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Barbarism and Its Discontents

Maria Boletsi

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804782760
eISBN:
9780804785372
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804782760.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Barbarism and civilization form one of the oldest and most rigid oppositions in Western history. According to this dichotomy, barbarism functions as the negative standard through which “civilization” ... More


Introduction

in Barbarism and Its Discontents

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804782760
eISBN:
9780804785372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804782760.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

The words “barbarism” and the “barbarian” are both accompanied by a seemingly negativity stemming from their connotations of violence, brutality, exploitation, and destruction as well as their ... More


Piecework

in Barbarism and Its Discontents

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804782760
eISBN:
9780804785372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804782760.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter explores the critical thrust of barbarism and its relation to civilization through a close reading of Franz Kafka's short story “The Great Wall of China” (1931). It also discusses the ... More


Thinking Barbarism Today

in Barbarism and Its Discontents

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804782760
eISBN:
9780804785372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804782760.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines the current discursive landscape around culture, civilization, and barbarism in the turn it took after the Cold War and the collapse of communist regimes in Europe, and ... More


It's All Greek to Me: The Barbarian in History

in Barbarism and Its Discontents

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804782760
eISBN:
9780804785372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804782760.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines how the term “barbarian” is used in Western history, focusing on a series of criteria that have determined what constitutes “civilization” in the West from Greek antiquity to ... More


Barbarism in Repetition: Literature's Waiting for the Barbarians

in Barbarism and Its Discontents

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804782760
eISBN:
9780804785372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804782760.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines the critical potential of the barbarians' absence by focusing on the topos of “waiting for the barbarians” through a comparative reading of C. P. Cavafy's poem “Waiting for the ... More


Another “Kind of Solution”: Art's Waiting for the Barbarians

in Barbarism and Its Discontents

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804782760
eISBN:
9780804785372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804782760.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines artworks that transpose the topos of waiting for the barbarians into a visual medium, into sites of enunciation outside or in the margins of the West, and into a contemporary ... More


Shanxiao: Mountain Goblins

Richard von Glahn

in The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520234086
eISBN:
9780520928770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234086.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Spirits of the dead figured as the primary agents of demonic affliction in the Chinese religious imagination. But other malefic forces were at work as well. Among them was a class of petty demons ... More


Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians: The Cultural Politics of Hellenism

Craige B. Champion

in Cultural Politics in Polybius's Histories

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520237643
eISBN:
9780520929890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520237643.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter reports the cultural politics of the Greek/barbarian bipolarity, with special focus on second-century Greek and Roman politico-cultural interactions. It establishes an interpretative ... More


Introduction

Eric B. Song

in Dominion Undeserved: Milton and the Perils of Creation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451850
eISBN:
9780801468094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451850.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to discuss the various manifestations of Milton's divided view of creativity: allusions to the barbarism of the so-called Eastern ... More


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