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Discipline and Murder: Panoptic Pedagogy and the Aesthetics of Detection in J.G. Ballard’s Running Wild

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My essay proposes a reading of J.G. Ballard’s 1988 novella Running Wild as a cautionary crime story, a parable about the self-fulfilling prophecies of contemporary urban fears and about the “prisons” they create in a consumerist, technology- and media-dominated civilization. Interpreted in the light of Foucault’s concept of panopticism, Ballard’s gated community as a crime setting reveals how a disciplinary pedagogy meant to obtain “docile bodies,” masked under the socially elitist comfort of affluence and parental care, “brands” the inmate-children as potential delinquents and ultimately drives them to an act of “mass tyrannicide.” Ballard uses the murder story as a vehicle for the exploration of the paradoxical effects of a regime of total surveillance and of mediated presence, which, while expected to make “murder mystery” impossible, allows for the precession of the representation to the real (crime). The essay also highlights the way in which Ballard both cites and subverts some of the conventions of the Golden Age detective fiction, mainly by his rejection of the latter’s escapist ethos and by the liminal character of his investigator, at once part of a normalizing panoptic apparatus and eccentric to it, a “poetic figure” (Chesterton) relying on imagination and “aestheticizing” the routines of the detection process.

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Oksana Marafioti: Translating Identities

Works Cited Chatwin, Bruce. Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings 1969-1989 . London: Penguin, 1997. Gálová, Adéla. “Oksana Marafioti: Writing Is a Constant Discovery for Me.” Trans. Gwendolyn Albert. Romano voďi, January-February 2017. 2 Apr. 2017. Web. 20 Sept. 2018. Hirschberg, Stuart, and Terry Hirschberg, eds. One World, Many Cultures . New York: Pearson, 2018. Katan, David. Translating Cultures: An Introduction for Translators, Interpreters and Mediators . Manchester: St. Jerome, 1999. Kenrick, Donald. Historical

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Welcome to the Desert of the Anthropocene: Dystopian Cityscapes in (Post)Apocalyptic Science Fiction

Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? ” The Journal of Popular Culture 46.6 (2013): 1276-1288. Preston, Peter, and Paul Simpson-Housley, eds. Writing the City . London: Routledge, 1994. Reynolds, Bryan. Transversal Subjects . Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Rhee, Jennifer. “Beyond the Uncanny Valley: Masahiro Mori and Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ?” Configurations 21.3 (2013): 301-329. Sharon, Tamar. Human Nature in an Age of Biotechnology: The Case for Mediated Posthumanism . New York: Springer, 2014. Suvin

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Ars Memorativa, Ars Oblivionis in Middle English Religious Plays

.” New German Critique 65 (1995): 125-33. Print. Balota, D. A., and J. H. Coane. “Semantic Memory.” Byrne, ed., 2008. 511-34. Print. Basu, Laura. “Towards a Memory Dispositif: Truth, Myth, and the Ned Kelly lieu de mémoire, 1890-1930.” Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory. Ed. Astrid Erll and Ansgar Nünning. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009. 139-55. Print. Beadle, Richard. “Introduction.” The York Plays. Ed. R. Beadle. London: Edward Arnold, 1982. 10-45. Print. Beckwith

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Narrating Motherhood as Experience and Institution: Experimental Life-Writing in Mary Kelly’s Post-Partum Document (1973–79)

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This article explores American visual artist Mary Kelly’s autobiographical work Post-partum document in reference to the politics of life writing. Resorting to Lacanian psychoanalysis, a pastiche of scientific narratives and other (auto-)narrative strategies, in her work Kelly documented the first five years of her son’s life from his weaning from the breast until the day when he wrote his name. By documenting her child’s development, the artist also recorded the process of her own formation as a maternal subject, a formation gradually worked out through an evolving relationship with her son. In her work, the artist made vivid the incompatibility and limitations of various narrative frameworks in retelling a fundamentally relational experience that verges on the mental and bodily, and which is necessarily mediated by the patriarchal ideology. This article analyses Kelly’s conflicting narrative strategies that fail to successfully represent the mother-child formative relationship and which demonstrate the mother’s ideological alienation. It reads Kelly’s work politically, exploring the ways in which Post-partum document’s (auto-)narrative voices address questions and dilemmas of the feminine/maternal subject, the subject’s formation, and the limits of its (self-) representation within patriarchy. The article argues that Kelly challenges the traditional autobiographic genre by attending to her lived experience as a mother and the culturally repressed maternal desire.

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Processes of Survival and Resistance: Indigenous Soldiers in the Great War in Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road and Gerald Vizenor’s Blue Ravens

mediating history. In Cathy Covell Waegner (ed.), Mediating Indianness, 91–94. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. Lee, Robert A. 2015b. Native postmodern? Remediating history in the fiction of Stephen Graham Jones and D. L. Birchfield. In Cathy Covell Waegner (ed.), Mediating Indianness , 73– 89. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. Magnusson, Sigurdur Gylfi. 2006. What is microhistory? History News Network . July 5. https://www.historynewsnetwork.org/article/23720 (accessed 3 July 2017) McCall, Sophie. 2013. Intimate

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General and Specific Culture Learning in EFL Textbooks Aimed at Adult Learners in Spain

manuels de langues étrangères. In Fermín Sierra Martínez, Mercè Pujol Berché & Harm den Boer (eds.), Las lenguas en la Europa comunitaria II: La ensenanza de segundas lenguas y/o de lenguas extranjeras (Diálogos Hispánicos 18), 327-346. Amsterdam: Rodopi. Risager, Karen. 1991. Cultural references in European textbooks: An evaluation of recent tendencies. In Dieter Buttjes & Michael Byram (eds.), Mediating languages and cultures: Towards an intercultural theory of foreign language education (Multilingual Matters 60), 181-192. Clevedon: Multilingual

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American Literature in Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 1968-2008 A Comprehensive Bibliography

-529. Bałazy, Teresa 1975 "Warren's Meet me in the Green Glen : An interpretation", Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 6: 147-155. Bałazy, Teresa 1977 "External mediation in Flannery O'Connor's Wise blood ", Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 9: 169-195. Carter, Steven 1997 "A note on Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway", Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 32: 217-218. Carter, Steven 1999 "Hawthorne our contemporary: Nathaniel Hawthorne's ‘The birthmark’ and ‘Ethan Brand’", Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 34: 341

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