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Yoshiki Tajiri

Ordinary objects in Woolf and Beckett 135 6 Trauma and ordinary objects in Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett Yoshiki Tajiri Introduction: trauma and everyday life While trauma studies and everyday life studies may be deemed two of the most salient trends in literary studies since the 2000s, they do not often seem to intersect with each other.1 Current trauma studies began to flourish in the mid-1990s mainly through deconstructionists’ attempts to re-engage with history, though the notion of trauma itself was elaborated in psychiatry and psychoanalysis from

in Samuel Beckett and trauma
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The purity of revolt
Michael Richardson

. The sacred The notion of the sacred is the core around which Peignot's writing, and indeed the practice of her life, takes shape. Her conception of the sacred is singular, drawn both from anthropological research and from surrealist ideas of the marvellous, but above all from the experience of her own life. Her main notes on the theme comprise a short text she wrote in response to ‘The Sacred in Everyday Life’, the article Michel Leiris wrote as his contribution to the founding of the College of Sociology in 1936, although consideration of the

in Surrealist women’s writing
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McGahern’s personal and detached reflections
Tom Inglis

rural to urban society and the decline in the importance of the Catholic Church in everyday life. McGahern reveals what it was like to make love and have sex in Ireland during the shift from a Catholic culture of selfdenial to a modern, urban, cosmopolitan culture of self-fulfilment and self-indulgence. love and sex  111 It is possible to think of McGahern as one of the major chroniclers of cultural change in twentieth-century Ireland. However, while he accepted this description of himself, he emphasised that he was not trying to give an objective, detached

in John McGahern
Love and Summer
Heidi Hansson

13 Character, community and critical nostalgia: Love and Summer Heidi Hansson William Trevor’s novel Love and Summer (2009) is a lyrical, evocative story of the emotional turbulence that lies underneath the surface of everyday life in a small Irish town in the 1950s. Initially, the reader is told that ‘Nothing happened in Rathmoye, its people said’, only to be informed immediately afterwards that the fact that ‘nothing happened was an exaggeration too’ (3).1 The tension between the inner turmoil of the characters and a paralysed environment where nothing seems

in William Trevor
Wordlists, songs, and knowledge production on the colonial Australian frontier
Anna Johnston

Colonial linguistic studies are complex and intriguing textual sources that reveal much about everyday life and knowledge production under frontier conditions. Halfway through her Kamilaroi vocabulary, the Irish-Australian poet Eliza Hamilton Dunlop recorded the phrase: ‘Yalla murrethoo gwalda[.] moorguia binna / Speak in your own language[.] I want to learn as I am stupid.’ 1 Dunlop’s self-positioning is clearly designed to put her Indigenous teachers at ease, setting the terms for her instruction. Yet as the phrase suggests, for Europeans in the Australian

in Worlding the south
Christopher Lloyd

although a very common feeling, sadness is also under-theorised in literary criticism. The quietness of sadness can also be framed by Kathleen Stewart's conception of ‘ordinary affects’. Stewart examines those ‘varied, surging capacities’ of affect ‘that give everyday life the quality of a continual motion of relations, scenes, contingencies, and emergencies’ (1–2). Affect is often ordinary because it just ‘happen[s]’ in ‘impulses, sensations, daydreams, encounters, and habits of relating […] in modes of attention, attachment, and agency, and in

in Marilynne Robinson
Dorothy Kim

larger range of Christian sound within a city filled with the sounds of religious (and often racialised) worship and everyday life from the Jewish, Muslim, Armenian, and heterogeneous Christian quarters. The Stations of Jerusalem acknowledges the heterogeneity and multiracial makeup of the Christians assembling in this holy location: The fyrste prestys are of Inde, … And thei synge nother more ne lesse

in Encountering The Book of Margery Kempe
Philip H. Wicksteed and Victorian mass readerships
Federica Coluzzi

acquainted with Italian, the democratic use of English translations (personally authored by the minister) facilitated their encounter with Dantean textuality. Particularly interesting are the rhetorical features of the discourse and the way in which Wicksteed tends to annul any aesthetic or cultural distance with the poetic text by establishing continuous correspondences with the reader’s everyday life as in the case of the fourth sermon-chapter on

in Dante beyond influence
Marginal annotation as private commentary
Federica Coluzzi

compulsion of bibliomaniacal collectors’ ( Connell, 2000 : 38). For many, the restoration of the physical, sensuous proximity with the object vehiculated a more intimate interpretative relationship, which materialised as marginalia in its pages, flyleaves and endpapers. Before Gladstone: nineteenth-century readers of Dante Reconstructing the history of modern marginalia, H. J. Jackson noted that ‘in their everyday life, readers of

in Dante beyond influence
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Language, lies and the crisis of representation in Such a Long Journey
Peter Morey

This chapter studies Mistry's Such a Long Journey, a novel that contains elements of a political thriller and which shows that the operations of history are linked to, and impose on, everyday life. The novel, which is set in 1971, presents political events that put pressure on a family already under strain. The chapter discusses Such a Long Journey in detail, and notes the political features included that seem to be characteristic of a political landscape of deceit, corruption and decline. It determines that Such a Long Journey presents a powerful combination of casual brutality and political deception, which descends on the fiercely guarded private world of sensitive individuals.

in Rohinton Mistry