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What Game Worlds Can Teach Us About Literary Worlds

What Game Worlds Can Teach Us About Literary Worlds

May 31, 2016

From the space of books to space in books While the debate rumbles on between those who contend that games tell stories in ways unique to the medium (ludologists), and those who argue that games resemble literary narratives (narratologists), literary scholars have sought to ask reciprocally what games can tell us about conventional modes of storytelling in print.

The Contemporary Historical Novel & the Novel of Contemporary History

The Contemporary Historical Novel & the Novel of Contemporary History

May 31, 2016

What is historical fiction? “Everyone knows what a historical novel is,” Avrom Fleishman states, “perhaps that is why few have volunteered to define it in print” (Fleishman 3). However, literary prizes – those institutions of canon-making – have little, if any, qualms when it comes to advancing their own sense of what constitutes historical fiction in the 21st century.

The Semblances of Roberto Bolaño

The Semblances of Roberto Bolaño

May 31, 2016

When a priest and literary critic returns from providing secret lessons on Marxism to General Pinochet in Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile (2000), his friend asks him what the new Chilean leader is like. “I shrugged my shoulders, as people do in novels, but never in real life” is his response (Bolaño, 2000: 97). Bolaño’s fiction displays an uncanny ability to undercut the art form...

Consuming Television’s Golden Age with Hannibal Lecter

Consuming Television’s Golden Age with Hannibal Lecter

May 31, 2016

When F.B.I. Forensic Profiler, Will Graham, stands before a murder scene in NBC’s Hannibal, his preternatural empathy for the show’s killers animates the tableau before him, restaging their crimes and allowing him access to their motivations. “This is my design,” Graham whispers in early episodes, as he gleans from the swoop of a blood spatter, or the arrangement of severed limbs...

Responding to the Chance of Space in Marshland

Responding to the Chance of Space in Marshland

Mar 31, 2016

Doreen Massey, writing in her visionary book For Space, sets out a rallying cry for the building of interrelationships in the spaces of the contemporary world: ‘In this other spatiality, different temporalities and different voices must work out means of accommodation. The chance of space must be responded to’. In...

 

Medieval Jesus Fan Fiction

Medieval Jesus Fan Fiction

Mar 30, 2016

This article will examine a late-thirteenth-century text, the Enfaunces de Jesu Crist [Childhood of Jesus Christ], in the context of the recently developed field of fan studies. The text was edited in 1985 by Maureen Boulton, and is written in the Anglo-Norman dialect of French spoken by the élite members of society in England following the Norman Conquest.

Crossing the Line: Characters’ Re/actions as a Driving Force of Narrative

Crossing the Line: Characters’ Re/actions as a Driving Force of Narrative

Mar 30, 2016

I have not come across many people who don’t believe that we define ourselves through actions. We are what we do; we are the sum of our actions. Whether we take an existentialist approach to subjectivity and claim that we are fully responsible for every action, whether we take a Structuralist stance and believe that our subconscious mind...

On the Political Aesthetics of Metadata

On the Political Aesthetics of Metadata

Mar 30, 2016

In the twenty-first century, the term “metadata” has appeared in the popular news press with increasing frequency. For instance, recent arguments made by proponents of mass surveillance have focused on the fact that the content of messages may be irrelevant for spy agencies; such organizations are instead more interested in knowing...