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Gabriel Josipovici

Three Figures

David Herman

This article explores three central figures that recur in Gabriel Josipovici’s critical writing. All three are essentially solitary. First, there is the creative figure – the artist, the composer, the writer – alone in their study or studio. Second, there is a curiously impersonal figure, more elusive, harder to pin down. Not the writer or artist but an anonymous figure walking down the road, Wordsworth’s solitaries in The Prelude and Paul Klee’s Wander-Artist. And, finally, there are Jewish figures, especially from Kafka and the Hebrew Bible. What are these bare, elusive anonymous figures doing in Josipovici’s writing? Why do they come up so often, throughout his work, from the mid 1970s to the present? And are they lifeless or are they full of life, deeply human, rooted in history and literature?

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Friends and Family Figures in Contemporary Fiction

Katharine Cockin

During the twentieth century, scientific advances, especially in the field of reproductive technologies, have fundamentally altered ideas about parenting, the family and what it means to be human. In the 1980s, the family became a significant site of political conflict in the UK when family values were defended and so-called pretended families were condemned. New information technologies make it possible for online chat between friends who have never met. Changes in legislation have defined and protected the rights of the child and spectacular campaigns have developed for fathers’ rights. Meanwhile tracing your family history has become one of the most popular hobbies.

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“A Story, Exemplified in a Series of Figures“

Paper Doll versus Moral Tale in the Nineteenth Century

Hannah Field

Early in the nineteenth century the London publishers and printsellers, S. and J. Fuller, packaged paper dolls and storybooks together in their Temple of Fancy paper doll books. This article examines the tension between the narratives of these works—typically moral tales for children in which a love of clothing is punished—and the accompanying paper dolls, which celebrate costume and dressing up. The textual morals against love of clothing are gendered in problematic ways, with female characters mortified for this flaw more readily than male characters. However, the variety of potential reading experiences offered by the form of the paper doll book, in which picture and word are separate, is viewed as a challenge to the gendered moral content of the stories. Ultimately this article argues that the form of the paper doll book sheds new light on D. F. McKenzie's (1986) ideas about how readers make meaning from texts.

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From Act to Fact

The Transformation of Suicide in Western Thought

Daniel Gordon

, there is much to suggest that these two modes of action—revolution and suicide—are intimately connected. For one thing, Rousseau figures in both histories. He devoted two letters in his epistolary novel, Julie , to the pros and cons of suicide. 12 It

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Hopeful, Harmless, and Heroic

Figuring the Girl Activist as Global Savior

Jessica K. Taft

-Soon 2017 ; Clay 2012 ; Edell et al. 2013 ; Keller 2012 ; Taft 2011 ), several teenage girl activists from around the world have become widely recognizable public figures in both traditional and social media contexts, with Greta Thunberg as the most

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Ritual Tattooing and the Creation of New Buddhist Identities

An Inquiry into the Initiation Process in a Burmese Organization of Exorcists

Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière

shrines. By establishing the pagoda campus as an enclosed space that highlights its founding figures, the congregation encourages visitors to become familiar with the Manaw Seittokpad worldview and behavioral codification. The pagoda, a white square stupa

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Heroes of Our Time

The Historical-Political Context of Devorah Omer’s Novels

Rima Shikhmanter

suggestion of Uriel Ofek, a prominent editor and translator of children’s literature who, in the 1960s, began to explore the possibility of publishing a new series of books on leading Zionist figures. This series, which had yet to gain traction, was to be

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“Two Wheels Bad”?

The Status of Cycling in the Youth Hostels Association of England and Wales in the 1930s

Michael Cunningham

, whether in the YHA literature or in the commentary of others, mentions the German movement as inspiration. 11 Many important figures in the YHA had walked in Germany and had knowledge of the German organization. Within the wider rambling movement, there

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(Not) Becoming the Norm

Military Service by Religious Israeli Women as a Process of Social Legitimation

Elisheva Rosman-Stollman

public figures within the religious community have openly addressed women’s conscription, and while religious female soldiers are still far from the norm, they are no longer the anathema they once were. This article considers this change as a process of

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Mirrors for Margraves

Peter Damian’s Models for Male and Female Rulers

Alison Creber

Gledhill, “Damian,” 118. 67 On biblical figures in Damian’s letters to laywomen, see Ferrante, Glory , esp. 16–17, 42, 56. 68 Megan McLaughlin, “Gender Paradox and the Otherness of God,” Gender & History 3, no. 2 (1991): 147–159. 69 Letter 114: Reindel 3