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Robert Ormsby

encountering in the film a world they witnessed ‘every day . . . in the paper or on television’ (Carnevale). As the first decade of the twenty-first century began, the everyday news of the world was grim and getting worse. The triumphalism that had marked Western powers’ entry into wars in Afghanistan (in 2001) and Iraq (in 2003) had turned into fatigue and distaste, especially for the perceived mendacity of

in Coriolanus
Aesthetico-political misprision in Derricke’s A Discoverie of Woodkarne
Thomas Cartelli

Manuscripts Division, 2014), and David Edwards, Padraig Lenihan, and Clodagh Tait (eds), Age of Atrocity: Violence and Political Conflict in Early Modern Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007). A latter-day example of such reverse attribution might emerge in comparing the general invisibility of the ‘collateral damage’ of Afghan civilian deaths generated by American drone strikes with the viral, worldwide circulation of ISIS beheadings on internet sites were it not that the beheadings are reproduced and

in John Derricke’s The Image of Irelande: with a Discoverie of Woodkarne
Caesar under Thatcher
Andrew James Hartley

staging at The Other Place embraced a more global perspective, but in doing so it managed to find a curiously local topicality which its immediate forebears had missed or shied away from. The programme foregrounded political crisis and war in China, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria and what had been until recently the countries of the Eastern Bloc. His cast was more racially diverse, his Caesar

in Julius Caesar
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The Americans
Elisabeth Bronfen

into the conviction that America was inhabited by internal enemies, threatening the American way of life. This fostered conspiracy fantasies in which it became difficult to tell a real American from a false one. Everyone could potentially be the enemy, having skilfully assumed the guise of a friend. As a result, a clear distinction between ‘us v. them’, so characteristic for the actual theatres of war in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, had steadily come to be replaced by a far more ambiguous opposition between ‘us v. ourselves’. 22 The rich array of disguises

in Serial Shakespeare
Michael D. Friedman and Alan Dessen

from Afghanistan and Iraq, this public honouring of the war’s casualties served as a reminder that great nations are often built upon the sacrifices of their soldiers’ (127). Although Edwards generally did not follow Taymor in employing her design elements for political ends, she did borrow ‘extensively from Julie Taymor’s campy film version of the play’, particularly her outlandish clothing for Tamora and her sons: ‘Like Taymor’s, Edwards’s Goth princes [were] transformed into the modern-day goths … of

in Titus Andronicus
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On sitting down to read a letter from Freud
Nicholas Royle

into the not-yet-day of gulls’ screeching, squawking, croaking, quacking, clucking rapidly all around the housetop amount to a single verbless sentence: ‘Probably not.’ These words initially instil a feeling of great calm, as if Freud is reassuring me: it might never happen. Probably not . You wonder if the world is coming to an end, on your phone last night you read in the newspaper online that the US has just ‘dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat’ somewhere in Afghanistan, you put the phone to charge on a small table beside your desk (only now

in Hélène Cixous
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The screen incarnations of Sir Walter Ralegh
Susan Campbell Anderson

historical context, in this case the 9 /11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC, with clarity and force. Those events, as well as the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, increased the threat of terrorism worldwide and magnified 44 For a recent account of Bette Davis’s life and a guide to her films, see Schickel and Perry, Bette Davis. Despite his parents’ acrimonious marriage, Davis’s son apparently grew up to live a relatively happy, normal life, proving a comfort to his mother in her old age, further giving the lie to ideology supported by the films of

in Literary and visual Ralegh