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Gillian Rudd

chap 3 8/9/06 2:48 pm Page 91 3 Wilds, wastes and wilderness The idea of wilderness is perhaps even more evocative than that of the forest. It conjures up images of vast expanses of untamed and untameable land which is either barren or supports a tangle of plant life which in turn provides a habitat for unknown numbers and species of animals. Above all, it is a place where humans are not and where it is felt they are not supposed to be, certainly not on any permanent basis. Permanence and wilderness are mutually exclusive in human terms: people, like the

in Greenery
The St Vincent and the Grenadines context
Philip Nanton

). In his journal John Anderson presents in a stark manner the dilemma, as he saw it, of the post-slavery relationship between civilisation and wilderness in St Vincent. A well-read scholar of his day, Anderson asks bluntly: can civilisation overcome the wilds of St Vincent? It is in his view a dilemma that is highly skewed against St Vincent with its mass of black population. He is in no doubt that St

in Frontiers of the Caribbean
The Progressive League and the quest for sexual reform in British politics, 1932–59
Janet Shepherd

7 Voices in the wilderness? The Progressive League and the quest for sexual reform in British politics, 1932–59 Janet Shepherd 9.30 a.m., August 1954. The notes of ‘Dashing White Sergeant’ float across the grounds of Frensham Heights School. Progressive League (PL) members gather on the lawn for country dancing – an integral part of their annual summer conference.1 Two months later, in the PL’s monthly bulletin PLAN, founder member Jack Coates complained that the PL’s original aims had been superceded by such cultural pursuits. He reminded the League of the

in Labour and working-class lives
Leadership strategy in opposition, 1997–2005
Richard Hayton

3 The wilderness years: leadership strategy in opposition, 1997–2005 Leadership is hugely important. If the leader is giving you momentum there’s a clear sense of direction and you tend to be following, you are moving. It is when you are static that people are standing around looking at each other and thinking ‘where the hell are we going?’ (Gary Streeter MP, private interview, 2008) Introduction In outlining the electoral and ideological crises that faced the Conservative Party on entering opposition in 1997, Chapter 2 argued that intellectual uncertainty

in Reconstructing conservatism?
Margaret Atwood and Wilderness Gothic
Faye Hammill

Recent criticism has increasingly asserted the centrality of gothic in the Canadian canon, and explicitly gothic conceptions of the forested and frozen North inform several of Margaret Atwood‘s novels, poems, essays and short stories. Her haunted wilderness settings are sites for the negotiation of identity and power relationships. This essay focuses on her 1970 poem sequence The Journals of Susanna Moodie and her short story `Death by Landscape (from her 1991 Wilderness Tips collection), considering them in relation to critical models of postcolonial gothic.

Gothic Studies
Rashomon, Boomtown and subjective experience
Dolores Martinez

Rashomon opens at the edge of a destroyed city and the story that unfolds is a study in the subjective experience of reality that revolves around an unsolved set of mysteries: Was the woman raped? Who killed the husband? As its director, Akira Kurosawa noted, the action takes place in the forest where the human heart goes astray; the trope of becoming morally lost in the wilderness is one that he used frequently. What happens when the ‘Rashomon technique’ is transferred to an urban setting as in the television series Boomtown, set in modern Los Angeles?

Film Studies

The book argues that the frontier, usually associated with the era of colonial conquest, has great, continuing and under explored relevance to the Caribbean region. Identifying the frontier as a moral, ideational and physical boundary between what is imagined as civilization and wilderness, the book seeks to extend frontier analysis by focusing on the Eastern Caribbean multi island state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The continuing relevance of the concept of frontier, and allied notions of civilization and wilderness, are illuminated through an analysis of the ways in which SVG is perceived and experienced by both outsiders to the society and its insiders. Using literary sources, biographies and autobiography, the book shows how St. Vincent is imagined and made sense of as a modern frontier; a society in the balance between an imposed civilized order and an untameable wild that always encroaches, whether in the form of social dislocation, the urban presence of the ‘Wilderness people’ or illegal marijuana farming in the northern St. Vincent hills. The frontier as examined here has historically been and remains very much a global production. Simultaneously, it is argued that contemporary processes of globalization shape the development of tourism and finance sectors, as well as patterns of migration, they connect to shifting conceptions of the civilized and the wild, and have implications for the role of the state and politics in frontier societies.

Open Access (free)
Brad Evans

or any serious philosophical scrutiny. In fact, the more philosophers have applied the gardening metaphor to tame the wilderness and its state of political animality ( Bauman, 1991 ), the more they have reduced humans to the level of wild beasts and have authored genocides in its name. And yet the ontological idea that life needs to be made partially secure by drawing upon a sovereign claim to order remains a constant in all dominant forms of political reasoning. Just walk into any natural history museum and look upon the version of the past presented with sure

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Ambrose Bierce and wilderness Gothic at the end of the frontier
Kevin Corstorphine

debate is carried over into the New World, where the wilderness found by the settlers becomes the primary source of Gothic terror. In the search for a new Eden, this wilderness becomes a source of both idealism and anxiety. The first part of this chapter will examine the development of wilderness Gothic through the nineteenth century, looking at responses to the environment in the literary and political

in Ecogothic
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Z Vesper, the Wilderness Garden, Powis Castle
Paul Evans

a bench at the edge of the Wilderness Garden, the woodland garden of Powis Castle near Welshpool, Powys. I have been sitting here, on and off, sometimes once or twice a year, sometimes visiting only by thought, much of my adult life, looking. Returning today, March light flashes a mile away on windscreens along the A458 between Welshpool and Newtown running parallel to the Heart of Wales railway line, parallel to the Shropshire Union Canal, parallel to the River Severn/Afon Hafren, parallel to Marcher ridges of Powys and Shropshire up where the

in EcoGothic gardens in the long nineteenth century