Crossing Boundaries: Thinking Through Literature by Julie Scanlon, Amy Waste

By Julie Scanlon, Amy Waste

This eclectic assortment interrogates barriers on the subject of 19th and twentieth-century literature, functionality, track and movie from a various variety of severe and theoretical views. The authors probe the difficulty of negotiating barriers of their cutting edge and creative investigations of technology in Dickens, Eliot and Pater; narrative in Hawking and Weinberg; Bakhtin and the feminization of translation; lesbian romance through Jeanette Winterson; transitional ladies in migrant postcolonial fiction; pedagogy in South Africa; materiality and hypertext; the semiotic and funds in Jay McInerney; the position of clichT in Beckett; song in Wim Wenders; the 'real' in fiction, concept and function; artistic and educational writing; politics and aesthetics. unique contributions through Terry Eagleton and Sally Shuttleworth help this volume's intriguing problem to demonstrated limitations and aid to make it a scintillating and thought-provoking read.

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The link, moreover, between originality of mind and nervous instability had a long history. 19 The force of originality needed to make a stand against the custom and routine of one's allotted medium is a property of the unstable brain, he averred. 20 Such an unhappy conjunction is the 'transcendent irony of fate', since it binds the pioneering spirit to a finite and diminishing supply of nervous energy. 21 Maudsley's vicious circle of inevitable disintegration is grist to the mill of Hardy's representation of a heroine whose peculiar notions are the mark of her originality, but at the same time signal her unfitness, 19.

Scores of treatises, whose authors subscribed to the view that mental and physical potential was gender9. Maudsley, Body and Mind, p. 68. 10. For example, Grandcourt's presence is deemed akin to the stranglehold of 'a crab or boa-constrictor which goes on pinching or crushing' (p. 477) and Gwendolen is constantly in terror of quarrels lest they end with his 'throttling fingers on her neck' (p. 626). 11. Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure (ed. H. Sisson; Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1978 [1895]), p.

Wills, 'Idiots', Household Words 7 (June 14, 1853), pp. 313-17. 2 (1997), pp. 176-202. Down, J. Langdon, On Some of the Mental Affections of Childhood and Youth (London: J. and A. Churchill, 1887). Dowse, Thomas Stretch, On Brain and Nerve Exhaustion (Neurasthenia) (London: Balliere, Tindall and Cox, 1892). Eliot, George, Adam Bede (cabinet edn; Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1878-80). —The George Eliot Letters (ed. Gordon S. ; New Haven: Yale University Press, 1954-78). —Middlemarch (cabinet edn; Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1878-80).

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