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Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain

David Russell

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196923
eISBN:
9781400887903
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196923.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The social practice of tact was an invention of the nineteenth century, a period when Britain was witnessing unprecedented urbanization, industrialization, and population growth. In an era when more ... More


The Rules of Denial

Eviatar Zerubavel

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195187175
eISBN:
9780199943371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187175.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter addresses the social organization of denial. Focus shifts as social attitudes change. Noticing and ignoring are always performed by members of particular social communities with ... More


Introduction

Sophie Ratcliffe

in On Sympathy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199239870
eISBN:
9780191716799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239870.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter introduces the idea of how we might sympathise with figures in fictional and artistic representations. It questions why writers and artists return to The Tempest to consider such ... More


A Most Perfect Gentleman

John Kekes

in Enjoyment: The Moral Significance of Styles of Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199546923
eISBN:
9780191720109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546923.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter is about integrity as an admirable style of life. It is exemplified by Trollope's Madame Max Goesler. Her attitude is to be true to herself, even when it is tempting or hard to be ... More


Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing

Sarah Jackson

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780748685318
eISBN:
9781474412360
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685318.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

While the field of haptic aesthetics has received significant critical interest in recent years, the intimate connection between touching and writing remains neglected. Contributing to current ... More


Introduction: An Art of Handling

David Russell

in Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196923
eISBN:
9781400887903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196923.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This introductory chapter outlines some basic claims about tact, the subjects it touches upon, and the way this book is framed. In broadest terms: tact privileges encounters over knowledge, and an ... More


The Nearness of Others: Searching for Tact and Contact in the Age of HIV

David Caron

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691753
eISBN:
9781452949581
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691753.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

1.2 million people in the United States are currently living with HIV, and over 30 states have laws criminalizing HIV nondisclosure and/or exposure. As more people continue to be infected (at a rate ... More


From the Concordance to Ubiquitous Analytics

Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair

in Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262034357
eISBN:
9780262332064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034357.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Interactive text analysis panels are showing up on all sorts of web pages. Word clouds, for example, can be easily inserted into blogs. Online newspapers commission more complex interactives so that ... More


The Law of Tact: Freud and H.D.

Sarah Jackson

in Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780748685318
eISBN:
9781474412360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685318.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter addresses the ‘law of tact’ that pervades our everyday professional, social and familial exchanges. Focusing on the parallel taboos against touching in psychoanalysis and in the ... More


Laws of Tact and Genre

Adam Zachary Newton

in To Make the Hands Impure: Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263516
eISBN:
9780823266470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263516.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Sebald’s and Arad’s stagings of presence and absence, including the ethical remainder of illegible headstones and unrecorded victims’ names, represents one of several limit-cases for the questions of ... More


Blaise Pascal, Henry Darger, and the Book in Hand

Adam Zachary Newton

in To Make the Hands Impure: Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263516
eISBN:
9780823266470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263516.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Chapter 3 examines the limit-case of what might be called écriture trouvé: found writing that has fallen into the hands and under the critical gaze of (unintended) readers. “Touch” and “tact” in the ... More


Njála’s Unity Problem and the Very Beginning: Chapter 1

William Ian Miller

in ‘Why is your axe bloody?’: A Reading of Njàls Saga

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704843
eISBN:
9780191789441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704843.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, European Literature

This chapter contains some general observations on critics’ problems with the saga’s unity, and a close reading of chapter 1 of the saga. It asks whether the saga has a unity problem, looking at the ... More


Making a Scene: Chapters 34–5, 48

William Ian Miller

in ‘Why is your axe bloody?’: A Reading of Njàls Saga

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704843
eISBN:
9780191789441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704843.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, European Literature

This chapter contains as slap of Hallgerd sometime later, as it relates to how embarrassing incidents are handled, as well as a discussion of poise and tact. The sagas, and indeed the heroic, feature ... More


Diagnosis

David Caron

in The Nearness of Others: Searching for Tact and Contact in the Age of HIV

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691753
eISBN:
9781452949581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691753.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

“Diagnosis” deals with that shock: the immediate impact of my HIV diagnosis, my wary yet curious exploration of an unfamiliar medical universe at once hostile and protective, and the beginning of ... More


Others

David Caron

in The Nearness of Others: Searching for Tact and Contact in the Age of HIV

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691753
eISBN:
9781452949581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691753.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

“Others” considers, in a variety of contexts, the question that propels the entire work, namely the fear of contact with other people’s bodies and how to respond to that fear should it threaten to ... More


Disclosure

David Caron

in The Nearness of Others: Searching for Tact and Contact in the Age of HIV

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691753
eISBN:
9781452949581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691753.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

“Disclosure” returns to the question of HIV in order to outline at greater length a theory and practice of nonconfessional disclosure as a mode of sharing that can counteract the anxieties triggered ... More


Taste

David Caron

in The Nearness of Others: Searching for Tact and Contact in the Age of HIV

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691753
eISBN:
9781452949581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691753.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

“Taste” traces the cultural origins of the fear of contact in the evolution of western notions of taste and focuses on films about movie theaters where men go in search of sexual and social contact ... More


Tact

David Caron

in The Nearness of Others: Searching for Tact and Contact in the Age of HIV

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691753
eISBN:
9781452949581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691753.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

“Tact” turns to tact as a socially problematic one that is begging to be reclaimed and re-embodied with its old meanings of touch and collective music making in order to counter social exclusion ... More


Politeness and the History of English

Geoffrey Leech

in The Pragmatics of Politeness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195341386
eISBN:
9780190225933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341386.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

Historical pragmatics, the domain of this last chapter, has developed strikingly in the past twenty years, especially with reference to English. Signs of politeness in Old English are limited, but in ... More


Requests and Other Directives

Geoffrey Leech

in The Pragmatics of Politeness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195341386
eISBN:
9780190225933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341386.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

The request is a much-studied speech event that manifests the Tact Maxim and evinces an amazing variety of indirectness strategies in English. This chapter focuses on pragmalinguistic rather than the ... More


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