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D.Quentin Miller

The acceleration of interest in Baldwin’s work and impact since 2010 shows no signs of diminishing. This resurgence has much to do with Baldwin—the richness and passionate intensity of his vision—and also something to do with the dedicated scholars who have pursued a variety of publication platforms to generate further interest in his work. The reach of Baldwin studies has grown outside the academy as well: Black Lives Matter demonstrations routinely feature quotations from Baldwin; Twitter includes a “Son of Baldwin” site; and Raoul Peck’s 2016 documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, has received considerable critical and popular interest. The years 2010–13 were a key period in moving past the tired old formula—that praised his early career and denigrated the works he wrote after 1963—into the new formula—positing Baldwin as a misunderstood visionary, a wide-reaching artist, and a social critic whose value we are only now beginning to appreciate. I would highlight four additional prominent trends that emerged between 2010 and 2013: a consideration of Baldwin in the contexts of film, drama, and music; understandings of Baldwin globally; Baldwin’s criticism of American institutions; and analyses of Baldwin’s work in conversation with other authors.

James Baldwin Review
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The computer game as fictional form
Author: Barry Atkins

This book is dedicated to the study of computer games in terms of the stories they tell and the manner of their telling. It applies practices of reading texts from literary and cultural studies to consider the computer game as an emerging mode of contemporary storytelling. The book contains detailed discussion of narrative and realism in four of the most significant games of the last decade: ‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Half-Life’, ‘Close Combat’, and ‘Sim City’. It recognises the excitement and pleasure that has made the computer game such a massive global phenomenon.

Johanna Gondouin, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert and Ingrid Ryberg

, Bruce Miller, 2017–​), the television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel from 1985. Moreover, Campion has pointed out that she was inspired by ongoing debates and specific cases in a different way to her previous work. In an interview in the New York Times, Campion mentions two incidents of surrogacy in Thailand that gained global media attention and prompted the government of Thailand to close its borders to foreign couples seeking surrogacy arrangements in the country. The first was the Baby Gammy case of 2014 involving an Australian heterosexual couple who

in The power of vulnerability
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Culture, criticism, theory since 1990
Scott Brewster

confidence; it also serves an external audience. The seats display an Irishness that can be readily commodified, and which the former national carrier (it was privatised in 2006) can transport and market abroad. The upholstery asks the travelling eye to recognise the integrity of its vision, and share its self-definition, of an Ireland realised through its writing. Irish culture thus confidently declares itself, and has clearance to go anywhere. Writ large in the interior décor of the passenger cabin is the reality that Ireland is now a global brand, as McDiarmid observes

in Irish literature since 1990
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Precedents to sustainability in nineteenth-century literature and culture
John Parham

, Susan 2007. ‘Thérèse Raquin: Animal Passion and the Brutality of Reading’. In The Cambridge Companion to Zola. Ed. Brian Nelson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 105–20. Head, Dominic 1998. ‘Problems in Ecocriticism and the Novel’, Key Words 1: 60–73. 50 Discourses of sustainability Heise, Ursula 2002. ‘Toxins, Drugs, and Global Systems: Risk and Narrative in the Contemporary Novel’, American Literature 74 (4): 747–78. Jonsson, Fredrik Albritton 2013. Enlightenment’s Frontier: The Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism. New Haven & London

in Literature and sustainability
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Postcolonial women writers in a transnational frame
Elleke Boehmer

BOEHMER Makeup 3/22/05 2:55 PM Page 187 John's G5:Users:john:Public:John's Mac: John's Job 11 Beside the west: postcolonial women writers in a transnational frame Man’s history has to be built by the united effort of all the races in the world, and therefore this selling of conscience for political reasons – this making a fetish of one’s country, won’t do. I know that Europe does not at heart admit this, but there she has not the right to pose as our teacher. (Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World)1 Introduction: the postcolonial and the global

in Stories of women
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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

7 Emotional and natural The Australian and New Zealand repertoires and fortunes of North American performers Margaret Anglin, Katherine Grey and Muriel Starr Veronica Kelly It is difficult to assess the international careers of touring stage performers in the early twentieth century without considering the related categories of the transnational and technological biographies. Deacon, Russell and Woollacott state that situated and regional readings of global mobility have their value: ‘we must abandon the search for the “whole subject” and allow that fragments

in Stage women, 1900–50
The return of the repressed in Roddy Doyle’s Paula Spencer
Jennifer M. Jeffers

. In fact, Paula specifically references the intense period of immigration following Ireland’s economic prosperity of the 1990s. The Irish Census of April 2006 shows that in the four years since the previous survey, the Irish population grew by 322,645.7 This statistic becomes more meaningful when we consider that non-Irish work permits went from fewer than 6,000 in 1999 to about 50,000 in 2003.8 In the conclusion to my critique of Irish novels published between 1989 and 1999, I noted that the rapid economic growth of the 1990s and the wave of consumerist global

in Irish literature since 1990
Sustainability in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science in the Capital trilogy
Chris Pak

, offering a heterogeneous library of narratives to help think about sustainability. Sustainability science and sf Like futures studies, sustainability science is based on the extrapolation of the physical parameters of global or local systems and often draws on predictive modelling and scenario building. Physical systems are the object of their study, but so are the practices, behaviours, values and myths of a society or community, along with the ways these orientations affect sustainability practices. Kim Stanley Robinson has consistently imagined ecological futures that

in Literature and sustainability
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Sustainability, subject and necessity in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi
Louise Squire

Pi’s lifeboat journey, his struggle for survival and his gradual realisation that the wellbeing of the tiger is tied up with his own. Both Pi and the tiger eventually reach the shores of North America, following an extraordinary journey of extreme physical duress and a series of events bordering mainly on the fantastic. As a tall tale with a magical realist feel, the novel is not – or at least is not directly – about sustainability. Indeed, to view it as such raises difficulties, for example in the way it locates its resolution in the Global North. Nonetheless

in Literature and sustainability