Reading Futurism with Pierre Albert-Birot as witness, creative collaborator and dissenter
‘An infinity of living forms, representative
of the absolute’? Reading Futurism with
Pierre Albert-Birot as witness, creative
collaborator and dissenter
‘An infinity of living forms’
Artist, poet, witness
Wanting to introduce new ideas is good, being unable not to introduce new
ideas is much better. The ism is a bit like a magnifying glass. It magnifies the
precise point under examination, but you can no longer see anything around
it, and this point is so magnified that it attracts: you throw yourself into it,
it swallows you up, and
dislodge the inept and corrupt political elite. The former Prime Minister Sa‘ad
Hariri, who resigned the previous year, was once again nominated to form a new cabinet. And
more than two months later, the domestic investigation into the devastating explosion at
Beirut’s port has failed to yield any credible results.
The book redirects attention to the role of labour co-optation in diluting
and weakening contentious politics and stifling change during social unrest following
Lebanon’s waste crisis in 2015 and the October
their counterparts writing more dogmatic tracts. 6
In order to show some of the ways Shakespeare and Spenser
manipulate these debates in two works that are more traditionally
appreciated for their playfulness with poetic form and for their ability
to entertain, I will first outline quickly some of the reasons that
pastoral poetics were available to reflect controversies concerning
Refugees and state building in Lithuania and Courland, 1914–21
‘A mass which you could form into whatever
you wanted’: refugees and state building in
Lithuania and Courland, 1914–21
When refugees made their way from Russia back to their homes in
Lithuania and Latvia at the end of the First World War, they returned
to entirely different countries. Ravaged by destruction and the deportation of one-third of the population, the region was barely recognisable.
Moreover, what were once provinces on the periphery of the Russian
Empire had now been transformed into independent states, striving for
This book explores the pervasive influence of pacifism on Victorian feminism. It provides an account of Victorian women who campaigned for peace, and of the many feminists who incorporated pacifist ideas into their writing on women and gender. The book explores feminists' ideas about the role of women within the empire, their eligibility for citizenship, and their ability to act as moral guardians in public life. It shows that such ideas made use – in varying ways – of gendered understandings of the role of force and the relevance of arbitration and other pacifist strategies. The book examines the work of a wide range of individuals and organisations, from well-known feminists such as Lydia Becker, Josephine Butler and Millicent Garrett Fawcett to lesser-known figures such as the Quaker pacifists Ellen Robinson and Priscilla Peckover.
The gothic has, for two hundred years, played an important role in female culture; and worked early on to feminise established literary forms and has, throughout its history, strongly challenged established notions of femininity. Neo-gothicism reflects the feminine dimensions of the ongoing cultural and literary change: gothic horror addresses 'gendered' problems of everyday life. This book focuses on the narrative and ideological components that shape gothic fictions as feminine forms. It explores the classic texts of two hundred years of gothicism on three levels. The first is their contextualising of the specific cultural-historical situation that they both come from and address. The second is their narrative texture, marked by a complex subjectivity; and third, the inter-textualisation of feminine gothic writing. Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women uses gothic contextualising to tell a gothic story of growing up, and Margaret Atwood's Lady Oracle parodically incorporates gothic texture. The gothicism of Aritha van Herk's No Fixed Address relies very much on the Canadian landscape, and points to the intersection of neo-gothicism and Canadian culture. Lynne Tillman's Haunted Houses is a fictional braid of three gothic life stories of girls growing up in contemporary Brooklyn; the 'haunted houses' of the title are their bodies that are not born but becoming women. Dress, a classic feminine gothic sign for both propriety and property, is shown in the postmodern context as thematic enclosure of the body as well as formal enclosure of the story.
‘Repudiate all forms of intolerance’: how
the movements were framed
Framing the news, framing disorder
This chapter analyses the key framing strategies employed by the PCI’s daily
paper l’Unità in relation to the key movements of the second cycle. The
period has been divided into three phases: innovation, running roughly from
March 1972 to the end of 1973; diffusion, from 1974 to the end of 1976; and
engagement, from December 1976 to December 1977.
L’Unità makes a good source on the PCI’s framing strategies for three
main reasons. The paper at this time was a
Nineteenth-century international law imbibed the racist virus. The twentieth century attempted to find an escape through fundamental, principled restatements of the equality and dignity of human beings and the worth of the cultures of humanity in all their subtlety and variety. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) was preceded by the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1963, and converted its premises into legally binding standards. The ICERD carried the hopes and aspirations of many in the international community for an international order of mutual respect and harmony among nations and peoples. This book tracks the debates that have shaped Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination's (CERD) policies and practices on disaggregated data over its first forty-five years. The UN World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related Intolerance (WCAR) created an opportunity for the family of nations to engage in a global dialogue. The rights of indigenous peoples under international human rights law have greatly evolved with the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007. CERD's serious attention to the continuing role played by anti-Romani sentiment - anti-Gypsyism - in shaping the societies is required. The central concern of General Recommendation 35 (2013) of the CERD was to figure out and set out how the 'resources' of the ICERD can be optimally 'mobilised' for the purpose of combating racist hate speech.