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Chiharu Yoshioka

The Gothic is the discourse which embodies the dialectic of the Enlightenment, with its potential to push the frontier of reason into the mythologized darkness. Embarking on the use of genre fiction as political discourse and finding a voice to tell a story of her generation, Carter made a major breakthrough in her career. Making use of the Gothic palimpsest, Carters Marianne leaves behind the sphere of (feminine) ‘interiority’-the psychic spaces of desire and anxiety for the (supposedly masculine) catharsis in the Other world, as a sixties heroine of sensibility. Heroes and Villains calls for the reconstruction of enlightenment at the ‘post-modern’ ruins of civilization.

Gothic Studies
Crossing boundaries and negotiating the cultural landscape
Author: Janice Norwood

Victorian touring actresses: Crossing boundaries and negotiating the cultural landscape provides a new perspective on the on- and offstage lives of women working in nineteenth-century theatre, and affirms the central role of touring, both within the United Kingdom and in North America and Australasia. Drawing on extensive archival research, it features a cross-section of neglected performers whose dramatic specialisms range from tragedy to burlesque. Although they were employed as stars in their own time, their contribution to the industry has largely been forgotten. The book’s innovative organisation follows a natural lifecycle, enabling a detailed examination of the practical challenges and opportunities typically encountered by the actress at each stage of her working life. Individual experiences are scrutinised to highlight the career implications of strategies adopted to cope with the demands of the profession, the physical potential of the actress’s body, and the operation of gendered power on and offstage. Analysis is situated in a wide contextual framework and reveals how reception and success depended on the performer’s response to the changing political, economic, social and cultural landscape as well as to developments in professional practice and organisation. The book concludes with discussion of the legacies of the performers, linking their experiences to the present-day situation.

Rethinking verbatim dramaturgies

Responding to the resurgence of verbatim theatre that emerged in Britain, Australia, the United States and other parts of the world in the early 1990s, this book offers one of the first sustained, critical engagements with contemporary verbatim, documentary and testimonial dramaturgies. Offering a new reading of the history of the documentary and verbatim theatre form, the book relocates verbatim and testimonial theatre away from discourses of the real and representations of reality and instead argues that these dramaturgical approaches are better understood as engagements with forms of truth-telling and witnessing. Examining a range of verbatim and testimonial plays from different parts of the world, the book develops new ways of understanding the performance of testimony and considers how dramaturgical theatre can bear witness to real events and individual and communal injustice through the re-enactment of personal testimony. Through its interrogation of different dramaturgical engagements with acts of witnessing, the book identifies certain forms of testimonial theatre that move beyond psychoanalytical accounts of trauma and reimagine testimony and witnessing as part of a decolonised project that looks beyond event-based trauma, addressing instead the experience of suffering wrought by racism and other forms of social injustice.

Sexuality, trauma and history in Edna O’Brien and John McGahern
Michael G. Cronin

Beatles in 1963 and The Rolling Stones in 1965, for instance. But the phenomena of the Irish showbands, the emergence of the folk scene and the enormous popularity of the annual Fleadh Cheoil music festival were also manifestations of this new youth culture, and arguably had a more geographically dispersed and socially diverse impact on the country.2 It is unsurprising that a society undergoing a phase of accelerated capitalist development, as Ireland was in the Sixties, should view this energetic youth culture as a signifier of how the country was negotiating its

in Impure thoughts
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His Fake Book (1989)
Helena Grice

; writing in The Nation , John Leonard described Kingston’s ‘Novel of the Sixties’ as ‘an encyclopedic postmodern narrative that references, embraces, and absorbs a dizzying variety of sources from all cultures and eras’; 6 and fellow writer Bharati Mukherjee praised the text’s ‘remarkable display of wit and rage’ (despite also finding the novel somewhat ‘bloated’). 7 In evaluating these responses, E.D. Huntley muses that the aspects of Kingston’s novel that flummoxed readers were Wittman’s disorganized, unpunctuated, uneven, unstoppable free

in Maxine Hong Kingston
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Maps of the London Underground
Brian Baker

explicit in either Ballard or Sinclair’s work, the ongoing legacy of the equation between ‘madness’ and ‘vision’ can be traced in both. Sinclair uses the Laingian word ‘breakthrough’ to describe his trajectory from the ‘scepticism’ of the Kodak Mantra Diaries period, the late 1960s, to that of Lud Heat and the early 1970s: ‘That was the real breakthrough. It required this cataclysmic thing of the sixties, a sudden charge coming from every direction, a real battery […] I pulled back, got into my own territory, created my own space, and took

in Iain Sinclair
Helena Grice

are two writers who are less between worlds than of two separate ones. In terms of age, they are a generation apart: at 60-something, Maxine Hong Kingston could almost have literally as well as figuratively mothered the just-50 Amy Tan; whereas Kingston grew up in the post-war environment of Stockton, California, Tan was just a child in the sixties. Kingston’s academic life at Berkeley spanned the early to mid 1960s, and so her involvement and interest in ethnic, pacifist and feminist activism occurred at the same time as a period of especially vigorous political

in Maxine Hong Kingston
Dandyism, fashion and subcultural style in Angela Carter’s fiction of the 1960s
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

, Ian ([1994] 2008), Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties (London: Vintage). MacInnes, Colin ([1959] 2001), Absolute Beginners (London: Allison and Busby). McRobbie, Angela (1989), ‘Second-Hand Dresses and the Role of the Ragmarket’, in Angela McRobbie (ed.), Zoot Suits and Secondhand Dresses (Basingstoke: Macmillan), pp. 23–49. O’Day, Marc (1994), ‘“Mutability is Having a Field Day”: The Sixties Aura of Carter’s Bristol Trilogy’, in Lorna Sage (ed.), Flesh and the Mirror: Essays on the Art of Angela Carter (London: Virago), pp. 24–58. Palmer

in The arts of Angela Carter
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

subsequently become known Angela Carter’s poetry 83 as the British Poetry Revival saw an enormous increase in publication outlets: according to Andrew Duncan, ‘there were 2,000 poetry magazines during the Sixties; poetic activity went to an unheard-of height’ (Duncan, 2003: 76). Carter’s poems appeared in just such publications – principally The Aylesford Review (1955–68) and Tlaloc (1964–70). She also had three poems published in Universities’ Poetry, one in the Leeds University student magazine Poetry and Audience, and five poems in a pamphlet anthology entitled Five

in The arts of Angela Carter
Helena Grice

understand Vietnam as though it were a story.’ 6 As the forgoing quotation attests, Kingston’s initial motivation for writing The Fifth Book of Peace was precisely to narrativise the Vietnam War and make the case for an on-going peace. She has always adopted the perspective of the so-called ‘dove critique’ to the war in Vietnam. This view, popularised by the sixties’ antiwar movement, recognised the illegitimacy and corruption of Diem’s South Vietnamese government, and even acknowledged the strategic importance of Vietnam in the cold war political landscape of Southeast

in Maxine Hong Kingston