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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.

Can performance care?
Maurice Hamington

Acting is a gateway to living more. (Zamir, 2014 : 17) The only hope we have of building societies that are peaceful and prosperous for all is to train the members of these societies to respond creatively, rather than fearfully, to the challenge of tradition versus progress, and to see all of the other members of different communities that make up this larger political society as engaged in variations on the same project. (Nicholls, 2012 : 5) This chapter suggests that reimagining the relationship between caregiver and cared for as one of

in Performing care
International man of stories
Peter Morey

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
Elleke Boehmer

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
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Caring performance, performing care
Amanda Stuart Fisher

Hamington, 2015 ). The view that care should have a social and political element stands in some contrast to the earlier work of feminist care ethicist Nel Noddings, whose foundational work in the area of care ethics positioned care as intuitive, responsive and intrinsically feminine. In Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education ( 2013 ), Noddings focused her philosophical approach on the voice of the mother whose perspective, she argued, was largely absent from wider discourses around morality and ethics. Up to this point, as Noddings pointed out

in Performing care
Gary Banham

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
James Thompson

caring for and observing the care for Antoine. It is an enquiry into the possible shape of an aesthetics of care , drawn from the collision of professional practice, personal politics and domestic circumstances that inevitably occurred when a Congolese drama worker, with whom I had conducted theatre workshops in the DRC, ended up sharing my house. The political, ethical and ultimately intimate challenge this made forced me to rethink the boundaries of my practice. There is no claim in this writing that the experience was in any way easy, heroic or exemplary. It was in

in Performing care
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sarah Grand and the sexual education of girls
Janet Beer and Ann Heilmann

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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Jonathan Atkin

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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Baconian rhetoric and the New Atlantis
Sarah Hutton

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