• Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 10.1 (Apr. 2017)

      Blair, Peter; Chantler, Ashley; University of Chester (Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, 2017-04-01)
    • Flash: The international short-short story magazine, 7.2 (October 2014)

      Blair, Peter; Chantler, Ashley; University of Chester (University of Chester, 2014-10)
      This issue features new stories from Australia, Austria, Britain, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, and the USA. We are particularly pleased to open with pieces by two distinguished European writers, in luminous translations: two ‘zkv’s (‘zeer korte verhalen’ [very short stories]) by A. L. Snijders, who coined the term, translated from the Dutch by Man Booker International winner Lydia Davis; and three pieces from Austrian writer Josef Winkler’s When the Time Comes (2013), translated by Adrian West, originally published in German as Wenn es soweit ist – Erzählung (1998). Wonderful renderings by West of Winkler also appeared in Flash, 6.1. Davis’s impressive Collected Stories (2009) was featured in the ‘Flash Presents’ section of 6.2; her latest collection, Can’t and Won’t, is enthusiastically reviewed in this issue by Robert Shapard, editor of influential flash and sudden-fiction anthologies. This issue’s ‘Flash Presents’ contains four stories by Virginia Woolf: ‘A Haunted House’, ‘Monday or Tuesday’, ‘Blue & Green’, and ‘In the Orchard’. These are followed by our fourth ‘Flash Essay’. In ‘“Splinters & mosaics”: Virginia Woolf’s Flash Fictions’, Kathryn Simpson argues that Woolf’s experimental flashes provide insight into her emergence as a major modernist novelist and her enduring preoccupations. ‘Flash Reviews’ examines two other single-author books and two anthologies. Laurie Champion is entertained by Lucy Corin’s One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, a collection of short and short-short stories, while Christine Simon is intrigued by Will Eaves’s The Absent Therapist, a novel in flashes. Robert Scotellaro enjoys Tara Laskowski’s selection from ten years of the SmokeLong Quarterly, while Ian Seed embraces the longer perspective of Alan Ziegler’s Short, which ranges over five centuries of brief prose. Each review is accompanied by a sample story. Laskowski’s anthology is represented by Jeff Landon’s ‘Five Fat Men in a Hot Tub’, Ziegler’s by Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Artist’. Copies of the magazine are available through the magazine’s website: http://www.chester.ac.uk/flash.magazine
    • Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 8.1 (April 2015)

      Blair, Peter; Chantler, Ashley; University of Chester (Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, 2015-04)
      The fourteenth issue of Flash, which features new stories from Botswana, Britain, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, and the USA. We are pleased to open with four pieces by David Swann, whose Stronger Faster Shorter: Flash Fictions launched our new venture, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press. For more information about the collection and the Press, please visit Flash’s website. This issue also includes the 2015 winner of the UK’s National Flash Fiction Youth Competition, ‘Hide and Seek’ by Helen Gurr, a talented A-level student at Wirral Grammar School for Girls. The competition was organized by Flash and the Department of English, University of Chester; it was judged by the editors and leading flash author Vanessa Gebbie. ‘Flash Presents’ contains four pieces – ‘The Interview’, ‘The Goat Tetherer Attempts to Make History’, ‘The Shortage at the Petting Zoo’, and ‘Storage’ – from Nick Parker’s acclaimed debut collection The Exploding Boy and Other Tiny Tales (2011). In the ‘Flash Essay’ section, Charlotte Rich connects ‘Kate Chopin’s Very Short Stories’ to the late-nineteenth-century American author’s longer work. Alongside the essay, ‘A Very Fine Fiddle’ is reprinted; in Flash, 7.1, you can read ‘A Harbinger’, ‘Doctor Chevalier’s Lie’, ‘Old Aunt Peggy’, and ‘Ripe Figs’. ‘Flash Reviews’ assesses a rich diversity of texts: three chapbooks (Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s Of Dublin and Other Fictions, William Todd Seabrook’s The Imagination of Lewis Carroll, and Shellie Zacharia’s Not Everything Lovely and Strange Is a Dream); three longer collections (Stuart Dybek’s Ecstatic Cahoots, James Robertson’s 365, and Avital Gad-Cykman’s Life In, Life Out); and a compendium of five novellas-in-flash with accompanying craft essays (My Very End of the Universe, by Tiff Holland, Meg Pokrass, Aaron Teel, Margaret Patton Chapman, and Chris Bower). Copies of the magazine are available through the magazine’s website: http://www.chester.ac.uk/flash.magazine
    • Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 8.2 (October 2015)

      Blair, Peter; Chantler, Ashley; University of Chester (Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, 2015-10)
      The fifteenth issue of Flash, which features new stories from Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, and the USA. This issue’s ‘Flash Presents’ contains four haunting and humorous pieces – ‘City’, ‘Sale’, ‘Chances’, and ‘The Test’ – from Ian Seed’s mesmerizing Makers of Empty Dreams (2014). (For a review of Seed’s Threadbare Fables (2012), see Flash, 6.1.) ‘Flash Reviews’ opens with Brian Baker’s thoughtful evaluation of a major new anthology, Flash Fiction International, edited by flash luminaries James Thomas, Robert Shapard, and Christopher Merrill. Alyce Cook welcomes Silvina Ocampo’s Thus Were Their Faces, a retrospective selection of stories in translation from an important Argentine writer often overlooked abroad. Holly Howitt, Eileen J. Pollard, and Paul McDonald consider new collections from the USA: Grant Faulkner’s Fissures, Karen Stefano’s The Secret Games of Words, and Paul Beckman’s Peek. Sarah Taylor enjoys Short Christmas Stories, a children’s stocking filler by Britain’s Maggie Pearson. (Pearson’s Short and Shocking! (2002), also for children, was showcased in ‘Flash Presents’ in Flash, 6.1.) Complementing Howitt’s review of Faulkner’s 100-word stories, Beret Olsen assesses Michael A. Kechula’s Micro Fiction, a guide to crafting the drabble. The editors are delighted to announce the publication of Meg Tuite’s Lined Up Like Scars: Flash Fictions. Sassy and incisive, tender yet scalpel-sharp, Lined Up Like Scars is the second in a series of chapbooks published by Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press. It follows our inaugural publication, David Swann’s Stronger Faster Shorter. New stories by both authors appear in this issue. We are also pleased to announce the launch of the International Flash Fiction Association (IFFA). For information about Lined Up Like Scars and the IFFA, please see the ‘Advertisements’ section. To order Press publications or to join the IFFA, please visit our website. Copies of the issue are available through the magazine’s website: http://www.chester.ac.uk/flash.magazine
    • Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 9.1 (April 2016)

      Blair, Peter; Chantler, Ashley; University of Chester (Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, 2016-04)
      The sixteenth issue of Flash, which features new stories from Argentina, Britain, France, Hungary, and the USA, and boasts many of the world’s leading flash-fiction authors. It also includes the 2016 winner of the UK’s National Flash Fiction Youth Competition, ‘Silver Linings’ by Charlotte Rhodes, a talented A-level student at Winstanley College, Wigan. The competition was organized by Flash and the Department of English, University of Chester; it was judged by the editors and leading flash author and critic Holly Howitt. We are honoured to publish a final piece by the late Ihab Hassan (1925–2015), a brilliant literary critic and flash-fiction author. (Other stories by Hassan appeared in Flash, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, and 7.2.) In ‘Flash Reviews’, Christine Simon admires the ‘philosophical weight’ of the flashes in influential Brazilian author Clarice Lispector’s first collected short stories in English translation. Tony Williams enjoys Robert Scotellaro’s What We Know So Far, while Alex Tankard reflects on how what she knows affects her reception of Rosie Forrest’s Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan. Other reviewers feast their eyes on two beautifully illustrated collections: Caroline Jones is charmed by Vanessa Gebbie’s Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures, illustrated by Lynn Roberts; and Jude Piesse explores the story wood created by Nik Perring’s Beautiful Trees, illustrated by Miranda Sofroniou. Ian Seed meanwhile scrutinizes the flashes and craft essays in Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Genres, edited by Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov. Copies of the issue are available through the magazine’s website: http://www.chester.ac.uk/flash.magazine
    • Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 9.2 (Oct. 2016)

      Blair, Peter; Chantler, Ashley; University of Chester (Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, 2016-10-01)
    • A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East: Neo-Colonialism and Self-Fashioning in Hunter S. Thompson’s The Curse of Lono

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Taylor & Francis, 2011-03-10)
      This essay departs from the critical consensus on The Curse of Lono (1983) to argue that it forms an important part of Hunter S. Thompson’s oeuvre and shows significant developments from his celebrated 1970s work. The novel functions politically as a critique of late twentieth-century US neo-colonialism and thus anticipates the current globalization debate, at the same time as wrestling with the connected problem of its author’s acknowledged status as a celebrity or branded American product. The Curse of Lono’s complex structure of interwoven extracts from Thompson’s research sources, as well as Ralph Steadman’s drawings, reduces the importance of the central subjective voice that Thompson had employed since his 1970s books, enabling the novel to comment ironically on the notorious Gonzo persona in which, thanks to the very success of his earlier work, Thompson had become trapped, and on which he still depended commercially (I refer here to Michel Foucault’s concept of the author-function). The Curse of Lono mocks its Gonzo protagonist as both a tourist and a buffoon: it comments on the subjectivism of Gonzo ironically, pushing celebrity to its ludicrous limit by making the protagonist divine. At the same time, the novel demonstrates how authorship can emerge from the historical forces that fashion culture, such as globalization In order to unpack the satirical content of The Curse of Lono in the detail it deserves, this essay adopts a position broadly aligned with the Marxist stance on globalization that sees it as a term masking Western imperialism and the needs of finance capital: I refer here to the work of David Held, Anthony McGrew, Peter Cox, James Annesley and others.
    • Ford as Poet

      Chantler, Ashley; University of Chester (Routledge, 2018-12-03)
      A 7,000-work study of Ford's poetry, existing scholarship, and suggested new directions.
    • Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End: The First World War, culture, and modernity

      Chantler, Ashley; Hawkes, Rob; University of Chester ; University of Teesside (Rodopi, 2014-01-01)
      Parade’s End is the subject of the fifteen essays here, by both established experts and new scholars. The volume includes groundbreaking work on the psycho-geography of the war in Ford’s novels; on how the war intensifies self-consciousness about performance and sensation; and on the other writers and artists Ford drew upon, and argued with, in producing his post-war masterpiece.
    • The fourteenth-century poll tax returns and the study of English surname distribution

      Parkin, Harry; University of the West of England (Taylor & Francis, 2015-01-22)
      The modern-day distributions of English surnames have been considered in genealogical, historical, and philological research as possible indicators of their origins. However, many centuries have passed since hereditary surnames were first used, and so their distribution today does not necessarily reflect their original spread, misrepresenting their origins. Previously, medieval data with national coverage have not been available for a study of surname distribution but, with the recent publication of the fourteenth century poll tax returns, this has changed. By presenting discrepancies in medieval and 19th-century distributions, it is shown that more recent surname data may not be a suitable guide to surname origins, and can be usefully supplemented by medieval data in order to arrive at more accurate conclusions.
    • Fowles's The French lieutenant's woman

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Continuum, 2007-11-15)
      This book discusses the literary and historical context of the novel; the treatment of gender, sexuality, and social class; reviews of the novel, and the 1981 film adaptation.
    • From 'Identity Papers'

      Seed, Ian (Shearsman, 2016-02-19)
      Excerpt form a series of interrelated prose poems. Six prose poems: 'Discovery', Ramblers', 'Guest', 'Leak', 'Offer', 'Being True'.
    • From image to frame: The filming of The French Lieutenant's woman

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Chester Academic Press, 2009-08-22)
      This book chapter discusses the novel, screenplay, and film of the The French Lieutenant's woman in order to examine the roles of the reader, viewer, actors, director, and screenwriter.
    • "From mind to mind": Robert Browning and J.R.R. Tolkien

      Walsh, Chris (Chester Academic Press, 2007-09-10)
      This book discusses parallels between Browning and Tolkien in how they both offered thoughtful perspectives on the human condition.
    • From slash to the mainstream: Female writers and gender blending men

      Woledge, Elizabeth; University of Chester (Kent State University Press, 2005)
      This article discusses fiction written by women, that focuses on male protagonists, representation of whose gender is facilitated by the theme of same sex intimacy. This group of texts forms a clear subset of both mainstream science fiction and fantasy as well as of slash fiction, but by no means accounts for the entire spectrum of any one of these genres.
    • Fully Optimized: The (Post)human Art of Speedrunning

      Hay, Jonathan; University of Chester
      Over time, speedrunning communities work collaboratively to optimize, reconfigure, and improve upon the quickest possible completion times of video game titles. I argue that this progressive ethos, coupled with the performative nature of modern speedrunning, lends a distinctly artistic character to the practice. Speedrunning is a form of (post)human expression that is manifested not only through the programming of a video game, but also through players’ approach to gameplay. By choosing to speedrun, players actively impose a discrete temporal limit on the inhuman algorithms of video games, and so attempt to conquer and thereby curtail their technological novelty. However, within the field of game studies, the literature published on speedrunning to date is almost unilaterally anthropocentric, and focuses on the transgressive nature of the practice, ignoring the intricacies of its technological fundament. Rather, (post)humans and technologies interact in a transformational manner through intra-active assemblages, broadening the condition of embodiment. To theorize a posthumanistic theory of the practice, this article takes as its focus the speedrunning community of the video game Super Mario Odyssey and suggests that speedrunning may ultimately be considered a mode of (post)human performance art.
    • Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Relief

      Blair, Peter; Chantler, Ashley; University of Chester (Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press, 2017-03-24)
      60 authors; 60 stories (no more than 360 words); profits to Comic Relief.
    • Glass touches

      Seed, Ian; University of Chester (Stride magazine, 2015-05-31)
    • Gloriana’s Queer Skull: The Matter of Life and Death in 'The Revenger’s Tragedy’

      Rees, Emma L. E.; University of Chester (Universitatsverlag Winter Heidelberg, 2017-09-30)
      In this essay I ask whether The Revenger’s Tragedy paradoxically – perversely, even – shows a woman, Gloriana, in a position of absent presence and impotent power. Is it always the role of the memento mori to serve a higher purpose? Or does Middleton’s play merely show the desecration of a woman, both before and after death? Is there, in Middleton’s play, a kind of immortality brought about by the tenacious stage presence accorded to Gloriana’s skull? I read Gloriana’s (non)presence as epitomising Judith Butler’s work on gender as performance; even as preceding language. It is a reading that allows a way in to thinking about the apparently genderless skull’s distinctive onstage agency. Further, it is Gloriana’s skull or – more properly, here, Gloriana-as-skull – that vigorously challenges and changes plot, plotting, cultural expectations, and fixity, in a way that Gloriana’s living body never could.
    • Gonzo republic: Hunter S Thompson's America

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Continuum, 2011-11-24)
      This book examines Hunter S Thompson's complex relationship with America, covering the whole range of Thompson's work, from his early reporting from South American client states of the USA in the 1960s to his twenty-first century internet columns on sport, politics, and 9/11.