What is the role of the traditional Judeo-Christian concept of otherness in a secularized, high-tech society such as our own? In a world governed by the extensions of man-television, the telephone, the automobile, and the Internet-what happens to cultural values once held to be spiritual? In Leopards in the Temple: Selected Essays 1990-2000, Steven Carter explores the myriad ways in which technology and its "muses"-media entertainment and advertising, the so-called culture of electronics plus capitalism-are in the process of recycling metaphysical values in postmodern American life.
Steven Carter is the author of five books of literary and cultural criticism, including Bearing Across: Studies in Literature and Science (University Press of America, 2002). In 1989 he was awarded the Schachterle Prize by the National Society for Literature and Science. In 2001 he became the only two-time winner of Italy's coveted Nuove Lettere International Poetry and Literature Prize. A former Senior Fulbright Fellow at two Polish universities, Professor Carter teaches at California State University, Bakersfield.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Foreword by Arthur J. Spring Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Prologue: The Poetry of Night Chapter 5 The Horror and Splendor of "Radiant Appearing:" Notes from the Shadow of Chernobyl Chapter 6 The Descent of John Henry's Hammer Chapter 7 Romancing the Apocalypse, or: Why We Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb Chapter 8 Charles is an Angel of Goodness Chapter 9 "The Beauty of Her Vault" Chapter 10 Avatars of the Turtles Chapter 11 Intermission: The Two Infinites Chapter 12 Barbie and Jane vs. the Wooden Nutmegs of Connecticut Chapter 13 Surviving the Fall Chapter 14 Are We Having Fun Yet? Chapter 15 "Paper or Plastic?" "You Decide" Chapter 16 Mythopoesis and the Marketplace Chapter 17 Expecting the Barbarians Chapter 18 Leopards in the Temple Chapter 19 Selected Bibliography Chapter 20 Index