Author: Rüdiger Safranski
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
Rüdiger Safranski, un maestro en el arte de exponer la historia de las ideas, nos acerca un Goethe casi inédito para el lector en lengua española, pues para escribir esta impresionante biografía ha recurrido a incontables fuentes primarias: cartas, diarios, epistolarios, conversaciones o semblanzas de cuantos lo conocieron y trataron. Considerado ya un clásico en su propio tiempo, Goethe es autor de poemas, ensayos, obras de teatro, recuentos de viajes y novelas en las que el lector contemporáneo sigue mirándose como en un espejo. Safranski no sólo nos relata su época y su obra, sino que nos transmite el apasionado esfuerzo con que Goethe trató de convertir su propia existencia en obra de arte.
Vintage Feminism: classic feminist texts in short form WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NATALIE HAYNES When this book was first published in 1949 it was to outrage and scandal. Never before had the case for female liberty been so forcefully and successfully argued. De Beauvoir’s belief that ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman’ switched on light bulbs in the heads of a generation of women and began a fight for greater equality and economic independence. These pages contain the key passages of the book that changed perceptions of women forever. TRANSLATED BY CONSTANCE BORDE AND SHEILA MALOVANY-CHEVALLIER ANNOTATED AND INTRODUCED BY MARTINE REID
No philosopher has held a higher opinion of art than Hegel, yet nor was any so profoundly pessimistic about its prospects - despite living in the German golden age of Goethe, Mozart and Schiller. For if the artists of classical Greece could find the perfect fusion of content and form, modernity faced complicating - and ultimately disabling - questions. Christianity, with its code of unworldliness, had compromised the immediacy of man's relationship with reality, and ironic detachment had alienated him from his deepest feelings. Hegel's Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics were delivered in Berlin in the 1820s and stand today as a passionately argued work that challenged the ability of art to respond to the modern world.
Author: Milan Kundera
Publisher: Harper Collins
Milan Kundera's sixth novel springs from a casual gesture of a woman to her swimming instructor, a gesture that creates a character in the mind of a writer named Kundera. Like Flaubert's Emma or Tolstoy's Anna, Kundera's Agnes becomes an object of fascination, of indefinable longing. From that character springs a novel, a gesture of the imagination that both embodies and articulates Milan Kundera's supreme mastery of the novel and its purpose; to explore thoroughly the great, themes of existence.
El autor de esta antología se ha dedicado al estudio de la Revolución mexicana desde hace más de treinta años, su investigación principal es el ya clásico libro, The Mexican Revolution, que después fue publicado en español como La Revolución Mexicana. Sus ensayos se caracterizan por ser textos breves llenos de contenido. Los artículos compilados tratan de la formación del nuevo Estado, los esfuerzos y las resistencias para reformar la sociedad mexicana, así como las repercusiones de los conflictos consecuentes.
Author: Reiner Stach
Publisher: Princeton University Press
How did Kafka become Kafka? This eagerly anticipated third and final volume of Reiner Stach's definitive biography of the writer answers that question with more facts and insight than ever before, describing the complex personal, political, and cultural circumstances that shaped the young Franz Kafka (1883–1924). It tells the story of the years from his birth in Prague to the beginning of his professional and literary career in 1910, taking the reader up to just before the breakthrough that resulted in his first masterpieces, including "The Metamorphosis." Brimming with vivid and often startling details, Stach’s narrative invites readers deep inside this neglected period of Kafka’s life. The book’s richly atmospheric portrait of his German Jewish merchant family and his education, psychological development, and sexual maturation draws on numerous sources, some still unpublished, including family letters, schoolmates’ memoirs, and early diaries of his close friend Max Brod. The biography also provides a colorful panorama of Kafka’s wider world, especially the convoluted politics and culture of Prague. Before World War I, Kafka lived in a society at the threshold of modernity but torn by conflict, and Stach provides poignant details of how the adolescent Kafka witnessed violent outbreaks of anti-Semitism and nationalism. The reader also learns how he developed a passionate interest in new technologies, particularly movies and airplanes, and why another interest—his predilection for the back-to-nature movement—stemmed from his “nervous” surroundings rather than personal eccentricity. The crowning volume to a masterly biography, this is an unmatched account of how a boy who grew up in an old Central European monarchy became a writer who helped create modern literature.
Estos dos volúmenes suponen la primera traducción al español, efectuada directamente del ruso, de una selección de los trabajos de crítica literaria de V.Belinski, N.Chermisheuski, N.Dortroliúbov y D.Pisarev, todos ellos pertenecientes a la importante tendencia rusa del siglo XIX que veía el hecho literario como un fenómeno en íntima conexión con la sociedad y determinado por la producción de la realidad. La presente edición y selección de texto de la "crítica social-realista" rusa, anotada e introducida preliminarmente, posibilita que estos autores, conocidos en el ámbito hispánico por su nombre y significación en la crítica literaria del siglo pasado, lo sean también a través de sus textos, los cuales se descubrirán unas aportaciones teóricas y planteamientos críticos y estéticos de indudable valor para todos los interesados en la literatura realista rusa o en el pensamiento literario artístico del siglo XIX.
The Strategy of Desire
Author: Ernest Dichter
Ernest Dichter is famous as one of the founding fathers of motivational research. In applying the social sciences to a variety of problems, Dichter emphasized new approaches to problem solving, advertising, politics, and selling, and issues of social significance such as urban renewal, productivity, and drug addiction. As an author and corporate adviser, he used psychoanalytic theory and depth interviewing to uncover unconsciously held attitudes and beliefs. He goal was to help explain why people act the way they do and how positive behavioral change might be achieved. In The Strategy of Desire, Dichter both counters the argument that motivational research amounts to manipulation, and shows how the understanding and modification of human behavior is necessary for progress. Dichter's survey and analysis of behavior ranges widely. He examines everyday matters of product choice, as well as such broad civic issues as voter participation, religious toleration, and racial understanding. He shows that in order to achieve socially constructive goals, it is necessary to move beyond theological exhortation, which takes an unrealistic view of human morality, as well as beyond the limits of empirically oriented social science research, which only deals in appearances. Dichter sees human action as rooted in irrational and often unconscious motivation, which can usually be uncovered if the correct approach is used. In his consumer research, he analyzes the nonutilitarian importance of objects in everyday life, as well as how products and materials become bound with emotional resonance or acquire different meanings from different contexts or points of view. Dichter shows that success depends on the satisfaction of desires and a movement beyond the ethic of work and saving. Arguing that in an increasingly technological world, progress and social harmony are materially based, he advocates a morality of the good life in which prosperity and leisure lead to greater h
¿Tiene sexo la mente?
Author: Londa L. Schiebinger
Publisher: Universitat de València
El propósito del texto es indagar la persistente querella entre la ciencia y lo que la cultura occidental ha definido como "feminidad". ¿Qué hay en ser mujer que ha hecho que los hombres de ciencia teman la instrucción femenina? ¿Qué hay en la ciencia que la ha hecho susceptible a esos temores?. Para responder estas preguntas se analiza en surgimiento de la ciencia moderna en Europa en los siglos XVII y XVIII, centrándome especialmente en las circunstancias que condujeron a la exclusión de las mujeres.
The Man Who Tasted Shapes
Author: Richard E. Cytowic, Jonathan Cole
Publisher: MIT Press
In 1980, Richard Cytowic was having dinner at a friend's house, when his host exclaimed, "Oh, dear, there aren't enough points on the chicken." With that casual comment began Cytowic's journey into the condition known as synesthesia.The ten people in one million who are synesthetes are born into a world where one sensation (such as sound) conjures up one or more others (such as taste or color). Although scientists have known about synesthesia for two hundred years, until now the condition has remained a mystery. Extensive experiments with more than forty synesthetes led Richard Cytowic to an explanation of synesthesia--and to a new conception of the organization of the mind, one that emphasized the primacy of emotion over reason.Because there were not enough points on chicken served at a dinner almost two decades ago, Cytowic came to explore a deeper reality that he believes exists in all individuals, but usually below the surface of awareness. In this medical detective adventure, he reveals the brain to be an active explorer, not just a passive receiver, and offers a new view of what it means to be human--a view that turns upside down conventional ideas about reason, emotion, and who we are.* Not for sale in the United Kingdom and Eire