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A professor of poetry uses a deck of playing cards to measure the time until her lover returns from Afghanistan. Congolese soldiers find their loneliness reflected in the lyrics of rumba songs. Survivors of the siege of Sarajevo discuss which book they would have never burned for fuel. A Romanian political prisoner writes her memoir in her head, a book no one will ever read. These are the arts of survival in times of crisis. Rumba Under Fire proposes we think differently about what it means for the arts and liberal arts to be “in crisis.” In prose and poetry, the contributors to Rumba Under Fire explore what it means to do art in hard times. How do people teach, create, study, and rehearse in situations of political crisis? Can art and intellectual work really function as resistance to power? What relationship do scholars, journalists, or even memoirists have to the crises they describe and explain? How do works created in crisis, especially at the extremes of human endurance, fit into our theories of knowledge and creativity?

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Support the Publisher
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxiv
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  1. Triptych (The Library)
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. What Book Would you Never Burn (For Fuel)?
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Poems in Prison: The Survival Strategies of Romanian Political Prisoners
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. Writing Resistance: Lena Constante's The Silent Escape and the Journal as Genre in Romania's (Post)Communist Literary Field
  2. pp. 31-52
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  1. War and the Food of Dreams: An Interview with Cara de Silva
  2. pp. 53-78
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  1. Atempause and Atemschaukel: The Post-War Periods of Primo Levi and Herta Müller
  2. pp. 79-100
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  1. Theater in Wartime
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Counting Cards: A Poetics for Deployment
  2. pp. 103-118
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  1. Ace of Hearts
  2. pp. 119-120
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  1. Civilization and its Malcontents: On Teaching Western Humanities in "The New Turkey"
  2. pp. 121-144
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  1. Departure Entrance
  2. pp. 145-154
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  1. Profanations: The Public, The Political and the Humanities in India
  2. pp. 155-174
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  1. Village Cosmopolitanisms: Or, I See Kabul from Lado Sarai
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. Terpischore
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. Rumba Under Fire: Music as Morale and Morality in Music at the Frontlines of the Congo
  2. pp. 201-230
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  1. Ulysses
  2. pp. 231-232
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Contributor Biographies
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  1. Back Cover
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  1. Publication Data
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780692655832
MARC Record
OCLC
1182881178
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2020-08-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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