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Beyond landscape and lyricism
Author: John Kinsella

This book explores the author's contemporary poetics and pedagogy as it emerges from his reflections on his own writing and teaching, and on the work of other poets, particularly contemporary writers with whom he feels some affinity. At its heart is the author's attempt to elaborate his vision of a species of pastoral that is adequate to a globalised world (the author himself writes and teaches in the United States, the UK and his native Australia), and an environmentally and politically just poetry. The book has an autobiographical element, as the author explores the pulse of his poetic imagination through significant moments and passages of his life.

The Journey North in Contemporary Scottish Gothic
Kirsty Macdonald

The journey North is a recurrent motif throughout the Gothic literary tradition, often representing a journey back in time to a more primitive location where conventional rules do not apply. Within the context of contemporary Scottish Gothic this journey continues to involve a temporal regression. The North of Scotland, and specifically the Highlands, is still a Gothic location, allowing for an interrogation of the homogenising notion of ‘national identity’. In this article the journey North is explored in the work of contemporary writers and film directors including Iain Banks, Alan Warner, David Mackenzie, and Neil Marshall.

Gothic Studies
Guido Rebecchini

Working in collaboration with others, Agostino Veneziano produced three remarkable prints representing nude women seated or standing beside spectacular allantica vases and set before ruinous landscapes. This article investigates the authorship and origin of these unusual images. It suggests that the vases are presented as a metaphor for female beauty, and relates the visual rhetoric of these three prints to the writings of contemporary writers, including Agnolo Firenzuola (1493–1543), who described the beauty of women in relation to the elegant proportions of such vases.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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A Review of Hilton Als’ God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin
Leah Mirakhor

This essay reviews Hilton Als’ 2019 exhibition God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin at the David Zwirner Gallery. The show visually displays Baldwin in two parts: “A Walker in the City” examines his biography and “Colonialism” examines “what Baldwin himself was unable to do” by displaying the work of contemporary artists and filmmakers whose works resonate with Baldwin’s critiques of masculinity, race, and American empire. Mirakhor explores how Als’ quest to restore Baldwin is part of a long and deep literary and personal conversation that Als has been having since he was in his teens, and in this instance, exploring why and how it has culminated via the visual, instead of the literary. As Mirakhor observes, to be in the exhibit is not to just observe how Als has formed and figured Baldwin, but to see how Baldwin has informed and made Als, one of our most lyrical and impassioned contemporary writers and thinkers.

James Baldwin Review
Contemporary Irish and Scottish fiction
Glenda Norquay and Gerry Smyth

the margins – from Ireland to Scotland and back again – which threatens to ‘short-circuit the colonial divide’ (1996: 180). This concept of unapproved roads is one to which we shall return as we examine the ways in which contemporary writers also cross and map a terrain that does not require polarisation with a ‘core’ to give it significance. At the same time, however, Scott’s understanding of the peculiar merits of Edgeworth’s art is cast in terms which were to encumber much subsequent Irish and Scottish fiction. The merit of Castle Rackrent, it appears, is that it

in Across the margins
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Reformation: reformulation, reiteration and reflection
Rosemary O’Day

studying the Reformation debate in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries is essentially examining the attempts of some contemporary writers to use historical interpretation to shape the nature of the Reformation itself. John Bale, William Tyndale and John Foxe were themselves agents of Protestant reformation. Foxe used a version of history itself to make his point that England and its monarch were elected by God to complete the Reformation. This enormously popular work, supported by other Protestant polemicists in print and pulpit, gave the Reformation ‘form’ and

in The Debate on the English Reformation
Contested Nakba narratives as an ongoing process
Ronit Lentin

magazine produced by Zochrot (Hever 2010), proving that Israeli poets did deal, albeit often in veiled terms, with the Palestinian catastrophe as it was taking place. As my focus is Nakba commemoration, rather than an extensive analysis of Israeli Hebrew literary representations of ‘the Arab’, I discuss briefly some accounts of the Nakba in Israeli literary narratives, from the early 1948 generation melancholic writings to works by contemporary writers who, I argue, in giving their Palestinian protagonists a voice, appropriate that very voice. Based on my observations

in Co-memory and melancholia
Some medieval views of the crusades
Christopher Tyerman

the crusade and its ideology was solipsistically western, tapping into ubiquitous communal imprints of shared historical myths and legends, sustained by a vigorous liturgical tradition that maintained Jerusalem, the Holy Land and even a demonised Turk in an extended metaphor for godliness and the Christian life.65 The use of the crusade and its history, by humanists and other contemporary writers, occupied a world of polemic, serving parochial religious, cultural and political functions. By affecting to address actual immediate temporal issues, the logistical work

in The Debate on the Crusades
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Ecopoetics, enjoyment and ecstatic hospitality
Kate Rigby

to the nest, specifically as it figures in the work of the Romantic poet John Clare and is refigured in the ecopoetic experimentation of the contemporary writer (and erstwhile conservation biologist) David Morley. The interpretive frame that I bring to this discussion is informed by several further lines of theorisation which enrich Plumwood’s proposal for a ‘radical green writing project’: ecophilosopher Freya Mathews’s transpecies ethic of ‘bioproportionality’ (2014), which I relate to Derrida and Dufourmantelle’s notion of ‘radical hospitality’ (2000), and

in Literature and sustainability
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Author: Peter Morey

Rohinton Mistry is the only author whose every novel has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Such a Long Journey (1991), A Fine Balance (1995) and Family Matters (2002) are all set in India's Parsee community. Recognised as one of the most important contemporary writers of postcolonial literature, Mistry's subtle yet powerful narratives engross general readers, excite critical acclaim and form staple elements of literature courses across the world. This study provides an insight into the key features of Mistry's work. It suggests how the author's writing can be read in terms of recent Indian political history, his native Zoroastrian culture and ethos, and the experience of migration, which now sees him living in Canada. The texts are viewed through the lens of diaspora and minority discourse theories to show how Mistry's writing is illustrative of marginal positions in relation to sanctioned national identities. In addition, Mistry utilises and blends the conventions of oral storytelling common to the Persian and South Asian traditions, with nods in the direction of the canonical figures of modern European literature, sometimes reworking and reinflecting their registers and preoccupations to create a distinctive voice redolent of the hybrid inheritance of Parsee culture and of the postcolonial predicament more generally.