Exploring literary terms, Writing Notes on Things

Writing Notes on Things no.2: Bill Brown’s “Thing Theory” – some key quotations

In my introduction to Writing Notes on Things, I mentioned “thing theory”, so before I get too far into the series, I thought I’d provide some background. Thing theory is a branch of critical theory that focuses on human–object interactions in literature and culture. It borrows from Heidegger's distinction between objects and things, which posits… Continue reading Writing Notes on Things no.2: Bill Brown’s “Thing Theory” – some key quotations

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Writing Notes on Things

Writing Notes on Things no.1: Reuseable cup

This cup was a gift I received for Christmas 2018. Gift-giving is great, a way for the giver to express to someone that they care about the reciever. I'm not great at receiving gifts (it's not one of my main "love languages"), perhaps because I'm pretty anti-consumerist, and I don't like the idea of having… Continue reading Writing Notes on Things no.1: Reuseable cup

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On boybands and an unlikely coincidence: how Busted might have inspired the Jonas Brothers, again

I wasn't a Jonas Brothers fan the first time around. Formed by three actual brothers in 2005, the boyband released four albums and then went their separate ways (at least musically) in 2013. I didn't actively dislike them, I just didn't really have an opinion because they weren't really on my radar. We didn't have… Continue reading On boybands and an unlikely coincidence: how Busted might have inspired the Jonas Brothers, again

Poetry Commentaries

Poetry Commentary: “Scale” by Helen Mort

For Christmas I recieved a copy of Helen Mort's poetry collection No Map Could Show Them (published by Random House, 2016). I hadn't come across Mort's work before, but having had a chance to dig into the text this month, I have to say, she is an extraordinary talent. No Map Could Show Them is… Continue reading Poetry Commentary: “Scale” by Helen Mort

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The meaning of matching media: Reviewing writing vs reviewing dance

At the start of November, I was fortunate enough to be treated by friends, who took me out to the theatre to watch a contemporary dance performance. The two pieces we saw were beautifully performed, engaging and thought-provoking. Afterwards, we talked about how the dancing made us feel and what it made us think about.… Continue reading The meaning of matching media: Reviewing writing vs reviewing dance

Digital Humanities

Using Wikipedia as a source: some pros, cons and comments

When I was in school, we were frequently told not to use Wikipedia as a source for homework or projects.  It was unreliable, teachers said, because anyone could edit it.  Five to ten years on and the professor on my MA course is advising the class to check out the Wikipedia articles on the theorists… Continue reading Using Wikipedia as a source: some pros, cons and comments