New book - Robert Appelbaum: The Aesthetics of Violence: Art, Fiction, Drama and Film
Violence at an aesthetic remove from the spectator or reader has been a key element of narrative and visual arts since Greek antiquity. Here Robert Appelbaum explores the nature of mimesis, aggression, the affects of antagonism and victimization and the political uses of art throughout history. He examines how violence in art is formed, contextualised and used by its audiences and readers. Bringing traditional German aesthetic and social theory to bear on the modern problem of violence in art, Appelbaum engages theorists including Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Adorno and Gadamer. The book takes the reader from Homer and Shakespeare to slasher films and performance art, showing how violence becomes at once a language, a motive, and an idea in the experience of art. It addresses the controversies head on, taking a nuanced view of the subject, understanding that art can damage as well as redeem. But it concludes by showing that violence (in the real world) is a necessary condition of art (in the world of mimetic play).
Publisher, year: London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017.
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New Doctoral Thesis: Ryan Palmer, Enchanting Irruptions: Wonder, Noir, and the Environmental Imaginary
This thesis investigates narratives of re-enchantment and disenchantment in three contemporary U.S. novels, Lydia Millet’s Mermaids in Paradise, Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange, and Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.
“The Imperial Short Story.” Special issue of Nordic Journal of English Studies 16/2 (2017)
“The Imperial Short Story.” Special issue of Nordic Journal of English Studies 16/2 (2017), edited by Stephen Donovan and Leonard Driscoll.
New Doctoral Thesis: Göran Rönnerdal. Temporal Subordinators and Clauses in Early Modern English: Stability and Change
My work is a corpus-based investigation of the use and development of temporal subordinators and clauses in Early Modern British English (EModE). The focus of the project is on the forms, structure, meanings, and history of these subordinators and clauses. My primary aim is to analyse stability and change in temporal subordinators and clauses across the EModE period; second comes the study of linguistic features, such as aspect, tense, mood and modality, ellipsis and non-finite forms, positions, coordination, and subordination of the temporal clauses. In addition, I examine the progress of these subordinators, and WHEN in particular, across text categories, text types, and the sub-periods.
New Doctoral Thesis: Kristen Rau. From Frontline to Homefront: The Global Homeland in Contemporary U.S. War Fiction
Criticised for providing a simplified depiction of a post-9/11 United States, contemporary American "war on terror" fiction has been largely neglected by critical discourse. This dissertation argues that this fiction offers a vital engagement with how the War on Terror is waged, and how the fantasies and policies of the Global Homeland inform it.
New Doctoral Thesis: Henrik Kaatari. Adjectives Complemented by that- and to-clauses: Exploring Semantico-Syntactic Relationships and Genre Variation
The present compilation thesis investigates adjectives complemented by that- and to-clauses. More specifically, the thesis is concerned with extraposed (e.g. itis likely that she will win and it is important to win) and post-predicate clauses (e.g. I'm sure that he's alive and I'm glad to see you). The thesis s most fundamentally concerned with the study of linguistic variation. Thus the aim of the thesis is to explain why a certain construction is used in a given context.
New book - The Futures of the Present: New Directions in (American) Literature
Danuta Fjellestad, David Watson (eds). The Futures of the Present: New Directions in (American) Literature. Routledge.
It has become a critical commonplace that postmodernism no longer serves as an adequate designation for contemporary literature. But what comes after postmodernism? What are the tendencies and directions within contemporary American literature that promise to shape its future?
New Doctoral Thesis: Tove Larsson. The Introductory it Pattern in Academic Writing by Non-Native-Speaker Students and Published Writers: A Corpus-Based Study
This compilation thesis investigates the use of a pattern that is commonly found in academic writing, namely the introductory it pattern (e.g. it is interesting to note the difference). The main aim is to shed further light on the formal and functional characteristics of the pattern in academic writing. When relevant, the thesis also investigates functionally related constructions. The focus is on learner use, but reference corpora of published writing and non-native-speaker student writing have also been utilized for comparison. The thesis encompasses an introductory survey (a "kappa") and four articles.
New Doctoral Thesis: Tasnim Qutait. "The Pathos of Past Time" Nostalgia in Anglo Arab Literature
This study explores the theme of nostalgia in contemporary Anglo-Arab literature from the 1990s to the present. Examining the implications of nostalgic tropes in Anglophone novels by Arab writers, the study makes the case that nostalgia is a key strategy used by these writers in their critical engagement with national historiographies and diasporic identities.
New book - The Idiom Principle and L1 Influence
Ying Wang. The Idiom Principle and L1 Influence: A Contrastive Learner-Corpus Study of Delexical Verb + Noun Collocations. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
New book: A Handbook in English Pronunciation
A Handbook in Pronunciation for Swedish Learners and Teachers by Per Otterstedt. This book provides an overview of the English sound system, and focuses on the areas of pronunciation where Swedish learners tend to have difficulties.
New book - British Working-Class Fiction
British Working-Class Fiction: Narratives of Refusal and the Struggle Against Work by Roberto del Valle Alcalá. This book offers an innovative account of post-war and contemporary British working-class fiction through the theme of the ‘refusal of work’ and its various iterations in Marxist theory and Continental philosophy.
New book - Terrorism Before the Letter
Terrorism Before the Letter: Mythography and Political Violence in England, Scotland, and France 1559-1642 by Robert Appelbaum. Oxford University Press. Terrorism is usually thought to be a modern phenomenon. But it is actually a foundational figure of the European imagination, at once a reality and a myth, and it has had an impact on political life since the beginnings of Europe itself.
New Licentiate Thesis in American Literature
Peter Waites: On the Boundaries of Watchmen: Paratextual Narratives across Media. Public defense: 13 November, 10:15, room 7-0043, English Park Campus.
New Doctoral Thesis in American Literature
Gwendolyn Haevens: Mad Pursuits: Therapeutic Narration in Postwar American Fiction. Public defense: 14 Nov. 10:15 in Geijersalen, English Park Campus.