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On “Literature” (And Also Sex)

On “Literature” (And Also Sex)

In today’s Review section of The Guardian (what a middle class way to start a blog post, I’m ashamed of myself) there was an article by Scarlett Thomas with which I absolutely could not identify. The article, “Forget El James, let’s have some real dirty fiction“, made plenty of good points — that male novelists can include graphic sex scenes in novels without the books being classed as erotica, whereas when written by women, they’re often reduced to that category….

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Books Of The Year

Books Of The Year

This bookish post is loosely based on the end-of-year book survey from Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner, but I feel I’ve done quite a few Q&A style posts recently, so I’m going to rework it slightly. Number of books read in 2014: 104 complete books, although many, many chapters and articles from books for my degree that probably add up to at least a dozen books in their own right. Number of re-reads: Is that books I’ve read in 2014…

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Intrinsically Intertextual Inspirations

Intrinsically Intertextual Inspirations

I nearly called this post “Faith and Fiction” and then remembered I already had a post called that and it is not this post. I’ve reached a point where I’ve been blogging long enough that I’m running out of titles. Or maybe I’m just not thinking creatively enough – which I guess is possible. Over the past couple of years of studying English Literature I’ve become increasingly aware how much you need to know to be able to understand a…

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The Library In My Bag

The Library In My Bag

Every Friday, or whenever I remember to, I go to the library. Well, it’s more a case of whenever I have time, because it’s pretty hard to forget to go to the library. (Mind you, the amount of things I’ve failed to do this week would cast strong doubts on the truthfulness of that statement.) Today, I went to the library with my friend Andy, because he says he finds it difficult to spend more than five minutes in a…

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