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Anchoring Retro Spirou et Fantasio and Spin-off Albums

Annick Pellegrin

moon ( La Face cachée du Z ), or addressing questions of national identity and racism ( Le Rayon noir ). However, there is also a relatively recent but distinct retro trend, with, to date, eleven contemporary works outside the classic series being set

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A Not-so-Islamic Utopia

The Dialectic between Realism and Messianism among Young Muslims in Rome

Andrea Priori

understood as a ‘retro-utopia’ ( Bloul 2005 ), that is, an ideal society that simply reproduces a model that “was given and then gradually lost” ( Maïla 1987: 40 ). A second novel element is that in spite of a substantial body of literature on the Islamic

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Caste, class, and the politics of personhood in neo-liberal India

Anumpama Rao

Craig Jeffrey. Timepass: Youth, Class, and the Politics of Waiting. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010. vii + 221 pages.

Manuela Ciotti. Retro-Modern: Forging the Low-Caste Self. London, New York, and New Delhi: Routledge, 2010. xvii + 292 pages.

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René, Ginette, Louise et les autres

nostalgie et authenticité dans la chanson néo-réaliste

Barbara Lebrun

France's retro rock music (chanson néo-réaliste) of the 1990s and 2000s favors acoustic music and "old-fashioned" instruments such as the accordion in order to reject today's fascination with novelty and consumerism. In doing so, this music genre looks back to pre-war France and rehabilitates an all-white national culture that is problematically nostalgic, in a similar fashion to the film Amélie. This article explores the ways in which chanson néo-réaliste still manages to forge a sense of protest identity in contemporary France, while engaging in apparently reactionary tactics. The specificities of this music genre are explored through an analysis of the lyrics, music, iconography and performance of, primarily, the group Têtes Raides, while contrasting their nostalgia of "protest" with that of the more commercially successful genre of variétés.

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Book Reviews

Ellen A. Ahlness and David G. Anderson

-technical projects, such as retro-breeding a woolly mammoth or recreating a lost biome. I enjoyed reading the book as a lively and sympathetic description of the Zimov family and of Cherskii itself. Sergei Zimov and his son Nikita are one of the better

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Tradition and Innovation in Franco-Belgian Bande dessinée

Fransiska Louwagie and Simon Lambert

recent adventures also involve a new engagement with the Spirou universe itself. The author concludes that there is a tension between a nostalgic revisiting of the series, associated with retro albums in general, and the potential for a more moral or

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Towards an Ecographics

Ecological Storylines in Bande Dessinée

Armelle Blin-Rolland

‘modern man’ across billions of years on the right-hand page and, on the left-hand page, accelerated retro-evolution to apes and to marine creatures in the space of a few months. 63 Another double-page sequence entitled ‘ Recette pour refaire du pétrole

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Acid Fascism

Nostalgia, Psychedelia, and Radical Right Masculinity

Jac Lewis

“vaporwave”—a genre of electronic music and computer-generated imagery that appeared in the 2010s and uses slow, hazy synths and saturated bright neon and pixel art to subtly parody the technological and cultural retro-futurist inertia of late capitalism. The

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Close to You

Karen Carpenter and the Body-Martyr in Queer Memory

Julian Binder

ever-changing camp canon, especially as her anorexia became visible in late-career music videos like “Touch Me When We're Dancing” ( Nolan 1974 ; Retro Channel Anglo 2016 ). Time itself and the development of narratives around Karen's memory have

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Naughtiest Girls, Go Girls, and Glitterbombs

Exploding Schoolgirl Fictions

Lucinda McKnight

of the 1980s in my step-daughter’s edition is more androgynous and muted. The naughtiest girl of the centenary edition is retro, in a plaid dressing gown and beside a fancy gold centenary medallion. The 1980s edition contains apparently original