The Hyperlocal

Nicholas Birns talks about ‘the hyperlocal’, a modality of American journalism in the early 1990s that he adapts to characterize a flexible and transposable concept of the local used in eighteenth and nineteenth century British and American literatures.

Nicholas Birns teaches at the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at New York University. He is the author of The Hyperlocal in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literary Space (Lexington, 2019). With Louis Klee, he is currently coexisting a companion to the Australian novel to be published by Cambridge University Press. 

Image: “The Hyperlocal” © 2021 Saronik Bosu

Music used in promotional material: ‘It All Begins Here’ by Borrtex

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Resonance

Kim speaks with Julie Beth Napolin about Resonance.

Julie Beth’s book The Fact of Resonance: Modernist Acoustics and Narrative Form (Fordham UP, 2020) explores resonance and sound in modern literature. In the episode she references Jean-Luc Nancy’s book Listening (Fordham UP, 2007), Inayat Khan’s The Mysticism of Sound and Music (Shambala Publications, 1996), the music of Toru Takemitsu, and Damo Suzuki´s “sound carriers.” In our longer conversation she talked about Naomi Waltham-Smith’s new book, Shattering Biopolitics: Militant Listening and the Sound of Life (Fordham UP, 2021)

Julie Beth is an Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at The New School. She also makes music under the name Meridians. You can listen on Sound Cloud!

This week’s image is a simulation of interference between two sound waves in two-dimensions made by Ibrahim S. Souki, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License, from Wikimedia Commons.

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Decolonization

Kim speaks with Jini Kim Watson about decolonization.

In the episode she quotes John Kelly and Martha Kaplan’s book Represented Communities: Fiji and World Decolonization, University of Chicago Press, 2001. She also references Odd Arne Westad’s book The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times, Cambridge UP: 2005; Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o, Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Culture, Currey, 1986; Lorenzo Veracini’s work on settler colonialism and decolonization; and Patrick Wolfe’s argument that invasion and colonialism is not an event, but a structure.

To learn more about the “opening” at the moment of decolonization after WW2; she suggests you consult Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World, Duke UP, 2015.

Jini teaches in the English Department at NYU. Her book on decolonization in the Cold War, Cold War Reckonings: Authoritarianism and the Genres of Decolonization is forthcoming from Fordham University Press.

This week’s image is a 1942 proposed map for a New World Order.

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