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Painted Faces A Colourful History of Cosmetics

Painted Faces A Colourful History of Cosmetics

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2020

Throughout history, women (and men) have applied make-up to enhance, alter, conceal and even to disguise their appearance. Also, to a greater or lesser degree over time, cosmetics have been used as a visible marker of social status, gender, wealth and well-being. A closer look at the world of make-up gives us not only a mirror reflecting day-to-day life in the past, but also an indicator of the culture and politics of earlier periods in history. Susan Stewart guides the reader through the bewildering, fascinating and complex story of cosmetics, from the ancient world to the present day. Anyone who has ever wondered how the Romans used algae to colour their faces and urine to whiten their teeth, how Radium came to be a popular 1930s beauty trend, or how make-up survived the war will enjoy this colourful journey through the human obsession with improving how we look.

The Ruins Lesson Meaning and Material in Western Culture

The Ruins Lesson Meaning and Material in Western Culture

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2020

How have ruins become so valued in Western culture, and so central to our art and literature? Covering a vast chronological and geographical range, from ancient Egyptian inscriptions to twentieth-century memorials, Susan Stewart seeks to answer this question as she traces the appeal of ruins and ruins images, and the lessons that writers and artists have drawn from their haunting forms. Stewart takes us on a sweeping journey through founding legends of broken covenants and original sin, the Christian appropriation of the classical past, myths and rituals of fertility, images of decay in early modern allegory and melancholy, and new gardens built with ancient fragments. She focuses particularly on Renaissance humanism and Romanticism as periods of intense interest in ruins that also offer new frames for their perception. And she looks in depth at the works of Goethe, Piranesi, Blake, and Wordsworth, each of whom found in ruins a means of reinventing his art. Lively and engaging, The Ruins Lesson ultimately asks what can resist ruination--and finds in the self-transforming, ever-fleeting practices of language and thought a clue to what might truly endure.

Painted Faces A Colourful History of Cosmetics

Painted Faces A Colourful History of Cosmetics

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/2017

Throughout history, women (and men) have applied make-up to enhance, alter, conceal and even to disguise their appearance. Also, to a greater or lesser degree over time, cosmetics have been used as a visible marker of social status, gender, wealth and well-being. A closer look at the world of make-up gives us not only a mirror reflecting day-to-day life in the past, but also an indicator of the culture and politics of earlier periods in history. Susan Stewart guides the reader through the bewildering, fascinating and complex story of cosmetics, from the ancient world to the present day. Anyone who has ever wondered how the Romans used algae to colour their faces and urine to whiten their teeth, how Radium came to be a popular 1930s beauty trend, or how make-up survived the war will enjoy this colourful journey through the human obsession with improving how we look.

Painted Faces

Painted Faces

Author: Susan Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2017

Throughout history, women (and men) have applied make-up to enhance, alter, conceal and even to disguise their appearance. Also, to a greater or lesser degree over time, cosmetics have been used as a visible marker of social status, gender, wealth and well-being. A closer look at the world of make-up gives us not only a mirror reflecting day-to-day life in the past, but also an indicator of the culture and politics of earlier periods in history. Susan Stewart guides the reader through the bewildering, fascinating and complex story of cosmetics, from the ancient world to the present day. Anyone who has ever wondered how the Romans used algae to colour their faces and urine to whiten their teeth, how Radium came to be a popular 1930s beauty trend, or how make-up survived the war will enjoy this colourful journey through the human obsession with improving how we look.

Democracy Promotion and the 'Colour Revolutions'

Democracy Promotion and the 'Colour Revolutions'

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

This book reviews the interplay between domestic contexts and democracy promotion efforts in selected countries of the former Soviet Union and the Western Balkans. The idea behind the six case studies is twofold. In the three cases where 'colour revolutions' occurred (Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine), the authors explore the extent to which external democracy promoters adapted their strategies to respond to new domestic contexts. In the other three cases (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia) the authors investigate how the political leadership has reacted to 'colour revolutions' elsewhere and which consequences their reactions have had for democracy promotion. In all cases an assessment of democratization processes in the country is provided as a basis for drawing conclusions about the potential for domestic and foreign actors to promote democratic development. An introduction and conclusion embed the case studies in the existing literature on democracy promotion and generalize the findings across the countries studied. On the practical level, the volume offers suggestions for improving democracy promotion endeavours, proposing in particular a more balanced approach which goes beyond supporting specific individuals and organizations to include addressing the structural level. This book was published as a special issue of Democratization.

Lebbeus Woods - Pamphlet Architecture 6. Reprint

Lebbeus Woods - Pamphlet Architecture 6. Reprint

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2014

Democracy Promotion and the 'Colour Revolutions'

Democracy Promotion and the 'Colour Revolutions'

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/03/2012

This book reviews the interplay between domestic contexts and democracy promotion efforts in selected countries of the former Soviet Union and the Western Balkans. The idea behind the six case studies is twofold. In the three cases where 'colour revolutions' occurred (Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine), the authors explore the extent to which external democracy promoters adapted their strategies to respond to new domestic contexts. In the other three cases (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia) the authors investigate how the political leadership has reacted to 'colour revolutions' elsewhere and which consequences their reactions have had for democracy promotion. In all cases an assessment of democratization processes in the country is provided as a basis for drawing conclusions about the potential for domestic and foreign actors to promote democratic development. An introduction and conclusion embed the case studies in the existing literature on democracy promotion and generalize the findings across the countries studied. On the practical level, the volume offers suggestions for improving democracy promotion endeavours, proposing in particular a more balanced approach which goes beyond supporting specific individuals and organizations to include addressing the structural level. This book was published as a special issue of Democratization.

Poet's Freedom A Notebook on Making

Poet's Freedom A Notebook on Making

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2011

Why do we need new art? How free is the artist in making? And why is the artist, and particularly the poet, a figure of freedom in Western culture? The MacArthur Award-winning poet and critic Susan Stewart ponders these questions in The Poet's Freedom . Through a series of evocative essays, she not only argues that freedom is necessary to making and is itself something made, but also shows how artists give rules to their practices and model a self-determination that might serve in other spheres of work. Stewart traces the ideas of freedom and making through insightful readings of an array of Western philosophers and poets - Plato, Homer, Marx, Heidegger, Arendt, Dante, and Coleridge are among her key sources. She begins by considering the theme of making in the Hebrew Scriptures , examining their account of a god who creates the world and leaves humans free to rearrange and re-form the materials of nature. She goes on to follow the force of moods, sounds, rhythms, images, metrical rules, rhetorical traditions, the traps of the passions, and the nature of language in the cycle of making and remaking. Throughout the book she weaves the insight that the freedom to reverse any act of artistic making is as essential as the freedom to create. A book about the pleasures of making and thinking as means of life, The Poet's Freedom explores and celebrates the freedom of artists who, working under finite conditions, make considered choices and shape surprising consequences. This engaging and beautifully written notebook on making will attract anyone interested in the creation of art and literature.

Have You Had Lunch?

Have You Had Lunch?

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2011

The Hive

The Hive

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2008

Susan Stewart's second collection of poetry.

Red Rover

Red Rover

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2008

Red Rover is both the name of a children's game and a formless spirit, a god of release and permission, called upon in the course of that game. The red rover is also a thread of desire, and a clue to the forces of love and antipathy that shape our fate. In her most innovative work to date, award-winning poet and critic Susan Stewart remembers the antithetical forces - falling and rising, coming and going, circling and centering - revealed in such games and traces them out to many other cycles. Ranging among traditional, open, and newly invented forms, and including a series of free translations of medieval dream visions and love poems, Red Rover begins as a historical meditation on our fall and grows into a song of praise for the green and turning world.

Navigating Through Fear: Learn To Live An Enriched Life Using Spirit's Compass To Guide You

Navigating Through Fear: Learn To Live An Enriched Life Using Spirit's Compass To Guide You

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2006

The greatest deterrent to a good life is fear. Anxiety traps far too many of us in lifestyles, jobs and relationships that are mundane and unfulfilling, while causing our self-esteem and self-confidence to suffer. In Navigating Through Fear, family therapist Susan Stewart takes you along with her as she backpacks solo through Europe as a 50-year old, while teaching her well-proven methods for navigating through fear and expanding risk-taking behaviors. Each chapter contains practical workbook questions, giving you a hands-on opportunity to explore your own limiting patterns. A sample of what you will learn: to replace cautiousness with a delightful zest for living, to let go, lighten up & become more playful, to improve self-confidence and feelings of worthiness, and to discover your spiritual strength through surrender.

Columbarium

Columbarium

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/09/2005

In Columbarium, Susan Stewart gives us a series of splendid, numinous poems about truths learned with the mind but set free through the senses. Modeled on the seventeenth-century practice of century forms, or books of one hundred pages, Columbarium expresses the bond between the living and the dead in voices of parent to child, lover to beloved, and mortal to the gods. Questions of mortality, of goodness and suffering, and of the fragility and power of memory animate this text. Columbarium is both a memorial to the dead and a testament to life.

Poetry and the Fate of the Senses

Poetry and the Fate of the Senses

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2002

What is the role of the senses in the creation and reception of poetry? How does poetry carry on the long tradition of making experience and suffering understood by others? With Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, Susan Stewart traces the path of the aesthetic in search of an explanation for the role of poetry in our culture. The task of poetry, she tells us, is to counter the loneliness of the mind, or to help it glean, out of the darkness of solitude, the outline of others. Poetry, she contends, makes tangible, visible, and audible the contours of our shared humanity. It sustains and transforms the threshold between individual and social existence. Herself an acclaimed poet, Stewart not only brings the intelligence of a critic to the question of poetry, but the insight of a practitioner as well. Her new study draws on reading from the ancient Greeks to the postmoderns to explain how poetry creates meanings between persons. Poetry and the Fate of the Senses includes close discussions of poems by Stevens, Hopkins, Keats, Hardy, Bishop, and Traherne, of the sense of vertigo in Baroque and Romantic works, and of the rich tradition of nocturnes in visual, musical, and verbal art. Ultimately, Stewart explores the pivotal role of poetry in contemporary culture. She argues that poetry can counter the denigration of the senses and can expand our imagination of the range of human expression. Poetry and the Fate of the Senses won the 2004 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin, administered for the Truman Capote Estate by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. It also won the Phi Beta Kappa Society's 2002 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism.

Crimes of Writing Problems in the Containment of Representation

Crimes of Writing Problems in the Containment of Representation

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/1994

From the origins of modern copyright in early eighteenth-century culture to the efforts to represent nature and death in postmodern fiction, this book explores a series of problems regarding the containment of representation. Stewart focuses on specific cases of crimes of writing -the forgeries of George Psalmanazar; the production of fakelore ; the ballad scandals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the imposture of Thomas Chatterton; and contemporary legislation regarding graffiti and pornography. She emphasizes the issues that arise once language is seen as a matter of property, and authorship is viewed as a matter of originality. Finally, Stewart demonstrates that crimes of writing are delineated by the law because they specifically undermine the status of the law itself: the crimes illuminate the irreducible fact that law is written and therefore subject to temporality and interpretation. This valuable and pioneering work, originally published in 1991 (Oxford University Press), will be of interest to literary and legal theorists, folklorists, anthropologists, and scholars of eighteenth-century and postmodern culture.

On Longing Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection

On Longing Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection

Author: Susan Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/1992

Miniature books, eighteenth-century novels, Tom Thumb weddings, tall tales, and objects of tourism and nostalgia: this diverse group of cultural forms is the subject of On Longing, a fascinating analysis of the ways in which everyday objects are narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world. Originally published in 1984 (Johns Hopkins University Press), and now available in paperback for the first time, this highly original book draws on insights from semiotics and from psychoanalytic, feminist, and Marxist criticism. Addressing the relations of language to experience, the body to scale, and narratives to objects, Susan Stewart looks at the miniature as a metaphor for interiority and at the gigantic as an exaggeration of aspects of the exterior. In the final part of her essay Stewart examines the ways in which the souvenir and the collection are objects mediating experience in time and space.