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William Trevor is one of the most accomplished and celebrated contemporary prose writers in the English language. This book offers a comprehensive examination of the oeuvre of one of the most accomplished and celebrated practitioners writing in the English language. Trevor is very interested in popular literature and how certain genres run through people's lives like tunes or family memories. His characters are often 'turned in on themselves', strange, extreme, at odds with the world. The various betrayals, manipulations and acts of cruelty that constitute the representative events of The Old Boys are typical of Trevor's England. The book also explores the ways in which Trevor's liberal humanist premises condition his response to issues of historical consciousness, ideological commitment and political violence. Trevor's short story, 'Lost Ground', from After Rain, conforms to Aristotle's vision of tragedy because it depicts a truly horrendous situation inside a family in Northern Ireland. Notable screen fictions illustrating long-term migrant themes include Attracta, Beyond the Pale and Fools of Fortune. Trevor's short story 'The Ballroom of Romance' evokes memories of dancehall days, partly explains this public appeal, which was enhanced by the BAFTA award-winning film adaptation of the story by Pat O'Connor. Love and Summer is a lyrical, evocative story of the emotional turbulence based on a critical variety of nostalgia that recognises both the stifling limitations of a small-town environment and the crucial connection between ethics and place.

Love and Summer
Heidi Hansson

13 Character, community and critical nostalgia: Love and Summer Heidi Hansson William Trevor’s novel Love and Summer (2009) is a lyrical, evocative story of the emotional turbulence that lies underneath the surface of everyday life in a small Irish town in the 1950s. Initially, the reader is told that ‘Nothing happened in Rathmoye, its people said’, only to be informed immediately afterwards that the fact that ‘nothing happened was an exaggeration too’ (3).1 The tension between the inner turmoil of the characters and a paralysed environment where nothing seems

in William Trevor
Adding emotion to international history
Daniel Hucker

a spike in attendance on Sunday 2 October as people expressed their thankfulness for the reprieve. 71 Although religious leaders would subsequently question whether the desertion of Czechoslovakia was compatible with Christian morality, the emotional turbulence of September was such that the Church instinctively embraced the chance of peace. In a 28 September radio broadcast, as news of the Munich Conference broke, Archbishop of Canterbury Cosmo Lang hailed the ‘sudden uplifting of the cloud’, attributing to the power of prayer the easing of the tensions that had

in The Munich Crisis, politics and the people
Mark Jackson

from a Marriage , the emotional turbulence of middle age provided the plot line for explorations of the interrelations between personal, marital and social crises. 19 There have been some historical studies of the reception and diffusion of Elliott Jaques's psychoanalytical formulation of the midlife crisis, particularly in the context of subsequent feminist critiques of contemporary preoccupations with men at midlife. 20 So far

in Balancing the self
Open Access (free)
Jonathan Atkin

dead and mutilated at the bottom of a mud-soaked trench’. He did not return to England until June 1919, when he was granted a month’s leave prior to demobilisation. Despite Calcutt’s emotional turbulence and physical illness, he had carried on and tried – like so many others – to make the best of it, perhaps realising that he was undergoing a defining experience. He stopped his diary on his return home, and his last entry described a visit to the theatre to see a play about Napoleon at which the audience, still affected by ‘war-fever’ to some degree, applauded the

in A war of individuals
Kenneth D. Brown

announced his engagement to Dorothy Paget, a woman twenty years his junior and whom he had got to know through their mutual enthusiasm for singing. The swift transformation in his personal demeanour which followed was widely remarked upon in the family. At the start of 1899 Herbert Gladstone was, like many Liberals, in something of a political wilderness but in his case the frustrations of his public life were compounded by the private emotional turbulence associated with his parents’ declining years. The post of Chief Whip, even if it implied a backward career step

in Labour and working-class lives
Annalisa Oboe and Elisa Bordin

boy comes into contact with violence passively, in Maroko Elvis actively perpetrates it, as in the case of the already mentioned trafficking of human bodies and organs, or when he becomes the guardian of a group of semi-enslaved child-beggars. As readers we don’t know what kind of emotional turbulence such an involvement in active violence may cause in Elvis. Abani lingers more on the memories of past suffered abuse rather than on a proper examination of brutality in the novel’s present. The attacks on human dignity are so

in Chris Abani
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Matt Perry

the protest cycle. Some evidence pertained not so much to the quality but the intensity of emotion during the mutiny. Several French military personnel specifically remarked upon the emotional turbulence of the Revolution and Civil War. Historians of the American Revolution have recently pursued the heightened emotionality of events, believing that such revolutionary 70 mutinous memories passion facilitated rather than precluded conscious agency and the exercise of reason.106 Here Bakhtin’s formulation of the ‘emotionalvolitional tone’ within social dialogues

in Mutinous memories
Open Access (free)
Jonathan Atkin

Masefield, he would try, via articles in various American monthly periodicals, to explain to the American citizens England’s position on the war. In doing this, Galsworthy could calmly distance himself from the emotional turbulence of his personal thoughts and those of the British press. Also like Masefield, he made use of money for humanitarian ends, dedicating his American earnings to the various relief funds that he wrote appeals for in the national press and, in common with Henry James, he concerned himself with the plight of Belgian refugees, arranging for a number

in A war of individuals
Emily Cock

criticism for his procedure as ‘old wives’ tales’ drew upon the broader gendering of gossip as shamefully female in the early modern period. This was a common criticism around women's influence in medical matters: Read also berated the ‘empyricall knaves, filthie bauds, and bold queanes, who daylie minister medicaments boldly’. 90 Not only could their suspicions cause patients to refuse treatment, but they also caused emotional turbulence within the patients that could hinder their recovery. Bernard, criticising a variety of medical procedures in which ‘respectable

in Rhinoplasty and the nose in early modern British medicine and culture