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The Victorian cult of Alfred the Great
Author: Joanne Parker

This book provides a broad account of the nineteenth-century cult of King Alfred. It reveals the rich cultural interest of the corpus of texts as a whole. The book redresses a misleading modern emphasis on Arthur and the Victorians, and addresses a genuine gap in the current literature on nineteenth-century medievalism. The book focuses on what was probably the apex of Victorian Alfredianism. It provides the background to this event both in terms of the wider cultural movements and in the sense of the Alfredian tradition which the nineteenth century inherited. The intersection of the cult of Alfred with nineteenth-century British politics is considered in the book, which focuses upon the role that Alfredianism played in debate about the future of the monarchy. The book speculates how the Saxon king was enlisted to vindicate and ennoble those institutions of which Victorian Britain was most proud - notably its navy, law-code, constitution and empire. It examines the conceptions of ninth-century Wessex as a time of immense cultural change - the mirror-image of the nineteenth century - and reviews Victorian appropriations of Alfred's reign as a prestigious starting point for myths of national progress. The book further focuses upon more domestic narratives - the use of Alfred, by Victorian authors, to exemplify moral values, and the rewriting of his life as a parable of error and redemption. Finally, the crucial question of Alfred's decline in fame is addressed in the book, which surveys the diminished interest in the Saxon king after 1901.

A conceptual history 1200–1900

This collection explores how concepts of intellectual or learning disability evolved from a range of influences, gradually developing from earlier and decidedly distinct concepts, including ‘idiocy’ and ‘folly’, which were themselves generated by very specific social and intellectual environments. With essays extending across legal, educational, literary, religious, philosophical, and psychiatric histories, this collection maintains a rigorous distinction between historical and contemporary concepts in demonstrating how intellectual disability and related notions were products of the prevailing social, cultural, and intellectual environments in which they took form, and themselves performed important functions within these environments. Focusing on British and European material from the middle ages to the late nineteenth century, this collection asks ‘How and why did these concepts form?’ ‘How did they connect with one another?’ and ‘What historical circumstances contributed to building these connections?’ While the emphasis is on conceptual history or a history of ideas, these essays also address the consequences of these defining forces for the people who found themselves enclosed by the shifting definitional field.

Laura Peters

away is an act of breaking from, and perhaps an act of mutiny towards, England which foreshadows Gill’s final With the familial configuration that is developed in the domestic narrative it is not difficult to see why Gill strongly resents the life and the colony. During his time in the colony Gill regresses to childhood, which returns him to the state during which he was subjected

in Orphan texts
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Robert Bickers and Christian Henriot

fine to manageable national narratives (although these are only now being intertwined with domestic narratives), excluding the confusions of imperial process and multiple colonial presences. The high politics of imperialism, rather than the low pragmatism of colonialism, have also provided manageable frameworks for analysis. The social history of colonialism in East Asia has received little attention; and even then the social and political history of colonialism and imperialism has obscured what is mostly obviously a part of the

in New frontiers
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Paul Flenley and Michael Mannin

perceptions of European identity and the consequences of the narrow application of EU-isation recurs across the chapters and is re-addressed in the conclusion of this volume. The Balkans’ and Turkey’s reception of EU-isation is not affected by the experience of being in-betweeners. However, here issues of identity are also still important in affecting the success of EU-isation. In the case of the Balkans, Monika Eriksen shows us that EU-isation is dependent on how far it accords with domestic narratives. Croatia and Serbia experience it differently to other Balkan states

in The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood
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Paul Flenley and Michael Mannin

effectively resonate with elite interests when there is a coincidence of a dominant and supportive domestic narrative. Different historical narratives that support the idea of the ‘past as present reality’ give legitimacy to elite objectives in both East and West Ukraine. As we see in Chapter 8 on the Balkans, historical memory can be manipulated politically to produce a narrative that mobilises popular support. It is suggested in Chapter 3 that neighbourhood elites also dominate the implementation and application of EU civil society policies, shaping the salience of

in The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood
Paul Flenley

to avoid the alternative of continuing instability in the EU’s neighbourhood (Flenley, 2015). Legitimacy, resonance and domestic narratives The success of EU strategies very much depends on how far they coincide with the interests of domestic elites. If reform involves restructuring which damages the economic interests of incumbent elites with the promise of little in return it will be resisted, as has been the case in Eastern Ukraine (Riabchuk 2007; Vachudova, 2005). This resonance extends particularly to existing practices, power structures and networks. In many

in The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood
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Space as story
Douglas Morrey and Alison Smith

. The woman who enters the great house as an outsider, uninvolved in the patriarchal process of inheritance and possession, and whose presence reveals some dysfunction in the dynastic order which might potentially disrupt it, but which generally engineers either her own destruction or her successful co-option into a corrected domestic narrative, is a very familiar framework: cf. most obviously Jane Eyre . The resolution of

in Jacques Rivette
Blackpool, Casanova, State of Play
Robin Nelson

gun and photographs of Stephen Collins and Sonia Baker. Kelvin had tried to sell it back to the owner, had arranged to meet him and had ended up dead. In a parallel but more domestic narrative strand also apparently spinning out of control, Collins has bungled an attempt to tell his wife and family properly about his affair with Sonia. He has hurt and alienated his children, and his wife throws him out of the Manchester home. In the background, the New Labour spin doctors, in the form of chief whip Andrew Wilson (Michael Feast), are trying to keep the lid on press

in State of play
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"The Pest House," "Hell House," and "The Murder House"
Julia M. Wright

accommodate the supernatural; as in Millennium , psychiatry is unraveled as a viable methodology, and Ben declares it a “con” in the final moments of the last episode. The season as a whole juxtaposes two rationales for the dysfunctional relationships on which it focuses: first, the domestic narrative, in which the house is figured as a body and functions as the site on which

in Men with stakes