Alluvium Editorial 7.1: Relaunch

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).

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Digital Media and the Global Contemporary

Broadly speaking, the early twenty-first century is both increasingly global, and increasingly shaped by digital technology.

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Editorial – Global Conflict

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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Drones and Dissociation

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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Litter, Landscape and The Road

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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The Allure of the 1980s

When we remember, represent or consume the recent past, we often do so through the alluring prism of nostalgia. In Ali Smith’s short story ‘astute, fiery, luxurious’…

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Diverse Suburbias

Rowena Clarke   Since the nineteen fifties, when suburban living began to establish itself as the new norm, representations of suburbia in American culture have…

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