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Like all enslaved people, Hiram has dreamed of escaping the plantation his whole life. Any information he learned, he remembered, no matter how complex, detailed, or trivial. However, the one thing he is not able to remember is Rose. For Hiram, memory is simultaneously a superpower and a deficiency, a site of joy and a site of pain.
Indeed, the book suggests that memory achieves its significance through these paradoxes. Active Themes. Memory vs. One Sunday in December, he awakes early. The Street is deserted, as everyone is inside, trying to keep warm.
He searches for signs that might lead him to Rose. He thinks again and again of the trough of water, and suddenly starts running as fast as he can go.
He is overwhelmed by visions, and sees the blue light that will, many years later, appear by the bridge. The Street is the part of Lockless plantation where the enslaved people live. The overseer is the person assigned to supervise work on the plantation, usually doing so in an extremely brutal manner. However, they are not enslaved and have relative power over black people due to their race.
However, the blue light disappears, and Hiram finds himself back in the cabin where he woke up. When he tries to think of Rose , the memory of her dissolves into wisps. The Alberta crushers hold tight to their rank, astral-gazing grindcore, staring down abyssal torment all the while. Bandcamp Album of the Day Mar 31, Enlightened In Eternity by Spirit Adrift.
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As he analyzes the Balinese cockfight, Geertz pushes toward a view of that ritual as the expression of a conflicted social unconscious, as a practice that makes gambling a metaphor for what cannot be said directly or literally.
Relying less than he on a psychoanalytic model, I will nevertheless look at gambling as an activity that questions the established order. If, as Jackson Lears has claimed, gambling is "a different way of being in the world," it is because the gambler's embrace of the game's confected but threatening contingency presupposes both a different world and a different law governing that world.
That other world brings with it the freedom of stepping outside what proclaims itself as necessity, the freedom of no longer accepting the existing order as the only game in town. Geertz's approach to gambling, his careful attention to the details of the cockfight and the social tensions surrounding it, also makes clear why there can be no general or universal history of gambling. The way people gamble, and what that activity says of them, are parts of a larger cultural whole defined by the contours and tensions of a given society at a given time.
Respecting that need for specificity, this study will focus primarily on gambling in France at various moments over the last eight centuries. Yet, even limited to a single culture, the history of gambling as social semantics can never be articulated as a continuous and integrated narrative. In the chapters that follow, rather than offering a seamless progression from period to period, I will focus instead on what I would call "flash points.
Addressed to wide audiences of nongamblers as well as gamblers, these works show how gambling's dialectic between the random and the determined, between chaos and order, brings into play the larger ethical, economic and cultural conflicts defining a given period.
After an opening chapter that examines the challenges involved in articulating a cultural history of gambling and the relation of that history to the changing attitudes toward chance within the French tradition, Chapter Two focuses on Jehan Bodel's early thirteenth-century religious play Le Jeu de Saint Nicolas.
In it, dicing and the boisterous vitality of the tavern provide the setting for the story of a conversion to the Christian faith of not only the King of Africa but of the entire Moslem world. Juxtaposing tavern and palace, urban masses and monarch, money and faith, this play uses the dice game, hazard, to question the defining polarities of medieval culture.
Chapter Three looks at the way the seventeenth-century moralist Blaise Pascal restages and extends Bodel's synthesis of gambling and salvation.
Chapters Four, Five, and Six, moving to the eighteenth century, examine how that period's major antagonists, the aristocracy and the emerging bourgeoisie, came to gamble so differently. Chapter Four shows how the rules and strategies of the Enlightenment's most popular card game, brelan, reveal in its essence the ethics of bluff that motivated the manipulations and deceptions of libertinage as the signature style of a threatened aristocracy. Chapter Five takes up the specific case of Casanova, the eighteenth century's most illustrious gambler and lover.
His expertise not only at the aristocratic games of pharaon and biribi but at the popular gambling of the lottery makes his portrayal of gambling one of the most revealing mirrors of the Enlightenment's defining divisions. Chapter Six examines three plays staging the figure of the gambler, two from the beginning of the century and one from well after its midpoint. Taken together, they highlight the massive shift in gambling's cultural implications imposed by the ascendant bourgeoisie.
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