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Essays in popular romance
Editor: Nicola McDonald

This collection and the romances it investigates are crucial to our understanding of the aesthetics of medieval narrative and to the ideologies of gender and sexuality, race, religion, political formations, social class, ethics, morality and national identity with which those narratives emerge.

International man of stories

which contains considerable symbolic complexity. He has deployed this seductive yet dynamic combination of simplicity and sophistication to analyse characters coming to terms with social and political circumstances that often induce severe strain, and which force them to face up to awkward questions about morality, politics and personal responsibility. I have argued that Tales from Firozsha Baag encodes questions of belonging, migration and identity in a text which is, at the same time, testing generic boundaries and mimicking and rejecting the clichés of literary

in Rohinton Mistry
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Gender and a new politics in Achebe

BOEHMER Makeup 3/22/05 2:55 PM Page 54 John's G5:Users:john:Public:John's Mac: John's Jobs 3 Of goddesses and stories: gender and a new politics in Achebe The Almighty looking at his creation through the round undying eye of the Sun, saw and pondered and finally decided to send his daughter, Idemili, to bear witness to the moral nature of authority by wrapping around Power’s rude waist a loincloth of peace and modesty. (Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah)1 Although he published the autobiographical meditation Home and Exile in 2002, Chinua Achebe

in Stories of women

to suggest is that there is a ground for thinking of feelings in a non-empiricist manner. The ground for this second sense of the term ‘aesthetic’ is that Kant has uncovered within this work the pure basis of morality. This argument leads him to consider the relationship between the moral law and motivation to act in accordance with it. The examination of this latter must turn on the question of an a priori feeling, otherwise we would be faced with the irresolvable paradox of a pure law and a merely pathological motivation. So, if the argument about the purity of

in The new aestheticism
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approach of movements such as Guild socialism, feminism and the more abstract impulses of patriotic imperialism. With the advent of the Great War, conflicts of morality ensued, as some individuals who were used to sublimating themselves in work for the common good found the call of individual conscience hard to ignore. Those who volunteered for military service in the early months of the war voluntarily laid down individualistic claims for a variety of reasons, not least due to the pull of pre-war collectivist patriotism and a resulting sense of moral duty – this was

in A war of individuals
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sarah Grand and the sexual education of girls

was on the line of health [women legislators] made their stand, not on “morality” alone’ (MtM, p. 139). It is education which has effected social change here: ‘That new religious movement stirred the socioethical sense to sudden power; it coincided with the women’s political movement, urging measures for social improvement; its enormous spread, both by preaching and literature, lit up the whole community with new facts, ideas and feelings’ (MtM, p. 138). Alongside this revision of social attitudes to sexual health Gilman, characteristically, embeds a system of ethnic

in Special relationships
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Baconian rhetoric and the New Atlantis

Persuasions to science 51 poesy feigns them more just in retribution, and more according to revealed providence; because true history representeth actions and events more ordinary and less interchanged, therefore poesy endueth them with more rareness, and more unexpected and alternative variations. So as it appeareth poesy serveth and conferreth to magnanimity, morality, and to delectation.10 Furthermore, as Bacon explains at a later point in The Advancement of Learning, fables and figurative language have a key role in conveying new ideas. Being by definition unfamiliar

in Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis
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An introduction

in check in the past. Modernity’s central concepts thus derive from cognitive rationality, moral autonomy and the power of social-political self-determination. Although the historical origin of modernity is impossible to pin down as aspects of these defining philosophies occur in the work of figures writing from the late Middle Ages onwards, its emergence as a selfconscious discourse about the necessary interrelations of knowledge, morality, culture and history can be more reliably located at the end of the eighteenth century in the thought of German Idealism, and

in The new aestheticism

, given that fact, wonders if the Bensalemites practise polygamy. To these questions, the wise Jew describes Bensalem as the ‘virgin of the world’ and launches a tirade against European sexual morality, where red light districts and brothels have ‘put marriage out of office’. The Jew then reports on the Bensalemites’ marriage laws, which include a prohibition against polygamy, a one-month waiting period, a penalty for marrying without parental permission, and the strange institution called Adam and Eve’s Pools. These pools, located near every town, are for solving the

in Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis
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Corruption, community and duty in Family Matters

society scarred by moral turpitude and prejudice, but also exalted by small acts of generosity and kindness. Mistry is a writer for whom morality is politics and politics is morality. Dogma of any kind will not do. Only by sharing our stories can divisions be overcome and understanding promoted: ‘I sometimes think there is a latent desire in all of us to be storytellers. In the best of all possible worlds, all of us would be storytellers and listeners.’34 Morey_Mistry_05_Ch5 151 9/6/04, 4:15 pm

in Rohinton Mistry