Arya Aryan on Hilary Mantel, the woman-writer, and traumaView More The Traumatised Shaman: The Woman Writer in the Age of Globalised Trauma
In Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag examines the history and development of representing war in photographs. Returning to the earliest images of conflict, she writes: ‘Not to be pained by these pictures, not to recoil from them, not to strive to abolish what caused this havoc, this carnage – these would be the reactions of a moral monster’ (2003: 7). …View More Photographing the Flag
There is a line in David Peace’s Nineteen Eighty Three (2002) that is so resonant that its absence is all but unimaginable: ‘To us all and to the North – where we do what we want!’ (Peace 228). In a series of short articles for Alluvium I use the malevolence and pathos of this line – a toast drunk by corrupt police officers to a chimerical space which, as Christopher …View More Original Modern or a New Kind of Ordinary?
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…View More Editorial – Global Conflict
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’…View More The Allure of the 1980s
In his book, Empathy and Moral Development, the psychologist Martin Hoffman defines empathic response as ‘the involvement of…View More Empathy After 9/11