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By Slavoj Zizek, Georg Lukács, Georg Lukacs, Slovoj Zizek, John Rees, Esther Leslie

ISBN-10: 1859847471

ISBN-13: 9781859847473

Georg Lukacs was once dubbed "the thinker of the October Revolution" and his masterpiece heritage and sophistication cognizance (1923) is usually held to be the foundational textual content for the culture referred to as "Western Marxism" which include the paintings of Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse. despite the fact that, because the releasing energies of the Russian Revolution have been sapped through Stalinism, Lukacs was once subjected to ferocious assault for "deviations" from the "party line". within the mid-1920s, Lukacs wrote a sustained and passionate reaction to this onslaught. Unpublished on the time, Lukacs himself concept the textual content have been destroyed. although, a gaggle of researchers lately came upon the manuscript amassing airborne dirt and dust within the newly opened records of the CPSU in Moscow. Now, for the 1st time, this attention-grabbing, polemical and severe textual content comes in English. it's a an important a part of a hidden highbrow background and may remodel interpretations of Lukacs's oeuvre.

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It leads us towards an enhanced appreciation of the theatricality of subsequent tourism, but also towards a recognition of the vicarious desires of playgoers who were intrigued by the exotic long before travel became achievable for the masses. 1 The Wings of Active Thought In the first section of this chapter, I consider anti-travel polemics and an important strand of early modern travel writing which has only recently begun to receive sustained critical attention: the ars apodemica (or ‘instructions for travel’) treatises.

Coryate caters for the mind-travelling reader. The experiences of both Coryate and Lipsius share something with the experiences attributed to the tourist by MacCannell and Urry. ’ and ‘the places wherein diuers famous battels haue beene fought’, or in seeing ‘the house, where Plinie dwelt, the countrey wherein the famous Virgill, or the renowmed Ouid was borne’, Coryate and Lipsius (respectively) allude to objects which deserve the tourist gaze because they are extraordinary; and their extraordinariness is based on their historical or literary associations, just like ‘the building in Dallas from which president Kennedy was supposedly shot, or the vicarage in Haworth, Yorkshire, where the Brontës lived’ (Urry 101).

Wood’s text is a promotional work, written to stimulate interest in New England and encourage readers to consider relocating to the colony; his intention, therefore, is to paint an enticing picture of the New England settlement. However, Wood’s separation of the ‘mind-travelling Reader’ from the ‘future Voyager’ is significant in that it distinguishes between two discrete categories of readers with an interest in travel literature,2 suggesting that such texts not only disseminated practical information, but also catered to the desires of readers with little or no prospect of actually voyaging – but who nevertheless enjoyed apprehending exotic shores in their minds’ eyes.

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