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Author: Andrew Tate

This book is a full-length study of Douglas Coupland, one of the twenty-first century's most innovative and influential novelists. It explores the prolific first decade-and-a-half of his career, from Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (1991) to JPod (2006), a period in which he published ten novels and four significant volumes of non-fiction. Emerging in the last decade of the twentieth century—amidst the absurd contradictions of instantaneous global communication and acute poverty—Coupland's novels, short stories, essays, and visual art have intervened in specifically contemporary debates regarding authenticity, artifice, and art. This book explores Coupland's response, in ground-breaking novels such as Microserfs, Girlfriend in a Coma and Miss Wyoming, to some of the most pressing issues of our times.

Chinua Achebe’s critique of cosmopolitics
Laura Chrisman

freedom of a hit-and-run driver, one that doesn’t even recognise that a corpse exists to be accounted for. Achebe’s account mentions no benefits to local people of their involuntary insertion into a global communication network. As long as the power that controls that global circulation is imposed, alien and unaccountable to local populations, then the circulation itself is unwelcome. People’s letters cannot be safe when their courier serves someone else’s king (well, any king). Global communication, ultimately, is only liberatory for those sovereigns or states that own

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Old things with new things to say
James Paz

importance. In the midst of an information age, driven by revolutions in digital technologies, knowledge can be created and shared rapidly, global communication made possible in a heartbeat, networks expanded beyond all comprehension. Such advances facilitate very fast styles of learning and teaching –​from the immediate reproduction of images to the use of social media in classrooms –​but they can also lead to reassessments of the merits of slower forms of scholarship and pedagogy. Our understanding of the ‘voice’ or ‘agency’ or ‘otherness’ of things will inevitably be

in Nonhuman voices in Anglo-Saxon literature and material culture
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Regions and universities in the post-2008 world
Chris Duke, Michael Osborne and Bruce Wilson

partnership, with the educational institution in the lead but co-owned by other parts of modern learning society. That perilous other world, the ‘real world out there’ beyond the university of which higher education is inescapably part, lurches from crisis to crisis. Leadership lacks confidence and is prone to narrow-focus, quick-fix, short-sighted policymaking. Often insensitive to the unintended later consequences of acts taken under political pressure, it leaves these as problems for others to resolve and pay for. Instant global communication, overwhelming information

in A new imperative
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Trish Winter and Simon Keegan-Phipps

English identity are often couched in terms of a more general sense of cultural homogenisation brought about by the seemingly insidious and unstoppable forces of global communication and commerce. This discourse is developed clearly in Kingsnorth’s book, Real England: Battle Against the Bland (2008), which links global capitalism with a cultural standardisation process that has the potential to eradicate the sense of England as a distinct place (and, implicitly therefore, the English as a distinct people): The things that make our towns, villages, cities and landscapes

in Performing Englishness
The documentary legacy of Sara Gómez in three contemporary Cuban women filmmakers
María Caridad Cumaná González and Susan Lord

spatial identities such as places, regions, nations, and the local and the global must be forged in a relational way too, as internally complex, essentially unboundable in any absolute sense, and inevitably historically changing’ (2004: 5). The affective nature of the politics of place (Thrift, 2004) yields new intensities in the global communication networks: the fronteras of belonging are virtualised

in Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers
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Globalization theory and India
Sagarika Dutt

.The capacity for interaction in the nineteenth century was considerably less than that of the contemporary era, in which satellites and the Internet facilitate instant and almost real-time global communication. But even in the nineteenth century there were differences between the Indians and the British. Infrastructural and technological innovations and advancements impacted on the growth of Britain’s political power over its colonies.The Indian subcontinent had been prosperous in ancient and medieval times but struggled to compete with the British who had much greater

in India in a globalized world
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Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and globalisation’s new uncanny
Barry Murnane

as an intact relationship to one’s immediate environment, the local is increasingly considered as simply one further interface in the global communication networks. Supposedly stable locations such as home, region or nation reveal themselves as embroiled in unceasing processes of global signification; they appear to be interpenetrated by processes (possibly) happening elsewhere (the here and the

in Globalgothic
The challenge of a globalising world
Caroline Turner and Jen Webb

, which demonstrates that the networking of the globe does not necessarily mean the destruction of the local. Indeed, there are situations where global communication technologies actually help to retain or regenerate traditional practices, languages and art, enabling ‘a denser, more intense interaction between members of communities who share common cultural characteristics’, which can re-energise ‘ethnic communities and their nationalisms’.17 At the political level, Zygmunt Bauman insists, the nation state is by no means irrelevant, or disappearing, despite the

in Art and human rights
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Ali Riaz

partly also to the realization that the homeland has changed. A key factor in this regard is connected with one aspect of globalization: communication. Thanks to new communication technologies such as the internet and satellite television, the homeland has arrived to those who live away from it. Inherent in these definitions is the primacy of space and reified notions of belonging and the ‘roots’ of migrants in places of origin. The relationship between these two (homeland and diaspora) are projected and understood as inseparable and simplistic. Levy has criticized

in Islam and identity politics among British-Bangladeshis