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Ruvani Ranasinha

My Beautiful Laundrette 's quirkiness and fearless take on homosexuality won a devoted following in North America. The film created a vital broadening of opportunities and connection beyond Britain. The doyenne of film critics, Pauline Kael, devoted a three-page analysis in the New Yorker to the ‘startlingly fresh’ film and ‘the enormous pleasure to see a movie that's really about something , and doesn't lay on any syrupy coating to make the subject go down easily’. 83

in Hanif Kureishi
The influence of Florence Nightingale on Southern nurses during the American Civil War
Barbara Maling

2 American Nightingales: The influence of Florence Nightingale on Southern nurses during the American Civil War Barbara Maling Florence Nightingale, through her reported remodelling of nursing in the inadequate British army medical services in the Crimea, gave a degree of dignity to nursing as a profession in the 1850s. Nightingale’s inspiration was felt throughout the western world including the antebellum South in the United States. Prior to the American Civil War (1861–65) Southerners shared many British Victorian values including the thoughts that caring

in One hundred years of wartime nursing practices, 1854–1953
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George Philip

13 Latin America george philip It is possible to argue that Latin America is no more than a geographical expression, and that, rather than trying to generalize across a range of different countries, we need to focus on the history of the individual republics. Certainly there are significant differences within the region, and path dependency is a factor in determining particular political outcomes. However, there are important similarities within the region as well. All Latin American political systems are presidential. No Latin American country has achieved a

in Democratization through the looking-glass
The theoretical origins of English colonialism
Rachel Winchcombe

Tuesday, October 23 rd / I wished to-day to set out for the island of Cuba, which I believe must be Cipangu [Japan], according to the indications which these people give me concerning its size and riches. 1 – Christopher Columbus With these words from his journal of 1492, Christopher Columbus, the Genoese merchant sailor and somewhat reluctant ‘discoverer’ of America, made a geographical mistake that he was to repeat consistently until his death. Columbus was convinced that the land he had sailed to in 1492 was not a newly discovered world, but

in Encountering early America
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Dmytryk, Rossellini and Christ in Concrete
Erica Sheen

Focusing our understanding of Hollywood and HUAC on questions of presence and content is to apply paradigms of authorship and genre which were critical by-products of the cultural transformation to which HUAC contributed, and will as a result have limited critical purchase on its causes. What might break this critical impasse would be the discovery of something outside the circle; something not easily, or at least not yet, assimilated into its cycle of repetitions. Such a remainder can be found in a film which is arguably one of the most important productions of the period: Edward Dmytryk‘s ‘lost’ film of Italian/American author Pietro di Donatos novel Christ in Concrete (1949).

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Bodily discourse in the early English colonial imagination
Rachel Winchcombe

favourable 1602 account of northern Virginia, illustrates the centrality of European understandings of the body, and their relationship to environment, in early English exploration and colonisation. Brereton commented on the natural constitution of the Indigenous population but also suggested what effect the new American environment would have on English bodies. Rather than impacting negatively on the English explorers’ constitutions, the wholesome and temperate climate of Virginia in fact made English bodies stronger and healthier. Two different forces are at play in

in Encountering early America
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Patricia McManus

, unilinear yet not unloved. Space as much as, if not more than, time is a dynamic feature of these dystopias, the localisation of space a constitutive moment in the shrinking of the novum, a moment providing the opportunity for this chapter to explore two explicitly if not doggedly ‘American’ dystopias. The absence of any commitment to the present is a remarkable feature of dystopias in the twenty-first century. The novum these novels make appears to substitute for estrangement a type of paralysis or panic, the genre flailing as it

in Critical theory and dystopia
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Philip Roth’s American trilogy
Andrew Bennett

, about America’ ( CPR 151). For Roth, ignorance includes, especially, the question of knowing about oneself: ‘blank space is part of who one is to oneself’, he suggests in a 1988 interview. And there are important if sometimes subtle discriminations to be made with respect to ignorance: ‘there’s a difference, on the one hand, between not knowing and not knowing that you don’t know and, on the other, not knowing and knowing why you don’t know – and even, paradoxically, knowing what it is you don’t know’ ( CPR 234). Roth has also declared

in Ignorance

Encountering early America traces the history of England’s first century of encounters with America. As this book argues, the sixteenth century represents a discreet and influential period in the history of English encounters with the Americas that is characterised by a multiplicity of approaches. The book provides a crucial chapter in the larger history of the development of the British Empire. It reminds us that the march of British imperialism was by no means inevitable, or exceptional. The emergence of English overseas colonies in the Americas was the result of a century-long engagement with the imperial practices of other European nations and was the consequence of a dynamic and adaptive approach to exploration and settlement that was often born from previous failure. To illuminate these complex processes, the book uncovers the various cultural associations that shaped English perceptions of the New World, and in turn English approaches to exploration and colonisation. It assesses how English colonisers and explorers constructed theories of empire using Old World frameworks of understanding, examines how explorative failures and an oscillating English religious, economic, and cultural landscape affected English New World ventures, and explores how the practicalities of English trade and settlement in the Americas manifested themselves in descriptions of Indigenous appearance and behaviour and in accounts of American environments. The book will be of particular interest to scholars and students working on early English colonialism in North America and European cultural encounters with the New World.