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Mediating Vulnerability

Comparative Approaches and Questions of Genre

Mediating Vulnerability meditates on the creative and destructive powers of vulnerability in literary form.

To experience vulnerability is to experience the tension between ruin and creativity: a vulnerable species faces extinction but also evolution, and a vulnerable person risks both irreparable harm and transformative connection. Mediating Vulnerability explores how this tension plays out across contemporary literary studies. Examining a variety of approaches to the destructive and remediating powers of genre, the authors consider how vulnerability intersects a range of representational forms including high-profile fiction by Margaret Atwood and Cormac McCarthy as well as lesser-known graphic novels, video games, television, and photography.

272 pages | 6 x 9 1/4

Comparative Literature and Culture

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

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Table of Contents

Introduction: On/Off limits Anneleen Masschelein, Florian Mussgnug, Jennifer Rushworth Part 1: Human/Animal 1. What if they could speak? Humanized animals in science fiction Simona Micali 2. Rewriting the myth: consideration of the Minotaur in Georgi Gospodinov’s The Physics of Sorrow Nicole Siri 3. A vulnerable predator: the wolf as a symbol of the natural environment in the works of Seton, London and McCarthy Katerina Kovárová Part 2: Violence/Resistance 4. Retelling the Parsley Massacre: vulnerability and resistance in Danticat’s The Farming of Bones Eleonora Rapisardi 5. Toni Cade Bambara’s vulnerable men Tuula Kolehmainen 6. The Secret Agent – Fictionalizing history: Joseph Conrad and Stan Douglas Sandra Camacho 7. New worlds: violent intersections in graphic novels Jessica Gross Part 3: Image/Narrative 8. Ludic space in horror fiction Onni Mustonen 9. Graphic stories of resistance: a comic memoir of becoming Pinelopi Tzouva 10. The cryptographic narrative in videogames: the player as detective Ana Paklons and An-Sofie Tratsaert 11. Narrating pornographic images: photographic description and ekphrasis in De fotograaf by Jef Geeraerts Karen Van Hove Part 4: Medium/Genre 12. Through the doors of time: media interactions and cultural memory in El Ministerio del Tiempo Katie Ginsbach 13. Vulnerability as duality in speculative fiction Eva Dinis14. No, poetry is not out of date: notes on poetic writing and digital cultureJan BaetensTranslated by Marie-Claire Merrigan Afterword: Covid-19 or the vulnerability of the future Florian Mussgnug Index

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