Comics and the world wars: a cultural record - Chapman, Jane; Hoyles, Anna; Kerr, Andrew; Sherif, Adam
Comics and the World Wars argues for the use of comics as a primary source by offering a highly original argument that such examples produced during the World Wars act as a cultural record. Recuperating currently unknown or neglected strips, this work demonstrates how these can be used for the study of both world wars. Representing the fruits of over five years team research, this book reveals how sequential illustrated narratives used humour as a coping mechanism and a way to criticise authority, promoted certain forms of behaviour and discouraged others, represented a deliberately inclusive educational strategy for reading wartime...
History-writing and violence in the medieval Mediterranean [special issue of Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean] - Liuzzo Scorpo, Antonella; Wood, Jamie
History-writing has often been preoccupied with the multiple shapes, forms and expressions of violence as a subject, while in some cases the rhetorical violence of some kinds of historical writing has been used as an instrument for the cultivation of power and authority. The deeds of great men and their conflicts, as well as divine intervention in the form of retribution and punishment and the moral lessons that could be drawn from such episodes were defining features of historical writing from its earliest days. The transformation of episodes of physical violence in the world into written form, not to mention...
Marx, Engels and the critique of academic labour [special issue of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labour] - Winn, Joss; Gregory, Karen
Articles in Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labour have repeatedly called for increased collective organisation in opposition to a disturbing trajectory: individual autonomy is decreasing, contractual conditions are worsening, individual mental health issues are rising, and academic work is being intensified. Despite our theoretical advances and concerted practical efforts to resist these conditions, the gains of the 20th century labor movement are diminishing and the history of the university appears to be on a determinate course. To date, this course is often spoken of in the language of “crisis.”
While crisis may indeed point us toward the contemporary social experience of...
Identity in animation - Batkin, Jane
Identity in Animation uncovers the meaning behind some of the most influential characters in the history of animation and to question their unique and often repressed sense of who they are. It is intended as a celebration of Identity and a revelation of the key issues and concepts that define its representation through history. Identity is at the heart of animation, yet it is often lost or misplaced, whilst the notion of ‘self’ offers a fascinating deconstruction of many of the characters we know and love.
From the long suffering ‘innocent’ Betty Boop who reigned the thirties with her kiss curls...
Beyond unwanted sound: noise, affect and aesthetic moralism - Thompson, Marie
Noise is so often a ‘stench in the ear’ – an unpleasant disturbance or a… But there is much more to noise than what greets the ear as unwanted sound.
Weaving together affect theory with technical descriptions, philosophical accounts, acoustic ecology and a range of noises – from disruptive neighbours to the music of Maria Chavez – Beyond Unwanted Sound critiques both the conservative politics of silence and transgressive poetics of noise, each of which position noise as a negative phenomenon. Instead, through the development of an ‘ethico-affective’ approach, this book aims to account for a broader spectrum of noise,...
William Blake and the myths of Britain - Whittaker, Jason
William Blake and the Myths of Britain is the first full-length study of Blake's use of British mythology and history. From Atlantis to the Deists of the Napoleonic Wars, this book addresses why the eighteenth century saw a revival of interest in the legends of the British Isles and how Blake applied these in his extraordinary prophetic histories of the giant Albion, revitalising myths of the Druids and Joseph of Arimathea bringing Christ to Albion.
Radical Blake: influence and afterlife from 1827 - Dent, Shirley; Whittaker, Jason
This is the first full-length study to be published on Blake?s influence on subsequent writers and artists since R. Bertholf and A. Levitt?s William Blake and the Moderns in 1987, and the first text to consider that influence across a wider range of cultural formats and activities such as music, film, and political thinking. Its contribution has been noted in the field and stimulated an increased interest in the study of Blake?s reception, notably in texts such as The Reception of Blake in the Orient (eds. S. Clark and S. Masashi) and Blake and Modern Literature (E. Larrissy), with citations...
Blake, modernity and popular culture - Clark, Steve; Whittaker, Jason
A continuation of Radical Blake that sought to expand its themes and methodologies, this collected edition brought together international Blake scholars to consider the impact of Blake?s work on a wide range of media and cultural activity, including film, graphic novels, psychology, and drama, as well as literature and the fine arts. Its origin was a conference in 2002, Blake and the Popular, held at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham and for which I was co-organiser with Steve Clark (University of Tokyo). Linking all the essays was the exploration of ways in which the first widespread appreciation of Blake as an artist...
Sound, music, affect: theorizing sonic experience - Thompson, Marie; Biddle, Ian
Sound, Music, Affect features brand new essays that bring together the burgeoning developments in sound studies and affect studies.
The first section sets out key methodological and theoretical concerns, focussing on the relationships between affective models and sound. The second section deals with particular musical case studies, exploring how reference to affect theory might change or reshape some of the ways we are able to make sense of musical materials. The third section examines the politics and practice of sonic disruption: from the notion of noise as 'prophecy', to the appropriation of 'bad vibes' for pleasurable aesthetic and affective experiences....
Blake 2.0: William Blake in twentieth-century art, music and culture - Clark, Steve; Connolly, Tristanne; Whittaker, Jason
Blake said of his designs, 'Tho' I call them Mine I know they are not Mine'. Then who owns Blake? Where does his work begin and end? There is something about reading and viewing Blake's multimedia which spurs creation in response. His reception goes far beyond academic criticism because he is more than just a literary figure: artist, printmaker, philosopher, revolutionary, visionary, Blake has always been more than words on a page. This volume follows some of his digital and analog regenerations in the fields of comics, cultural criticism, copyright; sculpture, surrealism, art history, art therapy; film, folk, rock, pop,...
William Blake and the digital humanities: collaboration, participation, and social media - Whitson, Roger; Whittaker, Jason
William Blake’s work demonstrates two tendencies that are central to social media: collaboration and participation. Not only does Blake cite and adapt the work of earlier authors and visual artists, but contemporary authors, musicians, and filmmakers feel compelled to use Blake in their own creative acts. This book identifies and examines Blake’s work as a social and participatory network, a phenomenon described as zoamorphosis, which encourages — even demands — that others take up Blake’s creative mission. The authors reexamine the history of the digital humanities in relation to the study and dissemination of Blake’s work: from alternatives to traditional...
Online journalism in Africa: trends, practices and emerging cultures - Mabweazara, Hayes; Mudhai, Okoth; Whittaker, Jason
Very little is known about how African journalists are forging "new" ways to practise their profession on the web. Against this backdrop, this volume provides contextually rooted discussions of trends, practices, and emerging cultures of web-based journalism(s) across the continent, offering a comprehensive research tool that can both stand the test of time as well as offer researchers (particularly those in the economically developed Global North) models for cross-cultural comparative research. The essays here deploy either a wide range of evidence or adopt a case-study approach to engage with contemporary developments in African online journalism. This book thus makes up...
Exploring green crime: introducing the legal, social and criminological contexts of environmental harm - Hall, Matthew
The application of criminological perspectives to discussion of the environment is a rapidly developing field at the cutting edge of criminology. This innovative but accessible introduction to the key debates in green criminology both familiarises newcomers to the field with the core theories and methodological precepts and challenges them to take a critical approach.
In addition to analysing an extensive range of contemporary issues – environmental harm, food and water security, fracking, climate change and genetically modified crops – the text steps back to examine overarching themes, including the power relationships between states, corporations and the human and non-human components...
Constantine: unconquered emperor, Christian victor - Stephenson, Paul
Constantine: Unconquered Emperor, Christian Victor is a masterly survey of the life and enduring legacy of the greatest and most unjustly ignored of the later Roman emperors – from a richly gifted young British historian.
In 312, Constantine – one of four Roman emperors ruling a divided empire – marched on Rome to establish his sole control of its western half. On the eve of the decisive battle, at Rome’s Milvian Bridge, he had a vision. A cross appeared to him in the sky with an exhortation, generally translated as ‘By this sign conquer’. Inscribing the cross on the shields...