Ronit Lentin

listening and not listening to mother’s family stories about ‘there’, I also grew up, as I write in Chapter 4, with the ‘background music’ of the Haifa Nakba. Haifa’s Palestinians were not ‘present absentees’ – a term coined by the 1950 Absentees’ Property Law for Palestinians who left their homes and lands in 1948 regardless of the reason (Masalha 2005: 13) - but rather ‘absent presentees’, there but not there. Like for other Israeli Ashkenazi middleclass Jews of my generation, Arabs were shadows, whose existence was indelibly rooted, as Benvenisti (1988) writes, in our

in Co-memory and melancholia
Howard Chiang

1 Historical epistemology and the making of modern Chinese medicine Howard Chiang The history of Chinese medicine is undergoing a sea-change. Scholars have engaged independently and collectively in re-imagining the discipline, contextualizing it in an unprecedented way within a broader context of the translation, transmission, and global circulation of knowledge.1 This is in many ways a new and exciting field, informed by questions that are meant to explore the emergence of different ways of knowing in and beyond modern China, rather than taking the existence of

in Historical epistemology and the making of modern Chinese medicine
Abstract only
Keith Reader

, when he writes ‘“tu ne me chercherais pas, si tu ne m’avais trouv锑 17 (Pascal [1670] 1976 : 200). Pascal’s wager on the existence of God has what contemporary linguistics might call a performative effect, for it is only thanks to the wager that God’s existence becomes certain and available to the believer. This means that the wager rests less on a craven calculation of self

in Robert Bresson
Abstract only
Jenny Andersson

observation of the existence of such a group, as happened in the 1960s, and the rhetorical construction of it in a political discourse drawing on descriptions such as ‘weak’, ‘handicapped’, and ‘those who can’t cope’, are of course two interrelated things. The emergence of this group – and the gradual acceptance of its existence in social democratic discourse – is a major challenge to the logic of productive

in Between growth and security
Memories of violence in the Dutch Revolt
Erika Kuijpers and Judith Pollmann

try to answer that question with reference to the survivors of the sacks of the Dutch Revolt. First, under what circumstances did the survivors resume their lives? One important condition for the collective commemoration of violence is the existence of what Aleida Asmann has called a Solidargemeinschaft – a community of solidarity.11 Victims share their experi­ences with their peers, their community and finally with the world at large, but only with those who are prepared to listen and acknowledge the 178 • erika kuijpers & judith pollmann • experiences. This

in Ireland, 1641
Željka Doljanin

mcgahern: authority and vision the essay will move to McGahern to show how his last novel, That They May Face the Rising Sun (2002), not only counters this sense of fracture, but offers ways for us to understand the complexity of exile, migrant existence and homecoming. I will argue that the immigrant characters that we meet in twenty-first-century Irish literature often come from a ‘nowhere-in-particular’, have no history and are driven by the desire to be assimilated into Irish society, thus absolving the reader from having to engage with their dual existence. Even

in John McGahern
The Children’s Book, The Biographer’s Tale and Angels and Insects
Alexa Alfer and Amy J. Edwards de Campos

provides Geraint Fludd, who will indeed become a banker in due course, with the prospect of financial security that has been so painfully lacking from his parents’ unconventional existence but also serves as a means of escape from, precisely, the ‘animal energies’ that have blighted his own and, even more so, his sisters’ childhood in the form of Benedict Fludd’s incestuous molestations. Moreover, during

in A. S. Byatt
Jeffrey Hopes

or, as for Shaftesbury, his virtuous nature. In both cases, if happiness through proximity with God is seen as the ultimate end of human existence, and vice and enslavement to the corporeal are construed as misery, then the passions should be judged by the degree of happiness or misery they procure. Here happiness could also be defined as pleasure and misery as pain, though they might have both corporeal and spiritual dimensions. This happiness or misery could be individual or collective; indeed the two might not coincide, so that the pleasure of one individual

in Writing and constructing the self in Great Britain in the long eighteenth century
Reorientation under the National Health Service
Martin Gorsky, John Mohan and Tim Willis

establishment of the NHS. First, the debates that took place in 1946–48 are outlined, when the schemes had to decide whether or not to continue in existence and, if they were to continue, what their role ought to be. Both the attitudes of the schemes and the response by government are considered: despite Bevan’s rhetoric, how supportive was government of proposals for continuation? Second, the success of efforts by the surviving schemes to develop a market niche is traced and developments are related to socioeconomic changes in post-war Britain and to the evolution of policy

in Mutualism and health care
The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life
Alexa Alfer and Amy J. Edwards de Campos

–7). These ephemera both function nostalgically, as mnemonic touchstones of a forgotten era, and signal a deliberate focus on the material side of existence. Significantly, though, even in this most ‘thingy’ of descriptive passages, we are far from the nouveau romanesque project of ‘no ideas but in things’. For Winifred, even the teapot stand is replete with symbolic significance: all these small

in A. S. Byatt