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The waterless sea : a curious history of mirages

Author: Christopher Pinney
Publisher: London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2018.
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"Mirages have long astonished travelers of the sea and beguiled thirsty desert voyagers. Chinese and Japanese poetry and images depicted mirages as the exhalations of clam-monsters. Indian sources related them to the 'thirst of gazelles,' a metaphor for the futility of desire. From the late eighteenth century to the present, mirages became a symbol of 'Oriental despotis,' a malign, but also enchanted, emblem. But  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(OCoLC)1004760760
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Pinney
ISBN: 9781780239699 1780239696
OCLC Number: 1044855206
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Contents: Cover; Title Page; Imprint Page; Contents; Prologue: Chasing Mirage; 1: Strange Visions Under a Cliff in Central India, October 1829; 2: A World History of Mirages: The Thirst of the Gazelle; 3: 'Fallacious Evidence of the Senses'; 4: 'Mocking Our Distress'; 5: Cold and Hot: The Geography of Mirage; 6: Mirage and Crisis; 7: Oriental Mirages and 'Spectatorial Democracy'; 8: From Clam-monsters to Representative Democracy; 9: The Halted Viewer and Sfumato; 10: Memory and Modernity; 11: Theatrical Mirages; 12: The 'Mirage Medium of Fancy'; 13: Mirage and Oriental Despotism. 14: Keeping Mecca and Medina Invisible15: Inside Abdul Hamid ii's Head; 16: Mirage Pharmakon: Wild and Domestic; Epilogue: Real, But Not True; Glossary; References; Acknowledgements; Photo Acknowledgements; Index.
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The Waterless Sea is the first book devoted to the theories and history of mirages. Christopher Pinney navigates a sinuous pathway through a mysterious and evanescent terrain, showing how mirages  Read more...

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