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French-canadian Community In New Brunswick - Political Evolution 1960-82 By Sergio Zenere
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The period this study considers goes from the Robichaud era (1960-70) to the disbandment of Parti Acadien (1982) with a mention of the reforms of the Hatfield era (1970-87 ) and of the consequences... More > of Acadian mobilization. First, an historical perspective is adopted to properly introduce Acadian history and social evolution so that all details can fall properly into place to identify the rise of the Acadian civic network pivoting around the Catholic Church; second, the circumstances of the fall from power of the Catholic elite are introduced and discussed (1960 onwards ); third, the aftermath and consequences of Acadian (and francophone ) mobilization are briefly considered (1982-1996) in the overall attempt to chart the obstacles the Acadian community in New Brunswick (Atlantic Canada) had to face and the strategies it deployed to progress.< Less
Explore how cities create a range of felt intensities. By Sergio Zenere
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'Intensities' are the result (and not the cause) of community formation, which the above considerations help to put in the right perspective. Moscow, Mexico City, Tanzania, Zimbabwe are all cases... More > documenting the impact of neoliberalism and related international network dynamics on the society at large: old communities decline and new rise, in a perpetual community (un)building process. The lot of communities in urban settings isn't equal: talking about minorities, predominantly African neighborhoods still struggle, while Chinese communities historically rose and prospered relatively quickly. 'Traditional' communities do influence one another, but “ungrounded communities” play an increasingly bigger role (I.T industries, banking...). 'Segregation' and 'enclosure', then, rise on different grounds for different reasons, yet theorists point to 'colonial' motifs and attitudes.< Less
World War I: poetry, ideology, society. A degree dissertation By Sergio Zenere
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Why did eminent critics sharply reject some war poems? Why did critics and war poets mention opposition between the home and the battle front? Why was the mass of war veterans so disquieted after the... More > war to stand behind the swift of diverse Fascist movements in various European countries? How did a war that seemed just another regional war turn into a geopolitical and social catastrophe comparable to the French Revolution? Why did war poems question the received notions of the socially acceptable? This study explores change in its most abrupt form, which spared nothing raising from the ashes of the unrepentant Belle Epoque positivism. From gender relations to societal fabric and emotional, financial and bodily integrity: the foundation of European civilization was at stake.< Less
De Sade, Robert Owen: The Social Body By Sergio Zenere
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Starting from a self-contained digression from Sade's non-obscene novel Aline et Valcour (1795) and Robert Owen's A New View of Society (1816), both purposefully engineered as a manifesto, a... More > comparison is attempted -within the study's limited scope – between Sade's and Owen's andragogy and idea of a 'new society' in the realm of (Utopian) reformism. Their advocacy survives today in the postmodern legacy that still recurs to all-purpose sophisms to advance new causes by eliciting strong emotional responses. Both authors have been described in a number of diverse and conflicting ways spanning the extremes of the political spectrum. In spite of the obvious differences between accomplished industrialist and trail-blazing reformer Owen and lunatic Sade, whose direct political experience was scant, their views reveals glaring similarities that go well beyond the Utopian motif of imaginary worlds concocted as beacon of progress.< Less
De Sade's Utopian Digression of Butua By Sergio Zenere
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This essay tries to analyze and to put in perspective one self-contained, dystopian digression contained in Aline et Valcour (1795), de Sade's long, romanesque epistolary novel, namely the episode (... More > from the “letter XXXV” in the novel ) describing the exotic, imaginary African kingdom of Butua. While the topic requires at times to venture into the realm of utopian studies, or general Sadean studies, it must be emphasized that an exhaustive or all-encompassing analysis of the above is well beyond the scope of this paper, whose limited purpose is only a better comprehension of Sade's use of utopia to disperse a philosophical/political message, in a fashion that seems to me perfectly attuned to Enlightenment and XVIII century in general.< Less
De Sade's Aline Et Valcour By Sergio Zenere
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This study tries to explore selected topics to document how Sade's novel Aline et Valcour (1795) best epitomizes the atmosphere of the society at large and most commonplace and 'hot' debates in... More > XVIII century France, among the higher classes; the dissertation will thus have to grapple with Sadeani studies, although on an unconventional wavelength. It will be necessary to examine the structures of XVIII century French nobility in its composing halves and its relation with the State; it will also be necessary to examine the broad context of XVIII century France; historical and social facts and dynamics will be employed to suggest a possible explanation< Less
Sade As a Didact - Narrative Strategies By Sergio Zenere
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This study discusses selected aspects of a few non-obscene works of de Sade in order to understand why and how does narrative take the shape or masquerade as folk tales or eye-witness accounts in... More > Aline et Valcour (1795) and a few stories from the anthologies Historiettes, contes et fabliaux [ 'Dorci', 'L'époux corrigé', 'La chastelaine de Longeville', 'Le président mystifié' ](1788) and Les crimes de l'amour ['Florville et Courval'] (1800). Motific suggestions ( for example the deliverance of the virgin; the initiatory journey in the realm of the physical, the mystical and the allegorical ) and their immemorial utopian genesis are also examined, for they recur in 'proper' political science and are routinely exploited and perverted to the advantage of Sade's peculiar world view: helpless mankind inhabits a hectic universe at the mercy of an unconcerned 'invisible hand' (in turn identified with nature, fate or providence ) whose only ethic is highly situational.< Less
A Pedlar a Prig and a Dolt 2018 edition By Sergio Zenere
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Is there any virtue in telling true stories as opposed to false ones? Why do news more and more often read/look like (clumsily) planned ad campaigns or third-rate reality shows? Why does emphasis... More > invariably seem to fall on tides of emotion (both positive and negative, to praise or to blame) that play center-stage whereas truth, veracity, statistical probability and plausibility are by far not necessary ingredients and are -in all cases- superseded by 'emotional truth'? Does this go back to the very core of the human mind, to 'neuralgic points' whose stimulation invariably guarantees a given knee-jerk reaction? Do ageold myths play any role in this? Many ancient myths, mythical figures and their contemporary variations are mentioned: the hero's journey; the meek, persecuted, rejected and slain/crucified savior-god-hero, and so forth. The concept of “pseudo-sanctity” is introduced; the pliable nature of myth from the dawn of time is explored.< Less
A Pedlar a Prig and a Dolt By Sergio Zenere
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Is there any virtue in telling true stories as opposed to false ones? Why do news more and more often read/look like (clumsily) planned ad campaigns or third-rate reality shows? Why does emphasis... More > invariably seem to fall on tides of emotion (both positive and negative, to praise or to blame) that play center-stage whereas truth, veracity, statistical probability and plausibility are by far not necessary ingredients and are -in all cases- superseded by 'emotional truth'? Does this go back to the very core of the human mind, to 'neuralgic points' whose stimulation invariably guarantees a given knee-jerk reaction? Do ageold myths play any role in this? Many ancient myths, mythical figures and their contemporary variations are mentioned: the hero's journey; the meek, persecuted, rejected and slain/crucified savior-god-hero, and so forth. The concept of “pseudo-sanctity” is introduced; the pliable nature of myth from the dawn of time is explored.< Less
A CRITICAL EXPLORATION OF THE THEME OF DEATH IN CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY By Sergio Zenere
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The present writer wishes to offer a succinct overview of the main themes linking together the narratives discussed in this writing. Such mythological narratives are those of Adonis, Callisto,... More > Ganymede and Hippolytus. Although improbable at first sight, there are a number of motifs accompanying one or all the versions of these myths. The main motifs are those of the dying and rising hero, which may optionally take the form of a metamorphosis; of the boundary that is eventually transgressed; of the consequences of the lack of sophrosyne appropriate to the circumstances; of the realm that is eventually gotten back and forth into. In the beginning, the present writer shall argue how such narratives are quintessential narratives sinking into the mist of time.< Less

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