Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Introduction

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Introduction

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As I write, I am sitting in my home office at the Shantou University in China, where I am teaching as an Associate Professor of English this year. I flew over to China a week ago, and I am just starting to settle into my new home. This is a temporary move for one to three years and the Pennsylvania Literary Journal will return to America shortly enough. Not much will change with PLJ during my stay in China, as I will have access to books, the internet, and to the various tools I use to edit, design and otherwise publish this journal. I plan on doing a special issue in the near future on Chinese or Anglo-Chinese literature, as I explore the Chinese literature and culture.

Another change with this issue is that unlike most of PLJ's issue, this is a general issue, without a specific focus because it has a dual focus. One of the sections is a new set of interviews with the winners of the Brooklyn Film Festival, and the second main section is two rebellious, anti-monarchical works from the 19th century by British authors.

The Brooklyn Film Festival interviews with producer-directors focus on three films, none of which were made in New York. Darà Kell talks about making Dear Mandela, a film that focuses on the shanty town housing struggles in South Africa. Daniel Long discusses Pigeon Kicker, which looks inward at the psychology of a psychopathic youth. And Tina Gharavi explains her Indian film, I Am Nasrine, about the struggles of a woman in a chauvinist world.

The rebellious stories are passionate, political statements that should be of interest to students of British political fiction and rhetoric. George Cruikshank, the infamous cartoonist and satirist presents his 1820 long, illustrated poem, The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder, which bitingly relates the various indescretions of the English Queen. …

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