The continuity between Avatars' "ordinary Augustine" and Augustine's eschewal
of the "ordinary saint" lies in O'Donnell's truly revolutionary focus on the late ancient technologies of communication that allowed a "minor celebrity" to become an extraordinarily powerful narrating and self-narrating figure, in fact a saint.
Both of these works, distinct from the first two mentioned above in their eschewal
of the dictionary format, are of value for scholars, though they go about their business in different ways.
In the 1940's the movement split into two factions, the more moderate group (the National Association of Evangelicals, Fuller Theological Seminary) cool toward premillenarianism, social conservatism, and the eschewal
of scholarship and preferring cooperation to independence and isolation.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing if the eschewal
of traditional gatekeepers permits the liberation of fresh voices from non-traditional quarters.
The readability of the book is also impaired by Alschuler's eschewal
of footnotes in favor of endnotes, the consultation of which is notoriously inconvenient.
On the other hand, masochism in its more recent theoretical revisions--which reject Freud's claim that masochism is really primary sadism--provides a way to read Sammy's characterization as an eschewal
of the institutions and ideologies for which he has usually been taken as an embodiment.
The leading economist Amartya Sen wrote: "If one examines the balance of emphasis in the publications in modern economics, it is hard not to notice the eschewal
of deep normative analysis, and the neglect of the influence of ethical considerations in the characterization of actual human behavior.
Yet I found his eschewal
of court fetishism refreshing.
The crux of the matter is this: Sometimes the deliberate eschewal
of a point of view and a commitment to dispassion become irresponsible.
No less than the shock engendered by eschewal
of the Islamic model on the part of this "16 year old nonentity" (as feckless as he was unprepossessing, and, in the last analysis, perhaps not very bright), the dismay bred by his ill-advised and short-sighted embrace of the Chinese against the infidel Dutch could not but usher in an era of intramural strife.
Other similarities to AA include participant involvement in running the program (self-governance) and in maintaining it (self-support), as well as the eschewal
of hierarchy (see Borkman, 1998b, in this issue).
The comma in this subtitle, and what I take to be the deliberate eschewal
of the term "early modern," suggest to me that Goldberg is not assuming continuity between the Renaissance and the present in terms of sexual practices, but is suggesting that contemporary sexual regimes structure discourse about the past.