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Editorial: Critical Environments

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

In Barbara Kingsolver’s 2012 novel Flight Behaviour, environmental crisis arrives in a remote Tennessee town in the form of the migrating Monarch butterfly...

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Re-Approaching Urban Nature

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

‘What exactly was new about the new nature writing in Granta’s 2008 collection titled The New Nature Writing? One answer would be “not much”’ (Stenning and Gifford, 1)...

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Changing the Climate of Writing

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

Our climate crisis is constitutively complicated, because rather than dividing culprits from innocents, it both implicates us and impacts on us, to...

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Performing Carbon (in the) Capital

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

It is rush hour in Liverpool Street Station. Hiding behind a copy of my newspaper I am trying to record a conversation between lobbyists...

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Recent Posts

The Metaphorics of Virtual Depth

The Metaphorics of Virtual Depth

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)...

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’...