The English Department's Blog

January, 2012 Archive

Jan 25

Way back in the heady early days of post-structuralism, Rolande Barthes declared that the author is dead.  Not just sleeping, or pining for the fjords, but a member of the choir immortal and an ex-author.  From now on, we would be free from the tyrannical father-figure of the author, looming over us and imposing meaning […]

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Jan 10

I’ve had a Kindle for several months now, and I think it’s marvellous.  True, it’s nowhere near as satisfying as reading a really well-made book, but for practical reading (research and so on), it’s very nearly ace.  Ben Goldacre loves his, too. And ace it is in many ways.  The fact that my annotations on […]

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