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Alienation and Resistance

Representation in Text and Image

Editor(s): Laura Findlay, Gordon Spark

Book Description

This collection draws together recent work by new and emerging scholars which examines the representation of alienation and resistance in texts and images, both modern and traditional. The essays collected here incorporate both “high” and “low” culture, covering a wide range of disciplines from traditional literary sources to the more modern mediums of film and comic. Informing each of the contributions is one overriding question: what are the roles, forms, and conditions of alienation and resistance in our culture and its diverse media?

The contributors to this collection find examples of both alienation and resistance everywhere, from sixteenth century drama to contemporary fiction, from American comics to Eastern European cinema, from representations of the body to the site of the body itself. In seeking out these representations of alienation and resistance, the essays begin also to probe the limits and limitations of such terms. As such, the collection as a whole offers both a broad overview of the field of play as it stands today and makes tentative suggestions as to potential paths of future inquiry.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1964-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1964-6
Date of Publication: 01/05/2010
Pages / Size: 305 / A5
Price: £44.99


Gordon Spark is undertaking a PhD at the University of Dundee, where he also teaches on the English Literature and Academic Skills programmes. His research seeks to establish a link between the political and the narratological in the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro and Timothy Mo. He has also published on the work of John le Carré.

Laura Findlay is a postgraduate student at the University of Dundee, where she teaches English Literature and Film. She previously studied an undergraduate degree in English and an MLitt in Writing Culture, also at Dundee. Her research interests centre around representations of New York in 9/11 fiction, film, and graphic novels.

Pauline MacPherson is a Postgraduate student at Dundee University. She is currently working on her MPhil entitled 'Queer Perspectives in the Work of Jeanette Winterson'. She has published on Winterson and Queer Theory.

Andy Wood completed his PhD thesis, “’Come What May, We Are Here To Stay’: Popular Cultures and the Formation of Asian and black British Identities” at the University of Dundee in 2008. He has written on a number of aspects of Asian and black British fiction, film and music and published chapters in a number of collections and journals including Wasafari, A black British Canon? and The Routledge Companion to Black British Culture. He currently writes music features and reviews for the online magazine Is This Music? and has an essay in a forthcoming publication about Mark E. Smith and The Fall.