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The demonic adoptee in The Bad Seed (1954)
Elisabeth Wesseling

-racist humanitarianism of cold war Orientalism. I would like to devote the final section of this chapter to the further substantiation of Gurel’s thesis by forwarding additional evidence from the text of the novel. The social universe of The Bad Seed is not just all-white, but it is also strongly dominated by women. Men are either absent or inadequate in this novel. Christine’s husband is

in Gothic kinship
Anshuman A. Mondal

political activism often ignores or injures as it establishes its own political standards as universal. In both cases, Ghosh does not seek to judge or apportion blame but he does demonstrate how a ‘Western’ urge to political intervention forecloses an ethical understanding of the ‘local’ standards of conduct. In The Shadow Lines it is May Price who demonstrates this disjunction between Western humanitarianism and the dynamics of communalism peculiar to the subcontinent. The text scrupulously delineates her humanitarian credentials in order to prepare the ground for the

in Amitav Ghosh
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Angela Lait

important, Mayo’s ‘interviewing programme closely resembles the therapeutic method and its triumphs are apt to be therapeutic’ (Pugh, 1997 : 363). Thus ‘telling’ is a form of recovery. However, by attention to the non-physical capacities of the worker the ‘whole’ person, body and soul, is co-opted more fully to organisational requirements. Mayo’s humanitarianism, superimposed on

in Telling tales
Maria K. Bachman and Paul C. Peterson

Shelley’s original, he insists on maintaining his independence. From the outset, Stein is indifferent to his fellow physicians’ approbation and flatly refuses their invitation to join the board: ‘I have built up a highly successful practice, alone and unaided. Having grown accustomed to working alone, I find I prefer it.’ While his earnest humanitarianism does not preclude him from gathering body parts for his own research, there is a certain morality to his method. When a medical delegation pays a visit to his overcrowded clinic, he holds up

in Adapting Frankenstein
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Petitions, politics, and the African Christian converts of the nineteenth century
Hlonipha Mokoena

rights, there is still the echo of the abrogated hopes and euphoria of the earlier period. In its past incarnation, liberalism did not and could not rely on the present’s secure institutional foundations. When LMS missionaries introduced their converts to the ‘Word’, they did not then fully realise the secular and political meanings to which Christian theology could be applied. It was only in the practice of missionary humanitarianism that the voices of the converted would seep through in protest against colonial dispossession and the denial of civil rights. When

in Worlding the south
History as fashion, furniture, fraud, forgery, folklore and fiction in the Romantic onset of modernity
Damian Walford Davies

-proclaimed historiography, by the users of these objects in their ongoing everyday creation of ‘immortal ordinary society’ as the ground of their modernity.8 Modernity is here understood as a contested discourse centred on themes of self-reflexive personal identity as the basis for ostensibly ‘pure’ (or disinterested) relationships of intimacy, conjugality, sociability, citizenship, humanitarianism, sympathy with nature and so on. Formed in and sustained by such relationships, this modern subject is supposedly better able to understand – and manage the consequences of – modernity as

in Counterfactual Romanticism
Anshuman A. Mondal

16) – and towards those ‘practical’ sciences so beloved of colonial administrators such as tropical medicine or phrenology, which he discovers whilst still smarting from his faux pas. Even before this episode Balaram had shown a marked inclination towards ‘practical science’, as is evident in his confrontation with the Rationalists at Presidency College when he first expounds on Pasteur’s humanitarianism, of science as ‘an answer to the everyday problems of simple people’. Indeed, despite his School of Reason being composed of Faculties of Pure and Practical Reason

in Amitav Ghosh
Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä, and Ingrid Ryberg

others has been criticised for leading to ‘general suspicion or even apathy among media publics’. In the age of ‘post-​humanitarianism’, furthermore, the spectators are less oriented towards the suffering of others than they are towards themselves. On the other hand, the language of vulnerability has the capacity to invoke social formations that Berlant has termed ‘intimate publics’: ‘affective scene[s]‌of identification among strangers’ that promise ‘a complex of consolation, confirmation, discipline, and discussion about how to live as an x’ (2008). As collectives of

in The power of vulnerability
G. W. M. Reynolds and The Mysteries of London
Rob Breton

gentleman’ with his valet Lafleur. He runs a steam-packet company and is a speculator, a ‘capitalist’; 59 he is a middle-class villain who ascends, unlike his brother, by cheating. When he becomes a parliamentarian, he fully turns his back on the poor. But by the novel’s end, already humbled, he reforms; it turns out that all he needed was the love of a good woman. Reynolds does not often offer narrowly individualistic solutions to the vast social problems he addresses, and is not consistently part of the Victorian humanitarianism beginning to take hold of the public

in The penny politics of Victorian popular fiction
Anshuman A. Mondal

through perhaps the most devastated of these zones, Cambodia, one finds these ambivalences over post-nationalism played out most visibly. In ‘The Global Reservation’ he shows how the UN’s putatively global discourse of humanitarianism is itself enmeshed in the legacies of nationalism and ethnic absolutism; moreover, he shows that any post-national political order that emerges from it will not – indeed, cannot – simply erase or transcend ethnic and cultural difference but must rather work through them somehow. The political order that Ghosh sees emerging will be shaped

in Amitav Ghosh