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Spaces of Expression and Repression in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture

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Edited By Izabella Kimak and Julia Nikiel

The essays included in this book offer an overview of literary works, films, TV series, and computer games, which reflect current social and political developments since the beginning of this century. The contributions intend to x-ray the most crucial aspects of contemporary North-American literature and culture. Addressing a variety of media, the authors of the essays probe the many ways in which repression and expression are the primary keywords for understanding contemporary American life and culture.

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Emotion Management and Damage Control: Navigating Global Reality in William Gibson’s Bigend Trilogy (Julia Nikiel)

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Julia Nikiel

Emotion Management and Damage Control: Navigating Global Reality in William Gibson’s Bigend Trilogy

Abstract: The article examines the multiple ways (i.e. panic, resistance, attempts at rational navigation) in which the characters in William Gibson’s Bigend Trilogy deal with their emotions triggered by the reality of globalization.

Keywords: William Gibson, Bigend Trilogy, conspiracy, cognitive mapping

The reality of late capitalism breeds imbalance; disparities are visible not only in access to information, wealth, experienced control, or complicity in global processes but also in the very experience of global reality. The degrees of power and privilege contemporary people exhibit are inversely proportional to their psychological susceptibility to global influences. The most empowered and privileged are in no way affected, let alone disturbed, by what is happening around them; on the contrary, thriving on change and friction, they quickly learn to not just navigate but surf global reality. Still, the majority experience global reality as destabilizing and oppressive; pushed around by the forces of globalization, they go to great lengths to keep their heads above the global flows.

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