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

By Julie Scanlon, Amy Waste

This eclectic assortment interrogates obstacles with regards to 19th and twentieth-century literature, functionality, song and picture from a various variety of severe and theoretical views. The authors probe the difficulty of negotiating barriers of their leading edge and innovative investigations of technological know-how in Dickens, Eliot and Pater; narrative in Hawking and Weinberg; Bakhtin and the feminization of translation; lesbian romance via Jeanette Winterson; transitional women in migrant postcolonial fiction; pedagogy in South Africa; materiality and hypertext; the semiotic and cash in Jay McInerney; the function of clichT in Beckett; song in Wim Wenders; the 'real' in fiction, idea and function; artistic and educational writing; politics and aesthetics. unique contributions via Terry Eagleton and Sally Shuttleworth aid this volume's fascinating problem to demonstrated obstacles and support to make it a scintillating and thought-provoking read.

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260-63). 43 Social anger and sympathy for Jo modulate into fear. In a novel where linguistic accomplishment seems frequently to lead to perversion (as seen, for example in the case of Harold Skimpole), it might be thought a blessing to be born or placed outside the sphere of language. Dickens, however, seems here to endorse Martineau's view that humans, without full access to language, will fall to the level of animals, or indeed, Dickens suggests, below it. The dog, at least, has been trained to use his senses in a useful way; Jo and other street urchins remain at the mercy of theirs.

44 The conceptual ordering of emotion required to summon aspiration or regret is beyond them both. Like 43. ), The Christmas Books, II (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1971 [1848]), pp. 245-353 (327). 44. For a discussion of these debates see Delia da Sousa Correa, ' "The Music Vibrating in Her Still": Music and Memory in George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss and Daniel Deronda', Nineteenth-Century Contexts Special Issue: Memory, 1789-1914, 12 (2000), pp. 541-63. 38 CROSSING BOUNDARIES Brother Jacob, Jo and the dog live in a world where past and present are one, where temporal and conceptual distinctions hold no place.

I am suggesting, too, that it underpins Hardy's portrayal of Sue Bridehead's nervous collapse. Hardy does not endorse the notion of gender-determined constitutional weakness but, in making Jude turn desperately to received wisdoms about women's nature for explanation of Sue's behaviour, the force of these ideas is constantly working in the text in opposition to the narrative of intellectual progress. Where George Eliot conceptualized the network of nerves as a mediating interspace between the outside world and subjective perception, Hardy, I am arguing, saw it as a system which had degenerated to the point where the human mind was effectively disconnected from the material world it inhabited.

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