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Reading Close Combat
Barry Atkins

tossed away at the top of the mountain might appear insignificant at that moment, but the inhabitants of the village below might have good reason to fear the avalanche. This calls to mind the Ray Bradbury story ‘A Sound of Thunder’ (most often read as concerned, supposedly, with temporal paradox rather than with the mutability of the historical text) where the careless destruction of a single butterfly by a group of time-trippers off exploring in the past plunges their ‘present’ into fascist tyranny.14 Close Combat does not allow its own snowballs to grow so big, but

in More than a game
Translatina world-making in The Salt Mines and Wildness
Laura Horak

have founded and led many grassroots trans organisations, campaigns, and actions, such as the TransLatin@ Coalition in Los Angeles, El/​La Para TransLatinas and the TGI Justice Project in San Francisco, the Translatina Network and FIERCE in New York, Butterflies Trans Foundation in Puerto Rico, and the national Trans Women of Color Collective. The concept of vulnerability has become central to trans activism, in terms of both the political work of trans survival in the face of structurally enforced vulnerability and political organising that centres the experiences

in The power of vulnerability
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Lillian Leitzel’s celebrity, agency and her performed femininity
Kate Holmes

not seem strong enough for the costume to have retained its position during her violent planche turns, suggesting that a body stocking must have been worn underneath. Regardless, Leitzel’s body would have been startlingly on display, with her sex emphasised due to the positioning of the glittering butterflies over breasts and in the proximity of the crotch. The slight ruffles of fabric at the hips evoke the circus ballet skirt but were designed to expose bare hips when her body was inverted. This is clearly a costume that sells sex more overtly within another

in Stage women, 1900–50
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Leonie Hannan

Harley, The aurelian legacy: British butterflies and their collectors (Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 2000), pp. 106–8; Richard Coulton, ‘“What he hath gather’d together shall not be lost”: Remembering James Petiver’, Notes and Records , 74 (2020), pp. 189–211; Tim Somers, Ephemeral print culture in early modern

in A culture of curiosity
Leonie Hannan

butterfly journey: Maria Sibylla Merian artist and scientist (Munich: Prestel, 2015) and Beth Fowkes Tobin, The Duchess’s shells: Natural history collecting in the age of Cook’s voyages (London: Yale University Press, 2014). 46 RSA, Transactions , vol. 2 (1784), pp. 164

in A culture of curiosity
Orientalism, miscegenation fears and female fantasy
Lucy Bland

weeping and occasional swooning, with the press repeatedly referring to her as ‘pale and drooping’, her ‘two frightened eyes, barely visible beneath the deep brim of the small cloche hat’.75 She wept so ‘copiously’, according to Reynolds’s News, that ‘several women in the public gallery were crying too’.76 The butterfly analogy which we saw used so widely in the reportage of young women and drugs was made here too, the Empire News commenting that when she spoke ‘it was like the fluttering of the gossamer wings of a butterfly on the wheel’.77 Marshall Hall mentioned more

in Modern women on trial
Rachel E. Hile

passage from Proverbs and a tale from Ovid as intertexts for the work suggests Middleton’s reasons for using an ant as the protagonist and leads to a potentially antiroyalist interpretation of the satire. The use of an insect protagonist would surely call to readers’ minds Spenser’s use of a gnat character in Virgils Gnat and a butterfly in Muiopotmos; or, The Fate of the Butterflie (both published in 1591 in MUP_Hile_SpenserSatire_Printer.indd 137 14/10/2016 15:36 138 Spenserian satire Complaints) or the bumblebee protagonist of Dymoke’s very Spenserian Caltha

in Spenserian satire
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Ezra Pound
David Herd

shall you know the dreary sorrow at the North Gate, With Riboku’s name forgotten, And we guardsmen fed to the tigers. (P, 137) And from ‘The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter’, communicating what otherwise she and her husband would experience together: The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind. The paired butterflies are already yellow with August Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. I grow older. (P, 134) What Pound discovers, and passes on, in Cathay is a poetry that understands itself as necessary, providing reports on circumstances that would

in Enthusiast!
Jonathan Atkin

disinterred by plunging shells. S—— itself is merely a heap of bricks and stones, and it reeks to heaven of mortality. Do you wonder that, reading Wordsworth this afternoon in a clearing of the unpolluted woodlands and marking the lovely faded colours on the wings of hibernated butterflies, and their soft motions, I felt a disgust, even a sickness, of the appalling wickedness of war.11 In a similar manner, the sight of the Somme valley brought forth bitter feelings from anonymous soldier ‘Bombardier X’ in his So This Is War, published in 1930. ‘How ghastly is this great

in A war of individuals
Science fiction, singularity, and the flesh
Caroline Bassett

: elements of an operating system, designed to make her user-friendly. These ruminations felt disgraceful’ (Mieville, 2011: 103). 16 A living ship, and then a missing ship named Perhonen , which is the Finnish word for a butterfly. 17 If these works are exploring the contest against a rising empire where

in Anti-computing