Colonial encounters in Indian women’s English writings in late nineteenth-century western India
Indrani Sen

), female evangelicals simultaneously drew attention to the abject condition of high-caste Hindu women, while advocating the idea of a western-style nuclear family life and companionate marriage. Most importantly perhaps they were instrumental in transmitting the post-Enlightenment ideals of equality, progress and mobility which were antithetical to what they perceived to be the traditional

in Gendered transactions
Sexuality, trauma and history in Edna O’Brien and John McGahern
Michael G. Cronin

of abjection was central to Kristeva’s re-writing of the Freudian and Lacanian models of psychological formation. For Kristeva, the rejection of the abject, of all those objects associated with bodily necessity, is the crucial entry point into the Symbolic Order and subjectivity; the mother, as caregiver, is the first facilitator of abjection but the maternal body is also the first object that has to be abjected. Beyond the sphere of individual development, abjection also functions as a socialstructural phenomenon. The cultural designation of some groups (the poor

in Impure thoughts
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The Sleeping Tiger (1954), A Man on the Beach (1955) and The Intimate Stranger (1956)
Colin Gardner

male. 23 This ‘normal’ paranoia is also tied into a different form of anxiety for the female spectator. It is derived not from the uncanny and fear of castration that drives the male but from what Julia Kristeva calls ‘the abject’, a pre-Oedipal fantasy derived from the difficulties of separating oneself from the absent, yet all-powerful mother’s body. 24 It is anterior to

in Joseph Losey
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Looking to pastures new
Ben Lamb

counselling services), and generally engender compassion as well as interdependence, is becoming increasingly scarce as a result of austerity. This is directly detrimental to Cawood’s mental and physical health. The abject returns As Hardy suffers from similar physiological attacks to Cawood, the abject once again becomes a central component of the station. Compared to 1990s series

in You’re nicked
Towards a cinema of the senses
Martine Beugnet

films thus evoke the abject in two complementary forms: from the inside, as the threat to the integrity of the body of society, and from the outside, as the threat to the integrity of the individual body. But whereas in J’ai pas sommeil, the monstrous and the criminal ultimately emerged as disturbing forms of hypercon-formity, in Trouble Every Day, the transgressor is a tragic figure, beset by irrepressible cravings, but

in Claire Denis
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Carrie Tarr

and marks the abject, grieving Elsa as a threat to patriarchal order. The loss of the mother accounts for the desire for intimacy between the sisters and leads to a moment of tenderness. But the desire to merge with the mother is at odds with the daughters’ need for autonomy and accounts for their emotional problems. A la folie confirms what was hinted at in Diabolo menthe , namely, the elder sister’s privileged

in Diane Kurys
Affaires publiques, Les Anges du péché and Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne
Keith Reader

so prominent). Agnès, indeed, as her name (= ‘lamb’) suggests, can be seen as the first of th e femmes douces who abound in Bresson’s work well before the film of that name, and whose meekness, at once stimulatingly and disconcertingly in a gender perspective, is the source of their strength, belying Houston and Kinder’s simplistic assertion of theabject helplessness of the [female] victims’ in Bresson’s later œuvre

in Robert Bresson
A new church for the unhoused
Michael Cronin

private losses, the sense of injustice is compounded by the abject failure to hold anyone to account. This, in turn, leads to an understandable and widespread discrediting of authority, whether it be vested in banks, institutional churches or the legal and medical professions. The crisis in authority can, of course, be addressed in two ways. One way is to render authority more authoritarian by making the State and its agents more coercive in their response to forms of criticism and dissent (for examples of this response in the Irish case see Cronin 2009

in Tracing the cultural legacy of Irish Catholicism
Harry Blutstein

declaration was dedicated to dealing with ‘development and poverty eradication’, committing the UN to ‘spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty’.29 At the end of the session, leaders of 147 countries signed the Declaration, and soon after, all other members of the UN supported its recommendations, as did twenty-­three international organisations. Annan knew member countries had seldom honoured prior pledges, which had undermined earlier attempts of the UN to rally the world community to tackle

in The ascent of globalisation
Neville Kirk

the country’s secondary industries. Australia’s primary producers were also portrayed by the ALP as suffering unnecessarily as a result of low prices for their products and the high cost of borrowing. In these and other ways Lyons was practising policies designed to meet the interests of the ‘Money Power’, of domestic and overseas ‘exploiters and investors’. His government was ‘servile’, a ‘flunkey’, theabject tool of the Tory government of Britain’, according to Curtin. 14 For most of the interwar

in Labour and the politics of Empire