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June
Man and the Natural World: Changing Attitudes in England 1500-1800 - Keith ThomasThroughout the ages man has struggled with his perceived place in the natural world. The idea of humans cultivating the Earth to suit specific needs is one of the greatest points of contention in this struggle. For how would have civilization progressed, if not by the clearance of the forests, the cultivation of the soil, and the conservation of wild landscape into human settlement? Yet what of the healing powers of unexploited nature, its long-term importance in the perpetuation of human civilization, and the inherent beauty of wild scenery? At no time were these questions addressed as pointedly
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Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction - Germaine GreerGermaine Greer examines Shakespeare's plays, showing how he dramatized moral and intellectual issues in such a way that his audience became aware of an imaginative dimension to daily life. Under the headings poetics, ethics, politics, teleology and sociology, she argues that as long as Shakespeare's work remains central to English cultural life, it will retain the values which make it unique in the world.
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Queer Looks - Martha Gever, Pratibha Parmar, John GreysonQueer Looks is a collection of writing by video artists, filmmakers and critics which explores the recent explosion of lesbian and gay independent media culture. A compelling compilation of artists' statements and critical theory, producer interviews and image-text works, this anthology demonstrates the vitality of queer artists under attack and fighting back. Each maker and writer deploys a surprising array of techniques and tactics, negotiating the difficult terrain between street pragmatism and theoretical inquiry. From guerilla Super-8 in Manila to AIDS video activism in New York; from dyke