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But we have got fixed in our minds that a more full and harmonious development of their humanity is what the Nonconformists most want, that narrowness, one-sidedness, and incompleteness is what they most suffer from; in a word, that in what we call provinciality they abound, but in what we may call totality they fall short.
The handicap of being out of direct personal contact with the center of intellectual creativity is accentuated by the secondary disadvantage of provinciality which imposes on it an inferior status" (1972b: 364).
To the sophisticates of the Arts Council, the enduring popularity of middle-brow Gilbert and Sullivan probably represents all that is worst about English provinciality.
Similarly, though we New Yorkers may view ourselves as living in the center of the universe, working with foreign nationals requires that we put aside our sophisticated provinciality and bend toward working in the language and customs of the client's culture.
Although Grainger complains in The All-Round Man about Australia's provinciality and artistic desolation, at the height of his career in 1932 he initiated and thereafter oversaw the establishment of the Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne.
This provinciality is still overwhelming in our culture, as marked by numerous measures: the failure of the American adult and student to learn foreign languages, our abysmal record in learning geography, and an underwhelming curiosity about other cultures.
Weary of snipping by the critics (whom Piazzolla still labels the "self-appointed guardians of the status quo"), longing for less provinciality and more tolerance for innovation, Piazzolla happily accepted a fellowship offered by the French Government to further his studies in Paris.
Only with the rise of Abstract Expressionism after 1940 did American art finally achieve international significance, which afforded the opportunity, Barbara Groseclose and Jochen Wierich point out in their book Internationalizing the History of American Art, "to shuck its affected provinciality and its feeling of inferiority to contemporary European movements.
The object of critique of Wharton's (and, later, Banks's) New England fiction is thus the type of provinciality whose myopia denies the presence of internally-produced destructive elements.
Certainly it has a rawness which may be linked both to the pre-Victorian date of its collection and to its provinciality.
an anthology of contemporary Yoruba poetry, to "tackle the reductionist conception of African literature written in African languages by arguing that in spite of the limits imposed on it by the fact of linguistic provinciality, this category of literature does more than articulating exclusively ethnic sentiments and modes of nationalism as a counterforce to the literature written in European languages".
For other excellent contributions to this emerging area of study, see Robert Crawford, Devolving English Literature; Leith Davis, Acts of Union: Scotland and the Literary Negotiations of the British Nation, 1707-1830; Fraser Easton, Cosmopolitical Economy: Exchangeable Value and National Development in Adam Smith and Maria Edgeworth; Penny Fielding, Writing and Orality: Nationality, Culture, and Nineteenth-Century Scottish Fiction; Janet Sorensen, The Grammar of Empire in Eighteenth-Century British Writing; Alok Yadov, Before the Empire of English: Literature, Provinciality, and Nationalism in Eighteenth-Century Britain.
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