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Tracing literary sites of activism
Author: John Kinsella

The essential purpose of my work is to challenge familiar topoi and normatives of poetic activity as they pertain to environmental, humanitarian and textual activism in ‘the world-at-large’: to show how ambiguity can be a generative force when it works from a basis of non-ambiguity of purpose. The ‘disambiguation’ is a major difference with all other critical works on generative ambiguities: I state there is a clear unambiguous position to have regarding issues of justice, but that from confirmed points, ambiguity can be an intense and useful activist tool. There is an undoing of an apparent paradox of text in terms of ‘in the real world’ activism. It becomes an issue of consequences arising from creative work and positioning. Whether in discussing a particular literary text or ‘event in the world’, I make use of creative texts at specific sites of a broader, intertextual and interconnected activism.

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Gregory Nava’s Bordertown and the dark side of NAFTA
Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

popular form, and thereby situate itself in a long tradition of gothic literary activism dating back to the eighteenth century. As one recent study of gothic activism puts it, the gothic mode is ‘particularly suited’ to the task of ‘influencing social change’ (Ledoux, 2013 : 7). Heir to this tradition, Bordertown borrows from the female gothic to create sympathy for

in Neoliberal Gothic
Corinne Fowler

committed literary activism spearheaded by figures as Lemn Sissay, SuAndi and Peter Kalu. While small local publishers such as Cheers Ta50 and Flapjack Press were set up to cater for poetry that is also performed to live audiences, it is arguable that contemporary black poets – both in Manchester and across Britain – suffer from their association with the performance scene. The growing popularity of poetry in performance is acknowledged as an engaging cultural phenomenon, but those who perform their work are rarely recognized as ‘poets’ per se. As the poet Ruth Harrison

in Postcolonial Manchester