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Shadow and Act

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When it was first published in 1964, Ralph Ellison's Shadow and Act was hailed as his autobiography. Such critics as George P. Elliot and R. W. B. Lewis took their cue from Ellison ...

Shadow and Act

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Literature
Length:
678 words

...of a person. The text has an introduction and three divisions: “The Seer and the Seen,” which deals with literature and Ellison's literary career; “Sound and the Mainstream,” which deals with music and musicians; and “The Shadow and the Act,” which concerns itself with racial issues. Each article has the original date of production at its end, allowing the reader to chart Ellison's development as a writer from 1942 , the date of the earliest piece, to 1964 . In “The Seer and the Seen,” Ellison uses literature as a vehicle for discussing the social...

Shadow and Act

Shadow and Act  

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Literature
When it was first published in 1964, Ralph Ellison's Shadow and Act was hailed as his autobiography. Such critics as George P. Elliot and R. W. B. Lewis took their cue from Ellison himself, who in ...
Empire

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
4,298 words
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Oxford University Press

...and distorted the characteristics and idiosyncrasies of the home power. And in the period from the American Declaration of Independence to the Great *Reform Bill , Britain passed through a number of jolting experiences which were reflected in its dealings with the territories under its control. It had to absorb the shock of the *American Revolution , the humiliation of defeat, and, soon afterwards, the cataclysm of the *French Revolution , which coloured all aspects of political life. Even after the defeat of * Napoleon in 1815 , the long shadow of...

Love’s Labour’s Lost

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,517 words
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Oxford University Press

...as it is of high-spirited aristocracy, prudish gender divisions, a refinement of manners—extending to spoken English—that could somehow accommodate all the dazzling wordplay and grinding linguistic pedantry, and a glaringly obvious reference point to a green world under the shadow of death. The RSC’s 2008 production, directed by Greg Doran , notably had an Elizabethan aesthetic and was in many ways a vehicle for the comic charisma of its superstar Biron, David Tennant . Michael Dobson , rev. Will Sharpe On the screen: The earliest of five silent films...

Henry IV Part 2

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Michael Dobson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,727 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...Sir John is welcomed by his old acquaintances Justice Shallow and Justice Silence, where he chooses recruits from among a number of villagers: the fittest of them, Mouldy and Bullcalf, offer bribes, through Bardolph, to be exempted from military service, and Sir John does not select them despite Shallow’s protests, picking the unimpressive Feeble, Wart, and Shadow instead. Alone, Sir John reflects with amusement at the discrepancy between the insignificant Shallow he remembers and the tales he now tells of his wild youth, planning to fleece him on his...

Publishing

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
6,242 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...Only such a commercial middleman had the resources necessary to produce and distribute books. If the author lived near London, this intimidating task was best accomplished in person. It required him to seek out a publisher in the numerous booksellers' shops and offices that huddled in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral. Better still, he could hasten to the Chapter coffee-house in Paternoster Row, where he would find many of London's most distinguished booksellers, stationers, and printers. If more desperate he might try to hire his pen to...

Popular Culture

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
5,520 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...supernatural forces such as ghosts, spirits, and witches. Clare himself was always unpersuaded by the attempts of *Enlightenment [32] philosophers to explain away as natural phenomena the flickering lights of ‘will-o'-the-wisps’ and similar mysterious spirits; in this respect he echoed the anti-Newtonianism of his urban counterpart William *Blake . While walking Blake's ‘charter'd streets’ in the 1820s, Clare could not even bring himself to go down Chancery Lane at night for fear of ‘thin death like shadows and goblings with sorcer eyes’. He recalled, too,...

10 Paper

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
6,008 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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2

...the presence of laid and chain lines will be apparent; wove moulds only became available after 1756 . Shadows around the laid lines give information on the barring pattern under the forming mesh, including the presence of *tranchefiles , which were added at the edges of *deckles to improve drainage. Papers made on *Fourdrinier machines have laid lines imparted by a *dandy roll pressing on to the *felt side of the sheet; on cylinder machines and in hand-made products, these lines come directly from the forming wire and are a feature of the wire...

Literary Theory

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
4,935 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...would expect the latter to be identified as the productive *imagination , source of the organic life and literature, and the former to be the rational understanding. In Romantic psychologies, eating the fruit of the tree of life precipitates a fall into alienated, self-conscious identity. Indeed, De Quincey tells his readers that he has painted the ‘glad aurora’ of his first acquaintance with German literature ‘in order adequately to shadow out the gloom and blight which soon afterwards settled upon the hopes of that golden dawn’. His disenchantment is as...

Central Government, Courts, and Taxation

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R. W. Hoyle

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
7,753 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...about circumstances in the counties, sometimes gathered by circulars directed to the local authorities and sometimes by a commission or inquiry specially set up to undertake investigations. The need for fuller and better information grew as central government came to have fingers in more and more local pies. The Commission established to supervise the local administration of the New Poor Law was only the first of a whole series of boards designed to shadow local government, either compelling local authorities to implement new statutory provisions (often by...

22 The History of the Book in France

22 The History of the Book in France   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
10,032 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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1

...of Beauvoir, Camus, Queneau, and Sartre—which recaptured the kind of prestige enjoyed by 18 th -century philosophes , a prestige reflected in their publisher, Gallimard. For all its aberrations, the Vichy period also marked a return to the long French tradition of intervention in cultural matters, following the relative disengagement that had characterized most of the Third Republic. From this point of view, there was a continuity with the Fourth and Fifth Republics. Already in the 1930s , particularly in the shadow of the Depression, there was a...

Absolute Constructions

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
672 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...Rover slipping and sliding up the muddy track into the hills.” Michael Crichton , Jurassic Park 16 ( 1990 ). • “When I visit the cemetery, I wonder what kind of life Mrs. Peter Anderson had, she having been pregnant and/or caring for children throughout much of her existence.” L.T. Anderson , “Lessons on Home Schooling,” Charleston Gaz. & Daily Mail , 15 June 1999 , at C1. • “He speaks in a voice that seems to emerge from a shadow. Perhaps it does, he having been conceived in the dark days of Europe following the last world war, and he having...

shadow advance corporation tax

shadow advance corporation tax  

A system applying to any unrelieved surplus advance corporation tax (ACT) on 6 April 1999, when ACT was abolished. It preserved the right to carry forward surplus ACT but did not result in any ...
shadow director

shadow director  

A person in accordance with whose instructions the directors of a company are accustomed to act although that person has not been appointed as a director. A shadow director influences the running of ...
Night Shadow

Night Shadow  

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine, libretto and music by Vittorio Rieti (after Bellini), and designs by Dorothea Tanning. Premiered 27 Feb. 1946 by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at ...
heiligenschein

heiligenschein  

[German: ‘holy light’]A bright, colourless fringe of light surrounding the shadow of an observer's head, i.e. around the antisolar point. There are two separate mechanisms, the strongest being when ...
Dinorah, ou le pardon de Ploërmel

Dinorah, ou le pardon de Ploërmel  

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3‐act opera by Meyerbeer to lib. by Barbier and Carré. Prod. Paris and London 1859, New Orleans 1861. Contains the coloratura sop. ‘Shadow Song’.
Fourth Symphony

Fourth Symphony  

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Neumeier, music by Mahler, and design by Marco Arturo Marelli. Premiered 31 Mar. 1977 by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, London, with Sleep, Seymour, Wall, ...
Tryst

Tryst  

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One-act ballet with choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, music by James MacMillan, and designs by Jean-Marc Puissant. Premiered 18 May 2002 by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden with Darcey Bussell ...
Shadow and Substance

Shadow and Substance  

A: Paul Vincent Carroll Pf: 1937, Dublin Pb: 1937 G: Drama in 4 acts S: Parochial house, Ardmahone, County Louth, 1930s C: 6m, 4fThe Very Reverend Thomas Canon Skerritt, an intellectual priest of ...

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