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Poet as Heretic

The Political Imagination of Sean O'Brien

Bruce Woodcock

There is a particular place in Hull which has long ‘enslaved’ Sean O’Brien’s imagination – so much so that it has formed the basis for the titles of two of his four collections so far. It is a Victorian conservatory housing exotic plants and birds, a glass house, an ‘indoor park’, situated on Pearson Park where Philip Larkin lived. Walking into its Turkish-bath feel before its recent renovation, the conservatory conjured up an atmosphere of inaction, boredom, suspension, decay, all the things which made Hull its own myth – the sense of a city so far up the creek that it was at the end of the line with nowhere to go, with inhabitants who just seemed to end up there and never escape, stuck in the fathomless Humber mud. But for O’Brien, the conservatory also epitomises something strange and mysterious, ‘a piece of the exotic stuck right in the middle of the everyday … a kind of Victorian paradox of importing sweat-based plants into a frostbased climate.’ (TE)

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Aurélie Godet, Andre Thiemann, Fabiana Dimpflmeier, Anne-Erita Berta, Giuseppe Tateo, Alexandra Schwell, Greca N. Meloni and Lieke Wijnia

Jean-François Bert and Elisabetta Basso (eds) (2015), Foucault à Münsterlingen. À l’origine de l’Histoire de la folie (Paris: Éditions de l’EHESS), 285 pp., €24, ISBN 9782713225086.

Čarna Brković (2017), Managing Ambiguity: How Clientelism, Citizenship, and Power Shape Personhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Oxford: Berghahn), 208 pp., $120.00/£85.00, ISBN 9781785334146.

William A. Douglass (2015), Basque Explorers in the Pacific Ocean (Reno: University of Nevada Press), 230 pp., $24.95, ISBN 9781935709602.

Peter Naccarato, Zachary Nowak and Elgin K. Eckert (eds) (2017), Representing Italy through Food (London: Bloomsbury Academic), 269 pp., £85, ISBN 9781474280419.

Bruce O’Neill (2017), The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order (Durham: Duke University Press), 280 pp., $25.95, ISBN 9780822363286.

Tomasz Rakowski (2016), Hunters, Gatherers, and Practitioners of Powerlessness: An Ethnography of the Degraded in Postsocialist Poland (Oxford: Berghahn), 332 pp., $130.00/£92.00, ISBN 9781785332401.

Antonio Sorge (2015), Legacies of Violence: History, Society, and the State in Sardinia (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), 232 pp., $24.61, ISBN 9781442627291.

Helena Wulff (ed.) (2016), The Anthropologist as Writer: Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford: Berghahn), 288 pp., $130.00/£92.00, ISBN 9781785330186.

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Stephen Prince

inferences about a character’s interior life. His findings about the location of information relevant for such moments—within or across episodes—is striking and counterintuitive. Emre Çağlayan offers a provocative take on the aesthetic virtues of boredom in

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John Ireland and Constance Mui

notion of the Anthropocene , Paul Gyllenhammer has broken new conceptual ground by applying the thought of Heidegger and Sartre to current ecological preoccupations. For Heidegger, boredom and anxiety, the dominant emotions of modernity have overwhelmed

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Pettman, Dominic. Infinite Distraction

Paying Attention to Social Media

Conor Heaney

-personality packages in pursuit of sexual gratification or distraction from boredom and loneliness: This package that represents all the corners of our being is determined by the template of the app or site: name, occupation, interests, connections, profile picture

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Military Violence in Its Own Right

The Microsocial Foundations of Physical Military Violence in Noncombat Situations

Nir Gazit and Eyal Ben-Ari

also tediousness/pleasure and boredom/enjoyment. Finally, our analysis goes beyond the microsociological level to complement Collins’s model by showing the trans-situational implications of our analysis. We do so by focusing on the emergence of violence

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Paul Gyllenhammer

phenomena that are consti tutive, but disconcerting, features of the modern world: boredom and anxiety. 16 Boredom reflects the restlessness with what we have in the present. It is this attitude that drives us to expect something new or innovative to take up

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Walter K. Goldsmith, S. Charles Lewson, Ronald Jacobs, Harold Vallins, Lionel Blue, Jonathan Magonet, Awraham Soetendorp, Jill Suss, M.R. Heilbron and Dow Marmur

Conference on Sunday night with recorded songs which, although from the [19]20s and [19]30s, almost ironically epitomized the type of false urgency, complacency, boredom, sexual lust, speculation, status consciousness and unscrupulous struggle for power that

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The Rumble of Nostalgia

Francis Ford Coppola’s Vision of Boyhood

Molly Lewis

seems much more applicable to the Rusty-James of the novel rather than the Rusty-James of the film. At the film’s conclusion, Rusty-James is not lost. Indeed, he has transcended beyond the boredom and alienation experienced by his brother; unlike

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How to Survive the Postfeminist Impasse

Grace Helbig’s Affective Aesthetics

Catherine McDermott

) has been amassed. I am indebted to their insights, but it has become apparent that a shift in approach is required. The value of postfeminism as a critical term has come into question from scholars who declare either their “frustration … boredom and