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Rewriting history and retreating from trauma in The Plot Against America
David Brauner

sections of The Counterlife, Roth has no more sought to combat anti-Semitism in his fiction than to fuel it, the accusations of some Jewish critics notwithstanding (Roth 2001b: 114). In his essayWriting About Jews’, written some forty years before the publication of The Plot Against America, Roth had suggested that ‘repeating . . . “It can happen here,” does little to prevent “it” from happening’ and in an interview with Alain Finkielkraut in 1981 he insisted that ‘however much I may loathe anti-Semitism . . . my job in a work of fiction is not to offer consolation to

in Philip Roth
The work of reading
Richard De Ritter

on the Present Condition of the Female Sex; With Suggestions for its Improvement (London: J. Johnson, 1798), pp. 69–70. Subsequent references will be given parenthetically in the text. 37 Vicesimus Knox, ‘On Novel Reading’, in Essays Moral and Literary, 5th edn, 2 vols (London: Charles Dilly, 1784), i, 70. Knox’s Essays were originally published in 1778, but new editions, containing new material, were frequently published in the subsequent years. 38 Knox, ‘On Essay Writing’, in Essays Moral and Literary, i, 4. 39 The Autobiography of Francis Place (1771–1854), ed

in Imagining women readers, 1789–1820
Mark Edele

lying: ‘that was so much empty talk’, claimed Lewin. 103 Teacher of teachers Essay writing (and teaching undergraduate students) was not the only activity which kept Lewin busy after his move to Philadelphia. He had come to the United States in 1978 ‘in hopes of developing a group of like-minded specialists in Russian and Soviet history, initially to be formed around a Penn–Princeton axis. In the end, this did not work out’, as his friend and colleague Alfred Rieber wrote. 104 An attempt to receive funding for a postdoctoral research school in

in Debates on Stalinism
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The years of radicalisation and consolidation
Par Kumaraswami, Antoni Kapcia, and Meesha Nehru

, Benedettii observed that essay-writing was comparatively weak in Cuba (Benedetti, 1971: 26). The question of political awareness was, however, fundamental, and Portuondo, unsurprisingly, stressed the duties and rigour demanded of the ‘new critic’, starting with the perennial need for self-criticism: 1961–89: Radicalisation and consolidation 93 Mantener, sin perjuicio de esta absoluta libertad de ensayo y de búsqueda, de creación, y precisamente como acicate a la misma, una constante actitud criticista, favoreciendo la labor de los críticos y sometiendo esta misma al

in Literary culture in Cuba
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The public meanings of emigration and the shaping of emigrant selves in post- war Ireland, 1945– 1969
Barry Hazley

being during the first 30 years of independence. Between 1945 and 1965, the ‘emigration problem’ formed the object of a vast and variegated discourse, articulated through priestly sermons and Lenten pastorals, journalist exposés and editorial letters, government reports and Dáil debates, local theatre productions and National School essay-writing competitions. Across these various forms, the desires of the emigrant functioned as a heated site of ideological struggle, as different commentators sought to enlist the ‘plight of the emigrant’ in support of their own

in Life history and the Irish migrant experience in post-war England
Frances Burney’s Diary (1842–46) and the reputation of women’s life writing
Susan Civale

Magazine: Biography, Celebrity, Politics (New York, NY: Routledge, 2005), p. 15. 68 Romantic women’s life writing 108 Lee Erickson, The Economy of Literary Form: English Literature and the Industrialization of Publishing, 1800–1850 (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 6; p. 72. Erickson pinpoints 1815–1835 as the pinnacle of prestige in periodical essay writing. On the competition between the essay and book as literary forms, see Hilary Fraser and Daniel Brown, English Prose of the Nineteenth Century (London: Addison Wesley Longman, 1996), p. 7

in Romantic women’s life writing
Generic experimentation in My Life as a Man, The Counterlife, The Facts, Deception and Operation Shylock
David Brauner

1960 essayWriting American Fiction’, on the extraordinary improbability of reality itself as an implicit defence of the extravagant hyperbole of his book. As Mark Shechner puts it: ‘Operation Shylock commits its excesses in order to keep pace with a world in which the excessive is the commonplace and the outrageous the ordinary’ (Shechner 2003: 135). In other words, if life is stranger than fiction, then fiction has the licence to be very strange while still being true to life. Rather than quoting his younger self (as he might well have done, given the extensive

in Philip Roth
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Forms of shared distraction
Andrew Ginger

individuals educated in French or French-influenced education systems, on which Cousin had a considerable impact. The very title of Foucault’s Surveiller et punir is taken from Cousin’s definition of the state, for example. It is Cousin’s philosophy of history that gives us the intellectual pattern of thesis, antithesis, synthesis – often wrongly seen as Hegelian – and pervasive in French school-level essay-writing of a certain vintage. In this chapter, the tension between centres of Being and distraction is evoked solely as a family resemblance across multiple

in Instead of modernity
An Introduction to the Faerie Queene Rhymes Concordance
Richard Danson Brown

is felt to have rational, intellectual dimensions lacking in the more random associations created by rhyme. Addison has, however, given more thorough consideration to rhymes in another essay. Writing in a tradition which draws on Wimsatt, Tsur, Empson and Alpers, she highlights Spenser’s unusual preference for verbs over nouns as rhyme words through statistical comparisons of sections of The Faerie Queene with Spenserian stanzas by Keats, Shelley and Byron.122 Comparing roughly 30 stanzas each from Book II and the Mutabilitie Cantos with passages of similar length

in A concordance to the rhymes of The Faerie Queene