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Editorial – Global Conflict

Posted by on May 13, 2015

Contemporary fiction about global conflict is often concerned with an imaginative collapsing of space. Putting emotional affect to instrumental use, it works to raise awareness about events that go untold by the world’s media, either challenging conventional understandings of...

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Displaced Perspective

Posted by on May 13, 2015

The United Nations refugee agency – UNHCR – released a report in 2012 which argued that displacement, predominately caused by war, is ‘the new twenty-first century challenge’ (UNHCR Global Trends). Through the perspective of a vulnerable and ...

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Drones and Dissociation

Posted by on May 13, 2015

In January 2013 the novelist Teju Cole released a series of tweets introduced as “Seven Short Stories about Drones.” Each rewrites the opening of a classic novel, cutting off the narrative with a drone strike. For example, the third in the series rains “fire from heaven” ...

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Pixels/Tissue – Drone Wars and Suicide Attacks

Posted by on May 13, 2015

Suicide bombing and drone strikes, both radically ultimate, occupy opposite ends of the spectrum of asymmetrical warfare: while the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle combines maximum destructiveness with zero physical danger for the pilot, a suicide attack is, following Baudrillard, the...

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Editorial – Global Conflict

Editorial – Global Conflict

May 13, 2015

Contemporary fiction about global conflict is often concerned with an imaginative collapsing of space. Putting emotional affect to instrumental use, it works to raise awareness about events that go untold by the world’s media, either challenging conventional understandings of...

Displaced Perspective

Displaced Perspective

May 13, 2015

The United Nations refugee agency – UNHCR – released a report in 2012 which argued that displacement, predominately caused by war, is ‘the new twenty-first century challenge’ (UNHCR Global Trends). Through the perspective of a vulnerable and ...

Drones and Dissociation

Drones and Dissociation

May 13, 2015

In January 2013 the novelist Teju Cole released a series of tweets introduced as “Seven Short Stories about Drones.” Each rewrites the opening of a classic novel, cutting off the narrative with a drone strike. For example, the third in the series rains “fire from heaven” ...

Pixels/Tissue – Drone Wars and Suicide Attacks

Pixels/Tissue – Drone Wars and Suicide Attacks

May 13, 2015

Suicide bombing and drone strikes, both radically ultimate, occupy opposite ends of the spectrum of asymmetrical warfare: while the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle combines maximum destructiveness with zero physical danger for the pilot, a suicide attack is, following Baudrillard, the...

Litter, Landscape and The Road

Litter, Landscape and The Road

Feb 27, 2015

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006) presents a dystopian vision of a near-future world in which most organic vegetation has died and human life is becoming increasingly rare. It is not unusual for dystopian fiction to ...

Reconsidering Quarantine in Invasion Narratives

Reconsidering Quarantine in Invasion Narratives

Feb 27, 2015

The academic and public interest in supernatural invasion narratives has increased exponentially in the 20th and 21st centuries. According to Terrence Rafferty of The New York Times, the fascination with the zombie apocalypse ...

A Terrible Precariousness

A Terrible Precariousness

Feb 27, 2015

The transition from the post-war welfare state to neoliberalism has been accompanied in Western countries by a series of events that Jan Breman, in an article in the New Left Review, summarizes as following: ...

The Legitimacy of Literary Opinion

The Legitimacy of Literary Opinion

Feb 27, 2015

The influences of cyberspace have been decried as the death of literature as we know it, the death of the book, and now also as the death of the critic. The changes introduced by the Internet in the production and reception of literature ...