Antiquity and Its Interpreters

Rebekah Smick, Alina Payne, Anne Kuttner (eds.). Antiquity and Its Interpreters. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

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Antiquity and its Interpreters examines how the physical and textual remains of the ancient Romans were viewed and received by writers, artists, architects, and cultural makers of early modern Italy. The importance of antiquity in the Renaissance has long been acknowledged, but this volume reconsiders the complex relationship between the two cultures in light of recent scholarship in the field and a new appreciation and awareness of the act of history writing itself. The case studies analyze specific texts, the archaeological projects that made 'antiquity' available, the revival of art history and theory, the appropriation of antiquities to serve social ideologies, and the reception of this cultural phenomenon in modern historiography, among other topics. Demonstrating that the antique model was itself an artful construct, Antiquity and its Interpreters shows that the originality of Renaissance culture owed as much to ignorance about antiquity as to an understanding of it. It also provides a synthesis of seminal work that recognizes the reciprocal relationship of the Renaissance to antiquity.

In the Fields of the Lord

Calvin G. Seerveld, 2000

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A Calvin Seerveld Reader

Diverse lectures and articles not available elsewhere on the topics of art, education, daily working life, philosophical matters, reading the bible.

Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves: Alternative Steps in Understanding Art

Calvin G. Seerveld, 2000

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A key thinker and teacher of philosophical aesthetics encourages mature, bold christian engagement with the arts.

The Arts, Community and Cultural Democracy

The Arts, Community and Cultural Democracy. Edited by Lambert Zuidervaart and Henry Luttikhuizen. London: Macmillan Press; New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000. ICS Library: NX180 .S6 A773 1999 c.1-3

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This interdisciplinary and international collection explores the role of the arts in shaping contemporary religion and politics. The authors ask about the future of viable communities and democratic cultures in a postmodern world. They look for clues in artistic practices and institutions, and in their impact on how people create history and interpret texts. Part I (Politics of Culture) describes economic, technological and political barriers to cultural democracy and suggests how they can be overcome. Part II (Institutions of Art) examines the impact of these barriers on the arts and shows how contemporary artists and their communities can respond. Part III (Questions of Interpretation) investigates the role of creative interpretation in forming open communities and contesting illegitimate authority. Part IV (Creations of History) carries this investigation into the field of art history, illustrating how artists and art historians have addressed issues of communal identity and cultural democracy in various settings.

Towards An Ethics Of Community: Negotiations of Difference in a Pluralist Society

Towards An Ethics Of Community: Negotiations of Difference in a Pluralist Society. James Olthuis, editor. 2000

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This book introduces readers to some of the most challenging and divisive dilemmas we face in this increasingly pluralistic postmodern world - issues such as family and domestic violence, Aboriginal rights, homosexuality and public policy and female genital mutilation.