This week we are thinking about poetics and environmentalism, reading John Shoptaw’s essay ‘Why Ecopoetry?’ (2016). Many thanks to Miranda Jones for suggesting our text this week.
This week we are reading Louise Erdrich’s essay on ‘A Writer’s Sense of Place’. Many thanks to Will Carroll for suggesting our reading this week.
This week’s text is Jennifer Hodgson and Patricia Waugh’s response to claims of a decline in British fiction. Many thanks to Liam Harrison for suggesting our reading this week
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’.
Slow violence is our topic this week, reading sections from Rob Nixon’s Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (2011).
This week’s theme is deep time. We’ll be discussing the introduction to a recent special issue of Environment Humanities on “Unexpected Encounters with Deep Time” (May 2018).
Academia can often feel overwhelming, with multiple pressures competing for our time and headspace. This seminar is about remembering why we got into this business in the first place – namely, the ‘love’ (and we can discuss this term) we feel for the books, poems, and ideas that make up our discipline. In this seminar, … Continue reading “Works Loved: How Texts Matter To Us (6 Feb 2019)”
In the first meeting of the new year, we’ll be thinking about dinosaurs and popular culture, continuing our reading from Svetlana Boym’s The Future of Nostalgia (2001).
This week we are discussing nostalgia, reading the first chapter of Svetlana Boym’s The Future of Nostalgia (2001).
This week we will be reading Joseph Luzzi’s discussion of the Work of Genre, where he analyses representations of labour and community in Wordsworth’s poem ‘Michael’ (1800) and Verga’s novel I Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree) (1881).