Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages

Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2006-06-01
ISBN: 0313021937
Category: Imaginary languages
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Codex Seraphinianus

Codex Seraphinianus
Author: Luigi Serafini
Publsiher: Rizzoli Publications
Total Pages: 396
Release: 2013-10-29
ISBN: 0847842134
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Codex Seraphinianus Book Excerpt:

An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations. Ever since the Codex Seraphinianus was first published in 1981, the book has been recognized as one of the strangest and most beautiful art books ever made. This visual encyclopedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language has fueled much debate over its meaning. Written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, the Codex confused, fascinated, and enchanted a generation. While its message may be unclear, its appeal is obvious: it is a most exquisite artifact. Blurring the distinction between art book and art object, this anniversary edition-redesigned by the author and featuring new illustrations-presents this unique work in a new, unparalleled light. With the advent of new media and forms of communication and continuous streams of information, the Codex is now more relevant and timely than ever. A special limited and numbered deluxe edition that includes a signed print is also available.

Lost Classics

Lost Classics
Author: Michael Ondaatje,Michael Redhill,Esta Spalding,Linda Spalding
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-03-30
ISBN: 0307781151
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lost Classics Book Excerpt:

An Anchor Books Original Seventy-four distinguished writers tell personal tales of books loved and lost–great books overlooked, under-read, out of print, stolen, scorned, extinct, or otherwise out of commission. Compiled by the editors of Brick: A Literary Magazine, Lost Classics is a reader’s delight: an intriguing and entertaining collection of eulogies for lost books. As the editors have written in a joint introduction to the book, “being lovers of books, we’ve pulled a scent of these absences behind us our whole reading lives, telling people about books that exist only on our own shelves, or even just in our own memory.” Anyone who has ever been changed by a book will find kindred spirits in the pages of Lost Classics. Each of the editors has contributed a lost book essay to this collection, including Michael Ondaatje on Sri Lankan filmmaker Tissa Abeysekara’s Bringing Tony Home, a novella about a mutual era of childhood. Also included are Margaret Atwood on sex and death in the scandalous Doctor Glas, first published in Sweden in 1905; Russell Banks on the off-beat travelogue Too Late to Turn Back by Barbara Greene–the “slightly ditzy” cousin of Graham; Bill Richardson on a children’s book for adults by Russell Hoban; Ronald Wright on William Golding’s Pincher Martin; Caryl Phillips on Michael Mac Liammoir’s account of his experiences on the set of Orson Welles’s Othello, and much, much more.

Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth

Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth
Author: Wole Soyinka
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2021-09-28
ISBN: 1526638223
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth Book Excerpt:

'Soyinka's greatest novel ... No one else can write such a book' - Ben Okri 'A high-jinks state-of-the-nation novel' - Chibundu Onuzo A towering figure in world literature, Wole Soyinka aims directly at the corridors of power as he warns against corruption both of high office and of the soul, with a dazzling lightness of touch and gleeful irreverence. Much to Doctor Menka's horror, some cunning entrepreneur has decided to sell body parts from his hospital for use in ritualistic practices. Already at the end of his tether from the horrors he routinely sees in surgery, he shares this latest development with his oldest college friend, bon viveur, star engineer and Yoruba royal, Duyole Pitan-Payne, who has never before met a puzzle he couldn't solve. Neither realise how close the enemy is, nor how powerful. Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth is at once a savagely witty whodunit, a scathing indictment of Nigeria's political elite, and a provocative call to arms from one of the country's most relentless political activists and an international literary giant. MORE PRAISE FOR WOLE SOYINKA: You don't see the things the same when you encounter a voice like that - Toni Morrison One of the best there is today, a poet and a thinker, who knows both how the world works and how the world should work - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

An Introduction to Language

An Introduction to Language
Author: Victoria Fromkin,Robert Rodman,Nina Hyams,Mengistu Amberber,Felicity Cox,Rosalind Thornton
Publsiher: Cengage AU
Total Pages: 610
Release: 2017
ISBN: 0170386805
Category: Language and languages
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Introduction to Language Book Excerpt:

An Introduction to Language introduces students to the fascinating study of human language. Engagingly and clearly written, it provides an overview of the key areas of linguistics from an Australian perspective. The International Phonetic Alphabet is represented by both HCE and MD versions, allowing lecturers to use whichever IPA system they prefer. The text is divided into four sections, and chapters take students through the nature of human language, the grammatical aspects and psychology of language, finishing with language and its relation to society. Chapters have also been reworked and revised to keep all syntax up-to-date and accurate. Popular features have been retained for this ninth edition including learning objectives and margin definitions in each chapter, along with summary tables inside the covers, assisting readers to learn core concepts and terminology. To supplement student learning, An Introduction to Language continues to offer the strongest resources package in the market, giving students access to CourseMate Express with interactive audio phonemes, as well as offering a new Test Bank for instructors.

Building Imaginary Worlds

Building Imaginary Worlds
Author: Mark J.P. Wolf
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 394
Release: 2014-03-14
ISBN: 1136220801
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Building Imaginary Worlds Book Excerpt:

Mark J.P. Wolf’s study of imaginary worlds theorizes world-building within and across media, including literature, comics, film, radio, television, board games, video games, the Internet, and more. Building Imaginary Worlds departs from prior approaches to imaginary worlds that focused mainly on narrative, medium, or genre, and instead considers imaginary worlds as dynamic entities in and of themselves. Wolf argues that imaginary worlds—which are often transnarrative, transmedial, and transauthorial in nature—are compelling objects of inquiry for Media Studies. Chapters touch on: a theoretical analysis of how world-building extends beyond storytelling, the engagement of the audience, and the way worlds are conceptualized and experienced a history of imaginary worlds that follows their development over three millennia from the fictional islands of Homer’s Odyssey to the present internarrative theory examining how narratives set in the same world can interact and relate to one another an examination of transmedial growth and adaptation, and what happens when worlds make the jump between media an analysis of the transauthorial nature of imaginary worlds, the resulting concentric circles of authorship, and related topics of canonicity, participatory worlds, and subcreation’s relationship with divine Creation Building Imaginary Worlds also provides the scholar of imaginary worlds with a glossary of terms and a detailed timeline that spans three millennia and more than 1,400 imaginary worlds, listing their names, creators, and the works in which they first appeared.

UNEXPLAINED CURSED OR JUST PLAIN F D UP BOOKS

UNEXPLAINED  CURSED OR JUST PLAIN F  D UP BOOKS
Author: Go_i RavenSkŸl VenŒs
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019
ISBN: 0359638074
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

UNEXPLAINED CURSED OR JUST PLAIN F D UP BOOKS Book Excerpt:

Codex Seraphinianus

Codex Seraphinianus
Author: Luigi Serafini
Publsiher: Rizzoli Publications
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2021-10-12
ISBN: 0847871045
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Codex Seraphinianus Book Excerpt:

Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of its original publication, this special edition of the beloved, best-selling cult classic features a new design, new cover illustration, and 15 never-before-seen drawings. Featuring a handsome new package redesigned by the author himself, this edition is a must-have for fans and collectors of Luigi Serafini’s art. First published in 1981 in Milan by F.M. Ricci, the book has been hailed as one of the most unusual yet beautiful art books ever made. A visual encyclopedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language, it has fueled much debate over its meaning. Written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, it has now fascinated and enchanted two generations. While its message may be unclear, its appeal is obvious: it is a most exquisite artifact, blurring the line between art book and art object. This edition presents it in a new, unparalleled light complete with 15 new illustrations by the author. With the advent of new forms of communication, continuous streams of information, and social media, the Codex is more relevant and timely than ever. A limited numbered deluxe edition, bound in real cloth and presented in a handsome slipcase, is also available. It includes a signed print of a new illustration made by the author to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death in 1321 of Dante Alighieri, one of Italy’s greatest writers and creator of The Divine Comedy.

The Tears of Things

The Tears of Things
Author: Peter Schwenger
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9780816646319
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Tears of Things Book Excerpt:

We surround ourselves with material things that are invested with memories but can only stand for what we have lost. Physical objects—such as one’s own body—situate and define us; yet at the same time they are fundamentally indifferent to us. The melancholy of this rift is a rich source of inspiration for artists. Peter Schwenger deftly weaves together philosophical and psychoanalytical theory with artistic practice. Concerned in part with the act of collecting, The Tears of Things is itself a collection of exemplary art objects—literary and cultural attempts to control and possess things—including paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and René Magritte; sculpture by Louise Bourgeois and Marcel Duchamp; Joseph Cornell’s boxes; Edward Gorey’s graphic art; fiction by Virginia Woolf, Georges Perec, and Louise Erdrich; the hallucinatory encyclopedias of Jorge Luis Borges and Luigi Serafini; and the corpse photographs of Joel Peter Witkin. However, these representations of objects perpetually fall short of our aspirations. Schwenger examines what is left over—debris and waste—and asks what art can make of these. What emerges is not an art that reassembles but one that questions what it means to assemble in the first place. Contained in this catalog of waste is that ultimate still life, the cadaver, where the subject-object dichotomy receives its final ironic reconciliation. Peter Schwenger is professor of English at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the author of Fantasm and Fiction: On Textual Envisioning, Letter Bomb: Nuclear Holocaust and the Exploding Word, and Phallic Critiques: Masculinity and Twentieth-Century Literature.

Perl LWP

Perl   LWP
Author: Sean M. Burke
Publsiher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2002-06-20
ISBN: 0596552092
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Perl LWP Book Excerpt:

Perl soared to popularity as a language for creating and managing web content, but with LWP (Library for WWW in Perl), Perl is equally adept at consuming information on the Web. LWP is a suite of modules for fetching and processing web pages.The Web is a vast data source that contains everything from stock prices to movie credits, and with LWP all that data is just a few lines of code away. Anything you do on the Web, whether it's buying or selling, reading or writing, uploading or downloading, news to e-commerce, can be controlled with Perl and LWP. You can automate Web-based purchase orders as easily as you can set up a program to download MP3 files from a web site.Perl & LWP covers: Understanding LWP and its design Fetching and analyzing URLs Extracting information from HTML using regular expressions and tokens Working with the structure of HTML documents using trees Setting and inspecting HTTP headers and response codes Managing cookies Accessing information that requires authentication Extracting links Cooperating with proxy caches Writing web spiders (also known as robots) in a safe fashion Perl & LWP includes many step-by-step examples that show how to apply the various techniques. Programs to extract information from the web sites of BBC News, Altavista, ABEBooks.com, and the Weather Underground, to name just a few, are explained in detail, so that you understand how and why they work.Perl programmers who want to automate and mine the web can pick up this book and be immediately productive. Written by a contributor to LWP, and with a foreword by one of LWP's creators, Perl & LWP is the authoritative guide to this powerful and popular toolkit.

The Greatest Invention

The Greatest Invention
Author: Silvia Ferrara
Publsiher: Pan Macmillan
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2022-03-17
ISBN: 1529064767
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Greatest Invention Book Excerpt:

This book tells the story of our greatest invention. Or, it almost does. Almost, because while the story has a beginning – in fact, it has many beginnings, not only in Mesopotamia, 3,100 years before the birth of Christ, but also in China, Egypt and Central America – and it certainly has a middle, one that snakes through the painted petroglyphs of Easter Island, through the great machines of empires and across the desks of inspired, brilliant scholars, the end of the story remains to be written. The invention of writing allowed humans to create a record of their lives and to persist past the limits of their lifetimes. In the shadows and swirls of ancient inscriptions, we can decipher the stories they sought to record, but we can also tease out the timeless truths of human nature, of our ceaseless drive to connect, create and be remembered. The Greatest Invention chronicles an uncharted journey, one filled with past flashes of brilliance, present-day scientific research and the faint, fleeting echo of writing’s future. Professor Silvia Ferrara, a modern-day adventurer who travels the world studying ancient texts, takes us along with her; we touch the knotted, coloured strings of the Incan khipu and consider the case of the Phaistos disk. Ferrara takes us to the cutting edge of decipherment, where high-powered laser scanners bring tears to an engineer’s eye, and further still, to gaze at the outline of writing’s future. The Greatest Invention lifts the words off every page and changes the contours of the world around us – just keep reading.

Initiating Learning

Initiating Learning
Author: Bosse Bergstedt,Anna Herbert,Anja Kraus
Publsiher: Waxmann Verlag
Total Pages: 156
Release: 2012
ISBN: 383097650X
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Initiating Learning Book Excerpt:

Learning processes are never at hand or evident. How we learn something is for the most part not visible for us and for others. Primarily, learning is carried out by implicit and unspoken attitudes and mindsets, as it is stimulated by more or less ungraspable former experiences. Furthermore, it is influenced by opaque actual happenings such as subtexts of a spoken text, by forms of bodily communication and interaction and by the material conditions of learning processes and their limitations. Thus, learning cannot be reduced to its visible side such as its tasks, to the conscious motives and to forms of controlling it. When looking at learning only as an explicit process, its taciturnity and, by this, the real challenges of educating, teaching and learning get out of sight. Therefore, the endeavor to initiate learning cannot but deal with its explicit as well with its tacit aspects.

Integrating the Visual Arts Across the Curriculum

Integrating the Visual Arts Across the Curriculum
Author: Julia Marshall
Publsiher: Teachers College Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2019-08-30
ISBN: 0807761907
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Integrating the Visual Arts Across the Curriculum Book Excerpt:

With lots of examples and color images, this resource is both a foundational text and a practical guidebook for bringing contemporary art into elementary and middle school classrooms as a way to make learning joyful and meaningful for all learners. Marshall shows how asking questions and posing problems spark curiosity and encourage learners to think deeply and make meaningful connections across the curriculum. At the center of this approach is creativity, with contemporary visual art as its inspiration. The text covers methods of creative inquiry-based learning, art and how it connects to the “big ideas” addressed by academic domains, flexible structures teachers can use for curriculum development, creative teaching strategies using contemporary art, and models of art-based inquiry curriculum. Book Features: Provides research-based project ideas and curriculum models for arts integration. Shows how Project Zero’s flexible structures and frameworks can be used to develop creative inquiry and an arts integration curriculum. Explains how contemporary visual art connects to the four major disciplines—science, mathematics, social studies, and language arts. Includes full-color images of contemporary art that are appropriate for elementary and middle school learners. Demonstrates how arts integration can and should be substantive, multidimensional, and creative.

Metamagical Themas

Metamagical Themas
Author: Douglas R Hofstadter
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 880
Release: 2008-08-04
ISBN: 0786723866
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Metamagical Themas Book Excerpt:

Hofstadter's collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.

Atlas of Fantastic Infrastructures

Atlas of Fantastic Infrastructures
Author: An Mihye
Publsiher: Birkhäuser
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2016-04-25
ISBN: 3035606374
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atlas of Fantastic Infrastructures Book Excerpt:

The Atlas of Fantastic infrastructures deals with the characterization of architecture, media and digital infrastructure. In concrete terms, it deals with the materiality of buildings and the intangibility of data. While technical or functional studies often tend to "flatten" the multiplex phenomena, the author speculatively propose four abstract prisms: 1) AFFAIR WITH PHANTOMS – who do we want to meet in a digitally mediated space, and what kind of conversation/activity will we have?; 2) PARA-DESIRE – where do our surreal desires live, and what are their strategies?; 3) MEDIATED SPACE CATALOGUE – what kinds of data, information, things, spaces and places are available in the world, and how our activities blend them?; 4) GIFTS OF THE GARDENS – how can an idea enter physical reality, and what are the pathways of such becomings? The author examines buildings and projects by Toyo Ito, Philippe Rahm, Olafur Eliasson, Greg Lynn, MVRDV, Electroland, Troika, NOX, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and others.

Unsolved

Unsolved
Author: Craig P. Bauer
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2019-06-18
ISBN: 0691192294
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unsolved Book Excerpt:

A mathematical tour of some of the greatest unsolved ciphers of all time In 1953, a man was found dead from cyanide poisoning near the Philadelphia airport with a picture of a Nazi aircraft in his wallet and an enciphered message taped to his abdomen. In 1912, a book dealer named Wilfrid Voynich came into possession of an illuminated cipher manuscript once belonging to Emperor Rudolf II, who was obsessed with alchemy and the occult. Wartime codebreakers tried—and failed—to unlock the book’s secrets, and it remains an enigma to this day. In this lively and entertaining book, Craig Bauer examines these and other vexing ciphers yet to be cracked. Some may reveal the identity of a spy or serial killer, provide the location of buried treasure, or expose a secret society—while others may be elaborate hoaxes. He lays out the evidence surrounding each cipher, describes the efforts to decipher it, and invites readers to try their hand at puzzles that have stymied so many others.

Dream Magus in Babylon

Dream Magus in Babylon
Author: Dwight S. Huggins
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 660
Release: 2006-10-01
ISBN: 1425956467
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dream Magus in Babylon Book Excerpt:

A memoir about the enduring love shared between my task companion and I. Knowing that he was terminally ill Stephen asked that I write about our 7-year relationship, mandating that I incorporate the dreams had of him after his passing on November 18th 1989, which would serve as postcards across the seas of Time on the long journey. The dreams were recorded on audio cassette starting before his passing and for a decade after. These dreams are part of a 25 volume book opus each volume containing 10, mostly 90-minute tapes of recorded dreams, which serve as both a companion to this book to validate the veracity of both the dreams and incidences herein. Stephen was a director of stage, television and film who worked both in Canada and America, which is where we met while he directed and I danced in Babylon.

Uncracked Codes and Ciphers

Uncracked Codes and Ciphers
Author: Vance Gortman
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 122
Release: 2016-03-14
ISBN: 1329971922
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Uncracked Codes and Ciphers Book Excerpt:

The greatest unsolved problems that are, or are thought to be, codes or ciphers.

Asemic

Asemic
Author: Peter Schwenger
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-12-31
ISBN: 1452961077
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Asemic Book Excerpt:

The first critical study of writing without language In recent years, asemic writing—writing without language—has exploded in popularity, with anthologies, a large-scale art exhibition, and flourishing interest on sites like tumblr, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. Yet this burgeoning, fascinating field has never received a dedicated critical study. Asemic fills that gap, proposing new ways of rethinking the nature of writing. Pioneered in the work of creators such as Henri Michaux, Roland Barthes, and Cy Twombly, asemic writing consolidated as a movement in the 1990s. Author Peter Schwenger first covers these “asemic ancestors” before moving to current practitioners such as Michael Jacobson, Rosaire Appel, and Christopher Skinner, exploring how asemic writing has evolved and gained importance in the contemporary era. Asemic includes intriguing revelations about the relation of asemic writing to Chinese characters, the possibility of asemic writing in nature, and explanations of how we can read without language. Written in a lively style, this book will engage scholars of contemporary art and literary theory, as well as anyone interested in what writing was and what it is now in the process of becoming.

Hidden Codes Grand Designs

Hidden Codes   Grand Designs
Author: Pierre Berloquin
Publsiher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Total Pages: 375
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9781402728334
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hidden Codes Grand Designs Book Excerpt:

One of France's leading puzzle book authors takes readers on a tour of the methods for encoding secrets that have taken many amazing turns through the ages, in an illustrated work that includes more than 150 brain-teasing problems.