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CORPOREALITY IN THE CLASSROOM: A Review of L.O. Aranye Fradenburg’s “Staying Alive”; or, Put That in Your MOOC and Smoke It

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This piece continues a conversation between the Glasgow Review of Books and Punctum Books about the possibilities and problems for scholarship in the current intellectual, cultural and economic climate in both the US and UK,… Continue reading

EXTRA TIME: Capitalism, Football and the Aftershocks of Modernism in David Peace’s “Red or Dead”

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David Peace Red or Read (Faber and Faber, 2013) by Joe Kennedy A phrase echoed banefully through David Peace’s Red Riding tetralogy. “The North, where we do what we want!” condensed a negation of secular… Continue reading

MYTH AND METAPHYSICS: Hesiod’s “Theogony” and “Works and Days”, in a new translation by C. S. Morrissey

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Hesiod Theogony and Works and Days, translated by C. S. Morrissey (Talon Books, 2012) by Calum Gardner Our view of the ancient Greek religion is riddled with blind spots. We think we understand this… Continue reading

THE MOST ANONYMOUS AND ANGRY OF PROFESSIONS: Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky’s In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means

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Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky (eds.), In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What it Means (Columbia University Press, 2013) by Rebecca DeWald When Dante and Virgil arrive at the ninth circle of… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Calum Rodger

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Nathan Hamilton (ed.) Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (2013, Bloodaxe) It’s probably true that the UK poetry world is richer, more varied and more vital than ever, which is… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Tom White

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Craig Dworkin No Medium (2013, MIT Press) A series of brilliant (re)readings of works blank, erased, clear or silent, from the fictional collection of poems at the start of Cocteau’s Orphée to artist Nick Thurston’s erased copy… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Henry King

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The Rivers North of the Future: The Testament of Ivan Illich (2005, House of Anansi Press) This book of interviews radically extends the work Illich became famous for in the 1970s (Deschooling Society, Tools… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Mark West

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Three American novels blew me away this year: A.M. Homes May We Be Forgiven (2013, Granta) A masterclass in form and technique, Homes’s novel has the driest narrative voice I’ve read in a while: deadpan,… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Karyn Dougan

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Juliet Conlin The Fractured Man (Cargo, 2013) Brilliant plotting meets magnificent writing – The Fractured Man by Juliet Conlin is one of the most dazzling debuts of 2013. Written with elegant exuberance and completely absorbing,… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Rebecca DeWald

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Iosi Havilio Open Door (And Other Stories, 2013 [2006]); translated by Beth Fowler) Argentine literature in English is having a revival, with the large amount of books being translated only comparable to “el boom” of… Continue reading

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