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Franco “Bifo” Berardi at the moment act of the eu tragedy
Adbusters on Chess vs. Weiqi
Micah White and Chiara Ricciardone on touchdown a demise blow to capitalism
Andy Merrifield at the radical politics of memes
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I can’t play to you, or sing to you” (91). Giving pleasure through imaginative release builds community at home, provides a necessary relief to otherwise unrelenting material production, and may prevent crime. Had Louisa played and sung, she may have helped to avert Tom’s later bank robbery, since the descent into criminality was a common critique of Utilitarianism, appearing in writings from Dickens to Disraeli and Butler. K. 36 Not only is music’s social purpose emphasized in Hard Times, but it is also paired with the craft of fiction writing – just as Bentham matches the two, but to different purpose.
23 Villette engages with these matters as Lucy Snowe struggles against the middle-class ideal of rational calm; her self-development is positioned in opposition to social repressions and constraints. In contrast, as I show in the next chapter, Charles Auchester reveals the absolute authority of the internalized gaze, which we can see when the eponymous protagonist absorbs social influences to the point of becoming a professor who himself spreads the doctrine. Yet despite their different conclusions, the two 1853 novels come together in demonstrating how understandings of music fit mid-Victorian notions of social management and also how the creative self was constructed as a site of excitements and energetic surges that were considered pathological by the medical establishment.
Indeed, the power of reading was feared by Samuel Taylor Coleridge because the simple fact of literacy did not necessarily make a discerning reader, as Collins also noticed. Far from embracing the hopeful ideals of Collins and Dickens, the anti-democratic Coleridge wished that the greater part of our publications could be [ . . ] directed, each to its appropriate class of Readers. But this cannot be! For among other odd burs and kecksies, the misgrowth of our luxuriant activity, we have now a READING PUBLIC – as strange a phrase methinks, as ever forced a splenetic smile on the staid countenance of Meditation82 Coleridge’s contrast between the idea of a “public” and “Meditation” brings together two key ideas.
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