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biden: public language private meaning?

Is speech immaterial to meaning? Is there a self-defeating impossibility of public discourse and are meaning of strings of words simply a ritual in the community sense of the argument? The only way to substantiate the dialog coming from a … Continue reading

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mike waterson: today bright phoebus is smiling

The Guardian:As the seminal traditional folk group of the 1960s, with Mike as the male lead singer, the Watersons toured the country with traditional English songs in harmony and largely unaccompanied, breaking the mould of guitar and banjo-led folk groups. … Continue reading

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black plague & neurotic gloom: no belief no deny

Skepticism and timorous uncertainty marked the second half of the fourteenth century.The generation that survived the plague could not believe, but did not dare deny. It groped toward the future, with one nervous eye always peering over its shoulder toward … Continue reading

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DISTURBING THE RHYTHM OF COMEDY

Epic deception. And arriving at the altar with a faint pulse.That was the view of Sarah Fielding, author and sister of Henry Fielding.  The epic notion of the “great end” enters the comic novel as the marriage that sanctifies the culture … Continue reading

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PREOCCUPIED WITH GOODNESS: Almost Forgivable Appetites For Life

Tom Jones was perpetually in delicate situations. As Henry Fielding remarked in one of his digressions,” It is not enough that your designs, nay, that your actions are intrinsically good; you must take care that they appear so.” Tom was … Continue reading

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HIS MUSE HAD SUNG THE LOUDEST IN TAVERN CHORUSES

By the publication of Tom Jones in 1749, Henry Fielding had  asserted that the  idealized, morally beyond reproach hero is no longer a viable character in literature. The idea of perfectibility was replaced by human flaw and redemption. Secondly, Fielding … Continue reading

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TRUTH AS COMEDY: FIDDLER ON JANE AUSTEN’S ROOF

Some critics describe Jane Austen’s works as novels of social comedy. When she wrote Pride and Prejudice she was just twenty-one years old. Her literary life was comprised between 1786 and 1817. A characteristic for the eighteenth century was the … Continue reading

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BLOOD FLOWERS & HEADS ON THE DOOR

A genre of fiction which first gained popularity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the epistolary novel is a form in which most or all of the plot is advanced by the letters or journal entries of one or more … Continue reading

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A DIRGE ABOUT A ROCK AND HARD PLACE

The English novel is  a phenomenon that only took form in the early years of the 18th century, and is generally attributed to Daniel Defoe.  Prior to this time, stories were told either in dramatic form on the stage, or … Continue reading

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MARRIED TO TEMPTATION

”Marriage without love, is the Compleatest Misery in life. Besides, I must say, it is to me utterly unlawful, and entails a Curse upon the persons, as being wilfully perjured, invoking the Name of GOD to a falsehood, which is … Continue reading

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