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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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Current Issue

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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Current Issue

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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Current Issue

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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Recent Posts

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...

Editorial: Critical Environments

Editorial: Critical Environments

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...

Re-Approaching Urban Nature

Re-Approaching Urban Nature

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)...

Changing the Climate of Writing

Changing the Climate of Writing

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...

Performing Carbon (in the) Capital

Performing Carbon (in the) Capital

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...