21st century writing | 21st century approaches

Mapping the Contemporary

Mapping the Contemporary

Mar 4, 2019

An Interview with Daniel O’Gorman and Robert Eaglestone on publishing The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction.

Alluvium Relaunch Editorial

Alluvium Relaunch Editorial

Mar 4, 2019

We are delighted to be presenting you with the first new issue of Alluvium, which is relaunching as a graduate-run journal affiliated to the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS).

Will 2017 be 1984?

Will 2017 be 1984?

May 31, 2017

As part of Birkbeck’s Arts Week 2017, we organised a panel titled "Will 2017 be 1984" (you can listen to a podcast recording of the panel here) which considered the uncanny relevance of Orwell’s novel...

Peak Oil in the Popular Imagination

Peak Oil in the Popular Imagination

Sep 7, 2015

In the 21st century, we remain beholden to the oil economy. Oil shapes our geopolitics, our economic forecasts, the global transportation of our commodities, and impacts upon the costs of day-to-day living. Since the invention of the internal combustion engine, the petroleum industry has risen to such prominence that we cannot understand modern capitalism outside of its history as petro-capitalism ...

Editors’ Introduction

Editors’ Introduction

Jun 1, 2012

Welcome to the launch issue of Alluvium, a new online journal of literary criticism that is dedicated to 21st-century writing as well as 21st-century approaches to the literary canon. As we were beginning work on building Alluvium’s website and academic contributor network, a heated controversy was rapidly growing over the question of access to...