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Religion and spirituality in environmental direct action

for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) were chanting. Many individuals attended all the above rituals as general expressions of Earth spirituality, as re-affirming the sacredness of the Earth. Activism and nonviolence Activism itself was also considered by some individuals as a ritual expressing love and respect for the Earth. As such, environmental protest activity is largely nonviolent. In general, protesters would not deliberately use physically violent strategies in the course of their actions. This is one of the features of environmental protest that for many

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Language games in the Kosovo war

connected with spiritual superiority). Language games referring to ‘love for one’s fatherland’, ‘honour of the war-dead’, ‘cruel massacres of innocent civilians’ and ‘genocide’, were at once mysteriously intangible and forcefully concrete. These linkages materialised in the power of weapons on both sides; weapons which, just by themselves and detached from the phantasmal, would

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; (syð)ðan Ingelde weallað wælniðas, ond him wiflufan æfter cearwælmum colran weorðað. (2063–6) (Then on both sides the oaths of men will be broken; then deadly hostility will boil up in Ingeld, and his love for the woman will become cooler after the seething of sorrow.) The

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Emotion, affect and the meaning of activism

Goodwin, Jasper and Polletta (2001: 20) call the ‘reciprocal emotions’ – rooted in participants’ ongoing feelings toward each other and including the close, affective ties of friendship, love, solidarity and loyalty – generated within social movements are discussed. They are articulated 178 Loud and proud: passion and politics in the EDL in this study in respondents’ understanding of the EDL as ‘one big family’. These emotions are shown to both arise out of, and enhance, the pleasures of shared activism. They also ameliorate risk and, for some respondents, evoke an

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a famous legal case from 1923 concerning a woman who poisoned her husband out of love for another woman. Ella Klein and Margarete Nebbe were brought to trial in Berlin for attempting to murder their husbands by poisoning them with arsenic, and their trial touched a raw nerve with readers of the time. Like so many of his contemporaries, Döblin was fascinated and scandalised by the emergence of a new type of female criminal, and the spectre of the ‘female poisoner’, a phenomenon that Wulffen explored in his popular study Psychologie des Giftmords (1917). It reminded

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The sense of an ending in Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods

more generally, as many critics do (for example, Onega 2006: 8; Andermahr 2009: 25), that her work is dominated by the idea of love, particularly, the theme of love as a power that transcends the real and the use of ‘the metaphor of lovemaking as writing’ (Andermahr 2009: 26). And, while her novels’ tendency for experimental points of view, non-linear temporality and rich, repetitive style seems ample evidence of her postmodernist credentials, Sonya Andermahr, citing Susana Onega, rightly identifies a tension in Winterson’s postmodern aesthetics: ‘she The

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Many Shakespeareans rankled at the final scene of the motion picture Shakespeare in Love (1998). Having lost his Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) to Lord Wessex (Colin Firth), young Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) sets quill to paper to capture her spirit in a new play. Here’s how Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard wrote the scene 1

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Re-examining paradigms of sibling incest

figures. The relationships between female characters and their brothers or brother-substitutes are often fraught with underlying incestuous desires that are expressed as hidden subtext or explicit incestuous love. In contrast to the potential for abuses of power with which father–daughter relationships are endowed by the nature of the familial bond, the relationships between siblings are grounded in a

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Lesbian citizenship and filmmaking in Sweden in the 1970s

fall in love during their driver’s  198 198 Vulnerability and cultural policy Figure 11.2  Eva and Maria go to the archipelago. education course. The focus is largely on the interaction between the women and with Maria’s parents. The couple face homophobic comments from friends and Maria’s father, but also acceptance from Maria’s mother who supports them and encourages them to go on a romantic trip to the archipelago (see ­figure 11.2). With its emphasis on the romantic couple, beautiful images of the natural landscape and a happy end stressing the women’s self

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White male vulnerability as heterosexual fantasy

 133 8 SPECTACULARLY WOUNDED White male vulnerability as heterosexual fantasy Susa nna Paa sonen I n a 2012 interview, E. L. James, the author of the massively popular Fifty Shades novel series, describes its male protagonist Christian Grey as ‘the ultimate fantasy guy. And that’s the point: As long as you accept that fantasy guy –​fantasy sex, fantasy lifestyle, a broken man who needs fixing through love –​what woman could resist that?’ (in Thomas, 2012.) Grey is a twenty-​seven-​year-​old, white, cis-​gendered, Seattle-​based multi-​billionaire businessman

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