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Litter, Landscape and The Road

Posted by on 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 ...

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Reconsidering Quarantine in Invasion Narratives

Posted by on 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 ...

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A Terrible Precariousness

Posted by on 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: ...

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The Legitimacy of Literary Opinion

Posted by on 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 ...

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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 ...

Snapshots of the Executioners

Snapshots of the Executioners

Oct 17, 2014

When the images of torture and abuse by American soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq became public in 2004, what was it that shocked so many people? It surely came as little surprise to...

Framing Comics Words

Framing Comics Words

Oct 17, 2014

Many aspects of the comics form have entered popular consciousness but none is quite as ubiquitous as the bubble. In order to work as a narrative form, comics are required to make visible...

Involving Animals

Involving Animals

Oct 17, 2014

From Neolithic cave painting, through to writers as diverse as Rainer Maria Rilke, Dante Alighieri, Franz Kafka, Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar...

From Genre to Zenre

From Genre to Zenre

Oct 17, 2014

In response to the question “what are you reading, my lord?” the young prince simply says “words, words, words!” (Shakespeare, 74). But perhaps the answer Polonius was looking for was a more...