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Self-examining White Privilege and the Myth of America
Keely Shinners

James Baldwin, in his landmark essay “My Dungeon Shook,” says that white Americans are “still trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it.” This open letter explores this history on a personal level. Taking notes from Baldwin’s indictments of whiteness in Another Country and The Fire Next Time, this essay explores how white people, despite claims of deniability, become culpable, complicit, and ensnared in their racial privilege. By reading Baldwin’s work through a personal lens, it implores fellow white readers and scholars of Baldwin to begin examining the myths of America by first examining themselves.

James Baldwin Review
Remembering the regicides in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and North America
Edward Vallance

10  ‘The insane enthusiasm of the time’: remembering the regicides in eighteenthand nineteenth-century Britain and North America Edward Vallance Through the Act of Indemnity and Oblivion passed in 1660, the restored monarchy sought not only ‘to bury all seeds of future discords’ but also to suppress ‘all remembrance of the former’.1,2 As George Southcombe and Grant Tapsell have recently put it, remembering itself became an act of rebellion.3 However, the complete erasure of the memory of the civil wars and revolution was impossible. This was nowhere clearer than

in Radical voices, radical ways
The colonies during the interregnum, 1642-1660
Robert M. Bliss

it less important to contesting Englishmen and tended to sustain the colonies’ social and economic homogeneity. Puritanism may have had a similar effect, rendering New Englanders’ loyalty less of an issue during the civil war and making it easier for them to adjust to its ultimate result. During this time, too, moral and material support began to flow from England to help ministers like John Eliot in the

in Revolution and empire
Andy Smith

by the majority of the population only since the 1970s, banks have been the dominant lender of credit to French businesses since at least the mid-nineteenth century. Indeed, as recently as 1976 the ratio of bank loans to stocks and shares in France was 85:15 (as in West Germany), figures in sharp contrast to the UK’s 58:42 and the US’s 51:49 ratios ( Levy, 1999 ). However, at that time the big difference between France and West Germany was that French banks were not independent from the state. Indeed, as Jonah Levy highlighted, until the 1980s, the state even fixed

in Made in France
Martin D. Moore

philosophers, sociologists, and political scientists publishing in popular books and journals, exposing doctors to outside perspectives on accountability and ‘quality’. 45 This was the context within which guidelines emerged. Critiques had been made about the nature, cost, and quality of medical practice from within medicine and without. A small minority of doctors and academics tried to address their concerns through novel methods for some time, but external pressure from patients and political bodies accelerated the process and informed responses

in Managing diabetes, managing medicine
James Paz

59 2 The ‘thingness’ of time in the Old English riddles of the Exeter Book and Aldhelm’s Latin enigmata What do we make of the transformation of things over time? Maybe one also ought to ask what things make of us over time: how are human beings transformed by the things that carry the traces of our voices and our bodies when we are gone? The Old English and Anglo-​Latin riddling traditions give voice to things, as if they could answer such a question. Yet, for the most part, criticism has focused on the rhetorical device of prosopopoeia, whereby the human

in Nonhuman voices in Anglo-Saxon literature and material culture
A Deleuzian Gothic
Anna Powell

The insights of Gilles Deleuze‘s film-philosophy offers a distinctive theoretical approach to Gothics remarkable affects and temporal effects. Introducing key critical tools, I apply them to Neil Jordan‘s Interview with the Vampire (1994), as well as asserting the broader relevance of Deleuze to Gothic studies.

Gothic Studies
Philip Lawton

7 Rethinking the liveable city in a post boom-time Ireland Philip Lawton If land is simply given away to the highest bidder, the future of the city will be controlled by the bidders and not by the people who live and work there and must live with the consequences. (Angotti, 2008: 223) The predominant portrayal of the built environment in Ireland since the economic downturn of 2008 has been that of half-empty housing estates, flooded apartment blocks, and main streets covered in ‘to let’ and ‘for sale’ signs. It is a painful reality far removed from the utopian

in Spacing Ireland
Chris A. Williams

4 Time, bureaucracy and the new policeman 1830–1930 The previous chapter analysed the new police as an instrument which acted on the body and the life-span of the individual policeman. This one broadens the focus to look at the institutions of the new police, and the specific techniques deployed to run these institutions. Old police systems did not completely eschew paper, but their dominant modes of operation involved face-to-face contact. Colquhoun’s 1800 treatise on his pioneering Thames Police force (noted in Chapter 2) was strong on the benefits of close

in Police control systems in Britain, 1775–1975
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A Review of Hilton Als’ God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin
Leah Mirakhor

This essay reviews Hilton Als’ 2019 exhibition God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin at the David Zwirner Gallery. The show visually displays Baldwin in two parts: “A Walker in the City” examines his biography and “Colonialism” examines “what Baldwin himself was unable to do” by displaying the work of contemporary artists and filmmakers whose works resonate with Baldwin’s critiques of masculinity, race, and American empire. Mirakhor explores how Als’ quest to restore Baldwin is part of a long and deep literary and personal conversation that Als has been having since he was in his teens, and in this instance, exploring why and how it has culminated via the visual, instead of the literary. As Mirakhor observes, to be in the exhibit is not to just observe how Als has formed and figured Baldwin, but to see how Baldwin has informed and made Als, one of our most lyrical and impassioned contemporary writers and thinkers.

James Baldwin Review