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Author: Rachael Gilmour

At a time when monolingualist claims for the importance of ‘speaking English’ to the national order continue louder than ever, even as language diversity is increasingly part of contemporary British life, literature becomes a space to consider the terms of linguistic belonging. Bad English examines writers including Tom Leonard, James Kelman, Suhayl Saadi, Raman Mundair, Daljit Nagra, Xiaolu Guo, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, and Caroline Bergvall, who engage multilingually, experimentally, playfully, and ambivalently with English’s power. Considering their invented vernaculars and mixed idioms, their dramatised scenes of languaging – languages learned or lost, acts of translation, scenes of speaking, the exposure and racialised visibility of accent – it argues for a growing field of contemporary literature in Britain pre-eminently concerned with language’s power dynamics, its aesthetic potentialities, and its prosthetic strangeness. Drawing on insights from applied linguistics and translation studies as well as literary scholarship, Bad English explores contemporary arguments about language in Britain – in debates about citizenship or education, in the media or on Twitter, in Home Office policy and asylum legislation – as well as the ways they are taken up in literature. It uncovers both an antagonistic and a productive interplay between language politics and literary form, tracing writers’ articulation of linguistic alienation and ambivalence, as well as the productivity and making-new of radical language practices. Doing so, it refutes the view that language difference and language politics are somehow irrelevant to contemporary Britain and instead argues for their constitutive centrality to the work of novelists and poets whose inside/outside relationship to English in its institutionalised forms is the generative force of their writing.

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Sentient ink, curatorship and writing the new weird in China Miéville’s Kraken: An anatomy
Katharine Cox

), ‘Long live the new weird’, Third alternative , 35 (Summer), n.p. — (2008), ‘Multilateralism as terror: International law, Haiti and imperialism’, Finnish yearbook of international law , 19. Available: [accessed 21 June 2017]. — (2009), ‘Long live the new weird’, Extrapolation , 35. — (2010), Kraken: An anatomy (London: Pan Macmillan). — (2011), ‘M.R. James and the quantum vampire weird; Hauntological: Versus and

in Tattoos in crime and detective narratives
Representing organ trafficking in Asian cinemas
Katarzyna Ancuta

living donor transplants. The introduction of local and international laws prohibiting the trade in organs in the 1990s has pushed the procedure underground. Most Asian countries, South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines included, forbid the sale of organs for profit and demand that all donations be obtained from relatives and family friends. At the same time, the underground

in Neoliberal Gothic
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Theatre and protest in Putin’s Russia
Molly Flynn

’s official stance on the conflict and led to the mobilisation not only among the regime’s supporters, but also undecided and even critically-minded individuals’ (2017). The annexation of Crimea and Russia’s surreptitious involvement in the war in Donbas have paved the way for the persecution of individual artists and activists described above. By violating international law, persistently denying having done so, and suffering scant consequences, the Putin administration has proven itself capable of perpetuating even the most untrustworthy and destructive of cultural

in Witness onstage
Dramatic and civil logics of the European state-form
Jacques Lezra

Faith nor Oath is to be kept. (1676: 34) 4 It seems superfluous to add that these piratical ‘actors’ suffer new determinations, and ‘shift in identity’ correspondingly, as various supranational doctrines and institutions emerge after 1800, including the Law of Nations, different codifications of international law or

in Transnational connections in early modern theatre
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Fear, the law and liquid modernity
Avril Horner

from local obligations. International law and nation state legal systems significantly contribute to this strategy of disengagement and growing social liquidity. Increasingly mobile and evasive forms of power coincide with new forms of legal regulation and domination. ( 2007 : 1) The law itself then, by implication

in Globalgothic
Rachael Gilmour

popular currency in the UK in the early 1990s. In contrast to the term refugee, which names a (legal) status arrived at, ‘asylum-seeker’ invokes the non-status of a person who has not been recognized as a refugee. Asylum-seekers are literally pending recognition. Inscribing the category of asylum-seeker in British law through the enactment of a series of punitive asylum laws has enabled the British Government to manoeuvre around the rights of the refugee as prescribed by international law.36 Asylum seekers are held within a regime of ‘hostile language’ which serves to

in Bad English
Andrew Teverson

people’; and thirdly, it involves ‘a series of set piece political encounters – interviews with leaders and opposition figures and so forth’ (SRI, 79). Rushdie’s assessment of the political situation in Nicaragua is unashamedly partisan. He arrived shortly after the International Court of Justice in the Hague had ruled that US aid to the contras was in violation of international law (a judgement that the US House of Representatives had blithely ignored by granting a further $100 million worth of funds for the counterrevolution) and his

in Salman Rushdie
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Peter Barry

area of concerns (taking in, for example, medical ethics, international law, civil rights, social history, and the history of religion), while LGBT theory suggests an emphasis on literary, cultural, and philosophical matters. In both cases, the primary focus of the field is on matters relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. In the UK the pioneering academic presence in queer studies was the Centre for Sexual Dissidence (known as ‘SexDiss’) in the English Department at Sussex University, founded by Alan Sinfield and Jonathan Dollimore in 1990, with its

in Beginning theory (fourth edition)
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Kate McLuskie and Kate Rumbold

… spanning generations’: instead, it made the challenge from the alternative, equally authoritative value-position of individual human rights supported by international law. The values of and rights to culture, endorsed by a UN declaration, were challenged by the values and rights of individual women over the integrity of their bodies and their choice in matters of sexual behaviour, endorsed by international law

in Cultural value in twenty-first-century England