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  • 24 Mar 2021
    Garrett Stewart

    Platform, Page, Medium: From Medieval “Bookes” to E-books

    The author photo below shows me at the entrance to a gallery exhibit built up of approximately 10,000 discarded books, reflected in infinite multiples by mirrors on floor, sides, and ceiling, constructed by renowned Slovak artist Matej Krén for the Bratislava City Gallery in 2004. It is still on view there: a summation of conceptual […]

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  • 24 May 2019
    Courtesy of mouli choudari | Flickr
    Peter Remien

    Writing the Economy of Nature

    The concepts of ecology and political economy did not exist in the seventeenth century. Political economy would not formally develop until the eighteenth century when writers like Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, and David Ricardo came to theorize the set of ideas that we now recognize as belonging to “the economy.” Likewise, ecology wasn’t identified as […]

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  • 13 Feb 2019
    Courtesy of Ted Eytan | Flickr
    Tyler Bradway, E. L. McCallum

    Queer Theory Now and the Pleasure of Movement

    Queer theory emerged in the midst of crisis in the late 1980s and early 1990s: as the HIV/AIDS epidemic raged, scholars and activists sought to disrupt the stigmatization and erasure of LGBTQ lives in the Reagan/Thatcher era. In centering sexuality within cultural analysis, queer theory built on foundations established by the feminist and gay liberation […]

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  • 17 Sep 2018
    Critical Contexts Terrorism and Literature Blog Post
    Peter C. Herman

    Terrorism and Literature

    Like so much else in life, this collection began by accident. I had been working for some years on a book about terrorism and unspeakability (now forthcoming from Routledge) when I had a conversation with Ray Ryan about it. A few weeks later, Ray emailed me to ask if I would take on editing a […]

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  • 11 Sep 2018
    Animals, Animality and Literature blog post
    Molly Hand

    Animals and Literature Now

    Why study animals and literature now? Animal narratives appear around the globe from time immemorial: in our earliest creation myths and the texts that underpin the world’s major religions, in literature from “talking beast” fables to novels with animal protagonists, in works of philosophy and science, in visual media from film to internet memes. Animal […]

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