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The English union in the writings of Arthur Mee and G.K. Chesterton
Julia Stapleton

, Chesterton concentrated much of his early fire on the movement in art and literature that developed in the 1880s known as the decadence. This was associated with the work of Oscar Wilde, Walter Pater, Aubrey Beardsley, George Moore, Max Beerbohm, and the infamous ‘Yellow Book’. The decadence injected a new freshness into the fin de siècle after the earlier phase of Aestheticism

in These Englands
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These Englands – a conversation on national identity
Arthur Aughey and Christine Berberich

can speak all you like but you will only be listened to when you say what the powerful wish to hear. As Oscar Wilde said, ‘I delight in talking politics. I talk them all day. But I can’t bear listening to them’ (cited in Gambetta, 1998 : 19). Oakeshott’s use of the term, as one would expect, is more subtle and complex. We argue that to say anything meaningful about Englishness as conversation, as it is implied in the frequent use of that

in These Englands
Shivdeep Grewal

were frowned on by Machiavelli (1970: 77). Dandyism is often associated with decadent strains of Anglo-American and French literature. Though a detailed treatment is beyond the scope of the present study, the following writers – a far from comprehensive survey, to be sure – offer insights into the topic, whether as practitioners, theoreticians or observers: Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, William Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Chris Petit (specifically, the eponymous character from his novel Robinson , 1993), William Gibson (Peter

in Habermas and European integration
Rob Manwaring

to Oscar Wilde The New Social Democracy in its variant forms in both Australia and Britain is experimenting with the ideas of participation, ­democracy and consultation. In both countries, there is willingness by c­ entre-left ­governments to search for new mechanisms to enable citizen ­engagement with the policy-making process. As outlined in the ­previous ­chapter, these are responses to both the dominance of ­ neoliberalism and the impact of the new public management. While there has been a proliferation of such initiatives in many countries (see Barnes et al

in The search for democratic renewal
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Claud W. Sykes, MI5 and the ‘Primrose League’
Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

friendship might have passed unnoticed by literary historians had Sykes not also agreed to act as a typist for Joyce. In December 1917 and February 1918, he typed the first three episodes of Ulysses, working from Joyce’s handwritten manuscript. Sykes was supporting himself by teaching English but, as a professional actor, he longed to return to the stage.32 In the spring of 1918, he and Joyce started The English Players, a troupe founded to perform plays in English, with Sykes as producer and director and Joyce as business manager. Their first production, Oscar Wilde’s The

in A matter of intelligence
History, culture and character
Gary Day

to the present, just the juxtaposition of disparate historical phenomena, the execution of King Charles, the trial of Oscar Wilde and so on. This is history as spectacle. It creates the sense that history is complete and all we have to do is contemplate or rather consume it. As part of the preparation for making the Isle of Wight a miniature

in These Englands
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The oddity of democracy
Rodney Barker

behaving towards government and politics exactly as it pleases. Oscar Wilde's alleged complaint that the trouble with socialism was that it did interfere with one's evenings so dreadfully might appear to be a dismissal of democracy and the demands which meetings and all the other participations in public affairs made on one's time, but it is, on the contrary, an assertion of it. The democratic citizen may be well advised to pay attention to public affairs, but is under absolutely no obligation to do so, any more than a potential theatre audience is

in Cultivating political and public identity
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Melancholic dispositions and conscious unhappiness
Simon Mussell

‘Agesilaus Santander’). For some commentators, this subtle conflation of the biographical and the textual detracts from the ‘validity’ of Benjamin’s ideas, simply confirming their suspicions that cultural criticism (unlike official, bona fide ‘Philosophy’) is merely ‘a mode of autobiography’, as Oscar Wilde famously put it. In her lengthy introduction to Illuminations, Hannah Arendt complains that Benjamin succumbed to French influences (i.e. flânerie, French literature and criticism), rather than pursuing ‘normal[!]‌German intellectual life’ (by which she presumably means

in Critical theory and feeling
Aaron Edwards

Balkans, on commercial television, on Oscar Wilde, on Malta, and on Kenya. They have not included a single expert on Ulster affairs. They do not include anyone with first hand knowledge of shipbuilding; nor of aircraft building; nor of textiles. 165 Criticism did not merely stop at the character assassination of sitting UUP MPs. The structural deficiencies linking Westminster and Stormont were fully analysed, and the semi-radical idea of appointing a Secretary of State for Northern Ireland was again floated. 166 The very idea of a British cabinet minister acting as a

in A history of the Northern Ireland Labour Party