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Author: Susan Watkins

This study examines the writing career of the respected and prolific novelist Doris Lessing, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 and who has recently published what she has announced will be her final novel. Whereas earlier assessments have focused on Lessing's relationship with feminism and the impact of her 1962 novel, The Golden Notebook, this book argues that Lessing's writing was formed by her experiences of the colonial encounter. It makes use of postcolonial theory and criticism to examine Lessing's continued interest in ideas of nation, empire, gender and race, and the connections between them, looking at the entire range of her writing, including her most recent fiction and non-fiction, which have been comparatively neglected.

A critical assessment of the military-to-military dimension of the U.S.–India security partnership
M. Chris Mason

naturally occur out at sea and far from the public eye. In general, the military-to-military sector is a case in the relationship where there is less than meets the eye. A cynic could say that the public relations component of these joint exercises is one of their most prominent features. This is not a reflection on the military and naval professionals of both nations who participate in them, but, rather, a reflection of the limitations placed on the exercises, for the most part by the government of India. Yet the

in The future of U.S.–India security cooperation
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C. H. Herford
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Rebellion and repression in Italy, 1972–77
Author: Phil Edwards

In the mid-1970s, a wave of contentious radicalism swept through Italy. Groups and movements such as ‘Proletarian youth’, ‘metropolitan Indians’ and ‘the area of Autonomy’ practised new forms of activism, which were confrontational and often violent. Creative and brutal, intransigent and playful, the movements flourished briefly before being suppressed through heavy policing and political exclusion. This is a full-length study of these movements. Building on Sidney Tarrow's ‘cycle of contention’ model and drawing on a wide range of Italian materials, it tells the story of a unique group of political movements, and of their disastrous engagement with the mainstream Left. As well as shedding light on a neglected period of twentieth century history, this book offers lessons for understanding today's contentious movements (‘No Global’, ‘Black Bloc’) and today's ‘armed struggle’ groups.

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Managing overflow in science publishing
Sabina Siebert, Robert Insall, and Laura M. Machesky

7 More means less: managing overflow in science publishing Sabina Siebert, Robert Insall, and Laura M. Machesky Overflow (also referred to as surplus, excess, or overspill) is the opposite of scarcity. Yet as Czarniawska and Löfgren (2012) noted, overflow can be construed as either positive (more means better) or negative (too much of a good thing). But no matter how it is defined and whose perspective one considers, they contend, overflow must be managed. Earlier studies revealed a variety of practical definitions of overflow and a variety of managing devices

in Overwhelmed by overflows?
The ghost story on British television
Helen Wheatley

during the course of an evening’s viewing, would prove, to a certain extent, to have some foundation in less than a year’s time. During the fourth year of post-war production, in March 1950, the issue of broadcasting Gothic teleplays again became a contentious one for the BBC. While the long-running Gothic anthology drama was not yet in production, single plays such as those produced by

in Gothic television
Marcel H. Van Herpen

giving in to demands to introduce forms of direct democracy, thereby exacerbating the problem they want to solve. Proposal #1: ban the populist toolkit: not more but less direct democracy is needed In recent years it has become something resembling a Pavlov dog reaction: when governments or political parties are confronted with the disaffection of the electorate, they tend to accept at face value the opinion of critics, who blame the existing system of parliamentary democracy for not being “democratic” enough. This leads to proposals and measures which make it

in The end of populism
Metroland
Peter Childs

of youthful rebellion, they are ensconced in 1963, the year in which Philip Larkin said in his poem ‘Annus Mirabilis’ that sex began; but they are rootless in terms of the practicalities of life. Reference to Larkin is made when Toni and Chris discuss, in the terms of Larkin’s poem ‘This Be the Verse’, how parents ‘fug you up’ but ‘were fugged up in their turn’ (M, p. 39). The poem itself was not written until 1971 and so the reference is retrospective on the part of either Christopher or Barnes, but the spirit of Larkin’s 1955 collection The Less Deceived

in Julian Barnes
Or, the making of the poor as biological subjects
Carl J. Griffin

increasingly assuming prominence in many locales. This greater variety, as Davies and Eden saw it, not only increased the dietary choice open to such northern and western labouring families but also left them less exposed to price volatility, the demand – and hence price – for wheat being non-elastic. As bacon and most other non-wheaten bread foodstuffs became luxuries as opposed to staples, so labouring

in The politics of hunger
Anti-terrorism powers and vernacular (in)securities
Lee Jarvis and Michael Lister

threat of redundancies, unemployment, recession’ (Oldham, White, Female). Geopolitical issues of the sort associated with traditional International Relations literature were mentioned at times, although less frequently than might be expected, with one participant pointing to the continuing importance of, ‘threats from another country – say Iran or places like that’ (London, White, Female). Environmental

in Anti-terrorism, citizenship and security