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Radiance of apprehension
Author: Alex Wylie

Geoffrey Hill’s work from 1996 to 2016 is a distinct phase and a development from his earlier work. This later phase is instigated by a divergence from T.S. Eliot and by Hill’s critiques of such modernist poets as W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound, along with an abiding commitment to modernist claims about poetry. Hill’s divergence from these figures takes the form of a strenuous re-reading of modernism and its legacies, and at its heart is a close engagement with the work of F.H. Bradley, the philosopher on whom Eliot wrote his doctoral dissertation. The poetry and criticism of this period is energised by a perplexed commitment to being and an attendant sense of swimming against the stream of the “stridently post-cultural” postmodern moment in which this work takes its place. The philosophical notion of “intrinsic value” is accordingly central to this later work, as is the cultural-political sense of this period being one of “plutocratic anarchy”. The political place of poetry, and what this book in its final chapter terms the political imagination, is a crucial element in the later work, and is placed in the context of such figures as Coleridge, Wordsworth, Ruskin, Shakespeare and Dante. The cultural politics at the heart of Hill’s later achievement is also explored, drawing on the work of George Steiner, Gabriel Marcel, and Noam Chomsky, among others, along with his controversial commitment to the right of art to be difficult and his assertion that such difficulty is truly democratic.

Author: Abigail Susik

Surrealist sabotage and the war on work is an art-historical study devoted to international surrealism’s critique of wage labour and its demand for non-alienated work between the 1920s and the 1970s. The Introduction and Chapter 1 frame the genealogy of surrealism’s work refusal in relation to its inter-war investment in ultra-left politics, its repudiation of French nationalism, and the early twentieth-century development of sabotage theory in the labour movement. Chapter 2 proposes an interpretation of surrealist automatism in 1920s France as a subversion of disciplined production in the emerging information society and also reperformance of feminised information labour. Chapter 3 is a study of autoeroticism and autonomy in Spanish surrealist Óscar Domínguez’s depictions of women’s work tools, such as the sewing machine and the typewriter, in works of art across media during the 1930s. Chapter 4 provides a historical account of labour activism in Chicago surrealism during the 1960s and 1970s, including an analysis of the Chicago surrealist epistolary exchange with German philosopher Herbert Marcuse. An Epilogue considers the paintings that German surrealist Konrad Klapheck made depicting sewing machines, typewriters, and other tools of information labour during the 1960s, in conjunction with related works by other surrealists such as Giovanna. As a whole, Surrealist sabotage and the war on work demonstrates that international surrealism critiqued wage labour symbolically, theoretically, and politically, through works of art, aesthetics theories, and direct actions meant to effect immediate social intervention.

Douglas Morrey

(Leutrat 1990 : 41), while Bergala recognises that Sauve qui peut ‘porte en germe la trilogie à venir’ 3 (Bergala 1999 : 107). Ultimately, then, to the extent that one wishes to impose these rather arbitrary divisions within a body of work, it would perhaps be better to speak of a quartet , rather than a trilogy of films beginning with Sauve qui peut (la vie) , and in this chapter we will demonstrate the validity of

in Jean-Luc Godard
Nanna Mik-Meyer

3 Soft power and welfare work Introduction Investigations of the encounter between welfare workers and citizens must use a concept of power that does not automatically privilege, for instance, the particular profession of welfare workers, as is done in much literature on professions. The concept of power must be based on a dialectic relationship between what can be called the objective structures and the subjective experiences of these structures (Giddens’ [1984] concept of structuration). To situate analyses of welfare encounters within the structure

in The power of citizens and professionals in welfare encounters
David Hardiman

Female missionaries, supported by male Indian assistants, sustained much of the clinical work of the Bhil mission. Jane Birkett and Margaret Hodgkinson were the wives of ordained missionaries, but others, such as Helen Bull and Rowena Watts, were single women. In her history of American women missionaries Dana Robert has shown that until the mid-nineteenth century, women were to a large

in Missionaries and their medicine
Catherine Spencer

The history of Carolee Schneemann’s relationship with the Happening is a conflicted, critical one. The artist appeared in Claes Oldenburg’s 1962 Ray Gun Theater performances at The Store (1961–62) and, as the decade progressed, developed her own interpretation of the form that she termed ‘Kinetic Theatre’, involving group work, the combination of bodies with collage and junk materials, and the incorporation of projected images from her own films into performance environments. 1 But by the time she featured in Harald Szeemann’s survey of the field with

in Beyond the Happening
Carne trémula
Ana María Sánchez-Arce

Carne trémula (Live Flesh, 1997 ) was seen as a change in direction for Almodóvar in three ways. First, it is an adaptation from a novel, the eponymous thriller by Ruth Rendell. Second, it was, as José Arroyo pointed out, ‘his “straightest” yet – camp figures less than in his other films and, interestingly, not to Carne trémula’ s disadvantage’ ( 1998 : 51). Finally, the film is often interpreted as an explicitly political work and as a clear break with Almodóvar’s previous non-engagement with Spain’s past and the dictatorship in particular (Allinson, 2001

in The cinema of Pedro Almodóvar
Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin

some of its character – architectural and social – from the private units around it’, but ‘the converse was also true … Public uses and private values complemented and reinforced one another.’  3 The primary focus in this work has been upon the internal structure and organisation of institutional artisanal buildings and their guild communities. The view here, however, is extended outward, to consider what exterior walls, designs, and materials signified in the wider urban environment of the City of London

in Crafting identities
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The Radical Power of Personal Narrative
Author: Melissa Febos

In this bold and exhilarating mix of memoir and writing guide, Melissa Febos tackles the emotional, psychological, and physical work of writing intimately while offering an utterly fresh examination of the storyteller’s life and the challenges it presents. How do we write about the relationships that have formed us? How do we describe our bodies, their desires and traumas? What does it mean to have your writing, or living, dismissed as “navel-gazing”—or else hailed as “so brave, so raw”? And to whom, in the end, do our most intimate stories belong? Drawing on her journey from aspiring writer to acclaimed author and writing professor—via addiction and recovery, sex work and academia—Melissa Febos has created a captivating guide to the writing life, and a brilliantly unusual exploration of subjectivity, privacy, and the power of divulgence. Candid and inspiring, Body Work will empower readers and writers alike, offering ideas—and occasional notes of caution—to anyone who has ever hoped to see their true self reflecting back from the open page.

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Keeping up appearances
Kinneret Lahad

8 Time work: keeping up appearances Over the years that I have researched Israeli internet portals, I have detected a repetitive, periodical movement. As holidays like Rosh Hashana ( Jewish New Year’s Eve) and Passover, or widely commemorated romantic celebrations like Valentine’s Day approach, Israeli websites begin to publish a range of columns, written by and about single women, discussing their fears of being—and appearing to be—on their own over the holidays. This phenomenon is not unique to Israeli society, of course. One can easily find any number of

in A table for one