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Delogu, Christopher Jon

Works: 15 works in 38 publications in 3 languages and 2,063 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Biography  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Translator, Author, Thesis advisor
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Most widely held works by Christopher Jon Delogu
Murder in Byzantium by Julia Kristeva( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: In this absorbing, suspenseful novel Julia Kristeva combines social satire, medieval history, philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, and autobiography within a gruesome murder mystery. Murder in Byzantium deftly moves from eleventh-century Europe, wracked by the turbulence of the First Crusade, to the sun-dappled, cultural wasteland of present-day Santa Varvara, threatened by religious cults, gangs, and a serial killer on the loose. This killer is murdering members of a dubious religious sect, the New Pantheon, and leaving a mysterious figure eight drawn on their corpses. Meanwhile, Sebastian Chrest-Jones, a noted professor of human migrations, clandestinely writing a novel about the Byzantine princess-historian Anna Comnena, disappears on a quest to learn more about an ancestor who roamed across Europe to Byzantium during the First Crusade. Kristeva's recurring characters, detective Northrop Rilsky and the French journalist Stephanie Delacour, step in and desperately try to piece together the two-part mystery in the midst of their unexpected love affair. In the tradition of Umberto Eco, Susan Sontag, and Ian McEwan, Kristeva skillfully weaves philosophical and critical ideas into her fiction. Peering into the mores, obsessions, and excesses of contemporary society, Kristeva offers an engrossing portrait of Santa Varvara, a paradoxical place of sunshine and pollution where skeletons lurk in the closets of politicians and oil company executives. Her descriptions of the First Crusade and the Byzantine Empire vividly evoke a distant past while speaking to such contemporary concerns as immigration, fundamentalism, terrorism, and the East-West divide. Murder in Byzantiumis also the only work in which Kristeva explores her Bulgarian roots. In the midst of this rich, multilayered historical novel, Kristeva also presents three stunning, closely observed, and interlocking portraits of characters struggling with loss and emptiness in their personal histories and day-to-day lives
Enchantment : the seductress in opera by Jean Starobinski( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in 3 languages and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We often look to the theater for spectacle and wonder, but in opera, we find pure enchantment. What is it about the marriage of music and the stage that fills us with such bewilderment and passion? How does the sensual space of opera transport us into the realm of dream? Jean Starobinski considers the allure of several seducers and seductresses from nineteenth-century opera-Monteverdi's Poppea, Handel's Alcina, and Massenet's Manon, among others-and how their stories are woven into the fabric of Western culture. A talented storyteller and renowned critic of literature and music, Starobinski moves from musical analysis and textual exegesis to an investigation of the political, social, and aesthetic scene of Europe at the time. He traces the elements of theater, poetry, painting, sculpture, dance, and music as they occur in operatic performance, and shows how opera's use of narrative genres, especially the fairy tale, in turn influenced many important short stories, novels, and other works. Nineteenth-century romantics were drawn to opera because of their desire to revive a religious vision of the world that the Enlightenment suppressed. Starobinski revisits the experiences of Rousseau, Stendhal, Hoffmann, Balzac, and Nietzsche, major writers who fell for opera's portrayal of "heaven," the loss of one's love, and the task of the artist, whether composer or performer. Starobinski's critical breadth and depth, as well as his eclectic taste and keen observation, echo such great comparative critics as Erich Auerbach, René Wellek, George Steiner, Harold Bloom, and Angus Fletcher. This spellbinding book will enchant not only fans of the opera, but also those who wish to understand the form's enduring heritage in Western culture.--
Islam, an American religion by Nadia Marzouki( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The practice of Islam in the United States, spanning more than a century, has a contentious history that has escalated over the past decade. Debates have raged over Islam’s articles of faith, especially within an American context, and its practitioners’ intent. Some characterize these arguments as a clash between a white, evangelical majority and a Muslim minority, or they see it as evidence of the divide between tolerant liberals and close-minded conservatives. Casting this conflict as a generic struggle between us and them, Nadia Marzouki argues, is a gross oversimplification of Islam’s development in America. In Islam: An American Religion, Marzouki investigates how Islam is lived, how it has changed, and how its identity has overlapped with American foreign policy toward the Muslim world. Revisiting the uproar over the construction of mosques, the perceived threat of encroaching Shar’ia law, and the overseas promotion of America’s secular democratic traditions, Marzouki finds that public tensions over Islam in the United States reflect more of the West’s ambivalence toward freedom of speech and political culture than the religion’s purported agenda. Her unbiased portrait highlights American Islam’s open outlook, which embodies and advances the core principles of the American political project. -- Provided by publisher
In search of the lost Orient : an interview by Olivier Roy( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tocqueville and Democracy in the Internet Age by Christopher Jon Delogu( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tocqueville and Democracy in the Internet Age is an introduction to Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) and his monumental two-volume study Democracy in America (1835, 1840) that pays particular attention to the critical conversation around Tocqueville and contemporary democracy. It attempts to help us think better about democracy, and also perhaps to live better, in the Internet Age
Ralph Waldo Emerson une introduction by Christopher Jon Delogu( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in French and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the empire : the breakdown of the American order by Emmanuel Todd( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A historian and anthropologist use demographic and economic factors to explain the waning hegemony of the United States
Reading the fantastic : chance encounters with Shakespeare, Baudelaire, Saussure, and Blanchot by Christopher Jon Delogu( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dissertation rethinks the notion of fantasy and the literary genre of the fantastic by witnessing a series of encounters between selected readers and texts usually classed as fantastic. There are three chapters and a conclusion which consider in order : Jacques Derrida on Saussure's "Cours de linguistique générale", Freud, Lacan, and Nicolas Abraham on "Hamler" ; Paul de Man on Baudelaire and lyric poetry ; and Sartre on Blanchot. The dissertation claims that Tzvetan Todorovs "Introduction à la littérature fantastique" marks a turning point in the study of "The Fantastic" by not having as its criteria for what counts as fantastic the presence or absence of certain stock figures or props such as : vampires, ghosts, trapdoors, castles, etc. By defining the fantastic in terms of the effects that the fantastic exerts on the reader and the attitudes that the reader is obliged to adopt while reading a particular fantastic text, we argue that Todorov's approach opens the possibility for studying texts under the rubric of "The Fantastic" which may not have the traditional plots or props, but which do cause similar reading effects. The defining characteristic of "the fantastic" is the reader's hesitation between allegorical and representational interpretations of textual elements or events. The fantastic text suspends the faculty of understanding which under normal circumstances would have no trouble giving a report that would answer journalistic questions such as : who? what? when? where? with whom? and so on. Each chapter witnesses something fantastic that goes on between the reader and the text in each instance of reading
The metamorphoses of fat : a history of obesity by Georges Vigarello( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to the present, paying particular attention to the role of science, fashion, fitness crazes, and public health campaigns in shaping these views. While hefty bodies were once a sign of power, today those who struggle to lose weight are considered poor in character and weak in mind. Vigarello traces the eventual equation of fatness with infirmity and the way we have come to define ourselves and others in terms of body type. Vigarello begins with the medieval artists and intellectuals who treated heavy bodies as symbols of force and prosperity. He then follows the shift during the Renaissance and early modern period to courtly, medical, and religious codes that increasingly favored moderation and discouraged excess. Scientific advances in the eighteenth century also brought greater knowledge of food and the body's processes, recasting fatness as the "relaxed" antithesis of health. The body-as-mechanism metaphor intensified in the early nineteenth century, with the chemistry revolution and heightened attention to food-as-fuel, which turned the body into a kind of furnace or engine. During this period, social attitudes toward fat became conflicted, with the bourgeois male belly operating as a sign of prestige but also as a symbol of greed and exploitation, while the overweight female was admired only if she was working class. Vigarello concludes with the fitness and body-conscious movements of the twentieth century and the proliferation of personal confessions about obesity, which tied fat more closely to notions of personality, politics, taste, and class
A novel by Julia Kristeva( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transcendentalism and the Way to Freedom by Camille Tardy( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Après l'empire. English;After the empire by Emmanuel, 1951- Todd( Book )

in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Hannah's dress : Berlin 1904-2014 by Pascale Hugues( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hannah's Dress tells the dizzying story of Berlin's modern history. Curious to learn more about the city she has lived in for over twenty years, journalist Pascale Hugues investigates the lives of the men, women and children who have occupied her ordinary street during the course of the last century. We see the street being built in 1904 and the arrival of the first families of businessmen, lawyers and bankers. We feel the humiliation of defeat in 1918, the effects of economic crisis, and the rise of Hitler's Nazi party. We tremble alongside the Jewish families, whose experience is so movingly captured in the story of two friends, Hannah and Susanne. When only Hannah is able to escape the horrors of deportation, the dress made for her by Susanne becomes a powerful reminder of all that was lost. In 1945 the street is all but destroyed; the handful of residents left want to forget the past altogether and start afresh. When the Berlin Wall goes up, the street becomes part of West Berlin and assumes a rather suburban identity, a home for all kinds of petite bourgeoisie, insulated from the radical spirit of 1968. However, this quickly changes in the 1970s with the arrival of its most famous resident, superstar David Bowie. Today, the street is as tranquil and prosperous as in the early days, belying a century of eventful, tumultuous history. This engrossing account of a single street, awarded the prestigious 2014 European Book Prize, sheds new light on the complex history not only of Berlin but of an entire continent across the twentieth century
In Search of the Lost Orient by Christopher Jon Delogu( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Murder in ByzantiumA novel
Alternative Names
Delogu C. Jon

Delogu, C. Jon (Christopher Jon)

Delogu, Christopher Jon

Enchantment : the seductress in operaAfter the empire : the breakdown of the American orderA novelAprès l'empire. English;After the empire