III. The Poetics and Politics of Rambling in Iain
Sinclair ’s Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire
Sinclair’s scenography is the microcosm of a London borough called Hackney.
The title of his book is a combination of the grandeur intended by the borough’s
Town Hall and the rose red color and name of the music hall, the Hackney
Empire. The former represents (for Sinclair) the city council’s undesired
interference in Hackney’s future, while the latter stands in for Hackney’s cultural
heritage.1 That Rose-Red Empire is born out of the conflict between the city
Fantasy without Fantasy:
Politics, Genre, and Media in the Fiction of
M. John Harrison
Fantasy without fantasy is a phrase adapted from the writer M. John Harrison
and used to address the inter-implication of genre and politics. The gesture of
subtracting fantasy from fantasy highlights a differential articulation (fantasy-
realism/fantasy-reality) which leaves neither pairing clearly separated according
to a conventional division of fiction and reality. Furthermore, it engenders ques-
tions of fantasy’s relationship to language
The Motorcycle as a Vehicle of Political E/Motions in
Rachel Kushner’s Novel The Flamethrowers
From zero to two hundred, turn right to go right.
From two hundred to three hundred, turn left to
Faster than three hundred, turn right to go right.
R. KUSHNER, THE FLAMETHROWERS, 125.
EMOTION, LITERATURE AND MOVEMENT
Originally denoting a public disturbance in the 16th century, the word ‘emotion’
(from French émotion, from émouvoir ‘excite’ based on Latin emovere) has,
since the 1980s