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Showing posts from September, 2012

Origins That Aren't: Genesis and Prehistory

The fourth time I used this blog to support teaching was a post on Genesis in 2009, and strangely enough I am back teaching the KJV again on the long-lost descendent of Past and Present 1, the shiny and new-fangled Foundations module.

I had a great set of three seminars with my new students and through a strange process of miscegenation (I've been reading Tim Morton on ecology and Derrida's re-mark) something new came to light, for me, due to some first-year comments.

One undergraduate evoked Genesis 1-3 as a kind of 'State of Nature' fable. I'd never thought of it quite like that, but the passage from stasis to history evoked in Genesis gives it justification - from a world where everything is the same, to one in which humans must make their own way with the two modes of creativity (family and labour) rendered as new, more weighty demands by the Fall. At the point of this new beginning, the relationship with nature alters and therefore helps mark a kind of aliena…

Microlecture: eResources

A brief user's guide to some of the electronic resources available for students of English Literature at the University of Exeter. Covers a little bit about eJournals, archives of historical texts, and eBooks.
The "host/gateway" service I show here (EBSCO) is actually new to me, and I've since found out that one of the major journal archives - JSTOR - is not linked into it. So, it always pays to search JSTOR separately, since there will be lots of articles that won't come up on it. JSTOR has a very similar interface, and it shouldn't be too hard to work out how to search, browse, read and download.

Other than that, hope this is useful

September Notes and Thoughts

Occupying me currently: Wordsworth and democracy, sport and aesthetics, Wollstonecraft and misreading, Swedish cinema

Well, the Irish phase of this blog is over. I am now relatively settled back in the UK, ready to throw myself at a new term. Among other things, I have discovered my round-commute is 320km, the difference between a brougham and a barouche, and that Jamie Oliver's thirty minute meals take at least 45 minutes. However, I am slowly returning to an academic routine that ceased rather abruptly in mid-August, and look to be creating some interesting posts for this blog from my reading, teaching and research. In the meantime, some short notes.

1. I was re-reading Wordsworth's famous apologia for the French Revolution (often collected under the title 'Letter to the Bishop of Llandaff') today. One line of his pro-republican, anti-monarchist stance struck me:
To be qualified for the office of legislation you should have felt like the bulk of mankind; their sorrow…