Introduction



Expanded Field is biannual English-language journal for creative writing and image/text experimentation. Established in 2017, it publishes original and translated fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, and other experimental works not easily classified within genre boundaries.


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Special Issue Out Now!



The translation anthology The World in Short (Dutch: De Wereld in het Kort) is a special issue of Expanded Field. Though our regular issues are in English, the present anthology is published as a bi-lingual issue (Dutch and English). Some stories of this translation anthology have been recorded in Dutch and/or English as a podcast. To listen to these stories, please head to: https://www.vu.nl/en/news-agenda/agenda/podcastchair/index.aspx
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Introduction



Expanded Field is biannual English-language journal for creative writing and image/text experimentation. Established in 2017, it publishes original and translated fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, and other experimental works not easily classified within genre boundaries.


READ MORE
 
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Special Issue Out Now!




The translation anthology The World in Short (Dutch: De Wereld in het Kort) is a special issue of Expanded Field. Though our regular issues are in English, the present anthology is published as a bi-lingual issue (Dutch and English). Some stories of this translation anthology have been recorded in Dutch and/or English as a podcast. To listen to these stories, please head to: https://www.vu.nl/en/news-agenda/agenda/podcastchair/index.aspx
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Short Stories, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Image-Text


May 6, 2019

God Forbid the Blind Start Seeing

I’ve chosen a story that definitely made a big impression on me when I was a child. It’s about a poor peasant boy who receives a helping hand and rises in society. At the same time, he is disgusted by his humble origins. Back then, everyone around me – myself included – wrongly assumed that one day I’d become a very successful person. I was horrified […]
May 6, 2019

De Zwarte Spin

Ik was acht toen ik voor het eerst naar het buitenland ging met mijn ouders. De Zwitsers bij wie we te gast waren lieten ons kennismaken met deze dominee-schrijver uit de negentiende eeuw. Veel dialogen in zijn werk zijn in het zangerige Zwitser-Duits geschreven. Ik heb er een apart woordenboek voor. Onze gastheer was zelf ook dominee geweest in het Emmenthal en vertelde hoe hij in […]
May 6, 2019

Een Slachtoffer van de Reclame

De Franse naturalistische schrijver Emile Zola (1840-1902) is in Nederland vooral bekend door zijn 20-delige romancyclus Les Rougon-Macquart, zijn verdediging van de impressionisten en zijn rol in de Dreyfus-affaire. Dat hij zijn schrijverscarrière begonnen is als journalist en zijn hele leven voor kranten is blijven schrijven, is veel minder bekend. Deze teksten zijn in Frankrijk wel gebundeld in een prestigieuze Pléiade-editie, maar slechts enkele ervan zijn […]
May 6, 2019

Donkeys

Ik heb dit verhaal op de middelbare school leren kennen en het is me sterk bijgebleven. Ik koos het ook omdat je het geheel zelf kan interpreteren. Er staat geen exacte beschrijving over waar de twee hoofdpersonen zich bevinden, het kan op een kinderboerderij zijn, maar ook in een dierentuin zelf. Hetzelfde als met de vrouw die uiteindelijk niet de kat meeneemt, omdat ze weet dat […]
May 6, 2019

De Vijfde Droom

Voor het korte verhalenproject wilde ik graag iets van de Duitse schrijver Günter Eich aanleveren. Hij is als auteur net als Sartre getekend door zijn ervaringen in de Tweede Wereldoorlog en is een van de grondleggers van de zogenaamde “Kahlschlagsliteratur” of “Trümmerliteratur” waarin Duitse auteurs proberen om de staat en de stemming van Duitsers gedurende de Tweede Wereldoorlog vast te leggen. Toen ik 14 was luisterde […]
May 6, 2019

Het Wereldse Leven in een Notendop

Het verhaal dat ik voordraag is heel bekend in de islamitische traditie en wereld. Het staat symbool voor ons wereldse leven en wordt vaak gebruikt om mensen te herinneren aan de kwetsbaarheid van ons leven, maar ook de vergankelijkheid van ons bestaan en hoe wij toch ondanks deze staat van zijn ons leven leven hoe we het leven. Persoonlijk inspireert en raakt het mij enorm, en […]

The Momentum Issue



With “The Momentum Issue,” Expanded Field is excited to present its fourth collage of words and images with a recurring leitmotif.The collection of creative works in this issue is the sum of a variety of themes and tensions we found in and among our submissions. Such an underlying tension is one between technology and nature, or the push and pull between the weightless and the weighty. Factors such as these seemed to close in on the velocity of modern life times the mass of memories; and so, the overarching theme of momentum established itself. We are eager to present these newly selected creative works; their subterranean, thematic commonality excites us even more when we consider that their creators are a diverse group of international artists.
 

The Vortex Issue



With “The Vortex Issue,” Expanded Field is proud to release its third collection of words and images with a specific leitmotif. This issue revolves around the theme of circular movement. As an emblem, we consider the vortex to present the weight that exists within the pieces of this issue. But choosing a vortex was not just for its symbolism; it’s a pattern in every way. Through this rather abstract, swirling image, we hope readers will see the human element in these new creative works, and perhaps notice how we all accelerate our rhythms only to slow them down again, get caught in whirling motions, and often feel trapped. It’s when we desire to go back that we realize we may have gone too far.
 

The Impermanence Issue



A Morviv kit consists of two pre-filled syringes with ready-for-use sterile solution for injection, plus a special timer. Syringe A (with a red safety cap) contains a clear, colorless or slightly opaque liquid with 5,000 IU Morviv death-inducing polypeptide. Syringe B contains a clear, colorless liquid providing the resuscitation solution.
 

The Death Issue



With this issue we are proud to launch Expanded Field, a biannual, online and open-access English-language journal for creative writing and image/text experimentation. Why Expanded Field? Following from art critic Rosalind Krauss’ 1979 article “Sculpture in the Expanded Field,” we want to draw attention to the tenuous manner in which various creative practices are set in relation or opposition to one another—and how we can further question the sustainability of genre- or medium-specificity. To this end, with Expanded Field we want to offer a platform for the exhibition of original and translated works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, image/texts, and other experimental works not so easily or readily classified.
 

The Momentum Issue



With “The Momentum Issue,” Expanded Field is excited to present its fourth collage of words and images with a recurring leitmotif.The collection of creative works in this issue is the sum of a variety of themes and tensions we found in and among our submissions. Such an underlying tension is one between technology and nature, or the push and pull between the weightless and the weighty. Factors such as these seemed to close in on the velocity of modern life times the mass of memories; and so, the overarching theme of momentum established itself. We are eager to present these newly selected creative works; their subterranean, thematic commonality excites us even more when we consider that their creators are a diverse group of international artists.
 

The Vortex Issue



With “The Vortex Issue,” Expanded Field is proud to release its third collection of words and images with a specific leitmotif. This issue revolves around the theme of circular movement. As an emblem, we consider the vortex to present the weight that exists within the pieces of this issue. But choosing a vortex was not just for its symbolism; it’s a pattern in every way. Through this rather abstract, swirling image, we hope readers will see the human element in these new creative works, and perhaps notice how we all accelerate our rhythms only to slow them down again, get caught in whirling motions, and often feel trapped. It’s when we desire to go back that we realize we may have gone too far.
 
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The Impermanence Issue



A Morviv kit consists of two pre-filled syringes with ready-for-use sterile solution for injection, plus a special timer. Syringe A (with a red safety cap) contains a clear, colorless or slightly opaque liquid with 5,000 IU Morviv death-inducing polypeptide. Syringe B contains a clear, colorless liquid providing the resuscitation solution.
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The Death Issue



With this issue we are proud to launch Expanded Field, a biannual, online and open-access English-language journal for creative writing and image/text experimentation. Why Expanded Field? Following from art critic Rosalind Krauss’ 1979 article “Sculpture in the Expanded Field,” we want to draw attention to the tenuous manner in which various creative practices are set in relation or opposition to one another—and how we can further question the sustainability of genre- or medium-specificity. To this end, with Expanded Field we want to offer a platform for the exhibition of original and translated works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, image/texts, and other experimental works not so easily or readily classified.