A Special Issue of The English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies, Issue 31.2, due out October 2014
Guest editor, Marc Botha (Durham and Pretoria, Work Package 5 Researcher on Tipping Points)
The characteristic fragility of human existence has always been marked by a deep ambivalence regarding the future. On the one hand, ceaseless crisis and catastrophe appear to justify a pervasive pessimism, while on the other, it is difficult not to marvel at the seemingly boundless human capacity for novelty, invention and change. Literature, in particular, has the unique capacity simultaneously to exemplify and critically examine the fragile co-existence of utopian and dystopian visions of the future. Indeed, the literary imagination has the ability to negotiate the multiple valences of the past, the contingencies of the present and alternate visions of the future.
The English Academy Review proposes to investigate the relation between literature, fragility, and…
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