This Special Collection considers the role that embodiment and mediation play in utopian studies within, against and beyond our present. Collectively, they suggest that entanglements of bodies and media (mediated bodies, embodied media) provide ways to rethink (and feel) the future through recollections, representations and retellings of pasts and abandoned alternatives.
This Special Collection considers contested poetics of place through the prism of the expectant, the anticipatory, the Not-Yet, and the utopian. It investigates the ways in which futures are (and have been) imagined, governed, projected, deferred and deterred through a variety of disciplinary formations; and explores the effects of competing ways of conceiving futurity.
This Special Collection examines the role of borders within the present historical moment, including national, regional, physical, electronic, cognitive, performative and cultural borders. Working within the utopian studies tradition, these articles consider how borders remain a key site of contestation and struggle.
This Special Collection brings questions of Postcolonialism to the forefront of game studies. An often underexplored and neglected area in the domain of studying both digital and analogue games, a critique of the (mis)representation of Orientalist attitudes, race, hybridity, notions of space and the fragmented postcolonial identities is urgently required.
Canadian author Emily St John Mandel’s award-winning 2014 novel Station Eleven has attracted enthusiastic critical responses. In this Special Collection, we explore Station Eleven's position within twenty-first-century writing, asking how the novel opens up questions about genre, politics, national literary traditions, popular culture, intermediality and prize culture.
April 2018 will see the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, the central protections of which are currently under threat from uncertainty over Brexit and the collapse of the Stormont Assembly. This Special Collection will discuss the impact and legacy of this Agreement on Northern Ireland's social, political and cultural life.
This Special Collection examines the role of Marxist approaches to analyses of literature and culture in the 21st Century. Moving beyond the post-structuralist concerns of identity, difference, representation, and language, the current ‘economic turn’ has led to a critical resurgence of Marxist criticism, which is analysed from a variety of approaches.
This Special Collection features articles on new voices in Jewish-American literature. Articles were invited that offered thematic or author-focused essays that share a fascination with the dynamism of the field, and that offer original perspectives on contemporary writers and works that have yet to receive significant critical attention.
This Special Collection focuses on the composition of saints' lives in medieval literature. The collection aims to bring the spotlight onto saints' lives as an exciting and innovative narrative medium and a means of communication in the Middle Ages.
This Special Collection considers the transition of popular television programmes to film. This process of adaptation not only relates to contemporary trends in film-making but was also recognised early on by Hollywood, when 'big screen' remakes heralded the popularity and prestige of TV successes.
This Special Collection is inspired by substantial changes over the past fifteen years in the way scholars have engaged with US literature and culture. The aim of the collection is to reflect on the history of international markets, copyright, and the book trade as shaping forces in American literature and culture.
This Special Collection takes its inspiration from Mnemosyne Atlas, by the art historian and cultural theorist Aby Warburg. Articles were invited to consider, in the spirit of Warburg’s Atlas, the use and reuse of images in art and art history, from antiquity to the present day.
This Special Collection examines how the study of ancient myths and cults within their socio-cultural context challenges traditionalist approaches to the history of religion. The articles offer new paths of inquiry that could help us to extract new data and shape a new interdisciplinarity in the research of the religions and cults of Antiquity.
This Special Collection seeks to consider the chequered history of the westernised university, to diagnose its embattled present, and to imagine its future. Cross-disciplinary articles were chosen from across the humanities and social sciences, as well as from the critical, creative and deviant work of educators and activists.