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Translit As Thought-Events: Cloud Atlas And Storyland, Catherine Mckinnon Jan 2015

Translit As Thought-Events: Cloud Atlas And Storyland, Catherine Mckinnon

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers (Archive)

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in (and publication of) multi-narration novels that surf time, genre hop and shift geographical location. In 2012, novelist and critic, Dougles Coupland, coined the term 'translit' to describe such novels (11). If we accept Couopland's term, david Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (2003), Steve Amsterdam's Things We Didn't See Coming (2009), Jennette Winterson's The Stone Gods (2007), and Michael Cunningham's, the Hours (1998) and Specimen Day (2005), might all be called translit, so too Virginia Woolf's not so recent Orlando (1928). By choosing to travel across ...


Signal Eight Times: Nature, Catastrophic Extinction Events And Contemporary Art, Su Ballard Jan 2015

Signal Eight Times: Nature, Catastrophic Extinction Events And Contemporary Art, Su Ballard

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers (Archive)

Human animals bought up in the Western tradition tend to describe their encounters with other species as exchanges of power, and when confronted with extinction rush to the defence of the species at risk. This essay documents a different approach to the defence of nature. Basing itself on the work of six contemporary artists and drawing on the thought of Donna Haraway and Gregory Bateson I show how it is possible to comprehend the catastrophic extinction of birds in New Zealand by thinking about ecology. I argue that rather than defend nature, these artworks stage small moments of encounter, which ...