Protean Shape

BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC COLLECTIONS PROTEAN SHAPE A Study in Eighteenth-century Vocabulary and Usage Susie I. Tucker BLOOMSBURY PROTEAN SHAPE A Study in Eighteenth-century Vocabulary and Usage Bloomsbury.

Author: Susie I. Tucker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472512677

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 322

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The aim of this book is to let us see our language as a living and developing human activity in a period of history which offers special advantages for the purpose. Miss Tucker's method is to analyse in the course of a connected narrative a large, wide-ranging body of words and phrases from two principal points of view. In Part One, using as the basis of evidence and discussion a few representative critical journals, including those with which Johnson, Goldsmith, Smollett, and Burke were prominently associated, she asks how the eighteenth century looked at its own language: what, for example, it esteemed elegant or vulgar, held correct or a solecism, found new or old-fashioned, impressive or funny. In Part Two the emphasis shifts from the eighteenth century's views of itself to our views of the eighteenth century as we look back. Here the interest centres by contrast on our difficulties, our discoveries, and our conclusions and in the process our understanding of eighteenth century literature and manners is immeasurably sharpened.

The Future Arrived Yesterday

ity to change shape, but also to adapt to change, to be flexible enough to meet any new challenge with the right skills, ... "Protean" comes from Proteus, a comparatively minor figure of Creek mythology who nonetheless has maintained a ...

Author: Michael Malone

Publisher: Currency

ISBN: 0307459802

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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A bold vision about the ways companies will adapt and be reborn in a revolutionary world where business models implode and the search is on for what will work. . . . The fate of newspapers and the music industry is a harbinger of what awaits every company: an aging business model in its death throes as people finally wake up to the grim fact that their products and the way they deliver them are completely out of sync not only with what customers want but how they want it. But Michael Malone–the author who, when the Internet was still the domain of technical experts, enabled his readers to see clearly the opportunities of the then-emerging digital age–is back and once again making sense of a future just around the corner. Business considerations such as the wireless World Wide Web, billions of new consumers, and an entrepreneurial ethos are all converging. How a corporation is organized and how people will be managed and employed will change more quickly than anyone realizes. With technology poised to connect a billion new consumers from the most remote parts of the globe, corporations will enter a volatile economic era marked by unprecedented threats and opportunities. Survival will require companies to be “protean”–nimble shape-shifters able to change direction and identity in response to a rapidly evolving international marketplace. They must, in other words, act like perpetual entrepreneurial start-ups. In our Web 2.0 world “the future arrived yesterday,” since the tools for success already exist and are the means for companies becoming protean. Malone provides remarkable insights into how this emerging corporate form will work and why it’s the key to competitiveness. Find out: • Why the traditional CEO as master of the universe will be extinct. The CEO will be a chameleon, adapting management style and attitude to each company’s constituency. • How to identify a core group of employees who will provide stability through their knowledge of the company's history, values, and culture. • How to effectively recruit, manage, and retain the best talent in an increasingly nontraditional, entrepreneurial, and peripatetic workforce. • Who stakeholders are, why they matter, and how they will extend beyond any comparable business organization to this point. • Why the rigid boundaries between for-profit and nonprofit ventures are likely to dissolve through alternate forms of value creation, resulting in hybrid enterprises. By embracing impermanence and becoming true shape-shifters, protean businesses will not only endure, they’ll come to dominate large segments of the global economy. Provocative and pragmatic, The Future Arrived Yesterday is a dynamic blueprint for a tumultuous economic age.

The Shape of the Turtle

... without any specific symbolism attaching to particular motifs. The later versions of both dragon and taotie, with their protean shapes and incessant permutations, would seem to bear out this suggestion, which was first made by Max ...

Author: Sarah Allan

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 0791494497

Category: History

Page: 248

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Many Chinese philosophic concepts derive from an ancient cosmology. This work is the first reconstructions of the mythic thought of the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1700- 1100 B.C.) which laid the foundation for later Chinese patterns of thought. Allan regards the myth, cosmology, divination, sacrificial ritual, and art of the Shang as different manifestations of a common religious system and each is examined in turn, building up a coherent and consistent picture. Although primarily concerned with the Shang, this work also describes the manner in which Shang thought was transformed in the later textual tradition. Sarah Allan is Lecturer in Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. Her previous books include The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China; Legend, Lore and Religion in China: Essays in Honor of Wolfram Eberhard on his Seventieth Birthday (edited with Alvin P. Cohen), and Oracle Bone Collections in Great Britain (with Li Xueqin and Qi Wenxin).

Chaucer s Pardoner s Prologue and Tale

“'Disfigured is thy Face”: Chaucer's Pardoner and the Protean Shape-Shifter Fals-Semblant (A Response to Britton Harvvood).' PQ 67(l988), 423-37. The dialectic of inner and outer in PardT (1105) originates in FalsSemblant where ...

Author: Marilyn Sutton

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802047440

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 498

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The Chaucer Bibliography series aims to provide annotated bibliographies for all of Chaucer's work. This book summarizes 20th-century commentaries on Chaucer's "Pardoner's Prologue" and "Tale."

Shaping the Surface

Reading the geological wall-veil If the Protean shape-shifting sand is one geological given at. FIGURE 1.3 John Ruskin, 'Linear and Surface Gothic' (1853), The Stones of Venice, vol. 2, plate 12. FIGURE 1.4 Monza, Duomo façade, ...

Author: Stephen Kite

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350320684

Category: Architecture

Page: 334

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Shaping the Surface explores the history of modern British architecture through the lens of surface, materiality and decoration. Picking up on a trait that art historian Nikolaus Pevsner first identified as a 'national mania for beautiful surface quality', this book makes a new contribution to architectural history and visual culture in its detailed examination of the surfaces of British architecture from the middle of the 19th century up to the turn of the 21st century. Tracing this continuing sensibility to surface all the way through to the modern era, it explores how and why surface and materiality have featured so heavily in recent architectural tradition, examining the history of British architecture through a selection of key cultural moments and movements from Romanticism and the Arts and Crafts, to Brutalism, High-Tech, Post-Modernism, Neo-Vernacular, and the New Materiality. Embedded within the narrative is the question of whether such national characters can exist in architecture at all – and indeed the extent to which it is possible to identify a British architectural consciousness in an architectural tradition characterised by its continuous importation of theories, ideas, materials and people from around the globe. Shaping the Surface provides a deep critique and meditation on the importance of surface and materiality for architects, designers, and historians everywhere - in Britain and beyond - while it also serves as a thematic introduction to modern British architectural history, with in-depth readings of the works of many key British architects, artists, and critics from Ruskin and William Morris to Alison and Peter Smithson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Rogers and Caruso St John.

Strange Vernaculars

... 1929); Susie Tucker, Protean Shape: A Study in EighteenthCentury Vocabulary and Usage (London: Athlone, 1967) and English Examined: Two Centuries of Comment on the Mother-Tongue (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 1961). 74.

Author: Janet Sorensen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691210748

Category: History

Page: 348

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"While eighteenth-century efforts to standardize the English language have long been studied--from Samuel Johnson's 'Dictionary' to grammar and elocution books of the period--less well-known are the era's popular collections of odd slang, criminal argots, provincial dialects, and nautical jargon. 'Strange Vernaculars' delves into how these published works presented the supposed lexicons of the 'common people' and traces the ways that these languages, once shunned and associated with outsiders, became objects of fascination in printed glossaries--from 'The New Canting Dictionary' to Francis Grose's 'Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue'--and in novels, poems, and songs, including works by Daniel Defoe, John Gay, Samuel Richardson, Robert Burns, and others"--Front jacket flap.

The Folkloral Voice

You know that's a very common figure, the spiral, which starts small and works like this, outward. ... exemplary labor of transubstantiation whereby the stories and conversations of the recently departed took on the protean shape of the ...

Author: Ian William Sewall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315418479

Category: Social Science

Page: 331

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In this narrative collage of ancient and contemporary storytelling, modern theory, and personal reflection, Ian William Sewall seeks to infuse western pedagogy with a folkloral teaching voice. Through multilayered conversations with individuals and groups—traditional storytellers, teachers, children—he examines the dynamic nature of oral culture, its embodied nature, its connection to place, and its use of metaphor, laughter, ethnicity, and intergenerational conversation to create unique kinds of interactions and learning. Offering storytelling as an “ancestral template” of good teaching, Sewall demonstrates how teachers can use the folkoral voice to inform and transform classroom practice.

Antiquity Forgot

But added to that is the Protean shape of matter, which can be turned into many shapes. Bacon cannot very well claim, however, that Protean matter, or Protean nature, has knowledge of past, present, future. Therefore, there occurs one ...

Author: Howard B. White

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400996632

Category: History

Page: 160

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It was probably Rousseau who first thought of dreams as ennobling experiences. Anyone who has ever read Reveries du Promeneur Solitaire must be struck by the dreamlike quality of Rousseau's meditations. This dreamlike quality is still with us, and those who experience it find themselves ennobled by it. Witness Martin Luther King's famous "1 have a dream. " Dreaming and inspiration raise the artist to the top rung in the ladder ofhuman relations. That is probably the prevailing view among educated people of our time. Rousseau made that view respectable and predominant. Yet in another sense, the problem is much older. It is the problem of political philosophy and poetry, the problem of Socrates and Aristophanes, of Plato and Homer. Yet, while antiquity usually gives the crown to philosophy, since Rous seau, the alternative view tends to prevail. The distinction is not, however, a formal one. Sir Philip Sidney enlisted Plato on the side of poetry. The true distinction is between imagination and reason. If reason is to rule, as Aristotle points out,l the most architectonic of the sciences, that is political science, should rule. It is political philosophy which must determine the nature of the arts which will help or which will hinder the good of the city or the polity. That does not mean that a mere professor should stand in judgment of Shake speare, Bacon, and Rembrandt. It means that ifhe studies these three great artists, he is not over-stepping disciplinary limits.

The Intellectual Observer

5 , 6 , 7 give some of the most curious of his Protean shapes . Imbedded in his substance and undergoing ... In went the long legs , out went the soft body , like a drop of slime flowing down a window pane , till it lost its shape .

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Dickens and the Virtual City

... the flâneur appeared as a profoundly protean figure, one that changed with time and underwent constant mutations, ... one can make out, beneath his modern appearance, the familiar shape of the polymorphous devil Asmodeus.

Author: Estelle Murail

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319350862

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 295

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This book explores the aesthetic practices used by Dickens to make the space which we have come to know as the Dickensian City. It concentrates on three very precise techniques for the production of social space (counter-mapping, overlaying and troping). The chapters show the scapes and writings which influenced him and the way he transformed them, packaged them and passed them on for future use. The city is shown to be an imagined or virtual world but with a serious aim for a serious game: Dickens sets up a workshop for the simulation of real societies and cities. This urban building with is transferable to other literatures and medial forms. The book offers vital understanding of how writing and image work in particular ways to recreate and re-enchant society and the built environment. It will be of interest to scholars of literature, media, film, urban studies, politics and economics.