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Vol. 5 (2009)
An Sionnach is a journal of Irish Studies featuring scholarly articles, creative work, and reviews that promote active discussion and provide in-depth analysis of developments in Irish writing and Irish Studies in the United States, Ireland, and Europe, from 1958 to the present.
An Sionnach is published by Creighton University Press and distributed by the University of Nebraska Press
Trajectoires de jeunes en quête de reconnaissance
Pourquoi certains jeunes vivant dans la rue parviennent-ils à s’en sortir alors que, pour d’autres, la rue constitue une voie sans issue ? Comment faire, après s’être approprié une identité en marge, pour se reconnaître et être reconnu comme parent, employé, étudiant, citoyen comme les autres ? Quel rôle jouent les manifestations de (non-)reconnaissance de la famille de ces jeunes, de leurs amis de rue, de leurs voisins, d’un sugar daddy, du marché de l’emploi, de l’école, des intervenants sociosanitaires, des policiers ou d’autres acteurs significatifs à leurs yeux ? Qu’est-ce qui peut expliquer que des voies de sortie conviennent à certains jeunes alors qu’elles n’ont aucun sens pour d’autres ? À partir d’une approche interactionniste, complétée par des apports de la psycha-nalyse, l’auteure propose de considérer la sortie de la rue comme un processus paradoxal de repositionnement identitaire, traversé par des dynamiques de reconnaissance. Privilégiant le point de vue des jeunes qui sont sortis de la rue, cet ouvrage illustre la variété des trajectoires de sortie à partir des exemples de quatre cas. Ces cas rendent explicite la cohérence des trajectoires de sortie à la lumière des attentes de reconnaissance des jeunes, de leur vécu de rue et des relations parentales qu’ils ont connues durant l’enfance. Les résultats présentés montrent que l’appropriation de la marge ne serait pas si opposée à un désir de normalité qu’on pourrait le croire. Mais ils indiquent également que les efforts de plusieurs jeunes pour s’en sortir demeurent précaires. D’où l’importance de maintenir des ponts entre la marge et le centre.
À partir des développements des théories cognitives de la linguistique et de la psychologie de la perception, l'auteure définit la nature du langage visuel ainsi que les règles d'association qui gouvernent leurs regroupements dans le champs visuel. Elle distingue les éléments structurels bidimensionnels et tridimensionnels propres aux représentations visuelles.
Perspectives on the City and Cultural Production
David Foster brings an intense curiosity and lifelong familiarity to this unique examination of the cultural tapestry of São Paulo, the largest city in South America and the second largest in Latin America.
Examining everything from the poetics of Mário de Andrade to the Eisner Award–winning graphic novels of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá, Foster paints a portrait as colorful and multifaceted as the city it reveals. He offers representative examples of poetry, fiction, graphic art, photography, film, and social commentary to introduce readers to some of the most important cultural dimensions of the city as well as some of its most outstanding writers and artists.
Foster selects his featured artists and works with care and precision in order to reveal insights into the development of the city throughout the twentieth century. This is a tour-de-force overview of the cultural output of one of the world’s great urban centers, one that future researchers on Brazilian culture will ignore at their peril.
Guide de l'intervenant
No part of the Nazi movement contributed more to Hitler's success than the Sturmabteilung (SA) -- the notorious Brown Shirts. Bruce Campbell offers the first in-depth study in English of the men who held the three highest ranks in the SA. Organized on military lines and fired by radical nationalism, the Brown Shirts saw themselves as Germany's paramilitary saviors. Campbell reveals that the homogeneity of the SA leadership was based not on class or status, but on common experiences and training. Unlike other investigations of the Nazi party, The SA Generals and the Rise of Nazism focuses on the military and political activities of the Brown Shirts to show how they developed into SA Leaders. By tracing the activities, both individual and collective, of these men's adult lives through 1945, Campbell shows where members acquired the experience necessary to build, lead, and administer the SA. These men were instrumental in creating the Nazi concept of "political soldiering," combining military organization with political activism. Campbell's enlightening portrait of the SA, its history, and its relationship to the overall Nazi movement reveals how the organization's leaders reshaped the SA over time to adapt to Germany's changing political concerns.
At the heart of the journey, and the novel itself, is Truman Stroud, the quick-witted, cantankerous owner of the crumbling Sabbath Creek Motor Court, where Lewis and his mother are stranded by car trouble. His budding friendship with the ninety-three-year-old black man is his only reprieve from the mysteries that haunt him. Despite his prickly personality and the considerable burden of his own personal tragedies, Stroud becomes the boy's best hope for a father figure as he teaches Lewis the secrets of baseball and the secrets of life.
Sabbath Creek is more than a coming-of-age novel. And while Mitcham provides a nuanced look at the relationship between a white adolescent boy and a black old-timer, his second novel transcends the tired theme of race relations in the South. This compassionate, smart, powerful work of fiction touches the pulse of the human spirit. It travels from the ruined landscape of south Georgia and takes us all the way through the ruined landscape of a broken heart.
This book is a critical study of the mystical celebration of Sabbath in the classical period of Kabbalah, from the late twelfth to the early sixteenth centuries. The Kabbalists’ re-reading of the earlier Jewish tradition has been called a model of “mythopoeic revision,” a revision rooted in a world-view that stressed the interrelation of all worlds and levels of being. This is the first work, in any language, to systematically collect and analyze all the major innovations in praxis and theology that classical Kabbalah effected upon the development of the Rabbinic Sabbath, one of the most central areas of Jewish religious practice.
A Combat Medic in Ramadi, Iraq
The National Guardsman, the citizen soldier called upon to fight for this nation in a time of war, is one of the least understood -- and perhaps one of the most compelling -- figures of the Iraq War. Saber's Edge is the story of a middle-aged Vermont firefighter called upon to be a soldier in the worst place on earth -- Ramadi, Iraq. In a few short weeks Thomas A. Middleton went from being a suburban dad to a combat medic traveling between platoons, filling in for other medics and engaging in some of the fiercest and most crucial fighting of the war.
This is the war as experienced from the ground level: days of tedium interspersed with the adrenalin of combat; moments of lighthearted laughter broken by the sorrow of loss. This is also the story of the unique wartime perspective of our guardsmen. Unlike the raw, unformed young recruit, the mature guardsman often comes with the burdens of family, experience, and a developed sense of self. Accordingly, Sgt. Middleton's story chronicles the inner conflict created by his long-time professional role as a healer and his newfound life as a warrior in the urban battlefields of Iraq. Thrust into a culture and theater of war that he is little equipped or trained for, the author tries to make sense of his actions. Coarsened by combat and increasingly disdainful of the local population, he receives solace and insight from his life-long faith and ultimately emerges as a man who understands his role in the world.
Saber's Edge is also the story of the Green Mountain Boys of Task Force Saber: a story of comradeship and communion amid fierce street fighting in a crucial theater of the Iraq War (the eventual site of the "Al Anbar Awakening"). Based on the author's first-hand experiences and interviews with other soldiers, Saber's Edge presents a riveting account of modern urban warfare and the inspiring story of one man reconciling his actions in warfare.