Representations of Revolution (1789-1820) by way of Ronald Paulson

Representations of Revolution (1789-1820) by way of Ronald Paulson
Requirements: .PDF reader, 22,2 Mb
Overview: The central stress in Representations of Revolution is that whilst it specializes in “how one can constitute the exceptional,” its consciousness of the historical past of the elegant and ugly means that “we will be able to understand as exceptional most effective that for which we’ve got already been ready” (27). Different arrangements equivalent other representations, representations (it will appear) thus “all the time already” there within the psycho-cultural coding of the artist. The matter is not “revolutions of illustration,” the Revolution being (in Matthew Arnold’s phrases), “a super motion of feeling, no longer . . . a super motion of thoughts.” As it seems, then, we right here see Wordsworth’s Prelude, Burke’s Reflections, and Blake’s prophetic books “as in regards to the revel in of coming to phrases with the Revolution, no longer merely as a illustration of the phenomenon itself” (251). And “the phenomenon itself”? the ellipsis within the citation summing up Blake’s use of “the tiger this is half-lamb” (para. 3, above) says that Blake thus “implicitly categorized the phenomenon, or a minimum of the complicated phenomenon that seemed to exterior observers such because the artist, as ugly.” With such qualification, are we able to discuss of “the phenomenon itself”? and if no longer, in all probability the actually modern revel in is that of coming to phrases with one’s incapacity to come back to phrases, to re-present the phenomenon itself.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

Continue reading “Representations of Revolution (1789-1820) by way of Ronald Paulson”

Britain’s Maritime Empire 1763-1820 by John McAleer

Britain’s Maritime Empire: Southern Africa, the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, 1763-1820 by John McAleer
Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.5 MB
Overview: A fascinating new study in which John McAleer explores the maritime gateway to Asia around the Cape of Good Hope and its critical role in the establishment, consolidation and maintenance of the British Empire in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Situated at the centre of a maritime chain that connected seas and continents, this gateway bridged the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which, with its commercial links and strategic requirements, formed a global web that reflected the development of the British Empire in the period. The book examines how contemporaries perceived, understood and represented this area; the ways in which it worked as an alternative hub of empire, enabling the movement of people, goods, and ideas, as well as facilitating information and intelligence exchanges; and the networks of administration, security and control that helped to cement British imperial power.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

Continue reading “Britain’s Maritime Empire 1763-1820 by John McAleer”