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Kimberley Skelton

The unease of motion Humility alone designs Those short but admirable lines, By which ungirt and unconstrained, Things greater are in less contained. Let others vainly strive t’immure The circle in the quadrature! These holy mathematics can In every figure equal man. Yet thus the laden house does sweat, And scarce endures the Master great: But where he comes the swelling hall Stirs, and the square grows spherical. Andrew Marvell, ‘Upon Appleton House’, ll. 40–521 In merely twelve lines, the English poet Andrew Marvell contemptuously dismissed the well

in The paradox of body, building and motion in seventeenth-century England
Testimony and elegy
Alexandra Parsons

In a letter published on the front page of the Independent in May 1993 as part of a campaign to halt the closure of St Bartholemew's Hospital, Derek Jarman wrote that ‘Without our past our future cannot be reflected, the past is the mirror’. 1 At the time, he was still regularly keeping a journal that examined his past and commented on his present (see Figure 26 ). Published for the first time in 2000, Smiling in Slow Motion contains diary entries spanning almost three years, dated between

in Luminous presence
Kimberley Skelton

6 Motion as mode of perception As owners offered their guests these physical and mental invitations to motion across house and estate, both owner and guest well knew by the turn of the century that they were experiencing tangible extensions of a continuous mobility permeating their daily lives. The English landscape through which they travelled between city and country and between estates contained a new ease of motion particularly showcased in atlases, the pendulum clock ticked out even the tiny seconds of daily experience, and familiar solid objects were

in The paradox of body, building and motion in seventeenth-century England
Kimberley Skelton

5 The disciplinary distraction of motion When guests moved through the interior and garden spaces beyond the façade that offered such cues to motion, they found themselves enveloped in the perpetual changeability described by poets and encountered across social practice. In once enclosed entertaining rooms, vistas stretched before them through doors and windows to reveal long sweeps of interior and exterior space, while the walls of these rooms suggested sequences of events that could occur before their surprised eyes. And they walked through gardens that

in The paradox of body, building and motion in seventeenth-century England
The CPGB’s ‘anti-revisionists’ in the 1960s and 1970s
Lawrence Parker

5 Opposition in slow motion The CPGB’s ‘anti-revisionists’ in the 1960s and 1970s Lawrence Parker In common with other national parties in the world ‘official’ communist movement, the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) gave birth to pro-Chinese and pro-Soviet inner-party oppositional groupings in the 1960s and 1970s. While there were important structural impediments to the growth of such oppositions,1 this article focuses particularly on the ideological problems associated with these trends and thus maps out a thesis as to why such groups proved to be a

in Against the grain
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Omnibus literature and popular culture in nineteenth-century Paris
Masha Belenky

modernity. The omnibus doesn’t merely represent change, motion, and flux: it embodies it. If the Physiologie is full of omnibus statistics, omnibus vignettes, omnibus jokes and omnibus quips typical of this satirical genre, it concludes with a strikingly poetic and disquieting image of a nocturnal omnibus as a mythological creature, a shape-shifting ‘monstre fantastique’ (fantastic monster) that glides through the night: Les lanternes de l’omnibus jettent sur les voyageurs des reflets verts et jaunes qui s’attachant ça et là sur un visage, un chapeau, un profil

in Engine of modernity

Across the early decades of the seventeenth century, Englishmen and women moved through a physical, social, and mental world organised into a carefully maintained balance of motion and pause. This book examines how seventeenth-century English architectural theorists and designers rethought the domestic built environment in terms of mobility, as motion became a dominant mode of articulating the world across discourses. These discourses encompassed philosophy, political theory, poetry, and geography. From mid-century, the house and estate that had evoked staccato rhythms became triggers for mental and physical motion-evoking travel beyond England's shores, displaying vistas, and showcasing changeable wall surfaces. The book sets in its cultural context a strand of historical analysis stretching back to the nineteenth century Heinrich Wolfflin. It brings together the art, architectural, and cultural historical strands of analysis by examining why seventeenth-century viewers expected to be put in motion and what the effects were of that motion. Vistas, potentially mobile wall surface, and changeable garden provided precisely the essential distraction that rearticulated social divisions and assured the ideal harmony. Alternately feared and praised early in the century for its unsettling unpredictability, motion became the most certain way of comprehending social interactions, language, time, and the buildings that filtered human experience. At the heart of this book is the malleable sensory viewer, tacitly assumed in early modern architectural theory and history whose inescapable responsiveness to surrounding stimuli guaranteed a dependable world from the seventeenth century.

Representing Africa through suffering
Graham Harrison

2 Putting images into (e)motion: representing Africa through suffering Africa, representation, and suffering There is another sense in which Africa is difficult to see. To see Africa one must first see oneself. (Okri, 2009: 8) Emotive images On 13 May 2000, The Economist carried a front page image of a young Sierra Leonean man with a gun. The lead title on the page was ‘Africa: the Hopeless Continent’. It provoked a strong response from African writers who despaired at the negative imagery and text. Previously, and equally infamously, writer Robert Kaplan on

in The African presence
Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth

9780719078729_4_005.qxd 11/26/08 10:34 Page 142 Chapter 5 Matter, motion, and Newtonian public science, 1720–41 B y the time Sir Isaac Newton died in 1727 contemporary enthusiasm for natural philosophy had ensured that it had crossed the threshold of the rooms at the Royal Society to become firmly established as part of a national discourse. We need only look at the newspapers of the day to see how far natural philosophy had captured imaginations and created a market niche. Advertisements offered consumers the opportunity to hold the world figuratively in

in Deism in Enlightenment England
Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth

9780719078729_4_003.qxd 11/26/08 10:33 Page 71 Chapter 3 Matter, motion, and Newtonian public science, 1695–1714 ‘T he manner, in which Sir Isaac Newton has published his philosophical discoveries, occasions them to lie very much concealed from all, who have not made the mathematics particularly their study’, concluded Henry Pemberton, editor of the third edition of the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1726), regarding the contents of a book he knew better than perhaps only Newton himself. Newton’s refusal to explain his Principia, and in

in Deism in Enlightenment England