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Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä, and Ingrid Ryberg

immobilisation, but very concretely about agency. Claims of vulnerability can translate to claims to agency and voice,  4 4 Vulnerability as a political language but these claims can have completely oppositional political consequences, depending on who is making them. In this book we interrogate the tensions, complexities, and paradoxes of vulnerability in and through the media, particularly in feminist, queer, and anti-​racist media cultures and debates about the production, use, and meanings of media. Our aim is, in particular, to make sense of the new language of

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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Reading practices and participation in digital and medieval media
Heather Blatt

medieval and media culture can engage with connections between historically distant moments and works. As Eileen Joy and Myra Seaman say of studies that read the past through the present, such approaches ‘reveal mentalities and social customs that persist over long durations of time, as well as certain sensual particularities unique to their respective times of production and reception’.15 The digital and the medieval may here be separated by more than five hundred years, but the uniqueness of one period can help identify and extend our understanding of the uniqueness of

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England
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Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and John Lydgate’s Troy Book
Heather Blatt

, Lydgate also seeks to ensure the integrity of his text and its reputation along with his own, but he instead turns to his broad community of non-professional readers. Situating Chaucer, Lydgate, and Norton within the discourse of open and closed access asserts connection between the preand post-print media cultures. The analogues between medieval emendation invitations and modern editorial practices provide an alternative way to consider associational, rather than chronological, narratives of book history. 40 Participatory reading in late-medieval England Considering

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England