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Steve Sohmer

heaven or hell. 16 Marking the anniversary of a loved one’s death, perhaps first commended to early Christians by Tertullian (AD 211), remained then as now a rite of respect for the deceased and a salutary exercise for the living. This tradition of annual commemorations, commonplace in early Tudor England, may have lost its standing in the liturgy but remained bright in living

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
Jonathan Atkin

, neither better nor worse – men who love their homes and the sunshine and all the simple pleasures of common lives’. Yet all clear-sightedness and reasoning was consumed in the ‘flaming death of our civilisation and our hopes’ brought about by emotions of greed and hatred fanned to white heat by politicians and press.21 Russell watched the undergraduates, now in uniform, undergoing their training and lamented that, ‘it is so dreadful that such a force of idealism and selfsacrifice should go into such a channel’.22 The conflict, to Russell, was diverting the creative

in A war of individuals
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Incest and beyond
Jenny DiPlacidi

and gender made in this book has implications for the convention’s treatment in other works; how, for example, does sibling incest emerge in twentieth-century Gothic novels such as V. C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic (1979)? With what set of concerns are depictions of cousin incest, aestheticised violence and abuses of power engaged in Joyce Carol Oates’s First Love: A Gothic Tale

in Gothic incest
Beholding young people’s experiences and expressions of care through oral history performance
Kathleen Gallagher and Rachel Turner-King

agreement on a universal theory of care, despite much writing on the topic from such care theorists as Nel Noddings (see 1992 ; 1999 ; 2010b ; 2010c , 2013 ). Noddings imagines a kind of caring relationship in education contexts where the carer is called not out of duty, but desire, to care for others, ‘acts done out of love and natural inclination’, she writes ( 1999 : 219). Hedge and MacKenzie ( 2012 ) have rightly critiqued Noddings’ account of care for its failure to operate from a more comprehensive political theory or set of moral principles, and Houston ( 1990

in Performing care
Animal language and the return of loss in Beowulf
Mo Pareles

-avian intimacy denigrates not only the slain human body, the fighting and agential body reduced here to morsels of warm meat for the pleasure of birds, but also the intimate human relations that, in the oral culture of the poem, provide the conduit for human knowledge production. Homosociality and knowledge In elite homosocial cultures, including both the warrior culture of Beowulf and the monasticism that probably produced the text, love and knowledge are transmitted through the same intimate bonds. 12

in Dating Beowulf
Dystopian performatives and vertigo aesthetics in popular theatre
Simon Parry

physical symptoms that musical audiences might quickly recognise as a romantic trope: they are falling in love. At the same time as the staccato recitative of the speculative lyrics quoted above emerges as catchy melody, the speculation is resolved as diagnosis, the feeling is ‘loathing, unadulterated loathing’: the love song turns out to be a hate song. In the previous chapter, I examined a set of choreographic practices that held together computer science, opera and contemporary theatre as ways of knowing. In this chapter, I am exploring the way popular theatre might

in Science in performance
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Disrupting the critical genealogy of the Gothic
Jenny DiPlacidi

praised, the reviewer summarises the narrative as morally ‘unexceptionable’. The difference between the responses to these Gothic works lies in the type of incestuous relationship depicted. Parsons’s novel depicts the growing romantic love of an uncle, Mr Weimar, for his niece, Matilda, who recounts: ‘“[my uncle] was for ever seeking opportunities to caress me, his language was expressive of the utmost

in Gothic incest
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Female sexual agency and male victims
Jenny DiPlacidi

’s ward. The Countess maintains possession of the castle and property while Edmund fights in wars for the next sixteen years, returning home to fall in love with Adeliza and marry her. This prompts the Countess finally to reveal all and go mad. She stabs herself, after which Edmund rushes to die in battle and Adeliza is sent (again) to a convent. The play has attracted much critical attention in part because of the agency of the

in Gothic incest
The failure and success of a Swedish film diversity initiative
Mara Lee Gerdén

project addressing mental health among immigrants, and how this phenomenon is made invisible and thus extremely difficult to approach. And lastly, the project of artist Aida Chehrehgosha could be seen as part of an ongoing artistic project of hers approaching the family, this time with a focus on the intra-​generational aspects through which histories of pain and love are handed down. The ambitious aim of developing a film project over one year was to be realised with a series of rapid and professional networking encounters, workshops and seminars. The budget was

in The power of vulnerability
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Corruption, community and duty in Family Matters
Peter Morey

former lover, a cataclysm to which the family’s subsequent fractures and barely suppressed hostilities can be traced. Nariman is the narrative’s initial controlling consciousness, but he is gradually reduced to silence and ultimately death, and the voices of his stepson, Yezad, and nine year old grandson, Jehangir, take over as the novel progresses. In a final Epilogue, ‘five years later’, Jehangir takes over completely. More mature and reflective now, he is able to piece together more of the jigsaw of adult motivation and cunning his grandfather’s tangled love life

in Rohinton Mistry