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Michael Carrithers

Seriousness is achieved when a speaker effectively moves the audience according to his or her intentions. But seriousness is fragile and subject to countless vicissitudes, as illustrated in an encounter with the television evangelist Oral Roberts. I interrogate one of the means used to counter such vicissitudes-hyperbole. Hyperbole may include exaggeration and amplification of all kinds, and may be manifest in deeds as well as words. I first follow hyperbole through 9/11 and the competing ideologies of Salafi jihadists and the Bush administration to show how 'absolute metaphors' are enlisted hyperbolically. I examine too how epic narratives are created as a similar form of hyperbole. Finally, I show how sacredness, another allied form of hyperbole, is attributed to the Holocaust in present-day Germany. Throughout I argue, and illustrate, how anthropological writing is of necessity ironic, such that irony is better than 'cultural relativism' as an understanding of the anthropological enterprise.

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Elliot Neaman

The epigraph seems to border on hyperbole: were the debates in the

fall of 2001 really “exclusively” subsumed by domestic politics? But

Bassam Tibi, one of the hundreds of experts who made the rounds

on the endless talk shows and conferences in Germany, may be on to

something. In a recent book about how the public intellectuals, religious

leaders, and celebrities reacted to the terror attacks of September

11th, Der Spiegel essayist Hendryk Broder made a similar point as

he aimed his bittersweet satirical wit at the navel-gazing, self-righteousness,

and hypocrisy of Germany’s public intellectuals.2 Broder’s

book is a self-conscious example of that timeless German genre, the

Streitschrift, an erudite polemic in the service of both noble edification

and less high-minded settling of scores with one’s intellectual

opponents. Although exaggerated, one-sided, and terribly funny,

Broder’s analysis of the German public discourse of the fall of 2001

does contain some serious arguments that anyone interested in the

European perception of America cannot ignore. In this essay, I will

sketch the contours of that reaction by focusing first on the kinds of

issues that preoccupied German intellectuals in the wake of the

attacks of September 11th; second, I will contrast that reaction to how ordinary Germans and government officials perceived those

events; third, I will explore the role that anti-Americanism played in

the intellectual debates of fall 2001; and finally, I will reflect on the

significance of September 11th for German society in general.

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Editorial

‘But No One Died’: A Brief Reflection on Place and Time

Edited by Christine McCourt

for many voices, and they will no doubt be expressed in the coming days, as they were four years ago. I can only share my own understanding. These expressions were not simply media-driven hyperbole, but expressions of genuinely felt grief as well. It

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It Was Not Meant to Be This Way

An Unfortunate Case of Anglo-Saxon Parochialism?

Tom Frost

.K. as a whole ( Tombs 2015 ). If the reader will allow me to slip into hyperbole: there exists a train of opinion which sees the United Kingdom as a nation which has had an almost unique history amongst modern nation states, and a history which indicates

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Marc Kropman, Carla van Boxtel, and Jannet van Drie

, but also hyperbole and adverbs that “color” a text and present a single perspective (even at the risk of excluding others). By focusing on metaphorical elements (such as the Beeldenstorm or the Spanish Fury) as problematic issues, authors could help

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Jacob Breslow, Jonathan A. Allan, Gregory Wolfman, and Clifton Evers

masculinity.” Goldilocks masculinity is an ideal or trope of masculinity, one which positions itself between the “unacceptable” polarities of hyperbolized “control images.” For example, Abelson discusses the way in which trans men seeking to occupy the

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Abin Chakraborty

intensification and incomparability” ( Nayar 2008, 13 ). This was marked by lavish use of hyperboles, evident, for example, from the following description by Edward Terry, who not only traveled to India as a chaplain appointed by the British East India Company

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‘Are We Coming to Make a Documentary or a Surrealist Film?’

Demythifying Luis Buñuel’s Tierra sin pan in Fermín Solís’s Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas

Marc Ripley

geography and sensationalist hyperbole evident in the film’s title – Las Hurdes as a land without bread – is an allusion to the observation made by the film’s narrator that the roofs of the rows of houses in the village of Martilandrán appear like ‘the shell

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“Montag ist wieder Pegida-Tag!”

Pegida’s Community Building and Discursive Strategies

Helga Druxes

theories. Quick to join Pegida in his comeback as a political orator, he refers to his own fake journalism as evidence that quality media lie to their public. 20 His language is inflammatory, frequently using dramatic hyperbole; and it is additionally anti

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From Villainous Letch and Sinful Outcast, to “Especially Beloved of God”

Complicating the Medieval Leper through Gender and Social Status

Christina Welch and Rohan Brown

increasingly meaning-laden, a hyperbole of the disease is projected back onto society.” 45 As such, medieval leprosy became a socially constructed metaphor of moral and literal contagion, a symbol of the disgust associated with decay, pollution, anomie