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Ed Cameron

Ed Cameron‘s essay offers a Lacanian interpretation of the development of the eighteenth-century Gothic novel. Tracing the movement from Horace Walpole to Ann Radcliffe and Mathew Lewis, the essay argues that the Gothic supernatural machinery figures that which is immanent yet inaccessible to the narrative structure. Reading the supernatural as a literary delimitation of the excessive enjoyment of the Lacanian symbolic order, Cameron illustrates how the different manner by which each novelist relegates his or her specific use of the supernatural corresponds to different psychoanalytically recognized psychopathological structures.

Gothic Studies
Blake and the Science-Fiction Counterculture
Jason Whittaker

This article explores the more detached and ironic view of Blake that emerged in the 1970s compared to appropriations of him in the 1960s, as evident in three science-fiction novels: Ray Nelson’s Blake’s Progress (1977), Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve (1977), and J. G. Ballard’s The Unlimited Dream Company (1979). In adopting a more antagonistic posture towards Blake, all three of these books reflect increasingly ambivalent attitudes towards the countercultures of the 1960s, and can be read as critical of some of those very energies that the Romantic movement was seen to embody. Thus Nelson rewrites the relationship of William and Catherine, in which the engraver comes under the influence of a diabolic Urizen, while Carter recasts the Prophet Los as a Charles Manson-esque figure. Even Ballard, the most benign of the three, views Blakean energy as a release of potentially dangerous psychopathologies. In all the novels, we see a contrarian use of misprision, rewriting Blake as Blake had rewritten Milton.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Local Understandings of Resilience after Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Philippines
Ara Joy Pacoma, Yvonne Su, and Angelie Genotiva

April 2020 ). Iacoviello , B. M. and Charney , D. S. ( 2014 ), ‘ Psychosocial Facets of Resilience: Implications for Preventing Post-Trauma Psychopathology, Treating Trauma Survivors, and Enhancing Community Resilience ’, European Journal of Psychotraumatology , 5 : 1 , 1 – 11 . IBON ( 2015 ), ‘ Disaster Upon Disaster: Lessons Beyond Yolanda ’, (accessed 24 September 2021 ). IPCC ( 2021 ), ‘ Sixth Assessment Report ’, www

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Adapting the metaphor of psychopathology to look back at the mad, monstrous 80s
Ruth Goldberg

, including Capturing the Friedmans (2003) and Monster (2003) , which I have written about elsewhere. Each of these films adopts the framework and language of psychopathology in contextualising its monstrous protagonist. The apocalyptic tenor of the films suggests an emerging national metaphor, as if the cultural pathology which was latent in the 1980s is finally becoming manifest in our

in Monstrous adaptations
Social and cultural modernity beyond the nation-state
Author: Shivdeep Grewal

German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has written extensively on the European Union. This is the only in-depth account of his project. Published now in a second edition to coincide with the celebration of his ninetieth birthday, a new preface considers Habermas’s writings on the eurozone and refugee crises, populism and Brexit, and the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.

Placing an emphasis on the conception of the EU that informs Habermas’s political prescriptions, the book is divided into two main parts. The first considers the unfolding of 'social modernity' at the level of the EU. Among the subjects covered are Habermas's concept of juridification, the latter's affinities with integration theories such as neofunctionalism, and the application of Habermas's democratic theory to the EU. The second part addresses 'cultural modernity' in Europe – 'Europessimism' is argued to be a subset of the broader cultural pessimism that assailed the project of modernity in the late twentieth century, and with renewed intensity in the years since 9/11.

Interdisciplinary in approach, this book engages with European/EU studies, critical theory, political theory, international relations, intellectual history, comparative literature, and philosophy. Concise and clearly written, it will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals with an interest in these disciplines, as well as to a broader readership concerned with the future of Europe

A conceptual history 1200–1900

This collection explores how concepts of intellectual or learning disability evolved from a range of influences, gradually developing from earlier and decidedly distinct concepts, including ‘idiocy’ and ‘folly’, which were themselves generated by very specific social and intellectual environments. With essays extending across legal, educational, literary, religious, philosophical, and psychiatric histories, this collection maintains a rigorous distinction between historical and contemporary concepts in demonstrating how intellectual disability and related notions were products of the prevailing social, cultural, and intellectual environments in which they took form, and themselves performed important functions within these environments. Focusing on British and European material from the middle ages to the late nineteenth century, this collection asks ‘How and why did these concepts form?’ ‘How did they connect with one another?’ and ‘What historical circumstances contributed to building these connections?’ While the emphasis is on conceptual history or a history of ideas, these essays also address the consequences of these defining forces for the people who found themselves enclosed by the shifting definitional field.

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.

Kuba Szreder

-raising to create a field of shared experience and collective joy, unpicking the psychopathologies of individualised responsibility (Plan C 2018 ). In the early stages of COVID-19, the same collective formulated a clear set of demands, informed by the values of Acid Communism, including the strengthening of public health services, suspension of rents and universal basic income (Plan C 2020 ). To politicise psychological wellbeing means to target the structural causes of mental suffering. Berardi proposes to combine political action with therapeutic acts in order to

in The ABC of the projectariat
Kuba Szreder

100,000 people, making it one of the largest nationalist demonstrations in Europe), Imani Jacqueline Brown, an artist, writer and activist from New York, succinctly commented on the weird psychopathology of semi-peripheries: Historically, and even to this day Poles and other central and eastern Europeans are often considered not-quite-white-enough by Western European nations and the USA. Perhaps the far-right loves Donald Trump so much because he's offered them open tickets to USA-style whiteness

in The ABC of the projectariat
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Kuba Szreder

over a weekend. If they do not write yet another application or go to yet another event, conference, biennale, they are afraid that they will simply not secure access to → opportunities . On the other hand, the lack of direct supervision is still a privilege in the world where most of humanity is subdued by the discipline of work and sometimes literally enslaved. At the very least, your own internal boss will not shout ‘you are fired!’ or crack a whip. Instead, the response to the self-supervision is → burn-out , anxiety and other psychopathologies of

in The ABC of the projectariat