metamorphosis could easily become attached to a member of the
community. How then should we evaluate the principle of ostention which is
central to Stephen Mitchell’s interpretation of the 1808 Izzard case? This
principle refers to the possibility of people acting out stories, but how
did they perform broomstick riding or change into an animal? A very special
example of making stories into physical reality is provided by Richard
]. 9 By contrast, in 1998 Peter Smith sounded an earthy ‘key
in the Renaissance conception of meaning’ leading to
‘Sir John Harrington’s Ovidian parody Metamorphosis
of Ajax [A Jakes = privy]’. 10 A decade later, Elam summed
these sorties: ‘Despite the unenviable fate of the steward,
and despite the unflattering image of interpretation that the
of God (London, 1590 ), Richard
Harvey had attacked Nashe by name.
Charles Nicholl, A Cup of News: The Life
of Thomas Nashe (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984 ). The eight other books burned were
John Marston, The Metamorphosis of Pigmalions Image and
hope of mental health, not just in the mind’s spectacular resources, nor in the inﬁnite possibilities of narrative, but in the
process of transformation between the two. Lambrichs’s work urges us to
consider the alchemy of metamorphosis that takes place between inner and
outer worlds, between experience and its internalisation, and between
diﬀering forms of symbolic representation, to discover to what extent we
can truly possess our many lives.
Louise L. Lambrichs, Journal d’Hannah (Paris: La Diﬀérence, ); A ton image
(Paris: Olivier/Seuil, ). All
Louise Krasniewicz, ‘Magical
Transformations: Morphing and Metamorphosis in Two Cultures’,
in Sobchack (ed.), Meta-Morphing , p. 54.
Krasniewicz, ‘Magical Transformations, p.
Gabilondo, ‘Morphing Saint
‘to treat “the present” as history’, and that ‘this
move accomplished a metamorphosis of the genre of history writing itself,
a change of its focus on the past alone to a focus on the present (and
future) of historical societies as well’ (2003: 599). White adds: ‘Mixture,
hybridity, epicenity, promiscuity – these may be the rule now’ (2003: 602).
In short, historicity itself is not what it used to be, and perhaps it never
was; it, too, has always already had a history.
In another essay, White begins by contrasting historical and fictional
discourse. The former is
beginning to argue) now a handicap for the unions and their members? Has the party’s metamorphosis into ‘New’ Labour fundamentally altered the
rules and norms governing the relationship? We do not know the answers. But only
by studying the changing norms, conventions, role conceptions and aspirations –
the cultural fabric of organisational life – can we commence the search for answers.
In short, homo sociologicus, as The Contentious Alliance demonstrates so well, still
has much more to offer than does homo economicus.
correct; but in order to create a clearer focus, he compares intellectual
history to the ‘history of ideas’. In the latter case, researchers have
traditionally concentrated on key ideas and how these have changed
over the course of history. ‘An historian of ideas’, writes Gordon,
‘will tend to organize the historical narrative around one major idea
and will then follow the development or metamorphosis of that idea
as it manifests itself in different contexts and times.’8
8 Peter E. Gordon, ‘What is Intellectual History? A Frankly Partisan Introduction
-following, and the methodology of situational analysis’, in Mäki, U., Gustafsson, B., and Knudsen, C. (eds),
Rationality, Institutions and Economic Methodology, London and New York,
Lea, S., Tarpy, R., and Webley, P. (1993), The Individual in the Economy, Cambridge,
Cambridge University Press.
Levinsohn, P. (1977), Toy, Mirror and Art: the metamorphosis of technological culture, et cetera.
Preferences and novelty
Lewin, S. (1996), ‘Economics and psychology: lessons for our own day from the early
twentieth century’, Journal of Economic Literature, 34 (3), pp