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Title: Editorial : countertextuality and the political
Authors: Corby, James
Callus, Ivan
Keywords: Editorials
Postmodernism (Literature)
Discourse analysis, Literary
Issue Date: 2015-04
Publisher: CounterText
Citation: Corby, J., & Callus, I. (2015). Editorial : countertextuality and the political. CounterText, 1(1), v-x.
Abstract: The inside cover of every issue of CounterText contains a brief description of the journal’s rationale. Here, just the once and as is appropriate in the founding editorial, is some more detail: From the perspective of CounterText, literature is not what it used to be. Whether this implies decline or evolution – or both – is open to debate. There is a perception at large that literature in its conventionally received forms is experiencing an exhaustion of some kind, or at least that its broader resonances risk being overtaken in the drifts towards image cultures, digital spaces, the technoscientific and globalisation. But there is also the sense that today the literary might simply be elsewhere. In that regard it seems increasingly implausible to rely on the term literature to serve as an adequate way of naming the various diverse and evolving contemporary manifestations of the literary. CounterText sets out to understand this fluid ‘post-literary’ reality. Grasped in this way, the post-literary refers to the domain in which any artefact that might have some claim on the literary appears. Inevitably, most of these artefacts conform to presiding conditions of the literary, doing little or nothing to challenge or reconfigure cultural givens and accepted notions of textuality. However, the post-literary domain also allows for new and exorbitant migrations and mutations of the literary that might force the very concept to be revisited and rethought. Such artefacts – works or cultural practices that appear in the post-literary as a challenge, manifesting an unorthodox or critical stand on the literary – might be called ‘countertextual’. Understood in this way, the countertextual is energetic, revelatory, oriented to the future and to the chance of writing, offering a critical stance and a style of thought and expression born from the emergence of the literary’s new texts and contexts. From the perspective of the countertextual, then, the literary is not what it used to be. It is, in fact, more open and freer than ever. CounterText is the journal that seeks to explore this perspective.
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