Alluvium Editorial 8.3: Contemporary Representations of Homelessness

Special Issue: Contemporary Representations of Homelessness Editors: Julia Ditter, Liam Harrison and Martin Goodhead From theorizations of transcendent homelessness to contemporary narratives of displacement in the wake of war and…

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The Post-Millennial Rise of British Homelessness Literature

Approximately as many full-length novels and autobiographies written by British authors about or largely featuring homelessness were published in the last two decades as in the 50 years between 1950 and 2000. Homelessness seems to be growing in the public and cultural consciousness, and it remains a persistent and pressing issue.

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Homelessness, Borders, and the Displaced Youth: Understanding Young Refugees through Fictional Narratives

By Anindita Shome Content warning: contains descriptions of graphic violence and sexual assault Fictional narratives can play a critical role when it comes to understanding…

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Disabled and Deprived: Reading Refugee Narrative in the Light of Disability

Refugee narratives revolve around the intertwined themes of violence, coercion, deprivation, and ultimately the death of humanity. Furthermore, these narratives are built around the motifs of escape from socio-political menace, accompanied by a journey of survival.1 However, these interminable journeys are marked by injuries and casualties: “For the refugees who survive there is significant risk of injury, abuse, and torture during these journeys” (McPherson 1239). The physical and mental assaults upon some of the refugees, and their dire conditions, cumulatively result in disability. The most vulnerable section of a refugee community is predominantly composed of women and children. This essay attempts to address how literature negotiates the onset of disability ensuing from the refugee crisis and forced migration.

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Where Childhood Ceases: Media Representations of the Homeless Street Children of Mumbai, India

Countless imaginaries within popular culture, across literature and film, capture childhood innocence and unbridled hope. Lacking any inhibitions or fear of judgement, and expressing themselves freely, children reflect a parallel dimension that has not yet been corrupted by the malign forces of the world. A child’s reality is essentially rooted in the support systems they have within their small circle of family and friends. The home, in this regard, is their anchor and the crux around which their identity and sense of self revolves. But what happens when this structure itself is uprooted and spun around on its head? This is a crucial question within the context of India, which has 18 million children that do not currently have a home and are often called ‘street children’.

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Alluvium General Call for Papers 2021

We are delighted to share a call for submissions for Alluvium, a partner journal of the British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies. Alluvium is an open access journal featuring short essays of around 2000-3000 words on key issues and emerging trends in 21st century writing and criticism. The journal publishes six issues a year, employing a system of post-publication by the engaged commentariat on the message boards of the journal’s website, enabling vital current ideas to find a rapid readership.

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