Mark Robson

articulation and realization of human energy’.10 Certainly such an aesthetic idealism does not seem to offer a fruitful avenue for enquiry. But does a more narrow conception of the aesthetic than that offered by new historicism necessarily entail such a vision of unity, lack of alienation and perfection? Part of the purpose of this essay is to suggest that this form of idealism was always an illusion, but that this does not mean that it can so easily be dismissed. Tellingly, in the narrative given in Practicing New Historicism, one of the main impulses behind the authors

in The new aestheticism
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Andrew Bowie

they relate to nature in ourselves and outside ourselves. This reflection is notably double-edged: the enthusiasm generated by liberation from theological constraints can easily give way to a suspicion of the resultant freedom and to the sense that the universe is inherently meaningless, because whatever meaning there is can only be a ‘merely human’ projection. The move that can be traced from early German Idealism to Schopenhauer can be seen somewhat schematically – German Idealism being a 4 Aesthetics and subjectivity far more complex phenomenon than is often

in Aesthetics and subjectivity
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Nico Randeraad

Quetelet and his contemporaries lives on in the offices of Eurostat. The nineteenth century was replete with idealism – an idealism so deep-seated that it has outlived its usefulness in some respects. At the congress in The Hague in 1869, Jean Baptist Baron van Hugenpoth tot den Beerenclauw called the gathering ‘the tribunal Europe’.8 Italian politician and statistician Cesare Correnti went so far as to say that the international congress was ‘the prophecy of a European parliament’.9 In hindsight, this may seem to be a portentous statement: a lot of talking but few

in States and statistics in the nineteenth century
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Pleasantville and the textuality of media memory
Paul Grainge

marginalisation of black, female, gay and radical ‘others’, 17 Pleasantville assimilates the terms of culture war debate that informed Gump ’s vision of family idealism, and that underwrote various elements of conservative rhetoric in the early 1990s. While Forrest Gump can be set in relation to the high-point of culture war discourse – a period where the 1960s were seen as the cause and origin of a more

in Memory and popular film
International man of stories
Peter Morey

external forces and personal choice’.7 The combination of the material specificities of injustice and the spiritual apprehensions informing his world view – Zoroastrianism tinged with Platonism – at times lend Mistry’s writing a similar aspect to that of the dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. There is the same tussle of pragmatism and idealism, the same preoccupation with the question of whether ‘environment determines consciousness’ or whether, as a character in Solzhenitsyn’s The First Circle insists: Man is invested from birth with a certain … essence. It is as

in Rohinton Mistry
Kant
Andrew Bowie

beauty to natural teleology, the purposiveness of individual organisms and the possible purposiveness of nature as a whole. In doing so, however, it threatens to undermine essential tenets of the first two Critiques. The third Critique is not least significant because of the ways in which it informs subsequent attempts in German Idealism to integrate Kant’s philosophy into an overall system, some of which give a major role to aesthetics. The CJ has, furthermore, become increasingly important in contemporary discussions of Kant’s work, appealing on the one hand to those

in Aesthetics and subjectivity
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Roger Southall

. Moreover ‘politics’ was presumed to entail the prior existence of ‘the state’, which at most, was taken to exist only in potential terms under colonial tutelage. When, belatedly political science did arrive, in response to the decolonizing formation of ‘new states’, it did so largely with all the baggage of American liberal commitment, with its diverse mix of idealism, universalism and (paradoxically) blinkered ethnocentrism (Omoruyi 1983). Africa’s ‘new states’ were assumed to be in the throes of a process of political modernization, whose end-state had an uncanny

in Democratization through the looking-glass
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The imperial metropolis of Heart of Darkness
Laura Chrisman

with an invoice, there is nothing to suggest he ever gets paid: This lot of ivory now is really mine. The Company did not pay for it. I collected it myself at a very great personal risk. I am afraid they will try to claim it as theirs though. H’m. It is a difficult case. What do you think I ought to do – resist? Eh? I want no more than justice. (p. 144) Kurtz’s profitability, I am arguing, consists not only in the quantities of ivory he collects, but also in the idealism he peddles. As one of the new ‘gang of virtue’ he has been brought in over the heads of the

in Postcolonial contraventions
Obama’s legacy in US China Policy
Peter Gries

Atlantic . I don’t know how you get up in the world every day … if you don’t have some sense of idealism, because you have to believe that as hard as it is, you’re going to prevent the dictator from oppressing his people, you’re going to help to stop the war, you’re going to figure out a way to get clean water to thirsty people and cure kids of disease. And at the same time, I don’t know how you go through the day and expect to be successful without being very hard-headed and realistic. 9 Obama and Clinton did not just talk the talk about a hard-headed idealism

in The United States in the Indo-Pacific
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The adolescent girl and the nation
Elleke Boehmer

narratives of self-making from its native sons. In its final scene Waldo, too, dies, though unlike Lyndall he returns to the farm before his death. Their deaths thus have different valencies. If Lyndall’s refusal to endure represents a protest which, however limited, the farmstead cannot countenance and must exclude, Waldo’s death in the bosom of the farm suggests that the reproduction of the society itself has become untenable. The colonial/adult world in which vindictive white men are dominant is a sterile place. It defeats aspirations, repels idealism; it offers no

in Stories of women