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From Invasive to Iconic

A New Cultural Typology of Introduced Species

Clayton Fordahl

their differences, both types demonstrate the importance of social visibility in the cultural classification of introduced species. Affirmed Species: Natural and Iconic Introduced Species Moving along the spectrum of cultural responses, the final

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Glossolalia and Linguistic Alterity

The Ontology of Ineffable Speech

Evandro Bonfim

This article proposes a revised definition of glossolalia based on the ritual value of incomprehensible speech, which allows for an approach to meaning emergence in non-human languages and the issue of extreme linguistic alterity. The main social and acoustic features associated with glossolalia will be presented through the case study of a Christian charismatic community in Brazil (the Canção Nova), showing us how linguistic evidence supports different notions of Christian personhood and an iconic-based communication between human and divine beings.

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Revealing the Icons/Eye-Cons of Girls' Culture

Natalie Coulter

Kathleen Sweeney. 2008. Maiden USA: Girl Icons Come of Age. New York: Peter Lang.

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The Tacit Logic of Ritual Embodiments

Rappaport and Polanyi between Thick and Thin

Robert E. Innis

Roy Rappaport’s attempted semiotic schematization of the logic of ritual, relying on analytical tools from C. S. Peirce’s philosophical semiotics, is examined in terms of both its conceptual coherence and its relation to other schematizations of ritual, especially Michael Polanyi’s thematization of a ‘tacit logic’ of meaning-making. The Peircean foregrounding of sign types (icons, indices, symbols) is compared to Polanyi’s delineation of an irreducible from-to structure of consciousness, rooted in the distinction between focal and subsidiary awareness, and to his further distinction between indication and symbolization as ways of relating to and effecting symbolic complexes, such as rituals. One of the startling upshots of this comparison is that the distinctions between ‘thick ritual’ and ‘thin ritual,’ and between art and ritual, become extremely labile. Examples from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philip Larkin, and Simone Weil illustrate this last point.

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Interdependent Freedom: Sartrean Collectivism as (Good) Bad News for an Iconic American Myth

Damon Boria

This article attempts a full appreciation of interdependence in Sartre's thinking about practical freedom. The result is an account that opens Sartre's thinking on practical freedom to more than just the empowerment of individuals and groups. Ultimately, this means privileging, perhaps paradoxically, a vision of practical freedom that is greater by being more limited. The trajectory for this attempt is Sartre's 1971 diagnosis of America as “full of myths,” which provokes a critical examination of a vision of freedom in independence. The attempt is then fleshed out through encounters with notions that linger at the fringes of Sartre's thought, namely, happiness, progress, equality and the possibility of everything.

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The Girl in the Hijab

Contemporary Feminist Perspectives

Claudia Mitchell and Ann Smith

The image of a young girl wearing a hijab can be seen to be an iconic representation of the complex intersection between feminism on the one hand, and religion and culture on the other. While the hijab is a visible marker of traditional gender

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Identity in Sensible and Ephemeral Experiences

Religion, History, Society and Politics Revisited through Everyday Life Practices, Tourism, Symbols and Rituals

Soheila Shahshahani

author. The culinary vocabulary of this text is noteworthy as is its attention to tourism today and how a specific food presented symbolically can help in forming an important tourist icon. It is not only hard structures and heavy objects which can give

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Fates Worse Than Death

Destruction and Social Attachment in Timor-Leste

Gabriel Tusinski

arbitrary representational capacities of symbols, but also on the causal and qualitative dimensions of indexical and iconic signs. Following Keane’s (1997 , 2007) and Stasch’s (2011) revisions of American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce’s ([1940

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A Wolf’s Eye View of London

Dracula, Penny Dreadful, and the Logic of Repetition

Dragoş Manea

most iconic depictions). It is little wonder then that such characters have come to dominate our media landscape in recent years. As we have moved towards an age of transmedia franchises, riddled with competing reboots, remakes, and reimaginings

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Exhibition Reviews

Sheila K. Hoffman, Aya Tanaka, Bai Xue, Ni Na Camellia Ng, Mingyuan Jiang, Ashleigh McLarin, Sandra Kearney, Riria Hotere-Barnes, and Sumi Kim

Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, Massachusetts After major disasters, it is common for communities to gather at places of worship to give thanks for what was salvaged, pray for what was lost, and draw comfort, strength, and hope from shared