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Unseasonable Youth examines a range of modernist-era fictions that
cast doubt on the ideology of progress through the figure of
stunted or endless adolescence. Novels of youth by Oscar Wilde,
Olive Schreiner, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells, James
Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, and Elizabeth Bowen disrupt the
inherited conventions of the bildungsroman in order to criticize
bourgeois values and to reinvent the biographical plot, but also to
explore the contradictions inherent in mainstream developmental
discourses of self, nation, and empire. The intertwined tropes of
frozen youth and uneven development, as motifs of failed progress,
play a crucial role in the emergence of dilatory modernist style
and in the reimagination of colonial space at the fin-de-siecle.
The genre-bending logic of uneven development - never wholly absent
from the coming-of-age novel - takes on a new and more intense form
in modernism as it fixes its broken allegory to the problem of
colonial development. In novels of unseasonable youth, the
nineteenth-century idea of world progress comes up against stubborn
signs of underdevelopment and uneven development, just at the same
moment that post-Darwinian racial sciences and quasi-Freudian
sexological discourses lend greater influence to the idea that
certain forms of human difference cannot be mitigated by civilizing
or developmental forces. In this historical context, the temporal
meaning and social vocation of the bildungsroman undergo a
comprehensive shift, as the history of the novel indexes the
gradual displacement of historical-progressive thinking by
anthropological-structural thinking in the Age of Empire.
"Implement the green strategies outlined in Dan Esty's and Andrew
Winston's bestseller "Green to Gold""
Hard-nosed business advice for gaining competitive advantage
through sustainability action in buildings and operations,
information technology, product design, sourcing, manufacturing,
logistics and transportation, marketing, accounting, and other key
Whether you are a climate change skeptic or an environmentalist,
sustainability issues cannot be ignored in today's corporate world.
With rising energy and natural resource costs, intensified
regulations, investor pressures, and a growing demand for
environmentally friendly products, sustainability is no longer an
option--it's a business imperative.
Unlike many green business books, the "Playbook" skips the
environmental ideology and deals exclusively with tools and
strategies that have been shown to cut costs, reduce risks, drive
revenues, and build brand identity.Builds on Dan Esty and Andrew
Winston's prizewinning "Green to Gold," which has become a business
classic and a staple of management training across the world.Shows
in detail how each business function or department can achieve an
eco-advantage over the competitionOffers frameworks, checklists,
and action plans applicable to any business-big or small, in
manufacturing or services
"The Green to Gold Business Playbook" gives you the tools to
make green work"-"and work profitably-for your business.
This cutting-edge financial casebook is divided into four modules:
Structuring Projects, Valuing Projects, Managing Project Risk, and
Financing Projects. The cases have been carefully selected to
reflect actual use of project finance over the past five years in
terms of geographic location (the cases come from 15 different
countries) and industrial sectors.
* Benjamin Esty, of the Harvard Business School, is one of the
leading scholars in project finance.
* Project finance is becoming the financing mechanism of choice for
many private firms.
* Cases require the reader to integrate knowledge from multiple
disciplines when making a single managerial decision. This
integration of functional areas such as strategy, operations,
ethics, and human resource management encourages the reader to
adopt a more integrative perspective and understanding of the
interconnectedness of managerial decision-making.
From the Publishers Weekly review:
"Two experts from Yale tackle the business wake-up-call du
jour-environmental responsibility-from every angle in this
thorough, earnest guidebook: pragmatically, passionately,
financially and historically. Though "no company the authors know
of is on a truly long-term sustainable course," Esty and Winston
label the forward-thinking, green-friendly (or at least
green-acquainted) companies WaveMakers and set out to assess
honestly their path toward environmental responsibility, and its
impact on a company's bottom line, customers, suppliers and
reputation. Following the evolution of business attitudes toward
environmental concerns, Esty and Winston offer a series of
fascinating plays by corporations such as Wal-Mart, GE and Chiquita
(Banana), the bad guys who made good, and the good guys-watchdogs
and industry associations, mostly-working behind the scenes. A vast
number of topics huddle beneath the umbrella of threats to the
earth, and many get a thorough analysis here: from global warming
to electronic waste "take-back" legislation to subsidizing
sustainable seafood. For the responsible business leader, this
volume provides plenty of (organic) food for thought. "