11th February 2019 by

On Keeping a Notebook: Reading Joan Didion (20 Feb 2019, 2pm)

This week we’ll compare notes on how we record our ideas and observations – whether for research, writing or personal pleasure. Our text this week is Joan Didion’s ‘On Keeping a Notebook’. This week, the doctoral seminar will be at the earlier time of 1pm-2pm.


Joan Didion, ‘On Keeping a Notebook’, from Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968). Access online.

Time & Place:
  • 14:00-15:00, Wed 20 Feb 2019 – note the earlier time.
  • Shackleton Room (Arts 439)

About the Doctoral Seminar:

This is an informal weekly reading group run for postgraduates within the Department of English Literature. We select a short text to read in advance, often a work of theory, then meet to discuss it. The seminar provides an opportunity to consider aspects of the reading that were thought-provoking or challenging for you, think about how it relates to texts you may have studied or plan to read, and share aspects of your own research and academic practice. It’s also a chance to get together, try out ideas, and meet fellow postgraduate researchers. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits and you are very welcome!

For access to readings, please email Dorothy Butchard (d.butchard@bham.ac.uk).