Monday, March 25, 2013

Visualizing Russia: Fedor Solntsev and Crafting a National Past

Edited by Cynthia Hyla Whittaker
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The Romantic search for a national past was a European Preoccupation in the first half of the nineteenth century. In Russia, this process led to the formation of the Russian Style that has until today so captivated the world's imagination. While the manifestations of this style are easily recognizable in gleaming gilt, vibrant colors, onion domes, peasant costume, and tsarist regalia, hardly anyone has realized the pioneering and defining role that Fedor Solntsev (1801-1892) played in the development of a Russian national aesthetic. This book rescues Solntsev from obscurity and celebrates his major contributions to the arts, archaeology, architecture, ethnography, icon painting, restoration work, and Russian nationalist ideology and also places his work in a general European context.

(Excerpt from books.google.com.hk)


俄羅斯美術隨筆

高莽
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何懷碩教授 推薦

俄羅斯的文化、思想、文學、音樂與繪畫一向在我心中有特別的份量。深刻、壯麗、雄渾與穿透心靈的力量,在歐洲只有貝多芬、歌德、莎士比亞、哈代、林布蘭、羅丹、孟克等等大師才能給我們一樣的震撼。俄國繪畫力量之強,在技巧上要歸功於他們對學生的訓練之嚴格。基礎訓練的素描之深刻、嚴謹而不板滯,因為內在神采的捕捉使它比印象派素描著眼於形式的追求要來得更富精神性的內涵。當代美術教育基礎訓練普遍放鬆,尤其西方後現代的新潮的影響,繪畫的式微令人懷憂。

俄羅斯繪畫在技巧之外,強調發揮文化的民族特色。──那些在時空推移中積澱而成的人文思想、生命態度、價值品味、生活風尚等等;吸收外來文化而不喪失自我;揚棄偏向於以技藝的巧變與視覺趣味的追求取代藝術表現人的心靈內在感受的形式主義。俄羅斯那個濃厚的人文主義的藝術傳統,應喚起當代藝術界的反省。

本書的作者高莽先生是年已八十的前輩。他的背景、經歷與修養,不但是最有資格寫這種書的藝術家,應該說現在再難以找到像高莽先生這樣的「內行人」了。高莽先生這本書不是美術史的寫法,也不是「畫冊」,而是一位對俄羅斯美術有深入了解,與許多俄國畫家為朋友,自己也是畫家、作家所寫的美術隨筆。其實這本書可以說是用親切的筆調寫近現代俄羅斯美術的「史論」隨筆。這本書可以引領你走進俄羅斯美術的天地中去嚐「鑊中一臠」。這本書會讓你打開另一扇窗,看到藝術世界中你知道最少的另一個廣闊豐美的花園。(詳見內文序)

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Painting Russia
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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Book of Tea

Okakura Kakuzo
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This modern classic invites the reader to discover a unique tradition that has come to symbolize the wisdom, beauty, and the elegant simplicity of Asian culture. The author celebrates the Way of Tea from its ancient origins in Chinese Taoism to its culmination in the Zen discipline known as the Japanese tea ceremony? an enchanting practice bringing together such arts as architecture, pottery, and flower arranging to create an experience that delights the senses, calms the mind, and refreshes the spirit. Tea was first used as a medicine and an alchemical elixir by the ancient Chinese Taoists, who praised its spiritual powers. Buddhist monks made drinking tea part of a tradition honoring the founder of Zen; this ritual was later refined in the performance of the Japanese tea ceremony as a meditative practice. The Book of Tea describes the rich aesthetic of Asian culture through the history, philosophy, and practice of brewing and drinking tea.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


日本茶道文化槪論

千宗室 審訂; 滕軍 著
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茶道是發源於中國、開花結果於日本的高層次的生活文化。“茶道”一詞初見於唐代。在唐代,茶道已脫離日常啜飲範圍而成為一種優雅的精神文化。 本書的作者滕軍同學來日留學不久便有機會參加了一次茶會。她以天生敏銳的感受力體驗到茶道的深湛魅力。於是她着手進行茶道文化學術研究,同時也開始學習實際點茶技法。其最初的成果是她的碩士論文《茶道思想源流研究》。其中的一部份登載於《茶湯》學術雜誌上,得到了高度的評價。

本書介紹了日本茶道的歷史、內容、道具、建築、禮法、思想、美學。

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Monday, March 11, 2013

硏究設計與寫作指導 : 定性、定量與混合硏究的路徑 (Research Design)

約翰. W. 克雷斯威爾 (John W. Creswell)
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《研究設計與寫作指導:定性、定量與混合研究的路徑》力求為人文社會科學中的定性研究、定量研究和混合研究設計提出一個框架、一種步驟和一些綜合建構方法。《研究設計與寫作指導:定性、定量與混合研究的路徑》中對三種研究路徑進行專門的比較探討,是由於人們對定性研究的興趣和應用日益增長的同時,繼續沿用定量研究設計,並且出現了混合研究。這一比較探討從初步思考三種研究路徑共同的知識線索、文獻綜述和反思學術探究中寫作與學術倫理問題的重要性入手,進一步提出研究中的關鍵要素:寫導言,陳述研究目的,確定研究問題和假設,理論的運用,定義、定界和闡明研究意義,提出數據收集、分析的方法和步驟。在這一過程的每一階段,讀者都會接觸到定性研究、定量研究和混合研究的方法。

(摘錄自www.amazon.cn)





Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry

Frederick J. Wertz, Kathy Charmaz, Linda M. McMullen, Ruthellen Josselson, Rosemarie Anderson, Emalinda McSpadden
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This unique text provides a broad introduction to qualitative analysis together with concrete demonstrations and comparisons of five major approaches. Leading scholars apply their respective analytic lenses to a narrative account and interview featuring "Teresa," a young opera singer who experienced a career-changing illness. The resulting analyses vividly exemplify what each approach looks like in action. The researchers then probe the similarities and differences among their approaches; their distinctive purposes and strengths; the role, style, and subjectivity of the individual researcher; and the scientific and ethical complexities of conducting qualitative research. Also included are the research participant's responses to each analysis of her experience. A narrative account from another research participant, "Gail," can be used by readers to practice the kinds of analysis explored in the book.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


Monday, March 4, 2013

Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes, and Journeys

Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper
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In 1997 the United Kingdom returned control of Hong Kong to China, ending the city’s status as one of the last remnants of the British Empire and initiating a new phase for it as both a modern city and a hub for global migrations. Hong Kong is a tour of the city’s postcolonial urban landscape, innovatively told through fieldwork and photography.

Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper’s point of entry into Hong Kong is the unusual position of the British expatriates who chose to remain in the city after the transition. Now a relatively insignificant presence, British migrants in Hong Kong have become intimately connected with another small minority group there: immigrants from Southeast Asia. The lives, journeys, and stories of these two groups bring to life a place where the past continues to resonate for all its residents, even as the city hurtles forward into a future marked by transience and transition. By skillfully blending ethnographic and visual approaches, Hong Kong offers a fascinating guide to a city that is at once unique in its recent history and exemplary of our globalized present.

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香港文學散步

小思 編著
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一段時期,香港人多少傾向於迴避歷史的重負。析骨還父,析肉還母,卻也真個闖出一番奇蹟。然而「生命中的輕」終歸不能承受太久;若不能體認歷史以潤澤生命,歷史會反過來把你釘死的。當然文學史沒有那麼嚴重。但如果你拒絕文學史給你想象自由的空間,難道你生命確能不無虧欠?讀文學史也不必煞有介事。雖然香港的文學行腳圖尚未繪就,這本書於豐富的文史蹤跡只不過指點一二而遠非盡舉,但已大抵足以引發你散步尋蹤了吧!你在這裏可以傾聽當年文學工作者的聲音,還有後來者的聲音,編寫者的聲音。還有,你這讀者、行者,不應該也有你自己的聲音麼?

(摘錄自香港書城)