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Incipience and the Historical Subject

Incipience and the Historical Subject

Oct 9, 2013

Every year at 4am on the Monday that follows Ash Wednesday, the street lighting is turned off in the city of Basel, north Switzerland. The “Morgestraich” precession that follows signals the start of the Fasnacht Carnival. During...

Comics and Page Bleeds

Comics and Page Bleeds

Oct 9, 2013

We are used to seeing comics as a succession of neatly ordered panels, each containing images and words that combine together to tell a story. In my last paper for Alluvium, 'Panel Transitions in Trauma Comics,' (Alluvium Vol. 2, No. 1...

Shakespeare on Television, this Millennium

Shakespeare on Television, this Millennium

Oct 9, 2013

‘#MargaretThatcher's ousting from Downing Street described on R4 in terms of a great Shakespearean tragedy #Shakespeare’, ‘Spotting #Shakespeare paraphrases in #FreshMeat’, ‘C4's tribute to Richard Briars...

Hypodermics at the fin-de-siècle

Hypodermics at the fin-de-siècle

Oct 9, 2013

The hypodermic syringe has had a profound impact upon the administration of medicine and upon non-medicinal/recreational drug use since it was first marketed in the 1850s. Here, I investigate early depictions...

Thatcher’s Legacies: Editor’s Introduction

Thatcher’s Legacies: Editor’s Introduction

Jul 21, 2013

Even before her death, Margaret Thatcher was a figure who seemed to prompt visions of haunting and exorcism. She was a curse whose effects were still felt...

Margaret Thatcher in the 21st Century

Margaret Thatcher in the 21st Century

Jul 21, 2013

Democracy, Franco Moretti once declared, is not interested in the production of good novels (1987: 192). It is not self-evident that parliamentary politics should...

The Allure of the 1980s

The Allure of the 1980s

Jul 21, 2013

When we remember, represent or consume the recent past, we often do so through the alluring prism of nostalgia. In Ali Smith’s short story ‘astute, fiery, luxurious’...

Utopia Loops, Ghost Legacies

Utopia Loops, Ghost Legacies

Jul 21, 2013

Margaret Thatcher once claimed that her greatest legacy was New Labour: the refashioning of the old enemy in her own image. The implications of this are still...