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British empire-building depended on the cultivation of the myth of the glory of war; yet, here, such militarism is depicted as unheroic, psychologically unhinging and linked directly to the monster-making of young men, who perpetuate the cruelty with which they have been raised.
While positing that "today's survivors tend to be distinctly unheroic," Coker nonetheless describes the survivor as fascinating for the variety of forms that he takes.
Such examples from my long, honourable and unheroic service could no doubt be surpassed in importance by the experiences of others that, sadly, might be much less laugh-worthy with the passage of time.
Makes our Hollywood hero sound distinctly unheroic. Come on, Ange, couldn't you have left us with our fantasies and cited adultery?
The second chapter, "The Unheroic Hero," begins with a statement that both writers explore the fragility of the modern self.
(1.) See, for example, Sander Gilmans The Jew's Body (New York; Routledge, 1991); Judith Plaskow's Standing Again at Sinai (New York: Harper Collins, 1991); Warren Rosenberg's Legacy of Rage (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001); Daniel Boyarin's Unheroic Conduct (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997); and Neil Davison's Jewish Masculinity from the Modern to the Postmodern (New York: Roudedge, 2010).
Concomitant with this political and social revolution was a change in values: from a heroic and aristocratic ideal of life to an unheroic and bourgeois lifestyle, from an emphasis on the public sphere to an emphasis on privacy, from a cyclical conception of time to a conception of time as linear and with an open future, from an oral culture to a civilisation based mainly on writing and reading, and, in this process, the conception of language and speech changed dramatically, roughly speaking: from poetry to prose.
Reminiscent of Alexis de Tocqueville in The Old Regime and the Revolution, Keller explores the profound effects of changing administrative mechanisms, weaving events and personalities into this unheroic narrative.
The painting was rejected by Amsterdam's civic authorities as unsuitable decoration for their new Town Hall, probably because of Rembrandt's radical treatment of the subject and his uncompromising and unheroic portrayal of the one-eyed Claudius Civilis.
Tuesday will tell if these unheroic straddles succeed.
But it wasn't until the Babylonian Talmud that Jews came up with a blueprint for the ideal man, says Daniel Boyarin, historian of religion at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Unheroic Conduct.