial, perspectives on the bloody entertainments of ancient Rome, which continue to fascinate us to this day.
Urban ceremonial in the Middle Ages took various forms and served a number of different ends--private, collegial, political, and religious. Broadly construed, urban ceremonial included public functions of multiple sorts. From private, but public, celebrations of births, marriages, and deaths to the grand entries of rulers into cities, the spectacles were designed to impress events on collective memory. - from the Introduction.
With close attention to the nuances of language, tone, metaphor and figure, Media Spectacles brings together critics from general fields to examine a series of remarkable news and media spectacles. Sixteen contributors explore the languages of word and image that produce current events as spectacle, reading the world in which we live through the lens of interpretation. Included are such topics as the Gulf War, the AIDS epidemic and the crisis in health care, the Clarence Thomas hearings and the testimony of Anita Hill, Oliver Stone's JFK and the consequent call to open the files on the Kennedy assassination, President Bush's trade mission to Japan, the Mike Tyson and William Kennedy Smith rape trials, and Hurrican Bob and the end of the Cold War. Influenced by deconstruction, cultural materialism, philosophy, literature, ethnic studies and gay and lesbian theory, these scholars apply their interdisciplinary skills to the close reading of television, newspapers and magazines, feature films and documentaries and political issues and rhetoric.
Welcome to life! Is it what we think it is? or do we only live in the shadow of it. Come with me if you will, and listen to a story about a boy named David and a spirit named Isaac. Follow along with them in this book, and witness the journey they take all the way to the end of eternity. In the end, I mean the end of time, will we pass on into a good life? or a bad life. Certainly this has to be on all of our minds at one time or another. If you are interested in seeing what David and Isaac discover, read this book and you will fi nd out! Take a trip with me through diff erent lands and meet the beings who live in these lands. After your journey you will see what the end brings to all of us.
Racial Spectacles: Explorations in Media, Race, and Justice examines the crucial role the media has played in circulating and shaping national dialogues about race through representations of crime and racialized violence. Jonathan Markovitz argues that mass media "racial spectacles" often work to shore up racist stereotypes, but that they also provide opportunities to challenge prevalent conceptions of race, and can be seized upon as vehicles for social protest. This book explores a series of mass media spectacles revolving around the news, prime-time television, Hollywood cinema, and the internet that have either relied upon, reconfigured, or helped to construct collective memories of race, crime, and (in)justice. The case studies explored include the Scottsboro interracial rape case of the 1930s, the Kobe Bryant rape case, the Los Angeles Police Department’s "Rampart scandal," the Abu Ghraib photographs, and a series of racist incidents at the University of California. This book will prove to be important not only for courses on race and media, but also for any reader interested in issues of the media's role in social justice.
The Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies at the World Exhibitions, 1880-1931
Author: Marieke Bloembergen
Publisher: NUS Press
Dutch colonial presentations at the world exhibitions in the period 1880-1931 served to legitimize the Dutch imperialist project and highlight the problem of Dutch identity and the Netherlands' place in the world. At these exhibitions, the Netherlands showed off its colonies by erecting models of schools, sugar-factories, bridges, and railways exhibits, which were meant to give proof of the good works of modern colonial administration and enterprise. Not only were there displays of ethnographic objects, life-size temples and villages inhabited by authentic Javanese and Sumatrans were brought to Europe specifically for these expositions. Their presence took the viewer into an "Other" world that provided an "immediacy" for visitors to the exhibition. While these colonial spectacles helped legitimize Dutch imperialism project, they also provided lenses for understanding the colonial world as it was constructed according to the prevailing evolutionist worldview at the time.
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