Douglas Blum

embodiment of some transcendent truth or goodness, increasingly linked to Christian Orthodoxy.17 This is often connected with an image of Russia as essentially a Eurasian ‘great power’. In contrast, an equally important tendency identi32 2504Chap2 7/4/03 12:38 pm Page 33 Contested national identities fies Russia as fully European, and as such set apart from America with regard to culture and security concerns.18 Both narratives, however, share a predominantly geopolitical orientation to world politics. Another common feature is an insistence on maintaining

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Emergency nursing in the Indian Mutiny
Sam Goodman

accepted out of necessity. The memsahibs of India thus become an inert embodiment of what the Army and East India Company were fighting for throughout the remainder of the rebellion: the idealised mothers, dutiful wives and ladies of colonial India, and of the wider Empire. As much as these diaries are a testament to the efforts of lady amateurs, they remain also a consolidation of the position of the gentleman professional. Notes  1 Throughout the chapter, the events of 1857 are largely referred to as the Indian Mutiny, not for any political or ideological reason, but

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Seas, oceans and civilisations
Jeremy C.A. Smith

, the English were well placed to exploit long-​distance trade as a specialism. In the early decades, officials of the English East India Company adopted the strategy of negotiating commercial privileges rather than using force as the first resort in the manner of the Portuguese. In many ways they carried the authority of the empire in their person. As ‘agents of empire’ they personified an implicit imperium. Thomas Raffles exemplified the embodiment 120 120 Debating civilisations of personal and imperial authority in his deal-​making strategy in Singapore

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Contemporary ‘British’ cinema and the nation’s monarchs
Andrew Higson

II’s equally assured embodiment of the powerful monarch in Restoration . In other films, that status of national figurehead may still be in the process of being established, as in Elizabeth , where the ascent to absolute power of the eponymous queen is imaginatively reconstructed; or in The King’s Speech , where George VI must overcome his stammer to win the affection of his people. Or the status

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Dorothy Porter

creativity and Parkinson's Disease have generated a counterculture represented in the narratives articulated by patients, according to which ontological stasis is replaced with emergence, changing the relationship between embodiment and becoming. As a result, sufferers have dispersed the materiality of disability by creating the meaning of shifting embodiments for themselves and others: for example by engaging, expressing and disseminating the contradictions of dread and subliminal exquisiteness through artistic work, thereby unfolding the consequences of the misfolding

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Recorded memories and diasporic identity in the archive of Giuseppe Chiaffitella
Nicola Scaldaferri

the village, such as the church bells on a holiday. But voices are the sounds that attract him the most: voices of known people who send greetings from a faraway place or send messages in Arbëresh and Italian, able to provoke loving and engaging memories in those who listen. Voice, thanks to its connection to language, communicative and artistic performances, and embodiment, is a complex phenomenon examined by philosophers, anthropologists and scholars of voice studies including Derrida, Zumthor and Ihde. Disembodied and (decon)textualised through recording, voice

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Kevin Harrison and Tony Boyd

, revolutionary action, authoritarianism and aggressive violent purposes. Much of this was derived from the military experience of many fascists during the First World War, though there were important sources in cultural and artistic movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Another inspiration was the spiritual qualities of the countryside, nature and peasant life – the embodiment of ‘true

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Theorising the en-gendered nation
Elleke Boehmer

’s (alleged and acclaimed) corporeality, mystery and sensuality. In Léopold Senghor’s much-quoted poem ‘Femme nue, femme noire’, for instance, the woman is apostrophised as Beloved and as desirable body. 8 Her physical form is glorified, even fetishised: it is a body triumphantly corporeal, entirely body, and thus, in terms of the values endorsed by the poetry, a true embodiment of Africa. Yet, even if sexualised, her form is also maternal; she is the nurturing presence of the past: ‘J’ai grandi à ton ombre; la douceur de tes mains bandait mes yeux’ (‘In your shadow I have

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Fixing the past in English war films
Fred Inglis

solidarity, hope for international fraternity and modest social emancipation and a strong public-spiritedness which found honest and piercing embodiments in their films. Powell’s and Pressburger’s wonderful inauguration of a small cinematic epoch of war films is, of course, A Matter of Life and Death (1946). It anticipated the 1950s by four years, starting its action in May 1945, only a day or two before

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The change in mentality
Simha Goldin

heart of Judaism—the Talmud. He Goldin, Apostasy and Jewish identity.indd 120 20/08/2014 12:34:47 Conclusions: The change in mentality 121 deliberately ignored the usual Christian direction of theological debate with the principles of Judaism, and the attempt to achieve a theological victory in polemics, directing his arrows against what he saw as the embodiment of the very soul of the Jewish people. It is that which he wishes to harm—and does. And indeed, at the end of the thirteenth century, when R. Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg attempted to initiate an ‘Exodus

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