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From Iron Man Back to Trashman: Exploring the Science Fiction and Gothic History of Comics and Graphic Novels Thumbnail

From Iron Man Back to Trashman: Exploring the Science Fiction and Gothic History of Comics and Graphic Novels

Posted by Stuart Lindsay on June 21, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  Keith A. Spencer writes: ‘In both neoliberalism and superhero movies, politics and big political decisions happen because the elite (politicians or superpeople or supervillains) make them happen. Society is ruled over by benevolent philosopher-kings (plutocrats or superheroes both) who watch over us and aid only when needed’.¹ He furthers this conflation of individualism and neoliberalism in the superhero movie by claiming that ‘there will never be a superhero who originates from a robust democracy or an anarchist commune, because those societies don’t create individual

The Sepulchre by the Sea: Repressing the Violent History of New Zealand in Sydney Bridge Upside Down Thumbnail

The Sepulchre by the Sea: Repressing the Violent History of New Zealand in Sydney Bridge Upside Down

Posted by Timothy Jones on June 13, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with

By Edith Paton Ian Conrich portrays the New Zealand landscape as one of concealment: a green, clean paradise with a dark and treacherous underbelly. He goes on to say that national literature and popular opinion point to this dichotomous topography.[1]  If then what lies beneath is hidden, the land itself can be viewed as representative of a crypt in which the despair, isolation and loss which encapsulates the nation’s literature[2] is concealed.  In her introduction to Jean Devanny’s banned novel The Butcher Shop (1926) Heather Roberts asserts that violence in the New Zealand novel i