Can performance care?
Maurice Hamington

bodily sensation cannot be trusted, and the only way for a person to know that they exist is through their mind. Despite widespread critique, the Cartesian framework persists. Christianity’s notion of the ‘sins of the flesh’ is symptomatic of a morality that eschews embodiment because it is a source of moral detriment. Sexual revolution notwithstanding, the idea of corporeal sensation leading us astray of ethical ideals also endures. For their part, contemporary philosophers generally favour elaborate normative systems that answer the question ‘what is the right thing

in Performing care
Susan Manning

embodiment of chivalry. And real bodies find it deeply uncomfortable to live in. The comedy is circumstantial, disengaged, and quite without animosity. It’s a classically Bergsonian example of laughter deriving from the clash of rigidity and the humanly flexible.26 Twain as humorist is able here, quite literally, to get inside a clichéd image and explode it. The story that evolves from this image tells how Hank Morgan, employee of the Colt firearms factory in Hartford, Connecticut, wakes up after a blow to the head in the‘lost land’ of sixth-century Camelot. Determined to

in Special relationships
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Mads Qvortrup

, or to write histories of ideas tracing the morphology of a given concept over time’ (Skinner 1969: 48). For, as he goes on, ‘the classic texts are concerned with their own alien problems’ (52). Any ‘statement is inescapably the embodiment of particular intentions, or a particular occassion’, and thus specific to its context in a way that it can only be ‘naïve to try to transcend’ (50). Skinner has a point. Rousseau was obviously a product of his age. As is natural, even for a genius, he reacted to developments in his own age. Yet this does not mean that we cannot

in The political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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The wall texts of a Percy family manuscript and the Poulys Daunce of St Paul’s Cathedral
Heather Blatt

secular and one religious, and will argue that the material environs effect alternative modes of reading experience shaped by both architectural space and the embodiment of readers. 130 Participatory reading in late-medieval England The Percy wall texts The secular example with which I begin addresses a series of particularly noteworthy wall texts recorded in the mid-fifteenthcentury English manuscript MS Royal 18.D.ii at the British Library in London. The manuscript is best known as the sole illuminated copy of Lydgate’s Siege of Thebes. The illuminations in the

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England
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Masha Belenky

not depend solely on the physical transformation and modernisation of urban spaces. Rather, it involves the perception and representation of a phenomenon as new, a self-conscious understanding of one’s moment as radically departing from what preceded it. 9 The documents I examine in this book reveal a remarkable awareness of the omnibus as the embodiment of the new. 10 To begin with, the omnibus represented a major advance in urban locomotion, one that allowed Parisians of any social class to traverse the capital in comfort and at a speed the majority of them had

in Engine of modernity
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The male leader’s autobiography and the syntax of postcolonial nationalism
Elleke Boehmer

his walking into a white court of law wearing traditional Xhosa dress for his October 1962 trial: ‘I was literally carrying on my back the history, culture and BOEHMER Makeup 3/22/05 2:55 PM Page 69 John's G5:Users:john:Public:John's Mac: John's Jobs The male leader’s autobiography 69 heritage of my people. That day, I felt myself to be the embodiment of African nationalism, the inheritor of Africa’s difficult but noble past and her uncertain future.’11 As Mandela’s exemplary stress on embodiment and inheritance shows, the object of attention in the

in Stories of women
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Gill Haddow

despite the modern era’s emphasis on the brain as the location of self noted throughout this book. This appears to confirm the ‘ambiguity of embodiment’ discussed elsewhere that personal identity is more embodied, relational and dynamic and that individuals are not reducible to their brains, despite the necessity of having one (Lipsman and Glannon, 2012 , Gardner, 2013 , Kraemer, 2013 , Gilbert, 2017 , Gardner and Warren, 2019 , Gardner et al., 2019 ). In terms of smart functionality, cochlear implants (CIs) can provide a sense of sound to those who are

in Embodiment and everyday cyborgs
Isadora Duncan’s danced revolution
Dana Mills

as legitimate and she is interpreted as a legible subject. Consequently she unravelled numerous spheres of resistance to those who followed her. Duncan’s interpretation of her own embodiment in bringing her body to performance anticipates what will later be interpreted as radical feminism, understanding women’s oppression and marginalisation as occurring in further and more clandestine ways than mere legal structures.2 Let Isadora Duncan enter centre stage of the argument; I invite the reader–​spectator to take their seat in a performance taking place on 7 October

in Dance and politics
Catherine Baker

and audiences perceive through transnational media is adapted or vernacularised through their own perceptions of race and identity. This is already recognised, latently, in south-east European feminist media studies of female embodiment in pop-folk performance, which often comment on the vernacularisation of style, movement and sound from Anglo-American musics but much more rarely discuss how many of these practices at point of origin are racialised as black. Does it matter, in interpreting these performances, that their representations of aspirational excess using

in Race and the Yugoslav region
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Stirner, anarchy, subjectivity and the art of living
John Moore

poetry with the language-form of the poem. Lived poetry is a form of activity, not merely a mode of writing, and springs up in moments of revolt and rebellion. It is life lived as an act of spontaneous creativity and the complete embodiment of radical theory in action (see Moore, 1997b; 2002). The anarchist-as-poet aims to create and recreate the world endlessly through motility and revolt. In part, this project becomes realisable because the anarchist affirms (rather than denies) the nothingness that underlies all things, and openly founds the anarchist project on

in Changing anarchism