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Irish contemporary women’s fiction and the expression of desire in an era of plenty
Sylvie Mikowski

love and romance, providing her readers with the delight of a happy ending in the form of the fairy-­tale union of the Prince Charming with Cinderella, even though she made a point of ending the story at the moment when the marriage actually began, evading the necessity of describing what marital bliss could be like. She was thus already introducing the idea that women cannot be satisfied with the material comfort or the social status provided by marriage and instead yearn for other types of satisfaction. This is what Sigmund Freud explained ‘What does a woman want

in From prosperity to austerity
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Wolf politics
Rebecca Pates and Julia Leser

population here. We are civilised, they are feral. In German fairy tales, the wolf is always initially dangerous but vanquished by a hunter: it stands for a fight of civilisation versus barbarism, organised village life versus predatory invaders, peace and prosperity versus death and destitution. In fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood or The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats , the wolf is always a predator, but, unlike the human hunter in the story, one that acts in accordance with instinct rather than order and civilisation. But the wolf is always a rival to the

in The wolves are coming back
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The Second World War and the Balkan Historikerstreit
David Bruce MacDonald

. Ljubica Stefan’s From Fairy Tale to Holocaust was a typical example of this type of thinking, tracing the ancient roots of Serbian antiSemitism. A large section of her work was devoted to reviewing various anti-Semitic folk tales, assembled by Vuk Karadzić in 1853. One featured work was the ‘The Yids’ (Civuti), the story of Hansel and Gretel, notable for the 145 2441Chapter5 16/10/02 8:05 am Page 146 Balkan holocausts? fact that the ‘wicked witch’ was a Jewish woman. In Stefan’s account of them, these folk tales encouraged Serbs to see the Jewish people as those

in Balkan holocausts?
Conflict over structures or deep conflict, and dominant ideology
Mark Haugaard

reproducing role-specific social norms that entail structural bias. However, in the privacy of the home the less powerful may well rail against the injustice of the system. Fairy tales, where the poorest wins out over the wealthy and privileged, are another way of expressing this subaltern discourse. Told at bedtime, when darkness closes out the reality of a long day, characterized by confirm-structuring 2-D bias, these stories provide a welcome release. Notes 1 I do not like these kinds of labels but, as they will be attributed to me by others, it is better to be

in The four dimensions of power
The Cosmopolitan Pan-Africanist
Kweku Ampiah

. The eager acceptance by black congregations on Sundays in Baptist churches across America of the fairy-tale of the Exodus is more strange – to borrow Appiah’s expression – than the Pan-Africanists’ concern with race. The nineteenth century ushered in what Du Bois referred to as “the first century of human sympathy – the age when half wonderingly we began to descry in others that transfigured spark of divinity which we call Myself; when … all helplessly we peered into those Other-worlds, and wailed, ‘O World of Worlds, how shall man

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Albanian society and the quest for independence from statehood in Kosovo and Macedonia
Norbert Mappes-Niediek

all confined by state borders; most people lived in multi-ethnic empires, the Ottoman or the Austrian-Hungarian Empires, and some, like the Serbs, lived in small and emerging states. According to the German poet and philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder, publisher of Slav fairy tales and an influential thinker for East Europeans, a nation is a community based on common language, common culture and common descent (Herder 1965: 224). The State is not even mentioned. Nationalism is at first a purely spiritual, ideological phenomenon which might become political once the

in Potentials of disorder
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Religion and spirituality in environmental direct action
Bronislaw Szerszynski and Emma Tomalin

11 Bronislaw Szerszynski and Emma Tomalin Enchantment and its uses: religion and spirituality in environmental direct action Introduction What are the uses of enchantment? From an anarchist perspective, are forms of spiritual belief and practice always to be considered as a surrendering of personal autonomy, an enslavement to irrationality? We will suggest otherwise – that spirituality can be a source of personal empowerment. Our title contains an implicit reference to Bruno Bettelheim, who argued that fairy tales were useful for children, in that they

in Changing anarchism
Representing Africa through suffering
Graham Harrison

hands against a surface, He missed the palms of their hands and soles of their feet which is why black people have lighter skin there.3 We listened to the story as if it was a fairy tale, and I can’t remember taking it seriously. But, why do I remember it when we were bombarded with so many other short stories that I don’t remember? If I put it together with myriad other purportedly ‘trivial’ or banal racist socialisations, I can see how we were all being taught to think racially. We were all white children; the other class in our cohort had all of the British Asian

in The African presence
Responses to war resistance
Daniel Conway

’s little boys’ (cited in Cock, 1993: 73). An anonymous poster campaign in Cape Town carried slogans such as ‘ECC Does It From Behind’ and ‘The ECC Believes in Fairy Tales’. Later, more sophisticated Veterans for Victory literature carried a cover page emblazoned with ‘Queer Birds these War Resisters’ (see figure 9). Underneath the slogan was a cartoon of an ostrich with its head buried in the ground (a reference to the ECC’s naivety). Behind the ostrich were slightly obscured newspaper articles referring to the rise of the gay liberation movement in South Africa, other

in Masculinities, militarisation and the End Conscription Campaign
Natalie Bormann

states is a reflection of the popular Manichean metaphor of good versus evil, as we find it displayed most prominently in science fiction cinema (an argument which supports Weldes’ invader/protector analogy). In this sense, the popular imagery of ‘Star Wars’ is representative of a palpable vision of friends (e.g., centred around the heroic figure of Luke Skywalker) and enemies (e.g., centred around the character of Darth Vader). For, nowhere as much as in science fiction film, the modern fairy tale, is the good/evil dichotomy so distinct. On the other hand, the missile

in National missile defence and the politics of US identity