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Johanna Gondouin, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, and Ingrid Ryberg

 116 7 WHITE VULNERABILITY AND THE POLITICS OF REPRODUCTION IN TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL Jo ha n na G ond ouin, Suruc hi Thapar- ​Björ k ert a nd I ngr id  Ry berg T  op of The Lake: China Girl (Australia, Jane Campion, 2017) is the sequel to Jane Campion and Gerard Lee’s crime series Top of the Lake from 2013, directed by Campion and Ariel Kleiman. After four years of absence, Inspector Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) returns to the Sydney Police Force and comes to lead the murder case of an unidentified young Asian woman, found in a suitcase at Bondi Beach

in The power of vulnerability
Mobilising affect in feminist, queer and anti-racist media cultures

The power of vulnerability interrogates the new language of vulnerability that has emerged in feminist, queer and anti-racist debates about the production, use and meanings of media. The book investigates the historical legacies and contemporary forms and effects of this language. In today’s media culture, traumatic first-person or group narratives have popular currency, mobilising affect from compassion to rage to gain cultural visibility and political advantage. In this context, vulnerability becomes a kind of capital, a resource or an asset that can and has been appropriated for various groups and purposes in public discourses, activism as well as cultural institutions. Thus, politics of representation translates into politics of affect, and the question about whose vulnerability counts as socially and culturally legible and acknowledged. The contributors of the book examine how vulnerability has become a battleground; how affect and vulnerability have turned into a politicised language for not only addressing but also obscuring asymmetries of power; and how media activism and state policies address so-called vulnerable groups. While the contributors investigate the political potential as well as the constraints of vulnerability for feminist, queer and antiracist criticism, they also focus on the forms of agency and participation vulnerability can offer.

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Theatre and the politics of engagement
Author: Simon Parry

This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.

Steve Sohmer

‘Telephone’ and pre-PC Britons call ‘Chinese Whispers’. 22 In that parlour pastime a line of people whisper a message one to another. The message, which began as simple and sensible, becomes more garbled with each re-transmission, and emerges at last as laughable gibberish. Here is how Harvey, Nashe, and Shakespeare played the game: In 1578 Harvey had written: ‘ Manus

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
Catherine Laws

should (or shouldn’t) be or do. Dream selfconsciously grapples with its own development, calling novelistic conventions into question: character, situation, action, causality. In order to explain the recalcitrance of his materials, the narrator draws on the myth of the origins of the Chinese musical scale. If only his characters could act like the twelve different Chinese liŭ and liu- sung by the male and female phoenix of the myth, ‘we could write a little book that would be purely melodic, think how nice that would be, linear, a lovely Pythagorean chain-chant solo

in Beckett and nothing
The paradoxes of sustainability and Michel Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island
Hannes Bergthaller

a less natural lifestyle 199 over-consumption might require that individual rights and democratic freedoms be substantially curtailed (Blühdorn 2011); famously, the Ehrlichs declared their support for China’s coercive one-child policy (1990: 205). Only an authoritarian state, it seemed, would be able to impose the necessary sacrifices on its citizens. Like the discourse of sustainability, neo-Malthusianism is not merely a set of descriptive statements or policy recommendations. It also touches on our conceptions of the human and its relationship to the larger

in Literature and sustainability
The return of the repressed in Roddy Doyle’s Paula Spencer
Jennifer M. Jeffers

9780719075636_4_015.qxd 16/2/09 9:29 AM Page 258 15 ‘What’s it like being Irish?’ The return of the repressed in Roddy Doyle’s Paula Spencer Jennifer M. Jeffers ‘The Irish are the niggers of Europe, lads.’ (Roddy Doyle, The Commitments)1 In a notorious incident in January 2002, a young Chinese man, Zhao Liulao, was beaten to death in a late-night fight in a Dublin suburb, after being taunted by racist youths. This death occurred against a background of reports of increased attacks on immigrants in the north inner-city area of Dublin, in an area designated

in Irish literature since 1990
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Gill Rye and Michael Worton

travelling to the East to explore political and economic alternatives to the American and Soviet models and reconsidering European culture and practices in the light of these discoveries, as with Kristeva’s Des chinoises (Of Chinese Women) (), or Roland Barthes’s L’Empire des signes (The Empire of Signs) (), in which he presents a highly subjective and partial construct of Japan. This new Orientalism  Introduction became more and more bound up with questions of individual and collective identity and enabled such recent fictional expressions as Christiane Baroche

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
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The Australian and New Zealand repertoires and fortunes of North American performers Margaret Anglin, Katherine Grey and Muriel Starr
Veronica Kelly

host of donkeys, goats and sheep.40 It showcased Frank Harvey’s considerable acting abilities but did little for Starr. Melbourne’s season opening in August 1924 continued the Eastmeets-West thematic with Starr as the treacherous Chinese ‘half-caste’ in Somerset Maugham’s East of Suez, with the Pola Negri silent film released in January 1925 in hot pursuit. By April 1925 the stage version had played Brisbane and Adelaide and was dropped. Then, after her contract expired at the beginning of 1926, Starr’s third tour radically altered in character. She had saved £600

in Stage women, 1900–50
Translatina world-making in The Salt Mines and Wildness
Laura Horak

Aparicio,  96 96 Vulnerability and visibility portrays a group of homeless Latinx immigrants in New York City, many of whom present as transfeminine, who live in abandoned garbage trucks beside the building where the New York City Sanitation Department stores road salt, which they call the ‘Salt Mines’. Wildness, a richly saturated and dreamy digital film created twenty-​two years later by trans Chinese-​American multimedia artist Wu Tsang, tells the story of Tsang’s relationship with the Silver Platter, a Latinx bar in Los Angeles, and the many translatina women who

in The power of vulnerability