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Meaning and practice, 1927–77

Amateur film: Meaning and practice 1927–77 traces the development of non-professional interests in making and showing film. It explores how amateur cinematography gained a following among the wealthy, following the launch of lightweight portable cine equipment by Kodak and Pathé in Britain during the early 1920s. As social access to the new hobby widened, enthusiasts began to use cine equipment at home, work, on holiday and elsewhere. Some amateurs made films only for themselves while others became cine club members, contributors to the hobby literature and participated in film competitions from local to international level.

The stories of individual filmmakers, clubs and the emergence of an independent hobby press, as well as the non-fiction films made by groups and individuals, provide a unique lens through which contemporary responses to daily experience may be understood over fifty years of profound social, cultural and economic change. Using regional film archive collections, oral testimony and textual sources, this book explores aspects of family life, working experience, locality and social issues, leisure time and overseas travel as captured by filmmakers from northern and northwest England. This study of visual memory, identity and status sets cine camera use within a wider trajectory of personal record making, and discusses the implications of footage moving from private to public spaces as digitisation widens access and transforms contemporary archive practice.

This volume considers transnational and intercultural aspects of early modern theatre, drama and performance. Its twelve chapters, loosely cosmographically grouped into West, North and South, compose a complex image of early modern theatre connections as a socially, economically, politically and culturally realised tissue of links, networks, influences and paths of exchange. With particular attention to itinerant performers, court festival, and the significant black, Muslim and Jewish impact, they combine disciplines and methods to place Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the wider context of early performance culture in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Czech and Italian speaking Europe. Their shared methodological approach examines transnational connections by linking abstract notions of wider theatre historical significance to concrete historical facts: archaeological findings, archival records, visual artefacts, and textual evidence. Crucial to the volume is this systematic yoking of theories with surviving historical evidence for the performative event – whether as material object, text, performative routine, theatregrams, rituals, festivities, genres, archival evidence or visual documentation. This approach enables it to explore the infinite variety of early modern performance culture by expanding the discourse, questioning the received canon, and rethinking the national restrictions of conventional maps to reveal a theatre that truly is without borders.

must take into account the juridical distinction between public and private archives because this has a bearing on the types and organisation of information available for research.7 Archives publiques contain information on what the authorities representing the State recorded about landownership in the population as a whole. By contrast, in nobles’ archives privées the context for producing documents about landownership was the daily management of the family’s estate.8 Access to archives privées really matters in France for any researcher wanting to understand the

in Nobility and patrimony in modern France
Postsocialist, post-conflict, postcolonial?

This book explains theoretical work in postcolonial and postsocialist studies to offer a novel and distinctive insight into how Yugoslavia is configured by, and through, race. It presents the history of how ideas of racialised difference have been translated globally in Yugoslavia. The book provides a discussion on the critical race scholarship, global historical sociologies of 'race in translation' and south-east European cultural critique to show that the Yugoslav region is deeply embedded in global formations of race. It considers the geopolitical imagination of popular culture; the history of ethnicity; and transnational formations of race before and during state socialism, including the Non-Aligned Movement. The book also considers the post-Yugoslav discourses of security, migration, terrorism and international intervention, including the War on Terror and the refugee crisis. It elaborates how often-neglected aspects of the history of nationhood and migration reveal connections that tie the region into the global history of race. The book also explains the linkage between ethnic exclusivism and territory in the ethnopolitical logic of the Bosnian conflict and in the internationally mediated peace agreements that enshrined it: 'apartheid cartography'. Race and whiteness remained perceptible in post-war Bosnian identity discourses as new, open-ended forms of post-conflict international intervention developed.

Narrative and new media

This book is a defence of narrative in an age of information. Stressing interpretation and experience alongside affect and sensation, it argues that narrative is key to contemporary forms of cultural production and to the practice of contemporary life. Re-appraising the prospects for narrative in the digital age, the book insists on the centrality of narrative to informational culture and provokes a critical re-appraisal of how innovations in information technology as a material cultural form can be understood and assessed. It offers a careful exploration of narrative theory, a critique of techno-cultural writing, and a series of tightly focused case studies. All of which point the way to a restoration of a critical — rather than celebratory — approach to new media.

The Guthrie card example

Commissioner to the effect that, in the future, specific consent should be obtained for the retention of the cards for a ten-­year period after which they would be disposed of. In relation to the existing archive of cards, it was agreed that the retention of samples without consent clearly contravened both EU and national data protection legislation and those cards must therefore be disposed of. The Minister for Health subsequently ordered the destruction of the cards unless individuals requested them back. There were calls from clinicians and researchers to retain the cards

in Ethical and legal debates in Irish healthcare

British archives are full of documentary reminders of the links between plantations in the West Indies and landed estates in the United Kingdom. The East Sussex Record Office preserves a notebook kept by John Fuller, an ironmaster who in 1703 married Elizabeth Rose, the daughter of the Jamaican planter Fulke Rose. Through the marriage, Fuller acquired sugar plantations totalling

in Country houses and the British Empire, 1700–1930
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Tracing the relationships between country houses and the British Empire can be a funny business. As I was completing the research for this book, I was examining documents in the London Metropolitan Archives, in this instance relating to the sale in 1855 of a property called Victoria House in Wellington Square in Cheltenham, which was a popular place of residence for retired East

in Country houses and the British Empire, 1700–1930
Memorialising the revolt of 1916 in oral poetry

 years. Drawing on archival documents, memoirs, oral poetry and published secondary sources, this chapter examines the revolt as a turning point in the history of Central Asia, focusing particularly on its impact on the lives of the northern Kyrgyz and its implications for subsequent developments in the region. It views the revolt of 1916 as an experience of displacement for the northern Kyrgyz and sets out to analyse the reality of this displacement in the aftermath of the revolt of 1916 by taking a closer look at the refugees’ survival and daily existence in the Chinese

in The Central Asian Revolt of 1916
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Sexuality, Catholicism and literature in twentieth-century Ireland

This book studies the twentieth-century Irish Catholic Bildungsroman. This comparative examination of six Irish novelists tracks the historical evolution of a literary genre and its significant role in Irish culture. With chapters on James Joyce and Kate O'Brien, along with studies of Maura Laverty, Patrick Kavanagh, Edna O'Brien and John McGahern, this book offers a fresh new approach to the study of twentieth-century Irish writing and of the twentieth-century novel. Combining the study of literature and of archival material, the book also develops a new interpretive framework for studying the history of sexuality in twentieth-century Ireland. The book addresses itself to a wide set of interdisciplinary questions about Irish sexuality, modernity and post-colonial development, as well as Irish literature.