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By F. McCulloch

This ebook is a concise and interesting research of up to date literature considered during the serious lens of cosmopolitan concept. It covers a large spectrum of concerns together with globalisation, cosmopolitanism, nationhood, identification, philosophical nomadism, posthumanism, weather swap, devolution and love.

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Just as Stella’s mouth is silenced by the masculinist culture of ‘A-fucking-men’, she is subjected to further oral aggression by swallowing drugs prescribed by a male doctor. Such obediently regulated consumption will, of course, render her passively inactive: her voice is swallowed up by a modern opiate of the people. ’12 This refers to the obscurity as well as dubiousness surrounding the many possible Simons mentioned in the Bible. For instance, because Simon Magus is associated with ‘trafficking in sacred things, the buying and selling of ecclesiastical offices is still called simony’ (Evans 1990, p.

Most of us try to turn this into power. We’re too scared to do anything else. But it isn’t power – it’s sex. (Winterson 2001b, p. 175) The narrator asserts in Jeanette Winterson’s The Powerbook (2000) that the body’s inner-space, a site of orgasmic pleasure, is an ‘orderly anarchic’ world without frontiers that is free to exist in harmonious equilibrium beyond the death-dealing binaries imposed by nation states, where a sense of belonging is often constructed at the expense of an alien other. Of course, this inner-space is simultaneously acknowledged to be ‘Utopia’, meaning a non-existent no place, or an ideal good place.

Strachan again revises Christian doctrine from a feminist perspective, as the spring’s associations with rebirth and growth are appropriated for Stella’s self-development in a prehistoric pagan site. Crucially, she visits St Magnus Cathedral, ‘the martyr of Orkney, who was murdered at Easter’,4 which is starkly contrasted with the stifling crematorium because ‘I can tune into the history of the place rather than the religion’ (p. 231). Like the vastness of the landscape, where ‘it’s so open, you can see the sky’ (p.

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