Inside the New Directions in Religion and Literature series

By | June 26, 2024

Guest post by Emma Mason It is nearly twenty-five years since Mark and I met at the inaugural conference of the British Association of Victorian Studies in 2000. Both of us had recently completed our PhDs and, working as we did on religion and literature, experienced literary studies as not always hospitable towards Christian scholarship.… Read More »

The Power of Prediction

By | June 10, 2024

Guest post by Kevin Mills This year will see elections being fought for political control of both the USA and the UK. Campaigns are in full swing in both countries, and the pollsters are busy making their numerological predictions. Even though such supposed foresight is rarely accurate, it is said that politicians use the results… Read More »

Masks as agents of change

By | May 30, 2024

An excerpt from Mask by Sharrona Pearl Masks enable. They provide literal and metaphorical cover for that which we wish to ignore, obscure, hide from ourselves. In this way they enable and even create our own hypocrisies in a variety of contexts: for football players, whose masks simultaneously protect and endanger; for women’s faces and… Read More »

Living in the Teratocene: Bad Places, Dreadful Times

By | March 17, 2024

Guest post by Robert T. Tally Jr., author of The Fiction of Dread At the beginning of the twentieth century, dystopian fiction was arguably a minor, recessive, or even non-existent genre, while utopian visions seemed to predominate and proliferate. This is not to say that there were no dystopias being produced, and to the extent… Read More »

Descartes’s Stove

By | March 12, 2024

Guest post by Hsuan L. Hsu, author of Air Conditioning Because they were available long before artificial cooling, heating technologies are at the center of many early Western writings that reflect the cultural underpinnings of thermal comfort and air conditioning. Among the most eloquent examples of ambient temperature as a precondition for thought is the… Read More »

Fantasy Fiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology

By | January 17, 2024

Guest post by Jennifer Pullen             Once upon a time there was a little girl in Washington State with hippie scientist parents dismayed by their local school district’s choice to teach only creationism. Thus, they chose to homeschool their daughter. While she took state standardized tests to prove she was learning, she otherwise escaped the… Read More »