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Open Secrets: Literature, Education, and Authority from J-J. Rousseau to J. M. Coetzee

Michael Bell

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199208098
eISBN:
9780191709227
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208098.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, European Literature

This book reflects on humanistic education by examining the limits of the teachable in this domain. The Goethean motif of the open secret is not a mystery revealed but an utterance not understood, ... More


The Elephant in the Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life

Eviatar Zerubavel

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195187175
eISBN:
9780199943371
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187175.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

The fable of the Emperor's New Clothes is a classic example of a conspiracy of silence, a situation where everyone refuses to acknowledge an obvious truth. But the denial of social realities—whether ... More


Goethe’s Open Secrets: Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship

Michael Bell

in Open Secrets: Literature, Education, and Authority from J-J. Rousseau to J. M. Coetzee

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199208098
eISBN:
9780191709227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208098.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, European Literature

This chapter considers how the ironic treatment of Wilhelm Meister's process of maturing is coloured by Goethe's self-conscious irony with respect to the authority of the novel's own fictive world. ... More


Open Secrets and Dirty Hands

Alasdair Roberts

in The Secrets of Law

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804782593
eISBN:
9780804783903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804782593.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The Bush Administration is characterized by controversies surrounding the president's policies to maintain secrecy and restrict transparency in the government. While the Bush administration was ... More


Text and the City: Dublin, Cultural Intimacy, and Modernity

Luke Gibbons

in Joyce'S Ghosts: Ireland, Modernism, and Memory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226236179
eISBN:
9780226236209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226236209.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Dublin in James Joyce's spectral imagination is akin to a phantom limb. His literary modernism turns on what is absent or off the page, an apophatic style in which text is intimately bound up with ... More


Open Secrets

Rosemary Hennessy

in Fires on the Border: The Passionate Politics of Labor Organizing on the Mexican Frontera

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816647583
eISBN:
9781452948454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816647583.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter explores the concept of the open secret as an ideological mechanism for the circulation of narrow ways of knowing and not knowing, at times formulated as sexual identity. Focusing on ... More


The Ambivalence of Favour: Paradoxes of Russia’s Economy of Favours

Alena Ledeneva

in Economies of Favour after Socialism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199687411
eISBN:
9780191767128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687411.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic Systems

This chapter offers a network-based typology of favours that seeks to reflect their ambivalence—the degree of uncertainty of obligation in social relations and intermittent display of the features of ... More


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