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Hermione Lee: Boston Marriage, 24 May 2007

Between Women: Friendship, Desire and Marriage in Victorian England 
by Sharon Marcus.
Princeton, 356 pp., £12.95, March 2007, 978 0 691 12835 1
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... This ‘matrilineal, incestuous, adulterous, polygamous, homosexual household’, as Sharon Marcus describes it in Between Women, was not, however, ‘branded as deviant’. Cushman was indeed ‘unimpeachable’. Female marriages like hers, in which couples called each other ‘sposa’, ‘wedded wife’ and ‘hubbie’, and whose members ...

Icicles by Cynthia

Michael Wood: Ghosts, 2 January 2020

Romantic Shades and Shadows 
by Susan J. Wolfson.
Johns Hopkins, 272 pp., £50, August 2018, 978 1 4214 2554 2
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... quasi-musical variants on its wording. ‘Surface Reading’, an article by Stephen Best and Sharon Marcus, appeared in the journal Representations in 2009, and argued that much close reading was so eager to dive into linguistic implications and secrets that it couldn’t see what wasn’t hiding in plain sight. Franco Moretti’s Distant Reading ...

Silent Partner

Yitzhak Laor: Israel’s War, 8 May 2003

... in the most optimistic and boastful way. One of Israel’s most influential columnists, Yoel Marcus, wrote in Haaretz on 4 April: After two weeks of fighting, we can say the ‘day after’ has already arrived. Despite doubts and the criticisms of the way the military is functioning, despite Der Spiegel headlines like ‘They wanted a blitzkrieg but ...

The Hell out of Dodge

Jeremy Harding: Woodstock 1969, 15 August 2019

Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music 
by Michael Lang.
Reel Art Press, 289 pp., £44.95, July 2019, 978 1 909526 62 4
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... stabbed and kicked to death by Hell’s Angels while the Rolling Stones were playing. As Greil Marcus summed it up later, a young black man in a predominantly white crowd was murdered ‘by white thugs as white men played their version of black music’. Altamont, the columnists pronounced, had brought the curtain down on two exemplary years of peace and ...

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