• New Journeys in Iberian Studies: A (Trans)National and (Trans)Regional Exploration

      Gant, Mark; Ruzzante, Paco; Hatton, Anneliese; University of Chester; University of Cambridge; University of Nottingham (Cambridge Scholars, 2018-08-01)
      The research collected in this volume consists of 18 chapters which explore a number of key areas of investigation in contemporary Iberian studies. As the title suggests, there is a strong emphasis on trans-national and trans-regional approaches to the subject area, reflecting current discourse and scholarship, but the contributions are not limited by these approaches and include an eclectic range of recent work by scholars of history, politics, literature, the visual arts and cultural and social studies, often working in transdisciplinary ways. The geographical scope of the transnational processes considered range from intra-Iberian interconnections to those with the UK, Italy and Morocco, as well as transatlantic influences between the Peninsula and Argentina, Cuba and Brazil. The book opens up some pioneering new directions in research in Iberian studies, as well as variety of fresh approaches to hitherto neglected aspects of more familiar issues.
    • Nikolski de Nicolas Dickner. - américanité, archéologie, intertextualité

      Obergöker, Timo; University of Chester (University Press of Presov, 2012-06-05)
      Author treats different dimensions of space in Nicolas Dickner's novel Nikolski. He analyses the way in which the novel ties links between space and family and, furthermore, outlines the role stratification plays in the novel.
    • Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene's Cold War Spy Novel

      Hull, Christopher; University of Chester (Pegasus Books, 2019-04-02)
      Analyses the backstory to Graham Greene's 1958 spy-fiction satire Our Man in Havana, including the British writer’s seven pre-revolutionary and five post-revolutionary visits to Cuba. This book reveals the gestation of his iconic 1958 novel, and its 1959 film version, directed by Carol Reed. Background includes his wartime experience in MI6, first in Sierra Leone, and later under Kim Philby's supervision in London. The book also details Greene's ongoing manic depression and turbulent private life, context for him beginning to write his novel in the midst of the Fidel Castro-led armed insurrection against the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in November 1957. Following the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on 1st January 1959, Greene witnessed the development of Fidel Castro’s socialist and then communist revolution during its key early years, on journalistic assignments from the Daily Telegraph in 1963 and 1966. We thus gain Greene’s overview of Cuba during its capitalist apogee under dictatorial Batista and its radical social transformation under Castro’s charismatic leadership.
    • Prise de possession. Storytelling, culture populaire, colonialisme.

      Obergöker, Timo; University of Chester (Königshausen und Neumann., 2016-04-12)
      The present book explores the relationship betweeen colonialism and popular culture. By analysing French posters and chansons from the years 1928-1934 we shall study the ways in which colonial popular cultures tells us stories about ethnicitiy and gender and how they endeavour to close the symbolic gap between France and the colonies.
    • Promoting independent learning skills using video on digital language laboratories

      Wagener, Debbie; University of Chester (Routledge, 2006-11)
      The article discusses the potential for developing independent learning skills using the digital language laboratory with particular reference to exploiting the increasingly available resource of digital video. It investigates the potential for recording and editing video clips from online sources and digitalising clips from analogue recordings and reflects on the current status quo regarding the complex copyright regulations in this area. It describes two pilot self-access programmes based on video clips which were undertaken with University College Chester undergraduates and reflects on the value of the experience for students in developing a wide range of language skills as well as independent learning skills using their feedback on the experience.
    • Relocating the traditional in the Senegalese classroom

      Garvey, Brenda; University of Chester (University of Chester Press, 2013-06-30)
      The book chapter discusses the educational programme of Case des Tout-Petits in Senegal.
    • Resilience and unemployment: A case study of East German women

      Beck, Vanessa; Wagener, Debbie; Grix, Jonathan (Routledge, 2005-03)
      This article discusses unemployment in the former East Germany and the impact that exceptionally high unemployment in the new German states has had on East German women since reunification. It reflects, in particular, on the potential influence of their experience of life in the GDR in developing coping strategies to deal with the effects of unemployment, an ongoing resistance to unemployment and, most significantly, to a male-breadwinner ethos.
    • Revisiting Centres and Peripheries in Iberian Studies: Culture, History and Socio-economic Change

      Gant, Mark; University of Chester (Cambridge Scholars, 2019-08-05)
      The centres and peripheries that form the focus of the book are markedly diverse and interdisciplinary in nature. In terms of geography these range from considerations of transnational influences in the wider Hispanic and Lusophone worlds to a closer focus particular regions such as Catalonia or Asturias. The historical and transhistorical processes studied are also varied in character, with consideration given to a number of cases of economic and political change from the late nineteenth century to the present. In terms of cultural representations, more marginal social groups including migrants, children and the elderly are considered as well as those excluded in periods of dictatorship or by the developing democracies. Themes of memory, identity, regionalisms and nationalisms are frequently salient in the interconnectivities across time and space which the volume explores. Contributors are drawn established academics and early career researchers from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Costa Rica and the USA.
    • Rhythms, repititions and rewriting in Passion Simple by Annie Ernaux

      Garvey, Brenda; University of Chester (Peter Lang, 2008-06-07)
      This book chapter discusses Passion simple (1992) by Annie Ernaux.
    • Le sapeur - Un dandy postcolonial?

      Obergöker, Timo; University of Chester (Peter Lang, 2017-11-09)
      The Sape, a sartorial colourful movement of exuberance, developed in the colonial Congos under the colonial regimes. The origins are uncertain and surrounded by numerous mysteries, it is undeniable though that the movement is linked to second-hand clothes imported to the Congos from Paris and Brussels. The text presents the different myths around the origins of the SAPE and shows how it reflects in contemporary French-speaking literature. Postcolonial thinkers have often considered the movement as “homosocial” in the sense that Eve Sedgwick gave to the term. We are going to challenge this perspective by arguing that it is the marginal position of the Sapeur plus his desire to be perceived as a dandy which create this “homosocial” impression. His lack of capital is the major difference from the historical dandy.
    • Shifting centres and static peripheries: Geographies of power in Francophone African development politics

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (University of Chester Press, 2013-06-30)
      This book chapter discusses the politics of gender and developments in post-colonial Francophone Africa.
    • Si loi, si proche. La France périphérique comme ailleurs de la mondialisation dans la littérature française contemporaine.

      Obergöker, Timo; University of Chester (University of Ghent, 2018-09-15)
      The text explores how two different writers, Eric Chauvier and Edouard Louis, explore their social origins at the periphery of France and which literaty devices are used in order to address this position at the periphery.
    • The Spanish writer and publisher Carlos Frontaura (1834-1910): A study of his social influence and ideology

      Gant, Mark; University of Chester (Edwin Mellen Press, 2012-04-01)
      This book discusses the lesser known 19th Century Spanish writer and publisher, Carlos Frontaura, and examines the ideology in the works.
    • Square dancing: A multimodal analysis of the discourse in the People’s Daily

      Zhang, Qi; Min, Ge (2019-07-12)
      Square dancing, guangchangwu in Chinese, is a kind of physical activity practiced in flat public spaces for fitness and entertainment. Despite its popularity all over China, there have been news reports on conflicts caused by it, such as noise pollution or use of a public square. This study collects 150 news articles published between May 2016 and May 2018 containing the keyword guangchangwu from the People’s Daily, one of the most influential official newspapers owned by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. The purpose of the study is to investigate the government’s attitudes towards square dancing through an analysis of the official media discourse, using word frequency of occurrence and multimodal discourse analysis. Both the word count and the co-deployment of visual and linguistic resources indicate that square dancing is perceived as an integral part of promoting the national fitness agenda. While the discourse demonstrates awareness of square dancing in the context of an aging society and a shortage of public space, general approval for it is still quite evident in the frequent positive descriptions in the text and presentations in the images. The use of the word dama ‘big mama’ in the official media discourse reveals gender inequality in contemporary China.
    • State Power and 'Everyday Criminality' in the German Democratic Republic, 1961-1989

      Millington, Richard; University of Chester (OUP, 2020-06-20)
      Friedrich Engels claimed that communists would ‘take an axe to the root of crime’; the removal of the perceived causes of crime in a society - capitalist economic and societal conditions - would automatically lead to its eradication. This did not, however, prove to be the case in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), where instances of ‘everyday criminality’ such as theft, robbery and assault never fell below 100,000 throughout the period of the state’s existence from 1949 to 1989. This article examines the ruling Socialist Unity Party’s (SED) perceptions of the causes of ‘everyday criminality’ in the GDR. It shows that the SED concluded that crime persisted because citizens’ ‘socialist sense of legal right and wrong’ (sozialistisches Rechtsbewußtsein) was underdeveloped. The regime measured this by the extent to which citizens supported and participated in socialist society. Thus, crime could be eliminated by co-opting as many citizens as possible into the Party’s political project. The SED’s ideological tunnel vision on the causes of ‘everyday criminality meant that it dismissed hints about the real causes of crime, such as poor supply and living conditions, identified by its analysts. Its failure to address these issues meant that citizens continued to break the law. Thus, the Party’s exercise of power contributed to the creation of limits to that power. Moreover, analysis of opinion polls with GDR citizens about their attitudes to criminality shows that they accepted crime as a part of everyday life.
    • State, Society and Memories of the Uprising of 17 June 1953 in the GDR

      Millington, Richard; University of Chester (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014-11-29)
      Condemned as a fascist putsch in the East and praised as a 'people's uprising' in the West, the uprising of 17 June 1953 shook East Germany. Drawing on interviews and archive research, this book examines East German citizens' memories of the unrest and reflects on the nature of state power in the GDR.
    • Trabant: Go with the legend

      Lowe, Austen; Stone, Mark (Drystone Radio, 2018-11-18)
      "The car is that mediation between state and society. If you look at when they finally opened the borders for people to go West, the Trabis also went with them." Modern Languages undergraduate Austen Lowe was invited to Drystone Radio's Backseat Driver show to discuss his research on the Trabant with Mark Stone. This radio broadcast outlines the misunderstandings surrounding GDR mobility. The conversation focusses on how the wooden and plastic car personifies the state in which it was made. The broadcast aims to draw parallels between production techniques in the GDR and the FRG, relating these methods to cars produced more recently in Zwickau. What did quality actually mean in the GDR and is the Trabant really a motoring legend?
    • Unemployment in the new states and its impact on East German women

      Wagener, Debbie (2004)
      The article discusses the impact of high unemployment on east German women and the strategies implemented to reduce unemployment.
    • The Uprooted: Race, Children, and Imperialism in French Indochina, 1890-1980

      Griffiths, Claire H.; University of Chester (Taylor & Francis, 2020-01-09)
      The article reviews recent scholarship on gender, race and imperialism in French Indochina up to and beyond decolonization in 1954.
    • Voltaire's precis of Ecclesiastes: A case study in the Bible's afterlife

      Christianson, Eric; McWilliams, Terry (Sage, 2005-06-01)
      This article discusses In 1759 Volitaire's two precis of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, written in 1759. The article also includes a full translation of the Precis by Terry McWilliams, with critical notes.