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American horror comics as Cold War commentary and critique

Printing Terror places horror comics of the mid-twentieth century in dialogue with the anxieties of their age. It rejects the narrative of horror comics as inherently and necessarily subversive and explores, instead, the ways in which these texts manifest white male fears over America’s changing sociological landscape. It examines two eras: the pre-CCA period of the 1940s and 1950s, and the post-CCA era to 1975. The authors examine each of these periods through the lenses of war, gender, and race, demonstrating that horror comics are centred upon white male victimhood and the monstrosity of the gendered and/or racialised other. It is of interest to scholars of horror, comics studies, and American history. It is suitably accessible to be used in undergraduate classes.

Daniel Muñoz Sempere

antipática, dice: ‘aquel hombre me carga’; se va para él, y le aplica un bofetón; de diez hombres que reciban bofetón, los nueve se quedan tranquilamente con él, pero si alguno quiere devolverle, hay desafío; la suerte decide entonces, porque el calavera es valiente; éste es el difícil de mirar: tiene un duelo hoy con uno que le miró de frente, mañana con uno que le miró de soslayo, y al día siguiente lo tendrá con otro que no le mire; éste es el que suele ir a las casas públicas con ánimo de no pagar; éste es el que talla y apunta con furor; es jugador, griego184 nato, y

in Artículos de costumbres
Daniel Muñoz Sempere

aprensión son las dos cualidades distintivas de la especie: sin ellas no se da calavera. Un tonto, un timorato del qué dirán, no lo serán jamás. Sería tiempo perdido. El calavera se divide en silvestre y doméstico. El calavera silvestre es hombre de la plebe, sin educación ninguna y sin modales; es el capataz del barrio, tiene honores de jaque, habla andaluz; su conversación va salpicada de chistes; enciende un cigarro en otro, escupe por el colmillo; convida siempre y nadie paga donde está él; es chulo nato; dos cosas son indispensables a su existencia: la querida, que

in Artículos de costumbres
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Translating W. G. Sebald, with and without the author
Anthea Bell

sudden wish to bring the book’s translation forward, again so I understood, was its topical relevance; it was felt that the Allied fire-bombing of German cities in the Second World War, so graphically described by the eye-witnesses of the time whose words Max Sebald quotes, had a modern echo in the NATO bombing campaign in Kosovo in the first half of 1999. Topicality can of course be a short-lived phenomenon, and in this case it was. The bombing campaign that began in Kosovo and spread to Serbia as a whole lasted some six months, and, despite after-effects, there was

in A literature of restitution
Tracing an insular riddle topos on both sides of the English Channel
Mercedes Salvador-Bello

seducam nunc multos et supprimo natos, nam perdent quod amant et nulli morte carebunt. 32 [I am torn apart by those whom I feed, as they are born and grow up, and are fed with good things, although they conquer me (literally, have put me under their feet). For this reason I now seduce (lead astray) and crush (literally, push down in the dirt) many of my newly-born, since they will lose what they love (i.e. their life) and none will dodge death.] If compared to Aldhelm’s Enigma 1 , the clues of Eusebius’s riddle offer a distant echo of the nursemaid

in Riddles at work in the early medieval tradition
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Joshua Davies

forced into a boat by Libyan soldiers in Tripoli and set course for Lampedusa. The boat was allowed to drift across the Mediterranean Sea for fourteen days, under the gaze of the NATO naval blockade of Libya and numerous other military and commercial ships. After they ran out of fuel and lost their satellite phone, the passengers in the boat were washed up again on Libya’s cost, although only eleven survived the journey and two died shortly after.4 Drift therefore traces trajectories of bodies as well as texts, histories and languages. Bergvall uses the medieval

in Visions and ruins
‘This Door is Shut’
Ruvani Ranasinha

(Ajmal Kamal, Ahmed Rashid, HM Naqvi) and South Asian authors (including one of India's most popular Anglophone writers, Shobhaa Dé), was organised by Ameena Saiyid of Oxford University Press, Pakistan and the British Council. The latter paid for Kureishi's trip. The intervening years had seen a surge of interest in anglophone Pakistani fiction in Europe, North America and India. In the aftermath of 9/11, the war on neighbouring Afghanistan, the rise of the Taliban and Islamic extremism in Pakistan, the increased NATO presence, and the nation's uneven and unequal

in Hanif Kureishi
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
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Appropriating white male fear
Michael Goodrum
Philip Smith

GOODRUM 9781526135926 PRINT.indd 275 04/12/2020 09:24 276 Printing terror endgame. With the threat of nuclear war ever present, as in the Able Archer crisis of November 1983 when the USSR mistook a NATO training exercise for Western mobilization against them, 1980s culture was awash with imagery of nuclear destruction.22 Even upbeat pop, such as the 1984 classic ‘99 Red Balloons’ by Nena, showcase how small the gap was between setting the charts alight, and setting the world alight.23 We would not wish to suggest, of course, that the 1980s and 1990s were a period of

in Printing terror
Robert Ormsby

after trying to rejoin the Ensemble in Berlin, his death followed interrogation by East Germany’s notorious Stasi secret police (Smith, ‘Brecht, the Berliner Ensemble’ 321). Whatever its cause, the actor’s death is a grim reminder of the tense diplomatic battles waged mostly behind the scenes of the Ensemble tour. West Germany had long pressured its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to

in Coriolanus