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Introduction to Literature and the Environment. This course is an environmental survey of Western literature.

Introduction to Literature and the Environment

In much the same way that feminist critics are interested in literary representations of gender and women, environmental critics explore how nature and the natural world are imagined through literary texts. As with changing perceptions of gender, such literary representations are not only generated by particular cultures, they play a significant role in generating those cultures. Thus if we wish to understand our contemporary attitude toward the environment, its literary history is an excellent place to start.

While authors such as Thoreau and Wordsworth may first come to mind in this context, literary responses to environmental concerns are as old as the issues themselves. Blog Archive » One man’s meat is another man’s Poisson (GRAVITY’S RAINBOW) Working notes: Notes on what literary theory does. Tuesday I sat down with other people to discuss literary theory (which, remember, is not critical theory) with one of our more prominent professors.

Working notes: Notes on what literary theory does

I agreed a lot with what he had to say--and even more with the jovial way he said it, with genuine seriousness appended as he focused on describing how using literary theory feels. I share some of my notes here, however, because regardless of agreement they offer at least another perspective on what to do with literary theory--or rather, what it's good for--at this stage in the game. He began by saying that the age where you had to be either for or against theory has completely passed (and this, I'll just say, is certainly true: it might be the case elsewhere that people are trying to breathe life into theory, but we're here all more focused on what you do with it now that it's over, or how you restructure things around a new and more interesting situation).

Surely no one has to do it. He used the example of Lévi-Strauss. Untitled Document. Simpsons at the Gates by Keith Gessen Intimations of the Coming Barbarism.

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Lempriere's Dictionary: Lawrence Norfolk. Hauntology: A not-so-new critical manifestation. Hauntology is probably the first major trend in critical theory to have flourished online.

Hauntology: A not-so-new critical manifestation

In October 2006, Mark Fisher - aka k-punk - described it as "the closest thing we have to a movement, a zeitgeist". A mere three years later, Adam Harper prefaced a piece on the subject with the following caveat: "I'm all too aware that it's no longer 2006, the year to blog about hauntology". Two months ago, James Bridle predicted that the concept was "about six months away from becoming the title of a column in a Sunday supplement magazine".

Only four months to go, then. My hunch is that hauntology is already haunting itself. Like its close relative psychogeography, hauntology originated in France but struck a chord on this side of the Channel. 40, Vladimir Nabokov. Vladimir Nabokov lives with his wife Véra in the Montreux Palace Hotel in Montreux, Switzerland, a resort city on Lake Geneva which was a favorite of Russian aristocrats of the last century.

40, Vladimir Nabokov

They dwell in a connected series of hotel rooms that, like their houses and apartments in the United States, seem impermanent, places of exile. Their rooms include one used for visits by their son Dmitri, and another, the chambre de debarras, where various items are deposited—Turkish and Japanese editions of Lolita, other books, sporting equipment, an American flag. Nabokov arises early in the morning and works. Wardshelley_scifiSmaller.jpg (3400×1826) My Lost Library - The Chronicle Review. By Ariel Dorfman In the ninth year of my exile, one sullen day in the winter of 1982, the phone rang in our house in Bethesda, Maryland.

My Lost Library - The Chronicle Review

When I heard the voice on the other end of the line, I tried to control my panic. I had learned by then that whenever anyone called me or my wife, Angélica, from my forbidden country, Chile, then in the throes of General Pinochet's dictatorship, it had to be bad news. The worst moment of each call was, paradoxically, before I got the alarming news about death or disappearance or torture. In the split seconds between identifying the voice in Chile and that voice speaking up and identifying the victim, a sense of dread would spread inside, a growth heavy with a soon-to-be-answered question: Who is it this time? The victim was not a human being. "You've lost half your library," Santiago said. "Half my library? "Yes. And that's when the exchange took an even stranger turn.

So maybe my bizarre sense of animation came from gratefulness. "Oh, the bathroom. SearchWorks (SULAIR) If:book, the future of the book. Dystopian Books - Dystopia. 20 Best Websites To Download Free E-Books, Part II. Few months earlier, we showed readers some 20 best websites to download free Ebooks and had been receiving a lot of feedbacks from readers together with their personal favourite.

20 Best Websites To Download Free E-Books, Part II

We thought that’s great and really appreciate each and every single plug. Thus it got us back into work again. After revising the previous post, and gone through each and every single of the suggested sites, here’s 20 Best Websites To Download Free E-Books, Part II. A user contribution entry. Full list after jump. Just PDF - eBooks and Docs.

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