The Oxford Handbook of Taboo Words and Language

Many places of worship in this world taboo menstruating women because they would defile holy sites (on the menstruation taboo in many cultures see Allan and Burridge 2006: 162–70; Agyekum 2002; Ernster 1975; Hays 1987; Joffe 1948).2 The ...

Author: Keith Allan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192535696

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 624

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This volume brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines to define and describe tabooed words and language and to investigate the reasons and beliefs behind them. In general, taboo is defined as a proscription of behaviour for a specific community, time, and context. In terms of language, taboo applies to instances of language behaviour: the use of certain words in certain contexts. The existence of linguistic taboos and their management lead to the censoring of behaviour and, as a consequence, to language change and development. Chapters in this volume explore the multiple types of tabooed language from a variety of perspectives, such as sociolinguistics, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, historical linguistics, and neurolinguistics, and with reference to fields such as law, publishing, politics, and advertising. Topics covered include impoliteness, swearing, censorship, taboo in deaf communities, translation of tabooed words, and the use of taboo in banter and comedy.

Taboo Pushkin

... national, political—in particular, the boundaries between the fgurative and the literal, art and life, word and deed, the sacred and the profane. For the deepest function of taboo is to make and to keep such separations inviolable.

Author: Alyssa Dinega Gillespie

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 9780299287030

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 472

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Since his death in 1837, Alexander Pushkin—often called the “father of Russian literature”—has become a timeless embodiment of Russian national identity, adopted for diverse ideological purposes and reinvented anew as a cultural icon in each historical era (tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet). His elevation to mythic status, however, has led to the celebration of some of his writings and the shunning of others. Throughout the history of Pushkin studies, certain topics, texts, and interpretations have remained officially off-limits in Russia—taboos as prevalent in today’s Russia as ever before. The essays in this bold and authoritative volume use new approaches, overlooked archival materials, and fresh interpretations to investigate aspects of Pushkin’s biography and artistic legacy that have previously been suppressed or neglected. Taken together, the contributors strive to create a more fully realized Pushkin and demonstrate how potent a challenge the unofficial, taboo, alternative Pushkin has proven to be across the centuries for the Russian literary and political establishments.

Taboo and Transgression in British Literature from the Renaissance to the Present

... the world goes” (or should go) in the medium of print do form a special kind of knowledge, although this is then itself ... Taboo and the Agents of Social Control and Censorship The three primary agents of institutionalized social ...

Author: S. Horlacher

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230105997

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 269

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Taboo and Transgression in British Literature from the Renaissance to the Present develops an innovative overview of the interdisciplinary theoretical approaches to the topic that have emerged in recent years. Alongside exemplary model analyses of key periods and representative primary texts, this exciting new anthology of critical essays has been specifically designed to fill a major gap in the field of literary and cultural studies. This book traces the complex dynamic and ongoing negotiation of notions of transgression and taboo as an essential, though often neglected, facet to understanding the development, production, and conception of literature from the early modern Elizabethan period through postmodern debates. The combination of a broad theoretical and historical framework covering almost fifty representative authors and uvres makes this essential reading for students and specialists alike in the fields of literary studies and cultural studies.

Being Spirit

In certain parts of the globe our world would have been taboo, it would have been forbidden to talk of such matters. Although many of the scribes and prophets of years long gone had been used as channels for spirit and this would have ...

Author: Janet Neville

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781789019230

Category: Self-Help

Page: 50

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Being Spirit is an introduction to Spirit, which aims to help readers explore who you are and why you are here, offering insights into core meanings of life. Chapters include an introduction to Mediumship, a description of the World of Spirit, Angels and Guides, and information on how to connect with your higher self.

The Debatable Land Between this World and the Next

... time under the world's taboo . Nor am I over - sanguine , nor especially desirous , of speedy result . New ideas , how true soever , are seldom respectable , in the worldly sense of the term . Like self - made men they win their way ...

Author: Robert Dale Owen

Publisher: New York : G.W. Carleton

ISBN: UOMDLP:aca2391:0001.001

Category: Apparitions

Page: 560

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The Debateable Land Between this World and the Next

... well attested soever , if unsupported by modern example , would have created but feeble belief to - day . Such reflections outweighed the reluctance one feels in bringing forward what has lain for a time under the world's taboo .

Author: Robert Dale Owen


ISBN: NLS:V000653380


Page: 468

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Publications of the American Ethnological Society

... and negligible bit of the taboo seed of the taboo tree , Mayordomo . ” " Dios , these are the words of your voice , sir Rox . " " First Mayordomo , let us remember always the sufferings of Our Lord in this world , First Mayordomo .



ISBN: UCAL:B4973769

Category: Ethnology

Page: 476

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... the world accepts an extension of meaning much more readily than it allows any loss of connotation. Captain Cook and the South Sea Islands Before we consider the technical definitions of taboo, let us consider its introduction into ...

Author: Franz Steiner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136543333

Category: Social Science

Page: 157

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Scholars have been trying to explain taboo customs ever since Captain Cook discovered them in Polynesia over 200 years ago. The subject has been treated at length, but none of the theories has more than a limited validity, so numerous are the taboos recorded and so diverse the societies in which they occur. This book contains chapters on: · Taboo as a Victorian invention · The complicated taboos in the Pentateuch · Taboos in Polynesia Originally published in 1956.

The Last Taboo

... developing world? A national prize incentive is one way of 'spreading the word' and attracting the attention of local councillors and administrators, and this example is one that could be emulated elsewhere. But other taboobreaking ...

Author: Maggie Black

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136532917

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 272

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Except in schoolboy jokes, the subject of human waste is rarely aired. We talk about water-related diseases when most are sanitation-related - in short, we dont mention the shit. A century and a half ago, a long, hot summer reduced the Thames flowing past the UK Houses of Parliament to a Great Stink, thereby inducing MPs to legislate sanitary reform. Today, another sanitary reformation is needed, one that manages to spread cheaper and simpler systems to people everywhere. In the byways of the developing world, much is quietly happening on the excretory frontier. In 2008, the International Year of Sanitation, the authors bring this awkward subject to a wider audience than the world of international filth usually commands. They seek the elimination of the Great Distaste so that people without political clout or economic muscle can claim their right to a dignified and hygienic place to go. Published with UNICEF

The Politics of Nuclear Weapons

According to Tannenwald: A powerful taboo against the use of nuclear weapons has developed in the global system, which, ... norm of nonuse present a powerful challenge to the utility and relevance of nuclear weapons in the modern world.

Author: Andrew Futter

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781473917149

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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This book provides an introduction to political and strategic aspects of nuclear weaponry. It offers an accessible overview of the concept of nuclear weapons, outlines how thinking about these weapons has developed and considers how nuclear threats can continue to be managed in the future. It includes: Coverage of nuclear testing, proliferation, strategy, global actors and disarmament. Analysis of contemporary topics such as nuclear terrorism. A timeline of key nuclear events. Annotated further reading lists helping you to locate sources for essays and assignments. Summaries, study questions and a glossary of key terms Free SAGE journal articles available on the Resources tab The author will be providing regular updates to his suggested web resources, so be sure to check the Resources tab for the most up-to-date. The Politics of Nuclear Weapons is essential reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in Nuclear Politics.