One Grand Noise

Boxing Day in the Anglicized Caribbean World

Author: Jerrilyn McGregory

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi


Category: Social Science

Page: 278

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For many, December 26 is more than the day after Christmas. Boxing Day is one of the world’s most celebrated cultural holidays. As a legacy of British colonialism, Boxing Day is observed throughout Africa and parts of the African diaspora, but, unlike Trinidadian Carnival and Mardi Gras, fewer know of Bermuda’s Gombey dancers, Bahamian Junkanoo, Dangriga’s Jankunú and Charikanari, St. Croix’s Crucian Christmas Festival, and St. Kitts’s Sugar Mas. One Grand Noise: Boxing Day in the Anglicized Caribbean World delivers a highly detailed, thought-provoking examination of the use of spectacular vernacular to metaphorically dramatize such tropes as “one grand noise,” “foreday morning,” and from “back o’ town.” In cultural solidarity and an obvious critique of Western values and norms, revelers engage in celebratory sounds, often donning masks, cross-dressing, and dancing with abandon along thoroughfares usually deemed anathema to them. Folklorist Jerrilyn McGregory demonstrates how the cultural producers in various island locations ritualize Boxing Day as a part of their struggles over identity, class, and gender relations in accordance with time and space. Based on ethnographic study undertaken by McGregory, One Grand Noise explores Boxing Day as part of a creolization process from slavery into the twenty-first century. McGregory traces the holiday from its Egyptian origins to today and includes chapters on the Gombey dancers of Bermuda, the evolution of Junkanoo/Jankunú in The Bahamas and Belize, and J'ouvert traditions in St. Croix and St. Kitts. Through her exploration of the holiday, McGregory negotiates the ways in which Boxing Day has expanded from small communal traditions into a common history of colonialism that keeps alive a collective spirit of resistance.

Noise, Water, Meat

A History of Sound in the Arts

Author: Douglas Kahn

Publisher: MIT Press


Category: Design

Page: 466

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An examination of the role of sound in twentieth-century arts. This interdisciplinary history and theory of sound in the arts reads the twentieth century by listening to it—to the emphatic and exceptional sounds of modernism and those on the cusp of postmodernism, recorded sound, noise, silence, the fluid sounds of immersion and dripping, and the meat voices of viruses, screams, and bestial cries. Focusing on Europe in the first half of the century and the United States in the postwar years, Douglas Kahn explores aural activities in literature, music, visual arts, theater, and film. Placing aurality at the center of the history of the arts, he revisits key artistic questions, listening to the sounds that drown out the politics and poetics that generated them. Artists discussed include Antonin Artaud, George Brecht, William Burroughs, John Cage, Sergei Eisenstein, Fluxus, Allan Kaprow, Michael McClure, Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock, Luigi Russolo, and Dziga Vertov.

English Synonyms Explained

In Alphabetical Order, with Copious Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers

Author: George Crabb



Category: English language

Page: 638

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Category: Albemarle County (Va.)


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Bluegrass Confederate

The Headquarters Diary of Edward O. Guerrant

Author: William C. Davis

Publisher: LSU Press


Category: History

Page: 736

View: 154

Diaries by Kentucky Rebels are a rarity; the soldiers, cut off from their homes and families in the Union Bluegrass, were themselves atypical. In this massive and eloquent journal, Captain Edward O. Guerrant evocatively portrays his unusual wartime experiences attached to the headquarters of Confederate generals Humphrey Marshall, William Preston, George Cosby, and, most notably, John Hunt Morgan. Able to see the inner workings of campaigns in the little-known Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, and east Tennessee, where some of the most vicious small-scale fighting occurred, Guerrant made scrupulous daily entries remarking upon virtually everything around him.

Quantum Dissipative Systems

Author: Ulrich Weiss

Publisher: World Scientific


Category: Science

Page: 588

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Starting from first principles, this book introduces the fundamental concepts and methods of dissipative quantum mechanics and explores related phenomena in condensed matter systems. Major experimental achievements in cooperation with theoretical advances have brightened the field and brought it to the attention of the general community in natural sciences. Nowadays, working knowledge of dissipative quantum mechanics is an essential tool for many physicists. This book — originally published in 1990 and republished in 1999 and and 2008 as enlarged second and third editions — delves significantly deeper than ever before into the fundamental concepts, methods and applications of quantum dissipative systems. This fourth edition provides a self-contained and updated account of the quantum mechanics of open systems and offers important new material including the most recent developments. The subject matter has been expanded by about fifteen percent. Many chapters have been completely rewritten to better cater to both the needs of newcomers to the field and the requests of the advanced readership. Two chapters have been added that account for recent progress in the field. This book should be accessible to all graduate students in physics. Researchers will find this a rich and stimulating source. Contents:IntroductionGeneral Theory of Open Quantum Systems:Diverse Limited Approaches: A Brief SurveySystem-Plus-Reservoir ModelsImaginary-Time Approach and Equilibrium DynamicsReal-Time Path Integrals and Nonequilibrium DynamicsMiscellaneous Applications:Damped Linear Quantum Mechanical OscillatorQuantum Brownian Free MotionThe Thermodynamic Variational ApproachSuppression of Quantum CoherenceQuantum Statistical Decay:IntroductionClassical Rate Theory: A Brief OverviewQuantum Rate Theory: Basic Methods Multidimensional Quantum Rate TheoryCrossover From Thermal to Quantum DecayThermally Activated DecayThe Crossover RegionDissipative Quantum TunnelingThe Dissipative Two-State System:IntroductionThermodynamicsElectron Transfer and Incoherent TunnelingTwo-State Dynamics: Basics and MethodsTwo-State Dynamics: Sundry TopicsThe Driven Two-State SystemThe Dissipative Multi-State System:Quantum Brownian Particle in a Washboard PotentialMulti-State DynamicsDuality SymmetryTwisted Partition Function and Nonlinear MobilityCharge Transport in Quantum Impurity SystemsQuantum Transport for Sub- and Super-Ohmic Friction Readership: Advanced undergraduate and graduate students; researchers in quantum statistical and condensed matter physics, in quantum/classical mechanics, in quantum information and quantum state engineering, in quantum optics, and in Bose-condensed systems. Keywords:Quantum System;Quantum Tunneling;Quantum Mechanics;Thermodynamics