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The “Vulgar” Verse

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0029
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Bonzoku is a Buddhist term which, in the secular sense, means “dull, trite, commonplace, common, vulgar, inferior, and mediocre.” Shinkei offers examples of vulgarity in conception or feeling ... More


Incomprehensibility

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0033
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In waka, there is a type of verse called mushin shojaku, which literally means “not to be grasped by the mind,” that is, incomprehensible. It is a technical term derived from kambun syntax and it ... More


THE LANGUAGE OF ABUSE

Jerome Neu

in Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insults

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195314311
eISBN:
9780199871780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314311.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Verbal dueling and imaginative vituperation can provide independent pleasure, as illustrated in Cyrano de Bergerac and by Shakespeare's rich exemplars and reflections on the practice of insults. ... More


Provisional Communities: 1990–9

M.K. Raghavendra

in Bipolar Identity: Region, Nation and the Kannada Language Film

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198071587
eISBN:
9780199080793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071587.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter examines Kannada films from the 1990s. It discusses how from the late 1980s onwards, Kannada cinema becomes depleted because of a lack of signifiers — the cinema does not ‘mean’ in the ... More


Vulgarity and Social Grammar

James Raven

in Judging New Wealth: Popular Publishing and Responses to Commerce in England, 1750–1800

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198202370
eISBN:
9780191675300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202370.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

This chapter focuses on notions of vulgarity in the late 18th century. The use of ‘vulgar’ to mean ‘ordinary’ or ‘commonplace’ was still in evidence in the 18th century. As a description of the lower ... More


The Idea of the Obscene

Joel Feinberg

in The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law: Volume 2: Offense to Others

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195052152
eISBN:
9780199785872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195052153.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Obscenity is an extreme form of offensiveness producing repugnance, shock, or disgust, although the offending materials can, at the same time, be alluring to some degree. The main feature that ... More


Obscene Words and their Functions, I

Joel Feinberg

in The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law: Volume 2: Offense to Others

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195052152
eISBN:
9780199785872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195052153.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Obscene words have the capacity to offend and shock listeners, and in some cases even fill with dread and horror. The class of words that are either obscene, totally disreputable, or naughty enough ... More


After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy: Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti

Rebecca Dirksen

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190928056
eISBN:
9780190928094
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190928056.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Haitian carnival offers a lens into popular power and politics. Political demonstrations in Haiti often manifest as musical performances. Studying carnival and political protest side by side brings ... More


Economies of Profanity: Free Speech and Varieties of Language Degradation

Michael S. Gorham

in After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452628
eISBN:
9780801470578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452628.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Russian Politics

This chapter turns to the ascendancy of “freedom of speech” as a dominant language ideology in post-Soviet language culture, largely a result of loosening state control of the leading technologies of ... More


The Gendered Slang of Century’s End

Janet Sorensen

in Strange Vernaculars: How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691169026
eISBN:
9781400885169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169026.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter considers the use of cant in burlesque writing. In the burlesques of Gay and Henry Fielding, the comic strangeness of cant, and of language itself, is made more so, its “unnaturalness” ... More


Countdown to the Future: The Dread in the Masses That Are Always Already Asses

Sandra Ruiz

in Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781479888740
eISBN:
9781479890705
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479888740.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter focuses on the work of “the poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets” Pedro Pietri, particularly his experimental and existential one-act endurance play The Masses Are Asses. In Pietri’s ... More


Laughter and Laughers in Dickens

Malcolm Andrews

in Dickensian Laughter: Essays on Dickens and Humour

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199651597
eISBN:
9780191757075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199651597.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter first examines laughter as a ‘social glue’ by looking briefly at recent neurological experiments on laughter responsiveness in the brain and taking account of Victorian prejudices ... More


Performing the Body: Transgressive Doubles, Fatness and Blackness

Simone A. James Alexander

in African Diasporic Women's Narratives: Politics of Resistance, Survival, and Citizenship

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049823
eISBN:
9780813050249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049823.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Grace Nichols renders her eponymous heroine, the Fat Black Woman, visible making her the site/sight of public, political debates as her fat black body functions as a platform, a discursive strategy ... More


“Please Help Me!” Virginia Woolf, Viola Tree, and the Hogarth Press1

Diane F. Gillespie

in Contradictory Woolf

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780983533955
eISBN:
9781781384930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores Virginia Woolf's contradictory approach to social behavior by bringing Three Guineas in dialogue with Viola Tree's Can I Help You?, published by Hogarth Press in 1937. Can I ... More


Poetic Antigravity: Govardhana's āryāsaptaśatī

Jesse Ross Knutson

in Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry: The Sena Salon of Bengal and Beyond

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780520282056
eISBN:
9780520957794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520282056.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

Poetry at the Sena court was both similar to and different from—and both continuous and discontinuous with—earlier modes of literary practice. Govardhana—perhaps more than any other poet of this ... More


Hacking the Modern

Tarek El-Ariss

in Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823251711
eISBN:
9780823252800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251711.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter analyzes processes of hacking (ikhtirāq, tansīf) in Arabic fiction's multiple sites of production across media and cultural contexts. Focusing on Ahmed Alaidy's (b. 1974) iconoclastic ... More


When Words Die

Tim William Machan

in What is English?: And Why Should We Care?

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199601257
eISBN:
9780191759031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601257.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, English Language

Once we decide a word qualifies as English, however we decide this, how do we know if it’s current? What kills off a word when it dies? Mechanical factors such as homonymic clash can be a factor, but ... More


The Shadow of Unfairness: A Plebeian Theory of Liberal Democracy

Jeffrey Green

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190215903
eISBN:
9780190600679
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190215903.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Democratization

In this sequel to his prize-winning book, The Eyes of the People, Jeffrey Edward Green draws on philosophy, history, social science, and literature to ask what democracy can mean in a world where it ... More


“My Fair Henry?!”

Michael Anesko

in Generous Mistakes: Incidents of Error in Henry James

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198794882
eISBN:
9780191836404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198794882.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Henry James’s seemingly misplaced fascination with the theater has long been recognized. Less appreciated, however, has been the theater’s (sometimes misplaced) fascination with Henry James. While a ... More


Sweet Micky’s Allure: Vagabonds, Vulgarities, and Street Politics

Rebecca Dirksen

in After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy: Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190928056
eISBN:
9780190928094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190928056.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Though dismissed as jest at the time, in the mid-1990s Sweet Micky declared himself the “President of Konpa” and composed lyrics that avowed his seriousness for the job. Martelly’s play-acts at ... More


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