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On the cultural afterlife of the war dead
Elisabeth Bronfen

imposed by the US government were the troops themselves, the most chilling war commentary from Iraq and Afghanistan has emerged from their ranks. Again, the soldier as reporter may not be new, but what is novel pertains to the fact that masses of images can now be transmitted almost immediately through cell-phones and the Internet, circumventing all instances of official control. And

in Monstrous media/spectral subjects
Having one’s cake and eating it too
Marie-Luise Kohlke

statement also obscures the text’s subtle contemporaneousness , helping to explain the Victorians’ conversion into such hypocritical embodiments of all-consuming western cultural imperialism and dreams of world domination run amok. Wanting was written at a time of high profile public debates about the legitimacy and efficacy of the US-led NATO military intervention in Afghanistan combatting what might be termed the ‘terrorist desires’ of armed non-state organisations such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda to contest western

in Interventions
Nineteenth–century fiction and the cinema
Richard J. Hand

in a wealth of other contexts including journalism, not least in covering the 1994 genocide in Rwanda to the twenty-first-century crises in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Conrad’s exploration of the unjust barbarity of colonial exploitation has become a powerful metaphor for modern war: Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) effectively uses the novella as the source for an exploration of the Vietnam War (although, notoriously, Conrad is not cited anywhere in the credits). The ‘Conradian journey’ also

in Interventions
Zombie pharmacology In the Flesh
Linnie Blake

Risen status. For Kieran was always ‘different’, marked out by his artistic aspirations, his desire to escape the confines of Roarton and his relationship with the hyper-masculine Rick Macy. It was this ‘difference’ that led him to kill himself in 2009 when Rick was killed in Afghanistan, having joined the army in the belief that Kieran was leaving town for college. Thus, both

in Neoliberal Gothic
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Writing popular culture in colonial Punjab, 1885– 1905
Churnjeet Mahn

sub-branch in Punjab through the introduction of the form from Iran and Afghanistan. The qisse is based in performance, with musicians becoming associated with particular types of qisse in different regions. As a form closely connected to Sufism, it developed with a strong philosophical basis, which often wove together historical fact with local legends, and regionalised practices of faith and worship. Because of their length in performance, qisse often take an epic form with rhyming couplets and repeated

in Interventions
Sherlock Holmes, Count Dracula and London
Andrew Smith

hacked or torn right out from the roots’ (p. 275). Kestner has argued that the tale represents a clear castration anxiety. It is an anxiety about disempowerment which is not only associated with Hatherley but also Holmes (who is unable to catch the criminals) and, for Kestner, Watson who is recuperating from a wound inflicted during his time as an army physician in the Afghan war. 29 These three images of damaged masculinity are

in Victorian demons
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Sexual surgery and Dracula
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

Surgeons in Ireland. Stoker’s other brother Richard was another surgeon, who had entered the Indian medical service and served with the Indian army in Nepal, Tibet and Afghanistan. Apart from family members, Stoker knew a number of physicians including Sir William Wilde, the eminent ophthalmic specialist and father of the famous wit and playwright, Oscar Wilde. Another

in Dangerous bodies
National identity and the spirit of subaltern vengeance in Nakata Hideo’s Ringu and Gore Verbinski’s The Ring
Linnie Blake

of horror cinema, specifically those Japanese horror films most recently subject to adaptation in the United States. Over the past fifteen years, as the United States has sought to increase its international influence over the strategically significant nations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and North Korea, it is notable that there has been an exponential increase in the availability, and hence consumption, of Japanese films

in Monstrous adaptations
The Man in Black
Richard J. Hand

a fatal car accident and claims he was a soldier in Afghanistan. It’s a pretty hostile place. Two and a half thousand years of spilt blood is bound to result in a certain number of … wandering spirits … The café, the begging drug addict, the car accident and the

in Listen in terror
Australian films in the 1990s
Jonathan Rayner

the Afghan crime family that planned the robbery. While neither the Australian driver nor the errant Japanese wife intend harm, their circumstances victimise them and as they become lovers they leave a trail of shootings, robberies, fights and car chases for their pursuers to follow. The punctuation of their trip by violent episodes meets generic expectations and emphasises the couple’s ultimate fate. The line of the road they follow to the coast mimics the lifeline on Midori’s palm, which a fortune teller says predicts the death

in Contemporary Australian cinema