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am·biv·a·lent

(am-biv'ă-lent),
Relating to or characterized by ambivalence.

am·biv·a·lent

(am-biv'ă-lĕnt)
Relating to or characterized by ambivalence.

ambivalence

(am-biv′ă-lĕns) [ ambi- + L. valentia, strength]
In psychology, coexistence of contradictory feelings about an object, person, or idea.
ambivalent (-lĕnt), adjective
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This book shows that the cultural work of secularization is best conceived much more broadly, not only as the displacement of religious affect into the mind of the lyric poet but also as the transformation of prior narratives into powerfully affective, performatively spectacular works available to people of every social rank, works that ambivalently endorse the new authority of the domestic woman, theatrical technique, and the reformist public sphere.
Although the book is not focused precisely on de Lubac, he dominates it, even as his influence seems rather ambivalently acknowledged.
The works on offer in section two comprise, broadly, those with a marked literary theme of overt participation in nation-building, countered by writing that demonstrates a contesting rhetoric responding ambivalently to the former.
She saves him from a pack of animals, although her rescue of him is presented ambivalently, she being a hostile rescuer.
The analysis concentrates on the storytelling techniques in these Arbeiterromane that ambivalently frame the GDR, such as shifting subjectivities and temporalities and/or the use of absurdist humor.
Those reflections took him to the Baltic, which he regarded rather ambivalently as a monument to New Labour, with him describing it as "bought on credit we can't now afford".
Hanson notes that these ambivalently 'made-up' dead women appear as fantasy portraits, featured prominently in the mise-en-scene of Dragonwyck, The Two Mrs Carrolls and Gaslight where they continue to influence the 'bigamous' husband and intrigue the new, replacement bride.
Underlying the idea is a concept of the person who rocks ambivalently between two erroneous extremes: Humans are merely beasts--complicated animals sufficiently explicable in terms of their bodies; and humans are gods--disembodied sources of mental life merely using their bodies to advance the interests of the conscious self.
They responded ambivalently to the (American) rationalization of the household.
Manto's form, the Urdu short story, suits a critique of the Indian Partition, since "Urdu literary culture in late colonial India is located ambivalently at the cusp of 'nation' and 'minority,' resisting precisely the resolutions the Partition attempted to implement, that is, minoritization in India and nationalization in Pakistan" (Mufti 209).
Close has contributed to our understanding of the "empathetic parody" of Cervantes, "his ambivalently intimate relationship to the target texts" (55).
Indeed, Murray is more generous to those writers who abandoned Black Power aesthetics or inhabited them ambivalently than he is with writers he perceives as collapsing under the weight of nationalist ideologies.