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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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Recent Posts

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...

The Thoughts in our Head: A World

The Thoughts in our Head: A World

Sep 24, 2014

 

The early years of the twenty-first century have seen—among its various issues and events—the beginnings of a global assimilation of the recognition...

Digital Metaphors: Editor’s Introduction

Digital Metaphors: Editor’s Introduction

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...

An Ontology of Everything on the Face of the Earth

An Ontology of Everything on the Face of the Earth

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...

The Electronic Heart

The Electronic Heart

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...