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Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form: Woolf, Delany, and Coetzee at the Limits of Fiction: Matthew Cheney: Bloomsbury Academic
"What is the role of the author in times of crisis? Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form examines how Virginia Woolf, Samuel R. Delany, and J. M. Coetzee developed literary strategies in common to cope with crisis periods they were anticipating, living through, or looking back on. Matthew Cheney outlines how the three writers shaped their art to create an author/audience relationship congruent with the goals of critical pedagogy espoused by such thinkers as Paulo Freire and bell hooks. Seeking to stimulate ethical thought, Woolf, Delany, and Coetzee required their readers to be active interpreters of their texts' forms, contents, and contexts. By pushing against fiction's fictionality, these writers of very different backgrounds, geographies, privileges, situations, tastes, and styles discovered complex ways to address the world wars in England, the AIDS crisis in New York, and apartheid in South Africa, going so far as to question the value of fiction itself."
book  publisher  literary-criticism  crisis  authors  sf 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
The Changing Face of Higher Education: Is There an International Crisis in the Humanities?, 1st Edition (Hardback) - Routledge
"Over the last decade, a heated debate has raged in the US and the UK over whether the humanities are in crisis, and, if there is one, what form this crisis takes and what the response should be. Questioning how there can be such disagreement over a fundamental point, The Changing Face of Higher Education explores this debate, asking whether the humanities are in crisis after all by objectively evaluating the evidence at hand, and opening the debate up to a global scale by applying the questions to twelve countries from different continents. Each carefully chosen contributor considers the debate from the perspective of a different country. The chapters present data on funding, student enrolment in the humanities, whether the share of total enrolment in this area is falling, and answer the following questions: What does each country mean by the ‘humanities’? Is there a ‘crisis’ in the humanities in this country? What are the causes for the crisis? What are the implications for the humanities disciplines? Uniquely offering an objective evaluation of whether this crisis exists, the book will appeal to international humanities and higher education communities and policy-makers, including postgraduate students and academics."
book  publisher  humanities  crisis 
october 2019 by tsuomela
The Fire Last Time - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Firefighting The Financial Crisis and Its Lessons By Ben S. Bernanke, Henry M. Paulson Jr., Timothy F. Geithner"
book  review  finance  crisis  2008 
july 2019 by tsuomela
The Art of Survival: On Santiago Zabala’s “Why Only Art Can Save Us” - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Why Only Art Can Save Us Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency By Santiago Zabala Published 09.05.2017 Columbia University Press 216 Pages"
book  review  art  crisis 
november 2017 by tsuomela
Divided We Fall | New Republic
"The Founders knew that economic inequality would destroy America's democracy. So why can't the Constitution save us?"
america  crisis  politics  history  inequality  wealth  money  progressive  reform 
april 2017 by tsuomela
18th Brumaire, everywhere — Crooked Timber
"Dictatorship, or at least, authoritarian personal rule, seems to be re-emerging all around the world, mostly through the suppression of opposition by rulers who originally came to power through democratic elections"
dictatorship  politics  world  fascism  elections  democracy  crisis 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Political Connections and the Informativeness of Insider Trades by Alan D. Jagolinzer, David F. Larcker, Gaizka Ormazabal, Daniel J. Taylor :: SSRN
"This paper examines the relation between political connections and informed trading by corporate insiders in the context of the Financial Crisis. The unprecedented magnitude of government intervention, the substantial impact of this intervention on firm value, and the political nature of the intervention provide a powerful setting to examine the relation between political connections and informed trading. Consistent with political connections providing corporate insiders with an information advantage, we find strong evidence of a relation between political connections and the informativeness of their trades. Consistent with this relation stemming from private information related to government intervention, we find the relation is strongest during the period in which TARP funds were dispersed, and strongest among politically connected insiders at banks that received TARP funds. Examining insider trades around the announcements of TARP infusions, we find evidence of significant trading thirty days in advance of the announcement, and that these trades predict the market reaction to the announcement. Notably, we find these relations are present only for the trades of politically connected insiders. Overall, our results suggest that politically connected insiders had an information advantage during the Crisis and traded to exploit this advantage."
economics  recession  history  2000s  crisis  finance  management  insider  politics  influence 
september 2016 by tsuomela
The week democracy died: How Brexit, Nice, Turkey, and Trump are all connected.
"Dark days this summer showed how government by the people—beset by illiberal populists on one side and undemocratic elites on the other—is poised for extinction."
democracy  liberal  liberalism  2016  crisis  immigration  nationalism  politics  western  europe  american  campaign 
august 2016 by tsuomela
Apocalypse when? (Not) thinking and talking about climate change | Discover Society
"Psychologists are identifying countless psychological ‘barriers’ that obstruct behaviour change despite knowledge about anthropogenic ecological degradation, that include perceptual, cognitive, emotional, interpersonal and group processes (see Robert Gifford’s overview). Some researchers, inspired by psychoanalysis, study how defence mechanisms act as barriers to action in the context of ecological crisis. Originally conceptualized by Freud, defence mechanisms are psychological processes aimed at avoiding, or protecting one’s self from, experiences of emotional distress, destructive impulses, or threats to self-esteem. Many – like repression, regression, projection and denial – have entered into everyday language."
environment  climate-change  global-warming  psychology  defense-mechanism  psychoanalysis  bias  cognition  risk  crisis  solutionism  apocalypse  fear 
march 2015 by tsuomela
The Dark Mountain Project
"The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. We see that the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unravelling, and we want our cultural responses to reflect this reality rather than denying it. The Project grew out of a feeling that contemporary literature and art were failing to respond honestly or adequately to the scale of our entwined ecological, economic and social crises. We believe that writing and art have a crucial role to play in coming to terms with this reality, and in questioning the foundations of the world in which we find ourselves."
writing  art  humanities  future  pessimism  civilization  crisis 
july 2014 by tsuomela
Outage after Marathon Bombings Prompts Emergency Network Proposal | MIT Technology Review
"When professional responders are performing their vital jobs but others cannot easily communicate, these approaches can empower citizens, not-for-profits, and companies, helping them communicate and possibly provide other necessary assistance. In this mutual aid configuration, the more people affected, the more possibilities there are for those people to contribute resources, helping create a disruption-tolerant, delay-tolerant network—a form of scaling that is impractical for the traditional model."
disaster  communication  crisis  community  informal  emergency 
june 2013 by tsuomela
The Risk Ownership Society | Dissent Magazine
"Freaks of Fortune provides a timely source of perspective on the financial dislocations of the last decade. We have been here before. Maybe we have been nowhere else since the guns fell silent at Appomattox. Freaks of Fortune is a scholarly and affectionate recounting of a journey, which, despite hustle and heartbreak, controversy and countermovement, seems always to leave us right back where we started. We are left with a difficult question: if we wish to be free in the way that Americans understand freedom, have we no choice but to submit to a faceless, periodically psychotic “economic chance-world”?"
book  review  crisis  financial-services  finance  money  economics  risk  chance 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Simon Johnson: The Federal Reserve and the Libor Scandal - NYTimes.com
Let’s hope he is starting to see issues in the financial sector more clearly: Too big to fail is too big to exist – or to behave in accordance with the law. This is a problem of vast, nontransparent and dangerous government subsidies
economics  banking  finance  crisis  law  deception  corruption 
july 2012 by tsuomela
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