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Steve Chibnall

psychological complexity and dramatic tension in its reconstruction of Maclean’s band of saboteurs. Similarly, it seeks to widen and intensify the discursive elements of MacLean’s text, sharpening its moral issues and underlining its allusions to classical mythology. The press statement Foreman issued at the time of the film’s release makes it clear that he saw the mission on Navarone as an heroic quest with a symbolic goal

in J. Lee Thompson
Timothy Noël Peacock

10 Rewriting political mythology in 2017 I worked in a minority government, I worked in the 1974 to 79 Labour Government, and if you’re in that situation, then you have to compromise not only with your own side, but also with the other side as well, that’s just the way the alchemy and the chemistry of Parliament works.1 This comment in the early hours of election night on 8 June 2017 by Jack Straw (who held a number of senior offices in Labour Governments between 1997 and 2010) epitomises how the experience of the 1970s has been assimilated by subsequent

in The British tradition of minority government
Fabian Graham

, local magistrates and government officials customarily swore oaths of allegiance to emperor and country before their altars. The inclusion of magistrates and city gods in most Tua Di Ya Pek mythologies most likely stemmed from these associations in the imperial state religion. According to County records, during the Ming dynasty the temple was rebuilt twice, in 1368 and 1565, and three additional halls were added between 1472 and 1479, all work being undertaken by local magistrates. The 1565 construction by magistrate Cai Changyu followed the

in Voices from the Underworld
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09 1970 53 53 1 1 122 122 166 166 10.7227/BJRL.53.1.5 Les objets du Culte, le Sanctuaire du Désert et le Temple de Jérusalem, dans les Bibles Hébraiques Médiévales Enluminées, en Orient et en Espagne: II (with four plates) Metzger Thérése 09 1970 53 53 1 1 167 167 209 209 10.7227/BJRL.53.1.6 Kafka’s modern mythology Parry

Idris Parry
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Essam El Saeed

10 Magico-medical aspects of the mythology of Osiris Essam El Saeed The ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris can be reconstructed from various Pharaonic sources and includes some significant magico-medical aspects (Pinch 1994: 133–46; Koenig 2002; Campbell, El Saeed and David 2010; Győry 2011). It is likely that these had a special resonance for ancient Egyptian healing practitioners (Reeves 1992; David 2008, 2011). Several mythic episodes emphasise the transformative power of magic and healing, with special emphasis on the conception, birth and early life of Horus

in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
Vinland and historical imagination

From Iceland to the Americas, an anthology of thirteen original critical essays, is an exercise in the reception of a small historical fact with wide-ranging social, cultural, and imaginative consequences. Medieval records claim that around the year 1000 Leif Eiriksson and other Nordic explorers sailed westwards from Iceland and Greenland to a place they called Vinland. Archaeological evidence has in fact verified this claim, though primarily by way of one small, short-lived Norse settlement in Newfoundland, which may not even have been Leif’s. Whether or not this settlement was his, however, the contact associated with him has had an outsized impact on cultural imagination in and of the Americas. Since the middle of the nineteenth century, indeed, novels, poetry, history, politics, arts and crafts, comics, films and video games have all reflected a rising interest in the medieval Norse and their North American presence. Uniquely in reception studies, From Iceland to the Americas approaches this dynamic between Nordic history and its reception by bringing together international authorities on mythology, language, film, and cultural studies, as well as on the literature that has dominated critical reception. Collectively, the essays not only explore the connections among medieval Iceland and the modern Americas, but also probe why medieval contact has become a modern cultural touchstone.

Fred Botting

Gothic fictions have, from their beginning, been fabrications. Shaped by their time, Anne Rice‘s vampire novels – Interview With The Vampire and The Vampire Lestat – participate in a logic of simulation: the former offers a nostalgic pastiche of Romantic and Baudelairean modernity; the latter an overblown reanimation of pagan and ancient mythologies. For all their nostalgia and recyclings, these postmodern romances remain tied to contemporary ahistorical and reversible axes of consumption and exhaustion, fatally in-human desiring and technological novelties, flaccid fantasies and tired trangressions.

Gothic Studies
Reification of the Mothers Role in the Gothic Landscape of 28 Days Later
G. Christopher Williams

As its title suggests, Danny Boyle‘s 28 Days Later is a zombie movie about procreation. While this idea – a human menstrual cycle alluding to the multiplication of the undead – may seem at first to be paradoxical, such an idea is hardly a new one in zombie mythology. Boyle‘s film borrows from the traditional Gothic through a number of standard Gothic tropes in order to define the character of the films female protagonist as one necessary for her biological or reproductive role and to ward off possible domestic chaos and invasion through her role as mother. The film acknowledges an idea of woman as objectified and violated in both a postfeminist, but strangely also traditionally Gothic definition of woman as sex object and mother who is necessary for this biological, reproductive role as well as her identity, not as survivor, but as domestic caretaker.

Gothic Studies
An Interview with James Baldwin (1969)
Rich Blint and Nazar Büyüm

This is the first English language publication of an interview with James Baldwin (1924–87) conducted by Nazar Büyüm in 1969, Istanbul, Turkey. Deemed too long for conventional publication at the time, the interview re-emerged last year and reveals Baldwin’s attitudes about his literary antecedents and influences such as Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Countee Cullen; his views concerning the “roles” and “duties” of a writer; his assessment of his critics; his analysis of the power and message of the Nation of Islam; his lament about the corpses that are much of the history and fact of American life; an honest examination of the relationship of poor whites to American blacks; an interrogation of the “sickness” that characterizes Americans’ commitment to the fiction and mythology of “race,” as well as the perils and seductive nature of American power.

James Baldwin Review