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The threshold between abstraction and materiality
Lisa Mullen

the blunt bullying tactics of the spiv Horace, who has followed her to her hiding place and effortlessly relieves her of her spoils. Barbary has learnt a sharp lesson about post-war consumerism: things ‘glittering into the focus of attainability’ may prove as ephemeral as the commodities ‘blown sky high’ by the war. Barbary’s drift from the anarchism of the unmediated ruins to the trap of consumerism and the lure of objects of desire leaves her little choice but to retreat even further into her fantasy that she is still in Provence and on the

in Mid-century gothic
Claire Sheridan

’ in Godwin’s Caleb Williams in its construction ‘around competing discourses whose demarcations remain visible’, 10 a description that can be transferred to the serial, literally ‘visible’ medium of Watchmen . Moore’s narrative ethic, and his commitment to anarchism, also suggests connections to the Godwinian tradition. Here he is discussing V for Vendetta

in Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition
William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft and the perils of the present
Jonathan Dent

perfectibility of humankind. Political Justice brought Godwin immediate renown and, due to his philosophical anarchism and atheism, no small degree of notoriety. 9 As the British government became increasingly intransigent towards reformers in the 1790s, Godwin and Wollstonecraft became interested in fiction as a way of disseminating (and further exploring) their political ideas. They were particularly

in Sinister histories
Representations of the past in Clara Reeve’s The Old English Baron (1778)
Jonathan Dent

Rapin’s critics were quick to react to the clear Whig slant of his History of England . In 1734, the Defence of English History Against the Misrepresentations of M. de Rapin-Thoyras (1734) was published. This work criticised the History of England as anti-monarchical, anti-Church, and accused Rapin of promoting levelling and anarchism

in Sinister histories
Detection, deviance and disability in Richard Marsh’s Judith Lee stories
Minna Vuohelainen

references to this story are given in the text. ‘The Finchley puzzle’, in The Adventures of Judith Lee (London: Methuen, 1916), pp. 108–43 (p. 113).  2 Of Lee’s twenty-two cases, eleven deal with property crime and eleven with violent crime. Of the property-crime cases, five are to do with theft and burglary and the remaining six with fraud and swindling. Three murder cases are centred on Lee’s scrapes with international crime – anarchism, spies and mafia – and the remaining eight stories feature various types of murder or attempted murder. Lee also featured in two short

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915