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Jonathan Atkin

Romantic movement had sought to afford to the individual a higher perception via the imagination, and Pater had not only defended this power of imagination but advocated its extension. His crusade had been embodied, in the words of one of his undergraduates, in a drive to ‘cultivate the art of vivid sensation’. The essential attributes of the Romantic movement had been a ‘vibrant individualism striving to emancipate itself from the false conventions of the age’, coupled with ‘the belief in the higher perception afforded by the imagination’ and a certainty that, ‘ultimate

in A war of individuals
Shérazade and other women in the work of Leïla Sebbar
Margaret A. Majumdar

is the photograph that has pride of place in her visual universe. Sebbar often uses the unmediated gaze to convey something about a particular moment in a personal relationship. These relations may be those of friendship as well as, at least potentially, sexual, but very often concern problematical relationships between different generations of the same family. In relationships which involve sexual desire, it is the power of the gaze which is highlighted; indeed, ‘seeing’ women can sum up the whole relation.6 The eyes become the most important feature and are

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
The failure and success of a Swedish film diversity initiative
Mara Lee Gerdén

a woman and have experience of [processes of ] racialisation in Sweden.’1 The application form addressed ‘Professional’s [sic] creators in the artistic field’, stressing an overall artistic expertise and excellence, combined with challenging ideas for film. As a writer and a novelist, I  have relentlessly addressed questions of race, gender and power structures, always aiming at producing counter-​narratives, but I have also been inspired by the impact of visual forms of art, intrigued and attracted by the directness and force of the film medium. So, I

in The power of vulnerability
Sustaining literature
Claire Colebrook

115 116 Discourses of sustainability seemed insignificant. Now, he argues, it is human history that appears immutable – as though capitalism and the logic of the market were beyond our power – while Nature is changing rapidly. This reversal, he insists, needs to be reversed yet again in order that what appears immutable and beyond our measure returns to the domain of what can be made, and unmade; there is nothing natural, immutable or sublime about capital. Perhaps, then, we need to deconstruct sublimity. In its Romantic mode (as Latour reminds us), one could

in Literature and sustainability
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Southern worlds, globes, and spheres
Sarah Comyn and Porscha Fermanis

these suppressions and coercions as with the opportunity to consider literary history and genre formation on a hemispheric scale, our goal is to ‘open up wider questions about the definition and status of literature in English’ and to consider the ways in which the foundation of English-language national canons silenced other languages and cultural forms. 15 Although the collection primarily explores Anglophone writing and thereby risks reproducing ‘the very dominance of English culture and imperial power [it] sets out to question’, we understand such writing as

in Worlding the south
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Christopher Morgan

confidence in the sure wisdom of the earth prior to the appearance of the machine. The narrator of ‘The Lonely Furrow’ ‘sat on a tall stool / At learning’s gate’ but later ‘found in the mind’s pride / No peace, no rest’ (36). Traditional ‘education’ is portrayed here as lacking in the power to satisfy a deeper human longing which only ‘field and plough’ can quench.1 Despite the loneliness of his chosen profession, the farmer’s satisfaction is palpable in the poem, a return to first things: Then who was it taught me back to go To cattle and barrow, chapter5 28/1/05 106

in R. S. Thomas
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The natural world
Christopher Morgan

’s argument for two types of nature poetry could be used to corroborate such a hypothesis and its associated stages, with so called ‘primitive’ cultures representing a ‘ground of being’ relation and the more ‘advanced’ cultures writing of nature as an ‘object of study’. A problem with this theory recurs however. ‘Nature poetry’, as actually encountered, often seems very much a subtle combination of the two types Scammell proposes. For example, much of the power of Dylan Thomas’s ‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower’ resides in its very consciousness of

in R. S. Thomas
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The adolescent girl and the nation
Elleke Boehmer

giving birth to itself, the emergent nation plays out a family drama in which colonial and/or native-nationalist fathers bequeath power, not without a struggle, to their male heirs. (In Schreiner’s colony, however, the parental generation is either absent or morally deficient.) In most texts the national heir is typically a leader, soldier, prophet, pedagogue or writer, or a combination of these: in all cases he is engaged in definitively shaping the new community (Waldo the carpenter is an artist and also, as we find out, an amateur engineer).4 First-generation post

in Stories of women
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Translating globalised knowledge in performance
Simon Parry

difference and equity in relation to scientific knowledge have tended to think this difference economically rather than spatially in terms of ‘science capital’ (Archer et al. 2012). This theoretical model follows Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological accounts (1977, 1984) of the way that power circulates within and through culture. Bourdieu’s account of cultural or symbolic capital relies on an analogy and association between power within a particular cultural context and economic capital. Archer’s Commoning sense 127 work on science capital within education is important in

in Science in performance
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Debatable lands and passable boundaries
Aileen Christianson

ensemble’ (386), like our ‘debatable lands’, is a metaphor for the shifting inclusiveness necessary to encompass the confusing demands on our loyalty of nation, region, gender, sexuality and class. The complexity and unevenness of the topography is fruitful. So there is a lure in fragmentation and the margins for some of us; there are possibilities for ambiguity and for the power of the marginal, the dispossessed, the peripheral, to assert our right to existence, to be heard, to be experienced positively. No one on the margins wants to acknowledge being central and those

in Across the margins