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  1. The Bothersome Details of the World: Richard Byrd, Little America, and the Problem of Retreat.Neil Badmington - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4):414-429.
    In 1934, Admiral Richard E. Byrd retreated from his crew at the remote Little America encampment in Antarctica to an even more isolated setting: a small underground shack on ‘the dark immensity of the Ross Ice Barrier, on a line between Little America and the South Pole’. Byrd remained there in solitude for a little over four months and later wrote about his ordeal in Alone. This essay considers Byrd’s account alongside his earlier Antarctic writings in order to ask what (...)
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  2. Critical Distance.James Corby - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4):293-294.
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  3. Thinking Through Tragedy: Critical Distance and the Law of Genre.James Corby - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4):368-382.
    This article focuses on two problems associated with tragedy. One ancient: what is it that draws us to the dramatic presentation of events of terrible suffering and loss? And one modern: namely, that while tragedies are still performed and appreciated, little new tragedy is being written. It will be argued in relation to the second problem that the vitality of tragedy as a dramatic form requires a less rigid approach to what might be considered tragic. And in relation to the (...)
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    Intermezzo: Play Trajectories in Mixed Reality Worlds.Giuliana Fenech - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4).
    Drawing on the work of Steve Benford, Gabriella Giannachi, Oliver Grau and Mark Hansen, this article explores the paradigms of mixed reality worlds in order to try to establish how aesthetic illusion is negotiated in the shift from a culture of representation in which art is formed by a fixed gaze and perspective which audiences interpret privately, to a culture of participation that offers audiences multiple opportunities for interaction with the work and each other. This analysis is important because it (...)
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  5. Laughing Otherwise: Comic-Critical Approaches in Alternative Comedy.Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4):394-413.
    The origins of ‘alternative comedy’ are difficult to pinpoint, though it coincided with the rise of Thatcher as Prime Minister in 1979 – that year saw the appearance of something called ‘alternative cabaret’, a term usually associated with Tony Allen, who combined activism and comedy. The acts this article will focus on are those which took a critical approach to comedy and/or politics – ‘alternative’ comedy, therefore, as seeming to promise change through critical awareness. This paper will discuss parody as (...)
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  6. Critical Proximity.Stefan Herbrechter - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4):323-336.
    This article explores the relationship between critical distance and the idea of proximity. In times that are often described as ‘global’, ‘24/7’, ‘connected’, ‘networked’ and ‘immersive’, distance seems ever reduced and proximity omnipresent. The contemporary impression of ubiquitous proximity might constitute a threat to the survival of critical distance understood either as a cornerstone of enlightened and humanist critical practice or as a key metaphysical ‘technology’. The resulting ‘crisis of critical distance’ produces the question of how to position oneself with (...)
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    Disembodied Politics: Commitment and Formal Distance in Rancière.Joël Madore - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4):309-322.
    In light of the theme and concerns of the present collection of essays, we may ask whether ‘distance in general’, and ‘critical distance in particular’, has truly disappeared with postmodernity. Proposing an immediate and interruptive political engagement with local issues, Jacques Rancière’s articulation of political mobilisation does seem to confirm this claim. Upon further inspection, however, his emancipatory politics repeat the same mistake of valuing an abstract universal at the expense of a concrete particular, however paradoxical this may seem at (...)
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  8. Skimming the Surface: Critiquing Anti-Critique.Noys Benjamin - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4):295-308.
    Contemporary forms of anti-critique take issue with critical distance as the root of critique’s ‘Olympian’ and hierarchical stance. Instead, they constantly call us to get closer: to immerse, network, touch or skim. Against claims to hidden or encrypted meaning to be revealed, they stress we stay as close to the surface of things as possible. These forms of ‘surface reading’ characterise a common orientation of literary and critical studies at the present moment – from invocations of materialities, networks and objects, (...)
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  9. Foucault, Critique, Subjectivity.Andrea Rossi - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4):337-350.
    This article interprets Foucault’s intellectual project by analysing the relation between his understanding of critique and the political conditions of subjectivation out of which it emerged. After reviewing some of the most typical criticisms of Foucault’s work, the argument shows in what sense he conceived of critique as a form of resistance and how the latter, in turn, was theorised as a force co-extensive to the power it counters. The paper goes on to argue that his theory of resistance is (...)
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  10. Agamben and the Poetics of Indifference.William Watkin - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4):351-367.
    Agamben’s overall method as detailed in The Signature of All Things is named by him as philosophical archaeology. Said archaeology addresses the large-scale concepts that organise discursive structures over time and place and reveals their common metaphysical basis. In particular an impossible to sustain economy between a founding common and a founded proper which constantly change place so that the clear distinction between that which founds and that which is founded becomes impossible to discern. It becomes, in his terminology, indifferent. (...)
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    ‘Life is a State of Mind’ – on Fiction, Society and Trump.Bülent Diken & Carsten Bagge Laustsen - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (3).
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    Fast Food, Happiness and the Misery of Behavioural Science.Robert Appelbaum - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (2):169-189.
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  13. Autonomy and Resilience in Cultural Work: Looking Beyond the ‘Creative Industries’.Beirne Martin, Jennings Matt & Knight Stephanie - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (2):204-221.
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    Sensory Siege: Dromocolonisation, Slow Violence, and Poetic Realism in the Twenty-First Century Short Story From Gaza.Isabelle Hesse - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (2):190-203.
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  15. Visualising Political Thinking on the Screen: A Dialogue Between von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt and its Protagonist.Hyvönen Ari-Elmeri & Möller Frank - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (2):140-156.
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  16. Transgression and Conservation: Rereading Georges Bataille.Rebecca Roberts-Hughes - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (2):157-168.
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    Ai Weiwei in New York.David Carrier - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (1).
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    Introduction.Paul Gladston - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (1).
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    Abandoned Negatives, Themeless Parks: Images of Contemporary China in Two Photographic Projects.Lu Pan - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (1).
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    Ai Weiwei’s Fairytale: A Unique Social Engagement.Yanhua Zhou - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (1).
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