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Robert J. Corber

The author reviews Barry Jenkins’s 2018 film adaptation of Baldwin’s novel, If Beale Street Could Talk, finding that Jenkins’s lush, painterly, and dreamlike visual style successfully translates Baldwin’s cadenced prose into cinematic language. But in interpreting the novel as the “perfect fusion” of the anger of Baldwin’s essays and the sensuality of his fiction, Jenkins overlooks the novel’s most significant aspect, its gender politics. Baldwin began working on If Beale Street Could Talk shortly after being interviewed by Black Arts poet Nikki Giovanni for the PBS television show, Soul!. Giovanni’s rejection of Baldwin’s claims that for black men to overcome the injuries of white supremacy they needed to fulfill the breadwinner role prompted him to rethink his understanding of African American manhood and deeply influenced his representation of the novel’s black male characters. The novel aims to disarticulate black masculinity from patriarchy. Jenkins’s misunderstanding of this aspect of the novel surfaces in his treatment of the character of Frank, who in the novel serves as an example of the destructiveness of patriarchal masculinity, and in his rewriting of the novel’s ending.

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The representation of violence in Northern Irish art
Shane Alcobia-Murphy

intelligence regarding his choice and arrangement of words. While he changes a demonstrative preposition (‘this’) to a definite article in ‘the tangled pile’ to allow for a sense of distance, he crucially alters the opening line of the earlier drafts to intimate his presence (he now includes the phrase ‘I see’), conveying his own act of bearing witness and his imaginative intervention at one and the same time. For the reader, this opening gambit embodies the ambiguity inherent within all testimony: as Derrida reminds us, while ‘[b]y law, a testimony must not be a work of art

in Irish literature since 1990
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Environmental justice and citizen science in a post-truth age
Editors: Thom Davies and Alice Mah

This book examines the relationship between environmental justice and citizen science, focusing on enduring issues and new challenges in a post-truth age. Debates over science, facts, and values have always been pivotal within environmental justice struggles. For decades, environmental justice activists have campaigned against the misuses of science, while at the same time engaging in community-led citizen science. However, post-truth politics has threatened science itself. This book makes the case for the importance of science, knowledge, and data that are produced by and for ordinary people living with environmental risks and hazards. The international, interdisciplinary contributions range from grassroots environmental justice struggles in American hog country and contaminated indigenous communities, to local environmental controversies in Spain and China, to questions about “knowledge justice,” citizenship, participation, and data in citizen science surrounding toxicity. The book features inspiring studies of community-based participatory environmental health and justice research; different ways of sensing, witnessing, and interpreting environmental injustice; political strategies for seeking environmental justice; and ways of expanding the concepts and forms of engagement of citizen science around the world. While the book will be of critical interest to specialists in social and environmental sciences, it will also be accessible to graduate and postgraduate audiences. More broadly, the book will appeal to members of the public interested in social justice issues, as well as community members who are thinking about participating in citizen science and activism. Toxic Truths includes distinguished contributing authors in the field of environmental justice, alongside cutting-edge research from emerging scholars and community activists.

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Alice Mah

-­Navarro’s chapter, Wang and Wang argue that strategies of “soft confrontation” have been more successful than direct confrontational strategies for addressing environmental problems in Hunan Province in China. The authors demonstrate how Green Hunan, a local environmental volunteers’ organization, has operated strategically to avoid direct confrontation while advocating for environmental protection, for example through the use of the media and lobbying rather than protests. Participatory citizen science is one method for seeking environmental justice, and bearing witness through

in Toxic truths
Peter C. Little

-­waste contextualization and perhaps even the environmental justice challenges experienced in Agbogbloshie (Akese and Little 2018). My aim here, then, is to turn to a participatory photography project in Agbogbloshie to stimulate critical discussion of the ways in which alternative e-­waste visioning can transform how e-­wasteland politics in Ghana are told, seen, and responsibly contextualized. Participatory photography, in this way, offers a critical perspective on embodied ways of knowing and practices of bearing witness to e-­waste pollution, Furthermore, photography itself offers a

in Toxic truths
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How anarchism still matters
Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen

issues, narcotics, conflict resolution or bearing witness, the question of influence and diffusion becomes highly pertinent in terms of what form of anarchism is being advocated. We regard it as significant that each of the contributions here addresses the deconstruction of particular conceptual dualisms, which can assist in the development of a much more theoretically and practically flexible notion of anarchism. With this in mind, it is vital that this project acknowledge the gradual dissolution of one of the most insidious dualisms to have dogged radical politics

in Changing anarchism
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Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves as a reparative fantasy
Anu Koivunen

someone having been there  –​and someone bearing witness –​testifying in the present moment. Second, while not autobiographical, Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves reiterates many familiar themes of Gardell’s writing and stage performances since the late 1980s: growing up as a queer child in a religious home, being harassed at school, bearing social stigma, and experiencing and living with the threat of violence. These topics as well as the use of the autobiographical self are the very core of Gardell’s oeuvre. Third, in interviews on Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without

in The power of vulnerability
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Retrieving a ‘Global’ American Philosopher
John Narayan

Darwin published Origin of the Species and just short of eighteen months before the Battle of Fort Sumter, Dewey’s life would end only some six years after the beginning of the ‘Cold War’. To read his body of work is therefore to enter a world that does not include bearing witness to some of the most momentous events of American and world history in the twentieth century. This includes the success of the American Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and the winds of change that flattened European imperialism and empire. This is to say nothing of events such as the

in John Dewey
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Christine E. Hallett

’s Tale: Bearing Witness to a Modern War (London: Penguin, 1998).  3 Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson have observed that life-writing is, in itself, a ‘performative act’: Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010): 61. See also their Chapter 3: 63–102.  4 See, for example:  Henry Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines (New  York:  Longmans, Green, 1901 [1885]); Henry Rider Haggard, She (London: Harper and Bros, 1886). G. A. Henty wrote over 100 adventure stories, with

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
Daniela Cutas and Anna Smajdor

claimed that these barriers reflected a public desire for boundaries, Reproductive technologies and the family 59 and served to express and enforce moral beliefs that define our social identity: [i]n recognising that there should be limits, people are bearing witness to the existence of a moral ideal of society. (Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology 1984: 2) A society which had no inhibiting limits, especially in the areas with which we have been concerned . . . would be a society without moral scruples. And this nobody

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