This book provides a detailed consideration of the history of racing in British culture and society, and explores the cultural world of racing during the interwar years. The book shows how racing gave pleasure even to the supposedly respectable middle classes and gave some working-class groups hope and consolation during economically difficult times. Regular attendance and increased spending on betting were found across class and generation, and women too were keen participants. Enjoyed by the royal family and controlled by the Jockey Club and National Hunt Committee, racing's visible emphasis on rank and status helped defend hierarchy and gentlemanly amateurism, and provided support for more conservative British attitudes. The mass media provided a cumulative cultural validation of racing, helping define national and regional identity, and encouraging the affluent consumption of sporting experience and a frank enjoyment of betting. The broader cultural approach of the first half of the book is followed by an exploration if the internal culture of racing itself.

International man of stories
Peter Morey

consolation. The first novel, Such a Long Journey, asks questions about the trustworthiness of language as communication in a climate of political intrigue and duplicity and, while concluding that the consolations of friendship and loyalty are to be recommended, also acknowledges their temporary nature. A Fine Balance carries these interests onto the battlefield that is the India of Mrs Gandhi’s Emergency, a terrain populated by grimacing henchman and stoical eccentrics whose larger-than-life qualities take the book beyond the realm Morey_Mistry_07_Ch7 171 9/6/04, 4

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The no-thing that knows no name and the Beckett envelope, blissfully reconsidered
Enoch Brater

theory took over English departments with a vengeance. Translators from the French were working overtime. Modernism, ill-defined, and postmodernism, even more so – the latter term continues its vexed reign, this despite the consolations derived from those ambitious studies cited above – was a tempting though still ambiguous borderline for the JML authors, centring their attention as they did on an uncontested canonical space of ‘primary’ texts: Eliot, Pound, Williams, Wyndham Lewis, Lawrence and Gertrude Stein loom large. ‘The remarks that follow’, Beebe wrote

in Beckett and nothing
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Birgit Lang
Joy Damousi
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Alison Lewis

the twentieth century. Moreover, some of Australia’s most prominent contemporary writers have built their reputations on case studies. Helen Garner’s The First Stone: Some Questions About Sex and Power (1995) dealt sym­pa­thetic­ally with the controversial real case of a college master at the University of Melbourne who was charged with indecent assault. Subsequent books, Joe Cinque’s Consolation (2004), which explored the murder trial of a young law student, and her latest work, This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial (2014), likewise based on a trial

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Kinneret Lahad

2 The linear life-course imperative One of the more prevalent clichés in Israeli culture is the consolation, “By your wedding day you will feel better.” This sentiment is often directed towards small children and is intended to be both comforting and hopeful at the same time. The sentiment not only assures children that with time they’ll feel better; it also constantly reminds them of their prospects for the future. In fact, it leaves no room for doubt regarding the heteronormative life-course trajectory, one that leads—eventually, but inevitably—to marriage

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Edward M. Spiers

conditions, particularly in respect of dress, fire-power and mobility, 18 the outcome was scant consolation for the soldiers involved. If they were well fed (graphically depicted by Price in his sketch of a sentinel standing on 2,000 cases of corned beef), generally healthy, and able to enjoy shooting game in the environs of Taungs, 19 they had little to show for the expedition itself. Bored and isolated

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Affiliation, allusion, allegory
Rachel E. Hile

of accounting for what David Lee Miller calls “the poem’s deliberate badness” (Miller, “Laughing,” 245), the many features—from drearily repetitive poetry in Alcyon’s too-long lament to the generic transgressions of a pastoral elegy in which the mourner refuses any possibility of consolation other than death—that have made the poem Spenser’s least-loved work. Historical approaches to the poem seek interpretive help from information derived from the historical context; formal approaches look at issues of genre and intertextuality, but no one can agree on what

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Linda Maynard

mothers. Writing to his mother after the birth and death of her baby daughter on the same day, Bim Tennant, regretting his absence, put forward his younger brother Stephen as the ‘son of comfort, a son of consolation’. 34 Although scholarly attention has been paid to the extent to which combatants hid graphic accounts of warfare from mothers, the strain of fulfilling this consolatory duty can be fully understood only by an equal focus on lateral and vertical planes of support. The daughter of a Northumbrian blacksmith, Annie Blaystock recounted the physical and

in Brothers in the Great War
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Peter Morey

affection and comfort at which Mistry the writer often refreshes himself threatens to bubble over completely in Family Matters, where characters greet the signs of filial sympathy – Jehangir tenderly feeding his frail grandfather, or Yezad overcoming his aversion to help his father-in-law shave – by fighting back tears and swallowing lumps in their throats. Mistry’s tender minutiae of domestic affection sometimes have the sweet simplicity found in similar scenes in Satyajit Ray’s early films, but sometimes they merely cloy. In general, life’s small consolations tend to be

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Classical music in the lms of Ingmar Bergman—a lecture-recital
Anyssa Neumann

, which can sometimes portray a ‘“presence,” “contact,” and even “grace”,’ 13 as Maaret Koskinen writes. Language like this is frequently used in interpretations of music as a communicative and healing tool, and such readings are reinforced by Bergman’s own view of music as a ‘gift’, a ‘comfort and consolation [...] as if someone spoke to me.’ 14 Yet, as we have seen, his selection of pre-existing music is by no means limited to Bach, or to classical composers more generally. Nor is it always listened to. There

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