The politics of ‘Crazyspace’, children’s television and the case of The Demon Headmaster
Máire Messenger Davies
’s necessary to start your life. It gives you things like –
GIRL 2: Freedom.
BOY 2: You’d have to get rid of every child in the world as well.
[Everybody: yeah, yeah.]
BOY 1: With every child it would be impossible.
GIRL 1: You’d have to get rid of everybody on the other side of the world.
INT.: So we think it would be a bad idea?
GIRL 1: A totally bad idea.
Pursuing issues of credibility and likelihood, plus the abuseofpower, they then discussed not just the realism, or otherwise, of turning a person into a lizard but what was more important to
Suicide and the Gothic in modern Japanese literature and
herself and to hurt others.
Although never identified as Gothic, all the texts examined in this chapter employ a variety of Gothic conventions – from monstrous landscapes and Gothic heroes, victims and villains torn by internal conflict, to depictions of cruelty and violence, often sexualised, grotesque monstrous bodies and minds, disease, political upheaval, abuseofpower, conflicts of memory, trauma and haunting. While the portrayal of suicide in modern Japanese texts can be contextualised as Gothic, these texts also demonstrate that
Guilt, regret and suicide in three ghost stories by J. Sheridan Le
– provide a reminder of tangible and terrible deeds, force the remembrance of things suppressed, prompt if not confessions then at least acknowledgement of occluded crimes which the subject might well have hoped would have remained buried up to and after their own sepulture.
If Harbottle and Barton unequivocally deserve moral condemnation on account of their fatal abusesofpower, Jennings represents a more problematic reflex of the motif of spectral persecution as it is presented in the first three stories of In a Glass Darkly . The shy
the lack of petrol and vegetables. But its focus on personal revolt ties in
with the social revolution underpinning May 1968 which called into question
conventional hierarchies and divisions in French society. Anne’s
revolt against her bourgeois mother, motivated by her mother’s
unjustifiable refusal to let her see her working-class boyfriend, highlights
the rigidities and prejudices of the bourgeoisie and their abuseofpower
Mario Conde and ‘maverick’ financiers such as Javier de la
Rosa. The so-called cultura del pelotazo (a culture of political
corruption and abuseofpower for financial gain) was in full swing.
Taken as a whole, this economic, demographic and moral
context reframes Justino’s killing. The outcome of financial hard
times and a get-rich-quick boom, Justino’s actions express not
only rebellion against but
, the Vladimir Propp of
the Gothic, for whom the father is just another motif. But for Catherine
the genealogy of the Gothic reaches back past secret manuscripts to some
initial, undisclosed, paternal abuseofpower. In a curious reversal of
roles, Henry, not Catherine, is the truly literal-minded; for him,
Gothic discovery amounts to no more than the physical apprehension of
manuscripts, whereas for
the less meaning it has as a concept, becoming merely a byword for
cruelty and the abuseofpower. This is to introduce the worst kind of
postmodernism into the heart of social life, enacting the dystopic
vision of Jean Baudrillard who argued in 1981 that societies were
becoming hostage to a process of ‘substituting signs of the
real for the real itself; that is, an operation to deter every real
designed to safeguard the terms of the GFA and prevent the
representatives of either community riding roughshod over those of
the other. Other parties regarded the DUP action as a misuse of the
safeguard and an abuseofpower by the largest party to defend its
own narrow party interests when it did not have the votes to defeat
it ‘properly or honourably’ (ibid., quoting Dawn
try to impose their own agenda on decision-makers.
The EU prefers to deal with present-day threats (some of
which are ‘post-modernistic’) and has a slightly different
order of priorities. These are terrorism linked with violent religious
extremism, WMD proliferation, regional conflicts, state failure
associated with corruption and abuseofpower, organised crime and
The impact of the ‘Orange Revolution’ on EU–Ukraine relations
things, at progressively integrating the
Ukrainian energy market into the EU, thereby enhancing the
state’s energy security.
Standing in the freezing cold, waving their orange
banners, Ukrainians demonstrating against the rigged Presidential
elections in the autumn of 2004 could have hardly imagined that their
exasperated reaction to years of corruption and abuseofpower would