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Literature Reflections

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  • 7
    Jul

    2020

    Extending the confines of travel

    In common with many other people, the months of near-lockdown find us reflecting on our previous experiences and work. As scholars working on literatures of mobility, this means thinking in particular...

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  • 4
    Jun

    2020

    Viral Literature in Time

    “In YOU the Virus of TIME began!” So declares the Angel to Prior Walter in Tony Kushner’s 1992 play Perestroika (part two of Angels in America). When Prior receives this message, he finds himself,...

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  • 3
    Jun

    2020

    COVID-19 and British Rule

    A friend in India has shared this notice on Facebook: ‘The British people are finally experiencing what’s it like to have the British rule your country.’ During the past ten weeks I...

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  • 3
    Jun

    2020

    Gothic and the Hermeneutics of Isolation

    Again, if e’er she walks abroad, Of course you bring some wicked lord, Who with three ruffians snaps his prey, And to a castle speeds away; There, close confined in haunted tower, You...

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  • 28
    May

    2020

    Globalisation and the Corona Virus

    The Covid-19 pandemic underscores an already-existing, more general tension in our current world-system. On the one hand, disease – like capital – is now fully globalised; it knows no boundaries,...

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  • 28
    May

    2020

    Between Poverty and Pathology

    The first sight accosting me on May 9, 2020, as I turned to the news from India, was the image of rotis (flatbreads), some still aggregated in the thin piles in which they were being transported, lying...

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  • 28
    May

    2020

    Crisis and uncertainty – a Swedish perspective

    During the current coronavirus crisis, the whole world has been forced quickly to become accustomed to living in a constant state of uncertainty and unpredictability. Parameters shift from one day to...

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  • 28
    May

    2020

    Southern Silence: American Literature and Viruses

    It is a mystifying fact that the 1918-19 Spanish influenza pandemic—which infected one-third of the world’s population and killed between 50-100 million—inspired almost no works of American literature....

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