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Geraldine Cousin

comments highlight the essentially dramatic way in which Pullman approaches storytelling. On stage, it was the complex layering of visual narrative that is suggested by his response to images in comics that was the strongest element. Reviewers’ responses to the productions varied. Some deplored what they saw as Pullman’s anti-Christian message, while others applauded his militant humanism. This was especially the case when the shows were revived in December 2004, following the announcement that the proposed film version of His Dark Materials would ‘pander to the Christian

in Playing for time
John Kinsella

damage inflicted by the American military-industrial Christian right and its cronies around the world (Australia as extra state of America, Britain stuck in its fear cycle). A hundred thousand dead in Iraq, at least; no doubt many more. So why do I write poetry? Here are three poems from Doppler Effect, which constitutes nearly a collected experimental poems of mine. I originally wrote them out of frustration with the dissolution of the material and spiritual world, and the fact that language – any language – is the captor as much as the liberator. I had been trying to

in Disclosed poetics
Suzanne Conklin Akbari

, but what might be called a categorical immortality. Arabas is dead, but ‘the Sultan’ continues to rule the Saracens and harry the Christians, for as soon as Arabas’ death is known, ‘the Sarazenes crouned sir Garsy’ MUP_McDonald_02_Ch1 30 11/18/03, 16:57 Siege of Melayne 31 (491). Without missing a beat, the interminable conflict of pagan wrong and Christian right marches on. The exclusion of conversion in the Siege of Melayne distinguishes it sharply from the other Charlemagne romances conventionally associated with it. In texts of the Ferumbras group, following

in Pulp fictions of medieval England