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When contemporary critics scorned the era for its conformism, they weren't just talking about the ranch houses and gray flannel suits.
That was the heyday of the classical nation-state: A national state, homogenous as far as possible, which at most tolerated its minorities or persecuted them outright, that demanded national conformism within and made little pretense of morality in its dealing with other nation-states.
The second viscount (also Anthony Browne) was emphatically not inclined to his grandfather's compromise and conformism, yet even after the Powder Plot and his refusal to take the Oath of Allegiance in 1611, he remained active in local and occasionally higher-level politics (though he prudently absented himself from the House of Lords until 1621), and his entourage provided "a forum for debates about the future of the Catholic community in England" (287).
Clever postmodern references to Greek mythology and Jewish heritage are wrapped up in lucid meditations on the nature of war and the Holocaust, the complacency of the Western "chattering classes," and the perils of moral conformism.
Finally, I think that the mid-twentieth century, that shell shocked time of conformism, consolidation and claustrophilia, deserves closer and more empathetic attention--as the relevant chapters show, it was more than just a damp, dank interval between the Easter Rising and the Sixties, yet somehow its proper character gets lost amidst the narrative preferences for rebellion, innovative experiment and multiculturalism.
Mediocrity and conformism are everywhere in Ledgard's Czechoslovakia and, in truth, Giraffe might be even more effective as a novel if it were a touch less heavy-handed.
We are now down to three Cs: (excessive) complacency, compliance and conformism have become the main characteristics of US reports," said Mike Guillaume, editor of Report Watch's research report.
Tekiner's essay explains how the formalist art criticism associated with Clement Greenberg" functioned symbiotically with art marketers" to "uphold conservative agendas" and to mask the progressive content intended by "many modern artists [who] construed their transcendental subjects as signifiers of freedom, and their art works as expressions of liberated imagination" during the stultifying conformism of postwar North America.
Walking between and sometimes joyfully mixing heresy and apostasy, this thoroughly American spiritual perspective challenged racism, sexism and the cramped conformism of past decades.
Here, he displays once more the innovative theorizing and research that has been his mark particularly in the articles and books he has been publishing since the mid 1990s, including On Interpretation (1995); Philosophical Approaches to the Study of Literature (2000); Colonialism and Cultural Identity (2000); The Culture of Conformism (2001); Cognitive Science, Literature, and the Arts (2003); and the forthcoming Empire and Poetic Voice.
We can add Olesha to the long list of Russian writers who have investigated problems of freedom and conformism without offering prescriptions.