• The facade of the National Library of Scotland.

Hamish Henderson

Hamish Henderson and our Historical Moment

What’s the artist for in modern Scotland? Curating our accumulated history? Envisioning our possible and impossible futures? Diagnosing the ills of our present and prescribing treatment for the body politic? Showing us who we are, or who we ought to…

The CounterText Interview: Judith Butler

CounterText Volume 3.2 (August 2017) is a special issue entitled The Poetic, and contains a contains a wide-ranging interview with Judith Butler conducted by Aaron Aquilina (Lancaster) and Kurt Borg (Staffordshire). The following remarks, taken from near the end of…

Anthony Burgess in 1989 pictured by Helmut Newton

Anthony Burgess, Translation and Literary Forgery

By Martin Kratz In 1978, Anthony Burgess published several translations of work by the nineteenth-century Roman poet G.G. Belli. Burgess’s longstanding engagement with Belli had culminated the previous year in the publication of ABBA ABBA (1977), a hybrid novel/literary translation.…

The Contemporary British Novel Since 2000

Where is the twenty-first century British novel headed?  The Contemporary British Novel Since 2000 answers this question in the light of three recent literary developments.  The first is aesthetic:  early twentieth-first century novelists are going beyond conventional realism, and in…