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Book Review: AYAD A. ABOOD on New Flesh, Old Demons: Contagion Narratives in Post-Cold War U.S. Culture by Florian Andrei Vlad

For the last few decades, epidemics have swept into works of fiction. Besides driving plot lines in literature, film, television, video games and other forms of popular media, they have provided ubiquitous metaphors for the social transmission of ideological and

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Florian Andrei VLAD, Authority and Alterity Figures, Power Rearrangements and Reconfigurations: Cultural Studies versus Postmodernism

Abstract: The authority and alterity figures in the title are associated with theoretical narratives preceding the developments of both Cultural Studies and Postmodern thinking in the 1960s and 1970s. The present paper sets itself the more reasonable task of clarifying

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Eduard VLAD, Rasha Ali DHEYAB, Critical Language and Cultural Studies Approaches to the Development of a Framework to Deal with Racism and Immigration in the Public Space Today

Abstract: Historical surveys of the phenomenon of migration are useful for a better understanding for what is going on in the world today. However, the present article focuses on the critical language and cultural studies approaches to the development of

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Bianca-Roxana MOISE (NEACSU), Adina CIUGUREANU, The Beat Culture and the Reconfiguration of Space in Howl, On the Road, Naked Lunch, and The Holy Barbarians

Abstract: The Beat writers are known, besides their non-conformist literary works, to have managed to create liberating spaces in the disorienting and controlling spatial dimension of postwar America. Whatever work of the Beats one chooses to discuss, such as Allen

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Daniela IANOLE (ENACHE), Eduard VLAD, Power Relations: the Dialog Between Literary and Cultural Studies as Interpretative Framework

Abstract: This article aims at fashioning a suitable theoretical framework combining useful paths from literary and cultural studies. This critical landscape encompasses the dynamics of power relations which contemporary fiction is bound to engage with. This undertaking also makes use

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Rajaa HAMID SALIH, Eduard VLAD, Racism, History, and the Relevance of CDA Approaches to the Discourse of Migration

Abstract: The purpose of critical theories in the tradition of the Frankfurt School is to assess the true significance of prevailing ideologies promoted by privileged, ruling sections of a community. They may show that the dominant ideology misrepresents how human

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Mihaela VASILE (EPIFAN), Reassertion of Identity in Native American Women’s Autobiographies

Abstract: In the modern society, where alienation and powerlessness feature prominently, Native American writers provide in their works ways of dealing with traumatic experiences from the more or less remote past and of reconstructing an identity that resolves the inner

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Andreea COSMA, Beat City: “Metamanifest Places” at the Crossroads of Literature and Activism in the Beat Generation

Abstract: A spatial analysis of the works of the Beat Generation, compared to real historical events, reveals challenges that writers, as social activists, may be confronted with while experiencing urban life and living under the values, norms and principles of

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Adina CIUGUREANU, Andrei Dimitrie BORCAN, Real and Heterotopic Space with Joseph Conrad

Abstract: The article discusses navigation and the sailing ship both as real and heterotopic space in Joseph Conrad’s fiction, thus combining Michel Foucault’s theory on space with ecocritical and ecological views which look at nature (the sea) and the ship

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Eduard VLAD, Adina CIUGUREANU, Cultural Constructions of Space, Power, Ideology: Introduction

The current volume displays, like the overarching concept of identity featuring prominently in some of the following articles, constructedness, continuity, change. Like identity, what follows does not consist of proud expressions of stable truths and their accompanying statements. Regarding identity

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