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Digital Metaphors: Editor’s Introduction

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013

Tao Lin’s recent novel Taipei (2013) is a fictional document of life in our current digital culture. The protagonist, Paul — who is loosely based on the author — is numb from his always turned on digitally mediated life, and throughout the novel increases his recreational...

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An Ontology of Everything on the Face of the Earth

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013

John Carpenter’s 1982 film, The Thing, is a claustrophobic sci-fi thriller, exhibiting many hallmarks of the horror genre. The film depicts a sinister turn for matter, where the chaos of the replicating, cancerous cell is expanded to the human scale...

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The Electronic Heart

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013

‘I can feel it’. HAL 9000, the supercomputer at the centre of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), makes this claim to emotional sensitivity moments before its higher functions are terminated by astronaut Dave Bowman, the sole surviving human aboard...

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The Metaphorics of Virtual Depth

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013

In his essay ‘Strange Gourmet: Taste, Waste, Proust’ Joseph Litvak discusses a tendency among marginalised youths, and especially among queer ones, to seek solace in the idea of ‘some other place, some other world, magically different from the world of family and school’ (76)...

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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...

Gordon Burn and Mrs T

Gordon Burn and Mrs T

Jul 21, 2013

One of the strangest, and most recurrent, observations about Margaret Thatcher’s funeral was the number of celebrity mourners, including, but not limited to, Katherine Jenkins, Joan Collins, Jeremy Clarkson, Terry Wogan and Shirley Bassey...

Are Video Game Narratives Postmodern?

Are Video Game Narratives Postmodern?

May 13, 2013

An editorial in the twentieth anniversary issue of the journal Postmodern Culture in 2010 added another voice to mark the gradual retreat of the postmodern...

Recovering Nostalgia in Nature Writing

Recovering Nostalgia in Nature Writing

May 13, 2013

In Edgelands (2011), Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts explain their intention to ‘put aside our nostalgia for places we’ve never really known’ and instead seek...

Identity and Consciousness in Dial H

Identity and Consciousness in Dial H

May 13, 2013

With DC’s “New 52” reboot of Dial H China Miéville has re-entered the genre of comics after a guest episode of Hellblazer and a much-discussed but ultimately...