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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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...life lived. Bare life refers then to a conception of life in which the sheer biological fact of life is given priority over the way a life is lived, by which Agamben means its possibilities and potentialities. Suggestions made in 2008 by Scotland Yard and the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain that children as young as five should be DNA typed and their details placed in a database if they exhibit behavioural signs indicating future criminal activity is a perfect example of what Agamben means by bare life. It reduces the prospects of the life of...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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...life lived. Bare life refers then to a conception of life in which the sheer biological fact of life is given priority over the way a life is lived, by which Agamben means its possibilities and potentialities. Suggestions made in 2008 by Scotland Yard and the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain that children as young as five should be DNA typed and their details placed in a database if they exhibit behavioural signs indicating future criminal activity is a perfect example of what Agamben means by bare life. It reduces the prospects of the life of...

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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in Agamben's ...
Music

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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...a good ‘second eleven’. In keeping with gentlemen-amateur traditions, these composers appeared to lack the visionary single-mindedness which activated their continental contemporaries. Though they were no feebler than their immediate predecessors, their limitations were now laid bare by contrast: creative impotence was openly mocked by fecundity throughout Europe. Only such craftsmen as Broadwood, Dodd, and Tubbs, and a few performers, particularly women, were truly fit to join the newly exalted company of musicians [ see *women musicians and composers ]....

Land

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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...garden and a grave.’ And though his central focus is on the process of becoming a poet, he voices the links between the expansion of a global empire, presented as a frightening terrain of silent bats and dark scorpions, and a transformed locality left behind, where ‘even the bare-worn common is denied’. In this population movement from the country to the city, and from city to parts foreign, many of the sources for the nostalgic myth of rural England were generated. The intensity of capitalist production in the countryside in Britain precluded the absolute...

Twain, Mark

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...Mark ( 1835–1910 ) ‘the most celebrated thing in Shakespeare’; from Huckleberry Finn ( 1884 ) To be, or not to be; that is the bare bodkin That makes calamity of so long life: For who would fardels bear, till Birnam Wood do come to Dunsinane. But that the fear of something after death, Murders the innocent sleep, Great nature's second course, And makes us rather sling the arrows of outrageous fortune Than fly to others that we know not of. There's the respect must give us pause: Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst, For who would bear...

bad quarto

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...world, Scorned by the right rich, the rich curssed of the poore? The Prince of Denmarke The widow being oppressed, the orphan wrong'd, The taste of hunger, or a tirants raigne, And thousand more calamities besides, To grunt and sweate vnder this weary life, When that he may his full quietus make, With a bare bodkin, who would this indure, But for a hope of something after death? Which pusles the braine, and doth confound the sence, Which makes vs rather beare those euilles we haue, Than flie to others that we know not of. I that, O this conscience makes...

Antony and Cleopatra

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...Princess’s in 1890 . Although Beerbohm Tree staged a predictably lavish version in 1907 , this approach to the play had already been superseded in Frank Benson ’s much sparer production (with himself as Antony) at Stratford, seconded by Robert Atkins ’s revolutionary, almost bare-stage production at the Old Vic in 1922 , in which Edith Evans played her first Cleopatra. Throughout the play’s stage history, productions in which both central performances have been equally praised have been rare: for many Vivien Leigh ’s Cleopatra ( 1951 ) outshone...

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...despite being the most familiar play in the world, Hamlet still seems one of the most excitingly unpredictable, its ending as abrupt and tragic an interruption as ever. Critical history: It would be impossible, even in a book-length study, to do full justice to any more than the bare outlines of this play’s impact, not just in literary criticism and on the stage, but on Western culture at large: its characters have entered the realm of myth, and its motifs have been endlessly reworked, in fiction ( Gothic and otherwise), painting , opera , and film no...

grievable life

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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...the ‘right to life’—not just with regards abortion, but also voluntary euthanasia. Specifically she wants to reverse the usual line of argument that holds that all life is worth living, i.e., worth saving because it is ‘life’, and instead argue that it is only because we would grieve the absence of that life that it is worth saving. Therefore, grief is the precondition of the life worth saving and not life itself (or what Agamben calls bare life ). Our ethical obligations are, she says, to the conditions that make life grievable, not to life itself. This is...

Ziegler, Philip [Sandeman]

Ziegler, Philip [Sandeman] (1929– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

... Addington, a Life of Henry Addington, First Viscount Sidmouth ( 1965 ) Non-Fiction The Black Death ( 1969 ) Non-Fiction William IV ( 1971 ) Non-Fiction Omdurman ( 1973 ) Non-Fiction Melbourne: A Biography of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne ( 1976 ) Non-Fiction Diana Cooper ( 1981 ) Non-Fiction Mountbatten: The Official Biography ( 1985 ) Non-Fiction The Sixth Great Power: Barings 1762–1929 ( 1988 ) Non-Fiction King Edward VIII: The Official Biography ( 1990 ) Non-Fiction Wilson: The Authorised Life of Lord Wilson of...

Greig, Andrew

Greig, Andrew (1951– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

... The Order of the Day ( 1990 ) Poetry Electric Brae ( 1992 ) Fiction Western Swing ( 1994 ) Poetry The Return of John McNab ( 1996 ) Fiction When They Lay Bare ( 1999 ) Fiction That Summer [US: The Clouds Above , 2001 ] ( 2000 ) Fiction Into You ( 2001 ) Poetry In Another Light ( 2004 ) Fiction Preferred Lies ( 2006 ) Non-Fiction This Life, This Life ( 2006 ) Poetry Romanno Bridge ( 2008 ) Fiction At the Loch of the Green Corrie ( 2010 ) Non-Fiction Getting Higher: The Complete Mountain Poems ( 2011 ) Poetry...

homo sacer

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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...exterminationist politics. The very same possibility, he argues, is at the origin of democracy too, a fact that is displayed in the way politics has been constituted as a biopower focused on the population not the individual. See also bare life . Further Reading: G. Agamben Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (1998). G. Agamben Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive ...

homo sacer

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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...exterminationist politics. The very same possibility, he argues, is at the origin of democracy too, a fact that is displayed in the way politics has been constituted as a biopower focused on the population not the individual. See also bare life . Further Reading: G. Agamben Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (1998). G. Agamben Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive (1999)....

Agamben, Giorgio

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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... bios and zoē —which Classical Philosophy uses to distinguish between political life ( bios ), i.e. a form of life regulated by notions of the good and the proper, and the simple fact of life itself ( zoē ), i.e. that which animals and humans have in common—does not exist in most modern European languages. Following Foucault, he shows that the effect of this collapsing of the distinction between bios and zoē has been the creation of a kind of politics of bare life , or biopolitics . Agamben finds this development disturbing. He sees it as the...

differend

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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...enemy combatants (which would be covered by the Geneva convention) nor on US soil (which would place them under jurisdiction of the US judiciary). The language, the opportunity, and the means to articulate any wrong that may have befallen them is also denied them. See also bare life ; biopower...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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...enemy combatants (which would be covered by the Geneva convention) nor on US soil (which would place them under jurisdiction of the US judiciary). The language, the opportunity, and the means to articulate any wrong that may have befallen them is also denied them. See also bare life ; biopower...

Agamben, Giorgio

Agamben, Giorgio (1942– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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... ( 2005 ), The Signature of All Things ( 2009 ), and The Use of Bodies ( 2016 )), draws on his classical background to develop a theory of what he calls bare life ( nuda vita ). Agamben notes that classical philosophy, unlike contemporary western philosophy, distinguishes between political life ( bios ), i.e. a form of life regulated by notions of the good and the proper, and the simple fact of life itself ( zōē ), i.e. that which animals and humans have in common. Agamben shows that although this distinction does not exist in most modern European...

imaginative fiction

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The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction

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...order. 1936–37 F. J. Ackerman Whither Ackermankind? Novae Terrae (Dec.–Jan.) 5 Scientifantasy Field—in my case including imaginative fiction, films, dramas, broadcasts; as applied, as subjects allow, to collecting, reviewing and supplying other fans as salesman. 1946 W. S. Baring-Gould Little Superman, What Now? Harpers Mag . Sept. 284/1 In the public mind science fiction is often confused with another branch of imaginative writing: the story of natural, unnatural, supernatural horror. 1953 L. S. de Camp Imaginative Fiction & Creative Imagination ...

biopower

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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...it concerned itself with every aspect of life, right down to its most minute parts, though only in the abstract. It was interested in the health of the people in statistical terms, not existential terms—it cared about how people live and die, but not who lives and dies. For the first time in history, Foucault argues, biological existence was reflected in political existence, and in consequence the very existence of the species itself was wagered on political questions. Giorgio Agamben 's theory of bare life originates in this thesis as does Hardt and...

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