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Beckett and anxiety
Russell Smith

’s earliest attempts to express himself in a foreign language, part of what Mark Nixon calls a ‘personal and cultural It’s nothing 193 German complex’ that was part of an ongoing effort ‘to achieve a more personal and direct statement in his writing’.3 Although its purpose is in part a linguistic exercise, it also articulates with admirable lucidity an insight that was clearly important to Beckett, coming as it does during a renewal of his anxiety attacks in the wake of an apparently failed course of psychoanalysis. Indeed, its displacement of anxiety from subjective

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Martin D. Moore

for this work coincided with diagnoses of diabetes in my family, and as part of writing the manuscript I have been fortunate enough to interview actors involved with structures for managing the health service and its professionals. As a result of these experiences, I have come to appreciate the potential value of managerial technologies. 81 Practitioners themselves want reassurance that they are providing the most efficacious treatment for their patients, and – within the current capacities of therapeutics and the health services – it is certainly useful for

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sarah Grand and the sexual education of girls
Janet Beer and Ann Heilmann

9 ‘If I Were a Man’: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sarah Grand and the sexual education of girls Janet Beer and Ann Heilmann ‘I wish and I wish I were a man’, Christina Rossetti wrote wistfully in 1854, adding that the most felicitous condition for women was perhaps that which allowed the cessation of existence altogether: ‘Or, better than any being, were not:/Were nothing at all in all the world’. To Rossetti, writing at a time of public and private disenfranchisement, woman appeared but a ‘doubly blank’ slate, at best to be inscribed with the desire for masculine

in Special relationships
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Clergy, orality and print in the Scottish Gaelic world
Donald Meek

, whether in the pulpit or at the writing-desk. 84 The pulpit and the pen ORALITY AND LITERACY IN THE CELTIC AND GAELIC CONTEXTS It is a commonly held popular ‘myth’ that the Celtic areas of Britain and Ireland had little or no access to the written word before c. 1870. This interpretation appears to rest partly on an external view of the ‘Celtic Fringe’ propounded by apologists for anglocentric perspectives of history, although at different stages it has also suited the arguments of Celtic scholars, as well as non-specialists, to stress the outright predominance of

in The spoken word
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Peter Calvert

70 DISCIPLINES 5 History peter calvert The main purpose of this chapter is to show how historians have contributed to our understanding of the processes of democratization. In the course of this the main focus will be on the different views historians have taken of alternative paths to democracy and particularly its early stages – the so-called ‘first wave’ (see Huntington 1991). To do this, however, we have first to take into account the ways in which different historians have approached the writing of history. Democratization here is taken to be a process by

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Romances, novels, and the classifications of Irish Romantic fiction
Christina Morin

-era literature. While modern-day readers frequently view gothic and historical fictions of this period as distinctly different types of writing, especially in the period following the publication of Waverley (1814), contemporary accounts of these fictions are much more equivocal in their categorisations of works that were unquestioningly understood as cross-formal and cross-generic. Looking back to the novels of James White, considered in Chapter 1 , we see the manner in which late eighteenth-century critics struggled with the formal classifications that

in The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829
James Thompson

caring for and observing the care for Antoine. It is an enquiry into the possible shape of an aesthetics of care , drawn from the collision of professional practice, personal politics and domestic circumstances that inevitably occurred when a Congolese drama worker, with whom I had conducted theatre workshops in the DRC, ended up sharing my house. The political, ethical and ultimately intimate challenge this made forced me to rethink the boundaries of my practice. There is no claim in this writing that the experience was in any way easy, heroic or exemplary. It was in

in Performing care
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Sara Haslam

1 The narrative push In this chapter the relationship between fragmentation, repression and writing will be explored. Some of the less obvious contributing factors for Ford’s first volume of autobiography (Ancient Lights) will also be examined. Close attention will be paid to the historical context that helped to produce Ancient Lights – discussed briefly in the Introduction and again in Chapter 5. Necessarily brief in its attention to some major issues (notably the First World War, addressed in Chapter 4), this is primarily a survey chapter that begins to

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Paul de Rapin de Thoyras’s Histoire
Ben Dew

rooted in a ‘philosophy of idealist conservatism’ and contained ‘no suggestion […] that change has occurred or should occur in history, no reference to economic life or ideas’.10 While W H I G H I S T O R Y 103 other historians writing both before and after Trevor-Roper have maintained that institutional political development did play a key part in the Histoire,11 the absence of an engagement with economic ideas continues to be seen as a distinguishing feature of Rapin’s work. Laird Okie, for example, has argued that Rapin was a ‘transitional’ figure between the

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Clare Woodford

. Two models of exemplarity In much of Cavell’s writing on film he seeks to show us that the protagonists of the films he terms “remarriage comedies” live a form of perfectionism that he upholds as desirable for contemporary democratic society: moral perfectionism. However, there appear to be two ways in which we can interpret exemplarity in Cavell

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