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Syria, Constantinople, Moldavia, Wallachia and the Cossacks’ Lands
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Paul of Aleppo, an archdeacon of the Church of Antioch, journeyed with his father Patriarch Makarios III ibn al-Za'im to Constantinople, Moldavia, Wallachia and the Cossack's lands in 1652-1654, before heading for Moscow. This book presents his travel notes, preceded by his record of the patriarchs of the Church of Antioch and the story of his father's office as a bishop and election to the patriarchal seat. The author gives detailed information on the contemporary events in Ottoman Syria and provides rich and diverse information on the history, culture, and religious life of all the lands he travelled across.
Although Jesuit contributions to European expansion in the early modern period have attracted considerable scholarly interest, the legacy of José de Acosta (1540–1600) is still defined by his contributions to natural history. The Theologian and the Empire presents a new biography of Acosta, focused on his participation in colonial and imperial politics. The most important Jesuit active in the Americas in the sixteenth century, Acosta was fundamentally a political operator. His actions on both sides of the Atlantic informed both Peruvian colonial life and the Jesuit order at the dawn of the seventeenth century.
The Experiences of International and Domestic Students Studying in an Australian University
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Eight international and four domestic doctoral students share the story of completing their doctoral journey at an Australian university, as well as their experiences of being part of a large collaborative research group that served as a source of support and motivation on their doctoral journey. They share their dreams, hopes, and frustrations of searching, applying, being rejected and finally accepted as a doctoral candidate. International students share their impressions and experiences of being in a new land with a new language and immersing themselves and their families in a distinctly different culture and society. These are the stories of the challenges they encountered and their struggles and successes.

Contributors are: Elizabeth Allotta, Laura Emily Clark, Maria Ejlertsen, Daeul Jeong, Solange Lima, Huifang Liu, Mohammad Tareque Rahman, Umme Salma, Margaret Schuls, Sara Haghighi Siahgorabi, Lauren Thomasse and Tran Le Nghi Tran.
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More than thirty years after German reunification, Life Stories from the German Democratic Republic addresses how life in the GDR is remembered, thereby enriching and complexifying the narratives of East German life found in public history, museums, tourist venues, film, media and popular fiction. The frequent stress on material lack, social restrictions and the repressive state is expanded and reconfigured by interviewees who variously both challenge and confirm widespread assumptions about what it meant to live in the GDR. Aimed at a wide readership, this book gives English-speaking readers access to varied and detailed accounts of everyday life, individual engagement with state institutions and different views of GDR politics, society and culture.
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Thomas Bernhard, one of the most significant post-war European writers, continues to fascinate. The twenty essays in this bilingual volume offer new readings of the Austrian writer’s works via three interconnected strands: language, history and subjectivity.

In Austria, Bernhard was often viewed as an enfant terrible. Yet after his death in 1989, he has increasingly undergone what novelist Alexander Schimmelbusch calls a ‘Mozartisation’. Against this background, the volume refocuses attention on Bernhard’s works themselves, underlining why these continue to be subversive and compelling.

The essays in this volume address Bernhard’s creative linguistic interventions; his theatrical verve; his literary persona; and his response to the traumatic historical legacy which continues to shape Austrian subjectivities long after 1945.


Thomas Bernhard – einer der bedeutendsten europäischen Nachkriegsautoren – wurde in Österreich oft als enfant terrible wahrgenommen. Nach seinem Tod in 1989 kam es jedoch immer mehr zu einem Prozess der „Mozartisierung“ (Alexander Schimmelbusch), dem Versuch, Bernhard in das offizielle österreichische Selbstbild einzureihen.

Vor diesem Hintergrund lenkt dieser Band die Aufmerksamkeit wieder auf Bernhards Werke selbst und unterstreicht, warum diese nach wie vor subversiv, spannend und nicht zuletzt irritierend sind.

Unter den miteinander verbundenen Themenschwerpunkten Sprache, Geschichte und Subjektivität befassen sich die Beiträge mit Bernhards kreativen sprachlichen Interventionen, seiner theatralischen Präsenz, seiner literarischen Persona und seiner Reaktion auf das traumatische historische Erbe, das die österreichischen Subjektivitäten noch lange nach 1945 prägt. Auch, aber keineswegs nur deshalb, hat Bernhard nichts von seiner Faszination eingebüßt.
In Mary Queen of Scots: The First Biography, Ronald Santangeli has recovered a long-forgotten document of great historiographical, literary and cultural importance. Written in 1624 in Neo-Latin by George Con, a young expatriate Scot in Rome, the Vita Mariae Stuartae is worthy of study, both for its content and its literary dimension. The fully recensed Latin text is presented with a meticulous translation into English and a fully-annotated commentary. The image Con creates of the Scottish Queen has prevailed in European cultural representations from poetry and drama to novels, paintings and opera, while Con's own meteoric career highlights the impact on seventeenth-century Catholic Europe by members of the Scottish diaspora. A significant addition to Marian and Scottish Neo-Latin studies.
Genius, Gender, and the Contemporary Biopic
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„Screening the Creative Process“ examines how biographical films about painters and writers depict the notoriously unfilmable process of artistic creation and asks what role gender plays in the conceptualisation of creativity and genius. Through the discussion of three very different 21st-century biopics focused on heterosexual artist couples, „Pollock“, „Frida“, and „Bright Star“, the book follows the hypothesis that the paradigm of creative genius remains uniquely powerful in this film genre. This distinguishes the biopic from other contemporary media and discourses in which the idea of singular, inborn genius has largely been replaced by the concept of creativity as a universal, trainable skill. The biopic's adherence to an emphatic notion of genius - a notion that appears not only obsolete but also politically problematic due to its historical exclusion of women - is especially relevant in light of how deeply these popular films shape public notions about history and art.
From a Survivor Parent to the Next Generation
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