This interdisciplinary study of competing representations of the Virgin Mary examines how anxieties about religious and gender identities intersected to create public controversies that, whilst ostensibly about theology and liturgy, were also attempts to define the role and nature of women. Drawing on a variety of sources, this book seeks to revise understanding of the Victorian religious landscape, both retrieving Catholics from the cultural margins to which they are usually relegated, and calling for a reassessment of the Protestant attitude to the feminine ideal.
Ancient medical and healing systems are currently attracting considerable
interest. This issue includes interdisciplinary studies which focus on new
perceptions of some ancient and medieval medical systems, exploring how they
related to each other, and assessing their contribution to modern society. It is
shown that pre-Greek medicine included some rational elements, and that Egyptian
and Babylonian medical systems contributed to a tradition which led from
classical antiquity through the Middle Ages and beyond. The reliability of
sources of evidence is considered, as well as the legacy of the ancient healing
environments (temples and healing sanctuaries) and disease treatments (including
surgical procedures and pharmaceutical preparations). Finally, where
documentation survives, the legacy of social attitudes to health and disease is
considered. Overarching principles directed policies of social medicine and
healthcare in antiquity and the Middle Ages: for example, the causes and
transmission routes of infectious diseases, as well as the basic principles of
sterilization, were unknown, but nevertheless attempts were made to improve
sanitation, provide clean water, and ensure access to trained physicians. In
some cases, the need to limit the size of the population prompted the use of
contraceptive measures, and surviving information also illuminates attitudes to
deformity, disability and the treatment of the terminally ill.
2 . I draw on co-regulatory
and self-regulatory theories of implementation and capture, and
interdisciplinarystudies into the real-world effect of regulatory
threats to TMP. This involved appropriate fieldwork to assess the true
scope of institutional policy transfer. 2
The developed countries have
recently legislated for or regulated for ‘net neutrality
Still and moving images are crucial factors in contemporary political conflicts. They not only have representational, expressive or illustrative functions, but also augment and create significant events. Beyond altering states of mind, they affect bodies, and often life or death is at stake. Various forms of image operations are currently performed in the contexts of war, insurgency and activism. Photographs, videos, interactive simulations and other kinds of images steer drones to their targets, train soldiers, terrorise the public, celebrate protest icons, uncover injustices, or call for help. They are often parts of complex agential networks and move across different media and cultural environments. This book is a pioneering interdisciplinary study of the role and function of images in political life. Balancing theoretical reflections with in-depth case studies, it brings together renowned scholars and activists from different fields to offer a multifaceted critical perspective on a crucial aspect of contemporary visual culture.
This book revisits the end of the First World War to ask how that moment of silence was to echo into the following decades. It looks at the history from a different angle, asking how British and German creative artists addressed, questioned and remembered the Armistice and its silence. The book offers a genuinely interdisciplinary study, bringing together contributions from scholars in art history, music, literature and military history. It is unique in its comparison of the creative arts of both sides; assessing responses to the war in Britain, Germany and Austria. Together, the different chapters offer a rich diversity of methodological approaches, including archival research, historical analysis, literary and art criticism, musical analysis and memory studies. The chapters reconsider some well-known writers and artists to offer fresh readings of their works. These sit alongside a wealth of lesser-known material, such as the popular fiction of Philip Gibbs and Warwick Deeping and the music of classical composer Arthur Bliss. The wide-ranging discussions encompass such diverse subjects as infant care, sculpture, returned nurses, war cemeteries, Jewish identity, literary journals, soldiers' diaries and many other topics. Together they provide a new depth to our understanding of the cultural effects of the war and the Armistice. Finally, the book has a recuperative impulse, bringing to light rare and neglected materials, such as the letters of ordinary German and British soldiers, and Alfred Doblin's Armistice novel.
Women outside marriage between 1850 and the Second World War were seen as abnormal, threatening, superfluous and incomplete, whilst also being hailed as ‘women of the future’. Before 1850 odd women were marginalised, minor characters, yet by the 1930s spinsters, lesbians and widows had become heroines. This book considers how Victorian and modernist women's writing challenged the heterosexual plot and reconfigured conceptualisations of public and private space in order to valorise female oddity. It offers queer readings of novels and stories by women writers, from Charlotte Bronte, Elisabeth Gaskell, Ella Hepworth Dixon and Netta Syrett to May Sinclair, Radclyffe Hall, Clemence Dane, Winifred Holtby and Virginia Woolf. This interdisciplinary study tracks diverse representations of the odd woman in fiction and autobiographical accounts in relation to the rise of feminism. It illuminates singleness in the context of the suffrage campaign, women's work, sexual inversion and birth control as well as assessing the impact of the First World War. It draws on advice literature, medical texts, feminist polemic and articles from the new women's magazines. Developing debates within queer theory about gender non-conformity, heteronormativity and relationships between women, this genealogy of the odd woman shows how new conceptualisations of female singleness and lesbianism troubled, and ultimately transformed, social norms.
In a theatre that self-consciously cultivated its audiences' imagination, how and what did playgoers ‘see’ on the stage? This book reconstructs one aspect of that imaginative process, considering a range of printed and documentary evidence for the way ordinary individuals thought about their houses and households. It then explores how writers of domestic tragedies engaged those attitudes to shape their representations of domesticity. The book therefore offers a way of understanding theatrical representations based around a truly interdisciplinary study of the interaction between literary and historical methods. The opening chapters use household manuals, court depositions, wills and inventories to reconstruct the morality of household space and its affective meanings, and to explore ways of imaging these spaces. Further chapters discuss Arden of Faversham, Two Lamentable Tragedies, A Woman Killed With Kindness and A Yorkshire Tragedy, considering how the dynamics of the early modern house were represented on the stage. They identify a grammar of domestic representation stretching from subtle identifications of location to stage properties and the use of stage space. Investigating the connections between the seen and the unseen, between secret and revelation, between inside and outside, household and community, these plays are shown to offer a uniquely developed domestic mimesis.
‘listener’ and ‘convener’ are often new to institutions that are more inclined to
present themselves as ‘experts’.
The need to integrate a vision of environmental sustainability into infrastructure, administration, policy, and curriculum was also discussed. Creation of an
operationalized governance structure supporting interdisciplinarystudies needed
to address the wickedly complex issues presented by environmental challenges
is easier said than done. It is necessary to ‘to go one step further-beyond declarations, and not only give commitments but also
, particularly among
literary scholars, in the Crimean War. This volume seeks to explore
the richness of the long nineteenth century as a site for the interdisciplinarystudy of martial masculinities. Of course, any chronological
framing is, to an extent, arbitrary, but to do justice to the particularities
of the nineteenth century, this volume sets its endpoint at the opening
of the First World War. This is not to say that certain chapters do not
anticipate or consider the First World War, nor does it suggest that the
editors and contributors are blind to the continuities