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The Stanleys of Derby on the English Renaissance stage
Lisa Hopkins

the Island of Man, seem often to be seen almost as alternative kings, a role that was indeed contemplated for perhaps their most famous representative, Ferdinando Stanley, Lord Strange and subsequently Fifth Earl of Derby. My title comes from John Ford’s late history play Perkin Warbeck , whose full title is The Chronicle Historie of Perkin Warbeck: A Strange Truth , but

in Shakespeare’s histories and counter-histories
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Andy Birtwistle

Like the sounds of ground noise and optical crackle discussed in the previous chapter, electronic sounds have also been figured as noise. In part, electronica has been framed in this way because of its status as a strange sound. As the cultural theorist Jacques Attali states in his seminal work on noise, ‘In music, the instrument often predates the expression it authorises, which explains why a new

in Cinesonica
Gordon T. Stewart

industry in Calcutta seems to fit with the classic case that the empire was beneficial for Scotland. However, it turns out that being part of the empire was not always helpful to the economic well-being of Scotland’s jute industry. The jute story also provides examples of condescending English attitudes towards Scots, even when the empire was still a going concern. The strange case of jute

in Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century
Transformations of witchcraft in Macbeth discourse
William C. Carroll

of his wife’, gathered his allies (including Banquo), and ‘slew King Duncan’ forthwith. Boece's account was largely taken over by Holinshed, Shakespeare's main source for his play. Holinshed describes ‘three women in strange and wild apparel, resembling creatures of elder world’ who give the first set of prophecies, then ‘vanished immediatlie’ (vol. 5, p. 268). 10 Holinshed then adds an interpretation of these figures: ‘afterwards the common opinion was, that these women were either the weird

in Shakespeare and the supernatural
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Costume, performance and power in 1953
Lisa Mullen

Bonham Carter noted in her diary the good humour of the crowds ‘wrapped in soaked newspapers & plastic mackintoshes but burning with loyalty & full of good humour’. 58 But a newspaper correspondent reporting on the street-campers made a point of noting another coat’s absence: ‘The crowds, in which women predominated, were clearly uncertain whether to wear overcoats against the cold or mackintoshes against the wet. Some wore both: but the duffel coat, now de rigueur for so many occasions, was strangely absent.’ 59 Duffel coats – introduced by the Royal Navy in First

in Mid-century gothic
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The Land League alliances
Samuel Clark

MUP FINAL PROOF – <STAGE>, 08/01/2013, SPi 5 Samuel Clark: Strange bedfellows? The Land League alliances In this essay, I shall (1) briefly review the principal arguments of Social Origins of the Irish Land War, along with several earlier articles I published on rural unrest in Ireland, (2) reassess and elaborate on these arguments in the light of more recent literature, (3) acknowledge some of the subjects that I did not cover and (4) discuss one of these uncovered subjects in a little detail. Intellectual context of Social Origins First, however, let me

in Land questions in modern Ireland
Catherine Maxwell

Through Leonardo’s strange veil of sight things reach him so. (Pater 1980, Ren 87) No one, I think, would deny that, like Florian Deleal, his youthful counterpart in ‘The Child in the House’ (1878), that semi-autobiographical essay he called ‘the germinating, original, source, specimen, of all my imaginative work’ (Pater 1970, xxix), Pater possessed ‘a passionateness in his relation to fair outward objects, an inexplicable excitement in their presence’ (Pater 1910, MS 186). Yet

in Second sight
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Self-entrapment in Waiting for Godot
John Robert Keller

4 A strange situation: self-entrapment in Waiting for Godot1 Waiting for Godot, a ‘tragicomedy’ in two acts, was first performed in Paris in 1953, quickly becoming an international success that established Beckett as a major figure in twentieth-century literature. Early commentators viewed the play in existentialist terms to such a degree it became almost synonymous with that movement (Kiesenhofer, 1993). Others have read the play in political or religious terms – Mittenzwei (1969) presents a Marxist perspective, Zeifman (1975) highlights the sense of suffering

in Samuel Beckett and the primacy of love
British popular fiction and post-war uncertainties
George Simmers

v 3 v ‘A strange mood’: British popular fiction and post-war uncertainties George Simmers The response of British writers of popular fiction to the Armistice was mixed. John Buchan would later write of ‘that curious summer of 1919 when everyone was feverishly trying to forget the war’,1 and many did indeed turn away with relief from stern patriotism and uplift, towards South Seas escapism or light comedy; others directed their gaze towards the actual post-Armistice world, and they were often disturbed by what they saw. Rarely did writers of the time suggest

in The silent morning
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Phil Hubbard

strangely old-fashioned’. 23 Little has changed. At its centre are the vestigial traces of a bucket and spade tourism industry that flourished from the 1930s through to its heyday in the 1960s. It boasts a couple of amusement arcades with coin pushers and pinball machines, badly named fish and chip shops (‘The Codfather’) and a small, dated fairground. The main tourist attraction, set back a little from the centre of the village, is the station, one of eight stops on the thirteen-mile narrow-gauge Romney, Hythe and

in Borderland