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V as Conductor

V as Conductor

by Carson Lamont

June 2018

In Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta, the eponymous V declares, following the word’s etymology, that “anarchy means ‘without leaders’” (195). However, just as the text’s evaluation of fascism does not necessarily coalesce with dictator Adam Susan’s evaluation, V’s evaluation of anarchy is distinctly his own.

The Perfect Match: Satire and Suffering in the Poor Mouth and the Inconvenient Indian

The Perfect Match: Satire and Suffering in the Poor Mouth and the Inconvenient Indian

by Angelica Joy (AJ) Calapiz

June 2018

As James Joyce, the most influential Irish novelist, writes, Flann O’Brien is “a real writer with the true comic spirit”, a spirit that pervades The Poor Mouth. There is no doubt humour is a crucial factor of the book, a momentous aspect that seems to make the misery and suffering described enjoyable.

Power Glove: Biopower and Video Games in The Three-Body Problem

Power Glove: Biopower and Video Games in The Three-Body Problem

by Liam Title

June 2018

One of the key concepts discussed in Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality is that of biopower. Loosely defined, biopower is “the disciplines of the body and the regulations of the population,” with these practices constituting how “organization of power over life [is] deployed” (Foucault, 139). Given this definition, a significant aspect of biopower’s depiction in Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem is in the titular virtual-reality game of “Three Body”.

Cleanup on Isle Five

Cleanup on Isle Five

by Scout Wasdell

June 2018

After many years of being asked, “If you were on an island and could only bring one thing, what would you bring?” one may be frustrated after reading The Tempest for never having said magic powers. With magic powers, one can do practically anything: conjure food, build a raft, or enslave an island’s native inhabitants.

We’ll Take a Cup of Resistance Yet, for Absolutism is not the End

We’ll Take a Cup of Resistance Yet, for Absolutism is not the End

by Danielle Youlan Luo

June 2018

Rooted in scientific deduction and reasoning, Thomas Hobbes’s depiction of authority is a response to his understanding of human behaviours in the state of nature. Hobbes maintains that inherent human aversions and passions propel the disintegration of the state of nature into the state of war, since unregulated behaviours often result in the conflict of interest (Hobbes 76).