Volume 3 - Groundings Ancients

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GROUNDINGS ANCIENTS Volume 3, April 2015 www.groundings-ancients.co.uk

EDITORIAL BOARD Ilian Mitev, Editor-in-Chief Lucy Lou, Managing Editor Peter Stewart, Production Editor

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Hanna Bailey Jonathan Bertulis-Fernandes Andrew Cluness Emily Grant Klara Kofen Imants Latkovskis Fiona Macdonald Ruairidh MacIntosh Carl Pierer Linn Vardheim Zoe Whittall

(Aberdeen) (St Andrews) (Aberdeen) (St Andrews) (Glasgow) (Glasgow) (Glasgow) (St Andrews) (Edinburgh) (Edinburgh) (Edinburgh)

ACADEMIC ADVISORY BOARD Dr Ben Colburn Dr Faye Donnelly Dr Elizabeth Elliot Dr Emma Hart Dr Lotte Hoek Dr Catherine Jones Dr Stephen Marritt Dr Robert Mason Dr Angela McClanahan Professor Elizabeth Moignard Dr Samantha Newington Dr Christopher Ogden

(Glasgow) (St Andrews) (Aberdeen) (St Andrews) (Edinburgh) (Aberdeen) (Glasgow) (Edinburgh) (Edinburgh) (Glasgow) (Aberdeen) (St Andrews)

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FRONT COVER Mark McCahill Peter Stewart Crests reproduced with the permission of the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews TEXT © The contributors WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE University of Aberdeen University of Edinburgh University of Glasgow University of St Andrews WITH THANKS TO Greta Loughlan PRINTED BY J. Thomson Colour Printers, Glasgow PUBLISHED BY Glasgow University Dialectic Society Glasgow University Union, 32 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8LX

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CONTENTS Editorial

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Columba at Keil Point: Uncovering the Myth

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Alex Alexander and Allan Stroud (Glasgow) An Anthropology of American Gun Culture: the Productive Tension between Ideology and Embodiment

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Joseph Anderson (Edinburgh) Oppressive Realities: Reconstructing Children’s Agency through the School Experience

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Walt Andrews (St Andrews) The Construction of the (Convincing) Child Subject in Victorian literature

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Katie Arthur (Glasgow) Thinking at the Limits of Humanity: Humanism, Otherness, and Queer Materialisms

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Michael Awdankiewicz (Edinburgh) Expressions of Violence as Determining Reality in Archilochus

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Maxwell Fabiszewski (St Andrews) Eating Disorders in the United States Military: Approaching Incidence and Treatment through the Tensions between Institutional and Gendered Identities

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Emily Grant (St Andrews)

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Engaging with the Troubles: the Role of Art as Explored in the Poetry of Ciaran Carson and Derek Mahon

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Helen King (Aberdeen) Romanian Pig Sacrifices: a Discussion of Peasants’ Engagement with Their Surroundings

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Alexandra Onofrei (Aberdeen) Mythical Measures: the Problem of Objective Inequality Measurement in Economics and the Social Sciences

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Max Schröder (Glasgow) 'I Have Had My Vision': the Tension between Change and Eternity in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and James Joyce's Ulysses

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Sarah Spence (Aberdeen) Exploring Crises of Identity in Contemporary Japanese Film through an Analysis of Perfect Blue

Zoë Vincent (Edinburgh)

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EDITORIAL Produced in a year dominated by debates on the Scottish Independence Question, Groundings Ancients’ second volume was an inwardly concentrated effort, focusing on Scotland and the United Kingdom. Conversely, volume three expands the journal’s paradigm, examining topics broader both spatially and intellectually, while still keeping a degree of relevance to home. Spatially, it centres on foreign lands, examining the Romanian, Japanese, and American cultures. Intellectually, it assesses the limits of human thought, objectivity and agency. Keeping with the journal’s promise of quality and diversity, this elaboration preserves our dedication to inter-disciplinarity and hig