James Thompson - Author

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James Thompson, an American, age forty-five, has lived in Helsinki, Finland, for twelve years. He has a Master’s degree in English Philology from The University of Helsinki, where he also studied Swedish and Finnish, in which he is fluent. He is married to Finnish sociologist and theatre instructor Annukka Öljymäki.

Thompson is a fulltime novelist. Snow Angels has been published in several languages and over a dozen countries. In the past, Thompson has worked as a bartender, bouncer, construction worker, photographer, rare coin dealer and soldier.

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Sir Ralph of Stannerton Green. a Poem. by James Thomson

Sir Ralph of Stannerton Green. a Poem. by James Thomson

Author: James Thompson Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/2018

Humanitarian Performance From Disaster Tragedies to Spectacles of War

Humanitarian Performance From Disaster Tragedies to Spectacles of War

Author: James Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2014

As the world is challenged by a state of constant conflict and by disasters natural and manmade, support communities endeavor through humanitarianism to overcome human suffering and help to build more peaceful and safe futures. Humanitarian Performance argues that the humanitarian project - from its history and rationale to its contemporary practice - can be productively explored through the critical lens of performance studies. Using the outpouring of international support for projects to benefit survivors of the Asian tsunami, the war in Kosovo, and the crisis in Darfur as case studies, this timely volume explores humanitarian attention to these narratives and the stories of tragedy and survival that emerge. With the peculiar focus and international audiences that the media brings to local tragedies, these contemporary disasters - and the humanitarianism that they elicit - become performance on the world's stage.

Helsinki Noir

Helsinki Noir

Author: James Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2014

British Political Culture and the Idea of 'Public Opinion', 1867-1914

British Political Culture and the Idea of 'Public Opinion', 1867-1914

Author: James Thompson Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2013

Newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets and books all reflect the ubiquity of 'public opinion' in political discourse in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. Through close attention to debates across the political spectrum, James Thompson charts the ways in which Britons sought to locate 'public opinion' in an era prior to polling. He shows that 'public opinion' was the principal term through which the link between the social and the political was interrogated, charted and contested and charts how the widespread conviction that the public was growing in power raised significant issues about the kind of polity emerging in Britain. He also examines how the early Labour party negotiated the language of 'public opinion' and sought to articulate Labour interests in relation to those of the public. In so doing he sheds important new light on the character of Britain's liberal political culture and on Labour's place in and relationship to that culture.

Applied Theatre Bewilderment and Beyond

Applied Theatre Bewilderment and Beyond

Author: James Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2012

Greater Things

Greater Things

Author: James Thompson, Stephen Court Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2011

Jesus stated; "e;Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old."e; Matt 13:52He also said; "e;I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."e; John 14:12The authors of this book, James Thompson and Stephen Court, document out of treasures both old and new that the words of Jesus are true for today, that those who believe will do even "e;greater things!"e;Compiled out of the archives of the Salvation Army and its founder William Booth, GREATER THINGS gives us historic and contemporary stories that are designed to help us understand that God's power to perform miracles is beyond limitations imposed by human beings. This book takes you on a miraculous 41-day journey. It begins with stories of present-day miracles followed by passages of Scripture, then brings you to your knees in worship of God, and continues onward with the ministry suggestions that will help you reach out to the unsaved. This book is timely for the age in which we live. We recommend that you read this book daily, one section at a time, to grasp the mind and purpose of the writers. It is so amazing to discover that God is the "e;same yesterday, today and forever."e; Court and Thompson have produced a worthy material suitable for consumption either as a breakfast meal with the Lord or supper with the Savior Jesus Christ. Whatever time the reader chooses to follow the 41 Days of Miracles, it will prove to be truly enriching to their lives. All royalties from Greater Things - 41 Days of Miracles will be donated to XP Operation Justice in Cambodia, which will serve to build the Kingdom in Poipet, Cambodia through intercession, evangelism, mercy ministries and justice missions with the aim to abolish the sex trade in this city on the border of Thailand.

An Account of Leicester Castle.

An Account of Leicester Castle.

Author: James Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2011

The History of Leicester in the Eighteenth Century.

The History of Leicester in the Eighteenth Century.

Author: James Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2011

Snow Angels An Addictive Serial Killer Thriller

Snow Angels An Addictive Serial Killer Thriller

Author: James Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/11/2010

The first thriller in a new series featuring Inspector Kari Vaara: the haunted, hardened detective who must delve into Finland's dark and violent underbelly. Kaamos: Just before Christmas, the bleakest time of the year in Lapland. The unrelenting darkness and extreme cold above the Arctic Circle drive everyone just a little insane... perhaps enough to kill. A beautiful Somali immigrant is found dead in a snowfield, her body gruesomely mutilated, a racial slur carved into her chest. Heading the murder investigation is Inspector Kari Vaara, the lead detective of the small-town police force. The vicious killing may have been a hate crime, a sex crime-or one and the same. Vaara knows he must keep this potentially explosive case out of the national headlines or else it will send shock waves across Finland, an insular nation afraid to face its own xenophobia. The demands of the investigation begin to take their toll on Vaara and his marriage. His young American wife, Kate, newly pregnant with their first child, is struggling to adapt to both the unforgiving Arctic climate and the Finnish culture of silence and isolation. Meanwhile Vaara himself, haunted by his rough childhood and failed first marriage, discovers that the past keeps biting at his heels: He suspects that the rich man for whom his ex-wife left him years ago may be the killer. Endless night can drive anyone to murder.

Sir Ralph of Stannerton Green. a Poem. by James Thomson

Sir Ralph of Stannerton Green. a Poem. by James Thomson

Author: James Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/07/2010

Digging Up Stories Applied Theatre, Performance and War

Digging Up Stories Applied Theatre, Performance and War

Author: James Thompson, Martin Hargreaves Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2006

In 'Digging up stories', James Thompson explores the problems of theatre practice in communities affected by war and exclusion. Each chapter or 'story' is written in a lively and accessible style and draws on a range of contemporary performance theories. The chapters discuss: - participatory theatre in refugee camps - theatre workshop and stories of a massacre - traditional dance-dramas in an insurgent controlled village - 'Forum' theatre with the Mahabharata - ethical issues - the struggle to teach the author to dance 'Digging up stories' documents a range of theatre practice and includes project reports, ethnographic accounts, performance analysis and diary-style reflection. Taken from Thompson's research and practice in Sri Lanka, these diverse examples question the link between applied theatre, traditional performance and performances in everyday life. The book blurs lines between research and travel writing to create rich and provocative accounts of applying theatre in a troubled setting. -- .

Drama Workshops for Anger Management and Offending Behaviour

Drama Workshops for Anger Management and Offending Behaviour

Author: James Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/1999

The Blagg! and Pump! drama workshops combine dynamic drama techniques to explore issues of anger management and offending behaviour. They can be easily adapted to suit the particular needs or backgrounds of a variety of groups, from probationers and prisoners to 'at risk' youth. Both are appropriate for use with groups with behavioural problems, such as offending, aggressiveness or violence. Blagg! examines consequences of actions, the victim's perspective, effects on family members, and strategies for avoiding trouble in the future. Pump! adopts the learning aims of anger management to focus on triggers, self-awareness, coping strategies and consequences. James Thompson presents both of these drama programmes within their historical and theoretical contexts. Each programme consists of a course of dramatic exercises which are sufficiently flexible to accommodate restrictions imposed by time, space or numbers.

Prison Theatre Practices and Perspectives

Prison Theatre Practices and Perspectives

Author: James Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/1998

Prison Theatre describes the rich variety of programmes of theatre with offenders. This multi-disciplinary volume informs debates both in the criminal justice system and in discussion about the role and function of theatre. The contributors explore a wide range of topics within this diverse field, including: - working with women prisoners and with people with learning difficulties - dramatherapy with violent offenders - prison theatre work in Brazil - theatre work with young offenders - dramatic intervention in probation services and with ex-offenders. This is a stimulating and thought-provoking book which will provide valuable reading for practitioners, professionals and students across the fields of the arts therapies, criminology and criminal justice, psychology and performing arts.

Models of Value Eighteenth-Century Political Economy and the Novel

Models of Value Eighteenth-Century Political Economy and the Novel

Author: James Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/1996

James Thompson examines the concept of value as it came to be understood in eighteenth-century England through two emerging and divergent discourses: political economy and the novel. By looking at the relationship between these two developing forms-one having to do with finance, the other with romance-Thompson demonstrates how value came to have such different meaning in different realms of experience. A highly original rethinking of the origins of the English novel, Models of Value shows the novel's importance in remapping English culture according to the separate spheres of public and domestic life, men's and women's concerns, money and emotion. In this account, political economy and the novel clearly arise as solutions to a crisis in the notion of value. Exploring the ways in which these different genres responded to the crisis-political economy by reconceptualizing wealth as capital, and the novel by refiguring intrinsic or human worth in the form of courtship narratives-Thompson rereads several literary works, including Defoe's Roxana, Fielding's Tom Jones, and Burney's Cecilia, along with influential contemporary economic texts. Models of Value also traces the discursive consequences of this bifurcation of value, and reveals how history and theory participate in the very novelistic and economic processes they describe. In doing so, the book bridges the opposition between the interests of Marxism and feminism, and the distinctions which, newly made in the eighteenth century, continue to inform our discourse today. An important reformulation of the literary and cultural production of the eighteenth century, Models of Value will attract students of the novel, political economy, and of literary history and theory.

Models of Value Eighteenth-Century Political Economy and the Novel

Models of Value Eighteenth-Century Political Economy and the Novel

Author: James Thompson Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/1996

James Thompson examines the concept of value as it came to be understood in eighteenth-century England through two emerging and divergent discourses: political economy and the novel. By looking at the relationship between these two developing forms-one having to do with finance, the other with romance-Thompson demonstrates how value came to have such different meaning in different realms of experience. A highly original rethinking of the origins of the English novel, Models of Value shows the novel's importance in remapping English culture according to the separate spheres of public and domestic life, men's and women's concerns, money and emotion. In this account, political economy and the novel clearly arise as solutions to a crisis in the notion of value. Exploring the ways in which these different genres responded to the crisis-political economy by reconceptualizing wealth as capital, and the novel by refiguring intrinsic or human worth in the form of courtship narratives-Thompson rereads several literary works, including Defoe's Roxana, Fielding's Tom Jones, and Burney's Cecilia, along with influential contemporary economic texts. Models of Value also traces the discursive consequences of this bifurcation of value, and reveals how history and theory participate in the very novelistic and economic processes they describe. In doing so, the book bridges the opposition between the interests of Marxism and feminism, and the distinctions which, newly made in the eighteenth century, continue to inform our discourse today. An important reformulation of the literary and cultural production of the eighteenth century, Models of Value will attract students of the novel, political economy, and of literary history and theory.

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