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Security, mobility, liberals, and Christians
Luis Lobo-Guerrero

journey would be dangerous and tortuous. However, the purpose of his trip justified it all, it was for him a moral and spiritual duty to visit Jerusalem and spread the word of God. But his legs … well, they had until now been an impediment to the journey. Reflecting on what a traditional journey of this kind would entail, he thought that on the way he would rely on his community of faith to provide him with

in Security/ Mobility
Perspectives on civilisation in Latin America
Jeremy C.A. Smith

151 7 Engagement in the cross-​currents of history: perspectives on civilisation in Latin America In this chapter, I  explore Latin American experiences that shed light on the engagement of civilisations. Most of the theoretical engagements canvassed in Part I either sequester Latin American experiences or do not do them justice. In the past, Latin America has been judged poorly when questions of its civilisational character have been asked. Scholars in modernisation studies and area studies influenced by Louis Hartz’s The Founding of New Societies saw the sub

in Debating civilisations
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Herman Melville
David Herd

the nineteenth century, the enthusiastic voice sounds loud through American history. Quakerism was a pure strain. Perplexed and unconvinced by the many reformist Christian sects available to him in the 1640s, George Fox determined, or was led to the conviction, that God was available to him only through personal revelations, ‘openings’ as he termed the experience, which is to say by a process of spiritual intuition. It followed that all people, nonbelievers and believers alike – Pagans for instance, Queequeg for instance – were capable of divine revelation, from

in Enthusiast!
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Jonathan Atkin

experience of the Balkan conflict – an experience that had convinced her of the futility of war. Stobart later described the establishment of the Hospital Units (the Women’s Imperial Service Hospital) in the first few weeks of the Great War as, ‘a protest, passionate, sane, practical, of the civilised against the barbaric; of the spiritual against the material’.47 Between the establishment of her office in St James Street in the first few days of war and her meeting with Mabel Dearmer on the eve of her departure for Serbia in April 1915, Stobart led an ambulance unit on

in A war of individuals
Suzanne Conklin Akbari

). Having outlined the religious content of the Siege of Melayne, I will suggest that it can be seen as representative of what one might call ‘devotional romance’ (that is, a chivalric narrative with pronounced spiritual or theological content), and will briefly compare some examples. While the category of ‘devotional romance’ may be useful to modern readers, it is nonetheless crucial to note that the manuscript context shows the extent to which medieval readers were unfettered by generic constraints. The combination and juxtaposition of texts within medieval manuscript

in Pulp fictions of medieval England
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Ben Okri, Chenjerai Hove, Dambudzo Marechera
Elleke Boehmer

the postcolony. (The vice versa case, too, applies.) As in Mbembe’s depiction, the fantastical aspects of lived existence in the postcolony can in Okri appear completely to detach characters’ experience from the dimensions of a recognisably real world, although in a way that Okri, unlike Mbembe, might contend has spiritual plausibility. This chapter will end with a more detailed discussion of Okri’s early dystopian work, as it is in these texts, perhaps more intensively so than in the work of his contemporaries, that the unavoidable metaphoricity of national (and

in Stories of women
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John Marriott

. Egan, on the other hand, represented the new ambulatory observer attempting to capture the dislocating experiences of the metropolis by first-hand observation. Theoretical knowledge – that derived from the closet – was incapable of ascertaining real life; the object of his heroes was to see its quotidian plurality through direct experience of London’s streets and diverse haunts

in The other empire
Contested narratives of the independence struggle in postconfl ict Timor-Leste
Henri Myrttinen

the East Timorese government has repeatedly demanded that Indonesia release relevant information (Murdoch 2009). Though I was aware that the spirits of the dead are more present in the lives of the living in Timor-Leste than my Northern European experience allowed, this was the first time that I was confronted with the complex politics of the dead and their implications for defining the newly independent nation. The question posed gained additional poignancy from the fact that the small village in question lay in the foothills of Mount Matebian, which was not only

in Governing the dead
Peter C. Little

positionality and reflexivity in efforts to bear witness to and make sense of lived experiences of e-­waste. Taking a participatory photography approach that recognizes embodied ways of knowing e-­waste, this project attempts to go beyond the massive archive of contentious natural and humanist photography focused on Africa and the “prism of misery” (Keane 1998, 2) that DAVIES & MAH 9781526137029 PRINT.indd 140 08/06/2020 15:32 Witnessing e-­waste through photography 141 too often typifies transatlantic and North-­to-­South visions of environmental destruction in Africa

in Toxic truths
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Sara Haslam

trace, in broad terms, ideas and thought patterns that can be used helpfully to contextualise and to read Ford. Many of these issues, ideas and thought patterns will be returned to in greater detail later in the book. The attempt to recognise gaps between parts of the self is powerfully resonant in the early modernist era: ‘For both James and Dostoevsky, reality lay in human consciousness and the fathomless workings of the mind’.1 We know from James’s ‘Chamber of Consciousness’, in which suspends the spider-web of experience ‘catching every air-borne particle’,2 and

in Fragmenting modernism