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Anglo-American affinities and antagonisms 1854–1936

This book addresses the special relationship from the perspective of post-Second World War British governments. It argues that Britain's foreign policy challenges the dominant idea that its power has been waning and that it sees itself as the junior partner to the hegemonic US. The book also shows how at moments of international crisis successive British governments have attempted to re-play the same foreign policy role within the special relationship. It discusses the power of a profoundly antagonistic relationship between Mark Twain and Walter Scott. The book demonstrates Stowe's mis-reading and mis-representation of the Highland Clearances. It explains how Our Nig, the work of a Northern free black, also provides a working-class portrait of New England farm life, removed from the frontier that dominates accounts of American agrarian life. Telegraphy - which transformed transatlantic relations in the middle of the century- was used by spiritualists as a metaphor for the ways in which communications from the other world could be understood. The story of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship is discussed. Beside Sarah Orne Jewett's desk was a small copy of the well-known Raeburn portrait of Sir Walter Scott. Henry James and George Eliot shared a transatlantic literary network which embodied an easy flow of mutual interest and appreciation between their two milieux. In her autobiography, Gertrude Stein assigns to her lifelong companion the repeated comment that she has met three geniuses in her life: Stein, Picasso, and Alfred North Whitehead.

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Gertrude Stein and Alfred North Whitehead
Kate Fullbrook

12 Encounters with genius: Gertrude Stein and Alfred North Whitehead Kate Fullbrook Notoriously, in her Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933), Gertrude Stein assigns to her lifelong companion the repeated comment that she has met three geniuses in her life: Stein, Picasso, and Alfred North Whitehead. This remarkable statement, which functions as one of the main structural elements of the text, first appears at the end of the first chapter, in the context of Alice’s initial encounter with the woman who was to become her friend and lover. In typical Steinian

in Special relationships
Olson’s lifelong preoccupation with the sciences
Peter Middleton

in the first volume of Maximus where its numbering would place it, was that the poem relied too openly on the authority of a single thinker, Alfred North Whitehead, despite Olson’s many strictures on epistemological self-reliance, on ’istorin, or finding out the truth for oneself.16 Once Whitehead became a regular guest authority in the second volume of The Maximus Poems there was no reason to withhold this earlier and obviously significant poem, so Maud’s theory is surely right. However, there may be another reason for Olson’s initial hesitation about the status

in Contemporary Olson
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Chris Abel

therefore to clarify the broader philosophical framework within which the book was written and to flesh out the ideas of some key thinkers briefly referred to in the main text. The references to Ludwig Wittgenstein in Chapter 2, for example, are indicative of fundamental commonalities, not only between the worldviews of Michael Polanyi and Wittgenstein themselves, but also, according to Jerry Gill,2 author of Deep Postmodernism, between those of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Alfred North Whitehead as well. While, given the semantic luggage the term carries, any viewpoint with

in The extended self
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Mariam Motamedi Fraser

scientists and humanities scholars, to be connected to and embedded in modern science – and therefore why it is problematic – and one scientific counterpoint to this figure, the holobiont, which has been warmly welcomed in response. I also ask, however, where these debates leave the actual individual, as Alfred North Whitehead might put it: where it leaves, that is, the individual animal, with a specific

in Dog politics
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Janet Beer
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Bridget Bennett

attitudes of mutual suspicion in letters to many of their friends but never to each other. In contrast, the remarkable intellectual affinity between Gertrude Stein and Alfred North Whitehead, at a crucial moment in the development of their literary and philosophical careers, provides a model of a productive Anglo-American ‘special relationship’, a description that can also be applied to the extraordinary sympathy which developed Introduction 3 between the members of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship and those who were in close association with the poet in the United States

in Special relationships
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Charles Olson’s cosmology
Reitha Pattison

’s cosmology 53 by Alfred North Whitehead’s ‘philosophy of organism’, and he found a rich source in modern relativistic physics, quantum physics, and non-Euclidean geometry, and their philosophical implications. What is distinctive about his cosmology and what it owes to preceding cosmologies have nevertheless proved to be highly contested questions. Yet in spite of the relative wealth of critical responses, the majority of readings ignore or inaccurately articulate the frictions and disparities between the central ideas and terminology of modern relativistic physics, on

in Contemporary Olson
Peter Minter

new orders of reality. It functions somewhat like a wildly arranged antenna that takes the shape of the signal it receives, solidification occurring along emergent patterns of cybernetic intensification, a vehicle for the plastic and semantic materialisation of poiesis. In ‘A Bibliography on America for Ed Dorn’ Olson cites Alfred North Whitehead’s ‘we should start from the notion of actuality as in its MUP_Herd_Printer.indd 257 21/11/2014 12:39 258 Section V: Space essence a process.’2 Likewise, the projective form I imagine is actualised in a rendering of

in Contemporary Olson
Miriam Nichols

fresh means of ordering the perceptual field. In reaching for ways to articulate common ground and honour individual agency, Olson remains our contemporary. As many readers have acknowledged, Alfred North Whitehead is key to Olson’s poetics. In Process and Reality, Whitehead accounts for the things of the world as aggregates of ‘actual entities’ (atom-like ‘drops of experience’) that positively or negatively ‘prehend’ each other to form themselves accretively by selection.7 Since every actual entity prehends every other, either positively or negatively, subject and

in Contemporary Olson
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Peter Holbrook

the world as instinct with feeling and value – not as a mere blank, a meaningless material space of cause and effect – and to look forward to ways of apprehending the world that we are perhaps beginning to recover today. We might compare here the stress on relatedness in the modern philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947), a keen admirer of Shakespeare who

in The Renaissance of emotion