This book is a comprehensive introductory overview of the novels that situates Julian Barnes's work in terms of fabulation and memory, irony and comedy. It pursues a broadly chronological line through Barnes's literary career, but along the way also shows how certain key thematic preoccupations and obsessions seem to tie Barnes's oeuvre together (love, death, art, history, truth, and memory). Chapters provide detailed reading of each major publication in turn while treating the major concerns of Barnes's fiction, including art, authorship, history, love, and religion. Alongside the ‘canonical’ Barnes texts, the book includes discussion of the crime fiction that Barnes has published under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. This detailed study of fictions of Julian Barnes from Metroland to Arthur & George also benefits from archival research into his unpublished materials.
The triumph of Christ over Julian:
prodigies, miracles and providence
have been a little diverted upon an important Subject. A Discourse to prove
the miraculous interposition of Providence in defeating Julian’s attempt
to rebuild the Temple’, William Warburton confided to Philip Doddridge in
June 1749. Three sections were to comprise that discourse: the first, ‘to establish the truth by human testimony, and the nature of the fact’; the second,
‘An Answer to Objections’; and a final part, to enquire ‘into the nature of
that evidence which is
Modernism, Romance and the fin de siècle: Popular Fiction and British Culture, 1880-1914 by Nicholas Daly; Victorian Gothic: Literary and Cultural Manifestations in the Nineteenth Century edited by Ruth Robbins and Julian Wolfreys
Unspeakability in Vernon Lee‘s Supernatural Stories
Vernon Lees supernatural fiction provides an interesting test case for speculations about the function of spectrality for women writers on the cusp of the modern era. This article argues that spectrality, in line with Julian Wolfreys’ theories about the ‘hauntological disturbance’ in Victorian Gothic (2002), is both disruptive and desirable, informing the narratives we construct of modernity. It traces the links between the ‘unspeakable’ spectral encounter and contemporary attitudes to gender and sexuality in stories in Vernon Lees collection Hauntings (1890), as well as her Yellow Book story ‘Prince Alberic and the Snake Lady’ (1897). The ghostly encounter is erotic and welcomed as well as fearful, used to comment on the shortcomings of heterosexual marriage and bourgeois life, though this often results in the troubling spectacle of the ravished, mutilated or bloody female corpse. Lees negotiation of unspeakability and the desire for the ghostly is compared to the more graphic depictions of the dead female in stories from E. Nesbits Grim Tales (1893). Representations of the female revenant are considered in relation to the psychoanalytic readings of the otherness of the female corpse put forward by Elisabeth Bronfen (1992).
Over more than thirty years of reform and opening, the Chinese Communist Party has pursued the gradual marketization of China’s economy alongside the preservation of a resiliently authoritarian political system, defying long-standing predictions that ‘transition’ to a market economy would catalyse deeper political transformation. In an era of deepening synergy between authoritarian politics and finance capitalism, Communists constructing capitalism offers a novel and important perspective on this central dilemma of contemporary Chinese development. This book challenges existing state–market paradigms of political economy and reveals the Eurocentric assumptions of liberal scepticism towards Chinese authoritarian resilience. It works with an alternative conceptual vocabulary for analysing the political economy of financial development as both the management and exploitation of socio-economic uncertainty. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork and over sixty interviews with policymakers, bankers, and former party and state officials, the book delves into the role of China’s state-owned banking system since 1989. It shows how political control over capital has been central to China’s experience of capitalist development, enabling both rapid economic growth whilst preserving macroeconomic and political stability. Communists constructing capitalism will be of academic interest to scholars and graduate students in the fields of Chinese studies, social studies of finance, and international and comparative political economy. Beyond academia, it will be essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of Chinese capitalism and its implications for an increasingly central issue in contemporary global politics: the financial foundations of illiberal capitalism.
In 1660 the four nations of the British Isles were governed by one imperial crown
but by three parliaments.2 In 1707 the Edinburgh parliament was abolished and
the Scots given some representation at Westminster. In 1801 something similar
happened to the Dublin parliament. At the same time (though somewhat independently) what Westminster did in terms of legislation, legal appeals, debate
and inquiry developed significantly and in 1832 the nature of its representation
was overhauled. Consequently, the nineteenth century
THE LANDED INTEREST AND THE NATIONAL INTEREST
The landed interest and the national interest,
It is a commonplace that the two centuries following the Restoration of Charles
II saw the apogee of landed power in Britain. At heart this view rests upon two
related notions, of the rise of great estates and of the growing political importance of a parliament dominated by landowners. Moreover, in this view the
landed are frequently characterised as being distinctively cohesive, often fighting
for their interest with a passionate sense of
‘So much to answer for’:
What do The Smiths mean to Manchester?
Interviews and articles with and about The Smiths habitually return to the
question of what the city of Manchester means to the group. Journalistic and
critical commentaries relating the band to the geographical region within
which all four of its members were born and brought up identify and explore
the importance of native place identity. Such writings work to reassert the
iconic relevance of a series of key reference points through which the story
of The Smiths is
supernatural partners. We may think that these partners had no existence outside the visionaries’ own minds, but that is not how they themselves construed their experience. Their navigation of their complex and demanding two-way relationships formed an important aspect of their lives. The emotions of supernatural beings are a deeply human subject.
1 Julian Goodare , ‘Visionaries and nature spirits in Scotland’ , in Bela Mosia (ed.), Book of Scientific Works of the Conference of Belief Narrative Network of ISFNR, 1–4 October 2014, Zugdidi ( Zugdidi