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Thomas Docherty

1 Thomas Docherty Aesthetic education and the demise of experience The philistine is intolerant.1 love naturally hates old age and keeps his distance from it 2 In 1913, Walter Benjamin was a central figure alongside his teacher, Gustav Wyneken, in the ‘German Youth Movement’, agitating for substantial reforms in the German educational system and, beyond that, in German society. He placed one of his first serious publications, an essay entitled ‘Experience’, in Der Anfang, the magazine of the movement, as a contribution to the debates. In this essay, he points

in The new aestheticism
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Donna Beth Ellard

and literary evidence, in 1991 Kuefler argued that although ‘life was generally harsh, both physically and psychologically … at least some Anglo-Saxon children enjoyed great affection … and were treated in some instances with great love, in particular by their parents’. 10 Several years later, Sally Crawford's landmark survey, Childhood in Anglo-Saxon England , extended Kuefler's rebuttal of Ariès and other social historians by including visual

in Dating Beowulf
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Nonreading in late-medieval England
Heather Blatt

outside the covers of manuscripts through other engagements with textuality, from wall texts and subtleties to documents. The first example of nonreading to consider comes from Troilus and Criseyde. Pandarus and Troilus have begun to collaborate in their efforts to persuade Criseyde to acknowledge and respond to Troilus’s professed love for her, although Criseyde proves hesitant. Abandoned by her father who has left Troy to join the Conclusion 197 Greeks encamped outside its walls, Criseyde lives isolated from the nominal power structures of the city even as she also

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England
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Christopher Morgan

Llyn peninsula in north-west Wales, Thomas, in H’m and after, turns his full attention upon the dilemmas he sees posed by science: Although my love of nature and of the heart of the countryside is still as deep, I do not write about them so often any more. Faced with the great developments in technology, the lack of faith in the old traditions, and the omnipresence of the aeroplanes practising above our heads in the Llyn Peninsula, my poetry has grown (some would say deteriorated) to be more abstract … Lleyn is not an escape, but a peninsula where I can be inward

in R. S. Thomas
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Sara Haslam

5 Imaginative visions In the two previous chapters Ford’s major male characters have been seen to be under attack. Their behaviour codes, or vision of how to organise life having been fragmented (by war, by social shift, and by women), they are brought to a self-knowledge leading, particularly, to reflective or compulsive admissions, and to a degree of sexual awareness. War multiplied perspective; it showed Tietjens how to look on his men with love, and how to choose to love Valentine, despite the psychological dangers associated with each case. For Grimshaw

in Fragmenting modernism
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Sara Haslam

ways that we may moderate the conflict between the enabling circumstances of self-assertion [. . .]. We advance in self-understanding and goodness by opening ourselves up to the whole life of personal encounter.9 Ford experiments with the truly naked, fragmented, man. A Call At the beginning of the novel, Robert Grimshaw presides over the wedding, one that he has precipitated, of Dudley Leicester and Pauline Lucas, his best friend and the woman that he loves. Shortly afterwards he goes to the railway station to see them off on their honeymoon. Both are deeply

in Fragmenting modernism
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Coding same-sex union in Amis and Amiloun
Sheila Delany

, impulsively violent duke, Belisant’s father, who tries to kill the offending Amis rather than investigate the steward’s charge of fornication. In the Niarchos–Polyeuct legend, Polyeuct, ‘joined to Nearchos by boundless love, was prepared, he said, to subordinate everything to his absolute love for Nearchos – injury, death, or anything else, to such an extent that he would not even spare his children for the sake of Nearchos, since he counted them, too, as less important than his love for the latter’.24 This sentiment – paternal love superseded by the bond of friendship – is

in Pulp fictions of medieval England
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Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves as a reparative fantasy
Anu Koivunen

enacts a tragic trajectory as the first part is subtitled ‘love’, the second ‘illness’, and the third ‘death’. The narration moves between different temporal layers: the now of narration with a voiceover reminiscing on the past, the childhood of Rasmus and Benjamin, their journey to the circle of gay friends, their romance, Rasmus and other friends falling ill and dying, and Benjamin surviving them as a witness of the era. As an AIDS-​narrative, the novel and the TV series echo three decades of literary, cinematic, and televisual representations of the epidemic, the

in The power of vulnerability
Jonathan Atkin

its usual ‘vulgar effect’ into this peaceful landscape of corn and poppies and wished for the end of the war when, ‘the true business of life will begin – to teach men the beauty of the hill-sides’. For the present, however, his love of nature and the contrast it forced upon him, ‘gives me a fierce feeling of hatred of the present bondage that is hardly to be borne – and there are times on parade when it seems impossible to do what one is told’.2 Reporter W. Beach Thomas echoed Adams’s horror of the ugliness of the war in a diary entry, written after five months of

in A war of individuals
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Walt Whitman and the Bolton Whitman Fellowship
Carolyn Masel

and wondered at: the love of a devoted band of British readers across the Atlantic in the prosperous mill-town of Bolton, Lancashire. The story of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship begins in the 1880s and therefore concerns some of Whitman’s earliest avid readers. Their letters to the poet in the last years of his life brought him comfort and hope, and the transatlantic visits of two of them in particular gave him a sense of community that, with its exhilarating international reach and promise of further extension, was immensely precious to him. The papers of the Bolton

in Special relationships