Surrey played into their hands by boasting that his father would hold the reins of government during a minority and by blazoning
royal devices on his own coat of arms.
The images in this exhibition were shot by Siber in Europe in the summer of 2005, but the ubiquity of English, whether in the streets of Paris or of Tarnow, is less of a surprise than the dreary universality of promotion, the repetitive blazoning
of brand names, the ceaseless promises of the likes of Burger King and McDonald's--a numbing visual muzak.
As Michael Kahn worries that America is becoming "less interested in language as a vehicle for communication"--a trouble Shakespeare theatre opposes--American Theatre proves his insight by blazoning
a trite rhyme pointlessly referencing a decidedly un-Shakespearean film.
Given that kind of critique at least as early as the sixteenth century, it is not surprising that Jane Austen, with her exacting wit and precise literary construction, is able to make the blazon work in multiple ways, both to express the admiration (as yet unknown in its depth to the speaker) of such an eligible lover as Darcy and in her letters, to turn the convention upside down by blazoning
individuals for the amusement of her major correspondent, Cassandra.
That was the good news, but by the early twentieth century, the Progressives were blazoning
what they saw as the bad news.
Although stories depicting violence and repression abound in this book, a vast number of other themes appear as well--a feature that may surprise readers steeped in headlines blazoning
Central American violence.