By Maya Angelou

ISBN-10: 0812997026

ISBN-13: 9780812997026

He used to be a son of Africa who turned father to a country and, for billions of individuals world wide, a beacon of desire, braveness, and perseverance within the face of competition. Now, acclaimed poet Maya Angelou honors the lifestyles and noteworthy soul of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel laureate.

In His Day is completed, Angelou offers an authentically heartfelt and chic tribute to Mandela, who stood as David to the strong Goliath of Apartheid and who, after twenty-seven years of unjust imprisonment at the infamous Robben Island, emerged with “His stupendous middle intact / His gargantuan will / Hale and hearty” to guide his humans right into a new era.

This poignant paintings of gratitude and remembrance bargains condolences to the resilient humans of South Africa at the lack of their liked “Madiba” and celebrates a guy like no different, whose lifestyles and paintings replaced the realm.

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60 The fact that the ‘sexually aggressive element’ is portrayed in relation to a character adopted from a Victorian narrative (Walter Hartright from Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, 1860), who commits a sexual attack on a character from the same story (Marion Halcombe), is but an example of how contemporary writers use nineteenth-century texts as an imaginative repository. M. Turner, the subject of the biography Hartright has been commissioned to write. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-08 Introduction 21 Neo-Victorianism relationship with the ‘insanity’ of the real-life Turner.

Just as the protagonists set out to retrieve their fractured pasts, so the novels themselves typically invoke what Cora Kaplan, in invocation of Freud, calls the ‘mnemic sybols’ and affective-psychological monuments of Victorian fiction: Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847), Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations (1861), Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw (1898) – the story of the orphan girl made good and the emergence of a feminist consciousness, collectivized through the narrator’s address to the reader; Bildung initiated and ruptured by originary tales and surrogate families which prove to be illusionary; unreliable narrators, hysteria, and the complexities of adult–child relationships governed by desire, fear, and fantasy.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-08 Introduction 29 Neo-Victorianism From the looking-glass of self-observation and the lens of the scientist in Chapter 3, we move to an exploration of glass as a specific neoVictorian trope in Chapter 4. This chapter focuses on the spectral and the s(p)ecular by examining the idea of glass in the Victorianist Isobel Armstrong’s work as a means of reading the use of glass motifs in a selection of neo-Victorian fictions as a reflection on Victorian issues of faith.

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